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Itinerary

Friday July 10thArrival (check-in from 3.00pm) and Registration and collect your General Information and Route Packs for Saturday.

At 7.00pm, aperitifs and a short briefing on plans for the weekend’s events in the bar of the Garden Pavilion, where a Buffet Dinner will be served at 7.30pm - dress code is the ubiquitous ‘smart casual’.

Saturday July 11th – Following breakfast in The Refectory, sign on for the Planned Drive which will take you through the delightful and largely unspoilt Welsh Marches with their mountains, moorlands, wooded river valleys, castles and half timbered buildings - our route will make sure you see examples of each of them!

The itinerary has been meticulously planned, and the route book is packed with background information on places of historic and cultural interest, pubs, eateries, recommended stopping points and worthwhile places to visit. However, there are no rendezvous points – it’s entirely up to you to pick and choose what you will from any and all of these and set your own pace for the day. Whilst the weather will be one factor that influences how much you choose to pack in, the rest is up to you – those who only pause for the briefest of stops could be back at Stanbrook by early afternoon, with plenty of time for refreshment and relaxation with friends old and new in lovely surroundings, whereas those of a more curious disposition might only get back in time for a quick ‘loosener’ before changing for dinner!

Saturday’s Gala Dinner will be in the Garden Pavilion - the bar will be open to take orders for wine and aperitifs from 7.00pm and dinner will be served from 7.30pm – the dress code is eveningwear for ladies and black tie or lounge suits for men.

Sunday July 12th - Breakfast will be in The Refectory where you will also collect your tickets prior to departure for a visit to Eastnor Castle. There will be opportunities to tour this historic house and to explore the picturesque grounds and gardens and we have reserved space to park most of the cars in the main courtyard, provided they arrive before the Castle officially opens at 10.30am, but there is also an adjacent overflow car park if required or for latecomers!. Eastnor is some 30 mins drive from Stanbrook, so you’ll need to be en route by 9.45 latest to park in the courtyard. Teas/coffees and a brownie or flapjack are included.

This should see everyone through until you’re ready to return to Stanbrook where an ‘Afternoon Tea’ will await you in The Garden Pavilion. We thought a light bite would be a better travelling companion than a full blown lunch and it will be available from around 1.30pm onwards, prior to you collecting luggage and making your farewells and departure at your leisure!