Visit to Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, Bournemouth and Compton Acres Gardens, Poole, 22 June 2021

Compton Acres – the Italian garden

Morning visit to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum dramatically situated on the East Cliff at Bournemouth overlooking the sea.  This exotic villa was bought by Merton Russell-Cotes for his wife in 1901and they filled it with beautiful objects from their travels across the world as well as a remarkable collection of British Art.  We will have a guided tour through the gallery and museum.

At lunchtime we will transfer to nearby Compton Acres in Poole where there are several cafés for light lunch and refreshments.  This is a 10 acre privately owned garden founded in 1920 by a wealthy margarine manufacturer, Thomas William Simpson.  There is a magnificent collection of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants across a series of themed garden areas.

(Subject to the pandemic) coach from Grayshott. Booking from April 2021