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50th Anniversary Outing to Stowe House and Gardens – 4th July
Wednesday 04 July 2018

One of the highlights of our 50th Anniversary celebrations will be an outing to Stowe House and Gardens on 4th July. The visit will include luxury coach travel, coffee and tea on arrival and departure, guided tours of the house and gardens, and a summer buffet lunch in one of their state rooms.

The cost is £60 per person £50 for National Trust Members.

In the 18th century, the powerful Temple-Grenville family chose to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples and lakes. Amidst these enchanting gardens, they built the most lavish temple of all, Stowe House.

On our visit to Stowe House you will see the beautifully restored State Rooms and discover fascinating stories of how scandal, intrigue and debt brought one of England’s richest families to its knees and the house close to demolition.  The House was saved by Stowe School in 1923 and opened in partnership with them by the Stowe House Preservation Trust, an independent Charity in 2000.  It is not normally open to the public and we have special permission to view, with over 300 years of history there is something for everyone at Stowe House! 

Stowe’s magnificent landscaped gardens are one of the most remarkable legacies of Georgian England. Created by Viscount Cobham in the grounds of his family home, the garden came to reflect Cobham’s hugely influential network of political affiliations, and it was realised by the eighteenth –century master of garden design William Kent. Encapsulating an idealised Whig vision of constitutional monarchy and political freedom, the garden features a series of extraordinary and innovative garden buildings, designed by the leading architects of the day ranging from a Temple of Ancient Virtue, a Redondo to Lake Pavilions, a Chinese House and a Grotto, all set in a carefully constructed Arcadian landscape of valleys and lakes.  This is not a flower garden but none the less it is breath-taking in its sheer scale and grandeur. The National Trust first became involved in 1967 and took over the formal ownership of the garden in 1990 initiating a major programme of restoration.

Coach arrangements:

  Pick up Hertford 8.00 am

  Pick up Hatfield 8.20 am

  Leave Stowe approximately 16.30

To reserve a place on this outing please see Elizabeth Dodwell at the next Lecture meeting, or email her on  Alternatively you could print off the booking form to be found on the 'Our Society/Documents' page of this website, fill it in and send it to Elizabeth with a cheque for either £60 or £50 pp. 

Please note National Trust members will have to show their membership cards on the day.

Once a reservation has been confirmed with payment and completed booking form, a refund will not be possible in the event of cancellation unless the place can be filled from the waiting list.