Tuesday 21 June 2016 – shared transport
A visit to Hitchin lavender, Cadwell Farm, Hitchin, SG5 3UA, www.hitchinlavender.com
“Hitchin Lavender is a lavender farm attraction with around 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick your own fresh flowers from. As well as the fields of lavender we also grow sunflowers and have a wildflower area. The farm has some spectacular views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and there are many interesting walks surrounding us.
Inside our 17th century barn we have a range of lunches and home made cakes available and you can also browse our lavender products and choose from our large variety of lavender plants on offer.”
Hitchin Lavender is about an hour away by car. We will organize shared transport leaving Riseley around 10.30 on Tuesday 21 June. The cost is £4.50 per person (picking included). If you would like to join this trip please contact Maureen Allen email@example.com or 708308, indicating whether you require transport or can offer a lift to others.
Rousham House and Gardens
Tuesday 5 July 2016 – shared transport
Rousham is about 12 miles north of Oxford, OX25 4QU, 61 miles from Riseley – www.rousham.org . The house is only open to visitors by prior arrangement and the cost to visit the house and gardens is £10 per person. We have a guided tour booked for 11am on Tuesday 5 July. There is no café at Rousham, so a picnic will be required! If you would like to join this trip please contact Ann Clark 709439, firstname.lastname@example.org indicating whether you require transport or can offer a lift to others.
“Rousham and its landscape garden is the work of William Kent (1685-1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many features which delighted eighteenth century visitors to Rousham still in situ, such as the ponds and cascades in Venus’s Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend’s Building, the Temple of the Mill, and, on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the ‘Eyecatcher’.
The house, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. Kent added the wings and the stable block. The south front is almost as Kent left it, but for the replacement of the octagonal glazing with plain glass. The house retains some 17th century panelling and the original staircases, furniture, pictures and bronzes.”