Chatsworth House 30th May 2024

Return luxury coach travel from Maghull Square

A full day at this famous location with a splendid house and fabulous gardens

Cost is £43 per member and £5 for a guided tour of the house and a further £5 for a guided tour of the gardens

Refreshments are available at members own cost

Only several places left , please visit AFF desk to book a place ( a number of members added there names to a provisional list but have not yet taken up a place nor paid the required fee)

Calf’s Head Country Hotel & Shackletons Garden Centre

To start the Garden Visits new year, we have arranged a 2 course Carvery lunch at the Calf’s Head Country Hotel, Worston, Clitheroe, on  Wednesday,13th March 2024

We will first visit Shackleton’s Garden Nursery. Its a well stocked garden centre and hopefully, give us some spring inspiration !!  They have a warm and welcoming cafe which we can have a morning tea/coffee if you wish.

Later, we will go to the Calf’s Head Country Hotel for our Carvery Lunch with a choice of two or three roast meats and a selection of delightful desserts.  Then to finish tea/coffee (included in the meal)

Cost of trip.  £33 including coach

Depart Maghull Square.  9.15am

Return Maghull Square. 5.30pm approx

Bridgewater RHS Gardens and Fryers Garden centre Knutsford

A day trip to RHS Brdgewater garden on Wednesday,13th September 2023.  The former site of Worsely New Hall in Salford, a heritage landscape thats been transformed into a iconic RHS garden.   Bridgewater is the 5th garden and one of the largest and most gardening project undertaken in Europe.

Landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith created the masterplan and fantastic Bridgewater team, alongside award winning garden designers have brought the garden to life. Bridgewater also has a cafe overlooking Victoria Meadow and offers seasonal food hot & cold and tea/coffee.

We will first visit Fryers garden centre in Knutsford, renowned for its extensive range of indoor and outdoor plants, home of beautiful roses. They also have a cafe offering tasty food and tea/coffee. The cost of trip  £21 – payable by cheque preferably. This should be an interesting &  enjoyable day out.

Depart Maghull Square   –  9.15am.       Return Maghull Square. –  5.30 approx

The Cotswolds – Holiday Garden Visits

The Cotswolds holiday.  5 days, 4 nights -2nd June – 6th June 2024

Cost of holiday – £699

Staying at the Mercure Bowden Hall , 4 nights Dinner Bed and Breakfast. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Gloucester and surrounded by acres of beautiful grounds. Excursion to Highgrove with a garden tour. Amazing garden and an experience to remember,

Excursion to Studley Castle with a tour of the gardens and  finish with a Cotswold cream tea.

Private coach travel and all excursions are included in the cost. For more information call at the Garden Visits table on Tuesdays, so come and see us and pick up details.

GV does Hodnet and Bridgemere

We have arranged a visit to Hodnet Hall and Gardens nr. Market Drayton and Bridgemere garden centre, on Wednesday 26th July 2023.

Our first stop this morning will be Bridgemere Garden Centre for morning tea/coffee and maybe a little retail therapy. We will then travel on to Hodnet hall and gardens. There have been gardens at Hodnet since the 11th century. There are 60 acres of gardens and parkland, renowned to be amongst the finest in the country. A forest of trees provide a wonderful backdrop for the formal gardens, planted to give interest during every season including woodland walks and daisy chain of ornamental pools. There is also a tearoom serving light lunches and afternoon teas.The cost of the trip £23

Depart Maghull Square.   8.30am prompt

Return Maghull Square 5.30pm-6pm approx  


Dorothy Clive and Bridgemere

Dorothy Clive Garden & Bridgemere Garden Centre Wed. 5th April

Dorothy Clive Garden is set amidst glorious countryside where the borders of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire intersect. This beautiful 12 acre garden has evolved since 1940 when Colonel Harry Clive began landscaping a disused quarry for his wife, Dorothy Clive. Vistors to the garden will discover the great variety of form and colour and the fine views of surrounding countryside.  Plant enthusiasts will find many unusual species.  Dorothy Clive Garden is to be featured on BBC2 “Gardens World” sometime soon !!!

We will first visit Bridgemere Garden Centre, selling a Hugh range of top-quality plants etc. There is a garden kitchen cafe with refreshments which will delight !! with tasty light bites, sweet treats and finest coffee/tea.  This should be an enjoyable day out.

The cost of trip is £22 – payable by cheque to Maghull & Lydiate U3A  preferred   –  Depart Maghull Square  9am and return 6pm approx

Dunham Massey and Fryers Nursery

A proposed trip to Dunham Massey NT,  Cheshire for Wednesday 15th March 2023. This should be an interesting outing. We will visit Fryers Nursery, Cheshire first, then on to Dunham Massey N/T where we will be able to look around the house and gardens. As soon as I know the cost of the trip I will let you know. We are taking names for the trip, so come and call at the garden table on Tuesday for further details or on this site.

Garden visits – Christmas Lunch

The Garden Visits group have arranged a 3 course Christmas lunch for Friday 2nd December. We will first visit the Grosvenor Garden centre for some festive inspiration and ideas for Christmas then on to our  ” Mystery” Christmas lunch.

Cost:  £37  ( including coach, tea/coffee and mince pie)

–  See the choice of menu at Garden Visits table

Depart Maghull Square.  –   9.30am
Return Maghull Square   –  5.30pm