Welcome to our Summer Programme 2019. We think you will find it especially interesting and varied. Full details and booking forms will follow nearer the date of each event

In September, date to be announced, Tim Mars will be taking us on one of his fascinating tours, this time to Newport. We understand he has uncovered some places of surprising interest in this intriguing town..

About our events diary: We have talks throughout the year, supplemented by visits in summer and a special Christmas event each winter. Many of our visits are to buildings not otherwise open to the public. Note that the default Diary only shows future events – for previous events follow the links lower down the page.  If few or no events are listed below it will be because we are finalising the new season’s programme (see notes above).

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Visit to Westwell Manor Garden, a Special Cotswold Garden, Burford

Thursday, June 27th @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A visit to Westwell Manor, near Burford to see this outstanding garden, (rarely open to the public) which was created by Anthea Gibson, one of Britain’s foremost landscape gardeners.

The house dates back to the 16th century and was bought by Thomas and Anthea Gibson in 1979.  By 1912 the gardens had been laid out in the Arts and Crafts Style but since then Anthea Gibson added contemporary features to the traditional English garden structure of rose garden and kitchen garden. Anthea died in 2010 but her work was been continued by the Head Gardener, David Baldwin.

Following a talk from the Head Gardener you will be free to wonder through the magnificent double herbaceous borders, the topiary garden, the Full Moon Garden and the many water features: rills, pools and lakes.

A short walk away and well worth visiting is the small St Mary’s church with Norman features and some unusual monuments.

Timetable: We meet at Westwell Manor by 2.30pm ready for our tour. There are number of excellent places for tea in Burford (2 miles away)

Booking: Essential – click here for a booking form. This is a car share event so we would be grateful if you could indicate at the bottom of the form if you need a lift or can offer a lift.

Price: £15.00 members,  £20 guests.  The money raised from visitors goes to Aspire, a charity connected with Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital where Anthea Gibson was designing a garden.


Thursday, June 27th
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm