Wednesday June 5th Excursions
A) Visit Chatsworth House and Gardens
Chatsworth House is a beautiful stately home in Derbyshire and is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire. Chatsworth has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. The house is set in expansive parkland and backed by wooded, rocky hills rising to heather moorland and it contains an important collection of paintings, furniture, old master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts.
Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom’s favourite country house several times.
Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.
The 105-acre garden is the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation. Although some points of interest have been replaced to make way for new fashions, the garden retains many early features, including the Canal Pond, Cascade and 1st Duke’s Greenhouse.
This trip includes tickets for the house and gardens of the estate, you will also have an audio guide for the house, so you can explore at your own leisure. You will receive vouchers to allow you to have lunch in any of the café’s or restaurants in the stable block just up from the house. A coach will collect you from the East Midlands Conference Centre Hotel in the morning and return you there at approx. 18:30.
B) Nottingham Historic Walking Tour with Robin Hood
The stories of Robin Hood have been told and retold for many years, there have even been Hollywood blockbusters about him. Now walk the streets of Nottingham with him.
Robin Hood will take you on an historic walking tour though Nottingham, showing you the history of this lovey city, stopping off for a refreshment break half way round. The tour will finish at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest pub in England, where you will be invited in for lunch and a tour of the cellar, which is part of the cave structure of Nottingham Castle. You can also have a go at pulling your own pint of beer. The “Trip” as locals know it, has been established in this location since 1189, the date that Richard the Lionheart became King of England, and was carved out of the rock upon which the castle stands. It is believed that this was originally the brew house for the castle.
Following the rest, a tasty lunch and maybe a pint of the local brew. The coach will collect you from the Trip and return you to either the grounds of Wollaton Hall or the University Park to enjoy an afternoon of Archery and Falconry to complete the Robin Hood Medieval day. There will be a chance for every one to have a go at firing arrows at targets and maybe even hold a competition. There is still a bizarre law in Britian that all males over the age of 14 are required to practice with a longbow for at least two hours per week.
If you wish to participate in either of these trips please do complete the part of the registration form and identify which one you would like to do. The cost for each of these is £95 per person to include all travel, instructions, lunch and some refreshments.
Further details on times, pick-up and drop-off points will be given at the conference.