DEVIZES - SATURDAY 22ND JANUARY
A visit to this very attractive Wiltshire market town where we meet outside The Bear Inn, Market Square at 10.30am. Probably have a coffee and then off for a wander. I do have a town trail to follow There are a large number of listed buildings and the area around the canal is very attractive. A range of car parks although the one by the canal is quite expensive There are a large amount of pubs for lunch. The last one I went to was The Pelican in Market Square which was full of character and very good. Plenty there for a full day.
GLASTONBURY ABBEY - SATURDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
There is enough in Glastonbury to spend a couple of days. However today we will concentrate on the abbey which has an admission fee and is very photogenic. There is also a museum area if the weather is poor. We will meet on the street outside the abbey entrance at 10.30am, have a coffee and then explore the abbey. A good pub for lunch is the Who'd A Thought It (good for photography inside as well). We will leave the walk up to the Tor for another day as it is pretty steep and might be wet in winter.
PORLOCK - SATURDAY 19TH MARCH TO SATURDAY 26TH MARCH
Six of us so far are staying at The Rosebank Guest House and whilst there is little room left there you should be able to book accommodation in Porlock if you want to come along and do it soon. Loads to do - Porlock Marsh, Porlock Weir, Selworthy, Bossington and Allerford. West Somerset Railway, Dunster Castle, Horner Woods, Lynmouth.
Please let Peter know if you want to come along.
DYFFRYN GARDENS - SATURDAY 9TH APRIL
Grade 1 listed gardens west of Cardiff owned by The National Trust. We will meet at the entrance at 11.00am and then have a coffee and can have lunch but there might be time for a pub in the evening. The gardens are huge and should be very photogenic with early spring flowers. I am not sure if the house will be open but unless the weather is bad there should be plenty to see and photograph.
BOWOOD RHODODENDRON WALKS - FRIDAY
A visit to these famous rhododendron gardens which are one of the best in the UK and only open for about six weeks for the season. This is not Bowood House & Gardens but is situated off the Chippenham-Devizes road, the A342 SN11 9PG. My suggestion is that we meet at the outdoor cafe inside the grounds and then have a wander and then break for lunch at The Lansdown Arms, Derry Hill for 1.30pm. This pub is less than a mile away. I will need to know numbers in advance. If you want to you can return to the gardens after lunch. They do involve a lot of walking and I would suggest good footwear. If it is raining you should still get some good photos of the flowers. It should be really spectacular.
CASTLE COMBE STEAM RALLY - SATURDAY 28TH MAY & SUNDAY 29TH MAY
A visit to this very large steam fair with loads of photographic opportunities which is held at the Castle Combe Race Circuit. I have put both days down to visit so you can choose but there are many things to photograph. I suggest we contact each other to meet up about 11.00am once we have got inside and parked up. Again, I would like to know in advance who is intending to come along. There are many options for food and drink inside.
ROYAL BATH & WEST SHOW - THURSDAY 2ND JUNE
This three day event is one of the largest in the UK and features a huge variety of different things happening plus loads of photographic opportunities. I will aim to get there quite early as it will be busy because this is a Bank Holiday Thursday. Bring a choice of lenses. There will be plenty of food and drink choices. I suggest that we get in touch with each other when we arrive but it will be a good idea to car share. Website is HERE
STOCKTON VINTAGE NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL - FRIDAY 3RD JUNE
This is an event I have been to a few times and is great fun with loads of photographic potential. Bearing in mind that the London Camera Exchange competition theme is 'Fashion' you will see lots of characters wearing different types of fashion there. Plus vintage cars, crafts and indoor events. Again, I suggest getting tickets in advance and the website is HERE
LLANTWIT MAJOR - SATURDAY 23RD JULY
We meet at The Beach Cafe, CF61 1RF at 11.00am for a coffee and then explore the beach which is a great place for photography with a variety of rock formations. It is part of The Glamorgan Heritage Coast. There are opportunities for a light snack at the cafe. The town is very attractive with.a beautiful church and a number of good hostelries including The Old Swan. Landscapes, seascapes and architecture.
