Update on visits status orange!
ALHS could not proceed with summer visits in 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions. We sincerely hope, however, that Summer Visits in 2021 will be able to go ahead. Should this become realistic, the programme will be similar to events planned for 2020. We will publish the new dates as soon as it becomes possible to rebook coaches and venues. We will let you know when you can book
1) May: Chavenage House, near Tetbury, is an Elizabethan manor house that has remained virtually unchanged for 400 years. It was used as Trenwith in the Poldark series. Depart Abergavenny bus station at 9.15. Coffee or tea on arrival. Guided tour of the House, picnic in the garden (bring your own) then return via Tetbury Arrive back 5-5.30pm. Cost: £24
2) June: Wye Valley Churches trip with Oliver Fairclough. Depart 9.15 for Garway, Hoarwithy, Much Dewchurch and Kilpeck stopping at Rowlestone for ice cream en route back to Abergavenny. Cost: £21 includes coffee, pub buffet lunch and church donations. Arrive4.30-5pm
3) July: Merthyr Heritage Tour: Depart 9.15. First stop is Cyfarthfa Castle where Christopher Parry will introduce us to the history of the castle and guide us through the art collection including the work of Penry Williams. After lunch (bring your own picnic) we will visit the cottage in Chapel Place, birthplace of the musician and composer, Joseph Parry, and step back in time to the 1840s. Our third stop is the Soar centre where we will see the chapel, now converted to a theatre, visit the renovated Red House (former court house and town hall). Tea at leisure before return to Abergavenny. Arrival: approx 5.30pm. Cost: £17.50 includes morning tea/coffee
4) August: Four-day trip to Suffolk. We will stay in Ipswich, the oldest continuously settled town in England.
Day 1: Depart Abergavenny 9.15. First stop is Packwood House, a Tudor manor in Warwickshire (National Trust, £11.60). At 5pm-ish check into the Novotel.
Day 2: Sutton Hoo (National Trust, £14.25). Recent changes include an upgraded exhibition hall with video screens and voice recordings, rusted steel sculpture of the Anglo-Saxon burial ship, complete with gold and silver treasures. The centrepiece of the revamped heritage site is the viewing tower next to the burial mounds that are believed to be the last resting place of King Raedwald who ruled East Anglia in the early seventh century. After lunch depart for Flatford Mill (inspiration for some of John Constable’s most famous paintings). Optional guided tour costs £3.50.
Day 3: To Wimpole Hall,nr Royston (National Trust. Guided tour, plus time to wander. Depart 12.30 for Lavenham a medieval village and its Guildhall of Corpus Christi (National Trust, £8).
Day 4: Depart Ipswich 9.30, stop at Anglesey Abbey for tea/coffee and garden views. Then to Coventry. Guided tour comprising history of the Ruins, the Blitz, and the building of the New Cathedral plus lunch. Arrive Abergavenny approx 5.30pm. Price includes transport, dinner, bed & breakfast for 3 nights at the Novotel, tour of Coventry Cathedral plus gratuities. £230 pp double/twin based on two sharing. £305 pp single excludes admission to National Trust & English Heritage properties which is free to members.
5) September: Cirencester & Chedworth Roman Villa. Depart 9.15. Guided tour with Frank Olding to visit Corinium Museum & Roman amphitheatre in Cirencester. Lunch in historic town centre at leisure. Depart 2pm for Chedworth Roman Villa (National Trust, £10.80) a high-status villa hidden for 1,500 years until discovered by Victorian gamekeepers. They found magnificent mosaics, intricate hypocaust (central heating) systems, bath houses and an ancient water-shrine. Arrive back in Abergavenny approx 5.30pm. Cost: £20 includes entry to Corinium museum.
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