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11 June 2018Visit to West Dean Gardens and Goodwood House
14 March 2018Outing to the Royal Albert Hall
27 February 2018Trip to London
01 November 2017Autumn Visit to Queen's Gallery and Cadogan Hall Concert
10 July 2017Summer visit to Highclere Castle, Gardens and Egyptian Exhibition.
28 June 2017Tosca at the Grange Opera, West Horsley Place
07 February 2017Pinchas Zukerman performs Beethoven with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
29 September 2016Guided Tours of House of Lords and Apsley House
23 June 2016A Visit to Kelmscott and Buscot Park
28 April 2016A Visit to Exbury Gardens
04 February 2016London Visit: Royal Academy and the Queens Gallery
19 November 2015Canterbury Cathedral tour with optional lecture on the Stained Glass Studio

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Visit to West Dean Gardens and Goodwood House
Monday 11 June 2018

This outing is to the amazing West Dean gardens, followed by 'afternoon tea' in the sumptuous ballroom at Goodwood, and a tour of the stunning Goodwood House.

The afternoon tea, served at your table, consists of dainty sandwiches, cakes, pastries, scones and posset, and so we thought this would serve as a light lunch! 

The coach will leave King George V car park at 9:30, arriving at West Dean around 10:45. You will then be free to roam the gardens and have coffee/tea in their cafeteria if, as and when you wish. The coach will leave at 12:45 to arrive at Goodwood by 1pm in time for our 'afternoon tea'. 

The tour (in small groups) of the richly coloured state apartments will then start at 2:15, and this will give us a unique insight into the history of Goodwood House. The tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes, and so we will leave for home at about 3:45, arriving back at the car park by about 5pm.

Ticket cost, including the ‘afternoon tea’, entrance fees, guided tour and, of course, the coach trip, is £50, but if you are a member of the Historic Houses Association, this reduces to £42:50.

Or if you have a  241 Garden Scheme Card (usually available with the May edition of Gardeners World magazine), you can also just pay £42:50 each. Then, as a couple, you only have to pay for one entrance ticket for the two of you at West Dean on the day (full price is £9). As a single person, the 241 card gives 25% discount on the entrance fee. 

We will be selling tickets at the April lecture, but if you want to buy tickets before then, especially if you are unable to attend on the lecture day itself, just email me at, and I'll get back to you.

By way of more background on Goodwood itself, it has been the seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Lennox for over 300 years, the first Duke being the natural son of Charles II. And the family art collection is one of the greatest of any English country house, including their famous Sevres porcelain collection, paintings by Van Dyke, portraits from the Stuart period, and all this amongst wonderful tapestries and French furniture.

There are also interesting links between Goodwood and West Dean, involving the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), which you'll learn about on the day! And of course West Dean Gardens are one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England.