The Arts Society Dukeries

by | 28 November 2022 | Art, Hobbies, Sherwood

The Arts Society Dukeries’ last lecture of the year, on Wednesday 7th December, is ‘Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames’ by Nicholas Reed.

There were four major Frost Fairs held on the Thames between 1621 and 1814. They were depicted by distinguished foreign and British artists, sketched in prints and drawings, and described in great detail. They are also depicted in a modern mural and described in a modern novel.

A wide variety of remarkable, enjoyable or scandalous activities went on at the Fairs. Various winter sports were arranged, after which one could eat or drink at coffee-houses or taverns set up on the ice. Bonfires were lit on the Thames to roast meat, souvenir leaflets were printed and a rich variety of Christmas food was on offer. Now that Somerset House holds skating events in the quadrangle every Christmas, a look at previous Frost Fairs gives an interesting glimpse of one of the most dramatic events witnessed by our ancestors.

As this is the last Lecture Meeting before Christmas, there will be mince pies and a Christmas Raffle. Talks will start again on Wednesday 1st February.

If you are interested in the arts in all forms, go along to a lecture and find out more. Members of the Society also enjoy two extra Special Interest Days, newsletters, a national magazine, a coach holiday and days out to local places of interest.
The Society meets at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP. Tea and coffee are available from 10.00am, ready to start by 11.00am and lasting for approximately one hour. Free car parking is available. The cost of the lecture is £7.00, or an annual membership subscription is available.

For further information please phone Gill on 01909 540506 or email Gordon at, or visit