Here are this year’s events – those at the top are organised by the Folly Fellowship, and those in the second block are events by other organizations that may be of interest.

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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 jonathanholt3@gmail.com



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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: pfgodfrey@gmail.com 0117 9087375

Talks and events by organizations other than the Folly Fellowship

There are no upcoming events.