Visits programme for the 2017/2018 season

See below for general information about our trips.

Non-members are welcome to join us on our trips, subject to availability.

Thursday 8 June 2017 Visit to Boughton House, near Kettering  

Boughton House as it stands today is largely the work of Ralph Montagu, later 1st Duke of Montagu, who inherited what was then a simpler Tudor building, in 1683. Montagu had been an English ambassador to France, and he was keen to bring French beauty and style to an English landscape. He expanded his home using contemporary French architectural influences and the resulting masterpiece is often referred to as ‘The English Versailles’. His son, John, 2nd Duke of Montagu, made grand changes to the gardens. His new landscape covered 100 acres, with water features, splendid vistas and treelined avenues.  After the death of the 2nd Duke, the House passed through the female line to noble families whose main residences were elsewhere. The Dukedom of Montagu became extinct and for two centuries, the House ‘slept’.  However in the 20th century it once again became a beloved family home, the residence of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, a descendant of the Montagus.   Today, the House has featured in history and arts programmes, as well as appearing in the Oscar winning “Les Misérables”.   Visit Organiser:   Jane wall     Tel: 01753 645954

Pick-up points and times: Stoke Poges Village Hall   09:30 am Departure will be at  3:30 pm to return to Village Hall around 5:30pm (traffic permitting)

Cost including entry, coach and tip: £25

For a booking form, please click here


General Information about visits

Pick-up points
Each visit will show the coach pick-up points and times but the usual ones are:

Stoke Poges: 
Village Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LP --
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Other information
Booking forms are published with our newsletter, and may also appear as a link with the description above.

Please note that, where given, start times are prompt but return times are approximate.


Previous visits
To get an idea of the kind of visits we arrange, some previous visits are listed.  Also, reports are available for some visits. Click here to see our previous visits.