The Arts Society Test Valley (formerly Test Valley DFAS) was founded in 1971, with its first meeting in the village of Wherwell in March of that year. Test Valley was the 31st Decorative and Fine Arts Society to be created in Britain. There are now 385 societies worldwide, all under the umbrella of The Arts Society (previously NADFAS).

The society meets at the Fairground Hall, Weyhill for lectures on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August).  Members also have the opportunity to take part in day visits and short overseas or UK tours, and attend Days of Special Interest.

In addition, members may attend study days arranged by any Arts Society Area.  Members receive information about these through their quarterly magazine and via The Arts Society website.

Visits: Booking dates for visits are listed on your programme card. Additional events are announced as available throughout the year. Prices vary depending on the venue, but include entrance fees, coach fare and, usually, the services of a guide.  Payment by cheque or credit card is required at the time of booking. This fee can only be refunded if there is a waiting list for the visit and your place can be taken by another member.

Days of Special Interest: The Arts Society Test Valley holds two Days of Special Interest (also called "Study Days") each year at the Weyhill Fairground Hall. Each day consists of three lectures and a two-course lunch.  Morning and Afternoon members meet together for these full day events. Places must be booked in person on the date listed on your programme card.

Young Arts projects are supported by The Arts Society Test Valley, and the society also has Church Recording, Church Trail and Heritage Volunteer groups.

For more information, please contact the Chairman, Vivienne Jarvis by phone (01264 358065), or to send an email click here

For a copy of the Society's Constitution click here, and to see all the Society's Programme Cards since its inception in 1971 up to 2016, click here.