PAST EVENTS

2017

25th-26th March - North Dorset tour - Wimborne St Giles, Larmer Tree, Durweston, Berwick St John, Pen Selwood and Castlebridge.

13th-14th May - Yorkshire - Aysgarth rock garden, Swinithwaite Temple, Hackfall and Ilton Circle + the Forbidden Corner

23rd July - Garden party at Hawkstone Park Shropshire

9th and 10th September - Dessau, Germany - a trip to Worlitz, Luisium and Oranienbaum.

 

2016

22nd May - Chauffeur's Flat, Tandridge, Surrey, Broadwood Tower and Holmbush House, Sussex

4th June- Banwell caves and folllies

1st - 3rd July - Capability Brown weekend -visit to Olicana Mosaics workshop, Temple Newsam, Bramham Park, Sledmere, Scampston and Terrington shell house.

31st July - Garden Party at Porter's Lodge, Cavenham, Suffolk.

11th Sept - South London tour - The dinosaurs of Crystal Palace plus a ruin and two towers

2015

11th April - Halswell Park, Somerset

6th-7th June - Bath & Bristol follies (with Follies Trust)

4th July - Garden party at Seend Manor, Wiltshire

5th September - Mt Edgcumbe & Devonport

2nd October - Knutsford and Adlington Hall

2014

6th and 7th September -Italy trip including La Scarzuoa and Bomarzo

27th July -Garden party at Flaxbourne Gardens, Aspley Guise, Beds.

18th May - Swanage tour

26th April - Hereford Border Ramble -Tenbury Wells Pump Room, Pembury Water Gardens, Shobden Arches and Gothick Church, and Bryan's Ground.

2013

8th & 9th Sept - Norfolk follies - Helter Skelter House, Felmingham Chapel, Corpusty Gardens and Blickling Mausoleum

17th August - Annual Garden Party -Highclere Castle

21st July - West Wycombe Park

5th June - Grove House estate, Wandsworth, London

27th April - Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset

2012

22nd/23rd Sept - Sintra Portugal incorporating Monserrate, Qunita De Regaleira and Pena Palace

8th Sept - Garden Party at Stowe

4th August - Boughton Park, Northampton

1st July - AGM at Alvechurch

29th June - Windsor Great Park -The grotto and ruined dairy of Frogmore

26th May- North Devon Miscellany - various local follies including Tawstock Tower, Barnstaple Watchtower and Rosemoor Gazebo

22nd April - Burt's Bits -An exploration of George Burt’s architectural legacy around Swanage including the newly restored Durlston Castle, Wellington Tower, Town Hall façade, Ulwell Obelisk, and Purbeck House.

2011

6th March- AGM and visit to Haddonstone Show Garden

20th-21st March- Welsh Wander - Paxton's Tower, Cilwendeg Shell House, Foel Ortho.

6th May - Eridge and Chiddingstone castle, Kent

29th July - Cheshire visit to Eaton Hall and Tabley House Tower

20th August - Garden Party at Hope Valley, Shropshire plus Dolfor grotto and Leighton Hall Poultry House

24th September - Herefordshire ramble with vists to Westonbury Water Gardens, Hampton Court and Cadmore Lodge.

 

2010

 

24 April 2010 - West Country Wander- Prior Park Bath, Crew's Hole Bath house, Bristol and the work of Graham Caine at St Werburghs Bristol

1st -2nd May -Northumberland -including Codger's Fort and Rothley Castle.

13th June- AGM at Kensal Green Cemetery

10th - 11th July - North Lincolnshire Weekend -Brocklesby Park and Cleethorpes 'Fitties' estate

15th August - Annual FF Garden Party. Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Bucks

11th Sept - The Cotswold Collection - Painswick Rococco Garden and Woodchester Manor

 

2009

19th May - Stanway and Sezincote in Gloucestershire

31st May- AGM at Rushton, Northants.

27th June -Ross-on-Wye follies, Ruardean tower and Dewstow gardens.

