Past events

Here are all the events that have been held over the years:


27th January – Online talk – ‘More Grand Days Out’ by Peter Godfrey

10th February ‘The Amsterdam School of Architecture’  by Alan Terrill

12th May – Hugh’s Follies- Broadway Tower, Hugh’s Follies at Taston, then  Ditchley Park.

10th June – Summer in Somerset – Mells Park, Pondsmead Grotto and Spindle Cottage

10th September – Goldney Grotto, Bristol

18th November – online talk ‘Art Nouveau in Europe’ by Alan Terrill


5th February – Online talk ‘Swiss Cottages’ by Kate Harwood

19th February – Online talk – ‘Peterhof – water used as high drama and powerplay’ by Caroline Holmes

12th March – Online talk – ‘What foolishness: how six cushions in a London garden led to a five-sided folly with gothic windows, castellations, a pyramid, and a lantern round which the eight Greek winds blow’  by Jane Dorner

19th March – Online Talk –  ‘A Grand Day Out- Jaunts with the Folly Fellowship’ by Peter Godfrey

26th March – Online Talk –  ‘Mustard, Easter Eggs, Nonconformisim, two brave men and a workaholic Scotsman’ by Gin Warren

2nd April – Online Talk – ‘The Life, Fancies and Foibles of William Beckford: Art Collector, Folly Builder and Fantasy Writer’ by Jonathan Holt

9th April – Online Talk – ‘The Various Follies and garden buildings of Enville and Hagley Estates’ by Gordon Whittaker

27th April – Enville Hall

27th May- 30th May- Potsdam trip including Pfaueninsel,  Sanssoucci Park, Babelsberg Park and the Neuer Garden.

21st June – Shugborough Park and Weston Park, Staffs.

21st August – Garden Party at Rousham, Oxfordshire

2nd -4th September- Lake District tour based in Ambleside.

25th September – Gunton Park, Norfolk.

11th November – Online talk ‘Lodges and Gatehouses’ by Alan Terrill

25th November – Online talk ‘Pyramids and Cones in Britain’ by Claire Terrill

2nd December – Online talk ‘The changing faces of Shugborough – don’t believe all that you read! ‘ by Mike Cousins

9th December – Online talk ‘ Much More than a Capricho: Comillas as the Prelude to Barcelonan Modernism’ by Jonathan Holt

16th December – Online talk  ‘Strange Belgian Houses (and other curious buildings)’  by Alan Terrill


16th January – Online talk ‘The Fellowship Abroad’ by Peter Godfrey

30th January – Online talk ‘An Introduction to Follies’ by Alan Terrill

6th February – Online talk ‘Are There Follies Down Under’ by Christine Upton

27th February – Online talk ‘Shell Artists of our time: Tales of Perseverance, Patience and Paella’ by Jonathan Holt

13th March-  Online talk ‘A Virtual tour of the Follies and Curiosities of the Welsh Marches’ by Claire Terrill

20th March – Online talk – ‘Follies of Potsdam’ by Peter Godfrey

10th April- Online talk – ‘Creation of a late 18th century genteel suburb in Camberwell, South London’ by Peter Cooke

24th April -Online talk – ‘Another virtual tour of Shropshire Follies and Curiosities’, by Claire Terrill

1st May – Online Talk -‘ A History of Corrugated iron Buildings’ by Claire Terrill

8th May- Online talk – ‘Public parks in Milton Keynes’ by Claire de Carle

21st August – Chesterton Windmill and Farnborough Hall, Warwickshire

5th September – Garden Party, Iford Manor, Wiltshire

6th November – Online talk  ‘Ickworth House’ by Caroline Holmes

20th Nov – Online talk ‘Weird Things in Saskatchewan’ by Claire Terrill

4th Dec: Online talk  ‘India in Britain’ by Kate Harwood

18th December – Online talk ‘Infinitely Beautiful – Follies of the Dessau Worlitz Garden Realm’  by Peter Godfrey


