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 2018 events are listed below.

Wednesday 18 July 2018 – Coach trip to Chatham Dockyard

Leader John Nutley (Phone 020 8688 3081)

Chatham Dockyard was a Royal Navy Dockyard located on the River Medway in Kent. Established in Chatham in the mid-16th century, the dockyard subsequently expanded into neighbouring Gillingham .

It came into existence at the time when, following the Reformation, relations with the Catholic countries of Europe had worsened, leading to a requirement for additional defences. For 414 years Chatham Royal Dockyard provided over 500 ships for the Royal Navy, and was at the forefront of shipbuilding, industrial and architectural technology. At its height it employed over 10,000 skilled artisans and covered 400 acres (1.6 km²). Chatham dockyard closed in 1984.

Pickup at Shotfield, Wallington 9.30, Ruskin Road, Carshalton 9.45.  Return around 6 p.m.

Cost: CADHAS members £40 Non-members CADHAS £41.

Thursday 7 August 2018 – Supreme Court, Westminster

Leader John Thornton ( Phone 020 8647 2574)

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is the supreme court in all matters under English and Welsh law, Northern Ireland law and Scottish civil law. It is the court of last resort and the highest appellate court in the United Kingdom, although the High Court of Justiciary remains the court of last resort for criminal law in Scotland. The Supreme Court also has jurisdiction to resolve disputes relating to devolution in the United Kingdom and concerning the legal powers of the three devolved governments (in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or laws made by the devolved legislatures. It is open for conducted tours in the summer.

Travel will be on a DIY basis and suggested routes will given later.
Cost of Tour £5 per person.

Monday 10 September 2018 – Coach trip to Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Leader Phil Groves (Tel  07710 549 268)

The Mary Rose was one of the largest ships in the English navy through more than three decades of intermittent war and was one of the earliest examples of a purpose-built sailing warship. She was armed with new types of heavy guns that could fire through the recently invented gun-ports. After being substantially rebuilt in 1536, she was also one of the earliest ships that could fire a broadside, although the line of battle tactics that employed it had not yet been developed. Several theories have sought to explain the demise of the Mary Rose, based on historical records, knowledge of 16th-century shipbuilding, and modern experiments. The precise cause of her sinking is still unclear.

Cost £40 (Non-members CADHAS £41).

Pickup at Shotfield, Wallington 9.30, Ruskin Road, Carshalton 9.45.  Return around 6 p.m.

Friday 19 October 2018 – Heath Robinson Museum

Leader Clive Orton (Tel 020 8641 2003)

We will make our ways independently to the recently-opened Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, meeting at Pinner station (Metropolitan Line) at 11 a.m., from where it is less that ten minutes’ walk to the Museum.

The recommended route is:

Sutton (9.46) or Carshalton (9.49) to Farringdon (10.29) by Thameslink, Farringdon (10.39) to Pinner (11.16) by Metropolitan Line (destination Chesham).

Other routes are possible, for example:

Sutton to Wimbledon by Thameslink, Wimbledon to Waterloo by Southwest Trains, Waterloo to Baker Street by Bakerloo Line, and Baker Street to Pinner by Metropolitan Line.

Bus to Morden, Morden to Moorgate by Northern Line, Moorgate to Pinner by Metropolitan Line.

Bus to Morden, Morden to Elephant and Castle by Northern Line, Elephant and Castle to Baker Street by Bakerloo Line, and Baker Street to Pinner by Metropolitan Line.

Admission is £5 for over-65s. There is a café next door for coffee and lunch, and after visiting the Museum you can enjoy the Pinner Memorial Park or visit Pinner Church in the High Street before heading for home in your own time.


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.