Our Heritage Events

Coach visit to Stratfield Saye House

wedneday 3rd august 8.00am

Stratfield Saye House was built in 1630 by the Pitt family and was given to the Duke of Wellington in 1818 by Parliament as a ‘thank you’ for saving the nation from Napoleon. It has been the elegant, but intimate home to the Dukes of Wellington ever since and is now lived in by the 9th Duke and his family.
Join us for an exclusive day at this wonderful property, which is only open to the public for a very limited time each year. Start the day with morning coffee followed by a tour of the house with its wonderful collection of paintings and furniture, plus an exhibition and talk on the Great Duke and his magnificent funeral carriage. A light lunch will be provided for you and then there is an opportunity to wander freely through the extensive and simply stunning grounds. A visit to the Wellington Farm Shop will finish your day.

Tickets: £55.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

 

Jurassic Coast Trust Guided Worbarrow Walk

Wednesday 10th august 10.00AM

Join a Jurassic Coast Ambassador on this 3–5-mile guided walk, including Tyneham, Pondfield Cove and Worbarrow Bay, to examine the geology of this stretch of the stunning Dorset coastline. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks and dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear. Walking poles are recommended for the steep terrain and shingle beach

Tickets: £8.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

Sherborne Castle Park and Alweston Walk.

Thursday 18th August 10am

A 7.5-mile undulating walk through Sherborne Castle parkland then amongst open farmland around Alweston and Longburton. The route then goes through orchards and wooded tracks with a fairly steep descent back to our start point. With beautiful views of countryside and castle. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets £6.00

Meet: Details on Ticket

Coach visit to Green Park Wind Turbine and Royal Residence, Frogmore House

Friends Only Event

Tuesday 23rd August 8am

An opportunity to get up close to a wind turbine on the edge of Reading, where the resident expert, Ian Gough, will be on hand to answer all your questions and dispel any myths about these giant additions to our land, sea, and cityscapes. By stark contrast the day then moves on to the Royal Borough of Windsor where you will stop to have lunch (not included in the ticket price), before enjoying the rare experience of visiting a royal residence! – Frogmore House. This stunning 17th century house, bought by Queen Charlotte in 1792 and a later favourite of Queen Victoria, has a stunning series of exquisitely decorated rooms displaying a passion for botany and art. There follows a tour of the grounds (not usually available) which was first laid out in the 1790s with thousands of trees and shrubs providing a rich setting for all the seasons amongst the lakes, glades and bridges. This is a rare opportunity to see a hidden royal gem.

Tickets: £55.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

 

The Duke of Monmouth – Talk by Brian and Jacqueline Sutton

Wednesday 31st august 2.00pm

James, Duke of Monmouth, went from ‘hero to zero’ in just a few days in 1685.  The story of his spectacular decline is outlined in this talk; from the Battle of Sedgemoor, his capture and brutal execution, to the bloody assizes and the involvement of ‘the hanging judge’ George Jeffreys, plus the unjust treatment and trial of Alice Lisle of Ringwood.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Treading the Wards – Talk by Lottie Dale

thursday 1st sept – 2pm

Tales from beyond the bedpan! Lottie’s mother was a strong-willed Irish woman who was determined that she should follow her into Nursing – but Lottie had other dreams of being a Pilot! Reluctantly, she complied and, as a result, experienced some of the best years of her professional life. From Carry on Nurse to Oooh Matron! you’ll hear about her experiences and adventures in the early 1970s at Bart’s Hospital in London.         

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Visit to Stewarts Garden Centre, Broomhill             Friends Only Event

wednesday 7th sept, 6.30pm

Join Martin Stewart and his team for a specially arranged visit to the impressive new horticultural facility at the Broomhill site. Starting with a talk about the inspiration for the redevelopment then followed by a tour, including the state-of-the-art greenhouses and other incredible features that will make the site future-proofed and totally sustainable. Not yet complete, this project is an outstanding example of progression planning and is a testament to the visionary Stewart family – Eight Generations One Passion……………An opportunity not to be missed!

 Tickets: £7.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

Wimborne Town Walk

Thursday 8th sept – 10 am

A six mile, walk through new and old Wimborne and then west along the River Stour to Eye Bridge. Returning along the course of a Roman Road to the Stour Valley Way, past Merley Hall Farm and back to the Stour. No hills and just a few stiles. Concluding with refreshments in the Wimborne Town Football club house (not included in the ticket price) Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Details on Ticket

 

Bridport, Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill Walk

Thursday 22th SEPT, 10am

A walk from Bridport in-land through stunning ancient countryside with Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill. There will be some inclines but of moderately easy accent. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea and cakes afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with suitable footwear.

Tickets £6.00

Meet: Details on Ticket

 

Visit to Stewarts Garden Centre, Broomhill      Friends Only Event

thursday 22nd sept – 6.30pm

Join Martin Stewart and his team for a specially arranged visit to the impressive new horticultural facility at the Broomhill site. Starting with a talk about the inspiration for the redevelopment then followed by a tour, including the state-of-the-art greenhouses and other incredible features that will make the site future-proofed and totally sustainable. Not yet complete, this project is an outstanding example of progression planning and is a testament to the visionary Stewart family – Eight Generations One Passion……………An opportunity not to be missed!

Tickets: £7.00

Meet: Details on Ticket

Highcliffe Cliff-hanger – Guided walk with Hattie Miles

monday 26th sept 10.30am

Join Hattie on another of her guided walks – this time along the stunning coast path east of Christchurch. Learn about the Selfridges and other well-known people connected to Highcliffe, the area’s fascinating geology, the devastating effects of the 1987 hurricane and much more.

