Visits & May Weekends

Excursions & Events

During the summer there are normally at least 5 excursions on a half or full day basis to places of historical interest. Details of upcoming 2017 events are listed below.

Wednesday 14 June 2017 – Coach trip to Blenheim Palace

Leader: John Nutley. Mobile phone: 07857 500452 on the day only.

One of the great treasure houses of England, Blenheim Palace was a gift from a grateful Queen Anne to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. A descendant of the Duke was Winston Churchill, who was born in a small room near the grandiose main entry. An exhibit tells the story of Churchill’s life and times. The interiors are truly magnificent: one of the most ebullient expressions of Baroque style in England. Designed by John Vanbrugh, and completed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, with grounds by Capability Brown. Take your time, there’s a lot to take in.

Cost: £35 per person which includes entry to Palace, Park and Gardens, and driver’s tip.

Pick up Shotfield at 9.15 am, Ruskin Road 9.30 am. Return home around 6.30pm.

2017 May Weekend: Cardiff, Saturday 13th to Monday 15th

There are still places remaining for this year’s weekend, which is based in Cardiff, and will include visits to Lacock Abbey, Castell Coch, St Fagan’s Welsh National History Museum, Dyffryn Gardens, Tredegar House and Tintern Abbey.

The cost will be in the region of £295 per person. Contact John Thornton 020 8647 2574

Wednesday 12 July 2017 – Coach trip to Chiddingstone Castle, Kent

Leaders Jacky Oliver (020 8642 3875) and Phil Groves (07710 549 268).

Chiddingstone Castle is a historic house with Tudor origins. It was rebuilt in Victorian times to resemble a medieval castle. It contains a fascinating museum collection of art, artefacts and antiquities from ancient Egypt, Japanese art and craft, Buddhist artefacts and Stuart and Jacobean memorabilia, all amassed by the last owner of the property, Denys Eyre Bower. The newly opened Library houses an exhibition telling the history of the house and its former owners, the Streatfield family. You can also visit the usual domestic offices and servants’ quarters. A must is to take a brief stroll across the wooden bridge over the lake to the adjacent Chiddingstone hamlet, with its row of Tudor houses and St Mary’s Church. In the grounds you can find the Grade II Orangery and the rose garden. There is a Tea Room in the old Buttery.

Cost: members £23, non-members £24.

Pick-up Wallington, Shotfield, at 12 noon or Carshalton, Ruskin Road, at 12.15 p.m. Return approximately 6 p.m.

Thursday 3 August 2017 – Coach trip to Arundel Castle

Founded in 1067, but extensively rebuilt and remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries by the Dukes of Norfolk, the castle stands on a hill overlooking the town and the river Arun. The interiors feature rich furnishings and paintings, and in the grounds are the Fitzalan Chapel and a number of differently themed garden areas. The entry price includes admission to the Arundel Museum, opposite the Castle Gate.

Cost, including admission to the Castle, £35 (£36 for non-members and guests).

Pick-up at Shotfield, Wallington at 9.30 am and at Ruskin Road, Carshalton at 9.45 am. Return to Wallington/Carshalton at about 6 p.m.

Monday 11 September 2017 – Coach trip to Polsden Lacey, Surrey

Leader Anne Darrington (020 8641 3446)

This opulent Edwardian house has much to offer, beautiful paintings, furniture, ceramics and jewellery. The Queen Mother spent her honeymoon there. Did she enjoy rolling down the big sloping lawns, walking the long grassy terrace overlooking the marvellous view over the valley or exploring the walled rose garden, orchard and borders? There is lots to see here, inside and out. Cafe and shop. Wheelchairs available but must be booked in advance.

Cost: CADHAS & NT members £15 Non-members CADHAS £16. Non-members NT add £10 entrance.

Pickup at Shotfield 12.00, Ruskin Rd 12.15 arrive 1 p.m. Return around 6 p.m.


You can see reports and pictures of recent excursions on the Past Visits page.


Booking forms

Booking forms for trips can be found in the current newsletter, please co-ordinate with the relevant Outing Leader.

Summer Coach Outings – Collection of Fares Etc

Coach fares and venue entry fees are payable on booking. Anyone who subsequently finds he/she cannot attend an outing for any reason will have entry money refunded, though still being liable for the coach fare as the Society will already have paid this to the coach company.

Reduced Fees

If paying a reduced fee please ensure you take your English Heritage or National Trust membership card or evidence of eligibility for reduced admission fees with you to show staff at the locations visited.