The Society's annual frolics

Each year members of the Parson Woodforde Society gather in a location associated with James Woodforde. We call these expeditions 'frolics', the term used by Woodforde. In common use in the eighteenth century, it denoted a celebration or entertainment.

The Parson Woodforde Society's founder Canon Leslie Rule Wilson outside William Woodforde's home at Galhampton in 1984 The Society's founder Canon Leslie Rule Wilson outside William Woodforde's home at Galhampton during the 1984 Somerset frolic [Parson Woodforde Society archives]Over the years we have visited the diarist's childhood home in Somerset and the villages where he served as a curate; Winchester, where he attended boarding school; Oxford, for his university days; Norfolk, where he served as parish priest for nearly 29 years; and Bath and London, which he visited as a tourist.

These convivial occasions are great fun, involving explorations and the opportunity to make new friends. We often have a coach or boat trip (or both), and make visits to churches, museums and exhibitions of direct relevance to Woodforde and his diary. We have two formal dinners, usually with a guest speaker at one of them.

Members of the Society can read news of individual frolics by viewing the Members' area.


Parson Woodforde Society members at the Lowestoft Museum 2023At the Suffolk Coast frolic: outside the Lowestoft Museum at Oulton Broad [photo Lowestoft Museum 2023]