HWDFAS plans trips usually twice a year, often to places of special interest that cannot be visited by the public.
Wherever possible we employ a Blue Badge guide for the day which always gives a visit that extra dimension.
We are always open to suggestions but subjects have to be of a wide enough interest to attract at least 30 people to make a trip financially viable because of transport costs.
“Glyndebourne Behind the Scenes”
This visit, a conducted tour of the working areas of the Opera House has been arranged for the morning of Thursday 7 Dec 2017. Publicity leaflets for this trip were distributed at our recent AGM but, if you missed this, the person to contact is Patrick Izod.
The Medieval Churches of Romney Marsh
A tour of these wonderful churches with a knowledgeable guide has been arranged for Thursday 12 April 2018. More information will soon be forthcoming but in the meantime the man to contact is Patrick Izod.
HIGH WEALD DFAS OUTING TO POLESDEN LACEY & HATCHLANDS PARK ON 27th APRIL 2017
With a prompt start and a clear M25 a coach load of 46 of us arrived 50 minutes early at Polesden Lacey where we were confusingly greeted as no-one had ever arrived so ahead of schedule before. (They thought we were from Chichester). After efficient service in their cafe, we were broken down into manageable sized parties to be given an excellent tour of the house. (This is where the National Trust is so well organised). The story of entertaining the rich and famous including Royalty is intriguing. Mrs Greville whose father was McEwan the Scottish brewer who invented IPA to supply the British in India, was extremely rich and socially ambitious and set the house up for weekend entertaining on a lavish scale, notably for Edward VIIth and his various mistresses. The decor and sumptuous accommodation described in detail by the guides, must be seen. We then had time to walk in the beautiful parkland and gardens, which set us up well for lunch.
Our next port of call was Hatchlands Park, (National Trust again) a few minutes away. This was an interesting contrast as the house was built to be a family estate in Regency times. Handed to the NT after the last war, the house had various tenants until it was opened to the public in 1986. It now houses the “Cobbe Collection” of mainly keyboard instruments set in a lived-in house, which makes it very different. The scale of the rooms and the amazing charm of the furniture and setting were a new experience for all of us and worth another visit to absorb more. The fact that we had seen original pianos that belonged to the leading great European composers was staggering. A trouble free journey back along the M25 made us arrive back at Cranbrook ahead of schedule again. Everyone seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the day in the Surrey Hills.
Patrick Izod Visits Secretary
VISIT TO DULWICH PICURE GALLERY AND HORNIMAN MUSEUM THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2016
Forty four of us set off on this trip and despite heavy traffic arrived at Dulwich at the scheduled time of 10.30 am. After refreshing ourselves, an essential after a two hour coach journey, we split into two groups to be shown round the gallery by two excellent guides, at 11.00 am.
The gallery has a most interesting history. The building was designed by Sir John Soane to house the collection of Sir Francis Bourgeois and was the first public art gallery to be opened in Britain.
We had close views of the Rembrandts, with that extra information that well informed enthusiastic guides can give, moving on in great contrast to Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin, Gainsborough, Canaletto, Raphael, just to name a few of the artists displayed in a beautiful building. There is so much to see in a relaxed atmosphere, seldom possible in galleries in capital cities.
After lunch, taken in a variety of cafes and restaurants, we had a short journey to Horniman Museum where there are displays of natural history, an aquarium and an outstanding exhibition of musical instruments, shown in most imaginative ways. Unfortunately three galleries were closed until 2018 but we strolled in the gardens, observed the lovely conservatory and at the top of the hill, had a panoramic view over the City of London.
After refreshing tea in the convenient, modern cafe, we were ready for the return to Cranbrook , smack on the scheduled time.
A VISIT TO CHEVENING HOUSE ON 22 SEPTEMBER 2016
A DAY IN LONDON WITH A BLUE BADGE GUIDE VISITING THE TOWER OF LONDON, THEN AN AFTERNOON OPTION FOR EITHER TOWER BRIDGE OR ST.KATHARINE’S DOCK ON THURSDAY 10TH MARCH 2016
A COACH TRIP TO PARHAM HOUSE, STORRINGTON, W. SUSSEX ON THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2015