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Quilts & Textiles of England & Wales – September 2013


Workshop with UK quilters at Hever Castle, Sept. 2013

This was our second specialty tour; it focused on quilts and other textiles in southern England and Wales.  The tour also included locations to broaden our exposure to Britain, its history, culture, and beauty.  We shared with local quilters in two locations:  Bath and at Hever Castle Patchwork Show.  Some highlights along the way were:

  • a presentation at Mill Dene Garden by Bren Boardman, a textile artist
  • guided tour at William Morris’ Kelmscott Manor
  • Buscot Park – house, gardens and art collection
  • Tintern Abbey
  • The Welsh Quilt Centre with presentation by Jen Jones
  • The National Wool Museum of Wales
  • National History of Wales at St. Fagan’s, on their Food & Drink Festival weekend
  • guided tour of the American Museum, Bath
  • Gloucester Cathedral with ecclesiastical textiles
  • Highclere Castle, site of Downton Abbey filming
  • presentation at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace
  • Hever Castle with regional Patchwork Show
  • Marc Chagall windows at All Saints Church, Tudeley

For comments from group participants — testimonials


England in Miniature – September 2012

 This was our first specialty tour for dollshouse and miniature enthusiasts, and we had a full group of 20 travelers.  We focused on visiting miniature exhibitions, shops, and the large Birmingham Miniatura Show, but also included many full-sized homes, churches, museums, and gardens for inspiration.  An afternoon spent with members of the York Miniature Club was a highlight, as were:

  • Little Moreton Hall                                                           
  • Dove Cottage, Grasmere
  • Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm
  • A World in Miniature, Carlisle
  • Nunnington Hall miniature rooms
  • Castle Howard
  • Three Ways Hotel ‘Pudding Club’
  • Birmingham Miniatura Show

For a fuller description of the tour with pictures –  England in Miniature Tour, 2012

For comments from group participants – Testimonials


Gardens of Ireland – September 2011

A full group of 30 new and returning travelers joined us for our first tour to Ireland.  In additon to many beautiful gardens, we visited historical sites and saw some of Ireland’s most scenic places.  Highlights of this tour included:

  • Ilnacullin Garden
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Kinsale
  • Ballymaloe Garden
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Powerscourt Gardens
  • National Botanic Garden
  • Birr Castle Demesne

For a detailed narrative including recap and pictures – Gardens of Ireland 2011 Tour

For comments of group participants – Testimonials


Castles & Gardens of Scotland – September 2009

Nine alums from the 2007 England tour returned and brought others for this two-week tour of the highlands of Scotland.  We put some variety into this tour from whiskey to haggis, from Neolithic cairns to 21st century engineering feats, from experiencing a smoky 16th century croft to cheering on the winning pipe band at The Braemar Gathering.  Just a few of the highlights included:

  • Renaissance Gardens at Edzell Castle
  • Higland Games at Braemar
  • Inverwe Gardens
  • Isle of Mull
  • Isle of Iona
  • Hillside Garden of Arduaine
  • Campbell Castle of Inverary
  • The Hill House

For a detailed narrative including a recap & pictures – Castles and Gardens of Scotland Tour

For testimonials from those who attended – Testimonials


Magical English Gardens – September 2007

A wonderful group of travelers joined the M&Ms in September 2007 for two weeks of glorious gardens, beautiful homes, fascinating cities, new friendships and lots of fun.  Just a few of the highlights included:

  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden
  • Hever Castle
  • Manor House at Upton Grey
  • Guided walking tour of Bath
  • Sezincote Garden
  • Ryton Organic Garden
  • Kenilworth Castle
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford upon Avon
  • Hidcote Manor Garden
  • Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Museum of Garden Design
  • Kensington Roof Garden

For a detailed narrative including a recap & pictures – Magical English Gardens Tour

For testimonials from those who attended – Testimonials



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