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.

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



Departing Knutsford  Bus Station at 11.45 am

Cost £23.00 – arriving back in Knutsford at 5pm

The origins of the Hall can be traced back to the Saxon times when Earl Edwin built a hunting lodge on the site.  This venerable old Hall has been a living reflection of English History and has remained in the Legh family to this present day.

The tour package includes the following:

  • 80 Minute group guided tour of the Hall
  • Free flow visit to the 60 acre gardens
  • Tea/coffee and scone served with jam and cream for each guest
  • A4 illustrated guide book per guest to take home.

To book a place for this visit send you cheque (made payable to Knutsford u3a) for £23.00 per person together with the booking form to Irene Hardy, Holly Bush Farm, Tabley WA16 0HP. Telephone: 01565 633348.


Monday 6th September 2021

Coach departs Knutsford Bus Station at 12 noon

Cost £20 a head.    (RHS Members, £12 a head)

Following the popularity of two coach trips in July to RHS Garden Bridgewater, we have arranged a further visit on  Monday 6th September

The coach will depart from the Bus Station at 12 noon, prompt.

The RHS Bridgewater offers lunch or light refreshments, with indoor and outdoor seating, for you to buy your own. (Mask and credit card required.) You could, of course, bring your own picnic to eat in the gardens. Picnic tables have been provided.

Currently the RHS are not offering guided tours, so you will be free to wander round the 154 acres at will. Volunteer guides will be situated around the garden.  

However, in lieu of the tours, the RHS have offered us their published guide, normally priced at £6, at half price when booking. So, we have included one copy, for 2 people to share, with the ticket price.  Should you require your own copy, for single use, please add £2 to your payment.

Members of the Royal Horticultural Society do not pay to enter the gardens. Please indicate on the booking form if you are a member and provide your membership number.

Finally, nearer the time, if you feel you would prefer to follow the coach in your own car, you are obviously welcome to do so – but we will not be issuing refunds for the coach fare!

In this case, please meet the coach In Booths car park and sign in as usual, so I know you are doing this. Tickets will not be available until we arrive at the garden, so, initially, we need to keep together.

Please note we have a limited number of places, so early booking is advisable.  We will notify you if your booking is unsuccessful.

Please complete and return the booking form together with your cheque, made out to 

Knutsford u3a,  as soon as possible. to: –

Mrs M. Hinde,1, Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR. Phone 01565872643



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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