Four pre-bookable excursions have been arranged for the Tuesday afternoon of the conference.

Leeds Castle

“The loveliest castle in the world”

Leeds Castle, set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, was listed in Domesday Book as a Saxon manor, and has played many roles in the intervening centuries. It has been a Norman stronghold;  the private property of six of England’s medieval  queens; a palace used by Henry  VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country  house; a Georgian  mansion; an elegant early 20th-century retreat for the influential and famous; and, in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

Cost: $75, which includes the return coach trip to Leeds Castle.

Shepherd Neame brewery

A tour and tasting session at Britain’s oldest brewery, followed by a traditional Hop-pickers tea (savory scones, wedge of cheese and chutney). On the tour you will see the traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley; smell locally-grown Kentish hops; see bygone delivery vehicles and step into a recreated cooper’s workshop. This is followed by a fascinating tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers.

Please note: Shepard Neame tells us ''The tour includes a number of steps, staircases and uneven surfaces and may be difficult for infirm visitors and is not suitable for wheelchair users.''

More details can be found at www.shepherdneame.co.uk.

Cost: $50, which includes return coach trip to Faversham.