This was a glorious day out. The sun shone and we were treated to a wonderful, guided tour of the gardens. Exbury gardens are situated on the border of the Beaulieu River. They were created more than 100 years ago by the Rothschild family who still manage them today.

The gardens are renowned for spring colour, with its world-famous collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.  We also saw some spectacular displays of camellias and magnolias, as well as hundreds of thousands of spring bulbs in daffodil meadow.   Other delights were the Dragonfly pond and the Giant Koi Carp and Golden Orfe fish at top pond.

We all enjoyed a ride on the narrow-gauge railway, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. It departed from a replica Victorian station, Exbury central and travelled through a tunnel, over a bridge, round the dragonfly pond and through the summer lane garden.

Thank you to Richard Tucker for arranging.