Visit beautiful gardens, stunning parks and the most sought-after flower shows.
After meeting our Blue Badge Guide, we’ll start the day at Heaven Farm with morning refreshments before heading back to the coach for a tour of the Ashdown Forest and its wild heaths and moors. Learn how the landscape was once filled with ancient forest trees that were felled for the iron industry and see the UK’s longest row of medieval houses in the market town of East Grinstead.
Bateman's is a seventeenth century house with a twentieth century garden made by Rudyard Kipling, who lived here between 1902-36. Explore the beautiful gardens that surround this beautiful old stone house with an orchard, herb garden, wildflower meadow and pond. Just a short stroll by the river reveals a watermill and beyond that there are farmland walks.
This was the family home of Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life. The rooms and gardens remain much as they did when he lived there and contain personal memorabilia, books and family photographs. The beautiful terraced gardens contain Lady Churchill's Rose Garden and there are lakes created by Churchill.
Chiswick House is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Classical design in England and it’s gardens are the birthplace of the English Landscape movement. Step inside, as part of the Guided House Tour, to see architecture inspired by ancient Rome with key items of designer furniture as well as a rich collection of Old Master paintings.
HRH The Prince of Wales has spent over 30 years transforming the grounds of Highgrove into some of the most outstanding and innovative gardens in the United Kingdom. There are a number of different interlinked areas in the gardens and it is also home to part of the national collection of beech trees and large-leaved hostas, which the Prince maintains on behalf of Plant Heritage. Our Guided Tour lasts approximately two hours and is a walk of about two miles.
Set in beautiful landscapes with glasshouses and such a vast range of rare and beautiful plants, there is plenty to see. We visit during the Orchid Festival, a spectacular display of colour. Explore the exotic world of orchids and tropical plants and find out about the importance of these beautiful and diverse species.
Kew offers a wonderful day out for all. The gardens and botanical glasshouses are home to over 30,000 species of plants. Highlights of the gardens include the Tree-top Walkway, The 17th century Queen's Garden, the Palm House and the Bamboo Garden, dominated by its authentic Japanese farm dwelling, dating from the early 1900's. Explore beautiful Kew Palace and uncover its intriguing stories!
Lamport Hall, the former home of the Isham family for 400 years, has a fascinating and chequered history of changing uses over generations and is now restored and full of a wealth of paintings, furniture and books mainly dating from the 17th century. Experience a Tour of the Hall, followed by time to enjoy the 10 acre gardens plus a museum of rural life.
The skies above Wiltshire are set to be filled with dozens of spectacular hot air balloons as Longleat stages its annual Sky Safari extravaganza. Following on from the popularity of last year's event, organisers are hoping this year's will be the largest annual event of its kind in the UK with over 100 balloons scheduled to take part. Hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, including Longleat's very own 'flying lion' will be making a series of mass ascents into the sky above the estate.
Malvern's annual pageant of food, fruit, forestry and flowers gives a flavour of the countryside at its autumnal best. Enjoy the rich coloured blooms of the Gardening Show. Marvel at giant vegetable exhibits and relish the taste of homemade food and wine.
We invite you to a floral spectacular day out, set in the stunning surroundings of RHS Hyde Hall. The Flower Show provides a fabulous day out with specialist nurseries, gardening sundries, expert advice, crafts, gift ideas, live music as well as the chance to explore the garden in full summer bloom.
We travel direct to Sheffield Park Station, to enjoy a delightful return steam hauled train ride on the Bluebell Railway travelling through the picturesque Sussex countryside from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead. We then transfer to the magnificent informal landscapes of Sheffield Park Garden (NT).
Shrewsbury is a pretty floral place most of the time, which is not surprising for a town where Percy Thrower was Parks Superintendent for 28 years! For more than a century, the Shrewsbury Flower Show has been held in the picturesque setting of Shrewsbury's beautiful 29-acre Quarry Park.
Accompanied by our very knowledgeable resident bird expert Ashley Grove, come with us to the Welney Wetland Centre. This is a fantastic day out that offers you the chance to get close to some amazing wildlife, while enjoying stunning winter scenery. Enjoy watching thousands of wading birds, flocks of ducks and geese as well as spotting barn owls, hares and bats.