CGA events have been held regularly for more than one-hundred years. Today the nationwide array of events includes private openings of stately homes, golf days, wine tastings, race days, financial seminars, country fairs and straight forward social gatherings. We always look forward to welcoming members to these carefully organised occasions and members are welcome to bring guests to the vast majority of events.
To book, or for more details, please contact Sylvia Cotterill, CGA Events Organiser, by telephoning: 01763 288 277 or by writing to Garden House, Rushden, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0SZ
Cancellations: will be refunded only up to two weeks before any day event (conditions apply)
Lloyd’s of London, 1 Lime Street, London
Monday 19th March 2018
Start Time 11:30am
Private guided tour followed by luncheon
The internationally renowned Lloyd’s building was designed by the architect Richard Rogers and took eight years to build, opening in 1986. 33,510 cubic metres of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass were used during the construction. This is a unique opportunity to view this historic building, as it is not normally open to the public. A limited number of places are available. Please apply early in order to avoid disappointment.
The Worshipful Company of Grocers, Grocers Hall, Princes Street, London
Monday 9th April 2018
Start Time 11:00am
Private guided tour and luncheon
The Grocers’ Hall is home to the Worshipful Company of Grocers, which ranks second in order of precedence of the livery companies in the City of London. On the night of 22 September 1965, the fourth hall, built in 1890, was almost completely destroyed by fire. The court decided to build a new hall on the same site, incorporating part of the surviving façade. The fifth hall (the architects of which were Beard, Barrett and Wilkins, the interior decoration being designed by Colefax and Fowler) was opened in 1970. Thus a new hall was established, the fifth on the present site since it was first acquired in 1427.
Queen’s House, Admiral’s House and the Victorian Skittle Alley, Greenwich
Monday 14th May 2018
Start Time 10:00am
Guided tours of these magnificent buildings followed by luncheon.
After major restoration, the Queen’s House reopened in 2016. This 17th-century Inigo Jones architectural masterpiece was commissioned for Anne of Denmark, the wife of James I, and has 22 rooms filled with great art and paintings by some of Britain’s greatest masters. Our private viewings of the Admiral’s House, one of the oldest buildings at the Old Royal Naval College, and the Victorian Skittle Alley, will be equally impressive.
Sunday 24th June 2018
Duration 2 night stay
Cost £460 pp
CGA Exclusive Members’ Break – Sunday 24 until Tuesday 26 June 2018
Enjoy a luxurious break in Lavenham with a two-night stay at The Swan, including a tour of the fine art collection and treasures of Euston Hall and Layer Marney Tower – a Tudor palace
In the heart of Suffolk you’ll find some of Britain’s prettiest villages and towns. One is Lavenham, built by wealthy wool merchants of Tudor times. This old wool-trading town has over 320 buildings of historic interest, including the Guildhall of Corpus Christi, one of the finest timber-framed properties in Britain.
CGA members will stay for two nights at The Swan, a stunning four-star hotel with 45 perfectly appointed bedrooms, each with all the little luxuries you would expect. Each room is slightly different to the next, making them totally charming, comfortable and individual. An inn has stood on the site of the hotel since the 15th century and today, this sprawling half-timbered building is the perfect base from which to explore Lavenham and the surrounding area. One of the hotel’s most stunning rooms is its Gallery Restaurant, complete with wooden beams and minstrels’ gallery.
After making your own way to the hotel on Sunday, meet fellow members and your CGA host and professional guide for a welcome drink before dinner. You can check into the hotel from 3pm.
After a leisurely breakfast on Monday morning, we will explore Lavenham’s rich history as a centre of industry for clothmaking before a tour of the Guildhall and its museum. Afterwards, there will be some free time to enjoy the wonderful selection of shops, cafes and restaurants in Lavenham before we drive to Layer Marney Tower. Here, we will meet the owners for a guided tour, which will include areas of the house not usually open to the public. While Layer Marney Tower retains its Tudor façade, the inside has been adapted for 21st-century living. The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design, and the extravagant use of glass, diaper patterns in the brickwork and its commanding height add to its grandeur and importance. For wonderful views down onto the Blackwater estuary, you can ascend the many steps to the top of the Tower. However, it is a very gentle climb with plenty of interesting stopping-off points on the way. The formal gardens are pretty and colourful throughout the year. We will then return to the hotel for a leisurely evening and dinner.
After breakfast on Tuesday, we’ll take a drive to Euston Hall near Thetford for a guided tour. Euston Hall is home to the Duke and Duchess of Grafton, and we can view their unique collection of paintings of the Court of Charles II, including works by Van Dyck and Lely. This stately home has a rich history, which is reflected by the many treasures and artefacts within its walls. Finally, we’ll enjoy a two-course luncheon locally (included) before returning to Lavenham at approximately 3pm.
Cost: per person £460 Single occupancy supplement £160
Deposit: £120 per person Final balance due by 15th April 2018
Includes: Two nights’ en-suite accommodation at The Swan at Lavenham, full English breakfast, porterage and three-course choice dinner with coffee each evening. Executive coaching, professional guide, all private/exclusive tours as indicated and a two-course luncheon on Tuesday. All rooms have bath and shower over. Extra night rates available on request via CGA Events and subject to availability.