Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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Upcoming Events

We normally meet on the last Monday of the month in the Bridport United Church Hall at:

7:30 pm in September, March, April

and at

2.30 pm in October, November, January and February.

This is just a taster of what we do, if you would like more information contact our Membership Secretary


Monday 29th April 7:30pm (Talk)

Beyond Old Harry by Rod Lawrence

Rod is a retired Naturalist, having spent most of his life studying forests throughout the world. This is his vision of how we could build on what we have here with the Jurassic coast to create one of the best and most bio-diverse places in the world.


Wednesday 8th May 10:30am (Guided Walk)

The Golden Cap Estate - its orchids and wildlife

Visit the orchid fields at Westhay Farm and be shown some of the amazing discoveries. The fields are of international importance for waxcap grassland fungi and the soft cliffs from Eype Mouth to Lyme Regis are of European importance for many rare insects.


Tuesday 14th May (Visit)

Lacock Village and Abbey

Lacock village is often used as a film location e.g. Downton Abbey, Cranford, Harry Potter, etc. Ela, Countess of Salisbury founded Lacock Abbey on 16th April 1232. The original cloister was demolished in the 1400s and replaced with what we see today. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries Sir William Sharrington bought the Abbey and turned it into a country house. William Henry Fox Talbot created the first photographic negative in 1835 in the house and the Fox Talbot Museum is wonderful. The village and Abbey were given to the National Trust in 1944.


Thursday 13th June (Visit)

Bristol Dock & River Avon Cruise (from Bristol Quay)

Managed by Bristol Packet Boat Trips at Bristol docks, we join a covered all-weather boat for a 4-hour cruise from the docks upstream to rural stretches of the river Avon, stopping for refreshments at a riverside pub.


Wednesday 10th July (Visit)

American Museum, Bath

The museum was opened in 1961 and takes you on a journey through the history of America from its early settlers to the twenty-first century.

With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American tradition, the highlight of which is the collection of over 200 quilts acclaimed as the finest of its type in Europe.

The beautiful American gardens give far-reaching views across the surrounding valleys.


Wednesday 11th September (Visit)

Concorde Museum, Aerospace Bristol

Your flight through aerospace history will span more than one hundred years of engineering advancements and remarkable social history, with the iconic Concorde as the stunning centre-piece of your journey.

A guided tour is included to ensure that we get the best experience from the visit.


Monday 30th September 7:30pm (Talk)

'The Aurora - the Northern Lights' by Bob Mizon

Bob is a graduate in modern languages but is better known as an astronomer. He is best known in the scientific and environmental community as the co-ordinator of the British Astronomical Association Commission for Dark Skies. He was elected a Fellow of the R.A. Society in 1985 and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society for many years.

This talk by Bob, accompanied by beautiful images, is about what causes the Northern lights; their place in history; and why you may not have to travel as far as you think to see them. He is an amusing and entertaining speaker.


Thursday 10th October (Visit)

Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear

Details to follow.


Monday 28th October 2:30pm (Talk)

'The Treasures of Dorset' by Christopher Legrand

Christopher will give us a scenic trip around this beautiful county discovering some of the lesser known facts about its history, families, architecture and landscape. He invites you to share his enjoyment of the world around us through high quality images, music and video clips.


Monday 25th November 2:30pm (Talk)

'Geology and Jewellery' by Sian Evans

Sian's talk will be focused around her interests in the geology and Archaeolology of Dorset. As a teenager she became a young archaeologist at the Dorset County Museum. She studied BA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts in London in the 80's and had a very successful studio practice there creating award winning works of art. She will talk about ethics as a practicing jeweller, the problem with diamond and gold mining, recyling and the environmental impact of mining precious stones and metals.


December - date TBA (Visit)

The Christmas Market at Portsmouth

Details to follow.


The Golden Cap seen from Stonebarrow

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