The Honiton Society is a registered charity (registered charity number 1111757) run by an enthusiastic and lively team.  At our heart is the Lectures Programme with lectures held on the second Tuesday of the month from October to June at The Beehive Community Complex in Dowell Street.  Our lectures are chosen to cover all aspects of the arts and are given by carefully selected lecturers chosen for their expertise and presentation ability.

We also organize a number of social functions and arrange outings to places of historic and artistic interest.  We encourage an appreciation of art in young people by supporting a number of Young Arts initiatives. We do not organize our own study days but support those arranged by the South West Area organization on behalf of 24 Arts Society local societies in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

People join The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) for a variety of reasons; to further their interest in the decorative and fine arts, to increase their knowledge, or to take an active role in the promotion and preservation of our artistic heritage.  Joining a local society is not just a great way to learn - it's also a fun way of making new and lasting friendships.  Details of how to join the Honiton Society can be found on the Joining Us page.

The painting of Honiton High Street used in the banner at the top of this page is used by kind permission of local artist, Sally Boom.

Chairman's Comments

Welcome to our website.  We have two aims: to interest as many new members as possible and to ensure that it provides useful information for current members.  We have tried to keep the website as compact as possible, reflecting what we, as a society, are doing.  So, if you are interested in the arts, like our programme, and would like to learn more in a friendly environment, please come and see us at one of our lecture meetings.  We can guarantee you a warm welcome and look forward to seeing you there.

Lady Anne Boles, Chairman

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News & Events -

At the AGM in Birmingham it was agreed NADFAS would now operate under the new name of "THE ARTS SOCIETY" 

We are always keen to welcome new members - a membership application form can be downloaded from the 'About us' section in the documents section or from the 'Joining us' area.

‘Adventures in Three Dimensions – 20th-century sculpture in Britain’
Tuesday 14 November 2017 - stimulating and well structured lecture. Dr Hopkins has kindly provided notes about her lecture together with the locations of the various sculptures for further exploration, there is also a list of her slides. These can be seen by going to the LECTURES SECTION and clicking on the PREVIOUS LECTURES button.


*Dates for your diary*

Thursday 21st June - Visit to Maunsel House and Gardens, Nr North Petherton, Somerset

Thursday 26th July - Visit to Orchard Wyndham House & Bakelite Museum

 - see Visits section.

Thursday, 12th July  7-9 p.m.


Members may bring husband/wife and friends (numbers permitting).  The cost for this evening will be £18 per person.  Please reply by 28th June 2018 to Mrs J Sherwood, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope if you require directions.   Please make cheques payable to Honiton DFAS.

  • Also see visits section for details of a 4 day trip to Surrey in SEPTEMBER 2018
  • Dartington Hall -  South West Super-Plus Study Day to celebrate 50 years since the formation of NADFAS - now The Arts Society. 18th and 19th July 2018