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Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 10.00 am
A live guided tour of the Dorsoduro District of Venice in the company of Luisella Romeo (weather permitting!).

Starting at the Punta della Dogana and ranging all the way through the University area of Venice, the district of Dorsoduro in Venice is one of the richest “sestieri” in terms of art and architecture. During our virtual walk, we will see the Church of the Salute and the Gesuati Dome dedicated to Saint Mary of the Rosary and view the Palladian Church of Redentore across the canal on the island of Giudecca. We will pass by the oldest gondola yard still active after 400 years as well as the typical “bacaros” of Venice with their well-known “cicchetti” to end on top of their Accademia Bridge for a final view of the Grand Canal.
We will send you a Zoom invitation before the meeting, and you are invited to join 5 minutes before the start of the walk at 09.55 to ensure a prompt start.
Please send £5.00 to the TASW bank account by Bank Transfer to The Arts Society Weybridge if possible, or else by cheque in favour of The Arts Society Weybridge (to be sent to Tony Collinson-Jones, address on email sent to all members). Please ensure that you identify yourself on the bank transfer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Visits Organiser:
Tony Collinson-Jones:
tonyc-j@tiscali.co.uk, 01932 844276

Image: Gondola yard in Dorsoduro

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Virtual Visit 10.00 am on Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Having now run several Virtual Visits during lockdown, Japan travel specialist, Inside Japan Tours, felt that Ginza was not the best area and have worked up a new tour of the Asakusa District which is now complete, and they have strongly advised that they feel we would get a better all round flavour of Tokyo and Japan by changing venue to this new tour.

So we will now be touring the Asakusa District.

Asakusa is one of the city's more traditional districts of Tokyo with its centre piece being the famous Sensoji temple, marked by the incredible Kamanarimon (Thunder Gate). The temple dates back to 628 AD and has been a Tokyo attraction of hundreds of years, but there is much more to this place once known as the "entertainment" district of Tokyo.

Asakusa retains the vibe of an older Tokyo, with traditional craft shops and street food stalls along Nakamise Street near the ancient Sensoji temple. Mid 19th century Hanayashiki amusement park has rides and cafes, while riverside Kuritsu Sumida Park hosts regular festivals and firework displays.

A trendy upscale dining scene is developing along the waterfront, while backstreets are lined with casual izakaya bars.

Our tour will start at 19.00 Tokyo time, half an hour after sunset, so we will feel the early evening scene.

We will be exploring this multifaceted Tokyo district with Inside Japan's Chantel Frubert who, having grown up in Virginia Beach, first experienced Japan (outside cartoons and pop idols) on a study abroad programme at university. On arrival she soon fell in love with Japan.

Please send £5 payable to The Arts Society Weybridge. Please put VT2 and your name on the bank transfer, or send a cheque to Tony Collinson-Jones.

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Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 9.30 am

A live guided evening walk in Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, in cherry blossom time.

It is very possible that when you conjure up an image of Japan, Kyoto is that. The Kansai region of the city is arguably the cultural centre of Japan having been the imperial capital for around a thousand years. It is home to over two thousand temples and shrines, 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, palaces, incredible gardens and the iconic Geisha. Bristol-based Japan travel specialist, InsideJapan will take us on a stroll of the traditional Gion and Higashiyama districts with their tea houses, traditional Machiya townhouses, shrines and gardens.
InsideJapan’s Kyoto-based Insider, Richard Farmer will be guiding the virtual tour, getting views ‘beneath the surface’ and perhaps glimpsing some of Japan’s famous cherry blossom enroute (….depending on nature).
We will send you a Zoom invitation before the meeting, and you are invited to join 5 minutes before the start of the walk at 09.25 to ensure a prompt start.

Please send £5.00 to the society by Bank Transfer if possible. Please put VT3 and your name on the transfer: or by cheque posted to Tony Collinson-Jones 1, Holme Chase, KT13 0BZ.

