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Visit to Berkeley Castle and Spetchley Park Gardens
Wednesday 16 May 2018


A day trip to Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire and Spetchley Park Gardens in Worcestershire

 Wednesday 16th May 2018


 We shall travel the relatively short distance up the M5 to Berkeley Castle, on the edge of the Cotswolds. Described as “a jewel in the crown of British history”, the castle was founded in 1153 by the first Lord Berkeley. Edward II was imprisoned in the Keep and reputedly murdered here.  Uniquely this is the oldest medieval castle to have been occupied by the same family since its inception.  It is still in the hands of the Berkeley family and is very much a family home, with a fine collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries and world famous silver.

 We shall have coffee on arrival (included) followed by a guided tour. A light lunch (included) follows in the Castle’s Yurt Restaurant (licensed).  At around 14.00 we depart for Spetchley Park Gardens. 

 Owned by the same family as the castle, Spetchley Park is set in 30 acres.  The house is not open to the public but this is a garden for all tastes, designed by Rose Berkeley, helped by her sister, the horticulturalist Ellen Wilmott. There are displays of plants, shrubs and trees woven into a garden of many rooms, with views across the lake to the deer park and the Malvern Hills.  Here we have another guided tour followed by a cup of tea (cash) before we return to Redhill  (arrive approx. 17.00) and Shepton Mallet (Arrive approx 17.45).

 There will be two pick up points for this day trip, the first at Shepton Mallet at 08.15 and the second at Redhill Village Hall at 09.00.  

The cost of this day out is £58 for members (£63 for guests) to include house entry fees and tours, a light lunch and morning coffee/tea. 


Please apply for tickets to Christopher Lewis, Barley Brook House, Green Lane, Butcombe, BS40 7US enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Telephone 01761 462269.  Numbers are limited so apply soon. The closing date will be 31st March.