Trips and Days Out
Throughout the year Purbrook Horticultural Society and trip organiser Ann Richardson plan and lay on a varied range of coach trips to visit stately homes, and beautiful gardens. On this page you can see our list of forthcoming days out for the year ahead.
2018 Days Out - Come and join in the fun
Sunday 22nd April
Down House — Home of Charles Darwin — £25
A visit to Down House is a fascinating journey of discovery. The family home of 40 years of Charles Darwin and now you can explore it to the full. Discover both sides of Darwin — the great thinker and the family man. An audio tour narrated by Sir David Attenborough will bring the house to life and increase your understanding of Darwin's revolutionary theory. Stroll in lovely gardens and take the sandwalk which he paced daily in search of inspiration.
There is a tearoom serving light lunches; but picnics are not allowed in the gardens.
Sunday 10th June
Chiddingstone Castle and National Trust Village — £23
In 1803 Henry Streatfield, squire of Chiddingstone, intoxicated by the current passion for mediaeval chivalry transformed his home into a fantasy castle which would be the "fairest house" in Kent. Visitors today find the house enchanting. The 35 acre park and garden is a haven for wildlife. A short walk takes you into the National Trust Tudor-housed village of Chiddingstone.
There is a cafe for lunches and also eating places in the village.
Sunday 22nd July
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens — £26 or NT £16
A haven of poetic vision in a thousand-year-old landscape where the exuberant and romantic Vita Sackville-West created a world famous garden. The buildings contain a book conservation project in Vita and Harold's library. The story of the garden and the couple's wedding can be discovered in the tower and oast house.
There is a restaurant and coffee shop.
Sunday 2nd September
Great Comp Garden — £23
A paradise for garden lovers, set in undulating countryside, Great Comp Garden has built up an enviable reputation as one of the finest gardens in the south-east. It is home to one of the finest collections of salvias in Europe. There is the Old Dairy Tearoom for lunch or a cream tea.
Curator, William Dyson, leading salvia expert, runs his own nursery which is situated in the garden. He is a Gold Medalist at Chelsea and Hampton Court.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GOING ON ONE OF THESE TRIPS?
Prices of tickets includes a tip for the driver and all entrance fees.
There is a deposit of £15.00 per person per trip required.
Balance payable at least 4 weeks before day of trip. Please telephone and book on 023 9225 4986 and either send a cheque to 16 Fir Copse Road, Waterlooville PO7 5JA made payable to PHS Trips or put payment in an envelope with name and phone number, and hand into Lynda Piddington at the Store or at the monthly meetings.
We leave Ladybridge Road at 9am for all trips.