General Information for all visits

  1. The coach will pick up at two points in Bridport – the Coach Park (CP) and Jessop Avenue (JA). The times given below are the actual departure times for each trip. We aim to be back in Bridport around 6 pm unless otherwise stated.
  2. When booking. Please state which outing(s) you are paying for and enclose a cheque payable to B.D.G.C., add your name, address, telephone number and pick up point – either Coach Park (CP) or Jessop Avenue (JA). No bookings are made without payment, seats are allocated at that time and please note when you are booking if you wish to sit with a friend.
  3. The price for each visit includes: the coach, a tip for the driver, and the entrance fee.
  4. The price for National Trust (NT) members is shown where relevant – please ensure you bring your card on the day
  5. Most destinations have cafés but meals are not organised or included in the prices.

Contact details for officers of the Bridport & District Gardening Club are available on the Membership Card.

Outing to The Newt at Hadspen Manor & Oudolf Fields at Durslade Farm - Tuesday June 30, 2020

CP Pick up: 9:00am JA Pick up: 9.10am

Morning and lunch: THE NEWT at Hadspen Manor – CANCELLED

The grounds of Hadspen Manor were reopened in 2018 after being completely remodelled with a high level of craftsmanship by its South African owners. It has a focus on the cider apple trees (500 varieties) and the potager garden complemented by contemporary fountains and buildings. Previously the home of the notable garden writer Penelope Hobhouse and tenanted by Nori and Sandra Pope who developed an approach to garden design set out in their book ‘Colour by Design’ acknowledged in the current reincarnation of the garden.
The Newt

Afternoon: OUDOLF FIELD at Durslade Farm

Piet Oudolf has designed some of the most widely acclaimed gardens of this century and is still designing in his 70s (so hope for us all). Opened in 2014 this wonderful example of his work showcases his masterly use of perennials and grasses. An inspiration. Charge: £28.50
Oudolf Field

Outing to Castle Drogo - Tuesday July 21, 2020

CP Pick up: 9:00am JA Pick up: 9:10am
Drewsteignton, Devon

Castle Drogo, owned by the National Trust, is the last castle to be built in England. Restoration of Edwin Lutyens’ granite masterpiece for the Drewe family is almost complete but the 1920s garden is fully resplendent with its lavish and colourful planting.

Originally conceived by Lutyens to be seen from the castle itself, the garden was detached from the building at the owner’s insistence and George Dillistone who had designed previous gardens for Drewe was commissioned to complete the work rather than Gertrude Jeckyll, Lutyen’s more usual garden design partner.

Charge: £25.00 (National Trust Members £19.50)
Because of access restrictions numbers are restricted to 35.

Castle Drogo Garden


Outing to Hinton Ampner, near Alresford - Tuesday September 8, 2020

CP Pick up: 9:00am JA Pick up: 9:10am

A number of members suggested a visit to Hinton Ampner’s flower-filled Hampshire garden, owned by the National Trust. The result of one man’s vision designed in the 1960s, the house and twelve acres of terraced gardens have views to the South Downs full of pastel colour and scented plants within a structure of yew topiary.

Charge: £27.50 (National Trust Members £15.00)


Outing to Montacute House & Tintinhull Garden - Tuesday October 6, 2020

CP Pick up: 9:00am JA Pick up: 9:10am

Morning and lunch: MONTACUTE HOUSE

‘A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design’. The 16th century house is complemented by extensive formal gardens and parkland. The original raised walks of the Elizabethan garden still survive but many interventions have taken place over the centuries including planting by Vita Sackville-West of Sissinghurst fame and Phyllis Reiss (see below) who both worked on the herbaceous borders.


It was here that Phyllis Reiss created ‘one of the most harmonious small gardens in Britain.’ A set of seven rooms each with its own character, including a fountain garden.

Charge £24.00 (National Trust Members £10.00)

Tintinhull Gardens

Outing to Clarks Village - Tuesday November 24, 2020

CP Pick up: 9:30am JA Pick up: 9:40am

Over 90 designer and High Street brands including M&S for your Christmas shopping.

Charge: £10.00