Summer Programme 2019:  Our summer programme is in the course of being finalised. We have a visit booked to Westwell Garden, near Burford on June 27th. This is one of the most beautiful gardens in Gloucestershire and rarely open to the public.

Visits are also being arranged to Kings Cross to see the striking new canalside development with its amazing modern architecture and Llanthony Priory Seconda at Gloucester, recently restored to a very high standard while Tim Mars Is planning another of his legendary trips to Newport. And there is more in the pipeline awaiting final confirmation including our entry for Heritage Open Day.

Events Diary: We have talks throughout the year, supplemented by visits in summer and a special Christmas event each winter. Many of our visits are to buildings not otherwise open to the public. Note that the default Diary only shows future events – for previous events follow the links lower down the page.  If few or no events are listed below it will be because we are finalising the new season’s programme (see notes above).

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Milton Keynes at 50: From monorail metropolis to Little-Los-Angeles-in-Bucks

September 23, 2017

A tour of Little-Los-Angeles-in-Bucks on the 50th anniversary of its designation as a new town—led by Tim Mars.

Tim first encountered MK in the 1970s and was so unexpectedly intrigued and beguiled that he finally took the plunge and moved there with his family in the mid-1980s. He has watched this unique and strange ‘non-place urban realm’ grow and evolve almost from the beginning—when there was very little of it there—both as a fascinated spectator and as a resident.

The Dictionary of Urbanism describes Tim as a ‘sceptical enthusiast for Milton Keynes’.

Tim has written a full description of the trip – available as a pdf document by clicking HERE.  A booking form is now available by clicking HERE.

Coach departs Stroud Leisure Centre at 8:30am, returning 8pm. The coach has a toilet, but we will have a short pitstop for coffee en route. The coach will always be on hand for who can’t or don’t want to come on the walking parts of the tour.


September 23, 2017


Stroud Civic Society


Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes, + Google Map