The Arts Society Blackwater Visits

As a member of The Arts Society, Blackwater arranges visits to houses, gardens and museums and galleries. London and the home counties are suitable for day visits by coach. We often obtain the services of guides at museums and galleries and have exclusive pre-arranged entry to houses and special exhibitions. We also have extended tours in the UK by coach with an arranged itinerary and accommodation included. Most recently to Cornwall. Extended holidays abroad are also part of our programme and in recent years we have been to Holland.

Please note that ALL VISITS will start from Wickham Bishops Church Car Park at 8.30am and will return at approximately 6.30pm unless otherwise notified.

Normally, dates for visits will be confirmed at the meeting held two months previously. To reserve a place, a booking slip must be completed and be accompanied by a cheque payable to The Arts Society Blackwater. You will be able to download a booking form by clicking on the title of the visit. Details of visits with booking forms will appear here as near as possible to the lecture at which they are first available for sale.

Reservations for Extended Tours may be made as soon as the Extended Tour is announced.

Further VISITS may be arranged if the opportunity arises.

Arts Active

The Visits team launch a new exciting initiative today (3rd January 2018). Designed to be a more informal way for members to join together to visit exhibitions, museums and galleries. Click here for more details and how to join in


Wednesday 10th October 2018    Henry Moore Foundation

The first visit of the new season is a return by Blackwater to The Henry Moore Foundation – his studios and gardens on Wednesday 10th October Click here for more details and the Booking Form

Henry Moore Visit

Re The Henry Moore visit Wednesday 10th  October 2018

If you wish to have a lunch in the cafe on the above visit they need to have your choice/s by the 1st October ( you can take a picnic lunch if you prefer) The menu is attached. Please note if you would like soup only one of the choices can be made available can I suggest Tomato and Lentil They also require me to pay for them all on the day. Therefore I propose to collect the monies whilst on the way there so exact money, please!
As we are a smaller and select group of 16 folk and Kings cannot supply a smaller and less expensive coach we have ordered a minibus to make the visit viable  We believed it was best we met our commitments and hope you agree.
We look forward to this visit and seeing you all there Click here for the menu and order form

Wednesday 12th December 2018 – Christmas Lunch at the Lion
12 midday for 12.30pm

Our regular pre-Christmas lunch has been organised at the popular Restuarant in Boreham – The Lion Inn  Click here for details and the Booking Form


Arts Active and Tate Modern

The Arts Active group have a visit planned  to Tate Britain

Would any member of Arts Active like to join Marian and Carole on February 8th and go along to the Tate Britain for the Burne Jones exhibition? If you are free that day let us know as soon as possible so we can book tickets. We will try for a time between 12 and 1.

Arts Active

Our first Arts Active trip is reported here Click here for the Visit report

30 April – 4 May

Extended Visit to Isle of Wight

For a delightfully nostalgic trip, some say “back in time”,  Blackwater’s next extended trip is to the Isle of Wight Departing 30th April and including among others visits to Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s holiday home and The Isle of Wight Steam Railway. (5 days and 4 nights) Click here for more details and the Booking Form

Tuesday 19 June

The summer visit to Eltham Palace and Gardens on Wednesday 19th June 2019 is launched and booking commences. Click here for details and the Booking Form

Wednesday 17 October

Livery and Company Halls, Guilds in the City of London

Paul Jagger gave us a lecture on Livery Company Halls. This visit will build on that. The programme for the day offers entry to two halls in the company of Paul who will conduct the tours.Click here for more details and the Booking Form

Thursday 14th November.
The Christmas event this year is a trip to Ely Cathedral’s Christmas Fayre Click here for more details ‘ menus and the booking form