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Canonical explorations in Kent

September 20, 2019 - September 22, 2019

This year for our Autumn weekend excursion we plan to visit the Kent coast.  We will be staying in the Pegwell Bay Hotel overlooking the sea.

It is not only Basil Rathbone’s masterful presentation of the popular British musical hall song “Oh! I do like to be by the seaside!” in the 1939 film classic The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes that draws us to the sea. The county of Kent is extremely rich in Canonical references. Whereas in the past the Society had day trips to look at particular aspects of Sherlock Holmes in Kent (e.g. in 2005 to visit a candidate of Joshia Amberley’s home as reported in “The Adventure of the Retired Colourman”, this year the Society invites members to spend an entire weekend in the popular seaside resort of Pegwell Bay near Ramsgate.

You will be welcome at the Pegwell Bay Hotel from 3pm onwards. There will be a copy of the full programme and local information in your Welcome Packs.  As usual we will start the weekend with a drinks reception at 6.30pm.

The weekend includes full board with breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, Dinner on Friday and Saturday (with after Dinner speakers and activities), a lunch in Whitstable and on Sunday a farewell lunch at the hotel.

On Saturday we will be travelling by coach to Whitstable where after visiting the Community Museum and Gallery (www.whitstablemuseum.org), we have arranged a Peter Cushing tour (including his house on the seafront, his favourite haunts and the Tudor tea room where he could be found on most days.)  The BBC production of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Peter Cushing is considered by many to be the best adaptation of the Hound.

Following lunch we will make our way to the Cotton Powell Museum (www.quexpark.co.uk/museum), and examine the outstanding collection of natural history specimens and cultural objects.  Marcus Geisser will make a short presentation on Explorers in the Canon.

On Sunday we have booked the Ramsgate Croquet Club for a friendly competition supervised by the Club Members.  For the more energetic there is an opportunity for a walk along the coastal path or a visit to a local Country Park with a replica Viking Ship.

This will be a real seaside adventure – bring your buckets and spades and cross you fingers for sunshine. The price for the weekend will be £265.00 ($400.00) per person (as usual there is no single supplement). If you would like to join us please complete the attached form and return it to Judi Ellis by the end of June.

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September 20, 2019
September 22, 2019
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