Postponed due to COVID restrictions


A Day in Newcastle

This trip will cost £16 per person and payment will be taken at the time of booking. Please make your bookings at the lecture on Monday 17th February. Please note that the cost covers travel only and does not include food and drink or entry to any special exhibitions.

Newcastle upon Tyne is a university city on the River Tyne and was a major shipbuilding and manufacturing hub during the Industrial Revolution but is now a centre of business, arts and sciences.   

Our first stop by coach will be at the Great Northern Musuem, a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations where we will have a coffee break before looking at the various highlights, like the Planetarium or the British Musuem touring exhibition - "Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries". There are two cafes, one on the ground floor and a larger one on the first floor both very suitable for lunch. Entry to the musuem is free.

After lunch the coach will drive us the very short distance to The Biscuit Factory, which was a former Victorian warehouse constructed in 1870. It is now a contemporary art gallery and is the largest commercial art, craft and design gallery in the UK. Entry is free.

The coach will then take us to our last stop, the Laing Art Gallery, home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture. Highlights include paintings by William Holman Hunt, Edward Burne-Jones and other Pre-Raphaelite artists, sculpture by Henry Moore and outstanding local paintings. Entry to the gallery is free.

At the time of our visit, there will be an exhibition on William and Evelyn De Morgan. This exhibition explores the exceptional work created by this pair of very different and equally intriguing British artists. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm but there is a charge for entry - £7.20 per ticket.

6th to 8th December 2019

What’s Included:
2 nights dinner bed &breakfast    Return coach travel

Complete luggage handling

Optional insurance £12pp   Non-refundable £30   deposit

Christmas Sparkles and Windsor Castle by Coach

£269 per person   3 day trip with half board

6th December 2019:  Depart from local collection points and head towards Maidenhead stopping at a National Trust
property en route. (possibly Baddesley Clinton to be confirmed). This evening arrive at Holiday Inn Maidenhead Windsor and tuck into dinner.

7th December 2019:   After breakfast we head off towards the highlight of our tour a free flow visit of Windsor Castle the
oldest and largest occupied castle in the world all decorated ready for Christmas (admission fee included). This afternoon spend some time at leisure in Windsor before returning to the hotel for dinner.

8th December 2019:   Today we say our fond farewells making the most of our journey homeward stopping en-route at the
National Trust property Waddeson Manor* with its Christmas light show and market. (to be confirmed)

*Denotes entrance fees will apply for National Trust properties to
non—members. Waddeson Manor will have a Christmas event on at this time therefore an additional fee will also apply to National Trust members. Prices to be confirmed.

We then leave Newcastle at 4.30pm for the return journey to Harrogate.

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Discover the treasures of the

Tabley House Collection

Knutsford Cheshire

The Tabley House Collection is housed in the finest Palladian mansion in Cheshire. The estate was home to the Leicester family for 700 years, until the mid-1970s. Their legacy includes some of the finest art, furniture and books that money could buy, as well as a fascinating family history.

We plan to visit on Wednesday 5th June and enjoy a tour of the house with expert guides.
Costs and arrangements for lunch to be confirmed shortly.

Friday 22nd March 2019


Friday 1st June 2018    

A trip to three very different places.

The Theatre Royal York:

Past, Present and Future

Find out about the fascinating history of the Theatre Royal, from the Romans through to the present day. Discover the Georgian folly backstage, learn why a stage is called a deck and why you must never whistle in a theatre. Listen to a talk by Angus Morrogh-Ryan, the leading architect for the theatre’s £4.1 million renovations that have transformed into a building fit for the 21st century. And finally take a tour of the Theatre and discover what happens both front and back stage.

Tickets are available from January 1st 

£38 for Arts Society members

£40 for non-members

(ticket price includes coffee on arrival)

To reserve your place please contact 

oanna Finlay email – or telephone her on 01904 641864



Photographs from our visit in June to the recently renovated 18th century Halifax Piece Hall  and the Bankfield Museum.

The visit to the Bankfield Musuem included a tour of a range of exhibits including art, costumes, textiles and the a visit to the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum.