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 August newsletter from our Chairman

Our Next Attractions

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Visit to Oxford  

This trip is for a morning tour of the Sheldonian Theatre, and a leisurely afternoon stroll around the artistic and archaeological highlights of the city, including a visit to one of the colleges. The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford’s city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford, and is where they have their graduation ceremonies.

This unique historic Oxford venue, located in Oxford’s medieval city centre, was built in the 1660s. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and has a magnificent ceiling painted by Robert Streater during the reign of King Charles II. You can also climb the steps to enjoy one of the best indoor 360 degree panoramic views of Oxford from the Cupola.

The coach will leave the King George V car park at 8:30am to take us to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. There they will provide us with a welcome cup of tea/coffee and biscuits, followed by a tour of the theatre. After this, you will then have free time until 2pm for taking lunch - there are numerous cafes and restaurants nearby - and/or for visiting other places of interest - or for just going shopping.

Our leisurely afternoon walking tour includes a visit to one of the colleges. The tour guide comes highly recommended, two of our committee members having previously taken groups on his other guided tours of Oxford. The coach will return us to Effingham some time after 6pm.

Tickets are £45, to cover the cost of the coach, ‘tea & tour’ at the Sheldonian Theatre, and the fees for the tour guide and entrance to the college. If you would like tickets, please email on 

Wednesday 10th October 2018

The Gates of Heroes: On the China Trail

Lars Tharp (A BBC Antiques Roadshow presenter for over 25 years)

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

Special Interest Morning on 9th November (10:30am to 1pm):

Two lectures on The Forbidden City’s Imperial Palace and Museum in Beijing, China

Lecturer: Anne Haworth

This is organised by the Area Society, at the usual venue of The Menuhin Hall in Cobham. 

Ticket price is £19 per person, including coffee/tea served beforehand and during the interval.

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. These two lectures will help us to discover its rich history from the 15th century (when it was built as the palace of the Ming emperors of China), until the present day, when it has been a museum since the 1920s.

Booking forms are available at

Or contact Jo Edna Corbyn, Area Coordinator for Education, by email on

or by telephone on: 01737 761521 or 07758 097003.

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Outing to the National Portrait Gallery and RPO concert at the Cadogan Hall 

This is an afternoon and evening outing, with the coach leaving at 1pm, and returning us to Effingham by about 11pm.

The exhibition is called ‘Gainsborough's Family Album’, and the concert is the the Liszt Piano Concerto No1, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, with  the wonderful Alexander Shelley as conductor. 

The exhibition will feature over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, including a number of works that have never been on public display in the UK, and bringing together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters.

The exhibition's layout will also chart Gainsborough’s career from youth to maturity, telling of his rise to fame and fortune, and providing a unique insight into his private life and motivations.

Ticket price for the coach and concert is £43. And if you’re a member of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition entrance is free. If you’re an Art Fund member, the exhibition entrance is £7, making the outing price £50. If you’re not a member of either, then the group ticket cost for the exhibition is £13, making the outing price £56.

The actual concert seats alone would normally cost £40, so again this outing is really good value.

If you would like tickets, please email on