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.

 

 

WHITWORTH ART GALLERY AND THE PORTICO LIBRARY

A further trip to the 

Whitworth Art Gallery and the Portico Library 

has been arranged

 

Thursday 21st February 2019         Departing Knutsford bus station at 9.30 am

Return to Knutsford by 5 pm

Cost (to include morning coffee/tea on arrival, lunch, entry fee to the Portico Library, 2 guided tours and transport)  £30.00

 

 

A £15 million development in 2015 transformed the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of the University of Manchester. The Gallery was winner of the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year in 2015, and won Visit England’s Gold Prize for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2016. After morning coffee on arrival, we will be treated to a talk and private showing by one of the Curators. This will be followed by a tour of the Gallery to view the exhibits at leisure. Lunch will be served in the beautiful café among the trees.

We will then re-board the coach for The Portico Library on Mosley Street – a hidden gem, as many of us will have passed the entrance unaware of the treasures within. It is a lending library with a magnificent painted glass dome and opened in 1806 as a Library and Newsroom. Its collection offers a unique insight into the Georgian and Victorian culture of thriving Manchester. (Please note there are quite a few steps in this building, although there is a stair lift).

To book a place for this visit send your cheque (made payable to Knutsford U3A) for £24 per person, together with a booking form to Penny Braham, 3 Ladies Mile, Knutsford, WA16 0ND, Tel 01565 650207

 

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Booking Form – Whitworth Gallery and Portico Library

 

I/we would like  …………………… places for the Whitworth and Portico trip on

21st February 2019 and enclose a cheque for £………………………

 

Name(s) and address(es) with postcode

 

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Phone no …………………………………………………..

 

Email …………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Name & contact number in case of emergency

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Morning Visit to Chethams Library and College Medieval Buildings.

Afternoon Visit to Manchester Cathedral

 

Monday, March 11th 2019

Coach Departs at 9.15 am

Cost, including transport, guided tours and coffee,   £23.00

 

Following our popular tour of the Portico Library in Manchester, we thought we should complete the experience by visiting Chethams Library, the oldest free public library in the country, set up by Humphrey Chetham in 1653.  Most of the library’s fixtures and fittings are original from that date.  If you haven’t seen it – then this is a ‘must’!

We have been lucky to obtain the services of Jonathan Schofield, the official guide to the College.   This will also enable us to visit some of the medieval college buildings, which, dating from the 1420’s, constitute the oldest complete structure remaining in the city.  Quite a treat!

In the afternoon, we will have a one hour guided tour of Manchester Cathedral.  This dates from the fifteenth century, when it was a collegiate church, though much refurbishment was carried out in the nineteenth century, enabling it to become the Cathedral church of the Manchester diocese.

We will leave Knutsford Bus Station at 9.15 prompt and have coffee on arrival.  Lunch will be on a byo basis – there are many eating places close by.  We aim to be back in Knutsford 4.15 / 4.30 pm.

NOTE:  The Outings and Visits Group trip to Chetham’s Library and College Medieval Buildings and to  Manchester Cathedral on Monday 11th March 2019 is now FULLY BOOKED.

It is hoped to arrange a further visit later in the year.

 

Contact:- Mrs M. Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR. Phone – 01565 872643

 

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CALKE ABBEY AND GARDENS, DERBYSHIRE

Date: Tuesday 9th April 2019

Time: Coach Departs at 9 am and return by 5.30 pm

Cost: including coffee and transport – NT Members £12 and £26.25 for Non Members

 

Your visit to Calke Abbey in Derbyshire is a rare opportunity to see an historic landscape which has been incorporated into a parkland. Some of the trees date back to the time well before the original Abbey was built in the 12th century. The ‘Old Man of Calke’ is estimated to be 1200 years old and nearby is another young oak, a mere 900 years old.

 

Hidden away in a hollow within ancient park land Calke Abbey, which stands on the site of a medieval religious house, appears to have turned its back on the modern world. The telephone first rang in 1928 and electricity wasn’t introduced until 1962.

 

You will see at first hand the decline of a country house, together with beautiful faded gardens, kitchen gardens, stables, and park and nature reserve. Revealed in the 1980’s and maintained by the National Trust, it in a state of frozen decay. The house contains collections of books, silver, portraits, clothes, toys and taxidermy.

 

We will have coffee on arrival after which you will be free to explore. We will be given leaflets which give the location of all the places of interest and, more importantly, there is an AV presentation in the stables which lasts about seven minutes on a continuous roll.

 

Lunch can be purchased in the National Trust café or you could have a picnic.

 

To book please send the completed booking form below and a cheque made payable to Knutsford U3A for

£12.00 per person for National Trust members and £26.25 per person for non National Trust members to:

Barbara Brady, The Paddocks, Chelford Road, Knutsford, WA16 8RD.

Phone 01565 653764.

Bookings will also be taken at the Members’ Meetings in February and March.

 

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

 

 

BOOKING FORM

 

I/We would like ….  place(s) for Calke Abbey and enclose a cheque for £ ……..……..

