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.

Art exhibition by Ed Kluz “Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain”

Start date: November 11, 2017 - End date: February 25, 2018

Location: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Nr Barnsley

Stephen Daniels’ Talk Revealing Repton: Approaches to the Art of Landscape Gardening

Date: March 15, 2018

Time: 18:30

Location: Museum of Bath Architecture, The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Paragon, The Vineyards, Bath B

In the years since the publication of Stephen Daniels’ book Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England (1999), appreciation of Repton’s work, and the landscape arts of the period, has developed in a number of stimulating directions. In this lecture Profess or Daniels surveys this field of interest and inquiry with a view to opening new approaches to understanding and communicating the art of landscape gardening, and imaginative ways to commemorate the cultural significance of Repton’s work and its legacy in this bicentenary.

Pope’s Grotto

Date: March 17, 2018

Location: Twickenham, London

Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust will be opening the Grotto created by the 18th century poet and social commentator Alexander Pope in Twickenham, London. Visitors will be able to see the newly-restored South Chamber. Book your place on line at The Grotto will also be open on Saturdays 9th, 16th and 23rd of June.

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.

Blaise and Kingsweston, plus Warmley Gardens, Bristol

Start date: June 9, 2018 - End date: June 10, 2018

Location: Bristol

2018 is Humphry Repton’s death bicentenary (see more on this event below), 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 we will visit Warmley Grotto and gardens.

Further details  from Peter Godfrey 0117 908 7375 or

30th Anniversary Garden Party – Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

Date: July 22, 2018

Location: Nottinghamshire

Further details to follow.

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