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.

We usually offer two one-day visits each year to places of interest to members and a longer visit of several days. Our most recent four day visit in October 2021 was to the south of England and took in a performance at Glyndebourne of the Donizetti opera Don Pasquale.  Sadly it was not possible to arrange such a trip for 2023. The dates and venues of the day visits for 2023 - 2024 will be announced later in the year. 

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 various volunteering sections 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


The Society is currently 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 is £52 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.