Summer Outing 29th June 2024: Acton Court, Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire

This year's outing will be to Acton Court BS37 9TL, on Saturday 29th June. Please save the date in your diaries now!

Acton Court is a magnificent Tudor building and Scheduled Monument, which is only open to the public for one month every summer. It is set in glorious grounds, including a beautiful herb garden and a traditional wildflower meadow/orchard, where visitors can wander along paths through unmown grass that is scattered with native wild flowers, such as yellow rattle, wild carrot, poppies and many more. Acton Court is maintained with nature conservation in mind, and barn owls are often resident in gaps in the house walls. 

Our visit will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 29th June, which is one of Acton Court's Tudor Celebration days. As well as being able to enjoy the many plants in the grounds, there will be lots of period-related activities, which in previous years have included demonstrations of Tudor clothing from a period dressmaker, Tudor dancing and Tudor games. You will also be able to tour the house, and see where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed, in the huge East Wing that the owner specially built for their Royal Progress around the country in 1535. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Tickets for the Tudor Celebration Day will go on sale in mid-April. They will cost £15 plus the Eventbrite booking fee. We will contact Herb Group members when tickets go on sale. Transport will be by members' own cars and/or sharing lifts. 

Acton Court's website gives a lot of additional information, for those who are interested. You can read more there and see lots of pictures.

While you are in the area, you might also like to visit Iron Acton Garden Centre, which is a well-regarded local independent garden centre, just half a mile from Acton Court.

We hope you will be excited by this opportunity to visit a special place right on the doorstep of Bristol, and we look forward to seeing as many as possible of you there in June.