Discovery Days



 13th June



A visit to Winterbourne House and Gardens, plus a tour of the Barber Institute at Birmingham University.

What we will see

The day will start with a guided tour of the Winterbourne Botanic Garden. It is the botanic garden of the University of Birmingham, located in Edgbaston. You will then get chance to discover Winterbourne house.

The house was built for John Nettlefold, a pioneer of early housing reform in Birmingham at a time when the city had a serious lack of decent homes for working people.


There is a café on site where you can get some lunch, and after lunch we will have a short walk to the Barber institute where we will have a guided tour.


The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is an art gallery and concert hall in Birmingham. It is situated in purpose-built premises on the campus of the University of Birmingham.


Many of the garden paths are wheelchair friendly but there are uneven areas across the whole site and care must be taken. Paths run throughout most of the garden but full access

to all areas is unfortunately not possible for wheelchair users. Winterbourne house and the Barber institute both have full access to all.

Where to meet


We will meet at the front of Winterbourne House. Winterbourne is located on the University of Birmingham campus at 58, Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 2RT



Please meet at 10:45 , the tour of the gardens starts at 11:00. The tour of the garden will take about 1 hour, we then have time to explore the house or re-visit the gardens and have a light lunch in the tea room.

We will then meet outside the front of the house at about 2:15 and walk the short distance to the Barber for the tour of the Barber Institute that starts at 2:30 and again lasts about 1 hour.






 Wear suitable shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather on the day. There may be uneven paths in the garden so wear suitable shoes.



Car Parking



The free car park is just off the main A38 route leaving the city towards the South West. The address is 58, Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham postcode is B15 2RT. There is an alternate, chargeable, car park at post code B15 2SA. Alternatively, you can get a train to University station on the cross city Line and walk 10 to 15 minutes to Winterbourne House. If you need a lift to the event, please contact the leaders who will do their best to organise something for you. For those who want to get the train, there is a map of the campus at (Winterbourne is green G12 on the map)










Payment instructions will follow with booking confirmation.

Please ensure your place is booked before any payment is made.






Book by email to


Should you not have access to email please call Steve Hanks on land-line number 

The closing date for booking is 29th May 2018


Please note that the number of pre-booked places for this discovery day is limited to 35 so book early to avoid disappointment.



Lead contacts



Steve Hanks – on the day mobile contact number



Website and


Arrow Valley Countryside Group, Affiliated to HF Holidays Ltd