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.

Folly Fellowship Symposium

Start date: November 3, 2018 - End date: November 4, 2018

Location: Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire

A two day Symposium – Day one will be a full day symposium of illustrated talks on a variety of folly-related subjects including:

Michael Cousins Follies in the Chinese Taste

Dr Laura Mayer ‘Tea-things, Dragons and Bells’: Humphry Repton’s Greatest Folly

Isobel and Julian Bannerman – subject to be confirmed

Dr Iain Jackson Nek Chand’s Rock Garden at Chandigarh, India

Lady Lucinda Lambton – subject to be confirmed

Henry Macrory – Whitaker Wright and Other Moles

The day will include tea/coffee and buffet lunch.

Day two:  A General Meeting of the Charity to present the accounts and business plan for the way ahead.  There will also be a talk by Sarah Finch-Crisp on The History of Lydiard Park.  If time permits, there will be a discussion on legacy projects and what follies mean to us, and a discussion on places that members would like to visit.  All of this will help us shape our future work and future direction.

Tickets are £45.00 for members and £50.00 for guests, and includes a buffet lunch and tea/coffee throughout the day.  Tickets for Sunday are £10 and for members only. Attendees must also pay £4.00 at the venue for car parking on the day– details from Andrew Plumridge.

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Talks and events by organizations other than the Folly Fellowship

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.

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.

Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Art of Memory

Date: October 30, 2018

Time: 19.00 - 20.30

Location: London , Garden museum

This lecture addresses how various forms of memory are expressed in Repton’s landscape vision, including personal memoir, cultural elegy and antiquarian learning, as part his longstanding concern with passing time.

This lecture will be given by Stephen Daniels, Curator of our exhibition Repton Revealed.

Discovering the Real Repton – a day long series of presentations

Date: November 5, 2018

Time: 10.30 - 17.00

Location: Garden museum, London

Speakers include:

Chris Sumner, London Parks and Gardens Trust: Repton  in London

Sarah Dickinson, Surrey Gardens Trust: Tracking down a Hardenberg Basket

Toby Parker, Hertfordshire Gardens Trust: Repton and the East India Company Patronage

Steffie Shields, Lincolnshire Gardens Trust: ‘Water in the valley’ – Normanton, re-discovering a Red Book

Patrick Eyres, Yorkshire Gardens Trust: Repton and the War Profiteers 

Judy Tarling, Sussex Gardens Trust: Repton and Friends at Heathfield Park

Glynis Shaw Welsh Historic Gardens Trust: Repton and John Nash as partners

Kate Harwood, Hertfordshire Gardens Trust: ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ – using research to save a Repton Landscape

Hugh Vaux Kent Gardens Trust: Montreal, a Repton landscape interpreted

Claire de Carle, Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust: ‘Parrots, Pineapples and Puckler’