The Gardens Trust's Yorkshire Weekend 2022

The Gardens Trust's Yorkshire Weekend 2022

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£230 – £394

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Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner



DL10 6NR

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The Gardens Trust is delighted to be visiting North Yorkshire for a weekend of garden visits from 2nd-4th September 2022

About this event

This long-anticipated weekend in Yorkshire will at last be going ahead from 2nd-4th September 2022.

There are a few changes to the previously-published programme, as circumstances have rather changed in the last couple of years. The chief difference is that the Annual General Meeting and New Research Symposium elements have now been separated out from this weekend, and will run later in the autumn. The weekend will start later on the Friday afternoon, with drinks, dinner, a lecture and, of course, a long-anticipated chance to catch up with friends.

The garden visits will remain the same, organised thanks to the local knowledge and assistance of Yorkshire Gardens Trust’s researchers. All the visits are to privately-owned and run historic estates, the majority of which are nationally-important listed buildings and/or registered landscapes. We will have an introduction to some of these from the owners and access to many areas not normally open to the public. Please be aware that there will be quite a lot of walking, on challenging terrain, so please bring appropriate shoes and sticks, and let us know if this is likely to be difficult for you.

Our base is still the Holiday Inn at Scotch Corner - There is a direct bus from Darlington station, as well as local taxi services.

The programme is now:

Friday 2nd September:

Arrive late afternoon, at your convenience, for long-awaited catch-ups

18.30 Drinks in the bar (if not before!)

19.00 Dinner: Two course carvery with vegetarian alternative and wine available for purchase

20.15 Louise Wickham MA will explore the inspiration behind designed landscapes in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Louise is YGT head of research and author of Gardens in History: A Political Perspective (2012), and co-author of Thomas White (c. 1736-1811): Redesigning the Northern British Landscape (2021).

Saturday 3rd September:

9.00 Visit to Aske Hall, which Capability Brown visited and had surveyed in 1769, with its William Kent temple. A guided walk with Val Hepworth and Janette Ray.

13.00 Finger buffet lunch at the Holiday Inn, with tea and coffee

14.00 Visits in Richmond: a choice of either:

a) Temple Grounds, a Picturesque landscape with Green Walk and Culloden Tower, including a private guided tour with owner Richard Lawson and Val Hepworth; or

b) a tour of Richmond’s Georgian theatre which houses the Woodland Scene, reputed to be the oldest surviving stage scenery in the world, as well Millgate House, which is a plantsman's hidden gem.

[please scroll down after you have purchased your ticket to the 'Add-ons' to make your choice]

16.30 Leave Richmond to return to the hotel for feet up!

18.30 Departure for dinner at The Station restaurant in Richmond, originally a Victorian railway station, converted and refurbished by the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust Dinner will be 3 courses with aperitif, wine and coffee.

Sunday 4th September:

9.00 Visit to Constable Burton, a grade I listed house built 1762-67 by John Carr of York for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill and still the home of the Wyvill family who will guide us, along with their long-standing head gardener.

11.30 Visit to 14th-century Bolton Castle; we lunch in the Great Hall and view its historically-informed re-created gardens.

13.30 Visit to Bolton Hall for a guided walk with around the Hall's gardens. Much of their late 17th century formality is still apparent having survived, perhaps due to absent owners, both the extravagancies of the 'Landscape Movement' and minor alterations in the 19th century.

16.15 Arrive back at the Holiday Inn and close of the weekend. (For those catching trains, guests can be dropped off at Darlington Station.)

After a long couple of years stuck at our desks, at our screens, and on our sofas, we are all looking forward to this weekend very much. Do please join us if you possibly can – we can’t wait to see you all again, and enjoy visiting some fantastic gardens together.

Tickets for this weekend are £394 (single room rate), and places are limited to 45, with a waiting list. Some cheaper day places available at £230. Prices are for GT members, but non-member places may be available if spaces allow. Further details and booking are available via the GT website:

Bookings close 2nd July. For all queries and for anyone needing to book by post or telephone please contact or call 01604 211716.

Caveat: While it is our intention to fulfil the programme, government regulations around Covid-19 may require alterations. We will endeavour to keep you well-informed. Refunds by personal application up to closure of booking.

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