Heritage tour to Liverpool on Saturday 22 April. Starting at Sefton Park, then the City Centre, with Tracey Emin Exhibition at Tate Liverpool, Adrian Henri at St George's Hall, Victorian Painting at the Walker Art Gallery, and Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock MP statues at Lime Street Station.
We also drove down Penny Lane, seeing the sites mentioned in The Beatles famous song.
Liverpool Croxteth Hall and Victorian Treasures Saturday 22 April Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c). £17 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket
We start the day with a visit to Croxteth Hall.Now managed by the City of Liverpool, Croxteth Hall Country Park is
at the heart of what was once a fantastic country estate and ancestral
home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. It has been described as one of the "finest working country
estates in the North West". Within the estate there is
the Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, and the Victorian Walled Garden
where visitors can explore Liverpool's historic botanical collection. The Hall was built in 1575, with additions in the Tudor, Georgian and Queen Anne styles.
We then move into the city centre, where there is plenty to explore, including the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool World Museum, Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool Life, St George's Hall, Tate Liverpool, plus a thriving shopping centre.
The special exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery is Victorian Treasures. Victorian Treasures brings together more than 60 outstanding
Victorian paintings and watercolours from the art collections of
National Museums Liverpool. The exhibition explores the work of leading
19th Century classical artists such as Frederic Leighton,
Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edward John Poynter. It also showcases work
from pioneering Pre-Raphaelite artists including John Everett Millais,
Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.
Victorian Treasures was organised and selected in partnership with
the exhibition agency Artis Inc and the art historian Christopher
Newall. This hugely popular exhibition toured four major cities in Japan
during 2015 and 2016 and was seen by over 150,000 visitors.
The British Music Experience opens on 9 March in the Cunard Building, and is the UK's Museum of Popular Music. State of the art effects and
iconic memorabilia will show how rock, pop, dance and other genres were
formed and have influenced the last sixty years of British culture. The Museum will take you all the way back to 1945 and bring you up to the
present day through the different musical genres. You will eavesdrop on
interviews with the stars, witness amazing artefacts “come to life”,
record songs, learn instruments, bust moves on the dancefloor and
immerse yourself in our live music experience. As you progress through
the 8 ‘edge zones’, you will explore the rich heritage of British music
against a social and political context.
Ludlow and Stokesay Castle Saturday 20 May Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.00am through to Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.30am Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (b). £22 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket
Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with a
lively community feel, busy with events and festivals throughout the
year. The historic town centre is situated on a cliff above the River
Teme and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire
and the Welsh Marches.
The impressive ruins of Ludlow Castle occupy the oldest part of the town . Building of the castle started around 1086, with many later
additions in the following two centuries. It is one of the most
interesting castles in the Marches, in a dominant and imposing position
high above the river Teme. It features examples of architecture from the
Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods. Saint Laurence’s Church was established as a place of worship when
the Normans founded Ludlow in the late 11th century. It is the largest parish church in
Shropshire and is described as the "cathedral of the Marches". The tower
is 135 feet (41 metres) high and commands excellent views of the town
and surrounding countryside. Ludlow Museum tells the history of the town and surrounding area.
After lunch we visit Stokesay Castle, where you can step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house
in England. Discover the great hall, unchanged for over 700 years. Spot
characters carved in the timbers of the 17th-century gatehouse and
climb to the top of a fairy-tale tower for breath-taking views of the
Stokesay Castle was constructed at the end of the 13th century by
Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in
England. It remains a treasure by-passed by time, one of the best places
to visit in England to experience what medieval life was like.
Hull - UK City of Culture 2017 Saturday 17 June Coach leaves Winsford @ 7.30am through to Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.00am Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (a). £25 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket
We make a visit to the UK City of Culture 21017 - Hull. The newly re-opened Ferens Art Galleryhas a magnificent
collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by European Old
Masters, portraiture, marine painting, and modern and contemporary
British art. Highlights include masterpieces by Lorenzetti, Frans Hals,
Antonio Canaletto, Frederick Leighton, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney,
Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing. During 2017, five of Francis Bacon’s notorious ‘Screaming Popes’ will be on loan to Ferens, including his masterpiece, Head VI (1949) from the Arts Council Collection.
