CANCELLED Compton Verney and Kiftsgate Gardens: A feast for the senses

Date(s) - 10th Jun 2020

Compton Verney


This event has been cancelled as Compton Verney continues to be closed to the public.The curators are currently negotiating an extension to the planned Cranach exhibition and we hope to be able to re-schedule this visit for later in the year.

Image: Cranach, Lucas the Elder – Venus and Cupid © Compton Verney

Today we will see two sumptuous exhibitions at Compton Verney, the classical manor house, now an accredited major national gallery, set in beautiful parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. After a welcome introduction with refreshments, you will be free to explore the exhibitions:
Cranach: Artist and Innovator: featuring some of the most beguiling paintings by the important Renaissance German artist, Lucas Cranach the Elder. Works on display are on loan from the National Gallery, the Royal Collection and Waddesdon Manor. The exhibition will also showcase modern and contemporary works inspired by Cranach, including Pablo Picasso, to demonstrate his significant and enduring cultural influence.
Fabric: Touch and Identity: playful and provocative, this exhibition explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance. It features works by Vivienne Westwood, Dorothea Tanning and Reiko Sudo.
Lunch may be taken at the ‘Compton Kitchen’ or bring a picnic if the weather is fine (there are picnic tables in the grounds).
In the early afternoon, we set off to nearby Kiftsgate Court Gardens – a garden for all seasons – created 100 years ago by Heather Muir, inspired by her friend Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote Manor. Additions and enhancements have been made by Muir’s daughter and granddaughter, the present owner, Anne Chambers.

(Some of the paths are steep, uneven and can become slippery when wet or very dry. Sensible shoes are strongly recommended.) There are also a tea-room, toilets and plant shop on site.

Group Leaders: Adrian Barlow & Martha Alleguen

COST PER PERSON: £46.00 for non-Art Fund members; £42.00 for Art Fund members (please bring your membership card). Price includes all entrances, & coffee/tea & biscuits on arrival.
Pick up points: Royal Well Coach Station 08:45, Six Ways (by St Edward’s School) 09:00. Our coach will return to Cheltenham at approximately 17:00.

If you have any questions please phone Martha on 01242 526601.

Please book using one of the following options:

  • On-line bookings with a debit or credit card, or Paypal account, can be made using the form below. Alternatively you may reserve your place, select the ‘off-line’ payment option and pay by bank transfer or cheque.
  • Bank transfer – please email and wait for confirmation that places are available before arranging your bank transfer.
  • Cheque – please complete a booking form (download here or available in the Friends’ newsletter) and post it with your cheque.

Places are not confirmed until payment is received.

Bank transfers should be made to Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (or as much of that as the bank will accept) Sort Code 30-91-87 Account 00005816. The reference must include your surname plus as much of the event title as will fit, for example SMITH Compton.

Please make cheques payable to Friends of The Wilson and send with a SAE or clearly written email address to Martha Alleguen, 7 Sydenham Road South, Cheltenham GL52 6EF.


Bookings are now closed for this event.