Exclusive to our members, our 'Showcoach' programme offers monthly group excursions to exhibitions, concerts and musicals, heritage sites, theatres and museums, plus once a year we organise short residential trips. Recent visits include Chichester Theatre , the Royal Albert Hall and Tate Britain, and our most recent residential trip took all Showcoachers to Northumberland for three nights.
We know how important safe transport and like-minded companionship is for our members, and we make every effort to ensure ease of access for all. Coach pick-up points are available across the borough.
One of our recent trips to Northumberland, which included guided tours of local sights.
Recent exhibition outings include Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah, at the Saatchi Gallery.
We recently went to see a production of 'Top Hat' at The Mill on Sonning.
Join us on a visit to Tate Britain for Fashion, identity, painting: explore the unique work of John Singer Sargent On Tuesday March 12th. Celebrated for his striking portrait paintings, this exhibition sheds new light on John Singer Sargent’s acclaimed works. It explores how he worked like a stylist to craft the image of the sitters he painted, with whom he often had close relations.
Sargent used fashion as a powerful tool to express personality and identity. He regularly chose the outfits of his collaborators or manipulated their clothing. This innovative use of costume was central to his artwork- for example, tugging a heavy coat tighter around a man to emphasise his figure or letting a dress strap sensuously slip from a woman’s shoulder. It was these daring sartorial choices that allows him to express his vision as an artist. Almost 60 of Sargent’s paintings will be on display, including major portraits that rarely travel. Several period garments will also be showcased alongside the portraits in which they were worn. The show examines how this remarkable painter used fashion to create portraits of the time, which still captivate today
COST : £ 54 This includes: 10.30 am Arrival - 11.00 am Welcome Teas and Coffees served in the Clore Foyer, exclusive use of the space for our group - 11.30 am One hour Introductory Lecture Presentation exploring the exhibition themes and in-depth analysis of key works in Sargent in Fashion - 12.30 pm Buffet Lunch served in the Clore Foyer, exclusively for our group
13.30 pm onwards - Entry into the Exhibition , and time at leisure for our group to enjoy the exhibition for rest of afternoon
Arts Richmond Art and Architecture of Glasgow Monday 15 - Friday 19 April 2024 In Glasgow, although little survives of the medieval town centre, it is the building work carried out from the Victorian period onwards that has come to define the cityscape and give Glasgow its very particular architectural style. From Alexander Thomson, famed for the introduction of classical elements to the Glaswegian style, to the lauded Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who was so crucial in the development of the Art Nouveau movement, there is a huge amount to explore. Based in central Glasgow our tour will showcase some of the finest museums and collections in the city, and includes visits further afield to the 18th century Dumfries House, designed by the Adams brothers, and the privately owned late 18th century Ardgowan House.
You can download the brochure below alternatively please call Heritage Travel direct on el: 01225 466620 who will send by post