Swiss Garden, nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Date: April 24, 2020

Location: Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Update 15th March -owing to the corona virus situation, Andrew ahs decided it would be unwide to hold this at what is predicted to be the peak of the virus. It will hopefully be rescheduled for later in the year. Contact Andrew Plumridge

Lincolnshire Lope

Date: August 1, 2020

Location: Around Grantham, Lincolnshire


Annual Garden party

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Location: Wiltshire

At Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. This year we will be the guests of FF member Elizabeth Carwright-Hignett whose house holds two gardens - the more famous being the Italianate garden with buildings and sculptures by Harold Peto, but also a private garden where Elizabeth has added some modern shell and pebble mosaic work. All this is detailed in Jonathan's 'Wiltshire Follies' book. Enquiries to Jonathan Holt

This will not now take palce -hopefully it will take place in 20121 instead.

An Evening of Architectural Follies – Illustrated Talk by Jonathan Holt

Date: September 19, 2019

Time: 8pm

Location: Beaufort Bookshop, 1 Beaufort Place, St Saviour’s Road, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RP

Grottoes, shell houses, towers, gazebos, belvederes, sham castles, sham churches, eyecatchers, the list of building types goes on, all to enjoy and marvel at. From his vast photographic collection he will show how weird and wonderful follies can be, their high artistic value and beautiful decoration, backed up by the amazing stories behind them.
Jonathan has scoured the world for follies for decades, and has written four books on Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset and recently Wiltshire. He is also Editor of Follies, the organ of the Folly Fellowship, a charity dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of these curious buildings. All his books will be on sale and there will be some folly freebies for all who attend this intriguing evening.
Free entry and drinks & nibbles - to get an idea of the quantity needed, kindly reply to by 16th September.

Highgrove Gardens Tour

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 15.00

Location: Highgrove, Tetbury, Gloucs

In honour of our 30th anniversary, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has kindly given us a tour of his extraordinary gardens at Highgrove at 3pm on Sunday 25 August 2019. Our tour will be led by an expert guide and places are limited to a maximum of 26. Since this is likely to be over-subscribed, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis with priority given to members who have not previously seen the gardens. Guests are welcome but limited to one per member so we can include as many subscribed colleagues as possible.

For obvious reasons security requirements will have to be met in full. You will, for example, need to bring a form of photographic ID with you on the day (a passport, driving license or bus pass etc) and be asked not to use mobile phones, cameras, binoculars or any form of recording equipment. More information on this will be included with your ticket.

Tickets are £27.50 each for members and £32.50 for guests, with all income being used to boost Folly Fellowship funds. Afternoon tea will be taken at Highgrove’s Orchard Restaurant and is additional to the ticket price. On this occasion members are asked to dress in smart casuals, i.e. no jeans, tee-shirts or trainers please.
This trip is now full, but if you've made your booking, you can pay by sending a Paypal payment to or send an email to and say how many you want to pay for and you'll be sent a Paypal invoice by return which you can pay online.
Contact : Andrew Plumridge: or 07484 062333.

Talk with Wim and Gwyn

Date: October 29, 2019

Time: 19.00

Location: Artworkers Guild, Queens Square, London

Member £15.00 GBP
Guest £18.00 GBP

Please note that members of the Artworker's Guild and the Irish Follies Trust count as 'members' when booking.
If you wish to pay by cheque, please make the cheque payable to 'The Folly Fellowship' and send it to:

Mary Bright,
32 Granville Park,
SE13 7EA

Annual Garden Party, Saturday 31st August

Date: August 31, 2019

Time: 12.30 -17.00

Location: Henbury Hall, nr Macclesfield, Cheshire

This year's garden party will take place at Henbury Hall, Cheshire, a wonderful country house based on Palladio's Villa Rotundo, but built in 1985. There are 12 acres of spectacular gardens which include a small gothic folly, a chinese bridge, an ice-house, a summerhouse and an elaborate greenhouse containing a swimming pool and grotto. Refreshments including cake and Pimms included. Booking ends on 25th August.

Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.
Enquiries to Alan Terrill 01743 790799. If you want to send a cheque, please make it out to 'The Folly Fellowship' and post it to Alan Terrill, 5 Hope Valley, Minsterley, Shrewsbury, SY5 0JB. If you want to book late please call me first and then pay on the day.

Henbury Garden Party
Member £30.00 GBP
Guest £33.00 GBP

East Anglian Excursion

Date: July 6, 2019

Location: Essex/Suffolk border

Bull's Tower, Belchamp Walter Eyecatcher, Middleton arch and a secret Sudbury garden, all on the Essex/Suffolk border. Starting at Bull's tower Pentlow nr Long Melford, which we hope to climb, followed by narrow lanes to other follies with lunch at a community pub. Then a tumulus, stone circles, lakes and more, ending up with a cream teas with a dragon! Some walking but not too strenuous. Numbers limited to 25. Details: Patrick Todd

East Anglian excursion
Member £12.00 GBP
Guest £14.00 GBP

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Date: May 18, 2019

Location: Wimpole Hall

The walk will explore the diverse landscape of one of the
largest estates in Cambridgeshire and will take in the Chinese Bridge, Wimpole
lakes and the recently restored Gothic Folly as well as woodland belts designed
by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.  This
should be a relatively easy walk covering approximately 3 miles with about 90
mins walking.  The Wimpole estate is dog

Donald Insall Associates have worked on the restoration
of the Gothic Folly and the architect who worked on the restoration will give a
brief talk about the work carried out. 
The restoration received a Civic Trust Commendation in 2015, a Georgian
Group Award and Europa Nostra Grand Prix Laureate Awards in 2016.  Some Donald Insall Associates employees may also
join us on the walk.  Wimpole Hall and Gardens
will also be open on the day.  There are
three locations to eat at Wimpole and the walk will be timed to allow you to
enjoy tea and cake before we go home (cost not included in entrance fee).

Wimpole Hall Estate is run by the National Trust and you
will need to pay the National Trust entry charge to the Estate yourself on
entry – this is between £12.50 and £18.95 depending upon whether you would like
to go into the Hall or Gardens only and if you wish to pay Gift Aid or not.

For more details please contact:  Peter Cooke

Event now full.

Edinburgh -Ancient and Modern

Start date: September 21, 2019 - End date: September 22, 2019

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

A tour in
and around Edinburgh looking at the point where art and follies meet. Can art
in the landscape ever be a folly? On the Saturday we will see traditional
follies in the centre of Edinburgh and then visit a sculpture garden on the
outskirts of the city where there are modern follies amongst the landscape art.
On Sunday we will visit a ‘poet’s garden’ about one hour by road from Edinburgh
– an intriguing and thought provoking garden that is neither a folly or a
sculpture garden.

Saturday – in the morning there will be some street walking and you will need to be able to climb Carlton Hill. In the afternoon the sculpture garden is easily accessible. On Sunday there is a walk of about 700 metres from the car park to the garden, although disabled access can be arranged. Both gardens are relatively flat and easy walking.

Transport – for those without cars this can be arranged, either car share or a minibus depending on numbers. There would be an extra charge for a minibus – this will depend on the numbers travelling but is likely to be £25 - £35 for the weekend.

Please note that this event is now full.

Further details and booking: Peter Godfrey; 0117 9087375