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23 October 2018New visit to Powderham Castle and Castle Drogo

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New visit to Powderham Castle and Castle Drogo
Tuesday 23 October 2018

A day trip to Devon to Powderham Castle and Castle Drogo

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

There will be two pick up points for this day trip, the first at Redhill Village Hall at 08.10 and the second at Shepton Mallet (Commercial Road Car Park) at 09.00. 

We then travel first to Powderham Castle, just south of Exeter by the estuary of the River Exe. The castle is the 600 year old family home of the Earl and Countess of Devon. It sits within an ancient deer park with much to interest and delight us both within and without.

We have coffee on arrival (included) followed by a guided tour. This should leave us with time to explore the walled garden, the rose garden – and the café for lunch (cash).  At around 13.15 we depart for a short ride to Castle Drogo.  

In fact we are unable to travel the last few miles to Castle Drogo in our coach due to the very narrow lanes – so our coach will take us to the Whiddon Down services on the A30 where mini buses will be waiting to convey us the last few miles to Castle Drogo!

Castle Drogo is very different to Powderham having been built between 1910 and 1930 for Julius Drewe, a self - made millionaire. It is one of the most remarkable works of Sir Edwin Lutyens – a granite fortress with commanding panoramic views of Dartmoor. Unfortunately there were always problems with leaking roofs (!) which the National Trust are now addressing – so we will have an added dimension to our visit of conservation in action!

October 23rd is their last ‘Meet the Builder Day’! The website tells us:

”As the building project to save Castle Drogo reaches a conclusion, we are offering one last opportunity to meet the Castle Drogo builders. There will be demonstrations and activities to have a go at as well as behind the scenes tours onto the roof. (Roof tours: places are limited and on a first come, first served allocation, restrictions apply (£5pp).”

We will have plenty of time to go round much of the castle, explore the gardens, (also designed by Lutyens), and for tea! (cash).

We travel back to Whiddon Down in the mini buses to rejoin our coach for the return to Shepton Mallet by approx.19.15 and to Redhill by approx. 20.00.

The cost of this day out is £52 for members (£58 for guests) to include entry to Powderham Castle and tour, morning coffee/tea, it does not include entry to Castle Drogo as it is National Trust; if you are not a member the entrance cost is £10.25. 

To apply for tickets please use the Application Form available by using this link and printing the document. On completion,  send, with cheque made out to The Arts Society Mendip, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Margaret Barker, The Dower House, Church Walk, Wrington, BS40 5QQ  .  Telephone 01934 862435.  Numbers are limited so apply soon. The closing date will be 24th September.