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Friends Trip: A Day at Bowood
June 17, 2019 at 9:30 am - 6:00 pm£70
Bowood has 100 glorious acres of gardens and grounds, including the world-famous Capability Brown-designed parkland. We are fortunate to have exclusive access to the walled gardens covering four acres with a profusion of colour, fragrance and “vertical” gardening up the high brick walls. We will also have a private tour of the house and the grounds.
The house as it stands today may be only a shadow of its previous incarnation – the so called Robert Adam “Big House” was demolished in 1955 – but the “Little House” that we will see today still offers treasures aplenty. Adam’s orangery houses an art gallery displaying a collection of old master paintings and drawings as well as more contemporary work. In the middle of the orangery, somewhat incongruously, stands the Chapel, designed by CR Cockerell. At the other end of the Orangery, large Adam doors (also rescued from the “Big House”) lead into a tapestry and sculpture gallery originally designed as a small zoo! Lunch will be at the Stables restaurant on site.
Tickets are £70 each to include return private coach transport, light refreshments on arrival, a 2-course light lunch, afternoon tea and private tours of the house and gardens. The coach will leave the Museum promptly at 9.30am, returning at about 6.00pm. Please complete booking form no. 5 in the Friends Spring 2019 Newsletter. The trip is being organised by Mark Hake.