If you have any questions, please contact the Visits Organiser:
Tony Collinson-Jones:
1, Holme Chase, Weybridge KT13 0BZ 01932 844276

Image: Kyoto cherry blossom

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Virtual Visits
Fancy coming to NEPAL?

In the Khathmandu Valley
On Thursday 6th May 2021 at 10.30 am

Our next virtual visit will be to the Kathmandu Valley to the lovely town of Bhaktapur to visit the Babhaktapur Durbar Square. This UNESCO World Heritage listed site is popular for its rich culture, stone, wood and metal arts. We will visit the 55 Window Palace the Golden Gate and Lions Gate, Nyatapola Temple and Bhairava Temple and other beautiful sights in the company of our guide Badri.

 We will send you a Zoom invitation before the meeting, and you are invited to join 5 minutes before the start of the walk at 10.25 to ensure a prompt start.

Please send £5.00 to The Arts Society Weybridge by Bank Transfer 602225 / 37405535 if possible. Please put VT4 and your name on the transfer: or by cheque posted to Tony Collinson-Jones 1, Holme Chase, KT13 0BZ.


If you have any questions, please contact the Visits Organiser:
Tony Collinson-Jones:
I, Holme Chase, Weybridge KT13 0BZ 01932 844276
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Wednesday 30th June 2021

Chavenage House is a 16th century privately owned country house, often used as a filming location, eg Trenwith, the Poldark family pile.

Travel (about 2 hours) will be by Arena Coaches.

Details to follow.
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Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September 2021

From £699 per person, staying in a 4* hotel.

Details to follow.

Visits 2021

There are 3-4 visits per year which are sometimes related to one of the topics in the lecture programme.

Tickets are first available from the Visits organiser's booking desk near the back of the hall on two lecture meetings before the event; they are not available before then. The cost of the visit will be given when the tickets are first available for sale. Members may apply for up to two tickets each (for members only unless otherwise advised). Payment may be made:

a) by cheque made payable to The Arts Society Weybridge for the full amount of the Visit or
b) by online payment direct to The Arts Society Weybridge bank account. This is the same bank account to which annual TASW membership payments can be made. Please ask the Visits organiser for our bank details. Our Treasurer will recognise what the payment is for from the amount being paid and the date of payment. When buying the ticket, please tell the Visits organiser that you will be paying by online payment.

If the Visit is oversubscribed, members' names will be put on a standby list, in order of application. If the Visit is undersubscribed, places on the Visit may be offered to persons on our waiting list, or to spouses/partners of members, or members of other TAS Societies.

If you have to cancel your booking, please let the organiser know immediately so that if possible a replacement can be found from those on the standby list. Please do not arrange your own replacement. If your place is filled, a refund will be made, less a £5 cancellation fee, after the event has taken place. If your place cannot be filled, no refund will be made.

Parking on visits days

Burhill Golf Club has very kindly agreed to our members parking their cars for the day on the three days this year when we have visits. Please note:
1. We are permitted to park in the walled garden Overflow Car Park only, not in the Members' Car Park (even if you are a Member). Please see plan below showing the location of the Overflow Car Park.
2. The coach pick-up and drop-off point. From the Overflow Car Park, walk through the members car park, bear right along the Club exit route and the coach will be parked a short way on the left, just by the words "Exit to Burwood Road" on the plan below.
3. The permission is solely to park. We are not permitted to use any Club facilities, such as the bars, toilets etc, or enter the club buildings.
4. We are not allowed to put up signs directing our members to the Overflow Car Park.
5. Access to the Club is from Burwood Road. Coming from Seven Hills Road, take the second turning on the right after Whiteley Village.
6. Exit from the Club at the end of the day is shown on the plan below; this route leads to Burwood Road via Turners Lane. Do not exit the Club the way you drove in.

January 2021:

Visits will be booked when it is possible to do so.

You are welcome to email The Arts Society Weybridge’s officer responsible for visits, Tony Collinson-Jones, at visits@theartssocietyweybridge.org.uk