An Introduction to Follies

Date: January 30, 2021

Time: 19.30 -20.30

Location: Online

by Alan Terrill

A free talk about what follies are, the different types, and when they were built, with plenty of illustrations. Intended for relative newcomers but anyone can join if they wish.

Zoom Talk 3 – ‘Are There Follies Down Under?’

Date: February 6, 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

A free talk by Christine Upton

Zoom Talk 5 – The Follies of Potsdam

Date: March 20, 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

A free talk by Peter Godfrey

A link will be sent out nearer the time.

Zoom talk 4 – Jonathan Holt on Shell Artists

Date: February 27, 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

Shell Artists of Our Time: Tales of Perseverance, Patience and Paella.

A free talk for members - the link will be circulated in due course.

Online Zoom talk – ‘The Fellowship Abroad’

Date: January 16, 2021

Time: 19:00

Location: Online

A free talk by Peter Godfrey , who has arranged several trips abroad.

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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.