Society of Emeritus Fellows

The Society of Emeritus Fellows organises a series of outings throughout the year, which are open to all members of the College and their guests.

2018 outings

Reservation Forms and further details will be available in good time through College Events emails and John Flowerdew or Peter Beaumont

Note that NT is National Trust and EH is English Heritage with membership providing the possibility of reduced or no entry fee.

Friday, 16 March. Visit London with afternoon guided tour of the Supreme Court.

All members of College and guests are invited to a guided tour of the Supreme Court with free time before to explore London. (TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY).

There is a £7 CHARGE (£5 CONCESSION) for the visit and PLACES ARE LIMITED.

If you wish to join the tour please inform Dr John Flowerdew ( ON THE BOOKING FORM giving names and numbers in your party.

Further Information

Travel to London independently*. Own transport/train etc. to Westminster (Jubilee Line). We have been invited to assemble at 2pm the Meeting Room, Westminster Green, 8 Dean Ryle Street, London SW1P 4DA (Apartment Block formerly the Westminster Hospital) by Wolfson College Senior Member Karel Tripp. Tea and Coffee will be available before walking to the 3-4pm guided tour of the Supreme Court. Ten places provisionally booked £7 or £5 concession. (More places may be available). The Supreme Court is in the old Middlesex County Building opposite Parliament. It is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases, and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Visitors will be shown the beautiful courtrooms and the magnificent Justices' Library, not normally open to the public. The guide provides an introduction to the Court's role in the UK justice system and the history and artwork of the building and interesting examples of cases heard by the Court. There is a café for tea or light meal. See further information at: -

Visit London in the morning in the morning if you wish. We suggest possible independent visits to one or more of Westminster Abbey, St Margaret’s Church (Parish church to the House of Commons - dates back to the 11th Century) or go to The Temple Church, Fleet Street, etc.

* Travel by train, coach or car. Note that parking near a tube station is possible through e.g. Parking Mile End London, Lichfield Road, London, Mile End, E3 for £8 per day. Their web site is‎ and the Mile End Church car park has been booked recently by an EF – it is £8.40 for the day 7-7 on March 16th . Other car parks are available on this web site or look one up on Parkopedia!

Sunday, 13 May (Provisional). Annual North Norfolk Coastal Walk (circa 2 hours)
See dunes and marshes, coastal birdlife, OR Visit Holkham Hall. Start walk at Burhham Overy Staithe. (Coach travel 2 hours with stop for coffee). Walk to Holkham Hall or Holkham Village pub -Victoria Inn for lunch (4 miles) OR continue to Wells-next-the-Sea (7 miles) - lunch free choice. Holkham Hall. Café access free, £15 entry or 20% discount with EH; lower prices for Walled garden etc. See - library, statues, paintings and furniture plus Holkham Park with spectacular deer park and lake. 

Tuesday 12 June. Visit Wisbech in the Fens (coach takes 1hr 30 mins)
Options of two from Peckover House morning tour/visit (NT), Elgoods’ afternoon Brewery tour, Wisbech Fenland Museum. Peckover House 11.00am entry; Guided tour 12.00. A classic Georgian merchant's town house, built in 1722, lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years. There is a 2 acre Victorian walled garden and a 17th c barn (now tearooms). The gardens are a sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose. £7.80 or £7.30 concession, group of 15, NT free. 2 pm Elgood’s Brewery Tour. Price includes tasting and access to the brewery gardens. Adults £8.00. (Not suitable for visitors with mobility problems due to the number of stairs). Fenland Museum. Open 10.00 - 4.00, tours available. Museum opened in 1835, now collecting, caring for and interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of Wisbech and the surrounding Fenland. 

Wed, 4 July. Guided Tour of Apethorpe Palace (EH) and visit Peterborough Cathedral. (1 hour by coach)
Among England's greatest country houses, Apethorpe Palace (tour £7.50), holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I once owned the building, which she had inherited from Henry VIII. For a period, Apethorpe was a royal palace lived in regularly by James I and Charles I. James I so loved Apethorpe that he personally contributed to its extension to make it more suitable for his 'princely recreation' and 'commodious entertainment'. The resulting series of state rooms, including the King's Bedchamber and the impressive Long Gallery, is one of the most complete to survive from the Jacobean period. Lunch stop during return via Peterborough Cathedral: Free tour 2pm (or Roof tour – limited to 13 people at £10 or £8 concession). See great West Front and portico with Romanesque arches in nave plus unique painted wooden 13th c ceiling, the tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon and the original burial place of Mary Queen of Scots plus the intriguing early 9th c Saxon sculpture known as the 'Hedda Stone' or 'Monks' Stone', and much more.

Friday, 14 September. Colchester Castle Museum etc. (1 hr 20 mins by coach)
Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain. Admission Adult (inc. Seniors) – £7.75, or less. Return via Paycock’s House and garden (NT). Stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling made this wealthy merchant's house a medieval des. res. Built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke, the house is a grand example of the wealth generated in East Anglia by the cloth trade in the 16th c. Discover story of its riches to rags decline and Edwardian 20-year restoration. Also cottage garden, a hidden arts & crafts gem with surprising industrial roots; garden room coffee shop.

Previous outings

Wednesday 11 October - The Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Wednesday 27 September - Waddesdon Manor - Rothschild Chateau (NT), near Aylesbury - booking closed 11 September

Friday 30 June 2017 - Military Intelligence Museum ChicksandsShefford and Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire (cancelled due to low numbers)

Tuesday 6 June 2017 - Constable Country - Flatford Mill, Suffolk, with optional walks, tours and visits 

Thursday 18 May 2017 - Suffolk Villages: Old House Museum, Priory and Castle Tour at Clare and Giffords Hall Vineyard, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 23 April 2017 - North Norfolk Walk and lunch at the Lifeboat Inn, Thornham

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - a combined visit to Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich and Wyken Vineyard Café near Bury St Edmunds