A Visit to Cliveden House and Cookham

Date(s) - 14th May 2019

Cliveden House


Cliveden House Hotel is a stunning Italianate mansion set high above the River Thames in Berkshire. For more than 300 years Cliveden was home to dukes, earls, viscounts and, for a while, a prince. A glittering hub of society, Cliveden hosted exclusive parties and political gatherings, later becoming infamously associated with the Profumo affair.

We have arranged coffee on arrival before we have a special guided tour of some of the ground floor rooms of Cliveden. Our pre-ordered soup and sandwich lunch will be served in the orangery at 12.00.

After lunch we’ll have time for a look around the gardens which capture the grandeur of a bygone age. The famous gardens have been visited by virtually every British Monarch since George I. Many well-known designers, including John Fleming, Norah Lindsay and most recently Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe have helped shape them.

At 14:30, we depart for Cookham arriving about 14:45. In Cookham we will split into two groups. The first group will have a short guided walk around the village where Sir Stanley Spencer lived for most of his life, whilst the second group will have a guided tour of the Stanley Spencer Exhibition. The groups will swap over after about 45 minutes. We’ll leave at approximately 17:00.

COST PER PERSON: £41.00 for National Trust members (please bring your National Trust membership card or full admission will be payable); £53.00 for non-National Trust members. Includes coffee on arrival and light lunch.

Pick- up points: Racecourse Park and Ride: 07:45, Royal Well Coach Station: 08:00, Sixways: 08:15. Our coach will return at approximately 18:45.

If you have any queries, please email events@friendsofthewilson.org.uk or ring Martha on 01242 526601.

Book your place using the form below.

There are three payment options:

1. You can pay by credit or debit card, as well as by PayPal, using the PayPal option (default).  If there are sufficient spaces still available this will automatically confirm your booking if the payment is accepted.

2. If you want to pay by cheque select the Off-line option from the payment methods but please send your cheque as soon as possible as your booking will not be confirmed until we have received the payment.

3. If you really don’t like filling in forms on-screen you can download a form, print it and post it with a cheque. A booking form can also be found in the Friends Newsletter (available January 2019). 

Cheques should be payable to Friends of The Wilson and sent with a sae or clearly written email address  to Martha Alleguen, 7 Sydenham Road South, Cheltenham GL52 6EF.


This event is fully booked, but if you would like to be added to our waiting list please email events@friendsofthewilson.org.uk.