• Henley DFAS

Past Day Visits

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at 10.30am. An email will be sent to you the day before the visit with a link to it.
A Virtual Live Visit to Florence
A virtual Live Visit to Florence
 
Hope and Salvation through Faith
 

Duomo Square
 
We are going to start in the Cathedral square, discussing its history and development.
 
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Thursday 29th July at 5.00pm (please note the time) An email will be sent to you the day before the visit with a link to it.
A Virtual Live Visit to Vienna - by scooter!
 
Highlights of Vienna - by scooter!
 
 
People's Gardens
 
Our guide Suzanne Waldeck will start in the beautiful People's Gardens and end at St. Stephans Cathedral, touching on the history, culture and music of Vienna.
 
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Thursday 19th August 2021. Available for 24 hours
Flamenco, the Heartbeat of the South of Spain, its History, its Rhythms
 
This film is provided by the Arts Society Nerja who had arranged for the performance to take place at the AGM in Malaga this year. Of course, due to COVID this could not happen and they therefore decided to make a film. The film lasts 55 minutes, it has been recorded using three cameras with wonderful close-ups and all the lyrics are subtitled.
 

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Thursday 30th September 2021, 10.30am, online
A Virtual Live Visit to Milan
Our tour guide, Veronica, has a Masters Degree in Art History, and will show us the highlights of Milan, starting from its Cathedral, the heart of the city since 1386.
 
 
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Wednesday 13th October at 3.00pm, online (please note change of time)
A virtual Live Visit to Split in Southern Croatia
Split, the chief city of Dalmatia, in southern Croatia, is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, because its heart lies within a 1,700 year old Roman palace.

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Tuesday 23rd November at 10.30am
A Virtual Live Visit to Ravenna, Italy
 
 
Ravenna is considered the world’s mosaic capital with eight UNESCO buildings having perfectly preserved Vth and VIth century mosiacs. 
 
 
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Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 4.00pm online (please note time)
A Virtual Live Visit to Stockholm
 
A taste of Christmas in Sweden, walking around Stockholm in the company of Per, local resident and tour guide for 30 years.
 
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Henry Moore, Sculpture Garden, House and Studios Thursday 5th May 2022 (Booking Thursday 17th March)
Henry Moore, Sculpture Garden, House and Studios
This visit has been brought forward from 2021.
 
We will experience the iconic work of sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) against the backdrop of his stunning home and garden.  A prolific and innovative artist, he produced 7,500 drawings, etchings, carvings, tapestry designs and hundreds of plaster maquettes.
 
After their London home was damaged in the Blitz, Henry and Irina Moore moved to Much Hadham in rural Hertfordshire, where they remained for the rest of their lives.  Their home’ Hoglands’, which we will visit, contains books, works of art and interesting personal items, collected from around the world and is surrounded by a huge and beautiful garden, created by Irina. 
 
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Sudeley Castle: Family Home, Church and Gardens Thursday 23 June 2022. (Booking Thursday 21 April)
Sudeley Castle: Family Home, Church and Gardens
This visit has been brought forward from 2021.
 
 
Sudeley Castle, surrounded by award winning gardens with magnificent views of the Cotswolds, has Royal connections dating back over 1000 years to the time of Ethelred the Unready. The castle was built on its present site in the 15th century and a magnificent banqueting hall was subsequently added by Richard III. This is now a romantic ruin.
 
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Andrew Davies’ Walking Tour: St Pancras and King’s Cross, A New Discovery Thursday 29th September 2022. (Booking online only, judith@wargrave.me, on Monday 13th June from 9.30am. Instructions to follow in the June newsletter) Coach departs at 9.00am from the Rugby Club
Andrew Davies’ Walking Tour: St Pancras and King’s Cross, A New Discovery
 
Please note this outing may only be booked online on Monday 13th June from 9.30am, judith@wargrave.me.
 
Our perennial favourite guide, Andrew Davies, was badgered to come out of retirement by so many Arts Society branches that he has finally agreed to do so. What wonderful news!
 
Originally booked for October 2021, but cancelled due to the advent of Covid, our visit to London with him has now been resurrected. Andrew has promised us an enthralling walking tour of the King's Cross area and a very different experience from the Henley Arts Society outing of 2012 to the same part of the world.  We shall examine the two railway stations of contrasting style:
 
                                                    St Pancras                                                                  King's Cross
One is exuberant and Gothic, whilst the other is austere and classical. 
 
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Wednesday 12th July 2023 Booking at the lecture on Thursday 18th May 2023
Salisbury Cathedral and Arundells (Home of Sir Edward Heath)

A Magical Combination - Salisbury Cathedral and Arundells (Home of Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath)

Andrew Davies’ Walking Tour: Islington to Camden Market Thursday 14th September 2023 Booking Thursday 15th June
Andrew Davies’ Walking Tour: Islington to Camden Market

The Angel, Georgian and Victorian squares, Duncan Terrace, Copious Blue Plaques, Camden Market, Sadlers Wells, 17C New River and landscaped areas and what artist Walter Sickert called the hanging gardens of Islington.  Gracie Field’s home, where Joe Orton playwright was murdered and Boris Johnson’s former home.

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Private Tours of Two of the Oldest City of London Livery Halls Wednesday 10th April 2024 (booking Thursday 15th February 2024) 11.00am - 12.30pm: The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, 18 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9HQ (opposite King Henry Gate of St Bartholomew's Hospital) 2.00pm - 3.30pm: The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers Own transport required as there will not be a coach for this visit. Recommended train times and nearest underground stations will be advised on the day of booking
Private Tours of Two of the Oldest City of London Livery Halls

11.00am - 12.30pm: The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers: 

The Livery Hall, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers


The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers has its origins in medieval times. Throughout six and a half centuries it has moved away from its historical involvement in the trade of haberdashery and developed into a significant supporter of schools and education in England and Wales.  The first surviving ordinances were recorded by the Mayor's Court in 1371. The current Haberdashers' Hall was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.
 
 
 
Petworth House and Park: A Great Art Collection in its Original Setting Wednesday 22nd May 2024 (booking Thursday 21st March 2024)
Petworth House and Park: A Great Art Collection in its Original Setting
 
Described by Constable in the early 19th Century as ‘That House of Art’, Petworth still contains one of the best art collections in Britain, collected by the same family over 900 years.
 
 
The State Rooms contain paintings by Hieronymous Bosch, Blake, Teniers, de Koninck, Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, and 20 paintings by Turner including two Turners of Windsor Castle and one of The Thames at Eton.  The Carved room features Grinling Gibbons’ work with a series of paintings showing Shakespeare’s plays.  
 
Inside the house at Petworth | National Trust
 
The North Gallery was built to contain the burgeoning art collection and many of the 50 antique marble sculptures, as well as the earliest English globe in existence dating back to 1592.   Try not to miss the series of paintings where the ladies’ legs were cut off, now being gradually restored.

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