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.  Some hints on ordering mutliple tickets are given here.

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.

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; 0117 9087375

Talk with Wim and Gwyn

Date: October 29, 2019

Time: 19.00

Location: Artworkers Guild, Queens Square, London


Please note that members of the Artworker’s Guild and the Irish Follies Trust count as ‘members’ when booking.
If you wish to pay by cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘The Folly Fellowship’ and send it to:

Mary Bright,
32 Granville Park,
SE13 7EA

Talks and events by organizations other than the Folly Fellowship

Saltfleetby Prospect Tower Open Day

Date: September 21, 2019

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

Location: Saltfleetby Lincolnshire

Monteath Mausoleum Open Days

Start date: September 28, 2019 - End date: September 29, 2019