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.
2024 Days Out - Planning ahead for 2024
OUR PLANS FOR 2024
Updated: 9th November 2023
Well we have some exciting trips lined up for members of the Purbrook Horticultural Society. You can choose from Hever Castle, Penshurt Place, Wisley Gardens, or Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Garden. There has been a slight increase in trip costs due to increased charges for coach hire, BUT we would love you still to come along and enjoy a great day out.
Updated information will be reported via web site/email/phone/facebook as received, and scroll down this page to see how to pay your deposit, and for pick-up point information.
Sunday 21st April 2024 - 9.00am Price £36.00 per person
HEVER CASTLE & TULIP FESTIVAL
Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, bought by Geoffrey Boleyn in 1462, with various owners throughout the centuries. It was purchased by William Waldorf Astor in 1903. The castle will have arrangements of tulips inside for the Festival. The gardens open at 10.30am and the castle at 12 noon. Included in the price is a castle multi-media guide, collected at entrance. Catering is cashless.
Sunday 9th June 2024 - 9.00am Price £36.00 per person
PENHURST PLACE & GARDENS
Once the home of Henry VIII, left to his son, King Edward VI and granted to Viscount De L’Isle, forebear Sir William Sidney in 1552. The Sidney family have been occupants for more than 460 years. It is still a family home and welcomes visitors to discover the charm of Penshurst. Hot meals are available and light snacks. Gardens open 10am-5pm. House open 11.30am – 3.30pm. Gift Shop and Plant Centre 9am – 5pm. Café 9am -5pm.
Sunday 21st July 2024 - 9.00am Price £20.00 per person
Home to the Society's world-class tender plant collection, it features three climatic zones to explore: tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate.
Sunday 8th September 2024 - 9.00am Price £36.00 (TBC) per person
ABBOTSBURY SUB-TROPICAL GARDEN
The garden originates from 1765 when the Countess of Ilchester built a castle on the site overlooking Lyme Bay. A wall was built for a sheltered kitchen garden. This walled garden is now the heart of the gardens. The range of plants was increased by the 4th Earl, who was a botanist. The garden trebled in size by the 19th century. The castle burnt down in 1915. The garden was restored in the 1960s. Cashless payment. Tearoom open 10am – 4.30pm. Proper Cornish pasties and homemade light snacks, available from 12 noon to 2pm.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GOING ON ONE OF THESE TRIPS?
Prices of tickets includes a tip for the driver and all entrance fees.
The cost of hiring coaches for the day has risen on average by 25% to 35% which means that we have had to increase some of the ticket prices to match the charges being made. There is a deposit of £20.00 per person per trip required, which then secures a seat.
Balance payable at least 4 weeks before day of trip. Enquiries to Ann Richardson on 023 9225 4986 and either send a cheque to 16 Fir Copse Road, Waterlooville PO7 5JA.
ALL CHEQUES MADE PAYABLE TO PHS
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 most of the trips. You may park your vehicle in the Car Park which is situated behind the Purbrook Pharmacy and accessed via Ladybridge Road. If you are unsure about the departure times please contact Lynda or one of the team.