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An ever-changing town c1540-1780 

The Regency Society presents its first summer school: a series of five seminars conducted by Dr Sue Berry.

Brighton’s history from the reign of Henry VIII onwards demonstrates how a town’s ability to respond to challenges wrought by external influences affects both the chances of it prospering or declining and shapes the townscape. Anyone who has ever attended any of Sue's seminars and talks will know how lively and informative they are. You can read the course summary here: Tudor to early Georgian Brighton.

The seminars on five consecutive Tuesday mornings from 11 June to 9 July 2024 at 10:30-12:30 will be held at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF. The series of all five lectures costs £25.00. Numbers are limited to 25, so early booking is advised.

To book through Eventbrite follow this link.

Image: Fishermen Returning to Brighton [RS/Brighton Society of Print Collectors]

A team from the Regency Society have designed this unique tour themed on the work of the Impressionists. Nearer the departure date we will all get together to learn more about the Impressionists whose paintings we will see and look at the same views through contemporary eyes.

Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th September 2024

There is a limit of 24 places and the final booking is 31 st March

Day 1

We depart from our designated pick-up points in our private executive coach and travel to Newhaven with our tour manager for our DFDS mid-morning ferry crossing to Dieppe. The ferries have very recently been re-fitted and are very comfortable.

On arrival at Dieppe we disembark our ship and continue the short distance to the 4* Mercure la Presidence Hotel for a four night stay.

In the evening we meet together for dinner at a Quayside Restaurant.

Day 2

A guided walking tour of Dieppe looking at the views painted by artists like Sickert, Turner and Pissarro. Individually pick up something for lunch at one of the many Boulangère in the Grand Rue and board the coach to Les Bois des Moutiers the iconic house designed by Sir Edwards Lutyens, it has been closed for 5 years undergoing restoration, but we are promised it will open for visitors this summer.

He was great friends with William Morris and parties would come over from England and design the interior fittings.  The gardens are by Gertrude Jeykll and are just fabulous and a good spot to eat our lunch. Then on a short drive to the beautiful little church in Varangerville with windows designed by Georges Braque and the churchyard where he is buried.  This church is perched on the edge of the crumbling chalk cliffs so it may be your last chance.

Day 3

On arrival in Honfleur this morning we visit Musee Eugene Boudin, located in a 19th century chapel and named after the town’s most famous painter. The museum is home to a fine collection of impressionist works by artist such a Boudin, Dubourg, Monet and Jongkind. We them spend some time at Leisure in Honfleur to explore the town before returning to Dieppe.

In the evening we are guests for pre-dinner drinks in an interesting house in the heart of the oldest part of Dieppe.

Day 4

Today we enjoy a guided tour at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, home to an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures which includes many of the Impressionists.

The afternoon is at leisure in Rouen and on an individual basis you may choose to visit the  Cathedral Notre-Dame a Gothic masterpiece that is dominated by the famous west façade. In the 1890’s Claude Monet made almost 30 paintings of the Cathedral. Nearby is a stunningly beautiful modern church with a vast stained-glass window made from the glass shards from a church bombed in the war.

Day 5

After checking out of our hotel, we enjoy some time at leisure in Dieppe. You can stock up on cheese and vegetables from the vast market that invades the town every Saturday and spend time in the Museum housed in the fortified castle. This is well worth a visit although you will have to buy your own ticket as it is not included in the tour. Later on in the day we will catch the early ferry back to our original pick up points.


Price (including Breakfast): £995+/-

Single Supplement:£159.00 +/-

Date: Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th September 2024 (5 days 4 nights)

Depart: Newhaven - Dieppe (depart: 09h30 | arrive: 14h45)

Return: Dieppe - Newhaven (depart: 18h00 | arrive: 21h00)

Coach: Executive coach throughout

Hotel: Mercure la Présidence Hotel 4* (or similar) at Dieppe

Facilities at the hotel include a bar, and all of our allocated Standard Rooms are en-suite and feature a television, and tea and coffee making facilities. A set 3 course dinner without drinks is included at a restaurant close to our hotel on the first evening, and the remaining three nights are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Rooms available: Twin/Double: 10 | Singles: 8

Included: 3 course meal on first evening, entrance fees to museums and places of interest featuring in the itinerary

Not include: Gratuities, lunches, local accommodation tax, dinners on days 2, 3 & 4, donations at any churches visited.

NB There are only 8 single rooms so, if you are coming on you own, maybe you would like to double up with a friend.

Both the boat and the Hotel are non-refundable and so we need a £200 deposit by 31st of March (Ref Regency Society of Brighton &Hove 40 52 40 00091590) which is the deadline for reserving the Hotel rooms.

Please email me when you send your deposit so I can reserve a room for you.

The cost of the tour is based on a minimum of 24 passengers travelling and so until we have the deposits, we cannot be sure that it will go ahead. If we don't get 24, of course, your deposit is fully refundable.

Insurance including Covid cover is costs £69 per person and available from our tour operator Tailored Travel