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 2019 events are listed below.


Monday 10 June 2019 – Coach trip to Fulham Palace

Leader Jean Kirby

This is a half day visit to Fulham Palace, which was home to the Bishops of London from 704 until the 1970s. The present building dates to Tudor times and has been undergoing restoration work; it should be complete by the time of our visit. The price of the trip includes a guided 90 minute history tour. There is a small cafe at the site and in order to minimize delays we are being encouraged to pre order afternoon snacks and hot drinks.
If you wish to pre order your refreshments the choices are as follows Tea /coffee £2.50,Tea/coffee and cake £5.00, Cream Tea 5.50 all prices are per person, Please see our Newsletter. Please note you can still opt to queue and pay on the day if you wish but you could experience delay.”

Pickup at Shotfield, Wallington 12:15, Ruskin Road, Carshalton 12:30.  Return around 6 p.m.

Cost: CADHAS members £25 Non-members CADHAS £26.

Thursday 11 July 2019 – Coach trip to Minister-in-Thanet

Leader Brenda Allen

Minster-in-Thanet received its name from the first ‘Mynster’ or monastery, which was founded by St. Donneva less than 100 years after the arrival of St. Augustine in 597 A.D.

In the morning we will have a tour of St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church, called the ‘Cathedral of the Marshes’. The chancel is Early English, the nave dates from 1150, and it has a Norman tower incorporating a Saxon turret. The church also boasts 18 superbly preserved misericords. For lunch there is a nearby café or pub, or one could have a packed-lunch picnic.

In the afternoon we will take a guided tour of the Minster Abbey, possibly the oldest inhabited house in the country, and still a working Benedictine Nunnery. The Abbey has a Norman wing and an 11th Century Brew House, the tour includes a visit to the medieval crypt adjacent to the Saxon tower. Afterwards we shall have tea and cakes in the Abbey Tea Rooms.

Pick-up: 9:30 a.m. Shotfield, Wallington or 9:45 a.m. Ruskin Road, Carshalton.
Return by 6-30 p.m. (approximately).

Cost £36 + £1 for guests, includes tea and cakes, and donations to St Mary’s Church and Minster Abbey.

Wednesday 14 August 2019 – Coach trip to Hughenden Manor

Leader Jacky Oliver

Hughenden Manor is the former home of the Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. It is situated overlooking an unspoilt Chiltern valley with views over ancient woods and hillsides. The grounds  have a variety of walks, formal Victorian Italianate and walled gardens and the church where Disraeli is buried. The house was much modified by Benjamin & Anne Disraeli and is full of fascinating artworks, artefacts and memorabilia .

During World War II the house was the headquarters, known as Hillside, for top secret  mapmaking operations; it was high on Hitler’s target list. A basement exhibition, 1940 living room and ice-house bunker all bring wartime Britain to life.

Pickup at Wallington Shotfield at 11.30 a.m. and Carshalton Ruskin Road at 11.45 a.m. Return approximately 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Members £24.00 + £1 for guests. Bring your National Trust card or Non-NT members +£11.00 admission.    Bring a picnic or eat on arrival.


Thursday 12 September 2019 – Coach trip to Ightham Mote

Leader John Thornton

A perfectly preserved stone and timber mediaeval moated manor house, hidden in a secluded Kent valley, whose interiors trace the development of the English country house, with a great hall, crypt, Tudor chapel with a painted ceiling, and a drawing-room with a Jacobean fireplace and 18th-century wallpaper. Outside there are flower gardens, an orchard, lakes and woodland walks – and a Grade I listed dog-kennel!

Pick-up at Wallington Shotfield at 12.30 p.m. and Carshalton Ruskin Road at 12.45 p.m.. Return approximately 6.30 p.m.

Cost: Members £18, + £1 for guests. Bring your National Trust card or Non-NT members +£11.50 admission.

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.

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.