The Arts Society Horsley

(previously called Horsley DFAS)

We are a friendly and thriving society of nearly 200 members who meet together every month (except in August and September) to learn more about the arts. We are affiliated to the national Arts Society (formerly called NADFAS), 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, pottery, 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 (with wine) 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, with access to their programme of lectures, visits and tours.

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, just press the JOIN button on the Home Page to provide your contact details, and Alma, our membership secretary, will get back to you. Alternatively, you can 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 December newsletter from our Chairman

Our Next Attractions

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?

Janet Robson

The talk begins at 10.30am (usually lasting between 60 and 75 minutes), with coffee/tea and biscuits served from 9:30am.

Click here for synopsis

The lecture will be followed by our Christmas buffet lunch for members

Trip to London on 27th February

An afternoon visit to the Charles1: King and Collector exhibition at the Royal Academy, followed by an evening Royal Philharmonic Concert, 'Myths and Fairytales', at the Cadogan Hall. 

The exhibition reunites for the first time the legendary art collection of Charles I, this having been sold off following the king’s execution in 1649. It includes over 100 works of art by some of the finest artists – Titian, Holbein, Dürer, Van Dyck and Rubens.

The concert includes Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky’s wonderful Violin Concerto, performed by the immensely talented Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Sibelius’ mesmerising Nightride and Sunrise and  extracts from Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite.

Ticket prices for the concert and the exhibition mean you effectively get the return coach fare for free (this would normally cost £17), and of course if you’re an RA member, you and a guest have free access to the exhibition.

We have two concert ticket prices, and so as an RA member or a guest of an RA member, this outing costs either £37 or £42. If not, then there is an additional £16 for the exhibition entrance (this is a reduced rate - even lower than the Art Fund member rate).

We will leave at 1:30pm, and return to the King George V car park around 11pm. The coach will transfer us to Sloane Square around 5pm - so there will be time for a meal in one of the many restaurants there, or a shop in Peter Jones!, before the concert starts at 7:30pm. The ticket price I’ve negotiated also includes a free concert brochure (normal price £4), and I’ll hand these out to you at the hall before the concert starts.

If you're interested, please just email me at,  and I'll reserve tickets for you. We’ll also be selling tickets at the January lecture, but if you wanted to bring along your cheque to the December lecture or send me your cheque beforehand to secure your ticket(s), please just say in your email.

Outing to the Royal Albert Hall on March 14th

This Royal Philarmonic’s Best of Broadway Concert will enable you to enjoy the glitz and razzamatazz of the best of shows from Broadway and the West End. The concert features music from stage shows including: LES MISERABLES, CHICAGO, EVITA, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, BEAUTIFUL, ANNIE, DREAMGIRLS, WICKED, 
…and many more,  with David Firman as Conductor, and vocalists Cassidy JansonAbbie OsmonAdam Garcia and Matt Henry.

We would leave about 5:30pm and arrive back at King George V car park around 11pm.

Total cost of the outing is only £42 - the normal price of these concert seats is £45, so giving a saving of £18, as the return coach fare alone costs £15.

If you are interested in this evening outing, please just email me at, and I’ll reserve tickets for you. And if you’d like to secure them by bringing your cheque to the December lecture or sending me a cheque before they go on sale at the January lecture, just tell me in your email.