On Saturday 25th January, four members of the Woburn Team headed to London to present the Abbey, Gardens and Safari Park to group travel organisers at the Excursions 2014 show. Accompanied by George, the cuddly black bear, and flowers potted by the Woburn Abbey Gardeners, our staff spoke to over a hundred visitors during the day.
Those who bring a group to Woburn will discover the fascinating stories of Woburn and its part in British history including the origins of Afternoon Tea. This social tradition was popularised in the 1840s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends at Woburn Abbey. Groups are able to pre-book their own delicious Afternoon Tea to be served at the Duchess’ Tea Room or at The Woburn Hotel.
Our Groups Co-ordinator, Lisa Weaver, explained the many tour options available for 2014. "Coach parties can tour the house or gardens in their own time, purchase an audio tour or guidebook or ask questions of the room wardens, but a guided tour can offer an entirely new perspective on the experience. Guided tours can also be tailored for groups with an interest in a particular collection, garden area or historic aspect and are available in several languages."
Estate Gardens Manager, Martin Towsey, was also on hand to explain the ongoing restoration works within the gardens and the variety of tours available to groups. Woburn Abbey Gardens are the most complete example of the work of landscape gardener Humphry Repton, commissioned by the 6th Duke in 1805. The restoration of Repton’s original Pleasure Grounds continues with work on the Cone House and Rockery Pavilion taking place in 2014.
"It was great to see so many people excited about what we have to offer them and we hope to see them again when they visit later in the year." Said Pippa Gardner, Marketing Executive for Woburn Abbey and Gardens.
Group bookings are taken throughout the year - even on days when the Abbey and Gardens are closed to the public. If you would like more information about bringing a group to Woburn, please follow the link below.