5 June, 2–5pm
River Waveney Trust
(Field visit, Bungay, Suffolk)
An opportunity to spend a summer afternoon learning about the geomorphology and biodiversity of the River Waveney and its valley. An introductory talk by Geoff Doggett will be followed by a guided nature walk and a sumptuous afternoon tea.
Meeting place: River Waveney Study Centre, Bungay. Advance booking required. Tickets: £7 (includes tea and donation). For full information please visit www.rgs.org/eastanglia
6 & 7 June
To the ends of the Earth
(Lectures, Durham, Hull)
Record-breaking British polar explorer, campaigner and author Adrian Hayes details his conquering of the mountains, ice caps, deserts, jungles and seas of the world.
Venues: Durham University and University of Hull. Places: £3 on the door (RGS-IBG members and students free). For full information please visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast
11 June, 11am–5pm
Exploring Capability Brown’s landscape at Croome
(Guided walk, Worcester)
Join Croome’s Park and Gardens Manager to explore Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission. Brown transformed the landscape into natural looking parkland with elaborate illusions, a style which was later copied at country estates across Europe. Also visit Croome Court and RAF Defford, the WWII airbase, which is now a museum.
Places: £17.30; National Trust members £8. www.rgs.org/midlands
12 June, 10.30am–3pm
Time and tide
(Guided walk, Flint)
The borderline separating North Wales and England is a shifting, transitional place between land and sea. This linear three-mile walk along a section of the new Wales Coast Path will explore how the Dee Estuary was created and how it has evolved over time with the influence of both natural and human processes.
Places: £5. For full information, visit www.rgs.org/cheshireandnorthwales
16 June, 7.30pm
From port to resort: the changing role of small ports in 19th century England
Many of today’s yacht havens and tourist destinations were once thriving commercial ports. Dr Helen Doe shows how and why Whitehaven, Whitby, Fowey, King’s Lynn and Exeter have changed and examines the social and economic impacts.
Venue: Devonport Lecture Theatre, Plymouth University. Places: £5 (donation), RGS-IBG members and students free. www.rgs.org/southwest
22, 28 and 29 June
How to read water: clues, signs and patterns from puddles to the sea
(Lectures, Stamford, Exeter, Brecon)
Join Natural Navigator and bestselling author Tristan Gooley (How to Read Water) to discover the secrets of reading water. A must-see for walkers, sailors, swimmers and everyone interested in the natural world.
Venues: 22 June, Stamford Arts Centre; 28 June, Exeter Phoenix; 29 June Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. For full information please visit www.rgs.org/rtp