Calendar 2017

Here are my main talks and tours for 2017. Something special for every pocket!

8 April: Five Oxfordshire Churches. A hand–picked selection, each delectable, and taking us chronologically through from Romanesque to Perpendicular. Includes such classics as Iffley and Ewelme. £40; we will travel in convoy. Contact me in the first instance:

19-27 April: Cathedrals of England. Martin Randall Travel. From Ely to Winchester via Durham and Wells (just a taster of the fuller itinerary) a selection of the finest buildings anywhere; with fine dining and delectable hotels thrown in. The tour is being repeated in the autumn. £2610. Contact

19-21 May: Medieval Churches, Monasteries & Cathedrals of the Fenlands. Villiers Park Educational Trust. An introduction to medieval churches, an exploration of a fascinating and distinctive landscape, and an itinerary including some of the most celebrated churches in England (from Ely cathedral to Walpole St Peter). Good food and accommodation, too. £390. Contact

21-23 May: Anglo-Saxon and Norman History & Architecture. Discover the remarkable and lost world of Anglo-Saxon art and architecture, visiting a selection of the very few well-preserved buildings from this distant era — and also witnessing the extraordinary transformation wrought by the Norman Conquest. Includes St Alban’s, Brixworth, and more. Good food and accommodation. £390. Contact

1 July: St Mary Redcliffe. A dayschool on Bristol’s most celebrated parish church, run in conjunction with M-Shed. Price TBC; contact me for further details.
15 July: Lincoln Cathedral and More. An in-depth look at Lincoln cathedral (popping into Stow Minster first) for an overview of the very best in English architecture from the Saxon era to the Reformation. All are welcome. The group will organise its own travel and accommodation, but we hope to eat together; I am also considering a more informal scout round some exceptional churches on 9 July for those who are staying on. Day one, £45 a head; day two, £30. Contact me in the first instance:
5-18 Sept: Essential China. Does what it says on the tin: Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai and more. With thirty years’ experience of moving between this culture and my own, it is a pleasure to translate to others what I have long been translating in my head. Martin Randall Travel.  £6320. Contact
7 October: Worcester Cathedral and Pershore Abbey. Two great Worcestershire churches, including an in-depth look at this great cathedral. £40; we will travel in convoy. Contact me in the first instance:
18-26 Oct: Cathedrals of England. Martin Randall Travel. Second departure. From Ely to Winchester via Durham and Wells (just a taster of the fuller itinerary) a selection of the finest buildings anywhere; with fine dining and delectable hotels thrown in. £2,610: contact

I am also teaching a course on medieval architecture at Oxford University Summer School for Adults (31 July- 8 August), and giving lectures and dayschools, mostly to NADFAS groups, in Spain, Derbyshire, Shrewsbury, the Cotswolds, Hampshire, Rutland, Ripon and Ross-on Wye. Contact me if you would like to attend one of these talks, or arrange a private tour of your own.

  1. March 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    The ‘calendar’ page under the ‘talks and tours’ tab is currently up to date; I do not know what will be happening at Bristol next year, I’m afraid.

  2. kathryn trobe
    January 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Could you give me some detail about the March Wiltshire churches event, please.

    • January 2, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Of course, and thank you for your interest. The tour is a two-dayer: on day one we will see Anglo-Saxon at St Laurence, Bradford-upon-Avon; Romanesque at St John’s, Devizes; Early English at Bishop’s Cannings and (if time) Potterne. The following day we will visit Urchfont for Decorated, Edington for Decorated/Perpendicular, and Steeple Ashton for Perpendicular. If we don’t get to Potterne on day one we will go there on day two. Of course at each place we will look round the entire church, but the attraction of the sequence is the chance to see a memorable example of each style, and to see them in chronological order. The days will run from 10.30am (about) 4.30pm, with about an hour’s lunchbreak. Donations to each church are included, but all other logistics – transport, refreshments, etc – are down to participants. Parking information and driving routes will be provided in advance. I should add that dates are yet to be set in stone for this one: it could be the previous weekend (I am working on resolving this as we speak); and I should apologise as the web page is a little unclear: it should read £35 *per day*. I’ve just edited the page to reflect this. If you are interested in coming along give me your email address and we can take things forward that way.

  3. erin bland
    November 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Info re: 2017 talks, tours. please.

    • November 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Indeed! We are just working to firm up two dates for next year. Hope to publish in next couple of weeks. If you’d like me to add you to my mailing list so you get an email when the announcement is made, do say.

  4. Michael Blatt
    December 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Hello Mr. Jon Cannon,Dear Sir, I just checked if it would be possible to join you in spring 2017 to do the MARTIN RANDALL tour.It will not be possible because of several reasons and I´m very, very sorry because of that.My fascination for English Cathedrals startet last year on a first visit on the island.A longer study of Gloucester (3 Choirs Festival 2016), short visits of Hereford, Tewkesbury and a guided tour in Worcester. We, my wife and me are thus seized by the atmosphere, the history and the spirituality of those incredible wonders of the world..if it would be possible I could visit this festival every year or second option: Visit more of the sacred places in your country. Maybe our budget would be sufficient for a guided tour in Wiltshire with you. Could you advise me how to reach the goal I´m dreaming of? I´m studying your magnificent book about Great English Cathedrals…
    It would be a great pleasure to learn more and more and to feel the distinctive unforgettable atmosphere again…
    Michael Blatt from Germany

  1. January 15, 2012 at 7:32 am

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