Newton Abbot Travel Club
         Kew & Chenies 16
Chenies Manor + Kew Gardens & Palace
Bank Holiday Monday 29th/Tuesday 30th August 2016

Today is Chenies Dahlia Festival  so the 5 acre gardens should be at their best with many varieties of dahlias on display throughout the gardens.  In attendance will be the Dahlia specialist  'Rose Cottage Plants' who supply National Trust & other notable gardens.  Of course no open garden day would be complete without home made teas & plants for sale.  There will also be vintage tractor to have a tractor trailer ride around the farm.

This Grade I Listed Building, known formerly as Chenies Palace, was owned by the Cheyne family who were granted the manorial rights in 1180. The manor remained in their possession until the end of the 15th century.  The house which will be open is steeped in history and supposed to be haunted. Both Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I visited the house on numerous occasions  accompanied by their Courts.

Our hotel for the night is the Hilton Reading

Chance to use leisure facilities before dinner


After a good breakfast we send the day exploring & discovering  250 years of history at the world's most famous Botanic Gardens,  Kew Gardens & Palace (all on the same site)
As seen on the television & newspapers 'The Hive' has just opened. 

The Hive is a unique structure, inspired by scientific research into the health of bees. Designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, it was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.

The installation is made from thousands of pieces of aluminium which create a lattice effect and is fitted with hundreds of LED lights that glow and fade as a unique soundtrack hums and buzzes around you.

These multi-sensory elements of the Hive are in fact responding to the real-time activity of bees in a beehive behind the scenes at Kew. The sound and light intensity within the space changes as the energy levels in the real beehive surge, giving visitors an insight into life inside a bee colony.

For those that would prefer to let the train take the strain, there is a Kew Explorer Land Train, which you can hop on/off & enjoy a tour around the gardens (Cost £5) 
Highlights of the garden should include Rose Garden, Rose Pagoda, Dukes & Queens Gardens, Palm House, Princess of Wales conservatory, Water-lily House, Alpine House & the Treetop Walkway which stands in the Arboretum & offers spectacular views of the treetops and gardens.
Kew Palace more like a home than a palace, the privacy and intimacy of this smallest of English royal palaces made it the favourite country retreat for the royal family in the late 18th century. The palace tells the story of George III and his family at rest at and play.
Highlights including exploring  the Royal Kitchens for the very first time. Open the door to a lost space, left untouched since Queen Charlotte's death in 1818, to discover more about these historic royal kitchens, the servants who worked in them and Georgian culinary life. See the chair that Queen Charlotte was resting in when she died.
Included in the cost of the break

    Coach with pickups, Forde Park, Railway Station, B&Q Newton Abbot,
   Next  & Greenhill Way route Kingsteignton & Exeter Services

               Bed Breakfast & 3 course dinner at Hilton Reading

                  Entry to Chenies Manor

                   Entry to Kew Gardens & Kew Palace

                                                                                                      COST £110 PER PERSON SHARING

                                                         £20 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
                    (limited availability)


                                                £25 per person deposit with booking

                                                      Final payment by 14th July
                        Please note insurance in not included

Chenies Manor

Hilton Reading

Kew Gardens

'The Hive' @  Kew Gardens

Kew Palace