Visits, Walks and Talks

Visit to a Sculptor's Garden in Eyam, Derbyshire

Our events team provides us with some wonderful experiences., organising visits to gardens less well known, perhaps very rarely opened. 

On these visits, often it is the owner or head gardener who will show us round.  Hearing the stories behind the garden provides a whole new dimension to the visitor experience. It's not surprising that our summer garden visits are very popular. Our regular Newsletter includes short reports about visits and also winter talks and will give you a better idea of the range of events. Members are also encouraged to contribute text and photos for these.Please look through our Newsletter archive and you will be able to read all about these fantastic events.

As you will acknowledge, we have been very conscious of the need to ensure that these visits, whilst enjoyable, take place in a healthy and safe manner.  We are mindful of government advice and urge you all to take personal responsibility in relation to social distancing, and the availability of personal  face masks and sanitisers if required.

Tuesday 19th October, 2pm
Visit to Norton Priory Walled Garden, Tuesday 19th October 2021

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This is our final visit of the year. We have planned a visit to Norton Priory Museum and Walled Garden and would like to invite you to a short talk in the Walled Garden before it closes for the winter at the end of October.

This site has been occupied for 900 years, firstly with the construction of an Augustinian Priory, then, following the Reformation, a Tudor house replaced by a Georgian house. The Walled Garden dates from this later time. It covers 2.5 acres and provides the opportunity to explore many flowers, fruits and vegetables in line with the season. There is a rose walk, an orchard and the National Collection of Tree Quinces. The climate in the garden allows the growing of kiwis, lemons and oranges.

The main museum hosts the fourteenth century statue of St Christopher and the ruins of the medieval priory complex. The grounds have many mature trees, a stream glade and sculptures along the stream side. There are two summer houses, one containing replica medieval tiles.

There is also the opportunity to see an installation called the Museum of the Moon, which is best viewed at dusk, if you would like to extend your visit.

We will meet at 2pm in the Walled Garden, entering through the rabbit gate, not the Gardeners’ Cottage, due to Covid restrictions. If you park at the Walled Garden, beware the road is very potholed. Otherwise, park at the Museum and walk the short distance to the Walled Garden, about a 10-minute walk.

Following the short talk, feel free to wander around the garden and then head back to the Museum for a drink and cake. The only toilets are here.

The Walled Garden closes at 4pm and the main Museum at 7pm.
Cost: £8.00 member/£8.00 non-member
Event Contact: Jackie Cawte

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We hope you continue to have an autumn of visiting beautiful gardens and we look forward to meeting you soon. And, as we always say, do book early to avoid disappointment.
 All best wishes from the Events Team   

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