FOBS Day Trips 2018

Thursday 31 May 2018 to Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent

Trentham Garden has an interesting history. Originally this garden was part of Trentham Hall, an estate owned by the Dukes of Sutherland. The hall was demolished in 1912 but the garden and estate have survived. Rescued in 1995 by the current owners, the garden has evolved by the appointment of different garden designers.

At Trentham you will experience contrasts of both garden design and planting. There is a large and formal Italian Garden planted with a modern range of low maintenance perennials and designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. There are borders and planting schemes known as 'Rivers of Grass' and 'Floral Labyrinth' by Piet Oudolf. There is a David Austin rose border as well as woodland and lakeside planting schemes by Nigel Dunnett. Incidently, Nigel is presenting a lecture for FOBS members on his work at Trentham on 10 September 2018.

You can walk around the lake or take a leisurely boat trip. There is a miniature railway to explore and even monkeys to visit at 'Monkey Forrest'. (There are additional charges for boat and train trips and entry to Monkey Forrest.) There are numerous shops, restaurants and cafes at the retail village at the entrance to the gardens. Alternatively you are welcome to picnic in the gardens if you wish to take your own packed lunch.

Visit the garden's website trentham.co.uk for information to help plan your day in advance and where you can download an estate map and garden guides.

Coach departs from Thompson Road, Sheffield at 9am. Returning to Thompson Road, Sheffield (for approximately) 5-6pm.

Please contact Janet Mitchell on 0774 944 9331 or by e-mail janetmitchell591@gmail.com if you have any queries prior to booking

Booking form for Trentham Gardens can be downloaded here

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Long Border

Photographs ©Trentham Gardens
Italian Garden


Italian Garden

Thursday 26 July 2018 to Burton Agnes, Driffield

By popular request, this day trip is a joint adventure with members of both FOBS and Hallam Art Group (HAG). To assist with planning your day please visit the website burtonagnes.com

On this day trip you can visit the Hall, explore the gardens and woodlands of the property and view an art exhibition by local artist Sue Spivey. A guided tour of the house takes 1.25hrs at the additional cost of £1.00. An "introduction to the gardens" is available free of charge. You will have approximately 4 hours to spend at Burton Agnes.

The history of Burton Agnes Hall stems back to Norman times when in 1173 a manor-house was constructed on the site. The lower chamber of this building still remains today. Burton Agnes Hall saw additions to the building in both the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. In more recent times, Marcus Wickham-Boynton extensively restored the Hall and in 1977 donated the hall and estate to trustees of a registered charity for protection and future upkeep. This is also why this family home is open to the public.

In the gardens you will find a walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, jungle garden, a national collection of campanulas, a maze and a woodland sculpture walk (of one mile).

The courtyard café at Burton Agnes offers a selection of freshly prepared hot and cold meals, sandwiches, morning coffee, afternoon teas and homemade cakes.

The coach will depart from Thompson Road, Sheffield at 09:00hrs, reaching Burton Agnes about 11:00hrs

The coach will leave Burton Agnes at 3pm, retuning to Thompson Road, Sheffield for approximately 5pm.

PLEASE NOTE : Only the charge for the coach is being collected by FOBS. On arrival at Burton Agnes, you will have to pay individually for entry into the Hall and Garden (and the guided tour if you want one) or just the Garden.
For your information the 2018 prices for entry to Burton Agnes are included on the booking form.

Contact Janet Mitchell on 0774 944 9331 or by e-mail on janetmitchell591@gmail.com if you have any queries prior to booking.

Booking form for Burton Agnes can be downloaded here

Burton Agnes Gardens

Burton Agnes Gardens
Photographs courtesy of Burton Agnes
Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Gardens
Burton Agnes Gardens