In some months, an excursion is organised to Historical sites, Museums or a Gallery, usually on a Friday or Thursday in the second half of the month . Although this is subsidised by the Society, there is additional cost.
Prior booking is essential and may be done at meetings or by contacting our Chairman Graeme Pulham on 01787 880903. Outings usually depart from Sudbury Bus Station at 9am. The cost of transport is usually £14.
The outings planned for 2019 are:
- Thursday 18th July, to Leicester – Richard III Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre showcases the life of King Richard III and the story of how his remains were discovered in 2012. The centre opened in 2014 on the site of Greyfriars, the medieval friary in whose church the King was buried. The cost of transport on this occasion is £15. The entrance fee is £12.50 which does not include a guided tour but does include entrance to the Cathedral and the Guildhall, which are nearby. The coach leaves Sudbury bus station at 9am and is expected to depart from Leicester at about 4pm. The journey is approximately 2½ hours.
- Thursday 22nd August, to Bury St Edmunds – Barry Wall will give an informal talk at the Abbey (make your own way there, not a coach trip).
- Friday 20th September, to Felbrigg (National Trust) in Norfolk – a Mansion dating from the 15th century, with lavish interiors, set in a vast estate with a lake and woodland. The admission cost for those who are not members of National Trust is £11.
- Thursday 24th October, to Kenwood House. Kenwood House is a former stately home, in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. The house was originally constructed in the 17th century and served as a residence for the Earls of Mansfield through the 18th and 19th centuries. The house was remodelled by Robert Adam between 1764 and 1779. Part of the estate was bought by the Guinness family in the early 20th century, and the whole property and grounds came under ownership of the London County Council and was open to the public by the end of the 1920s. It remains a popular local tourist attraction.
Outings in previous years:
The first excursion in 2018 was on Friday 15 June 2018 to Waddesden Manor.
Other dates for outings are:
Thursday 25 October 2018, to Cambridge. See www.visitcambridge.org . [This outing did not take place as there was insufficient support.]
Details for Waddesdon
The coach will leave Sudbury Bus Station at 9am, with one stop each way. The cost of transport is £14. Admission is free to National Trust members and costs £15 to others.
Wikipedia tells us:
Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire. It is located in the Aylesbury Vale, 6.6 miles west of Aylesbury. The Grade I listed house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898) as a weekend residence for grand entertaining and as a setting for his collection. The last member of the Rothschild family to own Waddesdon was James de Rothschild (1878–1957). He bequeathed the house and its contents to the National Trust. It is now managed by the Rothschild Foundation chaired by Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild. It is one of the National Trust’s most visited properties, with over 467,000 visitors annually. Waddesdon Manor won Visit England‘s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category in 2017.