Adventures Abroad is a constantly changing mix of women who get together to travel, explore, shop, and above all, have fun.
In addition to General Meetings and Special events, AWBS members can enjoy special interest activities together. Activity groups are formed by members who are interested in pursuing their personal interests and hobbies with other AWBS members. Activity Leaders coordinate weekly or monthly events for their Activity group and post the details (date, times, places, costs, etc.) on our website.
All activities are advertised in the Newsletter that’s sent to Members a few days prior to General Meetings.
All sign ups are done at the General Meeting.
Art History, English History and The Inner Artist are ’term’ activities and sign ups are done in September and December/January only.
Whether you know very little about art or are a well versed art historian, our Art History/Appreciation Series will open your eyes to things you will never otherwise learn about art and artists, their inspirations and challenges as well as the society and culture of their time. You will develop a new appreciation and understanding of the artwork you see when you visit London galleries and museums and as you travel in Europe and further afield!!
Marcia Page, our expert Art Historian comes with a wealth of knowledge and wonderful perspective that comes from teaching at TASIS for 40 years and leading our AWBS and AWS classes for many years.
Art History/Appreciation meets on Monday mornings from 9:30-12:30 in member’s homes. Mid morning, we have coffee and snacks which we collectively provide.
It is designed as a course rather than individual lectures and the fee is for the entire series. Each series consists of 4 lectures and a field trip.
Enjoy reading and love to discuss books with others? Booked for Lunch meets once a month between September and June. The only requirement is a love of books and a commitment to read the book being discussed. There is no charge and no full year commitment. At the end of our meeting we sit down for a potluck lunch.
Although the southeast is one of the more populous areas of the country, we are just steps away from some of the most stunning scenery in the United Kingdom. Miles of paths criss–cross the landscape, making all areas of this charming country accessible. We typically go on one walk per month, September through May, with two when time allows. Walks are three to six miles on a circular route, and we finish up with lunch at a wonderfully warm (and usually charming and cheerful) pub.
The English History Group provides a forum for AWBS members to learn about the rich history and culture of Britain.
The history talks are given by an award-winning lecturer, Amanda Bryett, who is a registered Blue Badge Guide and an experienced professional speaker. She has an in-depth knowledge of the history of our local area, including the history of Windsor Castle and the British Monarchy.
Each term (autumn and spring) we organise four lectures and a field trip.
Learn to speak French! Are you thinking of travelling to France while you are living in the UK? Do you speak some French and want to improve your skills? Are you a fluent speaker and want to converse with others? Either way, joining an AWBS French class is a great way to improve your language skills, meet new people and have fun. Separate classes are offered to accommodate all skill levels. Typically, classes are held for Beginners and Advanced Beginners (who have had some exposure to French).
Classes are 60 minutes, and are held once per week at the South Ascot home of our instructor Elizabeth Dunning.
England is known for its incredibly lush and vibrant landscapes and gardens. Anyone with an appreciation of natural beauty is welcome to join in - no green thumbs required. Our events are primarily outings to visit various gardens in the Southeast of England. We also welcome any ideas for great gardens to visit.
Ikebana is a totally different way of flower arranging. Learn how to pair unusual flowers, leaves and containers to create an exotic arrangement. Classes are held twice a month at our instructor's home in Ascot.
Visit world famous sites in London as well as in the Berkshire & Surrey areas. Outings are typically within school hours.
Many outings include teas or optional lunches.
LOVE LONDON will feature walking tours followed by lunch once a month in different London neighbourhoods. Sometimes the tour will focus solely on a geographic location, other times it will focus on a particular subject matter within London. The common thread is that it will ALWAYS be in London itself.
The tours will be led by Blue Badge Guides from The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides. These are professional and experienced guides who are extremely knowledgeable and will be able to provide insights into parts of London many of us wouldn't know about! We will also arrange lunch following the walks at a "local favourite" to that particular area.
We hope you can join us!
Have you ever watched people playing Mahjong, and then yearned to join them? Have you ever been battled by the game's rules? Have you ever considered learning to play? If you answered yes to the above questions then join the AWBS Mahjong Group.
Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mahjong uses tiles and is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. It can be easily learned and difficult to master!
We play about every two weeks at the home of one of our members from 10 AM to 12 PM. Coffee and cake are offered.
From expert to novice, all are welcome.
Are you one of those people who have secret stashes of fabric swatches, wools, embroidery silks or half completed projects languishing in a cupboard somewhere? Are you someone who is working on a project and would enjoy a natter while you work? Are you missing doing something with your fingers but just can't think of what to do? Did you always fancy learning to quilt or do cross stitch but never got round to it? We meet at one of our fellow stitchers' houses from 10 to 12 every few weeks.
Italian AWBS member Barbara will share the special, secret side of Italy in one of her two hour seminars to help you plan the perfect trip to Italy.
We are always looking for players to join us for great play, exciting rallies, and lots of laughter. Our 1.5 hour sessions take place on selected Friday mornings at the Surrey County Indoor Tennis Centre located at St. George’s College in near-by Weybridge/Addlestone. We run 1or 2 Intermediate/Advanced courts depending on demand plus a court clinic for Improvers.
Come along to this 8 week drawing course and unlock your inner artist in a relaxed, no pressure environment. Each week we will work on a specific skill such as perspective, proportion, shading and toning using charcoal, graphite and coloured pencils. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or more advanced. Classes will be tailored to both ends of the spectrum. All materials will be supplied and there will be snacks!! 100% of the course fee will be donated to charity.