Other major activities over and above our monthly talks are coach visits and shared car outings, coffee mornings, garden parties, campaigning and fund raising for local projects and our Annual Christmas Supper. Coach visits are open to non-members.
The visits are well researched and convivial days out. Usually departing from the Steyning Centre car park at about 8.30am by coach and returning about 6pm. Time is allowed for coffee, lunch and tea stops. Reductions to the cost are made for National Trust members or English Heritage members where appropriate.
Friday 25 May -Outing by car to Leith Hill Place (NT) Vaughan Williams’ Home
After a coffee stop at Denbies Vineyard, we visit the Saxon Church at Albury with decorated transept by Pugin.
Lunch at Polesden Lacey (outside NT area) then Leith Hill Place in the afternoon (£6 non NT members pay individually)
Meet at Steyning Centre Car Park at 9.15am. Lifts available. (£4 to driver) Map of route to all on the day.
Saturday 16 June – Coach outing to Rye and Winchelsea Open Gardens
After a coffee stop at Battle we go to Rye for a two hour stay including time to get lunch. In the afternoon we visit the 11 open gardens at Winchelsea (£6 for all 11). Teas available in the village Hall.
Meet at Steyning Centre car park at 8.30am. Back at 6.30pm.
Cost £22 for coach and gratuity. Pay individually at garden.
Tuesday 3 July – Coach outing to Breamore Manor near Fordingbridge.
Following a coffee stop at Rownhams Services on M27, we go on a countryside route through the New Forest to Fordingbridge. Lunch will be available at the Barn at Breamore. A tour of the house has been arranged for 2.00pm.
Completed in 1583 the house has many interesting features and the adjacent Countryside Museum illustrates life in a self contained village, whilst the nearby church of St Mary’s is ‘by far the most important and interesting Anglo-Saxon monument in Hampshire’ (Pevsner)
Meet at Steyning Centre Car Park at 8.30am. Back at 6.30
Cost £32 for coach, gratuity, Manor and Museum.
Thursday 19 July – Coach outing to Kew Gardens
After a comfort stop (only) at Rykers Box Hill, we go straight to Kew. Coffee, Lunch and Tea there. You may wish to visit the house of Marianne North’s paintings (talk last year)
Meet at Steyning Centre Car Park at 8.30am. Back at 6.30pm
Cost £38 for coach, gratuity and entrance
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