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 pfgodfrey@gmail.com; 0117 9087375

Northern Ireland Trip

Start date: June 8, 2019 - End date: June 9, 2019

Location: Ireland

The Folly Fellowship is planning its first-ever trip to Northern Ireland, a land replete with fine follies. The trip, conducted by minibus, will focus on County Down where we will visit a quaint sea-side resort, four magnificent estates, a lonely tower cared for by the Irish Landmark Trust, a curious mock fort, and some restored mausolea. The highlights include:

Day one:

The Moorish Tower, Castlewellan

Tollymore including Lord Limerick's Follies, Barbican Gate, Bryansford Gate, Horn Bridge, Ivy Bridge

Bathing House and Eye of Ardglass gazebo, Ardglass

Knockbreda Cemetery Mausolea with tour led by Primrose Wilson,Chair of the Follies Trust,followed by buffet supper in her Belfast flat

Day two:

Helen's Tower, Clandeboye Estate

Temple of the Winds and Tir na'n Nog mausoleum, Mount Stewart

Temple and Eyecatcher, Castle Ward

All spaces on the minibus have now been taken. If you would still like to attend, please contact the organiser Jonathan Holt at jonathanholt3@gmail.com to discuss the alternative – CAR SHARING, which means either driving or being driven in car, either your own or hired, and following the minibus on the tour. This option is available to only TWELVE people and costs £30 for members or £35 for non-members.

Member (own car) £30.00 GBP
Guest (own car) £35.00 GBP

Folly Fellowship Symposium

Start date: November 3, 2018 - End date: November 4, 2018

Location: Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire

A two day Symposium - Day one will be a full day symposium of illustrated talks on a variety of folly-related subjects including:

Michael Cousins Follies in the Chinese Taste - The rise (and fall) of Chinese architecture in 18th cnntury Britain.

Dr Laura Mayer ‘Tea-things, Dragons and Bells’: Humphry Repton’s Greatest Folly

Isobel and Julian Bannerman Timber garden buildings from 1500 to the present day.

Dr Iain Jackson Nek Chand’s Rock Garden at Chandigarh, India

Lady Lucinda Lambton Beastly Follies.

Henry Macrory Whitaker Wright and Other Victorian Moles

The day will include tea/coffee and buffet lunch.

Day two:  A General Meeting of the Charity to present the accounts and business plan for the way ahead.  There will also be a talk by Sarah Finch-Crisp on The History of Lydiard Park.  If time permits, there will be a discussion on legacy projects and what follies mean to us, and a discussion on places that members would like to visit.  All of this will help us shape our future work and future direction.

Tickets are £45.00 for members and £50.00 for guests, and includes a buffet lunch and tea/coffee throughout the day.  Tickets for Sunday are £10 and for members only. Attendees must also pay £4.00 at the venue for car parking on the day– details from Andrew Plumridge.

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Member Saturday £45.00 GBP
Guest Saturday £50.00 GBP
Member Sunday £10.00 GBP

An evening meal will be available on Saturday - details have been sent out to individuals. If you wish to come, you can pay here:

Evening meal
One meal £23.50 GBP
Two meals £47.00 GBP
Three meals £70.50 GBP

Painshill and Vanbrugh’s Belvedere, Claremont

Date: October 6, 2018

Location: Surrey

It’s ten years since we last visited Painshill and much has been achieved in restoration since then. The restoration of the Crystal Grotto started by the late Folly Fellow Diana Reynell (see obituary in issue 99) has been completed and is stunning, and the reconstruction of the Temple of Bacchus has just been finished. We will have a guided tour. In the afternoon there will an opportunity to visit Vanbrugh’s Belvedere at Claremont, rarely open to the public. A cream tea to follow.

Further details  from Peter Godfrey 0117 908 7375 or pfgodfrey@gmail.com

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Member £16.00 GBP
Guest £17.50 GBP
Under 16 £15.00 GBP