BGA Future Events for your Diaries!

The BGA runs an active and diverse range of events for those involved in business, politics and the arts.

Exclusive BGA trip to Colchester Zoo

7th April 2018

1100 hours – 1700 hours

Colchester Zoo is the UK’s third most visited and top privately owned zoo. It is now ranked highly amongst Europe’s leading zoos. CEO/Owner Anthony Tropeano will personally welcome BGA members to the zoo. Then, after a morning tour of the zoo, European zoo expert and author of “Zooming in on Europe’s Zoos” Anthony Sheridan will give a short talk over lunch. Guided afternoon tours will follow.

BGA Members can book their place for this exclusive event for just £9 per head (children 3-13 £5) via Eventbrite:

Train fares, zoo admission and lunch are not included in this reservation fee.

We must make it clear that all attendees will have to pay for their own zoo admission individually on arrival at the zoo at reduced rates, especially negotiated by The BGA with the zoo for this event:

£14.39 Adults

£12.79 Seniors

£11.19 Children (3-13)

A maximum of 40 places are available for this exclusive event. For Members travelling by car, we will meet outside the zoo at 11.15am. For Members travelling by train, we will meet at Colchester (COL) station (not Colchester Town) at 10.50am, to collect Members travelling from Liverpool Street on the 10am train. The BGA will organise taxis for those who need transport to/from the zoo.

Return taxi transport from the station to the zoo costs an extra £7.50 per head or for a child over 3 years old. If you require the transport, please buy a Transport ticket in addition to your lecture/private tour ticket.

Not yet renewed your Membership for 2018?  Not yet a Member?  Then click here to join or renew.

If there are any places left after 7th March, then we will be offering the remaining places to non-Members and Guests at higher prices. But why not persuade your guests to become Members of the BGA themselves?

See you in Colchester!

“Goodbye Germany” –  Private Reception

National Army Museum

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – 1830 hours – 2100 hours

In early 2020 the British Army will complete its process of structural, strategic and cultural transformation, known as “Army 2020”. One of the most significant aspects of “Army 2020” will see the last British garrisons in Germany close, and the units transferred to the UK. Though some training areas in Germany will remain in British hands, it truly is the end of an era. 

We are delighted to be able to announce that BGA Members have been invited by the National Army Museum to join with their guests for the launch of their Goodbye Germany  project, opening Easter 2019.

The Goodbye Germany exhibition, which will run from Easter 2019 – November 2019, will examine the end of more than 70 years of the British Army’s presence in Germany, an experience that has left its mark on the cultural, social, physical and economic landscape not just of Germany, but also the UK. More than a million British soldiers have served in Germany since 1945. It has been crucial to the army’s strategic and tactical understanding and philosophy, and a major base, training area, and incentive for recruitment.

Join us at the magnificent newly refurbished National Army Museum in Chelsea for drinks and canapés . The guest speakers for the evening will be The National Army Museum’s Director General, Justin Maciejewski and Chairman of Council General Sir Richard Shirreff, both of whom had distinguished careers in the British Army and served in Germany.  The museum will also have some specially chosen artefacts on view for our guests, along with a curated tour of the “Soldier Gallery”.

Tickets :  £18.00 for members, £28.00 for guests and non-members

To join us for this exclusive private function please click here

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2018, or are not yet a member,  and wish to attend the event please click here –

We look forward to seeing you at the National Army Museum  on 18th April.

BGA/Chatham House Event                                                                                                                  The new political landscape in Germany and Austria

25th April 2018  – Panel Discussion 1800 – 1900 hours

The Parliamentary Elections in Germany and in Austria last autumn have resulted in two coalition governments, formed after protracted and difficult negotiations, led by Christian Democratic parties (CDU/CSU and ÖVP). The right wing parties (AfD and FPÖ) made big gains, changing the political landscape at national level.

This event, jointly organised by the BGA and Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), will take place on Wednesday 25th April 2018 from 18.00 to 19.00 at Chatham House, 10 St. James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE. The Event will be on the record and an audio recording of the Event will be on the Chatham House website following the discussion. The audience will include Chatham House members including politicians and journalists.

The panel of speakers will include:

CHAIR: QUENTIN PEEL (Chatham House Europe Programme), former FT Chief Correspondent in Berlin and Foreign Editor

GERMANY: NICOLA BEER (FDP Secretary General) and Bundestag Member from Land Hessen, former Minister of Education, Land Hessen

AUSTRIA: MICHAEL IKRATH (ÖVP), European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, Member of Michael Barnier’s Team, former Nationalrat  Member from Vienna 2003-2013

The meeting, will be held at 18.00 – 19.00 hours at Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square,  London SW1Y 4LE

There will be no charge for this members only event.  As there is limited availability admission will be given strictly on a first come first served basis so please click on the following link to register early to avoid disappointment :

If you have friends who would like to attend this event, but who are not already members, perhaps they would like to join The BGA?  Perhaps you have not yet renewed your Membership for 2018 and would like to attend? Then click here to join or renew

We do hope you will join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion in this highly prestigious venue.

8th April.

Henning Wehn

8th May 2018

1950 hours – 2300 hours

Bildergebnis für henning wehn

Who knew Germans had a sense of humour? 
To find out, join the young members of the BGA at The Betsey Trotwood,  56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL Clerkenwell on Wednesday 8th May 7.50 pm – 11 pm for what Henning promises will be an evening of “teutonic jolliness at its earliest and most ill-thought-out”. Some might call it work-in-progress but Henning prefers to describe it as a “masterpiece-under-construction.”

Henning’s shows typically sell out fast, so book quickly by following the link below to avoid missing out.
Let us know when you have bought your ticket, so we can tell you how to find our group.  Email:



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