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.

Highgrove Gardens Tour

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 15.00

Location: Highgrove, Tetbury, Gloucs

Only two places left!

In honour of our 30th anniversary, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has kindly given us a tour of his extraordinary gardens at Highgrove at 3pm on Sunday 25 August 2019. Our tour will be led by an expert guide and places are limited to a maximum of 26. Since this is likely to be over-subscribed, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis with priority given to members who have not previously seen the gardens. Guests are welcome but limited to one per member so we can include as many subscribed colleagues as possible.

For obvious reasons security requirements will have to be met in full. You will, for example, need to bring a form of photographic ID with you on the day (a passport, driving license or bus pass etc) and be asked not to use mobile phones, cameras, binoculars or any form of recording equipment. More information on this will be included with your ticket.

Tickets are £27.50 each for members and £32.50 for guests, with all income being used to boost Folly Fellowship funds. Afternoon tea will be taken at Highgrove’s Orchard Restaurant and is additional to the ticket price. On this occasion members are asked to dress in smart casuals, i.e. no jeans, tee-shirts or trainers please. At this stage we will not be taking payment, but please contact Andrew and let him have your name(s) and that of any guests:
Contact : Andrew Plumridge: plumridge@architect-uk.com or 07484 062333.

Annual Garden Party

Date: August 31, 2019

Location: Henbury Hall, nr Macclesfield, Cheshire

This year’s garden party will take place at Henbury Hall, Cheshire, a wonderful country house based on Palladio’s Villa Rotundo, but built in 1985. There are 12 acres of spectacular gardens which include a small gothic folly, a chinese bridge, an ice-house, a summerhouse and an elaborate greenhouse containing a swimming pool and grotto. Refreshments including cake and Pimms included.

Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.
Enquiries to Alan Terrill 01743 790799. If you want to send a cheque, please make it out to ‘The Folly Fellowship’ and post it to Alan Terrill, 5 Hope Valley, Minsterley, Shrewsbury, SY5 0JB

Henbury Garden Party

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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Talk with Wim and Gwyn

Date: October 29, 2019

Location: Artworkers Guild, Queens Square, London

As yet unconfirmed, but please keep this date free for a talk (title to be announced) from the authors of ‘Follies, Grottoes and Garden Buildings’

Talks and events by organizations other than the Folly Fellowship

There are no upcoming events.