The Society members enjoyed an exclusive visit to Waverley Abbey House followed by an exploration of the stunning ruins of Waverley Abbey. Many enthousiastics commented the visit afterwards: “So interesting! I had not been to this area before.” “I had no idea about this fascinating place!”
SHS Chairman with Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham at Waverley Abbey House
“What treasures hidden so close to the metropolis! An excellent explanation of the church painting and the church itself. The house was absolutely fascinating and so generous of the owners to show us round. A huge thank you!”
“The group much enjoyed a tour of Winkworth Arboretum with and expert guide who kept all enthralled with the vast names and variety of wonderful trees. A spectacular afternoon and the rain held off! The sound of bird song was quite lovely in a peaceful environment. Thanks to all for organising the visit and to our wonderful National Trust guide Daniel. A return visit is a must.” Gilly Coombes
“I didn’t realise that Oak trees could look like Poplars! So many Champion trees in one garden.”
“A great day with lots of new faces! Banstead has beautiful open spaces and a lot of character. We were very fortunate to still have the bluebells out on the day and glorious weather as well. It was great to be walking and discovering an area which is new to the Surrey Hills Society.”
Our walk-leader Pete Lambert
Photo album of an enchanting afternoon
Baron Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh welcomes us to his gardens.
An amazing collection of tulips! The family is of Dutch origin.
Look at the size of the flowers!
A beautiful spring flower meadow.
Charming water feature at the back of the garden with an astonishing stone bridge.
The Society Chairman and the Chairman of the Events Committee were happy to participate!
Surrey Hill Society event cannot finish without a cream tea! We tasted Dutch specialities and hoped that the menacing clouds would wait until our charming afternoon was over. Which they did. A few snow flakes!! were falling down when we left the gardens.
“We all had a marvellous and relaxing day out at Redhill. Thanks to all who organised it. I hate airports, but love aerodromes like the one SHS visited at Redhill.” – John Darling
“We thoroughly enjoyed yesterday. Fantastic visit to well hidden Redhill Aerodrome and outstanding talk on the Air Ambulance service stationed there.” – Sue Boyman
“As newcomers to the area, we had no idea Redhill Airfield even existed and particularly enjoyed the talks about the Air Ambulance Service which were inspiring.” – John R Trout
Ben (para-medic) with air ambulance
Intriguing talk and a cheque to thank for their hospitality
“A big thank you to Chris Howard for arranging such a happy visit yesterday. My grandchildren had a lovely time, we stayed till 4 o’clock & saw 3 lambs born, which they found absolutely fascinating. Having some craft activities and our own tractor ride & pet time made all the difference, not having to queue. It was rather cold but that is no one’s fault & I am sure they would love to come again another year. Many thanks again.” – Judie, Sophia & Katya
“Had an amazing day out in the Surrey Hills at Bocketts Farm. Brilliant for children – so much to see and do. Having our own private barn for the day and pre booked tractor ride and animal handling session was really good too – no queuing! Thank you SHS for a fantastic day out!” – Rob