Past Events

Date/Time Event Details
13th Dec 2018
Waddesdon Manor with Christmas Carnival and festive lunch

Waddeston Manor, Aylesbury

Over a century ago, Waddesdon Manor and its setting was created to delight and surprise a small circle of Baron Ferdinand's friends. For our December outing this year we’ll enjoy a celebratory themed day out...   (Read more)

29th Nov 2018
Event now fully booked
The Art of Wine Tasting - Friends’ Christmas Event

The New Club, Cheltenham

For our early evening Christmas event we have a visual feast of paintings which will be paired with specialist wines, none of which are available to buy in the supermarket. Canapes will also be served....   (Read more)

27th Nov 2018
The Wedgwood Experience

World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent

Today we’ll travel to Stoke-on-Trent to visit the Wedgwood factory. There will be coffee and biscuits for us on arrival followed by a welcome and a special talk from the museum curator on Josiah Wedgwood:...   (Read more)

22nd Oct 2018
Talk 170 Espying Heaven: the Stained Glass art of Charles Eamer Kempe

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

In this illustrated lecture Adrian Barlow discusses his new biography of Charles Eamer Kempe, the celebrated Victorian stained glass designer, and considers the importance of Gloucestershire in shaping Kempe’s remarkable career.     Cost: £15...   (Read more)

18th Sep 2018
Talk 169 A Brief History of Cheltenham told through its Festivals

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

Edward Gillespie is well qualified to give a talk about the history of Cheltenham told through its Festivals. He was Manager at the Racecourse for three decades, is currently a Trustee of Cheltenham Festivals, chairing...   (Read more)

8th Sep 2018
Oxford Open Doors weekend CANCELLED

City centre, Oxford

WE APOLOGISE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.   We will visit the historic city of Oxford. On this trip you will have free time to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at some of...   (Read more)

5th Sep 2018
Rodmarton Manor and the Crafts Alive event

Rodmarton Manor, Rodmarton

A trip to Rodmarton Manor to include the Crafts Alive Event A guided coach tour through the South Cotswolds to visit to Rodmarton Manor for their special event and exhibitions: The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen...   (Read more)

16th Aug 2018
City of Bath and the Peto Gardens at Iford Manor

Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon Wiltshire

A trip to Bath and a private visit to the Peto Gardens at Iford Manor On arrival in Bath we will have a short guided tour of this very attractive city from the comfort of...   (Read more)

20th Jul 2018
Chorley's Summer Lunch, Talk and Valuations

Chorley’s Auction Rooms, Gloucester

Antiques Roadshow - Friends' Summer Lunch, Talk and Free Valuations at Chorley’s Auctioneers The beautiful grounds of Prinknash Abbey provide the location of our Friends summer lunch which will be held at Chorley’s auction rooms....   (Read more)

10th Jul 2018
Talk 168 Rodmarton Manor and the continuing story of an Arts and Crafts house

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

Following on from the talk by Fiona James earlier this year we continue with a focus on a particular Arts and Crafts house. Rodmarton Manor, between Cirencester and Tetbury, was designed by Ernest Barnsley for...   (Read more)

18th Jun 2018
Coffee Morning Talk 167 Verderers of the Forest of Dean - Maurice Bent

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

With the Forest of Dean on our doorstep most of us are aware of its history as a Royal Forest and its connections with charcoal production and mining. However, the role of the Verderer, both...   (Read more)

12th Jun 2018

Municipal Offices, Cheltenham

Our 2018 AGM will be held in the Council Chamber at the Municipal Offices on Tuesday 12 June at 6.00 for 6.15 pm. The agenda, accounts and other papers for the meeting can be found...   (Read more)

17th May 2018
Visit to Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

This was the location for one of the greatest Allied triumphs of the Second World War. During WW2 top secret work at Bletchley Park, known to those who worked there as Station X, broke the...   (Read more)

14th May 2018
Event now fully booked
Coffee morning Talk 166 Bletchley Park and GCHQ : Tony Comer

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

The work done at Bletchley Park during the Second World War is still thought of as one of the crowning intellectual achievements of the Second World War. But recent films like the Imitation Game have...   (Read more)

23rd Apr 2018
Talk 165 Militancy or Gentility? The Women’s Suffrage campaign in Cheltenham: Sue Jones

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

  In 2018, the centenary year of the granting of the vote to some women, much is being made of the well-known national figures such as the Pankhursts. However, many towns and cities are looking...   (Read more)

22nd Apr 2018
Memorial Concert for Gina Wilson

Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

A Memorial Concert to celebrate the life of Gina Wilson, who was Chair of the Friends from 2010-14, will be held at Pittville Pump Room on Sunday 22 April at 4.00 pm. This is a...   (Read more)

19th Apr 2018
Art Exhibition tour to Broadway and Compton Verney

Broadway Museum, Broadway Worcestershire

Hiroshige’s Japan – Views of Mount Fuji Eric Ravilious & Co – The Pattern of Friendship + Created in Conflict British Soldier Art Tudor House on the broad main street in Broadway is home to...   (Read more)

12th Mar 2018
Talk 164 Laura Knight (Heather Whatley)

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

Heather Whatley founded and has been Chair of the Malvern Friends of Dame Laura Knight Society since 2008. She will be talking about Laura Knight’s early years, from her birth near Nottingham in 1877 till...   (Read more)

5th Mar 2018
The Elgar Birthplace Museum and Malvern Hills

Elgar Birthplace Museum, Upper Broadheath Worcestershire

The National Trust took over the development and running of this local historic property in December 2016. The museum has shared the story of Elgar, his music and his deep connection to Worcestershire life with...   (Read more)

19th Feb 2018
Discovering Rolinda Sharples in Bristol

Royal West of England Academy, Clifton, Bristol

Join PJ Crook and Friends in Bristol for a unique celebration of the life and works of the artist Rolinda Sharples. Rolinda (1793-1838) was born in Bath and lived most of her life in Bristol. ...   (Read more)

16th Feb 2018
Event now fully booked
Visit to the Ladies' College with illustrated talk and guided tour

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham

Private visit to the Ladies College with illustrated talk on Dorothea Beale followed by a guided tour around the school. Rachel Roberts studied Medieval English and History at the University of Birmingham, and qualified as...   (Read more)

12th Feb 2018
Event now fully booked
Talk 163 In Search of the Earthly Paradise - Fiona James

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

In search of the Earthly Paradise: the homes, interiors and gardens of The Followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement : Fiona James MA. William Morris and the followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement...   (Read more)

25th Jan 2018
A visit to Coventry Cathedral and its precincts

Coventry Catheral, Coventry

On this trip we’ll be visiting Coventry – the only city in the country to have had 3 Cathedrals during the past 1,000 years. There’s the historic site of 11th century St Mary’s, which was...   (Read more)

16th Dec 2017 - 17th Dec 2017
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies & Miniatures

PJ Crook’s Studio, Bishops Cleeve

Join our President PJ Crook for mulled wine and mince pies at her charity Open Studio over the weekend of 16th - 17th December. PJ's miniatures make fantastic Christmas presents and part of the proceeds...   (Read more)

12th Dec 2017
Christmas Spirit - talk, tasting and quiz with Sibling Gin

The Clarence Social, Cheltenham
Sibling Gin

Get a taste of the Spirit of Christmas with this exclusive Sibling Gin talk, tasting and quiz!  In 2017, gin became the number one spirit in the UK.  The success has been driven by artisan...   (Read more)

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