30th August - The Annual Folly Fellowship garden party at Wotton in Buckinghamshire

12th Sept  - Forbidden Corner trip

 

 

2008

8th March -AGM at the Corn Exchange, Faringdon, preceded by a guided tour of Lord Berners' folly.

13th April  - tour of Somerset Follies including Montacute, Avishays and Cricket St Thomas

15th June - Visit to Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey

13th July -tour of Derbyshire follies including Elvaston, Swarkestone pavilion, Foremark caves and Calke abbey.

16th August - Annual Garden Party at Horton Menagerie, Northamptonshire

20/21st September - Beckford/Bath weekend - Included a tour of the Fonthill estate and the Lansdown tower

8th November- Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Durham. A tour of this newly restored garden with its temples.

 

2007

31st March -a trip to the Shell House at Sherbourne

22nd July - Badminton estate, Gloucestershire , plus Colin's Barn, Tetbury
A grand estate with many castellated barns and a unique Hermit's cave, with the bonus of a modern folly - a sheep house which grew and grew!

18th August - Annual garden party took place at Pelham Place, Newton Valence, Hampshire. An exciting new folly garden with work by Vernon Gibberd and Derek Bruce, including an underground canal grotto.

8th September - a tour of Mad Jack Fuller's follies at Brightling, Sussex

5th-7th October -Trip to multiple follies in the Edinburgh and Mid-Lothian region, including Dryden Tower, Treggles Tower, Hurely Grotto and Cammo Tower, amongst others.

20th October - A visit to the Forbidden Corner, Tupgill park, Yorkshire, accompanied by the architect Malcolm Tempest

4th November - Croome Park, including a guided walk with Mike Smith, National Trust manager, and Mike Cousins .

 

2006

12th March - AGM at Carshalton House, Carshalton, Surrey

Early-18th-century water tower, hermitage-cum-grotto. The water tower, set within the beautiful grounds of the house contains a pump chamber, orangery, saloon and unique sunken bath.

Saturday 18 March - Stourhead, Wiltshire.   An opportunity to scale Alfred's Tower and promenade around the lake taking in the fantastic follies en route. Preceded by a talk about the conservation work, the day promises to be a feast for the intellect and the eye. 

Saturday and Sunday 22-23 April - Tiptoe through the Tulips . Two days near the blooming bulb-fields in (north-west) Holland. First day: a castle-pumping-station, three estates with 18th and 19th Century park designs, and several isolated items on the way. Second day: great contemporary do-it-yourself follies (some by fellow members!).

1st July - The FF Annual Garden Party Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire. A unique opportunity to visit the gardens during a major restoration programme.

3rd September - Elton Hall, Near Ludlow, Herefordshire, & Kyre Park, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. The gardener, Anthony Brooks, showed us around the gardens and gave us a talk on the history of this contemporary folly garden. In the afternoon we visited Kyre Park gardens, where our own grotto designer, Vernon Gibberd, worked a few years ago.

1st October - Acton Round, Shropshire .   Follies, Garden Buildings and medieval weapons of war - a tour of Hew Kennedy's estate north west of Bridgnorth. Visit one of England's true eccentrics in his own home, marvel at his architectural garden features and the largest trebuchet in the world then travel to his neighbour's estate to view a grotto in the process of construction, a Russian house in a wood and other oddities.

14-15 October - Isle of Wight . A tour of the follies of this island to celebrate the life of Ken Bright a very much loved member who died in 2005 and who came from Ryde.

2005

7 March - Hewell Grange Worcestershire. An operational prison.

16 April - Settrington and Scampston, near Malton. Settrington House with modern follies by the late Francis Johnson and Scampston Hall with its 'Capability' Brown Landscape and Palladian bridge.

25 June - Flounder's Folly, Shropshire. 

9/10 July - Lancashire Weekend. The weekend included visits to Lancaster town centre, Castle and Priory, Williamson Park and Ashton memorial. 

23 July - Widden Hill House garden follies near Horton, Chipping Sodbury.

13 August - Annual Garden Party at Barwick Park near Yeovil, Somerset.