Festival Programme

Wednesday 10th May
Poetry Prize Evening
Thursday 11th May
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visit
Friday 12th May
Banstead History Research Group
Banstead Scrapbook

Saturday 13th May
Flowers and Butterflies of Park Downs
Saturday 13th May
Red Priest
Sunday 14th May
Choral Evensong at All Saints'

Box Office (from 3rd April 2017)
Banstead Arts Festival Society

Banstead Library, The Horseshoe, Banstead

To reserve tickets (for all BAFS events except the coach trips):
Tel. 01737 350288 or Email to: marionh.bafs@hotmail.co.uk

Tickets for some events may be bought on line as indicated.


Thursday 12th May and Monday 16th May - 8.45am

Midsomer Murders Country & The Goring Gap Cruise with Banstead Coaches

Midsomer Murders Country & The Goring Gap Cruise with Banstead Coaches

We start our tour in Dorchester, a head-turning Oxfordshire village full of Medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings. After morning refreshments [included in the tour fee] at a 15th century coaching inn that has starred as three separate Midsomer Murders inns, we visit Dorchester's huge Abbey, one of the earliest Christian sites in England, with a wonderful Tree of Jesse window and a rare and unusual action statue of a swaggering knight. We return to the inn for a main course lunch [you can buy hot and cold drinks and desserts as required].

The coach then takes us to Alfred the Great's Wallingford - Midsomer's Causton - for an hour's enjoyable browsing in this compact town. Independent shops thrive here, including antiques and collectibles shops with surprisingly reasonable prices. Fans of Agatha Christie will enjoy seeing the Corn Exchange where the author, who lived nearby, was president of the local amateur theatre company.

At 3.00 pm we board the boat at Wallingford Bridge for a superb ninety-minute cruise to the Goring Gap, the dramatic gorge where the River Thames chiselled its way through the Chiltern Hills during the last Ice Age. The boat will pass under the arches of Brunel's Moulsford Railway Bridge, one of the outstanding engineering wonders of the Thames. You'll see a great variety of life and leisure on the river, from old-fashioned wooden skiffs and Edwardian-style gentlemen's launches to impressive modern motor cruisers.

We step ashore at Goring in time to head home at 5.00 pm. NB The walking on this tour is approx 800 metres, spread throughout the day. Coach leaves at 8.45 am from outside Banstead Library in the Horseshoe, returning about 6.30 pm.

The cost will be £49 per person. This covers coach travel, river cruise and all admissions,
tour guides' services, morning coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival, main course pub lunch
[choice of Cottage Pie with Seasonal Greens/Chef's Fish Pie with Seasonal Greens/
Vegetarian Pasta with Garlic Bread], and gratuities for guide and coach driver.


An application form is available in the festivcal programme on page 16, please download here


As above


£49 per person

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