MENU Friends of the Minories

The Friends organise 4 to 5 events each year, mainly visits to places of interest, thereby enabling members and friends to contribute towards the upkeep of the Minories garden with its 18th century Gothic Folly. Both garden and Folly are registered with the Essex Gardens Trust of which the Friends are group members.

Past events have included:

  • Day trips to the National Gallery, the V&A, The Queen’s Gallery, Chartwell House, Somerset House, Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Fitzwilliam and many others.
  • Garden visits to Wyken Hall, Sissinghurst, Mottisfont, Garsington and Hatchlands.
  • Lectures on Michaelangelo, Goya, Velasquez, Vermeer, Bonnard and Monet.
  • Easter markets selling bric-a-brac, books, pictures, preserves, cakes and plants.
  • Glyndebourne Touring opera Productions at Norwich, usually in November.

By joining the Friends you will be part of a socially active and interesting group of members who help to promote the visual arts in your area. No need to participate actively however but your support for the arts lobby is vital. For £10 per annum you will do just that and receive regular news of the above events!