Events


The Society provides a programme of monthly talks and other meetings thoughout the year. Meetings start at 7.30pm on the second Thursday in the month (unless otherwise stated), and take place in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall or the Royal Wells Hotel.

Non-members welcome. Entrance to the Town Hall is via the main door. If you are late and find that it is locked, please ring the bell and wait to be admitted.

Programme for 2019

  • 14th March in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.30pm
    'Britain with Betjeman' - presented by John Vigar who is an architectural historian by profession, specialising in ecclesiastical architecture of which John Betjeman was such a protagonist. He was personally encouraged early in his career by Betjeman, a popular but controversial figure who made the unpopular fashionable and who was a pioneer in the subject of the sociological impact of buildings. This illustrated lecture introduces us to Betjeman’s architectural writings and opinions, discussing the history of the buildings he used as examples and exploring structures as diverse as churches, houses and pleasure piers.


  • 11th April in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 7.30pm
    'Knole Revealed: Archaeology and Discovery, 2011-18' - Nathalie Cohen returns with a lively report on the continuing project at this popular local National Trust property.


  • 9th May in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 7.30pm
    'The Arts & Crafts Movement and its Gardens' - Stephen Harmer from Plumpton College focuses on a lesser known aspect of this movement best known for innovation in the decorative and fine arts.


  • 13th June in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 7.30pm
    'An Introduction to Art Nouveau Architecture' - Ian Gledhill returns with a well illustrated consideration of the astonishing flowering of the architectural style that flourished briefly around 1900, particularly in Belgium and France.


  • July
    Garden Party - at a venue and on a Saturday to be arranged.


  • 12th September in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.30pm
    The Local History Group presents its most recent work.


  • Friday 13th September to Sunday 22nd September
    Heritage Open Days in and around Tunbridge Wells.


  • 10th October in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 7.30pm
    Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society Awards Evening - presenter to be announced.


  • 10th November - 10.30 at the War Memorial
    Remembrance Sunday - members are invited to attend the parade in Civic Way.


  • 14th November in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.30pm
    Annual General Meeting followed by an open forum for members.


  • 12th December in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.15pm
    'Shopping through the Ages in England' - Gilly Halcrow’s light-hearted review takes us all the way from medieval guilds and pedlars to the first supermarkets.

    As this is the Christmas meeting refreshments of coffee and mince pies will be provided beforehand.



The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society - Registered Charity No. 276545