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Art on the South Coast

2 nights starting from
£459

  • Lecture by art historian Gerald Deslandes

  • The Exotic Royal Pavilion, Brighton

  • Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

  • The Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill

From the Indo-Saracenic style of Brighton Pavilion to Modernism & Art Deco in Bexhill, and the British art of the Towner and Jerwood Galleries, this tour is an exploration of the superb art collections and fascinating architectural gems of England’s south-east coast in the company of art expert, Gerald Deslandes.

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19 - September - 2019 £ 459.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: 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 2: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion and Charleston Farmhouse.
Our first visit of the day is to the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery to view the excellent collection of European and World ceramics, glass, costume and artefacts. After lunch (not included) we visit Brighton’s magnificent 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 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 3: Towner Art Gallery, Jerwood Gallery and De La Warr Pavilion.
Our first visit today will be to the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne where we’ll find wonderful 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: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers. 

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 three-course dinner with wine 
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant 
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions 
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is 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

 

HOTELS

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 night, payable directly to the hotel. Please note the hotel only has limited car parking spaces. 

Cavendish Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

We love to receive feedback from our customers. Their views help us to keep improving the ours we offer. If you have been on this tour and would like to submit a review, please log in to our client area here and fill in the short form.

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Review by Anonymous who travelled 20-September-2018


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Thanks for arranging the extra days for us

Review by Mr Ken Smithem who travelled 02-September-2016


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Gerald Deslandes like a good friend and made sure that information was given on conversational level. Really felt I had learned a lot about the subject without effort. n.b. Could the Cavendish Hotel not offer wine in a carafe please? Otherwise, hotel fine.

Review by Ms C Howard who travelled 02-September-2016


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Itinerary information beforehand was minimal. Hotel reception was poor and parking information was not available beforehand

Review by Ms Cressida Miles who travelled 02-September-2016


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Very good tour with excellent leadership from Gerald and Louise. Accommodation at Cavendish Hotel was a bit uninspiring with poor carparking arrangements that should have been explained in advance !

Review by Mr David Fryer who travelled 02-September-2016


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Excellent accommodation and food. Itinerary well planned. Gerald, as always v.knowledgeable and communicative and looks after all the party. Great week-end.t

Review by Mr David Mayer who travelled 02-September-2016


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The tour manager was described as Louise, but Gerald did 80% of the work. The food was very good with a choice for each course .Much better than the Hilton in Ealing where no choice of food and only acceptable quality. Looking forward to another tour next year.

Review by Mr Leslie Goddard who travelled 02-September-2016


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We would have liked more detailed and accurate description of the parking arrangements at the Cavendish Hotel

Review by Ms Deborah E Condon who travelled 02-September-2016


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Everything good except for hotel bedrooms which were boiling hot and had Windows which wouldn't open. I know we had just had a heat wave but still we all had difficulty in sleeping and only had duvets and not even a sheet. This was rectified on request. Just for your information and not a complaint.

Review by Miss Elizabeth Dadley who travelled 22-July-2016


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My only reservation regarding the accommodation was that, while the majority of the rest of the party was overcome by heat in their bedrooms (it was very hot weather), I was subject to a Force 6 gale from the air conditioning unit in MY bedroom. There was a remote supposed control but which clearly had no effect on the unit and I was relieved that there was a warm cover on the bed as well as the seasonally appropriate lightweight one. Otherwise the food and facilities were good.

Review by Miss J Vernier who travelled 22-July-2016


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The art surpassed expectations, the accommodation was excellent, our guide was a fount of knowledge about all that we saw, our coach-driver coped calmly in all circumstances--and the sun shone for us. What more could we have wished for ?

Review by Mrs Carol Rizza who travelled 22-July-2016


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Review by Mrs Ann Hagen who travelled 22-July-2016


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There was no mini bar in the room also as it very hot and had to have the window open 2 pigeons were in the room.

Review by Mrs D Allsop who travelled 22-July-2016


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A very good weekend-lots to see and interesting commentary from our leader. Hotel needs to sort out the pigeon problem!

Review by Mrs Judith Hurst who travelled 22-July-2016


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Flight/Train = our bus. There was nothing at all that one could be unhappy about; the content was very interesting and well explained. Good whether you know a lot or very little about art.

Review by Mr Peter Holland who travelled 04-September-2015


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Review by Mrs Pauline Spencer who travelled 04-September-2015


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Besides the Tour Manager we were accompanied by Gerald Deslandes who was an excellent guide. We also had an excellent coach driver throughout. The hotel were very helpful regarding providing myself with gluten free food at all meal times

Review by Mr Rodger Partington who travelled 04-September-2015


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Very enjoyable weekend. Very good hotel. Pity the Brighton Museum was closed but it was unavoidable and the tour guides stepped in with alternative talk.

Review by Mr Robert Lobley who travelled 19-September-2014


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