Humber Street Gallery is a new contemporary art space nestled in the
heart of the city’s Fruit Market cultural quarter. Housed in a former
fruit warehouse, the gallery will showcase the best in contemporary
visual arts from the shocking to the sublime. Hull Maritime Museum is housed in the Victorian
Dock Offices in Queen Victoria Square. These nautical themed offices
were designed by Christopher G Wray and originally opened in 1871. Now
they display Hull's maritime activities from the late 18th century to
present. Discover the whaler’s craft of Scrimshaw and see a full sized whale
skeleton, alongside superb ship models and stunning artefacts from
Hull's whaling, fishing and merchant trade. The Hull and East Ridding Museum tells the story of the area over the last 235 million years, from mammoths to Vikings, Romans to the Medieval.
The Hands on History Museum, in the old Grammar School where William
Wilberforce studied, houses the story of Hull and its people. Hands on History includes a fascinating glimpse into
Victorian times, the Story of Hull and also features the Egyptian
Gallery. This gallery is home to a genuine 2,600 year old mummy and
unique replicas of King Tutankhamen’s treasures.
Wilberforce House is the
birthplace of William Wilberforce, famous campaigner against the slave
trade. Admission to Wilberforce House is free. The museum tells the
story of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as
dealing with contemporary slavery. Galleries also offer a fascinating
glimpse into West African culture. The permanent displays at Wilberforce House include journals and
items that belonged to William Wilberforce, including original costume.
There are many significant items linked to slavery and the campaign to
There is an associated lecture by Adrian Sumner on Wednesday 17 May. Click here for details.
Worcester and Hanbury Hall Saturday 22 July Coach leaves Winsford @ 7.30am through to Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.00am Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (a). £24 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket
Worcester Cathedral has been described as possibly the most interesting of all England’s cathedrals, especially architecturally. It was founded in 680. Saint Oswald then built another cathedral in 983, and established a monastery attached to it. Saint Wulfstan, who rebuilt the cathedral in 1084, began the present building.
The Commandery is a glorious Grade 1 listed site dating back to the 12th century, and has had a long and varied history that is reflected in its range of architectural styles from medieval to Victorian. The Commandery has exciting stories to tell you about power, greed, war, wealth, romance, death, society and industry. Worchester City Art Gallery and Museum hosts a unique programme of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as housing a historic picture collection and an intriguing selection of objects ranging from a 19th century chemist’s shop to the wonderful Worcester sauce machine.
Hanbury Hall (NT) is a homely William and Mary-style house completed in 1701. It is famed for its fine painted ceilings and staircase by Sir James Thornhill. The stunning garden, recreated in keeping with the period of the house, is surrounded by a park, with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Fascinating features within the garden include an orangery, ice house, 18th century bowling green and working mushroom house.
Click here to download a Battle of Worcester City Centre Trail and Map.
Tewkesbury Saturday 12 August Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.00am through to Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.30am Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (b). £24 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket
The Historic Town of
Tewkesbury, on the River Severn in Gloucestershire, is where time stood still for 150 years,
ensuring the preservation of its medieval character and layout to the
present day. It is now a thriving town and at the same time
is a living museum of architecture and social history spanning over 500
years. The town has such a perfectly preserved medieval character that
in 1964 The Council of British Archaeology listed it amongst 57 towns
"so splendid and so precious that the ultimate responsibility for them
should be of national concern".
Tewkesbury Abbey bears significant resemblances to its sister church of
St Peter's, Gloucester and the twin western towers seem to have been originally
planned on the lines of those at Southwell Minster. An
indication of this is the thickness of the walls and the solid bays at
the west end of the north and south aisles. But plans for this were
abandoned. However the superb Norman arch together with its flanking
turrets give us what is undoubtedly one of the finest west fronts in
The Norman choir and transepts of Tewkesbury were probably the earliest
four-storeyed buildings in Europe. The tower, completed in the latter
half of the 12th century, is certainly the largest and finest Romanesque
tower in England and dominates not only the building but also the town
and the surrounding countryside. In the south ambulatory are the tombs of some of the earlier abbots.
