The British Isles holds many treasures that will delight history and culture buffs. As an alternative to the farm and business visits, the Conference offers a diverse programme of optional history and heritage tours that are unique to our Island, its rich history, architecture, art and food. Optional Heritage Tours include:
WINDSOR CASTLE AND THE SAVILL GARDEN (4th June)
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence. Part of Windsor Great Park and one of Britain's finest award-winning ornamental gardens, The Savill Garden is a true wonder. It's a garden for all seasons and a place of beauty and colour that's loved by horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike. Visitors can journey through 35 acres of interconnecting gardens and exotic woodland. Every garden has its own unique attraction, featuring a distinctive group of plants that introduce a fresh burst of vibrant colour throughout the seasons.
(www.royalcollection.org.uk + www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk)
SHAKESPEARE’S STRATFORD (6th June)
For those of you who fancy a quieter day and a break from farm visits, you can spend the day in Stratford-upon-Avon. Steeped in culture and history, Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK and home to England’s greatest writer of comedy and tragedy, William Shakespeare. You will be able to experience a behind-the-scenes theatre tour, along with lunch in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre restaurant overlooking the River Avon. Then onwards to visit the birth place of Shakespeare in the heart of Stratford, take a seat on an open top bus to Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, Mary Arden’s house, for all the sights, smells and sounds of a real Tudor farm, before visiting Shakespeare’s final resting place at Trinity Church.
(www.shakespeare.org.uk + www.rsc.org.uk + www.countessofevesham.co.uk)
CHATSWORTH HOUSE (9th June)
Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is set in the heart of the Derbyshire’s Peak District. The house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, to the family-used chapel, regal State Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.
It is also home to the Devonshire Collection encompassing artefacts from Ancient Egypt to cutting edge modern sculpture. Each year Chatsworth hosts a number of special events and in June 2017 hosts a new Flower Show with the Royal Horticultural Society.