Out & About

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Out and About is the name we give to TPS outings organised on an informal basis where members visit places of interest, practise their photography and spend time together (with essential refreshment stops included!)

We offer a range of outings – weekdays and weekends, daytimes and evenings, local and further afield, town and country. Wherever possible, there is no restriction on numbers; friends and family members are usually very welcome. Just ask!

The schedule evolves over the year and we keep members informed of forthcoming events as they are confirmed. Members are also welcome to offer suggestions for outings (or even to organise them).  If you would like to join in or have ideas for places to visit, please email our ‘Out & About’ co-ordinator, Dominic Murtagh at outings@tpsinfo.org.uk.

Finally, we have a TPS Out and About Flickr page where members share and comment on photos taken on our outings. Please let Dominic know via email to outings@tpsinfo.org.uk if you would like to join the Flickr group.

Upcoming Out & Abouts

Earlswood Common Lakes

  • Date – Sunday 08 December 2019
  • Time – 10.00am-12.00 noon

We will meet at 10.00am at the outdoor cafe by the lakes. Dominic highly recommends the freshly made bacon sandwiches! There is ample car parking at Earlswood Common car park (off Woodhatch Road, Reigate RH2 7QH), but, if full, extra spaces can be found opposite by the allotments at Connicks Tree Care.

Lesley has kindly offered to be our guide for the day – she suggests that we can walk around and photograph the two lakes and nature reserve. Keep your eyes open for kingfishers, Canada and Egyptian geese and a variety of ducks. And lots of other TPS photographers!

We will meet up again as one group at the cafe at 12.00 noon. From there, some may wish to head home while others may prefer a brisk 10 minute walk northwards across the common to The Plough pub (Church Rd, Redhill RH1 6QE) for more refreshments in the warm.

Please let Dominic know (outings@tpsinfo.org.uk) if you’d like to join this local outing. Friends and family members are, as always, very welcome.

Recent Out & Abouts

London Illuminated River Project

On a cold, but dry, Sunday, weather conditions favoured the hardy photographer. Our twilight Out and About to London took us to see the new lighting installations on the Millennium, Southwark, Cannon Street, Southwark and London Bridges. Nineteen TPS members and two guests spent a convivial early evening taking photos of this Illuminated River Project and street life on the busy south bank of the Thames. Many of the photos were stunning!

For more images, see the TPS Out and About Flickr page.

Limpsfield Wander

Buoyed by England’s success in the Rugby World Cup semi-final and keen to dodge the predicted rain, eleven of us (including seven new members) met up in Limpsfield on 26 October for a morning’s photography. With local resident John Nathan on hand to provide expert guidance, we strolled around the village, taking in views of the churchyard, high street and woods before sheltering in the local pub just as the skies opened.

Enjoy some of Dominic’s photos below:

Godstone Snaps

On 14 September, eleven eager TPS member met up in Godstone to stroll around the village, taking in early Autumn views of the green, churchyard, fields, farmland and the two lakes before retiring to The White Barn for some well-earned refreshment.

London City street walk

The Man in Red by Dominic Murtagh

Once again, Sarah and Simon acted as our guides for a day out in March. With plenty of refreshment stops, eighteen of us ambled around London Bridge and The City, taking in opportunities for architecture (old and new) and street photography. Members were encouraged to try some film photography and take part in the ‘50mm challenge’.

Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain

Untitled by Mike Barker

Ten of us met up in Victoria on a chilly February day before strolling towards Pimlico and the river. This afforded a variety of opportunities for city and street photography. After lunch in the Tate, we spent the afternoon viewing Don McCullin’s inspiring and especially poignant war photographs.

Chilling in Hastings

In January, thirteen hardy souls braved the cold to spend a day taking photos in at Hastings. Guided by Simon and Sarah, we took in a variety of photo opportunities – the beach, the pier, the town, fishing boats and Bottle Alley. Tripods were in evidence and conditions proved perfect for some very atmospheric photography. At appropriate times, we took refuge in cafes for warming respite.

Blowing in the Wind by Gerard Mulryan

Walking Tour in Woldingham

Seventeen of us, TPS members and guests, met up in Woldingham for a Sunday morning circular walk along the valley. This was followed by the all-important refreshment stop at The Dean, Knight’s Garden Centre. The morning afforded excellent opportunities for a range of landscape and countryside photography.

Untitled by Jonathan Cowdock

London Christmas Twilight River Walk

Fourteen intrepid TPS photographers braved the December cold in London and got some great images from our capital city. We took in a variety of views of the Thames and the majestic London skyline as the light gradually faded. And, as ever, there were plenty of opportunities for street photography. London is just a short journey away – why not take a trip into town with your camera and see what you can snap? Or better still, team up with some TPS friends and help us create another great Out & About experience!

Copyright 2018 Dominic Murtagh

Crossness Pumping Station

TPS Members visited (and photographed!) a Victorian masterpiece of engineering. Built by Joseph Bazelgette in the 19th century, it was the pumping station for the first large sewage system in London. It is not a sewage works today, but is a grade 1 listed building with some of the best-preserved Victorian ironwork anywhere.


We held an informal Out and About around our TPS home village of Godstone and members grabbed some great shots:

As always, more photos can be seen on our Out & About Flickr Page.