Forthcoming Outings

This Saturday 13 June – Medieval Fair at Faversham by train. If you would like to come along please let me know by e-mail. We will be meeting outside Bromley South Station at 9:45 am to catch the 9:58 train to Faversham. A weekend-long Medieval Fair celebrating Faversham’s involvement in the Magna Carta 800th anniversary.  Held in Faversham’s historic town centre there will be re-enactments, tournaments, birds of prey, battles, plays, a medieval camp, music, dancing, juggling, stalls, food and plenty of hands-on crafts and activities.  The town will come alive with street decorations, period dress and medieval music, market stalls and lovely independent shops and restaurants, with plenty of delicious food and drink. I have not booked anywhere for lunch so by all means bring your own lunch if you wish or we can decide about food when we get there.

Saturday 4 July – River Festival at Chatham by train.  If you would like to come along please let me know by e-mail. Chatham Waterfront is the place to be on 4 July, when yachts and sailing vessels of every kind will join together for the Medway River Festival. There will be river displays and races running all day, along with food stalls, exhibitions and live music. And don’t forget there is also the historic dockyard.

Friday 7 to Monday 10 August – Portsmouth weekend.

If anybody else would like to join us, members or non-members, please let one of the Outings Committee know and we will see if there are any spaces available. More info regarding travel nearer the date.


Things to do this weekend

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight – Saturday 13 June – cost £16.50

The 2015 Festival of Flight will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. RAF Biggin Hill was in the forefront of Britain’s defences during the Summer of 1940, only months earlier the Armies British Expeditionary Force had famously been evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk by the Royal Navy and a flotilla of small ships and merchant vessels, now it was only the Royal Air Force that stood between Britain and Nazi occupation. On the ground a 1940’s village will feature vehicles, re-enactors, entertainers and artifacts of the time both military and civil will give those that attend a true insight into the time when the future of Great Britain was in serious doubt, in the air you will see Spitfires and Hurricanes in a choreographed re-enactment of an aerial engagement.

Open Garden Squares Weekend – Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June – cost £10.0

Feed your curiosity with over 200 gardens to explore in this magical two-day event. Gardens range from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental and can be discovered across 27 London boroughs. The charge of £10 covers a weekend pass to all gardens. Either book in advance, or they are on sale at some of the gardens. Best to check their website for full details (


Photography Exhibitions

Victorian London in Photographs at London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB – Saturday 13 June (see below for all opening dates) – 9:30 am to 4:45 pm – Free

The arrival of photography in London in 1839 would change the way people saw their city, and each other, forever and the collections at LMA (London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB) contain an extraordinary range of images, recording the capital and its people in stunning detail. This exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and Londoners from the era, from the first known photograph of the capital to the opening of Blackwall Tunnel, taking in the Crystal Palace, the first Tube line and life on the city’s streets.

The exhibition is open through the week, and on one Saturday per month (13 June, 11 July, 8 August and 12 September).

London Salon Exhibitionnow on until 19 June in the foyer of the Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

Also in the Gallery at Fairfield Halls a display showing Wonderland, by fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell

Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is also now on.


Iceland Photography Workshop Tour

Rich Dyson, LRPS ( is running a weeklong Photography Workshop Tour to Iceland in October of this year, which will include locations in the West and South of Iceland. The tour costs £1850 which includes flights from the UK, half-board accommodation, transport to all locations and expert tuition from Rich Dyson. The tour will include some less famous locations in Iceland as well as many of the more photographed sites on this wonderful island. He has a very good record in finding aurora locations on their trips to Iceland so hope to leave with some fantastic landscape and lights images. Further details can be found at