5th December – Online talk ‘How to Build a Folly’ by Alan Terrill


18th May- Wimpole Hall

8th -9th June – Northern Ireland

6th July – East Anglia

25th Aug -Highgrove

31st Aug – Garden Party at Henbury Hall, Cheshire

21st – 22nd September – Edinburgh Ancient and Modern.  Calton Hill,  Jupiter Artland and Little Sparta


9th-10th June – Bristol Follies – Blaise Castle and Kingsweston, plus Warmley Grotto

July 22nd – 30th Anniversary Garden Party at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

6th Oct – Painshill and Vanbrugh’s Belvedere, Claremont

Nov 3rd -4th – Symposium at Lydiard Park


25th-26th March – North Dorset tour – Wimborne St Giles, Larmer Tree, Durweston, Berwick St John, Pen Selwood and Castlebridge.

13th-14th May – Yorkshire – Aysgarth Rock Garden, Swinithwaite Temple, Hackfall and Ilton Circle + the Forbidden Corner

23rd July – Garden Party at Hawkstone Park,  Shropshire

9th and 10th September – Dessau, Germany – a visit to the gardens of Worlitz, Luisium and Oranienbaum.


22nd May – Chauffeur’s Flat, Tandridge, Surrey, Broadwood Tower and Holmbush House, Sussex

4th June- Banwell caves and folllies

1st – 3rd July – Capability Brown weekend -visit to Olicana Mosaics workshop, Temple Newsam, Bramham Park, Sledmere, Scampston and Terrington shell house.

31st July – Garden Party at Porter’s Lodge, Cavenham, Suffolk.

11th Sept – South London tour – The dinosaurs of Crystal Palace plus a ruin and two towers


11th April – Halswell Park, Somerset

6th-7th June – Bath & Bristol follies (with Follies Trust)

4th July – Garden party at Seend Manor, Wiltshire

5th September – Mt Edgcumbe & Devonport

2nd October – Knutsford and Adlington Hall


6th and 7th September -Italy trip including La Scarzuoa and Bomarzo

27th July -Garden party at Flaxbourne Gardens, Aspley Guise, Beds.

18th May – Swanage tour

26th April – Hereford Border Ramble -Tenbury Wells Pump Room, Pembury Water Gardens, Shobden Arches and Gothick Church, and Bryan’s Ground.


8th & 9th Sept – Norfolk follies – Helter Skelter House, Felmingham Chapel, Corpusty Gardens and Blickling Mausoleum

17th August – Annual Garden Party -Highclere Castle

21st July – West Wycombe Park

5th June – Grove House estate, Wandsworth, London

27th April – Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset


22nd/23rd Sept – Sintra, Portugal incorporating Monserrate, Qunita De Regaleira and Pena Palace

8th Sept – Garden Party at Stowe

4th August – Boughton Park, Northampton

1st July – AGM at Alvechurch

29th June – Windsor Great Park -The grotto and ruined dairy of Frogmore

26th May- North Devon Miscellany – various local follies including Tawstock Tower, Barnstaple Watchtower and Rosemoor Gazebo

22nd April – Burt’s Bits -An exploration of George Burt’s architectural legacy around Swanage including the newly restored Durlston Castle, Wellington Tower, Town Hall façade, Ulwell Obelisk, and Purbeck House.


6th March- AGM and visit to Haddonstone Show Garden

20th-21st March- Welsh Wander – Paxton’s Tower, Cilwendeg Shell House, Foel Ortho.

6th May – Eridge and Chiddingstone castle, Kent

29th July – Cheshire visit to Eaton Hall and Tabley House Tower

20th August – Garden Party at Hope Valley, Shropshire plus Dolfor grotto and Leighton Hall Poultry House

24th September – Herefordshire ramble with vists to Westonbury Water Gardens, Hampton Court and Cadmore Lodge.


