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National Trust Visit Dates 2022

Although the situation with Covid remains serious I have set the dates below for our National Trust visits for the period from March to October, 2022.

I will let members know the venues in February but I would like to visit places such as Kedelston Hall, Waddesdon Manor, which is owned by the Rothschild Family plus venues in Yorkshire and Warwickshire.

Dates in 2022
March – Wednesday 23rd
April – Thursday 28th
May – Tuesday 17th
June – Monday 13th
July – Wednesday 20th
August – Thursday 11th
September – Tuesday 13th
October – Monday 10th


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National Trust Visit to Belton House

On Wednesday, 15th of December, 2021, a coach party of National Trust group members enjoyed an afternoon and evening visit to see the Belton House Light Trail. The weather was perfect for our visit with the sun shining as we left Hucknall Market at 2.30 pm and the rest of the day remained dry and very mild for December – even the wind stayed calm for us!!

After passing through Grantham – once described as “England’s most boring town” we arrived safely at Belton House in perfect time to start the Trail. On arrival we met up in the Courtyard at Belton House where some members took the opportunity to have a warm drink before starting on the Trail.

The Trail itself was quite amazing with glorious displays of colour centred around the buildings and the features in the grounds. There was a tunnel of white lights to pass through before we passed some beautiful displays lighting up the trees, water areas and planted areas that make up the Belton Estate. Many members took the opportunity to take photographs. While on the Trail there were further refreshment points with the chance to roast your own marsh mellows proving popular.

Once at the end of the Trail there was still time to revisit the Courtyard which included food outlets and the National Trust shop. Everyone was safely and happily back on the bus in time for our departure back to Hucknall at 7.30 pm. A big thank you goes out to our driver Paul, from JB Tours, who got us safely back in Hucknall for 8.30 pm. All the members had enjoyed what had proved to be a very pleasant visit.

The group will restart (Covid permitting ) in March 2022


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Visit to Calke Abbey – 20th October. 2021
Everyone was waiting and ready to go as the coach pulled up at Hucknall Market ready for a 9.30 am departure. Unfortunately two members had to withdraw at the last moment but forty eight of us left on the coach. The weather forecast was very bad but we had a mainly dry day save for a huge downpour in the afternoon in which the majority managed to find some shelter.

Over the day we toured the magnificent family house which was bought by the National Trust in 1981 and has been left untouched ever since. There was also the opportunity to join a tour of the gardens, visit the Church or enjoy the restaurant. There was also a network of walks to explore but the uncertain weather meant that most of the group did not venture too far from shelter. The book shop and gift shop proved popular before we left for home at 4.00pm.

A special thank you to our driver Philip who had left his home in Barnsley at 6.00am to come down to Hucknall to drive the coach for us.( Yes, there is a shortage of coach drivers)

National Trust 2022
Members of the group will receive a full list of dates in the January Newsletter and on the website so that they will have plenty of notice regarding the visits from March to October.

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National Trust Visit to Belton House Light Trail

Belton House hosts one of the most impressive light trails in the country. It contains over one million lights in a mile long trail through the grounds at Belton House, accompanied by the sounds of Christmas as you walk. The estimated time for the walk is ninety minutes allowing no doubt for a stop for a seasonal drink or a light snack. Toasted marshmallows anyone? The Stables courtyard close to the start and end of the walk will have further attractions including a memory tree if you wish to post a note on to the tree.

The event is very popular and despite running from late November to early January is often sold out. As the event is run out of normal National Trust hours there is a charge of £20 for all adults whether you are members or not. Including the bus fare of £8.00 the total cost will be £.28.00 per person.

We have booked fifty six places, as we will have timed entry slots of the maximum number you can book which is 14. Our slots are for 4.15, 4.30. 4.45 and 5.00pm on Wednesday, 15th December, 2021. According to the website there is very little open during the period before 4.00pm and so in view of the possible cold weather in December we have decided to leave Hucknall Market at 2.30pm and return from Belton at 7.30pm. This will still give us four hours outside which is probably enough for the time of year.

We expect the visit to be very well supported and to be fair to everyone we will accept bookings from 9.00 am on October 11th, 2021 preferably by email or by phone for those of you not online. We will confirm that you have a place by email or phone. Belton House reserve the right not to let you go on the trail if you are not well wrapped up and ask you to bring a torch in case of a power cut!!!!!!!!

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National Trust visit to Calke Abbey

The next visit for the National Trust Group has now been arranged and the details are as follows:

Venue: Calke Abbey in Derbyshire.

Date/Time: Wednesday 20th of October. departing from the bus stop on Hucknall Market at 9.30 am and returning from Calke Abbey at 4.00 pm.

Cost: £7.00 per person, which includes a tip for the driver.

Further trips: The last visit for this year will be to Belton House (near Grantham) and further details will be available as soon as possible.

If you no longer wish to be a member of the National Trust group could you let me know as soon as possible, so that I can remove your name from the list.

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