Study Days

There are usually two Study Days each year.  They are held at:- Sutton Hall, Stockcross Church Road, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN. For directions see below.  Map to the right.

This informal day is designed to investigate a subject in greater depth with a specialist lecturer and offers an opportunity for practical interaction with The Arts Society members.

The day begins at 1030 promptly with coffee available from 10.00. There are two sessions in the morning, breaking for lunch at 1pm. The afternoon session finishes at 3.30pm.  (Times are approximate).

Coffee, soup and a glass of wine are included in the cost and members are encouraged to bring their own sandwiches.  

Booking opens usually two lectures before each Study Day. Payment is by Credit Card or Cheque on those lecture days.  Once booking is open, places may be reserved by email subject to payment.  Guests can be accommodated, but priority is given to members.

Our next Study Day will be on Tuesday 5th November.  'From Monochrome to Polychrome: A History of the Art and Colours of Garden Design'.  The link will give you full details.

For further information, please contact 

Katy Weston


Sutton Hall, Stockcross Church Road, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN. 

From Newbury: Take A4 westbound towards Hungerford. At the A34 junction, turn right at the second of the two roundabouts into B4000 towards Stockcross. Sutton Hall is in Church Road, the second left turning in the village. 

From M4: At junction 13, take A34 southbound towards Winchester, leave at the A4 junction, cross the dual carriageway and turn right at the roundabout into B4000.


Away Visits


We usually arrange two tours each year.  One based in Britain and one abroad.

Priority is given to members, however, non-member family and friends can usually be included on our tours, depending on available places.

We are frequently asked for single room accommodation for which we charge a premium.  This allocation is often scarce.  It is easier and cheaper if members are willing to make arrangements to share.

Heritage Travel has a strong relationship with many Arts Society groups.  Here at Newbury, we have been using their services since 2015.  They are helpful and efficient, tailoring the trips to suit our cultural interests.

For further information, please contact

Rosie Braithwaite


Amanda Hosie

 Follow this link to view our next Away Trip

Day Visits

Coach trips to places of interest are arranged during the year. We visit stately homes and gardens, – usually privately owned and opened for a private tour – art collections, exhibitions and sites of cultural interest.  The visits vary from spending all day at one venue or two half days at places that are not too far apart.


Tickets are usually sold two lectures prior to the event.  

The allocation is split evenly between morning and afternoon members.  Payment is by cheque only.  

Separate cheques are requested for each trip, please. 

Tickets are non-transferable; however, a full or partial refund may be possible if the ticket can be re-sold. Cancellations are accepted up to 6 pm the day before departure.

Members unable to attend a meeting may ask another member to purchase tickets on their behalf.  

Once all the tickets are sold, we keep a waiting list – cancellations do happen!  Priority is given to members on the waiting list.

Members who are unable to attend need to contact the Visits Secretary, Belinda Shepherd,,  so that the ticket can be offered to those on the waiting list.  This is done on a strictly first come, first served basis. Non-members are only offered a ticket if there is no uptake within the morning or afternoon groups.

We need contact details of all those on any given trip, in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Anyone who wishes to leave the trip for any reason needs to inform one of the trip organisers before doing so.

We do our best to notify members if a tour is unsuitable for wheelchairs or those with walking difficulties. We cannot assess a person’s walking abilities and would therefore ask members to consider whether or not they might inconvenience fellow travellers.

Any special conditions will also be noted on the ticket e g no stilettos, bring National Trust card etc.

Some visits include a meal, please notify the Visits Secretary (email address below) if you have any dietary requirements.

The coach leaves promptly from the lower car park at The Arlington Arts Centre.  We aim to return between 6.30-7pm. However this is not always possible and should be taken into account before organising evening arrangements.  A fee of £2 per car is charged for parking.  This is collected on the coach.

For further information, please contact 

Belinda Shepherd, Visits Secretary