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.

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

 


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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.

Further details and booking: Peter Godfrey pfgodfrey@gmail.com; 0117 9087375


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Talks and events by organizations other than the Folly Fellowship

The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill Exhibition

Start date: October 20, 2018 - End date: February 24, 2019

Location: Strawberry Hill, Twickenham

This exhibition brings back some of Horace Walpole’s original art collection that was dispersed in 1842 in a great sale.