RWA Friends Cultural Group visits

This is where you will find details of all the upcoming trips and events. The programme is currently being developed for 2014 so please keep checking and we will be posting those dates here as soon as they become available.

If you would like to join any of the trips listed below please download the pdf where you will find a booking form to fill out and return.


A day in the Golden Valley


Join us for a visit to three delightful places on the English/Welsh border.

Kilpeck Church • Abbey Dore Gardens & Abbey Monnow Valley Arts Centre

KILPECK CHURCH, the Parish Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, is famous for its Norman carvings. Built in about 1140, it has survived remarkably intact and unaltered to the present day. ABBEY DORE Is a former Cistercian abbey in the village of Abbey Dore in Herefordshire’s beautiful Golden Valley. Large parts of the 12th and 13th century buildings, including the north and south transepts and interior columns, together with tiles, wooden fittings and fragments of stained glass, remain today, incorporated into the later church. ABBEY DORE COURT GARDEN is a beautiful six acre plant-lovers’ garden with formal, wild and river areas set in glorious Herefordshire countryside. The tea rooms serve morning coffee and light lunches. MONNOW VALLEY ARTS CENTRE was founded in 2007 as a charity. The Centre has an art gallery, a 4 acre sculpture garden, and an artist's studio and residence. It curates exhibitions for its own Centre and for touring to other venues. From the gardens there are sensational views of the Black Mountains.

ITINERARY: The coach departs from All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton at 9am, arriving approx. 10.30am at Kilpeck. We will proceed to Abbey Dore to look around the Abbey and visit the gardens. After lunch in the tea rooms, we will drive to the Monnow Valley Arts Centre. If it is too wet to visit the gardens, we will visit Hereford Cathedral and the famous Mappa Mundi. We depart at 4.30pm to arrive back in Bristol at approx. 6pm.

• The cost of the trip is £25 per person including the driver's gratuity. In addition, there are entry fees: £5 for Abbey Dore Gardens and £5 for the Monnow Valley Gardens.

Download your application form here

Please return this booking slip to: Barbara Henderson: 96 Howard Road, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7UY • Tel: 0117 9499093 /07989 354963. email: Last date for booking 17th May 2014.



• Saturday 7 June

Kilpec Church, Herefordshire and Abbey Dore (morning)

Monnow Valley Arts Centre (afternoon).

• Saturday 6 September

Boat ride from Westminster Pier down to the Thames Barrier. Back to Greenwich to visit

Queen Anne house and the Naval buildings.

• Saturday 25 October

Cardiff Museum and Art Gallery (morning) St Fagans museum (afternoon).

More details and applications for these trips will be available on this page soon.