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21 June 2018Excursion to Firle Place and Charleston Farmhouse
14 August 2018 Visit to Frogmore House and Savill Garden
08 October 2018Holiday to Glasgow and Edinburgh

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Excursion to Firle Place and Charleston Farmhouse
Thursday 21 June 2018

Firle Place is a manor house in East Sussex.  It was built in the late 15th century by Sir John Gage who held many high offices including Constable of the Tower and he was an executor of Henry VIII's will.  The Gages have continued to live at Firle up to the present day.  The current Viscount Gage is Sir Henry Nicholas Gage.  The house has an extensive collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture incuding works by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Van Dyke and others.

Charleston Farmhouse is located in Firle, East Sussex.  The artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved there in 1916.  Over the following half century, Charleston became the country meeting place for the group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Set.  The very attractive 17th century house and its beautiful gardens are now owned by the Charleston Trust and were opened to the public in 1986 after a major restoration.  The house contains historic interiors decorated by Bell and Grant.

There will be guided tours at both venues.

The coach will leave Banstead Community Centre at 9.00 am and reach Charleston Farmhouse at 10.30am in time for coffee/tea and biscuits (included).    At the end of the time at Charleston the coach will leave for Firle Place for lunch (included) at 1.00pm.     Finally the coach will leave Firle Place at 4.00pm to arrive back in Banstead at 5.30pm.  

The price for this excursion with includeded coffee/tea with biscuits and sandwich lunch is £45 and tickets will be on sale in April.

For further information, please telephone Alan Lansdown at 01737 350229

This excursion is now fully booked.  A waiting list is in place.