A description of our exciting and stimulating upcoming events, following their announcement in the Friends’ Newsletter

Tuesday 1 November 2016, 2-4 pm
Autumn Tree Walk: Royal Victoria Park and Botanical Gardens, Bath

Come and discover some of the beautiful “Champion” trees in their autumn splendour in these two lovely parks near the centre of Bath, in the company of our expert dendrologist, Antonia Johnson. This is a rare opportunity to learn more about the fascinating topic of trees on a circular walk with many different and fine examples of trees to discover.

Tickets are £15 each on a “get yourself there” basis. Please book your place using the form in the newsletter.
Sunday 20 November 2016 departing at 8:30 am
A Day Trip to London

We are reviving Sidney Blackmore’s successful Sunday coach trips to London. An opportunity to see some of the wonderful exhibitions – see the Autumn Newsletter for a taster – catch up with friends in the capital or do a spot of Christmas shopping, perhaps?

Photo © Tim Locke

Photo © Tim Locke

This is a transport-only trip. All other arrangements will be at your discretion. The coach will leave the Holburne at 8:30 a.m. The set down stops in London will be at Trafalgar Square at approximately 11 a.m. and then at Tate Britain on Millbank where others may wish to alight. There is only one return departure point from Trafalgar Square at  5:30 p.m. sharp, with return to the Holburne at approximately 8 p.m.  Pick up/drop off at the Balustrade on the London Rd will be an option.
Wednesday 7 to Tuesday 13 June 2017
Overseas visit: A Taste of Portugal

This trip, focusing on Portugal’s two most important cities, will give a fascinating insight into the history and culture of this once powerful seafaring country.

We fly from Bristol to Lisbon, staying for 3 nights at the 4* Hotel Avenida Palace. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, predating London and Paris by centuries and considered one of the world’s most attractive maritime capitals.

We will explore Lisbon both on foot and by coach, including visits to the Museum of Ancient Art, which houses the largest collection of paintings in Portugal, and the historic Belem district. Friday will be a full day’s tour to the stunning summer residence of the Moorish kings of Portugal at Sintra and to Cape Roca, the most westerly tip of Europe. Saturday will begin at the outstanding Gulbenkian Museum before travelling north to Oporto where we will check in to the 4* Hotel NH Collection Porto Batalha. Oporto is built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the River Douro and boasts
spectacular views and a long history. Sunday will be spent visiting many of the beautiful sites in the city as well as a port wine lodge and on Monday we travel to the cathedral city of Braga and then to Guimaraes, known as the ‘Cradle of Portugal’ where the first rulers founded their capital. On Tuesday there will be free time to explore Oporto before the late afternoon flight to Bristol.

The cost is £1295 per person sharing a double or twin room (single supplement: £370) which includes 6 nights bed and breakfast, dinner on three evenings and lunch on four days. Easyjet flight times and prices are yet to be confirmed which is why airfares are not included.  Flights will be booked on your behalf when 2017 schedules become available. For all further information and details please contact Heritage Group Travel on 01225 466620 or email  heritage@grouptravel.co.uk quoting the Friends of the Holburne Museum/ Portugal. After Heritage has sent you a booking form, places are reserved on receipt of the completed form and deposit.

Please note booking closes on 18 November 2016

For further information on any of the above please contact

or see the latest Friends’ Newsletter