Day Trips

Tapeley Park  | Harvington Hall  |

Back to top Tuesday 25th September (NEW DATE)

WSNTA Tapeley

Unfortunately we have had to re-schedule our outing to Bideford and Tapeley Park from Tuesday 21st August to Tuesday 25th September owing to the illness of the owner who was to give us a tour of his house. It is only possible to see the house as part of a pre-booked organised tour. The majority of people have re-booked, but some cannot make the new date – so we now have vacancies. We have enough to make the trip viable, but bookings will be welcomed from other members, and non-member friends (for an extra £1 per head).

Tapeley Park sits high on a hill overlooking the River Torridge and the North Devon coastline. Home to the Christie family for 2 centuries, Hector Christie is the current custodian of the estate. Tapeley Park is renowned for its beautiful gardens, particularly the Italian terraces, and include a lake, ponds, old woodland, and a sizeable organic vegetable garden. Tapeley park has one of the oldest permaculture gardens in the U.K.

Although the house at Tapeley park has existed in various forms dating back to the time of the Domesday Book, it was the arrival of Lady Rosamund in the 1880s that led to the 'neo-classicising' of the property, which gave the main house its distinctive look. The visionary spirit of Lady Rosamund has been continued by her great grandson, Hector, who has been a champion of chemical free food production for many years and long before it became an established feature on grocery shop shelves. Sustainability is a key theme on the Tapeley park estate, which is pesticide free.

As we are visiting North Devon we will pick up in reverse, i.e. starting at Williton, usual stops to Minehead and an extra pick-up at Porlock. Our day begins with a visit to the nearby attractive town of Bideford where we will have free time to explore, and get refreshments or lunch. We have a tour of Tapeley Park house booked with the owner, Hector Christie, at 2 p.m. after which you can explore the gardens. There is a tea room for refreshment before we leave around 5 p.m.

Depart: Williton 8.45 am
route via Minehead 9 am & Porlock 9.10 am
Return: approx.. 7 pm
Cost: £25 per head

Bookings to Veronica Cole (Contact Details in Newsletter)
Harvington Hall
Back to top Thursday, 27th September

WSNTA harvington

Harvington Hall near Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Harvington Hall is a moated mediaeval and Elizabethan manor house near Kidderminster owned by the Roman Catholic church.

The Hall contains the finest series of priest holes and hiding places anywhere in the country. These were built in the early 17th century by the famous Nicolas (alias Little John) Owen who was tortured to death in the Tower of London when it was high treason to be a Catholic priest in England.

Many of the rooms still have their original Elizabethan wall paintings which were discovered under whitewash in 1936, the most important are the arabesque drawings in the Mermaid passage. The moat attracts many water-fowl to the island, and the gardens, which have been replanted and restored, are well worth visiting in their own right

We shall have guided tours of the house. There will be ample time to explore the gardens and chapel.
visit is at the limit of a “one day” coach trip from Minehead but is particularly interesting historically.

Depart Minehead 8.00 a.m
Return approx. 7.00 p.m.
Cost £27.00 per head

Bookings to Glen and Brian Heaton, (Contact Details in Newsletter)