The Arts Society Horsley

We are a friendly and thriving society of around 200 members who meet together every month (except August and September) to learn more about the arts. We are affiliated to the national Arts Society, and we use lecturers from their directory of over 250 speakers who are experts in their fields. 

Our monthly lectures cover different aspects of the arts, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, gold, silverware, jewellery, embroidery, furniture, architecture, music, dance, theatre, film and literature.

For an annual subscription of £40 you can attend our 10 lectures a year (this includes tea/coffee served beforehand). We also provide a lunch party following our Christmas lecture and a summer party following our July lecture. 

Other benefits include our monthly newsletter, preferential rates on our visits, access to Special Interest Mornings organised by the Area Society and a quarterly copy of The Arts Society Review.

Our meetings are held on the morning of the second Wednesday of each month, at East Horsley Village Hall (Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QT). Free parking is available both outside the village hall (limited places) and in the nearby car park behind the village shops. 

The lectures begin about 10:30am and usually last between 60 and 75 minutes.

To find out more about us and our lecture and visits programme for 2017/18, please look at the rest of our website.                                                                     

If you are interested in joining us, please email us on:  


Or, if you’d like to give us a try first, just come along to one of our lectures (visitors pay £5 at the door).


Click here to view the March newsletter

Our Next Attractions

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Faberge at the Court of the Tsars

Lecturer: Nicholas Merchant

The talk begins at 10.30am (usually lasting between 60 and 75 minutes), with coffee/tea and biscuits served from 9:45am. 

Click here for synopsis

March 28th 2019

Outing to the Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain and a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Concert at the Royal Festival Hall 

This is an afternoon and evening trip, leaving at 1pm and returning by 11pm. We will visit the Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain, and then just before 5pm, the coach will drive us to the Southbank for an amazing Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Royal Festival Hall , starting at 7:30pm, so giving us a couple of hours to have a meal at one of the many Southbank restaurants. 

The concert is Vaughan Williams (Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis), Mozart (Violin Concerto No 5) and Beethoven (Symphony No 5), with the wonderful Pinchas Zukerman as conductor and solo violinist.  

The ‘Van Gogh and Britain’ exhibition presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Van Gogh lived in England as a young man and was inspired by the art he saw here, including paintings by Constable and Millais - these are also featured in the exhibition, alongside some of van Gogh's most famous works, including ShoesStarry Night on the RhôneL’Arlésienne, and two works he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. They will be joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.

The exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including the young Camden Town painters, so showing how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.

Because of the reduced price negotiated for the concert, the cost of the coach journeys to and from London, as well as between the Tate and the Southbank are affectivey free, as well as the concert programme (normal cost £5). 

The ticket price for the outing depends on whether you are a member of Tate Britain (free entrance to exhibition), the Art Fund (half price entrance to exhibition) or neither (concession group price of £20).

We also have two concert ticket prices - all are front stalls rows H to L - the slightly higher priced ones being more central.

The range of ticket prices is listed below, and if you want to reserve tickets for this outing by emailing, please say which priced ticket you would like.

Ticket Prices:

If a member of the Tate: £45 or £52

If an Art Fund member: £55 or £62

If not a member of either: £65 or £72

5th June 2019

Visit to Stratfield Saye

An outing to Stratfield Saye - the country home of the Duke of Wellington. We will have the whole house and gardens to ourselves, and will be given guided tours of the house in small groups.

We will leave at 9:15am from King George V car park. Stratfield Saye is just north of Basingstoke (on the way to Reading), so we would hope to arrive about 10 am. We'll then have tea/coffee and biscuits, before we start our guided tours of the house. You will also be free to stroll round the gardens at your convenience, before or after having lunch (included in ticket price). All food comes from their farm shop.

We will then leave just after 3pm, and on the way back will stop off at West Green House Gardens, where you can wander round their beautiful gardens and/or have a cup of tea. We will then leave just before 5pm to finish our journey back to the KGV car park, arriving before 6pm.

Ticket price is £50 and includes tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, guided tour and lunch at Stratfield Saye. West Green House Gardens is National Trust, and so if you're a member, entrance is free. If not the entrance fee is £8.

If interested in this outing you can email