You will be invited to book outings any time after the AGM with no deposit required. This gives us an indication of how popular the event will be. All money must be paid 6 weeks prior to the outing and cannot be refunded unless we are able to resell your ticket. If you decide not to proceed with your booking please ring and cancel; it saves Charles another telephone call! WE NOW INCLUDE DRIVERS GRATUITY IN THE TICKET PRICE.
A coach outing to the Royal Parks, central London.
An early trip to see the Royal Parks in spring. St James’s Park, Green Park or a stroll across Westminster Bridge to visit the Lambeth Palace Museum of Garden History (entry fee here). You may even wish to visit colourful China Town or the busy Covent Garden area.
We leave Steyning Fletchers Croft car park at 8.00am and return from London at 4.30pm arriving back in Steyning at 6.30pm. The cost is £17 per head, includes driver gratuity. Payment please by 13th March 2019 to Charles.
Tunbridge Wells and Scotney Castle.
Today we go Tunbridge Wells on Market day and for an early lunch. We then go to Scotney Castle, an English country house with formal gardens south east of Lamberhurst in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent. It belongs to the National Trust. The gardens are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a celebrated example of the picturesque style.
We leave Steyning Fletchers Croft Car Park at 8.30am and return from Scotney Castle at 4.30pm arriving back in Steyning by 6.00pm. The cost is £28 per head or £15.50 for N/T members. Price includes coach travel, entrance fees and driver gratuity. Payment please by 30th March 2019 to Charles.
We go to Eltham Palace and Garden.
After a coffee stop at Pole Hill Garden centre we go to Eltham Palace, a large house in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The house, saved by the Courtaulds in the 1930s and now having been restored in 1999, is an English Heritage property. Royal Park gardeners were trained here and the house is infused with Art Deco architecture and technology.
We leave Steyning Fletchers Croft car park at 8.30am and return from Eltham Palace at 4.30pm, arriving back in Steyning at 6.00pm. The cost is £28 per head. Price includes coach travel, entrance fees and driver gratuity. Payment please by 1st May 2019 to Charles.
Eastbourne and Merriments Gardens.
After taking the scenic route we arrive in Eastbourne giving time to explore and take an early lunch. In the afternoon we visit the 4-acre Merriments Garden and plant centre. Afternoon Cream Tea is included in the entrance price.
We leave Steyning Fletchers Croft Car Park at 8.30am and return from Merriments at 4.30pm arriving at Steyning at 6.00pm. The cost is £28 per head and includes travel, entrance fee, cream tea and drivers gratuity. Payment please by 30th May 2019 to Charles.
A coach trip to Wisley Gardens.
By popular request we are running a trip to Wisley at a different time this year.
We leave Steyning Fletchers Croft car park at 9.00am and return from Wisley at 4.00pm, arriving back in Steyning around 5.00pm. The cost is £20.50 per head, £15.50 for RHS members, and includes travel, entrance to the garden and driver gratuity. Payment please by 15th June 2019 to Charles.
Newbury and Highclere Castle and Gardens.
After a visit to Newbury for coffee or brunch we go to Highclere Castle for a timed entry. Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobean style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon and where the TV drama 'Downton Abbey' was filmed. Book early as this will be a popular trip!
We leave Steyning Fletchers Croft car park at 8.00am and return from Highclere Castle at 4.30pm arriving back in Steyning at 6.45pm. The cost is £28.50 per head and includes travel, entrance fees and driver gratuity. We have to pay early here and cannot cancel beyond a given date! XXXX So payment please by 19th June 2019 to Charles XXXXX
A coach outing to Wimbourne and Knoll Gardens.
We travel to Wimbourne in Dorset on market day giving you time to explore and have lunch. In the afternoon we go to Knoll Gardens and plant centre. This 4 acre garden is full of ornamental grasses and flowering perennials, and is designed to be at its best in the autumn.
We leave Steyning Fletchers Croft car park at 8.00am and return from Knoll gardens at 4.00pm, arriving back in Steyning around 6.30pm. The cost is £21 per head and includes travel, entrance to the garden and driver gratuity. Payment please by 26th July 2019 to Charles.
There is limited space to describe all the venues of the 2019 visits in detail and you are encouraged to view them on the internet for a full description.
We would ask members to record their bookings and payment dates in their diaries or on their calendars to make life easier. If you have any doubts or questions, your telephone calls are
always welcomed by Charles Ashby on
(01903) 814049. Do not wait to hear from us as we may not communicate with you again regarding the 2019 outings.