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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sunday, 25 Mar 2018

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Whitwick & District U3A - Days Out Group


This Group enjoys days out in interesting and varied locations where members are free to choose how they spend their time. To ensure a stress-free, relaxing outing, we travel by private coach.

Days Out trips are open to all WAD members. Trips will be advertised and available to members on a first come basis. In the interests of fairness to all members, please reserve your place on a Day Out online or in writing by:

(For more about online booking there is a guide here.)







April: Tuesday 17th Chester
Free time to explore: most complete city walls in Britain; a 1000 year old cathedral; 700 year old unique shopping rows; Grosvenor Museum (free) with displays on Roman life & times and more. Take an open-top bus tour, sail up the River Dee on a pleasure cruise or just saunter around this attractive city.
Depart 8.30am. Coach fare £16. Payment now overdue.

May: Monday 14th to Thursday 17th 4 Day Excursion to Northumberland
Following our successful holidays in Kent and Yorkshire, we are pleased to announce details of the 2018 excursion.
Hotel: Jurys Inn Hotel on the Scotswood Road in the heart of Newcastle (3 star).
3 nights Half board accommodation (bed, breakfast & evening meal).
Cost: £275 per person in a twin or double room; single room supplement £60 (total for the three nights).
All coach travel and excursions, but not entrance fees, included.
50 places available, £30 non-refundable deposit secures your place. Final payment due by March 16th.
Proposed itinerary:

Monday 14th May:
Depart from Hugglescote at 7.30am. Travel to Newcastle with one comfort break during the journey. For the afternoon, a guided walking tour of the city followed by free time. Newcastle has many attractions: museums, (e.g. Great North Museum (free); Discovery Museum); the Life Science Centre; the Baltic, art gallery with fabulous panoramas of the Tyne; Newcastle Castle. Wonderful shopping areas such as intu Eldon Square, (shopping mall with flagship John Lewis), Northumberland St.; Grainger Town with the glorious Central Arcade; and the original Fenwick department store. The Quayside is an interesting location for a stroll with the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the world's first and only tilting bridge.

Tuesday 15th May:
A day at the world famous open-air Beamish Museum which tells the story of life in the north east of England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Exhibits are centred around Pockerley, a Georgian area; a 1900s Town, Pit Village & Colliery; Rowley Station, an Edwardian setting; and a 1940s Farm. The Beamish Tramway carries visitors around the site. (Admission charge)

Wednesday 16th May:
A day along the magnificent Northumberland coast with opportunities to see the dramatic coastline and visit such places as the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Seahouses.

Thursday 17th May:
After leaving the hotel, we will drive to the city of Durham. Durham Cathedral is not to be missed; it is a fine example of Norman church architecture with tombs of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede and many other highlights. The new Open Treasure exhibition route gives access to remarkable medieval monastic buildings. The city is worth exploring too, along with pleasant riverside walks.
At 2pm, we will begin the journey back to Leicestershire with a comfort stop on route.

Please note: Day Trips on Tuesday and Wednesday are optional. You are free to spend your time in Newcastle or make your own plans.

June: Thursday 14th NEC Gardeners’ World Live & Good Food Show
A treat for gardening enthusiasts and food lovers: show gardens, floral marquee, Rose Festival & garden accessories entrance fee £16, and free entry to the Good Food Show with demonstrations and many stalls.
Depart 9am. Coach fare £12. Payment now overdue.

July: Wednesday 11th Ely
A tranquil small city with a beautiful cathedral; guided walk arranged (£5 pp). Other attractions: unique Stained Glass Museum; Oliver Cromwell’s House (entrance fee); and a beautiful waterside where you can enjoy a boat trip or a riverside walk.
Depart 8am. Coach fare £17. Payment due by 18th May.

September: Thursday 13th Warwick & Royal Leamington Spa
Morning: Warwick: Lord Leycester Hospital: guided tour (£8.50 pp); also: Collegiate Church of St. Mary; Hill Close Gardens; 3 Military Museums & general historic charm. After lunch: Royal Leamington Spa: a beautiful town with stunning Regency architecture which is easily accessed; also Jephson Gardens, Royal Pump Rooms, Art Gallery & Museum.
Depart 9am. Coach fare £13. Payment due by 20th July.

Payments at General Meetings

It would be very helpful if you could place any payments in an envelope which clearly shows your name and the particular Day Out for which you are paying. Cheques should be made out to "Whitwick & District U3A Days Out".


Sue at daysout at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

Lynda Hall at daysout1 at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

Please note that as an anti-spam measure e-mail addresses on this page are NOT links, but should be manually copied


Below are some pictures from a recent visit. Pictures from previous events and also from the former Days of Interest group can be found in the gallery.

Birmingham March 2018

Those members who joined us for the first Day Out of 2018 enjoyed a pleasant visit to Birmingham. The weather was definitely spring-like, which enhanced everyone's experience, particularly after the cold, wet conditions of recent days.

We were all free to spend the day as we wished so that some indulged themselves in a relaxed saunter around the shops with some retail therapy, whilst others took advantage of the many cultural attractions that Birmingham has to offer. The photographs show the renowned and stunning windows designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones inside Birmingham Cathedral and the NT property, the "Back to Backs".

Ray, our driver from Roberts Coaches, did a marvellous job negotiating the ubiquitous roadworks in the city and the busy traffic on our homeward journey, which all helped to make the day a success. Lynda and Sue thank everyone who supported this Day Out and look forward to welcoming you and many other members on our forthcoming excursions.

West window in St. Philip's Cathedral

The NT property - "Back to Backs"

Inside the "wash house" with boiler and mangles

The courtyard at the "Back to Backs"

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