For our next visit we have provisionally booked Boscobel House on Wednesday 13 September being one of the places suggested at the recent AGM. Following on from our visit to Moseley Old Hall a couple of years ago Boscobel is not far away and also connected with the escape of the future Charles II during the civil war, where he reputedly hid in an oak tree.
The house is accessed from the A5 just before Weston Park, 1 mile or so from the A5 through the village and turn right into a short lane to the building. Postcode ST19 9AR.
If we have sufficient numbers we can have a group booking for up to 20 with a private tour of the house, probably at 10.30am. There is a 15% discount for groups of 11 or more paying visitors on the concession price of £6.80. We would need to pay on final booking. English Heritage members are free.
The staff at the house are being extremely helpful. They need to know how many people are English Heritage members and how many cars to expect (free car park available but not large).
The café in the old stables is run by the Village Catering who do light lunches with soup, sandwiches and cakes. On a quick visit I spied home baked bread and some scrummy looking cakes. I can ask for a menu nearer the time and if there are sufficient numbers they may put extra dishes on.
You are also welcome to take your own picnics.
The area around the house is fairly flat with lawn and some gentle cobbles. The upstairs might be difficult for those who can’t climb but the entrance/shop has information and a virtual tour.
Active folk who wish to stretch their legs can also stroll through the countryside to the ruins of White Ladies Priory about 20 minutes walk away.
Would those interested in the Boscobel visit please reply to this email by August 10th so that I can confirm the booking and numbers. Then we will have time to sort out entrance fee and lunch options by August 28th.
Have a good summer and see you all in the autumn.
You will be aware that the NUT is amalgamating with ATL and from 1 September will be known as the National Education Union (NEU) although changes will be gradual over the following 16 months. The increased membership may bring new people to our group and we will have to consider the implications for future outings.