A complete pirate island has been built near Cambridge. Have a look at the picture gallery - its quite staggering!
A gardening website with an article on Follies called houzz.
An interesting house/sculpture has made the news on 30th Sept - the sliding house in Margate, Kent.
A blog from the Smithsonian Collection in America about follies
Gwyn Headley does some more folly promotion in an article for History Magpie
An article on the sham castle at Acton Burnell appeared in the Sunday Telegraph on 12th May
Cranmore Tower has been restored and opened to the public - it even serves cream teas!
The restoration of Hadlow Tower features in an article in the Daily Express from 21st April
Caynton Temple at Beckbury near Wolverhampton has been in the news recently.
A company called Shared Space and Light put on a wonderful sound and light show, projected onto the surface of the Pepperpot in Brighton. There's a great film of it here
The Headington Shark had a party for its 26th year of existence last year -there's short film about it here
Perrott's Folly has been in the news recently -there's a BBC news item about it here
Dinton castle is up for sale - a recent article in the Daily Mail tells the story.
A brief article on follies appeared on The Idle Historian's blog recently
Gwyn Headley has been writing a series of short articles on follies on the Dabbler website which are well worth reading. In particular look out for the connection between Gwyn, Fanny Craddock and Clytha Castle, then check out Gwyn's very early folly credentials in the tale of Sway Tower. Health & Safety officers should look away now.
FF member Ann-Marie Nankivell has started a blog about interesting parts of London and of course there are a few follies in there. Have a look at thelondonphile
Weymouth has got itself a new prospect tower in the form of the Weymouth Sea Life Tower . It's a doughnut shaped observation room which rises up a vertical pole to a height of 165ft. The near identical tower to be built at Brighton is just beginning to take shape. Perhaps we will see a rash of these gradually replacing the ageing millenium wheels.
A folly called Ozanne Tower in Guernsey (described in Follies , Summer 2008) has recently been in the news as it may become the subject of a restoration project. There's a short video about it here.
I've just come across a site devoted to windmills, but with a page devoted to 'mock mill's' which were built for show or pleasure and were never intended to grind corn. Interestingly there is even one recently built to disguise a mobile phone mast .
Simon Sinkinson is a builder of Follies and other garden features. Keep an eye on his website for details. He has a very curious blog too which is worth a look.
The magazine English Homes has a feature on follies in its current edition with comments by Andrew Plumridge. Click on the picture and flick through the pages to page 84.
The ice house at Compton Verney has recently been restored and its a particularly fine thatched example. I found this on the excellent English Buildings blog which has much about it to recommend. There are a few follies in there, but anyone with any interest in any kind of historic building will find something of interest here.
I've just come across an interesting site devoted to the US fashion for octagonal houses (and it includes some round ones). Not follies but certainly curious and worth a look.
A tunnel has been unearthed at Larbert House in Falkirk Scotland which links the derelict mansion and an ornamental loch. It look like it may have been used by the family to get to the boathouse on the loch wihtout the staff seeing them. After all the stories of tunnels its good to hear of on e which actually exists.
Linda Wade is showing a forthcoming book called Architectural Extravaganzas - the Follies of Eastern Europe on her site.
Nic Barlow is planning a new book on follies in America and he'd love to hear about any you may know about - you can see those he's collected so far on www.folliesofamerica.com. e-mail: nic