Outings and Visits


Following the successful visits arranged in previous years, an extended programme of visits is being offered during 2016, with transport arranged for Knutsford U3A members.   Details and booking arrangements will appear on this page of the website, also in the Newsletter, and will be announced at the monthly General Meetings. 

 BOOKINGS FOR OUTINGS – Clarification of Procedure

  • Unless otherwise stated, all bookings must be accompanied by a bookings form and a cheque made payable to Knutsford U3A. Please write the name of the performance or outing on the back of the cheque.
  • We will contact you only if your booking has not been successful. If you want confirmation that you have the places you want, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.  Usually your cheque will not be paid in until two weeks before the event.
  • If an outing if fully booked when we receive your cheque you will be informed and placed on the waiting list.
  • Priority will be given to U3A members.  If you would like to bring someone who is not a member please put a note on the booking form to this effect and we will inform you if a place becomes available.
  • We hope to take bookings for the current outing at our general meetings but, as our outings are proving very popular we cannot guarantee the availability at the time of the meeting.  In other words please book early to be sure of a place!

For booking forms, which can be printed off, click here.

The outings subcommittee hope you like the outings we plan.  Please contact Lynda Harris on 01565 621058,  or email info@knutsfordu3a.co.uk  if you have any ideas or suggestions for future outings.




 Blackpool Grand Theatre and Lytham Hall   -   Thursday 24th May 2018

Join us for a visit to the northwest coast to see two contrasting venues.  We will leave Knutsford Bus Station at 9.00am for our journey to Blackpool.  We aim to arrive at the Grand Theatre by 10.30am.  This theatre was opened in 1894 and the published description declared that “There is no theatre quite like the Grand”.  Our guided tour of about two hours will aim to prove that but before the tour, which starts at 11.00am we will have tea or coffee.  The tour covers the auditorium design and artwork, the history of the theatre and its flamboyant architect, Frank Matcham, and backstage to see the ‘working area’ of the theatre.

After the tour we will leave the Grand just after 1.00pm to make the short journey to Lytham Hall which is a Grade I listed 18th century Georgian country house in the Palladian style.  On arrival our first destination will be lunch, comprising of soup and a roll with tea or coffee, this will be followed by a guided tour of the house.  We aim to leave Lytham at 3.30pm for our journey back to Knutsford.

Cost:      £30.00 which includes the coach travel, tea/coffee on arrival at the theatre, two guided tours and lunch at Lytham Hall.

To book please use the booking form – see above, or from the March 2018 Kanuta .  Bookings will also be taken at the Members’ Meetings in March and April.






Monday, 2nd July                                    Coach departs bus station 9 am prompt

Finally (and not without difficulty!) we have obtained a group booking for the popular Terracotta Warriors Exhibition in Liverpool.  For the first time in over 30 years, figures from China’s famous Terracotta Army are on display outside London.  The exhibition reveals almost 1,000 years of Chinese history and features more than 180 special artefacts including, of course, ten of the famous life-size warriors. We will visit the exhibition in the afternoon.

In the morning we have arranged a guided tour inside St Georges Hall. The Hall, a magnificent entertainment venue, is described as the finest neo-classical Grade 1 listed building in Europe.  Following the tour we will have a ‘soup and sandwich’ lunch, in the café of St George’s Hall.

The cost of the whole day will be £33 (members only at this stage) and this includes entry to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition, the guided tour of St George’s Hall, your lunch and ‘door to door’ coach travel.

To book please send your application form and cheque for £33 per person, made out to Knutsford U3A, to Fran Cogger, 71 Parkgate, Knutsford, WA16 8HF; 01565 228503.  Bookings will also be taken at the Members’ meeting in May. We only have a limited number of tickets, so suggest that you book as soon as you can.

If you make a booking for this outing please keep these details for future reference.



Please note that the visit to Cardiff on 2nd to 4th September 2018 is now cancelled.



For reviews of the visits to the JCB Factory at Rocester, and the Morgan Factory at Malvern, October 2014, see the Reviews of Group Events, Outings and Visits


For photos of the Hebridean Holiday, May 2017, click on Hebridean Holiday Photos


For photos from the visit to Highgrove, August 2017, click on Highgrove Visit Photos


For a review and photos of the visit to Birmingham, September 2017, see the Reviews of Group Events, Outings and Visits