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Parham House Gardens is one of the top 20 Simon Jenkins houses and gardens........... Building started in 1577 and it has remained a family run house and home - but now is run by a charitable trust. The estate has over 800 acres of land including a lake and extensive walled gardens and a church. The walled gardens are well kept and provide for a well kept and established collection of colour co-ordinated plantings which make a delight for any photographer...... So we'll meet up at opening time - 12 midday. COST: £12.00 for house and gardens - concessions available. RHS members get free access to the gardens and pay £2.50 for access to the house. PLUS £1 meetup fee for each person attending. There is a good cafe for lunch/afternoon tea. The house itself makes for great photography but the cream on the cake is the extensive and colourful network of walled gardens with colourful planting and the long greenhouse full of colourful potted plants. We can also visit the small church which is situated behind the main house. More than enough for a relaxed midweek photo meetup. Many good challenges and don't forget the bees.......... See you there Peter
You asked for it.....and here it is. The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been an outdoor gallery to some of the most evocative and visually moving works of sculpture for some 35 years. Set in a beautiful country garden setting in Surrey, it guarantees a wonderful walk with sculptures hidden around every bend in the paths. See here: http://www.hannahpescharsculpture.com/ This is not as big as the Sculpture Park in Churt but has its own special attraction and atmosphere. We'll meet up at midday which is the opening time in the car park and then walk to the office to buy our tickets. COST: £12 (£8 concessions). + £1 meetup - paid cash on the day for each member and guest attending. We'll then follow the trails around, taking time to photograph the beautiful sculptures in their equally beautiful setting. Please note there is NO CAFE here so I suggest you bring some sandwiches and and a bottle of pop with you - there are lots of places we can sit down and enjoy our picnic. There are loos. After we have finished the nearest pub is The Scarlett Arms at Walliswood. For those who want more......Leith Hill is not far away.......... If the weather is fine you could drive to Starveall Car Park and then take the 3/4 mile walk up to Leith Hill Tower with fantastic views. Leith Hill is the highest point in Surrey and the second highest point in the SE England (965 feet). Or you may like to visit Leith Hill Place ( Park at Leith Hill Rhododendron Wood Car Park). Leith Hill Place was once the home of Ralph Vaughn Williams - he was a composer - The Lark Ascending??? At Leith Hill Place there is an art exhibition - 'Awakening' - works representing the awakening of spring. See here: https://nt.global.ssl.fastly.net/leith-hill/documents/leith-hill-trail-leaflet.pdf COST: Leith Hill Place £6 Leith Hill Tower £3 Car Park £3.50 All free for NT members. So either a short day out in the beautiful Sculpture Garden or a longer day with a visit to Leith Hill. Please wear sensible shoes - if wet it can be wet and slippery in the garden! If sunny - sun screen and hat and water (or pop).
https://hatfair.co.uk/ Winchester Hat Fair is the UK's longest running Street Festival. It started in 1974 as a buskers' day, unfortunately with the disapproval of the city council. Since then it has become an annual national and international of street entertainment. On Saturday the artists will be spread out along the streets and squares of this vibrant historic city. There will be lots of colour and action to photograph. The day will also be an opportunity to wander around the more famous areas of the City such as the cathedral close, the Peninsula Barracks, the Great Hall where you can see the Round Table, the beautiful City Centre, the river and the Wolvesey castle as well as exploring the back streets around Winchester College. We'll meet at the top of the High Street / Romsey Road at the Peninsula Barracks - the former home of the Royal Green Jackets but now a mixture of private housing, the Military Museum and the beautiful gardens and fountains. Meetup time is 11am. The meetup point is a short walk from the station and easy to get to on one of the Park and Ride buses. Cost of meetup £1 cash on the day please for each attending and for each guest. We have been to Winchester before and roughly followed a route which I have put onto google maps - see here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1G5GdC87Q24j1vXSUUeVpAJPE3VU&ll=51.05829638485962%2C-1.3137193320551432&z=17 Please download or print or copy the link to your phone. We'll then move off down towards the High St - visiting the Great Hall where King Arthur ruled Wessex, building the current City in 9C. The Great Hall is all that remains of Winchester Castle and contains historic artetfacts and of course the famous Round Table of King Arthur. Whilst here, don't forget to visit Queen Eleanor's Garden. From here we walk through Westgate and down the High St before cutting across to Cathedral Grounds. All along there will be cafes, pubs and places to eat and grab lunch. and there is a cafe in the Cathedral Grounds. Don't forget to photograph the many colourful acts and the people visiting - great day for street photography. After lunch we'll follow a route either down the High St and an optional visit to the working City Mill and then cutting back to the area behind the cathedral where we'll find Wolvesey Castle and the pretty streets around Winchester College. Finally for those with the stamina and for those who have parked at the East Winchester Park and Ride there is a scenic walk along the meadows beside the River Itchen back to the car park. Take a look at the map - it is for guidance only and as with previously I imagine after lunch people will do their own thing in small groups. The Hat Fair is the main emphasis of this meetup but don't miss the opportunity to explore this beautiful city which once was the capital of England. CHALLENGES: 1) People - acts, performers, audiences, shoppers..... 2) Beautiful buildings and gardens. 3) A great place to practise composition.........try using Depth of Field to good effect by way of blurring either the foreground or background for effect; Rule of Thirds; leading lines etc etc. Don't forget hat, sunscreen and water. GETTING THERE: The station is near to our meetup point and accessible from many places such as London and Reading as well as the Southampton and Portsmouth. If you are driving I would suggest the Park and Ride (cost £3 I think but please check.) Look here: https://www.winchester.gov.uk/parking/park-and-ride/ For previous photo galleries look here: https://www.meetup.com/Hampshire-Photography-Friends/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26860567 https://www.meetup.com/Hampshire-Photography-Friends/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=10606012 and here for the Hat Fair: https://www.meetup.com/Hampshire-Photography-Friends/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=15920012 So this is one not to miss - a fantastic summer's day in a beautiful and vibrant city - see you all there. Peter
Bekonscot Model Village & Railway
OK so Bekonscot is the world's oldest model village and is celebrating its 90th anniversary. It covers an area of 1 hectare and the little world actually includes 6 villages - all connected by the extensive 1 gauge railway. It is the setting for the book 'The Enchanted Village' by Enid Blyton who was a nearby resident. Bekonscot has featured on numerous tv shows - such as Blue Peter, Countryfile and Muffin the Mule..... COST: £10.90 adult (£8.75 concession) exc gift aid + £1 meetup fee payable for each person attending - cash on the day please. Bekonscot is based in the beautiful Buckinghamshire town of Beaconsfield. Beaconsfield. Beaconsfield itself is divided into the New Town (where Bekonscot is) and the Old Town, centred around the parish church of St Mary's and it is well worth a visit. An annual fair is traditionally held on 10 May. Its charter, dating from 1269, originally allowed for a yearly market for the trading of goods and livestock, but it has now developed into a funfair, erected for one day only on the main roads of the "Old Town". I went to school in Beaconsfield and so I know the town and the fair well. So we'll meet up at the entrance at 11am. I'll be driving there but it is within walking distance of the station which is on the Marylebone/Banbury line. Probably not the easiest line to get to and so if folk would like lifts please say so quickly so that we can fill cars if necessary. Photographically it poses the obvious challenge to take a photo that makes it look real!!! - not as easy as it sounds. We'll spent 2-3 hours here - there is a cafe for lunch and or coffees. After this we may like to travel about 1-2 miles to the Royal Standard of England which is the oldest pub in Britain!! Choice of lunch here may be better than at the caf!