Coach Outings in 2021

It is hoped that our coach trips will re-commence as soon as Governmental guidelines permit.

Come and join us for our 3 great days out this year!

Our aim is to enjoy full days out visiting interesting gardens in SE England chosen for their variety, seasons of displays and standards of gardening – some also with houses to explore.

You will find more photos taken during the days out on our Gallery page.

Coach Boarding Points:- 

We have two boarding points near the centre of Maidstone, the second leaving the Maidstone area at 9.15 am.  Luxury coaches have been booked.

Booking:- 

MHS members have a priority period of one month to make bookings, starting this year on 6th February.

We welcome enquiries from people who are not members of MHS, who may make bookings after 6th March if seats on the coaches are still available.

If you are keen to come with us, please leave a message in our CONTACT BOX, on the Contact Us page, for our Outings Organiser, who for each of the outings will be happy to give you exact details of our pick-up points and times, availability of seats and how to reserve them.

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 The following will give you a taste of the trips to expect once we are able to travel again.

1.  LEONARDSLEE LAKES AND GARDENS Lower Beeding, W. Sussex

                                                                                             Wednesday 13th May

Total cost of coach fare and entry per person  £25.70

Last visit by MHS   May 2005

Approximate journey time 1 hour 15 minutes

These gardens have long been regarded as one of the finest woodland gardens in England and are Grade 1 Listed for Special Historic Interest. The property is recently re-opened by new owners who have made many improvements to the visitor facilities and gardens. The woodlands contain many fine trees such as Sequoia and Ginko and are famed for the wonderful Spring displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias. There are multiple paths sloping down to several lakes – some of these paths are uneven and where steep are marked as such on the map, so are only for the sure-footed, however, mobility buggies will be on hand all day to transport some of us around. You may also walk in the parkland of 200 acres. Of interest also are the Rock Garden, Alpine House, Wallaby Enclosure and a charming extensive 1/12 life size exhibition of village shops, farmland and mansion. Clock Tower and Courtyard cafés, Gift shop and Plant sales. Only food or drink purchased on the premises is allowed for consumption at the property.

PLEASE NOTE  Leonardslee is a cash free zone. . You may use your own cards in the cafés and shops or buy a day card with cash at Reception –  any money not used will be refunded to you in cash as you leave.

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2. MOTTISFONT (NT) Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire         Wednesday 10th June

Last visited by MHS June 2017

Total cost of coach fare and entry for non-National Trust members £28.70

Entry is free for NT members on production of a valid NT card, therefore the cost is the coach fare only, at £15.00.

Approximate journey time (including a 30 minute comfort stop) 2 hours 30 minutes.

This visit is by popular request from MHS members after our last lovely day at the gardens and is timed to enjoy the famous National Collection of Old Fashioned Roses, designed in the 1970s by Graham Stuart Thomas. The Rose bushes are growing in a large walled garden and are free standing or trained onto walls, pergolas or arches and under-planted with other plants in flower to give a wonderful picture of colour and scent. There are many areas of interest in the other formal gardens designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe and Norah Lindsay. Further delights are walks across the sweeping lawns, by the river Test and through groups of ancient trees, including the National Collection of Planes.

The property was originally a medieval priory in 1201 – an exhibition of recently revealed spaces of this time with 3D animations explains this history. After many owners the house and estate were bought by Maud and Gilbert Russell in 1934. Maud re-designed the house and furnishings in Neo-Classical luxury. Parts of the house are open, including newly re-furbished servants quarters. A permanent exhibition of 20th-century art is shown and other changing exhibitions reflect Maud’s interest in the art of  this period.

Two cafés, Garden Kiosk, Ice Cream Parlour, shop and second-hand book shop.

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3. WATERPERRY GARDENS Wheatly, Oxford                      Sunday 27th September

Total cost of Coach Fare and entry per person £24.10

Last visit by MHS September 2014

Approximate journey time (including a 30 minute comfort stop) 2 hours 30 minutes.

We are re-visiting by popular request from our members. Waterperry Gardens is one of the finest ornamental gardens in the country and used to be a School of Horticulture for ladies in the 1930s. The gardens are spread over 8 acres and feature large herbaceous borders, formal knot, rose and alpine gardens, a yew henge, a riverside walk and lily canal.  There is a new viewing mound in the herbaceous borders area and a recently planted small arboretum in the meadow. We are visiting this month to capture the best of the Aster displays – many of the varieties will be on sale in the plant centre. Other attractions include an artists’ gallery, museum of rural life, gift shop and the Tea-shop serving lunches, snacks and cakes.

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We look forward to some happy days out together!