We offer a full programme of outings linked to the courses and study days.
Below are details of visits organised for 2019
Please remember that priority will be given for members attending the class.
As much information as possible about walking conditions on each outing will be advertised. Members must ensure that they can cope with the walking without delaying the group. Please wear sensible clothing
and footwear and bring any walking aids that are necessary.
The committee reserves the right to refuse any application if it is felt that the member may incur an unacceptable risk.
Wednesday 6th February 2019.
Renaissance Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
From the collection of the Victorian scholar-collector C.D.E. Fortnum (1820–99), who not only bequeathed his collection but also paid for the extension which allowed the old Ashmolean Museum and the University Galleries to unite to form the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. The extensive maiolica collection depicts much classical subject matter. It also includes the unusual plate by Francesco Urbini decorated with a composite head made up of penises. Bronze sculptures by the renowned Renaissance artists Riccio and Giambologna are also on display. We will have a guided tour of the Renaissance and Western Arts collections, as well as some of the other important pieces in their collection. Tea and coffee (included) served in the lecture theatre, on arrival.
Wedneday 27th March 2019
Warley Place, Essex.
This 25 acre reserve is the site of a house and once famous Edwardian gardens belonging to Ellen Willmott, it is now maintained as a nature reserve by Essex Wildlife Trust. There are some spectacular flowers to be enjoyed throughout the year, especially in the spring.
In the morning we will call in at Cressing Temple. An historic site that is of interest for its unique building and gardens. Given to the Knights Templar in 1137, it's Grade 1 listed Barley and Wheat barns built in the 13th century are among the oldest surviving Templar buildings in England. There is lots to enjoy, not forgetting the very tempting Tiptree tearoom!
Tuesday 23rd April 2019
London Walk and River Trip
Cost £ 30
NB This is expected to be a whole day of walking
Ros Connelly will lead a walk, based on Dickens London, stopping at relevant places to give us interesting and fascinating facts relating to the great writer’s life. The walk wil be of about two hours duration, expecting to finish the day with a river trip on a Clipper.
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Behind The Scenes Tour Of The Globe Theatre.
Take a fascinating tour of the iconic Globe Theatre, bringing the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe; of the reconstruction process in the 1990s and of how the ‘wooden O’ works today, as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space. There will be time in the day to explore the fascinating area around the Globe. A chance to go and visit the site of the Rose theatre which is a short walk away.
Please be aware that the coach will need to park on Southwark Bridge. Access to the Southbank from here is down 40 uneven steps. There will also be a lot of stairs inside the Globe theatre.