Royson Pike Lecture Series

An excellent series of lectures Organised by Elmbridge Borough Council, covering a wide range of topics

A Taste Of Cornwall
Lecture by Keith Holmes
Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Venue: The Riverhouse Arts Centre,
Surrey KT12 2PF
Lecture Start Time: 7.30pm
A Taste of Cornwall - Lecture at Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames
Cornwall’s coastline attracts millions of visitors each year. Whilst tourism is now a mainstay in the county’s economy, for generations of Cornish people it was mining, fishing and agriculture that provided a living. Recently, there’s been a new dimension to Cornwall’s economy with fine restaurants serving locally sourced food and drink for the discerning diner.

From the towering cliffs and surf of the north coast to the pretty coves and harbours in the south, this talk makes an epicurean journey through England’s most westerly county. There’s the award winning vineyard in the Camel valley and the Tregothnan estate, the only place in England to grow tea commercially.

Take delight in the magical Lost Gardens of Heligan where the productive gardens are still worked in a time-honoured way, see how pasties are made on the Lizard and finally visit the fishing village of Portloe for a cream tea. There’s lots of history along the way.

Keith Holmes is a speaker and photographer based in Derbyshire who presents a series of talks on England and Italy to societies throughout England

Padstow Cornwall - Great Holiday destination with great local beaches and food

About The Royson Pike Lecture Series

Edgar Royston Pike, formerly Chairman of the Esher Council, introduced the ‘Esher Library Lectures’ in the late sixties. In 1974, Elmbridge Borough Council changed the title of these lectures to the ‘Royston Pike Lectures’ in appreciation of his 20 years’ work on the Library Committee.
Now in their 42nd year the Royston Pike Lecture Series continues to attract audiences with its eclectic mix of subjects and speakers and the current series hopes to continue on the legacy set by its founder. This season will see the lectures held in several new Elmbridge venues as well as some old familiar ones.

Programme of lectures
  • Thursday 17 November, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames.
    The Tragedy of Pompeii: Living with Volcanoes by David Edwards     

  • Wednesday 14 December, 1.30pm
    St James’ Church Hall, Weybridge
    It’s a Wonderful Life 70th Anniversary by Pete Allen       

  • Friday 13 January, 7.30pm
    King George’s Hall, Esher
    Fashion and Folly by Jane Lewis     

  • Wednesday 22 February, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
    A Taste of Cornwall by Keith Holmes           

  • Wednesday 29 March, 7.30pm
    Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames
    Black Pond by Jessica Sarah Rinland and Dave Page        

  • Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
    ‘The Life Story of Mandy Rice Davies’ by Terry Johnson

Most of the lectures will start at 7.30pm but this series also includes 2 afternoon lectures at 1.30pm.

For further information, contact Elmbridge Borough Council's Leisure & Cultural Services team.
Phone: 01372 474 568
or email
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