Among them is the tomb of Abbot Alan who died in 1202. He came to
Tewkesbury as Abbot having been Prior of Canterbury and it is his first
hand account of the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket, still extant in the
British Library, which tells us most of what we know of that tragic
The Town Museum tells the story of Tewkesbury from the Romans, through the Medieval period and the Wars of the Roses, to the Tudors. The John Moore Countryside Museum is a collection displayed to honour the writings on nature conservation of the late John Moore. Central to the museum is the Natural History
Collection of preserved mammals and birds, nearly all the victims of
accidents or predators. Displays of hand tools illustrate how people have shaped the countryside which we know today. The museum also houses part of the Alan R. Jack collection of wildlife sculptures, made entirely from scrap metal parts.
Click here to download a Map of Tewkesbury Town Centre
Stoke & Biddulph Grange Gardens Saturday 9 September Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c). £17 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket
We start the day at the heart of the Potteries in Hanley, with a visit to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Discover the Staffordshire Hoard display along with the history of the
Potteries, including the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire
ceramics. See a Spitfire in the home city of its designer, Reginald
Mitchell. Relax at the museum café or browse the Foyer Shop for unique
quality gifts. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is also home to
Ozzy the famous pottery owl.
A short walk away is the Emma Bridgewater Factory. Emma Bridgewater first came to
Stoke-on-Trent in 1985 when a local pottery company helped her
to create her very first pieces. In 1996 she and husband Matthew Rice moved
production to the traditional Victorian pot bank alongside the Caldon
Canal where every piece of pottery is still made by hand. Around 185 people work at the Emma
Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street, a
site first opened by the Meakin brothers in 1883. There is a shop, cafe and garden.
Hanley is also the major shopping centre for the "six towns".
After lunch we visit Biddulph Grange Gardens (NT). This amazing Victorian garden
was created by James Bateman for his collection of plants from around
the world. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to the
pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a
Himalayan glen. The garden features collections of rhododendrons, summer bedding
displays, a stunning dahlia walk in late summer and the oldest surviving
golden larch in Britain, brought from China in the 1850s.
The Geological Gallery shows how Bateman reconciled geology and theology. The Gallery contains a selection of fossils and geological strata
displayed in a chronological order determined by both mid-19th century
geological knowledge and the Christian story of Genesis. The form in
which the fossils are displayed – separated into bays numbered according
to the days of creation – makes the structure the only survival of its
Art Treasures of Europe's Great Cities with Adrian Sumner
Winnington Park Recreation Club
Northwich CW8 4EB
All lectures lavishly illustrated with hundreds of colour images.
2.00pm - £5.00 - Click on the links below to book tickets online.
Click on the postcode above for a map to the venue.
Plenty of free car parking.
Art Treasures of Rome Wednesday 22 February
visit to the Eternal City looks at its wealth of art and architecture,
reflecting nearly three millennia of civilisation, and all the drama
which goes with it. Rome is full of angels, and we will seek them out
in churches, galleries and museums, in public places and secret gardens.
Ideal for anyone with an existing interest in European and Italian
art, in the work of Michelangelo, Raphael or indeed Zaha Hadid, or the
desire to explore new territories – a journey of discovery for all.
has a grandeur which is a most appropriate setting for the enormous
quantity of art treasures it contains. Its history in the 19th and 20th
Centuries is compacted to make a City full of atmosphere and ambience,
which combines with incomparable art and architecture to make an
unforgettable experience. Not to mention Cabaret, Kathe Kollwitz, and
all the New Art and Architecture which make the city Europe’s most
‘happening’ visitor destination.
is a unique city by any standards, characterised by its ‘barrio’
(neighbourhood) character, and all the old cliches (passionate, chaotic,
capricious), given full reign in the aftermath of Franco and the
cultural isolation he imposed. ‘Madrilenos’ (inhabitants of Madrid)
reckon that after Madrid there is only one place to go – Heaven – and
its certainly true that for lovers of art of all nations, Heaven is that
one step closer in Madrid, with its magnificent collections. This tour
introduces Spanish art, and the great international collections held by
some of the world’s richest museums – it is suitable for anyone with a
love of art and the desire to know more.
Art Treasures of Hull - City of Culture 2017 Wednesday 17 May
coincide with Hull’s year of City of Culture, and the DAN trip to
explore it, this lecture looks at the wealth of History, Architecture
and Art Treasures to be found there.Visiting the celebrated, refurbished
and redisplayed Ferens Art Gallery, we also dive into the numerous new
and temporary Public Artworks, Displays and Exhibitions, as well as
examining the popular Myth/Story/Fairytale that Rembrandt lived and
worked in Hull for a time.