January 2015 Tour to London:
January 2014 Tour to Edinburgh:
The tour based in Edinburgh, stayed at the Hilton Grosvenor on a half board basis. The programme included a special access visit to Sir Walter Scott’s Gothic fantasy country home Abbotsford, the January exhibition of Turner watercolours at the National Gallery, Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s Gallery, the newly refurbished National Portrait Gallery, a walking tour of Edinburgh seen through Ruskin’s eyes, Rosslyn Chapel and Dryburgh Abbey. Also a lively public performance by our guide, Paul O’Keeffe, in the role of Ruskin lecturing on the life, work and death of JMW Turner. Julie Lawson, curator of the Portrait Gallery, gave additional input on two days.
July 2013 Trip to Brantwood:
The Art appreciation Group visited Ruskin’s House at Brantwood via the Steam Yacht Gondola on 17 July. Pictures show Mary Glennon taking it easy, Dermot Glennon and Owen Connolly enjoying the lake tour, Stephen Turner and tour guide, Paul O’Keeffe Brian and Lorna King enjoying the shade the lake from the gardens a group with the head gardener.
May 2013 Tour to Madrid:
A trip to Madrid, Toledo and El Escorial with local guides in May 2013. This included visits to the Prado, Santa Maria della Florida, the Thyssen Bornemisza Collection in the Palacio de Villahermosa and the Centro National de Arte Reina Sofia with Picasso’s ‘Guernica’.
January 2013 Tour to London:
At the end of January, 45 of our members experienced a hugely enjoyable tour of London and the Thames with the the Art Appreciation group. On the way to their Hilton Dockside Hotel, with its fine views of the river, they were given a fascinating guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Their informative visits to Hampton Court, Greenwich, the Museum of London, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament were all led by expert and enthusiastic guides. Towards the end of the tour they enjoyed a late afternoon sail on the Thames Clipper, passing many of the fine buildings they had visited, now dramatically illuminated in the fading light. All agreed that both the learning and the friendship had been fun.
2012 day trip to the Sculpture Park:
2012 Tour to Verona:
May 2011 Tour to Sorrento:
January 2011 tour to London, Oxford and Cambridge:
2007-2010 Tours to Italy: