Visit Schedule 2019

Booking begins two months prior to visits. Tickets are non-refundable.
All coach departures will be from the Sylvia Beaufoy Car Park, Station Road, Petworth GU28 0HX.
Please contact the Visits Secretary for further details:
email: highamp_s@btinternet.com phone: 01798 812518


Polesdon Lacey, West facade, Photo Martinvl

Tuesday 14 May - Day visit

POLESDEN LACEY, DORKING, SURREY

Regency house remodelled in 1906 by Margaret Greville, well-known Edwardian hostess, with her collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver displayed in the reception rooms and galleries as in the time of her celebrated house parties, and gardens with exceptional views over Ranmore Common and beyond, double herbaceous borders, kitchen garden and upper sunk garden.


  Dangerous Liaison, Philip Jackson, pictured during his one man exhibition Sacred and Profane, at the Bishop's Palace in Wells, Somerset. Photo Steve Lee

Dangerous Liaison, Philip Jackson, pictured during his one man exhibition Sacred and Profane, at the Bishop's Palace in Wells, Somerset. Photo Steve Lee

Wednesday 29 May - Morning Visit

PHILIP JACKSON’S STUDIO & CASTERBROOK GARDENS, COCKING

Philip Jackson, Royal Sculptor to the Queen, his public commissions include the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and St Richard in Chichester Cathedral.  The visit includes his studio, a talk by him, and the spectacular gardens created with his wife Jean which contain many of his fine sculptures.


Ightham Mote. Photo Katie Chan

Wednesday 19 June - Day Visit

IGHTHAM MOTE, IVY HATCH, KENT

Moated manor house with medieval Great Hall, painted Tudor ceiling in the New Chapel, Jacobean fireplace in the Drawing Room with 18th century hand-coloured Chinese wall-paper and 1950s Library and Victorian Billiard Room.  Gardens with orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks.


Westminster Abbey, Photo Gzen92

Saturday 29 June - Evening Visit

PURCELL CLUB: WESTMINSTER ABBEY HISTORICAL/MUSICAL TOUR

The Purcell Club’s members are mainly former Choristers of Westminster Abbey. The guided tour of the Abbey, with music, lasts about two hours and offers a unique way of seeing the Abbey in the quietness of the evening.


  The Blue Idol in Oldhouse Lane, Photo Andy Potter

The Blue Idol in Oldhouse Lane, Photo Andy Potter

Thursday 18 July - Morning visit                  

BLUE IDOL QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, COOLHAM

William Penn of Warminghurst Place was the founder of both this Meeting House and the City of Philadelphia; it is now a Grade II-listed 16th century building still in use for worship.

  Holy Sepulchre Church, Warminghurst, Janine Forbes

Holy Sepulchre Church, Warminghurst, Janine Forbes

Followed by:

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, WARMINGHURST

Grade I-listed 13th century early English Gothic stone-built church with Queen Anne fittings and whose interior is “the finest example in Sussex of how many have looked before the Victorian restorers”.


Entrance to Knole, Kent. Photo Amybobs

Tuesday 17 September - Day Visit

KNOLE, SEVENOAKS, KENT

Medieval palace of the Sackvilles: the tour includes all sixteen Showrooms newly and meticulously conserved and refurbished with a world-class collection of portraits, royal furniture and opulent silver, the Gatehouse Tower with panoramic views of the park, and Lord Sackville’s Garden.