VISIT TO BURGHLEY HOUSE AND GARDENS
TUESDAY, 12TH JULY, 2022
Now fully booked. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please email Pat (details below)
Burghley House is one of the largest and grandest surviving houses of the sixteenth century and a magnificent example of the great Elizabethan ‘prodigy’ houses. Conceived by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth 1, between 1555 and 1587, it is a testament to the ambition and vision of the most powerful courtier of the first Elizabethan age. With its dramatic skyline and towering obelisk clock tower, it was built to impress and the State Rooms on the first floor are awe-inspiring. During the 17th and 18th Centuries, John 5th Earl of Exeter and Brownlow, the 9th Earl travelled to the cultural centres of Europe returning with an enormous collection of art and furniture.
Burghley House is set in a 300 acre deer park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, it is one of the finest examples of his work and includes a meandering 28 acre lake and the elegantly designed Lion Bridge. The tranquil Sculpture Garden is home to a collection of contemporary sculptures amongst diverse plantings, sweeping wildflowers and hidden paths. The Garden of Surprises is a visual and sensory experience inspired by the Elizabethan fascination with astrology and classical civilisations.
Our visit will start with a 90-minute guided tour of the house and then you have time to explore the gardens. Refreshments can be obtained from the Orangery Restaurant, The Garden Café or takeaway from the Garden.
- Departure from Bury: 8.00 am from Ram Meadow Car Park
- Guided tour starts 10.00 am
- Departure from Burghley House: 3.30 pm
- Arrival back at Bury: Around 5.30 pm
- Cost: £34 per person
Please note: There are only 30 places available, confirmed on receipt of payment. MEMBERS ONLY.
Click here to Email Pat to go on the waiting list – (this will take you to the events page where you’ll need to log in to see Pat’s email address)
To download the booking form please click here: Burghley House Booking Form
VISIT TO BLETCHLEY PARK MUSEUM
WEDNESDAY, 18TH MAY 2022
This outing is being organised for us by new member Pat Lees.
Bletchley Park is an English country house and estate near Milton Keynes that became the principal centre of Allied code-breaking during the Second World War. The mansion was constructed during the years following 1882 for the financier and politician Sir Herbert Leon in the Victorian Gothic, Tudor, and Dutch Baroque styles, on the site of older building of the same name. During World War II the estate housed the Government Code and Cypher School which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The nature of the work at Bletchley remained secret until many years after the war.
Our visit will start with a 1 hr guided outdoor walking tour which tells the story of Bletchley Park using the landscape after which you may collect a free multimedia guide and step back in time to experience the stories of the extraordinary men and women who worked here through immersive films, interactive displays and exhibitions set within beautifully restored historic buildings and faithfully recreated WW2 rooms.
(Sorry we are unable to take online bookings for this outing while a review of our systems takes place).