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Holiday type Art & archaeology
Special interest holidays
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £369
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Art on the south coast of England

This tour will appeal to those with an interest in British Art, as it visits some of the finest art galleries on the south coast, including the Towner Art Gallery and the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, along with a wealth of fascinating architectural sights. With your host art historian Gerald Deslandes, you will examine the landmark architecture of Brighton and Bexhill's delightful pavilions, and explore the vibrant city of Brighton through the eyes of the artists who worked there.

Included

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four star Cavendish hotel, Eastbourne, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tour and admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout


Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on half board basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Cavendish hotel, Eastbourne from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by Gerald Deslandes – ‘Art and Empire: exotic influences at the Royal Pavilion’.

Day two

Our first visit of the day is Brighton’s Royal Pavilion – a regency fantasy of minarets, domes and pinnacles built for George, Prince of Wales, who was to become King George IV, as a seaside retreat. From here we continue to the Brighton museum and art gallery to view the excellent collection of European and World ceramics, glass, costume and artefacts. In the late afternoon we will travel to Lewes to enjoy a private reception and visit of Charleston Farmhouse, the rural retreat of the Bloomsbury Group, and a prime example of the domestic decorative style of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. On our return to the hotel there will be dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

Our first visit today will be to the Towner art gallery in Eastbourne where we’ll find local landscapes by Piper, Ravilious and Bawden followed by the Jerwood gallery in Hastings with its collection of English works including Spencer, Lowry and Hambling. Our final visit will be to the De La Warr Pavilion, designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chemayeff in 1935, which was inspired by the Modernist ideas of the Bauhaus mixed with Art Deco. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
Cavendish hotel, Eastbourne

Located on the Grand Parade, five minutes' walk from the centre of Eastbourne, the four star Cavendish hotel is stylish and elegant offering a restaurant, bar, lounge, spa and gym. Bedrooms are en-suite with bath/shower, TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £4 per day, payable directly to the hotel.
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