The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) was founded in 1968 to promote and advance aesthetic education, to cultivate the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts and by giving aid to the conservation of our national artistic heritage. Newmarket Decorative and Fine Arts Society has been a member society of NADFAS since its foundation in 1976.

On 17 May 2017, following a major rebranding exercise, The Arts Society replaced NADFAS as our operating name. After 50 years, we needed to evolve to keep up with changing times in order to reach out to more people in more places.

Our society’s year runs from October to the following July with nine lectures. These are held on the first Monday of the month except when a bank holiday postpones the lecture to the following week. These informal occasions open with an illustrated lecture followed by tea and biscuits.

Days of Special Interest also take place in which subjects are studied in greater depth. Our speakers, who are all experts in their specialist fields, are taken from a directory maintained by NADFAS.

We organise outings to historical and cultural venues and an annual 4-5 day home or overseas tour.

This programme gives our members many opportunities to catch up with old friends, meet new people and visit new places. You can find out more about all these events in the various sections of our web site.

The Newmarket Arts Society also works towards supporting the Young Arts, Church Recording and Heritage Volunteering. We are a friendly group with a membership of around 200. We welcome new members and guests may join us for individual lectures, a small fee will be collected at the door.