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Thursday, 12th July, 2018 – Ripley Castle and Gardens

We are very pleased to offer a summer outing to Ripley Castle and Gardens, Nr. Harrogate on 12th July, 2018.  We will be departing by coach from Samlesbury Hotel, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0UL (where lectures are held) at 8.45 a.m. and expect to arrive in Ripley at approximately 11.00 a.m.  There will be a guided tour of the castle at 12 noon which will take about 70 minutes.  A soup and sandwich lunch including tea or coffee will be taken at 1.30 p.m. and then you are invited to enjoy the gardens and estate village at your leisure.  We will be departing from Ripley at 3.30 p.m.

Cost of the coach, tour, lunch and tip is £35.00 per person.  We hope to arrive in time for coffee before the tour, but this has not been included in the price.

Ripley Castle has been the home of the Ingilby family for twenty-six generations and Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby and their five children continue the tradition.  The guided tours are amusing and informative, following the lives and loves of one family for nearly 700 years and how they have been affected by events in English history.  For example, the Ingilby family was related to 9 of the 11 main Gunpowder Plot conspirators and a secret priest hole was rediscovered after 400 years.  We can see the library where Jane Ingilby held Oliver Cromwell at gun point after the Battle of Marston Moor and much much more.

Please do join us.  You will find the booking form here Booking form Ripley Castle

Autumn Outing – 28th November, 2017 – Blackwell Arts and Crafts House and Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Summer Outing – 4th July, 2017 – Saltaire Village World Heritage Site

Autumn Outing – 15th November, 2016 – Macclesfield Silk Museum

A guided tour of Paradise Mill and self-guided tour of the Silk Museum was much enjoyed by a number of our members.

Summer Outing – 6th July, 2016 – Knowsley Hall

Thanks to our outings organiser, Ann Shearman, we enjoyed a most interesting day at Knowsley Hall.  The parkland and gardens are stunning – a real oasis between St. Helens and Liverpool.  It was very special to be the only group visiting and we were guided round the house by the Curator, Dr. Stephen Lloyd.  He told us much about the history of the Stanley family, who have owned the property since 1365 and particularly about the many and varied paintings.

After the tour we enjoyed tea and home-made biscuits.  Below are a few photos of the day.

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Autumn Outing – 25th November, 2015. The World of Glass at St. Helens

Tours round the World of Glass and then time to visit the Artisan Gift Shop for some retail therapy in time for Christmas.

Summer Outing – 17th June, 2014

On 17th June, 2014 more than 35 members enjoyed a fabulous day’s outing to Hutton in the Forest and the church at Wreay built by Sarah Losh. If you were not with us, you missed a treat. The weather was lovely and the day was an excellent combination of a tour round an interesting house with the most beautiful gardens, looking their best, and then on to visit and hear about the amazingly unique church at Wreay. I can only thoroughly recommend both. Here are a few images to give you a flavour of what there was to see.

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