Visits Programme in 2017

You are welcome to join the History Group on these coach visits with bookings taken at the meeting prior to the trip.

Alternatively contact Barry Kennaugh: 01564 783464 or 07913 292263.

Departure times should be verified at the time of booking.


Thursday 11th May 2017

A visit by coach to the new Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester.

Madresfield Court

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Madresfield Court, near Malvern in Worcestershire was the ancestral home for several centuries of the Lygon family, whose eldest sons took the title of Earl Beauchamp from 1815 until 1979, when the last Earl died. Distinguished collections of furniture, art, and porcelain are housed at Madresfield, which was rated by Sir Simon Jenkins among the 50 best in his book on 1,000 historic houses.

Evelyn Waugh was a frequent guest to the house and is said to have based the Flyte family in Brideshead Revisited on the Lygons.

Southwell Minster and Workhouse

Thursday 5th October 2017

A visit by coach to the beautiful Nottinghamshire town of Southwell, home to the magnificent C12th Norman Minster. We will also have a guided tour of the nearby Workhouse, one of the best preserved C19th workhouses and now in the care of the National Trust.


Past visits have included the Ludlow and Stokesay Castle, Red House Glass Cone and Broadfield Glass Museum in Stourbridge, Chedworth Roman Villa, Bath, Arbury Hall – the birthplace of George Eliot, and Bletchley Park.

Stokesay Castle in Shropshire, perhaps the best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England, largely unchanged for over 700 years.