Here are this year’s events – some are organised by the Folly Fellowship but we also include those by other organizations that may be relevant to those interested in follies.

Folly Jolly to County Down

Start date: April 26, 2018 - End date: April 28, 2018

Location: County Down, Ireland

Organized by the Follies Trust, this trip comprises accomodation at Ballydugan Mill and three days of exploring follies in the County Down area, many of which have been conserved by the Follies Trust themselves.

Folly! Art Installation at Studley Royal

Start date: April 28, 2018 - End date: November 4, 2018

Location: Studley Royal, North Yorkshire

Four engaging new temporary artworks will be unveiled in the landscape of the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in spring 2018, shining a light on the lost follies and hidden views of the water garden and abbey beyond. Now in its third year, folly! the National Trust site’s contemporary art programme, will be the boldest yet with large-scale outdoor works in the landscape.

International artists and architects Charles Holland Architects, Lucy + Jorge Orta, and Flea Folly have each been commissioned to re-imagine the lost follies which once stood on key sites within the Georgian water garden.  A fourth piece, designed by a pupil from a local school as part of a collaboration with the North Yorkshire Society of Architects, will also be unveiled.

Henbury Hall Open Day

Date: May 20, 2018

Time: 11.00 -16.00

Location: Macclesfield

A rare chance to get in and see the magnificent gardens and the outside of the Palladian house, built in 1986.

Blaise and Kingsweston, Bristol

Date: June 9, 2018

Location: Bristol

2018 is Humphry Repton’s death bicentenary , the first person to use the phrase ‘landscape gardener’ and Blaise in Bristol is one of his most fully realised landscape. There are a range of follies to see – Blaise Castle, mentioned in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, a rustic dairy, grottos, and Blaise Hamlet, a model village designed by John Nash. At Kingsweston we will see Vanbrugh’s Echo and Loggia. On the Sunday there is an option to visit Warmley Grotto and gardens (there is a separate charge for this).

Further details  from Peter Godfrey 0117 908 7375 or

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Warmley Grotto and Gardens, Bristol

Date: June 10, 2018

Location: Bristol

At Warmley, on the outskirts of Bristol, William Champion was the first person in Europe to smelt zinc, an important ingredient with copper in the production of brass. Around his works he build a garden and we will see the remains of this including the grotto, the summerhouse and a giant statue of Neptune. The grounds also contain what is probably the largest ice house in the country. We will have a guided tour.

Contact Peter Godfrey 0117 9087375 07974357351

To book you can either fill in the form on the left (click on the ‘More Info’ link) and send a cheque, or pay with Paypal below.

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30th Anniversary Garden Party – Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

Date: July 22, 2018

Location: Nottinghamshire

Come and celebrate 30 years of the Folly Fellowship at the Annual Garden Party on the ancestral estate of the Lords Byron, whose most infamous family member was the 6th Lord, George Gordon, the poet and social reformer. However, it was his great uncle the 5th Lord who built most of follies including the toy forts facing each other across a lake. The estate also includes numerous other features and gardens on various themes including Byron’s Oak, The Stew Pond, Fernery, Japanese Garden, Venetia’s Garden, American Garden, Rose Garden, Sub-Tropical Garden, Spanish Garden, The Boatswain’s Monument, The Monks’ Garden, herbaceous borders and the French Garden where we will gather for the tradition Pimm’s and Folly Cake. Entry to the house is included in the ticket price, so you can see where the 5th Lord got away with murder!
Further details from Jonathan Holt at or 0794 829 2628
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Celebrating Humphry Repton Conference

Start date: August 10, 2018 - End date: August 11, 2018

Location: Ashridge House, Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire

Speakers include the Repton experts including Folly Fellow Michael Symes, garden journalist Tom Williamson, Mick Thompson, Stephen Daniels, Jane Bradney, Keir Davidson. Visits include Woburn Abbey and the Ashridge grounds.

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 this issue) 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

To book, either download the form on the left (click on the ‘More Info’ link) and send a cheque, or pay using Paypal below:

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