8.45am: Prompt depart Redbridge Park & Ride.
6.00pm: Approx return time at Park & Ride.
Washroom on board.
Berkeley is a stunning medieval castle which has been the home of the Berkeley family since 1153. Tall towers, deep dungeons, grand and gruesome, homely and horrid. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I stayed there; Edward II was murdered there, Shakespeare wrote ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for a Berkeley family wedding. It is also the location for filming ‘The White Princess’, Johnny English 3 and the BBC’s adaptation of ‘Wolf Hall’ & ‘Poldark’. Your castle tour begins with a talk by the Head Gardener on both the garden’s history from the 11th century and insights into which plants were used and why, tying in nicely when visiting Jekka’s herb garden in the afternoon.
Friends will then be free to explore the gardens and castle. Refreshments not included in this part of the visit. Although there is a café providing a limited menu, we recommend bringing your own picnic lunch and drinks.
By kind permission of Mr Charles Berkeley
Jekka’s Herb Garden and Herbetum
Jekka is a renowned expert on the growing and use of culinary and medicinal herbs and both the Garden and Herbetum have been created to inspire and educate in the growing and use of herbs, with a collection of over 400 varieties of culinary herbs.
Your visit includes a guided tour hosted by Jekka McVicar, tea, coffee & biscuits and a chance to buy plants, seeds, gardening tools and other items in their shop.
By kind permission of Jekka McVicar
- Friends £65, guests £70
- Maximum 30
For further information, please contact Freya Jones at email@example.com or telephone 07472 365 001.