Festival Programme

Saturday 28th April
Banstead Art Group
Saturday 28th April
Young Musicians' Showcase
Monday 30th April
Chiho Sunamoto - Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club
Tuesday 1st May
Lunchtime Concert - Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux and Thomas Kelly
Wednesday 2nd May
Coach Visit - Abingdon and Oxford River Cruise
Wednesday 2nd May
Vinage Hitchcock - The Gage Players and Banstead Area 3A
Saturday 5th May
May Queen Procession
Saturday 5th May
Tim Vine
Sunday 6th May
Birdwatching at Canons Farm and Banstead Woods
Tuesday 8th May
Lunchtime Concert - Duo Dec & Lajdorf
Tuesday 8th May
Art in the Garden - Banstead Horticultural Society
Wednesday 9th May
Schools' Poetry Competition
Thursday 10th May
Coach Visit - Abingdon and Oxford River Cruise
Friday 11th May
Banstead Local History Detectives - Banstead History Research Group
Saturday 12th May
Walk - Flowers and Butterflies
Saturday 12th May
The Oxford Clerks
Sunday 13th May
Choral Evensong

Box Office (from 31st March 2018)
Banstead Arts Festival Society

Banstead Library, The Horseshoe, Banstead

Where indicated, tickets may be bought on line in addition to at the door


Wednesday 2nd May and Thursday 10th May

Abingdon & The Country Cruise from Oxford
with Banstead Coaches


The day begins and ends in beautiful Abingdon-on-Thames where the medieval buildings drip down into the water - quite unlike any other Thames-side town. A Blue Badge Guide will meet us at 10.30 am in Abingdon, and after our coffee and biscuits will take us on a short but illuminating circular trail, which includes the mighty Benedictine Abbey [specially opened for us], the Guildhall designed by Sir Christopher Wren and a selection of no less than 200 listed buildings.

After lunch in an attractive coaching inn, a short countryside drive takes us to Folly Bridge in Oxford, where we board a converted Edwardian steamboat - complete with glorious open deck as well as a cabin [just in case the weather lets us down] - for a pleasant two-hour cruise downstream. We first pass beautiful Christ Church Meadow, along the famous University Regatta rowing course and then move out beyond Iffley Lock into open countryside. Here we see Sandford Lock, the deepest on the Thames, and pass magnificent Nuneham House. Eventually we disembark at Abingdon where the coach will be ready to take us home at 4.45 pm.


Meet at 8.30 am outside Banstead Library in the Horseshoe, returning from Abingdon at 4.45 pm, to arrive back in Banstead at about 6.45 pm.


The cost will be £54.50 per person. This covers coach travel, services of Blue Badge Guide throughout the day, entry to Abingdon Abbey, morning coffee & biscuits, two-course lunch, two-hour river cruise and gratuities for coach driver.

Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please apply as soon as possible with a stamped addressed envelope for your tickets.

Download an application form here

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