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Walking History - Rye its Artists and Writers - 50% off*

Day of week:
The Amelia , Tunbridge Wells
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
1 week

The picturesque town of Rye and the landscape it sits in have always attracted and inspired visiting writers and artists. These include the painter JMW Turner; Pre-Raphaelites John Everett Millais & William Holman Hunt; E Nesbit, author of The Railway Children; playwright Noel Coward; and Frances Hodgson Burnett whose children’s classic The Secret Garden was inspired by the gardens at Great Maytham Hall in nearby Rolvenden.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, the town became the centre of close-knit literary and artistic circles, with an extraordinary number of writers and artists actually living and working in Rye.
These included the American novelist Henry James, and the comic satirist EF Benson, whose Mapp and Lucia books were inspired by the the town and its residents. Another was writer Radclyffe Hall, whose 1928 novel, The Well of Loneliness, was one of the first to openly portray lesbianism. Modernist artists Paul Nash and Edward Burra lived in and around the town and were inspired by the local landscape. Others included children’s writer Beatrix Potter, illustrator Mabel Lucie Atwell, novelist Conrad Aitken, and Rumer Godden of Black Narcissus fame.
In this walk, we will be following in their footsteps, bringing to life the years they spent in Rye and discovering, along the way, how the town, the local landscape and its people inspired them.

We're celebrating the Jubilee with a MASSIVE 50% off* selected courses. Enter code JUBILEE2022 at checkout to receive 50% off this course. (*Terms and conditions apply)

Terms & Conditions

How will I be taught?

This is a leisurely, interactive walk with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. There will be opportunities to express different points of view, compare and analyse the information you discover during the walk.

What do I need to bring with me?

A pen and notebook and an enquiring mind. On a practical note it is a good idea to bring some water to drink, rain wear if the forecast is for rain or showers and good walking shoes as although this is a leisurely walk you need to be secure in your walking footwear, so avoid sandals even if the weather is warm.

What can I do next?

Other Art History courses will be available in the Autumn term, hands-on art and craft courses run all year round at Tunbridge Wells Adult Education Centre, please visit our website

What do I need to join the course

No prior knowledge is required just an interest in Art History and an ability to walk in a group without sitting for 20 minutes at a time. You will need to complete a Health Questionnaire before the start of the course to male sure you can enjoy this course fully. It is essential to the walk times, enjoyment and general benefit of the group that we remain together.

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The Amelia
The Amelia
Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/115939/K/LC.