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Summer Outing to Arlington House

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Summer Outing - important information!

Our summer outing this year is to Arlington Court, near Barnstaple, a National Trust property.  We'll be going on a weekday - Wednesday 4th July. We will travel to and from Uffculme by coach - times of departure from Uffculme below.  National Trust members will of course be able to get into the property free (don't forget your NT membership card!), non-members will need to pay for entry.

Coach pick-up points are as follows:

Magelake Pavilion 9.15 a.m.

Uffculme Square (opposite the Ostler): 9.20 a.m.

Top of Russet Close 9.25a.m.

This means we will arrive at Arlington, all being well, between 10.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. We will be leaving Arlington House at around 4 p.m. so that we arrive back in Uffculme (traffic willing!) by 5.30 p.m.  We understand there is an evening event at Uffculme School which some members may want to attend, which is why we will aim to be back by 5.30 p.m. (without curtailing our enjoyable day out!).  There is no specific tour booked - members are free to wander the house and grounds as they wish.  Either take your own picnic or make use of the tea room to purchase your lunch and drinks.

Where we are going:

Arlington House is described as having a "starkly classical exterior" which gives no clues as to what lies inside.  Once the home of the Chichester family, the interior of the house has recently been re-displayed to share the passions of its former owners.  The National Trust guide explains that "The adjacent stable block contains a nationally important display of more than 40 carriages, from grand state coaches to humble governess carts.  The garden is restored to its colourful Victorian glory, and the conservatory's exotic plantings reveal the Chichesters' world travels".  Appropriate for 2018's centenary of women's suffrage, we are invited to discover more about "how the Chichester ladies made their mark in a man's world"!   

There's also a bat-cam for watching rare bats, rooms in the cellar which tell the servants stories and - importantly! - a tea room with seasonal produce grown in the walled garden.

Other summer activities

We're hoping to organise a visit to Exeter Cathedral library with Uffculme Library Friends group.  Details to be announced nearer the time.