We have talks in Autumn & Winter and trips in Spring & Summer each year. For further details see the current Contact magazine (via the Bookshop page).
2017 / 2018 Talks & Trips
We also pick up members at the Memorial Theatre on Christchurch Street West, at the Bus Stop Opposite to the Memorial Theatre, which will also be the returning drop-off point. The advertised Coach Departure Time is for the Cricket Club, to which five minutes is added to determine the pick up time for the Memorial Theatre.
Guests pay £3 supplement. Please mention any dietary needs when you book and remember you are responsible for your own insurance.
TRIP DETAILS FOR 2018
Thursday 24th May Weald and Downland Living Museum
The Frome Society is re-visiting this fascinating area of the Sussex Downs which has seen the re- erection of about fifty historic buildings ranging from Saxon to more recent times. They have in common their timely rescue from imminent destruction. Craftsmen have been carefully dismantling, conserving and then rebuilding them to their original form.
There is a hot drink on arrival (included) and then guides will take up on a specialist tour of the site to focus on vernacular architecture. After lunch at one of the cafés we are free to enter the big barn where craftsmen demonstrate their skills; revisit some buildings seen earlier; perhaps watch a Tudor cookery demonstration or enjoy the herbs and wild flowers; admire the Rare Breeds working in the fields and, before having tea, make time to buy flour from the water mill.
8.30am departure from Cricket Club
Price £28.00 Numbers limited to 40
Phone bookings from 2nd May
Thursday 7th June Hestercombe House and Gardens
A level walk from the coach to our coffee/tea, (included), and introductory talk, when each groupwill learn who has the Morning orAfternoon Garden Tour.Hestercombe House was opened to the public in 2014.It is mainly Georgian although later remodelled by the Portman family. Edwin Lutyens and GertrudeJekyll were commissioned to create an Edwardian Formal Garden.Besides our guided tour of this stunning and famous garden, for those who enjoy walking, there is the Woodland Walk with the reclaimed Cascade, the far-reaching views and many other surprises. Within the H ouse there is a second-hand bookshop, a contemporary art gallery and the beautiful Column Restaurant which is worth a view even if you choose to eat elsewhere. The Stables Café offers a varied menu and nearby are the Plant Sales, the Gift Shop and, up some steps, is the bat conservation area.
9.00am departure from Cricket Club
Phone bookings from 23rd May
Wednesday 20th June: Malmesbury Abbey House Gardens and Chedworth Roman Villa NT
The coach will drop us near the Abbey where St Aldhelm was once Abbot and where King Athelstan is buried. There is time for a coffee before we meet at the entrance to the Abbey House Gardens for its opening at 11 o’clock. We can eat in the Abbey House café but lunch or picnic can also be eaten elsewhere.
A downhill walk to the parked coach and we will depart for the Roman Villa at Chedworth. There have been five summers of interesting archaeological digs that were completed in 2017 and much modernisation since the Society’s previous visit. Guides will take us around the newly discovered mosaics and show us the artefacts recently recovered from the excavations. Our visit ends with tea and gateau, (included), in a room set aside for us.
9am departure from Cricket Club
Price NT members £24; non-NT £34
(FSLS members are entitled to free entry vouchers from Civic Voice, so please apply) Phone bookings from 6th June
Wednesday 4th July Lawrence of Arabia and Historic Dorset
Our first stop is Wareham, a small town in the Purbeck area of Dorset.
We will arrive in time for coffee at one of the many cafes or pubs before being taken on a guided tour by one of the Wareham Museum guides. Highlights are the Saxon walls, quaint streets, the town Museum and the Parish Church. In recent years the town has been associated with T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who lived nearby at Clouds Hill and the museum currently has a display devoted to him. There is a short lunch break before moving on to the village of Moreton to visit the Parish Church of St Nicholas with its windows etched by Lawrence Whistler. The church warden will be on hand to give us a brief history and to answer any questions. T.E. Lawrence is buried nearby. We leave after cream tea at the Moreton tea rooms (included).
8.30 departure from the Cricket Club.
Phone bookings from 19th June. Please state dietary requirements when booking.
Thursday 26th July Canal trip in Bradford on Avon
This is a half-day excursion on the M.V. Barbara McLellan. We arrive at the Canal car park and have a short level walk to the mooring where we board at 2 p.m. The boat seats 40 people and there is a toilet on board; also a licensed bar serving hot and cold drinks.
lncluded in our trip is an afternoon teacomprising sandwiches, scones, and cake. Beverages are not included and may be bought separately on board.
We travel west towards Avoncliff experiencing the manoeuvre through the lock, and onward to the aqueduct giving us plenty of time to enjoy this peaceful and interesting waterway and its wildlife. Reaching Avoncliff, we can choose to stay on board, or alight and have a short walk across the aqueduct and watch the turnaround of the boat before rejoining for the return journey.
We disembark at approx. 4.30.
Restricted to 40 passengers
12.45 Departure from Cricket Club
Phone bookings from 3rd July
Monday 6th August Beaminster and Mapperton
As in Frome, Beaminster Museum is run entirely by volunteers who will give a guided walk around their town. The Museum’s current local history exhibition is intriguingly titled, ‘Hatch, Match and Dispatch’.
After lunch in the town, we have the short journey to Mapperton, the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich and yes, it was an ancestor who ‘invented’ that quick meal! We will be guided around the House which has an interesting history dating from c. Jacobean times. It will be recognised as Bathsheba’s home in the 2015 film, ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’.
Mapperton Gardens cover 15 acres and include an orangery, topiary and borders descending to pools and an arboretum. There will be time for refreshments before returning to Frome.
8.30 Departure from Cricket Club Price: £25
Phone bookings from 25th July
Thursday 23rd August Visit to Yeovil
Yeovil was a small and fairly isolated country town until the early 19th century. Based on glove making, its prosperity grew when gloves became an essential fashion accessory for nineteenth century ladies and gentlemen. The twentieth century saw Yeovil as the centre for the helicopter industry. The tour starts at the Community Heritage Access Centre where we will have a conducted tour. The Centre replaces the museum and houses a treasure trove of objects and pictures of the past. Then, in the town, we are given a guided tour of St John’s Church built almost entirely in the fifteenth century. After lunch (included) in an eighteenth century restaurant we have the option of a guided tour of the historic buildings of central Yeovil led by Peter Clark. Alternatively, there is an opportunity to see the shops. Peter will talk about the history of Yeovil on the bus.
9am Departure from Cricket Club Price £17.00
Phone bookings from 2nd August
Thursday 13th September 2018 Visit to Tyntesfield House
Tyntesfield is a stunning Victorian Country House and estate in Gothic style situated in the North Somerset countryside. It is famous for its carvings, flower filled terraces and kitchen gardens and an array of treasures inside the house.
Outside, there are woodland walks, an Arboretum and the estate to visit. A book and gift shop, café and restaurant are available. The house and grounds have guided tours which will explain the extent of the work and the achievements of the National Trust over the years. A courtesy vehicle is available for transfer from the car park to the house. Otherwise stout footwear is recommended. 8.45am Departure from the Cricket Club
Price NT members £8, non-NT members £22 (FSLS members are entitled to free entry vouchers from Civic Voice, so please apply) Phone bookings from 22nd August
You can se previous trips & talks in the Contact mags