The sun shone brightly, the sky was clear blue and a gentle breeze rustled in the blossom as twenty two Cam Sight clients with their volunteer guides arrived at Anglesey Abbey for a day of wandering around the gardens and house, drinking tea, eating cake and making new friends.

For many it was their first visit to Anglesey Abbey, for others it was an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings once again, but for everybody it was an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a much needed social activity and change of scene. 

Education staff at the Abbey had kindly arranged two exclusive tours for Cam Sight members.  Our personal guides took us through not only the house with its beautiful furnishings and artworks, but also gave a glimpse into the life of Lord Fairhaven and the history of the Abbey.  How many of us knew that many members of our Royal Family had carved graffiti on the windows of the Library?  The kitchens were also a source of great interest with live cookery demonstrations using all the original cooking utensils and recipes. 

The grounds were looking at their absolute best and we were able to enjoy the stunning tulip garden; winter walk; rose garden; meadow and herbaceous garden – just at the point of bursting into flower. 

What trip to a country house and garden would not be without cake and Anglesey Abbey restaurant did not disappoint with a stunning array of cakes, some gluten-free to cater for all tastes.  Many of us sat on the sun terrace and recharged with a refreshing cup of tea before continuing on a journey around the grounds and into the shop and garden centre for a little retail therapy.

Lulu, Sally, Harminder and Helen were on-hand to ensure that everyone was happy and were delighted with such joyful and positive feedback from everyone who attended – volunteers and clients alike.

This was the first Cam Sight day out for many years and confirmed what we already knew, that  organised outings have such a profound and positive impact for those for whom journeys and days out can be a rare and often frustrating experience.  We plan to continue a programme of outings and in due course will be planning an event for the Autumn opening out to all Cam Sight clients.  We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers who made a huge contribution to the day – guiding and transporting.  We could not have made the day such a success without you.  Look out for news of our next trip later this year.

Sally Nott, Client Services Manager