South East Staffordshire
Association of National Trust Members

WEDNESDAY 18th April    
Coach trip.       Burghley House and Gardens.

One of the greatest of Britain’s non-royal palaces, built for Elizabeth 1’s Lord High Treasurer, Lord Burghley between 1555 and 1587. The house has remained in family private ownership since it was built. The house was built from a very hard type of limestone and has not been affected by erosion over the years, and is beautifully preserved as a result. There is a Great Hall with hammerbeam roof and a vaulted kitchen. There are also magnificent collections including fine 17c Italian paintings and an opulent series of state rooms. Outside there is a deer park and gardens with contemporary sculptures. The house has excellent refreshment facilities including the Orangery Restaurant and the Garden Café. Lunch will be at your own expense. The entry price included in the cost of the trip entitles you to a self- guided tour of the house, entry to the Capability Brown Exhibition, the Historical Garden of Surprises, the Contemporary Sculpture Park as well as the 18 state rooms in the house.   There is a well- stocked courtyard shop which you can visit. 
Coach Departs:     Tamworth Corporation Street at 8.00am.                                Lichfield Bus Station at 8.20am.                                The coach will depart Burghley at 4.00pm Charge:                  £30 for members and £32 for non members. 
Organiser;            Andrew & Glennys Maw         Telephone:   01543 411317      Mob:  07748900171, Email:


Wednesday 16th May Coach Trip Croome Court

Croome Court & its parkland have been in the Coventry family since 1592.  In mid-18th century the 6th Earl commissioned “Capability” Brown to redesign the house & landscape the grounds. The fine Grade 1 listed Neo Palladian house we see today was the result. The interior is by Robert Adam. Since 1921 the entire estate has been in the hands of the Croome Estate Trust. The involvement of the National Trust began in 1996 when it acquired & began restoration of the landscape park. Then, in 2009, the house was opened to the public. The property is leased to NT for 999 years. Conservation work continues to this day, including the return of historical objects from the 6th Earl of Coventry’s collection. In addition to touring the house you will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition commemorating RAF Defford, home of the Radar Research Flying Unit, which was based on the estate during World War II. The Park contains several further grade 1 & 2 listed buildings designed by Capability Brown or Robert Adam, including St Mary Magdalene Church, the Rotunda, Temple Greenhouse, Island Pavilion, Worcester Lodge, Panorama Tower, Pirton Tower & Dunstall Lodge. The only part of the estate not part of NT is the Walled Garden, which has been restored privately & only opened to the public since 2014. The garden was first developed in the late 17th century. Almost the entire 18th century records of the garden survive &, together with the garden itself: featuring the large Hot Wall, fully restored Glass Houses & Dipping Pond & extensive east & south facing borders, is a nationally important part of garden history. We have arranged an optional tour conducted by the owner. Refreshments are available at lunch & in the afternoon at your own expense, & there is a picnic area. In addition, there is a NT shop. 
Coach departs:  Lichfield Bus Station at 9.00am and     Tamworth Corporation Street at 9.20am.  The journey time is shorter than usual for coach trips so there will just be a brief comfort break. Tea/coffee & biscuits will be provided on arrival at Croome, whilst we are treated to an introductory talk.  
   The coach will depart at 4.30pm.              Charge:  £18.00 for members and £21.00 for non-members or if you wish to tour   the Walled Garden, £25.00 for members & £28.00 for non-members.             Organiser:  John Sawbridge   telephone 01543 263372 & 07941 423275  
Please bring Your National Trust Membership Card 


Wednesday 12th June Coach Trip Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam has been described as “the Hampton Court of the North”. It is an extensive Grade I listed Tudor-Jacobean house, the exterior of which has recently undergone substantial restoration. The house is one of Leeds Museums & Galleries sites, and has an international reputation for scholarship & research. It has 40 fully restored rooms showcasing 500 years of cultural history, including treasures of silver, ceramics, fine art, Chippendale furniture & original wallpaper. There is much to see & you are free to explore the house at your own pace. Free audio guides are available & there are room attendants to assist you. There is seating available throughout & the house is fully disabled-friendly. This year the house has a special exhibition of the history of beer & brewing.  The grounds were re-landscaped by Capability Brown & extend to 1500 acres of gardens, parkland & woodland. The gardens include a Georgian Walled garden and contain National Plant Collections of Aster, Primula, Chrysanthemum, Delphinium & Phlox. The herbaceous borders should be at their vibrant best at the time of our visit.  The Home Farm is the largest rare breeds farm in Europe Refreshments are available in the Stable Courtyard tea room at lunch & in the afternoon at your own expense, & there is a picnic area adjacent to the Lakeside gardens. In addition, there is a shop. 
Coach departs:  Tamworth Corporation Street at 8am and     Lichfield Bus Station at 8.20am.  There will be a brief comfort break en route. Tea/coffee & biscuits will be provided on arrival at Temple Newsam, whilst we are treated to an introductory talk.     The coach will depart at 4.00pm. 
Charge:   £25.00 for members and £28.00 for non-members. 
Organiser:   John Sawbridge    Telephone:  01543 263372      Mob:   07941 423275    Email: 


Wednesday 11th July Coach Trip Hughenden and Gardens

Hughenden is the historic and unusual  home of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.  The house dates from  the late 18c but the house was extensively  remodelled in 1862 by the Disraelis. 
 Coach departs:         Tamworth Corporation Street at 8.00am, Lichfield at 8.20am . Charge:                    £22 for members and £24 for non- members.                                    Members of the trust remember your NT cards. 
 Organisers:                Andrew & Glennys Maw Telephone 01543411317 or      Mob:   07748900171.   e-mail: More details in next Newsletter 



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