Tickets £8.00

Meet: Details on Ticket

Wimborne Coffee Roasters        Friends Only Event

monday 3rd october 10.00am

Cheyne can trace his roasting history back to 1972, when his dad, Derek, started roasting in his delicatessen. Sadly, the 70’s was not the right time for artisanal coffee, but 5 decades later the world is a totally different place and businesses can have values and be proud of their quality produce. March 2020, saw the birth of Wimborne Coffee Roasters who now supply many of the local retailers. Come and visit ‘The Roastery’ and learn about coffee through the eyes of an enthusiast! Be on hand for the ‘Roast’ and sample the results!  This is a must for the coffee lover!

Tickets £12.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

 

Athelhampton

Talk by Mr Giles Keating

wednesday 12th october, 2pm

Athelhampton, one of Dorset’s most well-known and well-loved stately homes and a favourite visitor attraction, is described as one of England’s most important Tudor manor houses. Giles Keating, an economist from London, became its new owner in 2019…What made him take that momentous decision and what has happened since? Rooms have been opened up and the Elizabethan kitchen has taken a year to restore. Old boilers have gone, and solar power and heat pumps have arrived with his vision to make the historic home carbon neutral. Covid had its affect here, as everywhere, so Giles wrote his first novel! – Anne of Athelhampton and the Riddle of the Apes – a story based around real people and historical events

details of this case expertly woven and revealed by Paul.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet : Castleman Suite, Allendales House, Wimborne

Chase Woods Walk

thursday 20th october 10Am

An 8 mile walk around the woods and open areas at the heart of Cranborne Chase. There are no steep hills, but a few inclines and some stiles. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea and cakes afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with suitable footwear. 

Tickets £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket

Visit to Conker Gin

Friends Only Event

friday 21st october 2.30pm

Founded in 2014 as Dorset’s first gin distillery, Conker is today one of the UK’s leading craft distilleries bringing the excitement and integrity of small-batch spirits to the glass. You’ll be joining ‘Head Conkerer’ Rupert Holloway on a tour of the Distillery where you’ll learn, and taste, about how Conker create their award-winning spirits; from the selection and distillation of botanicals, to the intricate field-to-glass journey of the ethically sourced speciality coffees of Conker Coffee Liqueur.

Tickets: £35.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

 

The Battle of Hastings – Talk by James Porter

Tuesday 25th october 2.00PM

The Battle of Hastings which we all learnt about in school, but we probably know very little about…the battle which in the course of just one day, changed English (and world) history for all time. What was the melting pot that made up England and Europe at this time? Who was fighting who? What went on before and what were the consequences after?

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Visit to Wimborne Coffee Roasters                                    Friends Only Event

MONday 31st october 10.00AM

Cheyne can trace his roasting history back to 1972, when his dad, Derek, started roasting in his delicatessen. Sadly, the 70’s was not the right time for artisanal coffee, but 5 decades later the world is a totally different place and businesses can have values and be proud of their quality produce. March 2020, saw the birth of Wimborne Coffee Roasters who now supply many of the local retailers. Come and visit ‘The Roastery’ and learn about coffee through the eyes of an enthusiast! Be on hand for the ‘Roast’ and sample the results!  This is a must for the coffee lover!

Tickets: £12.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

Allendale House

Keep it in the family – Talk by Heather Wylde

thursday 10th november 2.00pm

In trying to write a book about her uncle, a brave young man who went missing in World War II, this talk came about because of the troubles Heather was having with the very first chapter. This is a story waiting to be told. It is an authentic tale with a special twist which will resonate with the everyone.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne.

 

Autumn Walk around Brockington Down

Thursday 17th november 10.00am

Join us on this 8-mile walk taking in Wimborne St Giles and Gussage All Saints along farm tracks, Bridleways and country roads, through some stunning scenery. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea afterwards (not included in the ticket price). Please dress appropriately for the weather with suitable footwear. 

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

Coco Chanel

Talk by Steve Herra

friday 25th november 2.00pM

Chanel is the name synonymous with luxury, and style – but what of the person behind the brand? Come and hear the truth behind the mystery of this icon of the 20th century. From her private life of love and intrigue to her most famous fragrance Chanel No.5 – there is so much to learn about Coco Chanel!

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne.

Allendale House

Keepers Lodge – A House Through the Passing of Time Talk by David Smith

monday 28th november 2.00pm

Today, when you stand outside Keepers Lodge, you see an interesting, thatched house. However, it’s real history and story is hidden away within the walls and surrounding grounds. Through careful research through medieval records, official surveys, and recent archaeological excavations, this fascinating story has now been revealed.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne.

 

Around the World Part 6 – Talk by Andrew Negus

friday 9th december 2.00pm

Join Andrew with his next instalment! With his friend Malcolm, and the smallest set of directions plus a lot of naivety, they set off across the world. There were simple adventures in Europe, followed by the differences and poverty in Turkey and Iran and then the wonderment of Afghanistan. In Pakistan the peoples’ generosity was followed by shocking and bewildering India. On to Kathmandu where the Himalayas put them in their place. Andrew continued alone to Australia via Singapore. He experienced many adventures in the Wild West Town that was Darwin and hitched through the utter vastness of the Outback to Melbourne and then worked for 6 months in a factory.  England was now very far away, and so very, very small.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne.

Allendale House

The Great EDHT Quiz 2022

thursday 15th december 2.00pM

Bring your friends and pit your wits against each other! Test your general knowledge and have some fun; with picture rounds to frustrate and intrigue, mixed in with a lot of friendly banter. Tables of six, will battle it out for the coveted ‘Castleman Cup’. If you can’t find five friends, we will find them for you.  Bring your own nibbles but some seasonal treats will be provided.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne. Maximum 6 People per table.

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