The Arts Society Bowdon was established in 1981. It is a friendly and welcoming society affiliated to The Arts Society a leading arts education charity with a global network of local Societies which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

We offer illustrated talks given by lecturers of national and international standing on a wide variety of subjects related to the arts, with an emphasis on fine art.

We host one or two Guest Events each year which in recent years they have taken the form of a special Society lunch and lecture and these have proved popular with the members and their guests.

When circumstances allow, we offer two one-day visits each year to places of interest to members and a longer visit of several days for example in October 2021 we went to the south of England and took in a performance at Glyndebourne. Please keep an eye on this page and our trips page for details of this year's trip(s). 

Our volunteers undertakes various projects in the local community such as restoration work on the library at Tabley House and church recording at Hale Chapel and St. James’ Church, Gatley. We also sponsor educational work in local schools and colleges. One of our recent projects has been a Heritage Trail of Bowdon and we expect to establish more trails in the local area in the coming years.  You can see more about the Society’s activities in the volunteering section of this site. 


Non-members are welcome to join us as a guest at a charge of £10 which we will refund should you decide to become a member. Please let us know you’re coming by emailing so that we can manage the numbers. 


Meeting Times

13.45 on the 3rd Monday of the month

from September to June


The Bowdon Rooms

The Firs

United Kingdom

WA14 2TQ

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We are now taking bookings for our trip to Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral, owned by the University of Liverpool.

The trip will be on Wednesday 27th June. Tickets are £32 and will include transport to and from the gardens, entry and a guided tour. 

Refreshments are available at Ness Gardens, but as they do not take bookings, everyone will be responsible for their own eating arrangements.

We have already collected a list of interested members and further tickets will be available at the May meeting. If you are interested in joining us, please email Hilary Forrest, our Visits Secretary as soon as possible at

Please print and complete the form below for the trip and either send to the address on the form or bring it with payment to the next meeting. 

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The Society is welcoming new members. If you would like to become a member or would like more information about joining, please contact our Membership Secretary by email at or phone 0161 282 6209. 

The Membership Fee for the year 2024/25 is £65 per person.

The new member and renewal forms can be found in the forms section of this website.


Members interested in helping to run our society are warmly invited to make themselves known to any committee member.