Wednesday 20th May 2020 – Chatsworth
Chatsworth, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. It is a beautiful grade 1 listed English Baroque house in Derbyshire. The house is set in expansive parkland and contains an important collection of paintings, furniture, old master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts.
Following our recent excellent study day on Chatsworth, and by popular demand, we will re-visit the house.
After our coach journey, there will be time to wander round the grounds before a special treat of lunch in a private dining room.
In the afternoon we will have a full tour of the house in small groups to learn more about the wonderful treasures to be found there.
Chatsworth has been selected several times as the nation’s favourite Country House.
Ticket price £65
Tickets will be on sale at the March meeting one hour before each lecture, and at later meetings if tickets remain.
Image – Chatsworth © By Tookapic, Used under Licence: Pexels
Wednesday 19th August 2020 – Weston Park
Weston Park in Shropshire is the former home of the Earls of Bradford. The opulent 17th century Mansion, housing some wonderful fine art, is set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds.
The Mansion contains tributes to the 3rd Earl’s love of horses. The Victorian library contains over 3,000 books and has unique Goblin tapestries, specially commissioned for the house. The stunning dining room houses one of the country’s most impressive collections of paintings including works by renowned artists such as Sir Anthony Van Dyck.
The visit will include travel by coach, coffee on arrival, followed by two tours of “The Mansion and its art work” and a “Behind the Scenes” . We will then have a two course lunch.
In the afternoon, there will be time to further explore the house, garden and the unique miniature railway round the grounds and art gallery.
To end the day will have a reviving cup of tea and cake before departing home.
Ticket price £56
Tickets will be on sale at the May meeting one hour before each lecture, and at later meetings if tickets remain.
Image – Weston Park © Weston Park website