Talks and events

Talks

In normal circumstances the Society holds talks once a month from September through to its AGM in the following May

During the Covid-19 pandemic the Society cancelled its public meetings and activities.  In place its talks were conducted using Zoom video conferencing. The Zoom ID and Passcode for each talk was published shortly before the meeting

The 2021 programme is here, and that of 2020 here  

Events

Each year the Society conducts guided walks as part of the national Heritage Open Days (HODs) scheme. 

The Society is offering five guided tours as part of the national Heritage Open Days (HODs) scheme, 10-19 September, 2021.  All free to join.  These are:

1.  Leamington Station.  Tour of Leamington’s award-winning station gardens together with the public areas of the restored Grade II listed Art Deco buildings.

  • When:  Saturday, 11 September, 14.00 to 16.00
  • Meet:  Approximately 10 metres to the right of the station entrance as you face it
  • Booking:  Not necessary

2.  Leamington Spa’s History in Buildings and Characters.  A guided walk around the historic centre of Leamington noting thebuildings of importance, with stories of those who contributed to Leamington’s growth and charm.

  • When:  Monday, 13 September, 14.00
  • Meet:  At the entrance to Jephson Gardens, opposite the Pump Rooms
  • Booking:  Necessary with Sidney.Syson@gmail.com

3.  A Literary Walk round Leamington.  The famous writers associated with Leamington came here because of its fame as a spa, which people visited not only for their health but also for entertainment.  For writers like Dickens a spa provided an opportunity to make contact with readers and to make money.  Our tour will take in places where writers lived, performed or just relaxed.

  • When:  Tuesday, 14 September, 14.00
  • Meet:  By the blue Spring sculpture outside All Saints Church, at the bottom of Parade.
  • Booking:  Necessary with Sidney.Syson@gmail.com

4. Guided walk round Jephson Gardens.  The Jephson Gardens are very special place in Leamington.  Come and take a tour of the gardens learning their history and identifying some of its interesting trees.

  • When:  Thursday, 16 September, 14.00
  • Meet:  At the entrance to Jephson Gardens, opposite the Pump Rooms
  • Booking:  Necessary with Sidney.Syson@gmail.com

5.  Leamington Station.  Tour of Leamington’s award-winning station gardens together with the public areas of the restored Grade II listed Art Deco buildings. 

  • Date:  Sunday, 19 September, 10.30 to 12.30. 
  • Meet:  Approximately 10 metres to the right of the station entrance as you face it
  • Booking:  Not necessary

Our guided walks were not held in 2020 due to social distancing requirements.  Instead the Society produced a short film about six special trees in Jephson Gardens and a plan showing their location.  

Architectural Awards

Normally , every other year the Society makes awards for significant architectural improvements in the town; these improvements must have been completed since the Society’s previous Architectural Awards event, and must be visible to the public. For more information on the scheme see Awards

The next Architectural Awards event will be in the autumn 2021.

All are welcome at our Zoom talks as they will be as the talks resume physically