5:40pm Saturday 7th September 2013
By Freya Leng
A DECADE of Farncombe courses on bee-keeping, belly-dancing and even laughter is being celebrated at a special event to mark its 10th anniversary.
The centre for leisure courses at Farncombe Estate, Broadway, is hosting the event on Sunday, September 15, which will feature talks from prominent royal historians as well as a selection of artefacts on display.
Historian and television presenter Kate Williams will lead the day with her talk focusing on the early years of Queen Victoria and the afternoon will feature a special presentation from Victoria McGuinness, of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford.
The day is a celebration of a decade of varied courses such as Jane Austin’s fiction, star-gazing and Bollywood dancing which attract thousands of people from across the world including Saudi Arabia, USA and all over Europe. Debbie Sarjant, marketing manager at Farncombe Estates, said the courses they offer reflect what is popular at the time.
“The very first course we did was ‘Everyone can Sing’ which still run,” she said.
“When we started out we did lots of history courses which we still do and music making.
Each year there’s new courses and we evolve. It’s a fantastic programme of courses. Last year everybody wanted to learn the ukulele.
“About two years ago we introduced cupcake-making and they are very popular.
And there’s all sorts of strange-sounding ones such as Foraying Fungi.
“We are one of the very few thriving life-long learning programmes in the country.”
Guests can choose from two tickets options for the day, Talk and Tea for £25 which includes both talks along with afternoon tea and cake from 3pm or the Full Works for £40 with the added Great British lunch from 1.30pm.
Call 0333 4568580 for details.
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