Past Events

Date/Time Event Details
8th Oct 2019
Cathedral, Cake and Chapel: Visit to Winchester & Burghclere
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester
Winchester Cathedral is a living monument to the heritage of England and is one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain. From the time of Alfred the Great until after the Norman Conquest, Winchester...   (Read more)
30th Sep 2019
Coffee morning talk 173 Leonardo da Vinci
The Wilson, Cheltenham
The 2nd May 2019 marked the quincentenary of the death of the consummate Renaissance man, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452-1519). This provides great scope to reflect on the prolific career of one of...   (Read more)
6th Sep 2019
Event now fully booked
Winterbourne House and Gardens and The Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham
Winterbourne House, Birmingham
Today we will travel to Edgbaston and the University of Birmingham campus to visit Winterbourne House, a notable and rare surviving example of an early 20th century high status suburban ‘villa’ and garden inspired by...   (Read more)
19th Jul 2019
Fake or Genuine? – Friends’ Summer Lunch at Chorley’s
Chorley’s Auction Rooms, Gloucester
The beautiful grounds of Prinknash Abbey once again provide the location of our Friends’ summer lunch at Chorley’s auction rooms. Before lunch, enjoy a chilled welcome drink while Simon Chorley and his team test your...   (Read more)
11th Jul 2019
Evening Reception, Film and Private View at The Wilson
The Wilson, Cheltenham
To celebrate the purchase by the Friends of the George III and Queen Charlotte letters and the opening of The Wilson’s Roof Terrace, sponsored by the Friends. There will be a light buffet and drinks...   (Read more)
10th Jul 2019
Event now fully booked
Discovering more about Wightwick Manor with Adrian Barlow
Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton
During the morning we’ll have private guided tours of this interesting Arts and Crafts house designed by architect Edward Ould. It was built as a home for the successful 19th century industrialist Theodore Mander and...   (Read more)
12th Jun 2019
Exploring art & hidden treasures in Gloucestershire with PJ Crook
St Michael’s Church, Cheltenham
Our first visit will be to St Michael and All Angels church, Bishop’s Cleeve to see PJ’s new altarpiece (as seen in the last newsletter) that was recently dedicated by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek,...   (Read more)
14th May 2019
Event now fully booked
A Visit to Cliveden House and Cookham
Cliveden House, Maidenhead
Cliveden House Hotel is a stunning Italianate mansion set high above the River Thames in Berkshire. For more than 300 years Cliveden was home to dukes, earls, viscounts and, for a while, a prince. A...   (Read more)
30th Apr 2019
Event now fully booked
A Visit to Mells Manor, Somerset
Mells Manor, Frome
Mells village in Somerset is famous for its lovely architecture, ancient streets and dramatic location. We have a special visit to Mells Manor by kind permission of The Earl and Countess of Oxford and Asquith....   (Read more)
2nd Apr 2019
Private visit to the Ladies College
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham
Private visit to the Ladies College with illustrated talk on Dorothea Beale followed by a guided tour around the school with Rachel Roberts. Rachel studied Medieval English and History at the University of Birmingham and...   (Read more)
7th Mar 2019
Private Guided Tour of Hagley Hall
Hagley Hall, Stourbridge
A private visit to 18th century Hagley Hall, one of the hidden gems of the West Midlands. Hagley Hall was the creation of George 1st Lord Lyttelton (1709-1773), secretary to Frederick Prince of Wales and...   (Read more)
27th Feb 2019
Chinese New Year: The Wilson’s Chinese Artefacts and Lunch
The Wilson, Cheltenham
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 27TH FEBRUARY. According to the traditional Chinese calendar, which has a 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning in 2019 is the year of the Pig. It is...   (Read more)
28th Jan 2019
Event now fully booked
Talk 171 at The Wilson: The Agony & The Ecstasy – Klimt and Schiele Reborn
The Wilson, Cheltenham
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE FOR THIS EVENT IS THE FRIENDS' GALLERY AT THE WILSON The 2018 commemorates the centenaries of two doyens of Modernism, in Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Both Viennese Secessionists prolific at...   (Read more)
16th Jan 2019
Event now fully booked
Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield
Following the success of the recent outing to Coventry Cathedral, this visit will include two guided tours. One will be led by the Cathedral’s own guides; the second will focus specifically on the stained glass...   (Read more)
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)

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