Our first visit of the year will be a two-day outing to the medieval City of Wells – the smallest city in England. On Wednesday 25th April, in order to give you a rather special first sight of the city, I am going to start the tour in the gardens at Milton Lodge, which is the home of Mrs. Tudway Quilter and her son, Simon. The panoramic views of Wells and the cathedral, the Mendip Hills and the Vale of Avalon are quite spectacular from these wonderful gardens which were conceived by Simon’s great grandfather around 1900. The family have long been involved in Wells especially in the Cathedral School. After our visit to Milton Lodge, we will spend the rest of the afternoon on a walking tour of the city, taking in the famous Vicars’ Close, the market place and the Cathedral School before attending choral evensong in the Cathedral. After the service, the Dean, The Very Reverend Dr. John Davies has invited us to have a drink with him in the Deanery.
On Thursday 26th April, we will fill the morning with a guided tour of the moated Bishop’s Palace. This has been the home and office to The Bishop of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. After visiting the Palace buildings, we will continue with a guided walk around the beautiful grounds and gardens and see the historic wells from which the city takes its name. After lunch we will visit the famous 13th century Cathedral, with its Scissor Arches, extraordinary 24 hour medieval clock, one of the most exquisite Chapter House and bishop Bubwith’s Library.
I would urge anyone coming on the visit to sign up for both days so that they gain the full Wells experience but I am aware that a few of you might find that difficult, and I will therefore try to accommodate those wanting to do only one day.
The cost of the two-day visit will be £150 per head to include all entry tickets, guides and lunch on both days.