We propose this walking tour to follow on from the study day – When Cotton was King – which takes place on April 22. The day will be led by Brian Healey, who combines his Arts Society lecturing with a career as an artist and interior designer.

On this occasion we will not use coach travel. We will travel independently meeting at The John Rylands Library in Deansgate at 10.45am. For those from the Bakewell area I will be catching the 9.29 stopping train from Grindleford arriving at 10.34 at Manchester Piccadilly. There is a choice of trains from Buxton area to Manchester. The day will finish around 5pm.

There is a FREE No.1 bus which departs from Piccadilly forecourt and stops at John Dalton Street – rd the corner from John Rylands Library in Deansgate. We will meet Brian at 10.45 am. We will be able to choose our own lunch also at the library.

There will be quite a lot of walking on this day out.

The price is £15 a head to cover whisper head phones and Brian’s fee. Coffee and lunch are not included and can be purchased independently.

To make a reservation please email your name, address and contact phone number to  We have space for maximum 25 people.

Cheques can be sent to Jennie Ball, The Old Chapel, School Lane, Baslow, DE451RZ.

Cheques made out to Arts Society Cavendish for £15.



We will be taking 30 people to the Bowes Museum and the Auckland Project, including Auckland Castle and Palace.

We will be staying overnight at the Morritt Arms at Greta Bridge which we have used in the past for overnight tours.

The Andrews coach will leave Baslow Village hall at 9.30am prompt on Wednesday March 25th 2020 and drive straight to the Bowes Museum near Barnard Castle Co Durham where we will have lunch.  Then we will have a tour of the Museum and leave late afternoon and drive to our hotel at Greta Bridge.  The rooms are all doubles but we have negotiated a singles price in a double room also. The price includes a drinks reception and dinner for our group in a private room and full breakfast.

We shall leave the hotel on Thursday March 26th immediately after breakfast and aim to get to Auckland Castle and Palace before 10.30.  A tour of the castle and Palace will follow a private talk -finishing the morning with a soup and sandwich lunch in the Old Library especially for us.  We can then tour the Auckland Tower, the mining museum and the rest of Bishop Auckland village in the afternoon.

We will aim to leave at 4pm and should be in Baslow around 6.30pm.

N B  the cost quoted  includes, dinner bed and breakfast.

This trip is now full.