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Adult Education
Our adult education range of courses, based at our attractive residential centre, provide a wonderful opportunity for those interested in art and history.

Discover Medieval East Anglia

East Anglia has the greatest wealth of medieval buildings of any region in the UK. Our three study tours enable you to step back in time to gain an understanding of the culture that created them. Magnificent cathedrals, tiny chapels, beautiful guildhalls and wool merchants' houses, all have fascinating tales to tell. 


Our study tours are led by art historians Dr Jana Gajdošová  and Dr James Cameron.
  • Medieval Churches, Monasteries & Cathedrals of the Fenlands, with Dr Gajdošová (Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2019)
  • Anglo-Saxon & Norman History & Architecture, with Dr Cameron (Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 July 2019)
  • Medieval Cambridge: History & Architecture, with Dr Cameron (Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 September 2019)
We offer the Friends of the National Churches Trust a discount of 5% from the price of each Discover Medieval East Anglia course.  

Art and Calligraphy

Our residential calligraphy summer school is designed to help learners develop their skills, knowledge and passion for calligraphy, heraldic art and manuscript illumination. 

The calligraphy tutorials are suitable for anyone with some previous experience and practice of various historical hands, e.g. the round hand, formal and cursive italic, and gothic blackletter. No previous experience of heraldic art or manuscript illumination is required.  

The tutor for these courses is artist and calligrapher Gerald Mynott FSSI. 

This is a very popular summer school - book early to avoid disappointment! 
  • Calligraphy, Heraldic Art & Manuscript Illumination (Monday 12 to Sunday 18 August 2019)


"A great course - so good to be able to get away and focus on something in such pleasant environs." Calligraphy

"Quality of food was outstanding." Early Medieval England - Anglo-Saxons

"Excellent facilities. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole time, and meeting like-minded people." Early Medieval England - Anglo-Saxons

"Thank you for a most entertaining, instructive and educational course. We did enjoy ourselves." Early Medieval England - Anglo-Saxons

"Thought the course was very well organised. Jon is excellent and Christine runs the show like clockwork." Medieval Cambridge

"The best course and facilities I've attended!" Calligraphy

"Gerald's energy and enthusiasm is exceptional." Calligraphy

"A warm, welcoming atmosphere - thank you!" Medieval Churches of the Fenlands

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the accommodation like?
We have 28 en-suite bedrooms (single, twin, triple and one disabled access) set across three buildings, many with landscape views. All rooms have a bath and a shower, except the disabled access room which has a shower only. They are cleaned daily and we have complimentary toiletries in each room. Each room also has tea and coffee facilities and a hairdryer. Free Wifi is available throughout the site.

You can read more about accommodation and see photos on our external hire page.
Will I be sharing a room?
Unless you request it you will not have to share a room. We have no single supplement costs.
Are all meals included in the price of the course?
Please read the information on each course to confirm this information. Most courses include dinner, bed and breakfast, all entrance fees and guided tours. Lunches are not generally included in the cost (unless otherwise indicated).
Do we have to drive to different venues ourselves?
Our courses are organised so that we travel in a single group. Villiers Park arrange for transport between venues, entrance fees and scheduling of visits so you don't have to worry about getting lost or arranging visits.

Hiring our venue

Our Cambridge Centre is available to hire for organisations seeking either residential or non-residential facilities to host conferences, training days, meetings or events. We can offer accommodation for up to 44 delegates in peaceful surroundings within easy reach of Cambridge and the major roads and rail services within the region.
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Get in touch

Get in touch

Sarah Lock - Conferences Co-Ordinator
Sarah will be your dedicated events co-ordinator. Please feel free to contact her for further information or to arrange a pre-booking visit. 

Contact Sarah

01223 872601
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