Coach Outings in 2018
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 Coach Outings on our Gallery page
Coach Boarding Points:-
We have two boarding points near the centre of Maidstone, the second leaving the Maidstone area at 9.15am
MHS members have a priority period to make bookings starting this year on 25 January
Non-members may make bookings after 25 February if seats on the coaches are still available.
Luxury coaches with on-board toilet have been booked
Please leave a message for our Outings Organiser in our CONTACT BOX to check availability of coach seats and details of pick-up points, times and how to reserve your seats.)
Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, London
Sunday 6 May
Coach Fare £14.00 each
Group Entry 60+ £4.50 each OR under 60 £5.50 each
Entry FREE for subscribers to Which? Gardening Magazine (on production of May 2018 edition).
Approximate journey time 1 hour
Last visited by MHS June 2013
This is a large property full of varied horticultural delights. The gardens include the Trial Grounds of Which? Gardening Magazine. Trials in progress for our visit will be on aspects of Tulips, Alliums, Heucheras, Roses, Foxgloves & Geraniums, Other special gardens include The Queen Mother’s garden, The Princess Diana Memorial garden and themed gardens to depict Japanese, Australian, Family Friendly, 17C, Rock, Walled and Recycled styles, all with plenty of seasonal colour in the planting. Also on display are award winning gardens designed by students of Capel Manor College. Other interesting areas include the Victorian Stables, Italianate Maze, Lake with temple and fountain and Animal Stockyard.
Restaurant, Shop and Plant Sales.
Picnics may be taken in designated areas
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey
Sunday 3 June
Coach Fare £14.50 each
Group Entry 60+ £12.75 each OR under 60 £14.45 each
Kew Explorer Land Train – £4 each if booked in advance with MHS (£5 on the day at the gardens)
Last visited by MHS September 2012
Approximate journey time 1 hour 15 mins
The plant wonderland that is RBG Kew has two new major attractions 1) The Hive – a 17m high inter-active metal structure which explains the life of Honey Bees and their important role 2) The Great Broadwalk with newly designed double herbaceous borders with plenty of colour, said to be the longest in the country. The huge Temperate House has just undergone major restructuring and is due to open on 5 May. Other major delights include the Palm House, the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the 18m high Tree Top Walk, a wonderful collection of mature trees, meadows in flower and for historians, Kew Palace where George III and his family lived and the Royal Kitchens, both attended by knowledgeable guides in period costume.
The Gardens occupy a large site and you might want to book the Kew Explorer (hop on and off all during the day at 8 stops around the gardens, with a running guided commentary by the driver).
5 Restaurants, Large shop
Picnics may be taken in designated areas.
Standen House and Gardens (NT) East Grinstead W Sussex
Thursday 6 September
Last visited by MHS August 1993
Coach Fare £13.50 each
Group Entry – Non NT member £10.50 each or NT members FREE (on production of valid NT card)
Approximate journey time 1 hour 15 mins
Around 1891 Mr & Mrs James Beale bought the land and chose the architect Philip Webb to design for their growing family what is now a prime example of an Arts & Crafts house and completed it with fabrics, furniture and decoration by Morris and Co. – all is still in place and it still feels like a home. Mrs Beale took pleasure in designing the gardens totalling 12 acres, also in Arts & Crafts style around the house, including extensive terraces, a quarry garden, a well – kept kitchen garden and orchard and swimming pond, using local materials for the hard landscaping – she also built up a fine collection of plants for year round interest. A five year restoration project on these gardens was completed last year and we visit to see them by special request from our members. A Guided Tour of the gardens of approximately 45 minutes is offered for £2.50 per person – we recommend it for a detailed explanation (pay on MHS coach on the day). There are also 3 lengths of self- guided walks in the wider estate of fields and woodlands – 1 mile, 2 miles and 3 miles – leaflet maps 50p each from the welcome kiosk.
Barn Café for hot meals, teas etc. Shop, Plant Sales, 2nd hand Book Shop
We look forward to some happy days out together!