Annual Garden Party – Eridge Park

Date: August 18, 2024
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Location: Eridge Park, Sussex

at Eridge Park , Sussex TN3 9JT (near Tunbridge Wells)
on the afternoon of Sunday 18th August 2024
This year we are honoured to be the guests of the Marquess and Marchioness
Abergavenny, the owners of the early 19th century creations of an
Abergavenny ancestor. One is described in Follies, Grottoes and Garden
Buildings as “one of our favourite follies’.
Members £22.50, Guests £25.00, Children £15 including entry to the garden,
sandwiches, folly cake, Pimm’s and soft drinks.

Why not bring a picnic and lunch in the splendour of your surroundings?


Member £22.50 GBP

Guest £25.00 GBP

Child £15.00 GBP

Member + Guest £47.50 GBP

2 Members £45.00 GBP

The Peak District: The Height of Folly

Start date: June 15, 2024 - End date: June 16, 2024
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Derbyshire

Kedleston Hall: various follies including the rarely open Fishing Pavilion with its plunge pool and double boathouse

Chalybeate Spring, Quarndon: a curious castellated spring building.

Matlock Bath’s various grottoish spring buildings plus the Victoria Prospect Tower by cable car.

‘The Gothic’ or D’s Brew Stop at Cressbrook, once a hive of industry by the Derbyshire Wye.

Bath House at Stoney Middleton

Chatsworth: The Dukes of Devonshire’s prodigious pile including Queen Mary’s Bower, the Moorish Summerhouse, Lutterell’s Seat, the Cascade House, the Willow Fountain, the Chatsworth Stand and Grotto.

£40 for members, £45 for non-members to include entry to Chatsworth House & Garden and cable car flight. Kedleston Hall: National Trust Members free, non-members: £17.10 for house and garden. Minimal climbing involved. Queries to


Member £40.00 GBP

Guest £45.00 GBP

2 Members £80.00 GBP

2 Members + I guest £125.00 GBP

Paris Trip

Start date: September 5, 2024 - End date: September 8, 2024
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: France

Folly Fellowship visit to Paris

September 5th – 8th 2024 limited to 16 places!

NB - The minibus is full, however you can still join the trip if you can make your own travel arrangements. Contact Peter Godfrey for any queries and for further information.

La Colonne Détruite at the Desert de Retz

Thursday September 5th – arrive in Paris

Friday September 6th – travel by train and bus to visit La Picassiette in Chartres. Raymond Isidore spent 33 years covering his house and garden with broken pottery and tiles, inside and out, including furniture, cooker, and bathroom. Astonishing

Saturday 7th September – travel by minibus to the Desert de Retz near Paris. Created in the 18th century and perhaps the quintessential folly garden. It includes a three storey house in the shape of a ruined column.

Sunday 8th September – morning visit to the Parc de Butte Chaumont in Paris. Created in an old quarry it has a temple and an amazing 20 metre high grotto with a waterfall.

You may wish to extend your stay and see some of the other delights of Paris, for instance visit the catacombs, or descend into the sewers!

This is a ‘pay as you go’ trip i.e. you are responsible for travel costs and entry fees. Approximate return fare to La Picassiette is £30, entry 7 euros. Minibus to the Desert de Retz £35, entry 10 euros. There is no public transport to the Desert de Retz so I have booked a minibus for 16 people. To reserve a place on this trip please pay in advance for the minibus through the Folly Fellowship website.

If you need further information please contact me.

Peter Godfrey: 0117 9087375

Hertfordshire Ramble (This trip is now full)

Date: May 18, 2024
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire was the home of the firm of James Pulham, 19th century manufacturers of artificial stone, and builders of grottos, rockeries, and follies. We will visit two examples of their work, firstly at the recently rediscovered Danesbury fernery and grotto, and then at Bennington Lordship. The day will start at Brookman’s Folly arch, and will include a visit to Scott’s Grotto, and an afternoon tea. Please note there is a walk of about 500 yards from car parking to the Danesbury fernery and grotto.

The cost for the day, not including tea is members £13, guests £15

Further details from Peter Godfrey  0117 9087375

Summer in Somerset

Date: June 10, 2023
All-day event
Location: Somerset

A tour around the Wells and Frome area: Mells Park: an ancient estate updated with new follies, gardening by Gertrude Jekyll, landscaping by William Gilpin and a house by Edwin Lutyens where the end of apartheid in South Africa was negotiated; Pondsmead Grotto: a massive pile of stone in Oakhill, featured in Follies 112; Spindle Cottage: play follies near Binegar, beautifully executed by  one of Somerset’s greatest living folly builders, featured in Follies 100.
Details from

Member £10.00 GBP
Guest £12.00 GBP
2 Members £20.00 GBP
2 Members + I guest £32.00 GBP

Goldney Grotto and Gardens, Bristol

Date: September 10, 2023
All-day event
Location: Bristol

This is one of the best preserved and most remarkable of 18th century grottos, and is rarely open. It is filled with the most fantastic shells and mineral formations, and an extraordinary watery cascade. The gardens also have an underground tunnel, a tower, a summer house, a bastion walk, and an orangery. We will have a two hour guided tour starting at 11am. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to take a walk to see some of the other interesting buildings and sights in this area of the city, followed by a cream tea!

Contact: 0117 9087375

This trip is now full

Hugh’s Follies

Date: May 12, 2023
All-day event
Location: Taston, Oxfordshire

We start the day at Broadway Tower, visited by Gwyn Headley when he was aged six and so arguably the birth place of the Folly Fellowship. We then drive to Taston near Chipping Norton where FF member Hugh Sherbrooke has built a number of follies including a dovecote, a grotto, a rondalvo, a boat house, a dome and a sheep drover’s bridge. There should also be time to inspect the Temple at Ditchley Park, and the Rollright Stones, finishing with tea!

This trip is now full.

Contact@ 0117 9087375