Date(s) - 12th Apr 2016
Friends will be able to enjoy a whole day at Hartlebury Castle, the home of the Bishops of Worcester for over 1,000 years until 2006 when the Bishop moved into a residence close to the Cathedral. Although looking more like a stately country residence than a traditional castle, the site has a very long, interesting and exciting history including a civil war siege and numerous royal visits. In the 18th century the impressive Hurd Library was created to house Bishop Hurd’s collection of over 5000 rare and valuable books and was visited in 1788 by his good friend King George III, accompanied by Queen Charlotte. “They had been ‘taking the waters’ at Cheltenham and, leaving there at 7.00 a.m., travelled the 33 miles to Hartlebury by carriage arriving at 11.00 a.m. for a ‘breakfast’ of tea, coffee, chocolate and jellies, served by the Bishop himself … ” Friends will also be able to explore the adjoining County Museum which houses a fascinating display of Gypsy caravans, farm vehicles and carriages amongst many other items.
COST PER PERSON: £42.00 p.p. to include coffee, a simple lunch and tea together with entrances and guided tour.
Coach leaves The Wilson, Clarence Street, at 9.00 a.m. and will return by about 6.00 p.m. Applications with cheque (payable to FCAGM) and SAE to Mrs. J. Ogle, 1 Wellington Square, Cheltenham GL50 4JU (01242 231011) as soon as possible. New Friends should be aware that outings book up very quickly so a prompt reply is advised.
Download the booking form for HARTLEBURY CASTLE.