Welcome to the home of the Folly Fellowship.

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The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings. Initially a group of enthusiasts keen to record what was at first seen as a peculiarly British aspect of architecture, it has grown into a serious conservation and consultative architectural heritage charity, while not losing sight of the basic idea that these buildings are fun - they were built for pleasure before purpose. Some make us laugh, some provoke contemplative thoughts, some can frighten. Some are mere whims, others demand to be taken seriously.

People take their pleasures seriously - why should buildings be any different? An early realisation was the international flavour of the genre although the British Isles can count more follies per square mile than any other region, there are examples to be found all over the world. 

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of these buildings to our landscapes. Many have been restored and several have been completely rebuilt with local support. Better still, some individuals with imagination and the tenacity to fight the planning process, have begun to build new follies...


The FF continues to be interested in follies both old and new, but equally important to us is the fellowship aspect - our outings are excuses to meet with people from all over the country and from all walks of life. When the day is over we continue to chat over a meal and friendships are made. The conversation opener 'what do you do for a living?' is never heard. If you have an interest in follies, the rest is irrelevant.

The Folly Fellowship Ltd.
Company no.2600672
Registered Office: 1 Keble House, Manor Fields, London SW15 3LS
Registered In England
Charity No: 1002646
RSIN number:823773632

Latest updates:

30/08/2016 - Events update and For Sale update

This year is the 300th Anniversary of Capability Brown's birth. There are a number of events celebrating him all over the country and we had our own weekend in June visiting three of his landscaped gardens. All other Brown events can be found on a dedicated website.

An exhibition in Harrogate, curated by our own Karen Lynch, is going on from 25th June to 11th Septemeber. Full details are here.

The latest issue of Follies (Summer 2016) is dedicated to Capabiilty Brown.

And you can have your own souvenir Capability Brown bust to decorate your home or garden , thanks to a new design by Haddonstone.


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