BROADWAY TOWER COUNTRY PARK & BROADWAY - SATURDAY 30TH JULY
Meet at The Morris & Brown Café, WR12 7LB at 11.00am. There is an opportunity to go up the tower which is the second highest point in the Cotswolds and to walk around some of the country park. Afterwards we will visit the very popular Worcestershire village of Broadway. It is very touristy but it is extremely attractive and there are some parts not many tourists visit. The Crown & Trumpet Pub is a good place to finish the day
HIDCOTE MANOR GARDENS - SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST
This is one of the National Trust's most popular gardens situated in the North Cotswolds. Booking a ticket is recommended at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote
to ensure that you will get in. Car parking is free (no ticket machines) . The gardens are so large that they should occupy us all day. Later on a very good pub in an attractive nearby village is The King's Arms, Mickleton. Meet at the entrance at 11.00am.
GLOUCESTER RETRO FESTIVAL - SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST
This super free event held in the centre of Gloucester features vintage cars from the different decades of the 20th Century plus re-enactors including in the past some of the cast of 'Allo 'Allo, soldiers and American gangsters. Many things to photograph, lots to see and very enjoyable. I would suggest booking a pub for the evening. If we do car sharing then we can park in a city centre car park..
FRAMPTON COUNTRY SHOW - SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
The Frampton Country Show is an excellent place to get some really good photographs. It is not an agricultural show with cow and sheep competitions but there are many country events and others which are really good to see including terrier racing and tent pegging. If you buy tickets in advance you can get a 20% discount. There is good car parking on site.
WEST MONKTON WALK - SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
This is a chance to walk for three and a half miles seeing a pretty village with an interesting church and a variety of landscapes, It is gently undulating with only one stile. We meet at the excellent Monkton Inn TA2 8NP ay 1.00pm for a snack and a drink before we set off and I can book the pub for a meal afterwards. I know this walk very well and you should get some good images.
LLANDUDNO - SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER TO SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER
Another week long break, this time in Snowdonia in a very popular and attractive seaside resort. Whilst six people have already booked B&B you might be able to find accommodation there or elsewhere. It is a social as well as photographic trip and not restricted to club members only, partners and friends are welcome.
The provisional itinerary is
- Aber Falls. A three mile walk over rough ground but leaving enough time to photograph an excellent waterfall.
- Llandudno & The Great Orme. Take the tram for a day of exploration with great views and a lead mine.
- Conwy- lots to see at this walled town including a huge castle and lots of old buildings.
- The Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. A long heritage train ride with great views.
- Bodnant Gardens- World famous National Trust gardens with great autumn colours.
- Llanberis & Welsh slate- great museum and landscape.
Please let Peter know if you want to come along.
USK - SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
A visit to this attractive small riverside Monmouthshire town. This is on a Sunday as one of the places which is worth a visit is the castle grounds which offer a very good view of the town and they are not open on Saturdays. There is a church, cafes and lots of old buildings plus an excellent pub, The Nags Head which will have to book in advance. We can meet outside the entrance to the prison which is opposite the main car park at 11.00am
CASTLE COCH - SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER
This Welsh Heritage property is just outside Cardiff and is full of colourful objects waiting to bee photographed. It was restored for one of the world's richest men in the 19th Century. See Castell Coch | Cadw (gov.wales)
I will find a local pub for lunch. We meet at the entrance to the castle at 10.30am
LYME REGIS - SATURDAY 25TH MARCH TO SATURDAY 1ST APRIL 2023
Following the success of our trip to Porlock- we were lucky with the weather- the people who went indicated that they would like another early Spring trip. Lyme Regis is a lovely West Dorset town. There is a lot to see in the town and nearby and of course there is the Jurassic Coast. I can organise a variety of days out from there without travelling too far I will source an affordable but good quality B&B and provide an itinerary in due course but this notification is so you can put it in your diary. Could you please let me know if you are interested in coming along. Partners and friends are welcome.