Hotham Park Heritage Trust (HPHT), currently a registered charity, is in the process of being dissolved with the intention of becoming a charitable organisation to be known as Friends of Hotham Park (FoHP). Click this link for an update on the situation, including details of how to become a member of FoHP and the dates and times of future FoHP meetings as and when they become available.
Here are details of a couple of outings we enjoyed in previous years:
Eight Members of the Trust met up at the Lodge in Hotham Park on a glorious June morning to travel in two cars to Midhurst where we took the complimentary park and ride bus service to Woolbeding. After a coffee we went off to explore in small groups before meeting up again at the William Pye Water Fountain (pictured) for a guided history walk. We then enjoyed a light lunch at the Orchard Cafe before further exploration of the formal Garden Rooms, the Long Walk, the River Rother and All Hallows Church.
Originally owned by the Lascelles family, Woolbeding Estate was given to the National Trust in 1957. The Estate comprises of 1102 acres of which 26 are devoted to the gardens, which are opened exclusively on Thursday and Friday between April and September. All visits must be booked in advance. Click here for more information.
On yet another beautifully sunny day, this time in September, a group of Trust Members met at the Lodge in Hotham Park for a scenic minibus ride through the West Sussex and Hampshire countryside to the hamlet of Buckler’s Hard on the banks of the River Beaulieu. After the very pleasant hours drive we then enjoyed refreshments outside the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms before exploring Buckler’s Hard village, the Maritime Museum, Shipwright’s Cottage and St Mary’s Chapel.
Some of our group returned to the Tea Rooms for lunch whilst others enjoyed a picnic lunch before all meeting up for our afternoon river cruise with commentary. Buckler’s Hard is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 10.00am to 5.00pm in the summer and 10.00am to 4.30pm in winter. Click here for more information.
In previous years we have also enjoyed the following:
Walking tour of Central Chichester, with qualified guide. Exploring the area around the Market Cross and between there and Priory Park we learnt about the history of the area, the different building styles over the ages and visited the hidden gem, Bishop’s Palace Gardens.
Coach trip to Compton Acres Ornamental Gardens, Poole, Dorset. A wonderful day out exploring these award winning, privately owned and beautiful gardens with over 10 acres of exquisite plants from all over the world. Attractions included The Italian Garden, The Wooded Valley, The Heather Garden and The Japanese Garden.
A talk entitled ‘A Stroll Through the History of Bognor Regis’ held at The Regis Centre, Bognor Regis. Presented by local historian Sylvia Endacott this very interesting evening took us back in time, to the formation of Bognor (later Bognor Regis), Hotham Park, the Railway Station, High Street, London Road and other local areas.
Skittles and Lunch at the Maypole Inn, Yapton. People of all ages and abilities were able to take part at this traditional skittle alley, complete with it’s own function room in which we also enjoyed a light lunch. Plenty of exercise for those having to restand the fallen skittles!
Christmas Lunch at the Elmer Pub & Hotel (January 2016 + 2017). We enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal with plenty of selection for all – from a traditional Christmas lunch to vegetarian options. The portions were generous, the cooking divine, the service excellent and price sensible. We are very pleased to have discovered this hidden gem in Elmer village.
Chichester Canal Boat Trip with Fish and Chip Supper. A delightful 2 hour trip along the canal, passing through pleasant countryside with ever-changing scenery and wildlife on the way to Hunston and back. Great hospitality throughout. All work is done by volunteers so well worth supporting.
Croquet at Bognor Regis Lawn Tennis Club. Although most of us had never played croquet before we all found it great fun, especially as it required a combination of tactics and skill to beat each other. Even the intermittent bouts of light rain did not spoil the occasion. The afternoon included a delicious cream tea with meringues to die for.
The new Café in Hotham Park – preview evening. An opportunity for us to enjoy the fantastic pizzas, pastas and other culinary delights that Tom and his staff have to offer. We are very grateful for this invitation and wish them all every success for the future. The Café is now fully open and is located to the right of the boating lake.
Ford Recycling Plant. This very interesting visit told us all we needed to know about recycling and the relevance and importance of doing so. It included plenty of opportunities to ask questions and also a visit onto the viewing platform to see the MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) in action.
Tinwood Vineyard, Halnaker. A close-up view of the vineyard with a detailed explanation of the growing, harvesting and wine making process. This was followed by a wine tasting session with 3 different wines, accompanied by a specially chosen cheese, honey and biscuit selection.
If you would like to become a Member of Hotham Park Heritage Trust and have any ideas of places you would like to visit then we would be more than happy to include them in our list of suggestions. The cost of outings depends on any invitations or special rates that may have been offered to Members, hence not advertised here out of respect to providers.
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