Back in 1969, Runnymede became the 23rd member of Nadfas (now known as The Arts Society) - a society set up by a group of mothers to bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. In the beginning there were just a handful of members but within a few months, Runnymede meetings were attracting an ever growing monthly following


Runnymede always liked to have an eclectic program, with a vibrant selection of speakers both from the local area and as far afield as France and Belgium. Whether it was Elizabethan textiles one week, the phenomenon of art through the arduous world of mining, or contemporary opera, nothing was out of bounds.


We hold lectures each month from September through to July on a broad range of arts based subjects. Recent topics have ranged from Silver filigree and traditional arts in Kosovo, Art inspired by Wine, through Music and Opera, Vivaldi in Venice, to the Ups and Downs of the Impressionists - all presented by experienced Arts Society accredited lecturers.


In addition:

  • A Special Interest Day is held each year allowing for a more in depth look at an artistic subject and the opportunity to socialise with other members over lunch
  • There are visits to places of interest: recent visits have been to All saints, the Queens Private Chapel in Windsor Great Park, The Lansdowne Club  and a guided walking tour of  Shakespeare in London.
  • We also have a theatre and a lunch visit arranged during the year, which are great social occasions.
  • We sometimes join with fellow societies in the West Surrey Area  for events.

New members are welcomed and guests and visitors are invited to attend a meeting free of charge as an introduction to this friendly society, just turn up and look for our 'Welcome Desk'.    (see the 'Where we meet' tab for a map and travel links to our location).

There is no need to have any prior knowledge, we are all having fun learning together.

For a full description of the details for 'Joining Us'  CLICK HERE.