Outings and Visits

Outings, Visits and Holidays

Contact: Lynda Harris

Tel: 01565 621058

Email: info@knutsfordu3a.co.uk


Northumberland holiday booking form can be found here and a proposed itinerary here.

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.

Trip to the Secret Bunker at Nantwich and Dorfold Hall near Nantwich.

Wednesday 27 July 2022.

Depart Knutsford Bus Station at 9 a.m.

Arriving back at approximately 5 p.m.

Price £38.00

Includes: Coach travel, Entrance fees for both properties,

Morning coffee and biscuits, Tea and cake in the late afternoon

NOT included: Lunch– Bring your own Picnic

It is intended that we arrive at The Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker at Nantwich at approximately 9.45 / 10 a.m. and will have our coffee and biscuits prior to the trip around the Bunker.

We will leave the Bunker at approximately 12.30 p.m. to travel the short distance to Dorfold Hall.

Dorfold Hall is a magnificent brick and stone gabled Jacobean House originally built in 1616 and is surrounded by enchanting gardens and woodlands making it a breath-taking country house to visit.

Please be aware that the Hall has many stairs and the garden only has a few paths.

On arriving at Dorfold Hall we will have time in which to have a picnic in the beautiful grounds.  The tour will be split into two groups with one group taking a guided tour of the Hall at 1 p.m. whilst the other group has a self-guided tour of the grounds.  At approximately 2.15 p.m. the groups will change over and the second tour will commence and the first group will enjoy their self-guided tour of the grounds.

At 3.15 / 3.30 p.m. both groups will enjoy tea and cake in the events space, The Tack, prior to leaving Dorfold Hall at about 4 p.m. to return to Knutsford.

Tickets will be on sale after our u3a Members’ Meeting this Thursday 12th May

To book a place for this visit by post, please send your cheque for £38.00 per person made payable to Knutsford u3a, together with the booking form to Irene Hardy, Holly Bush Farm, Pickmere Lane,Tabley WA16 0HP, Telephone 01565 633348.

Two special gardens near Market Drayton


Monday 4th July

Cost £42 includes morning coffee, entrance to two gardens, sandwich lunch and travel.

Coach departs 9.15 am.

Please note that this visit is now SOLD OUT

A visit has been arranged to these two lovely gardens. After coffee on arrival, we will spend the morning at Wollerton, a modern, formal 4 acre garden set around a 16th century hall (not open).  The garden has won many prestigious awards.  The garden rooms are richly planted with perennials and bursting with design ideas. I have been several times and am more than happy to go again – it is a treat!


We will then take a very short drive to Hodnet Hall, where we will have lunch in their half-timbered garden restaurant.   The gardens provide a good contrast to Wollerton, being more spacious with 60 acres of grounds and parklands, lakeside walks, formal gardens with colourful displays and an interesting kitchen garden.  The Heber-Percy family have maintained the gardens for over 300 years and, again, have won many awards.

Afternoon Visit to


Over Peover, Cheshire WA16 9HW

Monday 16th May 2022,

Cost, £13 each, including tour, afternoon tea and cake.

Please note that Transport is not included 

Please note that this visit is now SOLD OUT

We have arranged a guided tour of Peover Hall, the attractive Gardens and also the Grade 1 Carolean Stables. This will be followed by tea and cake in their Stables tearoom.

Please note, the hall has informed us that the tour involves climbing three separate staircases (there is no lift available).

I am sure you are all aware of Peover Hall, but you may not know its fascinating history, dating back to 1585 in Elizabethan times, through extensions in Georgian times, and its use in the war for the U.S Army.

Following that the Brooks family acquired it, and for the last twenty years have undertaken major restorations, and lived at the hall ever since.


As the hall is only a short drive away (5.5 miles), we have not arranged a coach, and hope that you will be happy to make your own way there.

If you do not have access to transport and cannot arrange a lift, then please indicate this on the attached booking form. We will then endeavour to find a lift for you, from the bus station. This may have to be a shared taxi, for which you will have to meet your share of the cost.

We have been asked to arrive at the hall between 2.00 and 2.15 pm. The tours will start at 2.30 pm.

The post code of the Hall, for use in Sat Nav is WA16 9HW

Holiday in Northumberland

4 Nights / 5 Days, based in Alnwick

Sunday 12th – Thursday 16th June 2022

The Outings Committee have been very pleased to be able to start offering day trips again – and now we have a holiday in Northumberland for you!

We have chosen to stay at the ‘White Swan’ in the centre of Alnwick, because this hotel is so central to all that is on the programme.   Because of its popularity, the hotel is already taking bookings for 2022 and will only hold our rooms until the end of September – hence the need to book now!

We are working with a tour organiser, ‘Simply Groups’, which is based in the North of England and is well used to arranging holidays for u3a’s.  They have been established for over 20 years and won a major leisure and travel award in 2020.

We do hope the programme will appeal to you.  Full details are in the flyer and a proposed itinerary can be found here.  A paper copy of the flyer is available from Lynda on request.  Also, if you have any questions or want further information, please do not hesitate to contact either of us.

Lynda Harris: 01565 621058 or Margaret Hinde: 01565 872643


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

Lichfield Cathedral and the National Memorial Arboretum, September 2019

A Day of Merchandise and Molecules: Visits to the Amazon Fulfilment Centre, near Manchester Airport, and to Waters’ Mass Spectrometry near Wilmslow,  October 2019

Gorton Monastery, December 2019

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