Outings and Visits

PROGRAMME OF OUTINGS,  VISITS AND HOLIDAYS

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.

 

 

LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL AND NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

 

Thursday 19 September 2019                       Departing Knutsford Bus Station 8.45a.m

 

Cost (to include morning coffee/tea on arrival at Lichfield, tour of Cathedral, tour of Arboretum by Land Train) £29.00

 

The coach will leave the Bus Station at 8.45 a.m. to travel to Lichfield Cathedral and to arrive in time for coffee/tea at 10.15/10.30a.m. After coffee, we will have a guided tour of the Cathedral with time afterwards to ask questions or to look around the Cathedral.

 

The coach will then collect us to travel to the National Memorial Arboretum to arrive at 12.30p.m.  Lunch can be purchased at the coffee shop. If you prefer, please bring a picnic lunch and purchase hot drinks etc.

 

At 2 p.m. we will meet in the Chapel for a short talk prior to boarding the covered Land Train and enjoy the running commentary as you explore the grounds of the Arboretum and the symbolism behind the memorials. The tour lasts for fifty minutes and covers around

two-thirds of the Arboretum grounds.

 

We will leave the Arboretum at 4.30p.m. to travel back to Knutsford.

 

To book a place for this visit send your cheque (payable to Knutsford U3A) for £29.00 per person, together with the booking form (see below) to Irene Hardy, Holly Bush Farm, Tabley WA16 0HP.

 

If you book a place on this trip please keep these details for future reference.

 

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Booking form – Lichfield Cathedral/National Memorial Arboretum

 

I/We would like ……….places for the above trip on Thursday 19th September 2019, and enclose a cheque made

 

payable to Knutsford U3A for £…………

 

 

Name(s) and address with postcode: …………………………………………………………………

 

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Name and contact number in case of emergency ……………………………….……………..……………………………………………………

 

 

 

CAMBRIDGE, ELY AND DUXFORD ‘BATTLE of BRITAIN’ AIRSHOW

Sunday, 22nd September – Tuesday 24th September, 2019

THIS OUTING HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT SUPPORT

 

 

VISITS TO THE AMAZON ‘FULFILLMENT CENTRE’ AND WATERS CORPORATION, WILMSLOW

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH                                                                                    Coach departs 9.15 am                                                                     

Cost   £23.00, includes tours, buffet lunch and transport

 

Discover what happens inside the vast Amazon Warehouse near the Airport once you place an order!       Amazon call it a ‘Fulfillment Centre’ because the entire process of ordering and despatching millions of items, utilizing high end technology robotic units,  is completed from start to finish in one building.  We have booked a one hour guided tour with some walking and a few steps.  There are no refreshments on offer so maybe have a coffee at Booths before we depart at 9.15am?

 

After the Amazon tour, we have a buffet lunch, with coffee/tea on arrival,  at the Honey Bee Altrincham Road, Wilmslow.

 

After lunch we move a little way down the road to another large new building :–

TheWaters Mass Spectrometry Headquarters.  No, I don’t know what it is either, but I have been reliably informed that it is very interesting, even for those who didn’t quite understand it all!

‘The facility has been designed and equipped to accelerate innovation in the field of mass spectrometry – a sensitive analytical technique that enables scientists to confidently measure components or contaminants present at microscopic levels. – used to provide medical diagnosis, develop health care solutions, protect the environment, and safeguard food and water supply.’    -  Hope that helps!

We have tea/coffee on arrival, an introductory talk and a tour of the premises.   We should depart soon after 4.00pm.

If you book a place on this trip please keep these details for future reference.  Please note: The number of places available is limited.

To book a place for this visit send your cheque (made payable to Knutsford U3A) for £23 per person, together with the booking form below, to Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK97TR or hand them in at the meeting on 12th Sept.

 

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Booking form – Amazon fulfillment centre and Waters corporation

 

I/We would like ……….places for the above trip on Wednesday 16th October and enclose a cheque made

payable to Knutsford U3A for £…………

 

 

Name(s) and address with postcode:

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Home Phone no. ………………………………………………       Mobile

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Name and contact number in case of emergency

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GORTON MONASTERY AT CHRISTMAS

Wednesday 18th December 2019

 

Depart Knutsford Bus Station 10 am (to be confirmed)

Return to Knutsford 5.30 (to be confirmed)                                                

Cost £40 to include: Drink on arrival, Talk, Lunch and Christmas Music

This is definitely a ‘first’ for the Outings team – organising and booking a Christmas event before Easter!!!

Yes it is early but necessary to ensure that we have this event to offer you. Gorton is rather special at Christmas. We have been before for a Carol Concert but this is an opportunity too good to miss. The Talk is by one of the Trust Team, Lunch is three courses consisting of Soup and warm bread, Christmas Dinner (Turkey or Nut Roast) with all the trimmings, Christmas Pudding, Coffee/Tea and the event ends with Christmas Music and Optional Carol Singing.

Gorton Monastery is holding 40 places for us for five weeks to give us time to collect the deposit of £15 per person which is necessary to secure the booking. The balance will be due in November.

To book a place for this Event please send your cheque (made payable to Knutsford U3A) for £15 per person, together with a booking form to Lynda Harris at 10 Lindop Close, Knutsford WA16 8AY, Tel 01565 621058.

I must receive these cheques by Friday 17th May at the very latest.

 

Booking form – Gorton Monastery at Christmas

 

I/We would like …… places for the ‘Gorton Monastery at Christmas’ visit  on Wednesday 18th December and enclose a cheque

for £………..

 

Names(s) and address(es) with postcode

 

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Phone no. …………………………………………………. Email

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Name and contact number in case of emergency

 

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

16th October 2019 - Afternoon visit to Water’s Mass Spectrometry Plant, Wilmslow, with possible afternoon visit to Amazon distribution centre in the morning.  Details to follow.

November 2019, date to be arranged.  Repeat visit to Chethams School Library and medieval buildings and Manchester Cathedral.

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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 reviews and photos of the visits listed below, see the Reviews of Group Events, Outings and Visits  website page:

 

JCB Factory at Rocester, October 2014

Morgan Factory at Malvern, September 2015

Birmingham, September 2017

Wentworth Woodhouse, September 2018

Whitworth Art Gallery and the Portico Library, Manchester,  November 2018

Chethams Library and Manchester Cathedral, March 2019

Black Country Museum, Dudley, West Midlands, May 2019

Tissington, June 2019

Cruise, Manchester Ship Canal to Liverpool, July 2019