24 April 2010 – West Country Wander- Prior Park Bath, Crew’s Hole Bath house, Bristol and the work of Graham Caine at St Werburghs Bristol

1st -2nd May -Northumberland -including Codger’s Fort and Rothley Castle.

13th June- AGM at Kensal Green Cemetery

10th – 11th July – North Lincolnshire Weekend -Brocklesby Park and Cleethorpes ‘Fitties’ estate

15th August – Annual FF Garden Party. Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Bucks

11th Sept – The Cotswold Collection – Painswick Rococco Garden and Woodchester Manor


19th May – Stanway and Sezincote in Gloucestershire

31st May- AGM at Rushton, Northants.

27th June -Ross-on-Wye follies, Ruardean tower and Dewstow gardens.

30th August – The Annual Folly Fellowship garden party at Wotton in Buckinghamshire

12th Sept – Forbidden Corner trip


8th March -AGM at the Corn Exchange, Faringdon, preceded by a guided tour of Lord Berners’ folly.

13th April – Tour of Somerset Follies including Montacute, Avishays and Cricket St Thomas

15th June – Visit to Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey

13th July – Tour of Derbyshire follies including Elvaston, Swarkestone pavilion, Foremark caves and Calke abbey.

16th August – Annual Garden Party at Horton Menagerie, Northamptonshire

20/21st September – Beckford/Bath weekend – Included a tour of the Fonthill estate and the Lansdown tower

8th November- Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Durham. A tour of this newly restored garden with its temples.


31st March – A trip to the Shell House at Sherbourne

22nd July – Badminton estate, Gloucestershire , plus Colin’s Barn, Tetbury

18th August – Annual garden party took place at Pelham Place, Newton Valence, Hampshire. An exciting new folly garden with work by Vernon Gibberd and Derek Bruce, including an underground canal grotto.

8th September – A tour of Mad Jack Fuller’s follies at Brightling, Sussex

5th-7th October – Trip to multiple follies in the Edinburgh and Mid-Lothian region, including Dryden Tower, Treggles Tower, Hurely Grotto and Cammo Tower, amongst others.

20th October – A visit to the Forbidden Corner, Tupgill Park, Yorkshire, accompanied by the architect Malcolm Tempest

4th November – Croome Park, including a guided walk with Mike Smith, National Trust manager, and Mike Cousins .


12th March – AGM at Carshalton House, Carshalton, Surrey with early-18th-century water tower, hermitage-cum-grotto.

Saturday 18 March – Stourhead, Wiltshire.

Saturday and Sunday 22-23 April – Tiptoe through the Tulips . Two days near the blooming bulb-fields in (north-west) Holland. First day: a castle-pumping-station, three estates with 18th and 19th Century park designs, and several isolated items on the way. Second day: great contemporary do-it-yourself follies (some by fellow members!).

1st July – The FF Annual Garden Party Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire.

3rd September – Elton Hall, Near Ludlow, Herefordshire, & Kyre Park, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.

1st October – Acton Round, Shropshire . Follies, Garden Buildings and medieval weapons of war – a tour of Hew Kennedy’s estate north west of Bridgnorth., plus a visit to Walcot Hall to see the Dacha.

14-15 October – Isle of Wight . A tour of the follies of this island to celebrate the life of Ken Bright a very much loved member who died in 2005 and who came from Ryde.


7 March – Hewell Grange Worcestershire. An operational prison.

16 April – Settrington and Scampston, near Malton. Settrington House with modern follies by the late Francis Johnson and Scampston Hall with its ‘Capability’ Brown Landscape and Palladian bridge.

25 June – Flounder’s Folly, Shropshire.

9/10 July – Lancashire Weekend. The weekend included visits to Lancaster town centre, Castle and Priory, Williamson Park and Ashton memorial.

