Musee National Marc Chagnall

Events, Tours and Visits

Previous destinations have included, Prague, Amsterdam, Avignon, Turkey, Kracow, Venice, Cote d'Azur and Sicily as well as Northumberland, Derbyshire, Cornwall, London, Glasgow and Norfolk, closer to home. Our tours are individually tailored for us by reputable specialised travel agents. We are accompanied by an expert guide/lecturer as well as a local guide where necessary.

The tours which are both great fun and informative have so far proved very popular and successful.


2019-2020 Calendar



International Women's Day

5th March 2020

Peggy Guggenheim

Alexandra Epps

Peggy Guggenheim

The 'poor little rich girl' who changed the face of twentieth century art. Not only was Peggy Guggenheim ahead of her time but she was the woman who helped define it. She discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists producing a new kind of art. Through collecting not only art but the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection.

Alexandra is an Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Gallery. She is also a Pallant House Gallery Lecturer and a Qualified Guide to the City of London, offering lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. Member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association. Co-author of the book Lord Mayor's Portraits 1983-2014 (2015). Alexandra’s background is in design having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years. She has a BA from the Saint Martin’s School of Art, and an MA from the London College of Printing.


Evening Lecture with Friends of Manx National Heritage

16th March 2020

Lecture: 7:00pm. Welcome drinks from 6:30pm

Theatre Design

Bertie Pearce

Creating An Imaginary World: Theatre Design From Temple To Playhouse, Into The Picture Frame And Out Again

Theatrical scene design is one of the world's most beautiful, varied and lively art forms. In his talk, Bertie looks at the relationship between actor and audience and how this transformed the space and architecture of theatre throughout the ages. Beginning with the Greeks and their remarkable innovations to pageants, masques, liturgical drama, through the science of perspective, to court theatre. A quick glance at Commedia dell'arte before entering the Elizabethan stage of the Globe and the Fortune and arriving at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. From great architects such as Inigo Jones and Frank Matcham, to practitioners such as Granville Barker and Gordon Craig and designers Cecil Beaton and Oliver Messel, Bertie brings to life the magical world of theatre.

Bertie has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star. Past experience includes lecturing and performing on cruise ships, and to U3A, historical societies, festivals, schools and colleges. In addition, he has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled All Aboard. Has written articles for newspapers and magazines on entertainment and theatre.

Bertie Pearce will also be delivering a lecture titled 'The Dancing Faun' as part of the Arts Society Isle of Man annual lecture program the following day.



Private Houses and Gardens of Northern Ireland

Monday 11- Friday 15 May 2020


Cancelled due to Coronavirus

We we hope to arrange for it to take place at a future date

Join us on our tour of Northern Ireland from our comfortable base in Belfast. The city’s architecture reflects the affluence and wealth enjoyed from the linen trade and its status as a major urban centre. These commercial links continue to prosper and following a protracted period of conflict the city is peaceful once again, and undergoing a radical programme of redevelopment and renovation. The city’s history is inextricably bound with the fortunes of the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the tragic loss of the SS Titanic. The Titanic Experience, which we will visit, charts the history of the ship from its inception to its demise in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on 15 April 1912. While visits outside of the city will include the private estates of Glenarm Castle and Grey Abbey House and a journey up the north Antrim Coastline to the breath-taking Giant’s Causeway, a unique configuration of naturally created stone columns.

Tour Price

£745 per person sharing a twin/double room (Please note that flights are NOT included)
£200 single room supplement

Price Includes

  • Executive coach travel in and around Belfast as per itinerary
  • 4 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant on the first evening
  • Afternoon tea at Grey Abbey House
  • Tea/coffee and cake at Glenarm Castle
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits on the final morning
  • Services of a local blue badge guide on the day of arrival
  • Services of a driver guide for 1 day
  • Guided visit of Stormont Parliament Buildings
  • (subject to availability)
  • Guided visit of Old Bushmills Distillery
  • Private guided visit of Glenarm Castle
  • Private visit of Grey Abbey House
  • Guided visit of Mount Stewart House and Gardens
  • Guided visit of Belfast Cathedral
  • All entrance fees and charges (excluding National Trust properties)

Please note that entrance charges to National Trust properties are not included as these are free of charge to National Trust members upon production of a valid membership card.

Hotel Details

4 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at:
Europa Hotel
Great Victoria Street, BT2 7AP

Click here to download a full itinerary, booking form and booking conditions.

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International Women's Day 2017

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Private Houses and Gardens of Northern Ireland

11-15 May 2020


Cancelled due to Coronavirus

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