Our coach arrived early so we are able to board as we arrived at the meeting place. It was a lovely morning and members were looking forward to the visit. On arrival at Croome we were met and welcomed by 2 members of staff. After receiving maps and directions to the facilities and told where best to start our visit from we went our separate ways. Croome Court which is the focus of the vast estate and parkland was approx 1/2 mile walk from reception. For those that have difficulty walking a buggy ride can be taken both ways. Croome has been the seat of the Coventry family since 1592. The 6th Earl of Coventry worked with Capability Brown to design the landscape and remodel the old family home. In 2016 major construction work was completed and now there is a long term programme of repair and restoration to the Court. The house holds many contemporary exhibitions. On the ground floor the exhibitions include watercolours of local buildings; a Tapestry of the epic Battle of Britain; Treasures of Croome; ceramic landscapes; steel and plastic chairs, are but to name a few.
At the entrance to Croome there is another captivating period of history to explore; the restored wartime buildings of the secret airbase of RAF Defford which are now the Visitor Centre and Museum. It was at Defford that Airborne Radar was tested, developed and proven. Airborne Radar provided a decisive factor in Victory for the Allies.
For a small fee a Walled Garden can be visited. In here talented and creative artists show off their talents and provide an inspiration for garden and art lovers. There was plenty of space for a picnic and two cafes provided hot and cold drinks and food.
It was a beautiful day with lots of fresh air and sunshine and a relaxing good journey home.