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.

 

 

 

 

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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OUTING TO TISSINGTON WELL DRESSINGS AND HALL

MONDAY, JUNE 3rd

Cost, including lunch, transport and tour of Hall,   £27.00

Coach departs 10.45 am

 

The Derbyshire Well Dressings are justly famous and the village of Tissington, near Ashbourne, always has one of the best selections.    There are generally 6 decorated wells dotted around the attractive village – an easy stroll around at your own pace.

We start the day with a sandwich lunch, included in the price, at a near by pub in Fenny Bentley.   The coach then takes us into Tissington where you will have plenty of time to view the well dressings and visit the exhibition showing how they are constructed.

Finally we have a guided tour of Tissington Hall, situated in the heart of the village. The FitzHerbert family have owned, and lived in, the Hall and the Estate since the reign of Elizabeth 1st.

We aim to be back in Knutsford by 5.30 pm.

This outing is now fully booked, but names could be added to a waiting list.  Telephone Margaret Hinde, 01565 872643.

 

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.

 

This outing is now fully booked, but names could be added to a waiting list.  Telephone Lynda Harris  01565 621058.

 

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

 

 

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 ……………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Name and contact number in case of emergency

 

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

19th September 2019  – National Arboretum and Lichfield Cathedral

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 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

 

For a review of the visit to the Chethams Library and Manchester Cathedral, March 2019, click on Reviews of Group Events, Outings and Visits