23 July – Widden Hill House garden follies near Horton, Chipping Sodbury.

13 August – Annual Garden Party at Barwick Park near Yeovil, Somerset.


27th-28th March- Three Counties Weekend – Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset

15th-16th May – Yorkshire Wolds Weekend

25th June – Hewell Grange, Worcestershire

7th August – Garden Party at Consall Hall, Staffordshire

12th September – Shotover and Ditchley, Oxfordshire

3rd October- Le Palais Ideal, France


15th June – Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire & Wardour Castle

2nd August – Saltram House, Devon

16th August- Garden Party at Stancombe Park, Gloucestershire

27th September – Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire

18th October- Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch


24th Feb- Hagley

6th and 7th April – Castell Coch and Cardiff Castle

27th April – Alton Towers

2nd and 3rd June-  Cobham Hall, Quex Park and Margate

17th August- Garden Party at West Green House,  Hampshire

14th September – Gunnersbury Park

23rd November – Swinton Park and Druid’s Temple


7th April – Alton Towers and Biddulph Grange

7th July- Williamson’s Tunnels, Liverpool

11th August – Garden Party at Forbidden Corner, Middleham, Yorkshire

15th September – South-East Hampshire- Fort Widley & Staunton Park

13th & 14th October – Highclere Castle, Hampshire


8th April – Bramham Park, Yorkshire

13th May – Bladon Castle, Sedbury Deerfold and Tutbury Castle

30th June – Belcombe Court, Bradford-on Avon, Wiltshire

26th August – Garden Party at Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

9th September – Suffolk follies inc Thorpeness, Freston Tower, Martlesham & Westleton.

October – Mad Jack Fuller’s follies, Brightling, Sussex.


27th March – Little Italy, Machynlleth, Powys

18th April – Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire

1st May – Luttrel’s Tower and Cadland in Fawley, Hampshire

24th July – Garenden Park, Leicestershire

14th August – Garden party at Claremont, Surrey

28th – 30th August – Scottish Weekend including Mount Stewart, Cahrles Jencks’s garden and Kelburn Castle

11th September – Walton Castle, Worlesbury Observatory and Banwell caves and tower.


15th March – Horsley Towers, Surrey

16th May -Parc Glyllifon, Gwynedd

20th June- Castle Hill, Filleigh, Devon

5th July – The Tresham Trail – Northants

29th and 30th August – Weekend in Scotland -including the Pineapple, ice house at Broomhall, Blacarres Crag folly and Dairsie castle

18th October – Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal


28/29th June – Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse

16th August – Garden Party at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

29th September – Fawley Court, Henley on Thames


27th April – Horton Menagerie, Northamptonshire

11th May – The Gnoll, Neath, Wales

29 & 30th June – Bath Follies and Goldney

21st July – West Wycombe

14th September – Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire


14th May – Notgrove Manor, Gloucestershire + Painswick

29th July – Painshill

12th August – Garden Party at Rousham

16th September – Chesterton Windmill + Farnborough Hall, Warwickshire

7th October – Pontypool Tower & Grotto + Clytha Castle


23rd April – Perrots Folly

12th June – Barwick Park

13th August – Garden Party at Busbridge Lakes, Surrey

September 1994 – Hagley


12th June – Halswell House

7th Aug – Garden Party at Hawkstone Park

11th September – Croombe Court


6th June – Larmer Tree Gardens

8th August – Stancombe Park, Gloucestershire -Garden Party

26th Sept – Strawberry Hill, Twickenham

10th & 11th Oct – Desert de Retz, Paris


8th June – Banwell Castle and Caves

20th July, 3rd August, 17th August & 24th August – Bath Follies tour inc Beckford’s Tower, Pinch’s Folly, Ralph Allen’s Sham Castle, Sidney Gardens Temple & Vellore House Grotto.

21st July – Shugborough, Staffs, Garden Party

3rd Nov – 10 Commandments Stones, Buckland & Scobitor Round House


4th August – Stowe Gardens – Garden Party


6th August – West Green House, First Annual Garden Party