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Programme for 2018

A programme of days throughout the summer when we meet up to paint and draw at various venues. This year we have a mix of new and those that proved popular last year to visit.

These are an opportunity to paint and sketch with like-minded souls. You can wander off on your own or join with friends and colleagues to find the view that inspires you, or both! 

We like to meet up at the end of the day and share our results, but the day is totally unstructured, mix and mingle as you want. All members and friends are welcome; there is no RGA charge. You are responsible f for individual expenses such as admission fees and parking if applicable and refreshments as you require.

Please bring along your own outdoor painting and drawing equipment. It is a good idea to bring your own refreshments.

If you are interested in coming please phone Karen on 07709895274 or Nina on 07500543256 to let them know, leave a message if there is no answer and we will get back to you with directions and meeting arrangements for the beginning of the day. If you just want more information you can email publicity@rga-artists.org.uk

Sat 28th April
Monks Pond Cottage

Monks Alley, Binfield RG42 5PA

10.30am – 4pm

There is a magical walled garden and pond area, loo access and an accessible kitchen. The garden is very relaxed, with lots of features and seating areas, including a couple of garden structures which could provide shelter if it rains. I have attached some photos from the autumn. We shall need to bring a packed lunch, although there will be tea and coffee.
There are 4 parking spaces outside the house itself and more at a field opposite which is owned by a neighbour which will be mown and made ready. Parking will be sign posted.


Thu 7th June
Dinton Pastures

Davis Street, Hurst, Wokingham RG10 0TH

10.30am – 4pm

A mix of lakes and woodland walks, there is also the Dragon café, and picnic areas if you want to bring your own refreshments.

There is a Parking charge of £6 per day.

Directions: By car: From junction 10 M4, take the A329(M) towards Reading. After one mile follow signs to Winnersh on the A329. After just over a mile turn left at Winnersh crossroads onto the B3030 to Twyford. The park is sign-posted on the left after one mile. ww.dintonpastures.co.uk


Sat 14th July
Holybrook Linear Park

Beansheaf Community Centre, Calcot, Reading RG31 7AW

10:30am – 4pm

A beautiful green space in Calcot with woodland, river basin and meadow grassland as well as play areas. We will meet at the Beansheaf Community Centre. More details on facilities to follow.


Saturday 11th August
Shiplake Church

Church Lane, Shiplake, Oxfordshire, RG9 4BS

10:30am – 4pm

A popular venue, with views over the Thames. Shiplake Church dates from 1229 and overlooks the Thames on a chalk escarpment, a short walk from the Thames Path.

It is advisable to bring lunch and refreshments. Although the pub is good for a light lunch, coffee and the loo, for those who choose to paint by the river or cornfield it's a bit of a walk back.

Directions: Coming from Reading on the A4155 into Shiplake turn right into a lane opposite the pub and speed camera. This is just before Shiplake College, and is marked Shiplake Church. There is a car park at the start of the lane, and limited spaces down by the church.


Sat 29th September
Harris Gardens

Reading University, Pepper Lane, RG6 6UR

10.30am – 4pm

Another popular venue with rare trees, shrubs, borders streams and pools set in the grounds of Reading University. Use the Pepper Lane entrance then carpark 13. For more information on the garden visit www.friendsoftheharrisgarden.org.uk/index.html

There are refreshments and loos available on the campus, although you may wish to bring a packed lunch.


Here's some work produced at last years Summer Painting Days...

Mapledurham Mapledurham


Shiplake Shiplake

Shiplake Shiplake

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Harris garden

Harris garden


Harris garden

Dinton Pastures

Dinton Pastures Dinton Pastures







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