Speaker, Rick Thompson, is a former journalist and broadcaster and a lifelong birdwatcher. His beautifully written book, A River Avon Year, the subject of his talk, follows ‘Shakespeare’s Avon’ month-by-month, describing the fascinating wildlife, and relating the human dramas that have played out on its banks and changed British history. From its source at Naseby to the Severn at Tewkesbury, the Avon’s riverside towns all have their stories, and some surprises. (A joint event with Evesham Walking Festival).

Tickets: £22.

Two-course lunch is served at 1.00 pm (special diets can be accommodated), but arrive early to get a drink and enjoy the lovely house and gardens. The talk will commence about 2.00 pm.