GLORIOUS SPRING GARDENS
HIGHNAM COURT + BARNSLEY VILLAGE FESTIVAL & OPEN GARDENS
Friday 12th/Saturday 13th May 2023
We make our way to Gloucester where you will have time to get lunch before we travel the short distance to Highnam Court Gardens for a private visit and afterwards enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and cake. The owner Roger Head genourisly opens the gardens for charity events and private group visits with the proceeds going to the Pied Piper Appeal which helps sick & disabled children in Gloucester. These wonderful gardens have lakes, formal garden, woodland garden & wood sculptures.
As it's also Gloucester Cathedral Flower Festival by NAFAS on today, if anyone wants to visit that instead please let me know. Tickets I believe are £28.00
An overnight stay at Marriott Delta hotel Swindon dinner bed & breakfast.
After breakfast we make our way to the small Cotswold Village of Barnsley for their annual Village Festival & Gardens Open Day. Barnsley Festival, already known and loved by thousands was founded by one of Britain’s greatest gardeners, the late Rosemary Verey & holds several examples of her work, from her own splendid garden at Barnsley House Hotel to smaller gardens in and around the village.
Barnsley House, built in 1697 and now one of Britain’s best-known hotels, has kept Rosemary’s spirit alive in its care of the garden and her famous potager. The four acre garden and the house itself, built like the rest of the village in the local gold-grey Cotswold stone, are set among tall and beautiful trees that give on to the fields beyond. Usually only available to hotel guests, on Festival day the garden will be open to all.
A short distance from the village is Barnsley Park, considered the finest Georgian house in Gloucestershire, with an orangery and pepper pot lodge designed by John Nash. The magnificent gardens that surround it are only open to the public on Festival day.
Also exclusive to the Festival is the 45 acre Barnsley Arboretum, designed by the present Lord Faringdon and planted 15 years ago. All the 1600 trees here are furniture woods: oak, beech, eucalyptus, ash and maple—there is even a thriving snake bark maple. Another of its features is the national collection of bamboo.
As well as these special features, the Festival includes many craft stalls, and local produce stalls (cheese, game, wines), bell-ringing, a barbecue, licensed bar, Jazz band and many other entertainments.
Included in the break
Coach travel with pickups Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton & Exeter Services
Dinner Bed & Breakfast a Marriot Delta Swindon
Private visit & tea/coffee & cake @ Highnam Court Gardens
Entry Ticket to Barnsley Village Festival
Cost £149 per person sharing
Single Supplement £28.00
£25pp non refundable deposit with booking (unless trip is cancelled)
Balance by 10th March 2023
1 TWIN OR DOUBLE NOW AVAILABLE
PLEASE LEAVES NAMES INCASE OF CANCELLATIONS
Please note insurance is not included