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Dementia Harborough is a registered Charity No. 1167885

TRIPS

As well as our monthly meetings we also run a programme of trips during the year for our members.

In recent years we have been to Lichfield Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, the Seasons Garden Centre in Kettering, the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Wistow Rural Centre, and regular trips to Curve Theatre in Leicester for dementia-friendly performances of their musicals.

Our trips are mainly funded by Dementia Harborough and we only ask for a small contribution from everyone towards our costs.

In January 2019 we went to Curve Theatre Leicester for a fantastic dementia-friendly performance of the musical White Christmas, and had the opportunity to chat with the cast after the performance.  We will be returning there in September to see Grease 

In June we are visiting Kelmarsh Hall in Northampton.

 

The gardens surrounding the Hall are designated by English Heritage (Historic England) as Grade II, a garden of national significance. They are known for their relaxed charm and there is a fully accessible route around the perimeter of a triangular walled garden.

 

Our trip includes a tour with the Craft Gardener, together with a light lunch and refreshments in the Kelmarsh tearooms.

In October we are going to The National Trust’s Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood in Derbyshire.

 

The 17th century house has lavish interiors and, alongside, the Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages, to discover something new, or relive nostalgic memories. A cream tea is included.

Members’ Favourite Spots - Local Places to Visit
This section is for you to share places which you think might be of interest to our members.
If you know somewhere which we could add to the list, please send us your description using the contact form at the foot of this page.

Sywell Aerodrome                 www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk

(suggested by Keith)

 

Just off the A43 and with free parking, Sywell Aerodrome has a well-maintained spectators area, ideal for a picnic in the car or on the grass.

Historical aircraft, such asTiger Moths, are often parked on the apron or by the big hangar that houses Spitfire, Messerschmitt, Harvardand other WWII machines.  Visiting aircraft are also frequently seen. The Spitfire and other Warbird aircraft will be flying on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from April until the end of September.

The excellent Blades Display Team is based at the airfield.  They often practice their routines over the airfield – 4 aircraft making dramatic loops, passes, twists & turns with smoke.

The Sywell Aviation Museum (SAM) is open weekends, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12pm until 4pm from last Bank Holiday in May until October Half Term.

To get there:      Take the scenic route down A508, turn at the Brixworth Roundabout and follow signs to Holcot across the causeway, straight over the crossroads at Holcot towards Sywell which lies just over the A43.  Alternatively follow the A43 to the roundabout and follow signs to Sywell.

Don’t forget your binoculars & camera.

 

Beckworth Emporium               www.beckworthemporium.com

(suggested by Keith)

Shop, restaurant and garden centre is just half a mile up the road and turn right for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea.

 

Brixworth Country Park            www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk/brixworth-country-park

(suggested by Keith)

Brixworth Country Park lies off the A508 and next to Pitsford Water.  Plenty of short walks, or the full circuit (7 miles) around this very scenic reservoir; café and cycle hire available.  Don’t forget your binoculars & camera.

Parking charges apply unless you have a current annual parking pass for Northamptonshire County Council managed country parks.

Phipps Brewery, Northampton   www.phipps-nbc.co.uk

(suggested by Zillah)

The Albion Brewery and its bar is open for brewery tours.  You can sample their range of ales, ancient and modern, follow the brewing process and learn a few of Phipps’ secrets, then wander through the tunnels and cellars under the building, see the King’s Well where the finest water in the area has attracted brewers for centuries.

 

Contact Mel on 01604 946606 or email mel@phipps-nbc.co.uk for details and dates.

Coton Manor Gardens                 www.cotonmanor.co.uk

(suggested by Keith)

This is a very pleasant 10 acre garden & tea room that members may find very enjoyable.
Located between Guilsborough and Ravensthorpe, Northamptonshire, the garden changes by season and is an easy area to walk around.  Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, April through to the end of September.

Interaction with Horses

We are aware of two organisations which allow interaction with horses:-

The Way of the Horse                   www.thewayofthehorse.uk

This charity is based near Lutterworth and is run by a lady called Dina who uses horses to help people with dementia to socialise with and appreciate horses, talk to them, groom them and feed them.

For more details call 077142 69218.

Spirit at Play                                   www.spiritatplay.org.uk

This is a similar project based at Illston on the Hill run by Judith Edwards

For more details contact them via the website

Waterloo Community Garden in Great Oxendon

 

Waterloo Community Gardens is a charity whihc has a garden where they grow organic fruit and vegetables, with the aim of reducing food miles, helping people to grow their own food at home, and bringing people together to share knowledge and gain companionship.

 

They would like to encourage people to come and see the garden, to spend time looking around and perhaps doing some planting, sharing their knowledge, telling us about their memories and so on.  They would love to welcome people who are living with dementia to the garden, as they are aware of the health benefits of  being outside, working with nature, and generally doing something that probably many people have been able to do in the past.

There is a cafe on the site too, where people living with dementia and their carers and families are always very welcome.  For more information visit their Facebook page, their website or call 01858 466207