Runnymede is one of the original members of The Arts Society.

2019-2020 Our society is celebrating its very own Golden Jubilee with  an extensive programme of lectures ending with a reprise of the headline subject from our first year Gemstones, and repeating our first visit to Kelmscott Manor.


For more than 40 years, Runnymede has been hosting some of the art world’s most eclectic and diverse speakers, from the established to the cutting edge, all in an informal and friendly atmosphere. 

Whether it is Grayson Perry or Charles Dickens, the Runnymede programme is as diverse as it is fascinating. Runnymede’s aim is to spark enthusiasm in even the most sceptical visitor, prompting members to delve deeper into the subject. Started in the early days of NADFAS (now known as AS), Runnymede was the 23rd to be opened and helped to pioneer what is now a 365-strong international organisation.    

Lectures are never dull – acclaimed, AS-accredited speakers from the world of television and academia bring the artistic world to life. There’s no waiting list, the first taster lecture is free and the group always welcomes new faces. Just turn up and look for our 'Welcome Desk'  (Click Where We Meet to find details)

Runnymede offers far more than the monthly programme: an annual special interest day; visits to places of interest, including the theatre; and current volunteer projects. Alongside 17 fellow societies, Runnymede also helps to make up the West Surrey Area grouping, working together to arrange larger bespoke events.

We are pleased to welcome new members to our Society, at any time of the year. Just turn up (click -  Where We Meet to find details)  and look for our 'Welcome Desk'. 

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

Several members also belong to Spelthorne U3A Art Appreciation Group .
Please click on this link to see information about them and their events.

We hope you will renew your membership for 2020-2021 ...          click here for RENEWAL

To join as a new member ...               CLICK HERE for details                

A summary of lectures for 2020-2021 is available HERE

The last lectures of the 2019-2020 programme are:-

‚Äč19th February 2020

Passion ,Paris and painting

Liz Strang


Joanna Hardy will give our


On the 18th March

Wonderful world of Gemstones



5th May 2020

Eltham Palace, Greenwich

Thames boat trip to Westminster

Click here for details