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Visits Programme for 2015

For full information go to the Visits page.

Coggeshall Abbey
The visit on Wednesday 15 July 2015 has been cancelled due to low numbers.
Please see the Abbey's website for details of open days.

Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Wednesday 22 July 2015. Cost £40. Booking opens on 14 May. For full details please see Visits page. 
Places are still available


Essex Area has a new website

Essex Area 
Visit it to find out about area study days or lectures or events at neighbouring societies that you may be able to join in as a member of CDFAS

Welcome to Colchester Decorative & Fine Arts Society's website

Colchester DFAS was established in 1982 as an independent society associated with the
National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.

It has about 300 members drawn from all parts of the CO postal area (and in a few cases beyond) and a modest waiting list. The membership year runs from March to February and a prospective member on the waiting list can reasonably hope to be invited to join the Society at the beginning of the following membership year.

The Society's main purpose is to enhance its membership's appreciation of our artistic and cultural heritage, both national and international, in the company of others with similar interests. The core activities of the Society each year consist of 10 monthly lectures, some 4 or 5 day outings to galleries, museums, historic houses and other places of interest and a study course spread over 3 afternoons on consecutive weeks in January.

The Society also seeks to provide support for our local artistic heritage and community, through our  Young Arts project and our Church Recorders.. Volunteer opportunities also exist for our members with collections such as The Victor Batte-Lay Trust collection and The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum.


The NADFAS and Colchester DFAS logos

The NADFAS logo is based on the acanthus leaf and the Colchester DFAS logo is a Royal Worcester Vase designed by Flight and Barr dating from the early 19th century.

On one side of the vase there is a view of Colchester Castle from the North. The vase is on display in Tymperleys in Colchester.