Saturday, 13 July 2013

Join Me on a Pilgrimage!

It's just so hot outside this weekend, I thought I'd bring you a couple of items of Pre-Raphaelite news you can get involved in.  Today's news is about a rather splendid early autumn jolly...

Those lovely people at the National Trust Red House have got together with Curiocity: London Unfolded and created a 13 mile pilgrimage through London, from the historic George Inn at London Bridge all the way to the Arts and Craft shrine that is William Morris' home, the Red House.

The pilgrimage can be done on foot, by bike or on public transport, and it weaves through the glorious green spaces of south-east London, past the wharves of Deptford, the Old Royal Naval College and the ancient oaks of Oxleas Wood.  The pilgrimage concludes in the walled garden at the Red House for a Pilgrim's Party with live folk music from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, guest speakers, a hog roast and local ales.

Pilgrims arrive at The George Inn between 9 and 11am (arrive nice and early if you are walking) and will be issued with a Pilgrims Passport, a route map and a free download of the audioguide for your smartphone (which means I have to learn to use mine). The audioguide has contributions from a wide range of experts including the writer Robert Macfarlane, Anna Mason of the William Morris Gallery, Helen Elletson of the William Morris Society, Chaucer experts Professor Helen Cooper and Professor Barry Windeatt and many more.

Wombats are welcome, I'm going in costume, and there is even a discount rate for redheads, so what more reason do you need?  I'll see you there...

Pre-Raphaelite Pilgrimage
in collaboration with Curiocity
Saturday 7 September 2013
Start: George Inn, Borough High St, 9-11am
Finish: Red House, Bexleyheath, 5-9pm
£20 adult; £16 red heads, NT members and concessions; £14 child; £60 family of four

The Facebook Event Page is here.
Book tickets here

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