Welcome to Colchester Decorative

& Fine Arts Society's website

Our objective is to enhance our membership's appreciation of our artistic and cultural heritage, both national and international, in the lively company of others with similar interests. We hold ten monthly lectures, from October through to July. These are on a diverse range of arts related topics through which we aim to expand our knowledge of areas not always encountered. In addition there are extended Study Days, where there will be four to six lectures covering a given subject in much greater depth.

CDFAS is part of the Essex Area of NADFAS. Visit their website to find out about area study days, or lectures, visits and events at neighbouring societies.

For more details about what we have to offer, please browse the pages of this website.

Banner images reproduced by kind permission of the Yale Center for British Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Colchester Borough Council


Please note that due to building works at Christ Church there will be no refreshments available at the July lecture. Disabled access will be through the doors on the right hand side, as the side door on the left will be closed, as will the pathway to the side.  Members should check in as usual and proceed to the stairs down to the lecture hall.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but this is beyond our control. The builders have given assurances that there will be no noise during the lectures.

Booking for the visit to Holkham Hall on 18 July 2017 is now open.  Booking forms can be obtained before the lecture in July. Alternatively, please see the Visits page for downloads. 

Booking for the forthcoming trip on  September to Christchurch Mansion and the Gardens of