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.

 

 

WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE

Monday 17th September

Have you read ‘Black Diamonds’ by Catherine Bailey ? Would you like to visit an amazing family home that has an unrivalled frontage and a roof area covering four acres? Join us for a visit to Wentworth Woodhouse which is four miles from Rotherham and stands in 250 acres of parkland. The fascinating family history, told in Black Diamonds, stretches from Charles 1st to the Nationalisation of Coal in 1947 and through to the present day.

We have booked two guided tours, each lasting about 1 hour, with lunch in between. On arrival and after tea/coffee everyone will do the Wentworth Tour in the morning, which will cover the major rooms of the house, and then we have lunch. In the afternoon you have a choice: do the Clifford Tour which covers some of the private apartments of the families, or you can go in our coach to the nearby Wentworth Garden Centre. This is a long standing family owned garden centre with some interesting features including a garden which incurs an additional cost of £1. At the end of the afternoon we will meet up in the Garden Centre Café for a drink before returning to Knutsford.

We will be leaving Knutsford Bus Station at 8.45 am and we do not anticipate being back much before 6 pm. Some walking and stairs are involved (no lift) and it is worth noting that the rooms are only sparsely furnished. The strength of the tours is in the stories told by the guides in the various rooms we visit.

Because of the options on offer for the afternoon and the different prices for NT and non NT members the Booking Form is a little more complicated than normal. To the basic price of £22 per person please add the cost of your chosen tour(s) ie NT members £10 each tour and non-members £18 each tour. Once completed, please send the Booking Form and cheque, made payable to Knutsford U3A, to Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR; Tel 01565 872643.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL 50 PLACES FOR THIS VISIT HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED

 

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RAF MUSEUM, COSFORD

Wednesday October 10th 2018

 

Depart Knutsford Bus Station at 9 am

Return to Knutsford by 5.30 pm

Cost £15.00 per person

In this centenary year of the RAF their museum is a very interesting and worthwhile visit. The collection of aircraft is second to none in the UK and perhaps in the world.

 

Coffee and biscuits will be served on our arrival. Lunch is a free choice, at your cost, in the large, pleasant restaurant. Many options of food, hot and cold, are available or you could bring your own picnic. Outdoor seating is plentiful.

 

The exhibits are in large hangars with very easy access, with plenty of seating around and in the building. Mobility chairs are free to use on a first come first served basis – a donation to the museum would be appreciated.

 

Enthusiastic volunteers are on hand to give information over and above that which is displayed on the exhibits.

 

There is a ‘4D Experience’- very exciting, with a choice of experiences, which can be booked on the day for a small extra cost. Try a flight with the Red Arrows or take part in a dog-fight with the Red Baron!

 

To book a place on the visit send your cheque for £15 per person, made payable to Knutsford U3A, and the Booking Form to Barbara Brady at The Paddocks, Chelford Road, Knutsford, WA16 8RD, Tel: 01565 653764. Bookings will be taken at the September Members Meeting.

 

 

 

BOOKING FORM – COSFORD RAF MUSEUM

 

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WHITWORTH ART GALLERY AND THE PORTICO LIBRARY

Thursday November 22nd 2018

Depart Knutsford Bus Station at 9.30am

Return to Knutsford by 5pm                                                           

Cost £24 to include morning coffee/tea on arrival, lunch, 2 guided tours and transport

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

 

Booking form – Whitworth Gallery and Portico Library

I/We would like …… places for the Whitworth and Portico on Thursday 22nd November,

 

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT OUTING 

BRIDGEWATER HALL

 

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

 

Tuesday 18 December 2018

 

Depart Knutsford Bus Station at 6pm                                 Cost £39.00 per person

Join us for a Festive Concert of carols and seasonal classics, staged in full 18th Century costume in a candle-lit setting. It features the Mozart Festival Orchestra conducted by Michael Bawtree, Rowan Pierce soprano and the Canzonetta choir.

You will hear Christmas works by Handel, Cullen, Pearsall and Willcocks and be able to join in the singing of some of your favourite carols.

To book please send the completed booking form below with a cheque made payable to Knutsford U3A for £39.00 per person Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Great Warford, SK9 7TR; 01565 872643. Bookings will also be taken at the Members’ Meetings in September. I must receive all payments by Friday, 5th October.

 

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

 

 

BOOKING FORM – Carols by Candlelight

I/We would like ….  place(s) for Carols by Candlelight on Tuesday 18th December 2018 and enclose a

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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