A four-night five-day visit:

The Art & Craft of Birmingham and the West Midlands

New Cathedral at Coventry
The Arts Society Rickmansworth is kindly inviting members of Chorleywood Fine Arts to join its five-day visit to places of interest in and around Birmingham 
  • 5 days from £699
  • Departing 19th September 2022


  • New Cathedral at Coventry – guided tour
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – guided tour 
  • The Coffin Works
  • Aston Hall
  • Harvington Hall – guided tour
  • Barber Institute – guided tour
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – guided tour
  • Soho House
  • Ragley Hall
Barber Institute
Ragley Hall


We stay four nights on a half board basis at the centrally located 4* Clayton Hotel in Birmingham. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and a gymnasium. All rooms are en suite and feature a television, and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • Insurance (including Covid cover) £28
  • Single room supplement £149
  • Gratuities
Harvington Hall

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A one-day visit:

Ely Cathedral and the Stained Glass Museum, followed by Kettle’s Yard in CambridgE

Wednesday 26 October 2022
Leaving Green Street at 8.15am, price £49.50
Please note that the cost of meals or refreshments is not included in the price of the ticket

Our first destination will be the magnificent Ely Cathedral, originally an abbey church built in AD 672 but later rebuilt in a monumental Romanesque style, and famous for its central octagonal tower and lantern. 

After a quick coffee and comfort break on arrival, we will have a guided tour of the Cathedral.

The tour of the Cathedral will be followed by guided tour around the Stained Glass Museum. This was established in 1972 to preserve windows from redundant churches across the country and contains other examples that have been donated or purchased from abroad, and loans from the V&A, the Royal Collection and Friends of Friendless Churches.

Please note: the Stained Glass Museum is accessed by 40 steps up a spiral staircase and those who wish to may remain in the Cathedral

After a break for lunch, we will be taken to Kettle’s Yard, part of Cambridge University. Kettle’s Yard was established in 1956 by Jim Ede and his wife Helen as not only their home, but as a gallery to display their collection of artworks.

Paintings by artists such as Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, as well as sculpture by Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, sit alongside drawings and sculpture by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, who was killed in the First World War.  Jim Ede carefully displayed the objects to create subtle ‘conversations’ between them, and this aesthetic has been preserved virtually unchanged.

Our Prospective visit to Suffolk

At some point during our 2022-23 programme, we are hoping to offer a five-day, four-night trip to Suffolk. This trip would include visits to: Audley End; Gainsborough’s House at Sudbury; Lavenham, Melford Hall, East Bergholt, Dedham, and Flatford for Constable locations; Wolsey Art Gallery and Christchurch mansion Tudor house; Sutton Hoo; Aldeburgh and Benjamin Britten’s House; and Ickworth House.

Tickets for our trips are not refundable but are transferable. 
If you have any queries about these trips or would like an application form, please contact Hilary Walker, our Visits Secretary (tel: 01923 896576; email:

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