 

Number of National Trust members ……………… Number of non National Trust members …………….…

 

Name and address with postcode …..………………………………………….…….…………

 

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Phone number ………………….……. Email …………………………………………………

 

Name and contact number In Case of Emergency ………………………………………………………

 

 

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BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM

DUDLEY, WEST MIDLANDS

 

Date   :           Tuesday 14th May 2019

Time  :           Coach departs at 9.30 am from Knutsford Bus Station, returns by 5.30 pm

Cost   :           Including transport, entrance and introductory talk – £25 per person

Buy your own morning coffee on arrival and your own lunch (3 eating places on site), or bring a picnic.

 

This multi award winning museum is a 26 acre open air museum with something for everyone and catering for all ages. Join in 300 years of history and experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Black Country’s past. There is a tram or trolley bus service every 15 minutes across the site. Maps and information are available on arrival.  Highlights include:-

 

Costumed characters who will explain what it was like to live and work in one of the world’s most heavily industrialised landscapes.

Shops and houses Explore original period shops and houses.

Live demonstrations See sparks fly as the chain maker forges a link, witness the glow of the forges, smell the steam of the engines and hear the banging of hot metal.

Underground Mine Tour Descend on foot “into the thick” of the underground drift mine and face the harsh reality of a coal miner’s life in the 1850s.  (30 minutes’ duration)

Option of a Dudley Canal trip – N.B. This is operated by Dudley Canal Trust at an extra charge of £6.50/£7.50 pp depending on numbers. Travel into the spectacular Limestone Caverns. (1 hour’s duration)

A Victorian school lesson Test your times tables in a 1912 school lesson.

Transport Collection Take a ride on one of the heritage vehicles and find out about the importance of the Black Country in their manufacture.Travel on the longest trolleybus route in the UK.

Animals Meet the pigs, horses and Sussex Buff hens.

Pub Quench your thirst in the Bottle and Glass Inn where a warm welcome awaits in this traditional spit and sawdust pub.

 

TO BOOK A PLACE FOR THIS VISIT SEND YOUR CHEQUE (MADE PAYABLE TO KNUTSFORD U3A) FOR £25 PER PERSON, TOGETHER WITH THE BOOKING FORM BELOW, TO:-

PENNY BRAHAM, 3 LADIES MILE, KNUTSFORD WA16 0ND   TEL. 01565 650207

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Knutsford and District U3A Outings and Visits Group

Booking form – Black Country Living Museum

 

I/We would like ……..places for the Black Country Museum on Tuesday 14th May 2019, and enclose a cheque made payable to Knutsford U3A for £………

 

Name(s) and address with postcode:

 

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

 

Email ………………………………………………………………………………

 

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

 

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CRUISE

THE MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL

TO

LIVERPOOL

Sunday 7th July 2019

 

Depart Knutsford: 9.30am                  Cost: £50 per person

 

Opened in 1894 the Manchester Ship Canal is a marvel of Victorian engineering which changed the fortunes of Liverpool and Manchester, making the latter the cotton capital of the world.

 

We start the day at Knutsford Bus Station from where our coach takes us to Salford Quays. Our ferry is scheduled to leave at 11am for the 35 mile cruise along the full length of the canal to Liverpool waterfront. We pass through countryside, areas of industry and many locks and swing bridges. There is a very informative commentary by a blue badge guide which enhances a fascinating journey. It will take between 5 and 6 hours to get to Liverpool where our coach will be waiting for us for the return journey to Knutsford.

 

There are facilities for food and drink on the ferry, including a bar, but you might like to consider taking a substantial picnic instead to ensure you have food of your choice.

 

It is unusual for one of our outings to take place on a Sunday but our main reason was the relative ease with which we can travel to Salford Quays in the morning, meaning a welcome later start.

 

We have to pay a deposit to Mersey Ferries by the end of January so an early response is essential. You can, if you wish, pay the full cost of £50 per person now or pay £25 per person now and the balance in the middle of May (you will be reminded!). To book please send the completed booking form below and a cheque made payable to Knutsford U3A for the relevant amount to Lynda Harris, 10 Lindop Close, Knutsford, WA16 8AY; 01565 621058.

Bookings will also be taken at the November and December meetings.

 

Please find below a message from Lynda Harris on 15th November 2018 regarding the extra places now available for the Cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal on Sunday 7th July 2019 . A booking form can be found at the bottom of the message.

This trip has proved so popular that we have decided to take a second coach so not to disappoint the 20 on the waiting list. I have reserved a further 50 seats on the ferry so let’s see if we can fill another coach!!

 

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

 

BOOKING FORM

 

I/We would like ….  place(s) for the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise on Sunday 7th July, 2019.

 

I wish to pay in full now and enclose a cheque for £ ……..……..  (£50 per person)

 

OR

 

I wish to pay in two instalments and enclose a cheque for £ ……….. (£25 per person) as a deposit

 

Name and address with postcode …..…………………………………………………….…….…………

 

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Phone number ………………….……. Email ……………………………….……………………………

 

Name and contact number In Case of Emergency …………………

 

 

 

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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

 

For a review of the visit to Wentworth Woodhouse, September 2018, click on Reviews of Group Events, Outings and Visits

 

For a review of the visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Portico Library, November 2018, click on Reviews of Group Events, Outings and Visits