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Tuesday 03 December 2019 – Tutankhamun Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London

Booking Months: October and November
                     Cost: £36

The final time these extraordinary treasures will appear in London and the largest Exhibition to ever tour, celebrating the centenary since the discovery of the tomb.
Over 150 priceless artifacts will be displayed.
Entry to exhibition at Saatchi Gallery 2pm

Morning free for Christmas shopping and lunch.
Within walking distance are Royal Chelsea Hospital,
Chelsea Physic Garden , V&A and Carlyle’s House


Thursday 19 March 2020 – The National and Globe Theatres

Booking Months: January and February 2020
                     Cost: to be decided

An Architectural and Back- Stage Tour of the National Theatre,London
and some interesting demonstrations at the Globe Theatre

Designed by the architect Denys Lasdun, The National Theatre has divided public opinion since it was opened in 1976. In 2001 a Radio Times poll featured Denys Lasdun’s building in the five most hated and most loved British buildings. We shall see for ourselves how Lasdun’s masterpiece is revealed anew. You learn about the history of the building and its carefully considered design .
We shall also get a behind-the scenes peak at the day to day running of the theatre.
The National Theatre creates over 20 new productions every year and on our tour we shall see preparations for a show including set building and the prop making in their workshop .

We shall then walk down to the Globe Theatre to see
a) A demonstration of Elizabethan dressing. Do you know the origin of the phrases “ straight laced “, or “ loose woman” or “ pin money” .Someone from our group will be dressed as a Shakespearean character and there will be a discussion of the significance of clothing in Elizabethan Society

b) A demonstration of Shakespeare’s use of Stage Fighting. We shall watch an exciting demonstration of Elizabethan stage combat techniques. This includes an explanation of how stage fighting was used Shakespeare and his contemporaries in Early Modern plays


Thursday 04 June 2020 – Frampton Court, Manor and Gardens

Booking Months: April and May
                     Cost: to be decided

Close to the eastern bank of the River Severn in Gloucestershire, Frampton Court has been the home of the Clifford family since 1730. The architectural splendour of Frampton Court is complimented by an outstanding collection of contemporary 18th century furniture and furnishings. The exquisite Frampton Flora watercolours are on display throughout the house. Jane Clifford, better known as ‘Fair Rosamund’ and mistress of Henry II was born at Frampton Manor in the 12th century. The Manor is surrounded by a diverse and extensively planted garden consisting of mature herbaceous borders, topiary, wild flower garden and a magnificent kitchen garden and orchard.
Lunch is included and will be in the Wool Barn.


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