An Entire Social World Awaits!
AWS International Group offers a variety of Activity Groups to fill your social calendar with outings, adventures, classes, and trips so you can easily meet new people and create a whole new support system.
Don't see something you want to do? Contact the activities team to set it up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Galleries in London
Please join AWS members for a fabulously fun and artistic and educational experience as we join everyone's favourite Art Historian, Millie Knight. We meet at 11:00am on 12 different Mondays throughout the year between October and March as we follow Millie through an enthralling and mesmerising adventure into the world of Art History.
Millie trained as an Art Historian and now works as an Artist and Educator for institutions including The Courtauld Institute, The Wallace Collection and The Guardian introducing new audiences from around the world to what London’s art galleries have to offer. This is Millie’s seventh lecture series with the American Women of Surrey.
All Thumbs Crafts
Do you have a hidden craft skill? Are you a crafting novice? Would you love to craft but don't know where to start? This is the group for you! We are planning workshops to teach a new skill to our members, even those who think they are all thumbs.
Most projects will be completed in one sitting and will give you the skills to start a new hobby. Check the calendar for these events and space will be limited in some classes so sign up early!
A Book With a View
Love to snuggle up with a good book? This is a fun and light-hearted group that share a love of reading. Each month we will focus on a different author, be it modern or classic, British or International.
Lots of thought provoking questions to bring out the best of the story and how everyone perceives the author's message. Valentina will select meeting spots (so please check for calendar updates).
The meetings will hold exciting and fun, sharing our views or simply listening to others, being together, sharing a laugh, and of course making new friends!
Best of Britain
England holds a wealth of beauty, history and new experiences to be had. Join us for day trips to enjoy shopping, gardens, lunches and uniquely English opportunities, all while acquiring a bit of knowledge of English history! Maybe you love a hidden garden? Maybe you've always wanted to try beachcombing on the English Coast?
This group will visit both Rural and Urban locations so it's sure to appeal to whatever you fancy. Check the calendar for updates and locations.
Do you love the thrill of the hunt? Come join Kristie while we track down treasures from the past and around the globe. Every month our group will visit a local antiques shop or market, gathering new antiques knowledge long the way.
There promises to be something for everyone, whether you are into Blue and White China, old furniture, glass, garden art, or so much more. Kristie has been searching fun markets and shops all over Surrey and can't wait to take you along.
Together we will hunt down those hidden gems!
Who doesn't love a day trip into London? Each month we will travel into London to destinations sure to intrigue and delight! Special events, museums, shopping, lunches in unique spots, tours marketplaces, adventures and more.
Whether you've been here forever or a brand new, we will have something for everyone. Space may be limited for some of these events, so please check the activities calendar often and sign up early.
Please come join Sonia on these beautiful walks through the English Countryside. Sonia will lead us on new hikes, as well as old favorites. We will explore Dorking, Guildford, Cobham and beyond. Be ready to take some pictures of the breathtaking views you are sure to encounter. Hikes last around 2 hours and end around noon. All experience levels are welcome and we hike in any weather so you may want to invest in some good hiking and "waterproofs" (they will serve you will during your time in England). We often stop for coffee during or after the hike for those that want to join. Prepare to be dazzled by these beautiful locations.
Come and join Lee for a fun & fabulous morning with a group of AWS friends who range from beginner to seasoned golfer. We are a friendly and non-competitive group that meets every other Wednesday to play 9 holes on a local public course or a Silvermere driving range.
Feel free to stick around for lunch afterwards. This activity does not require a weekly commitment and you can show up whenever you have the time.
Houses and Gardens
Please join our lovely Renata on these wonderful and historic adventures while she takes you to visit famous English manors, historic houses, cottages, quaint and quirky dwellings, gorgeous parks and English gardens.
Wherever possible, lunch is planned. This is a lovely day out with wonderful friends and a fabulous leader.
Walk and Talk
Don't see yourself hiking to the top of Box Hill? This is the group for you!
Sonia will lead us on walks through various parks in the Greater Surrey area. Bushy Park and Virginia Water are just two of the beautiful, mostly flat, walking destinations that we will be visiting. This is a great opportunity to walk and talk and get to know people or enjoy the company of your dear friends in a pleasant environment.
Many of the parks have coffee shops and garden shops for the group to enjoy. Walks will last approximately 2 hours depending on the location.
Let's Go Concierge Travel!
Join Deborah Hickey on one of the legendary weekend trips she plans exclusively for AWS Members. As a professional travel agent, Deb plans absolutely everything. All you need to do is tell her you’re coming, make the payment, then show up with your bag packed. Your airline tickets, travel coaches, exceptional and funny guides, hotels, and meals will all be perfectly organized for you. Deb will also manage everything related to all of the headaches related to COVID-19 and our current travel environment so you don’t have to worry about a thing. You can expect retail therapy, great food, incredible cities, amazing history, and lots of laughs on these incredibly relaxing trips.
Have you always wanted to give knitting a try but didn't have anyone to teach you? Maybe you learned as a child, but can't remember how to get started again. Or perhaps, you know your way around a knit and a purl but are ready to kick your skills up a notch and tackle a sweater! If so, Jo, from Grace and Cable, is the instructor you've been waiting for all your life.
Jo brings an abundance of skill, patience for days, and a teaching style that will have you knitting more than you thought you were capable of before you know it! All skill levels welcome to this relaxing activity group.
This new activity started last year and was a huge hit! WHo doesn't like going to the pub and meeting new friends?
There are so many pubs around Surrey to explore, so come and join us for a fun lunch out once a month. There may even be a little shopping before or afterwards.
About the group
The American Women of Surrey (AWS), International Women's Group, is a not-for-profit club founded in 1975 to provide a welcoming atmosphere for expatriates and their families living in Surrey. We offer social, cultural, and philanthropic opportunities for our 230+ members representing more than 30 nationalities.