The Honiton Society is a registered charity (registered charity number 1111757) run by an enthusiastic and lively team.  At our heart is the Lectures Programme with lectures held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 2pm, from October to June at The Beehive, Dowell Street,Honiton,EX14 1LZ.  

Our lectures are chosen to cover all aspects of the arts and are given by carefully selected lecturers chosen for their expertise and presentation ability.

We also organize a number of social functions and arrange outings to places of historic and artistic interest.  We encourage an appreciation of art in young people by supporting a number of Young Arts initiatives. We do not organize our own study days but support those arranged by the South West Area organization on behalf of 24 Arts Society local societies in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

People join The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) for a variety of reasons; to further their interest in the decorative and fine arts, to increase their knowledge, or to take an active role in the promotion and preservation of our artistic heritage.  Joining a local society is not just a great way to learn - it's also a fun way of making new and lasting friendships.  Details of how to join the Honiton Society can be found on the Joining Us page.

The painting of Honiton High Street used in the banner at the top of this page is used by kind permission of local artist, Sally Boom.

Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to our website.  We have two aims: to interest as many new members as possible and to ensure that it provides useful information for current members.  We have tried to keep the website as compact as possible, reflecting what we, as a society, are doing.  So, if you are interested in the arts, like our programme, and would like to learn more in a friendly environment, please come and see us at one of our lecture meetings.  We can guarantee you a warm welcome and look forward to seeing you there.

Lady Anne Boles, Chairman

Please note that our new email address is

News & Events

Whilst we are unable to have our monthly lectures there are plenty of online resources from art galleries and institutions from around the world. Kevin Mc Carthy of Airedale solutions and who designed this website has gathered them together and posted them on The Arts Society East Surrey Area website, just click on the link. Thank you Kevin.

Sadly the April, May and June lectures together with the 'Antiques Evening' at Chilcott's auctioneers on Wednesday 1st April have all had to be CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope to be able to arrange another antiques evening in the future and have arranged for the lecturers to come to us next year.

The trip to Sicily has had to be postponed until 16th October. It will have the same itinerary, further details from Liz Gray,  ( 

Liz is also organising a trip to Glyndebourne, please click for full details, to see the 'Magic Flute' starting on October 9th. The tour includes 
• Folkington Manor – guided tour with included tea & coffee
• Brighton Pavilion – guided tour
• Charleston House – guided tour
• Lewes
You will stay two nights at the 4* Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne ( Dinner is included at the hotel on the first evening, and there will be a carvery dinner at Glyndebourne before the opera on Day 2.

We are always keen to welcome new members - Click here for a membership application form  


Lady Anne Boles recently presented awards to pupils from Honiton Community College - we are pleased to sponsor the project run by The Thelma Hulbert Gallery as part of our Young Arts work.