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Friday, 16 November 2018

Friday, 16 Nov 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.)







November: Tuesday 27th Christmas at Chatsworth
Treat yourself to a special festive Day Out and enter a world of make-believe. Chatsworth House: the theme for the renowned decorations this year is 'Fairy Tales'. Storytellers with the air of the Pied Piper will roam the halls enchanting visitors as scenes from a selection of favourite tales leap off the pages, from classics like Snow White and Cinderella to contemporary stories like James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte's Web. Our tickets include admission to the house, garden and farmyard. Our timed tickets for the house are for 4pm.

Also: Christmas Market: Soak up the Christmas market atmosphere as you browse more than 100 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations. There's live music too, guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

There are still places available. Cost: £49 pp (inclusive of coach fare & entrance) - now due.


Details have still to be finalised for some events,but here is an outline:

March: Bicester Village Outlet Shopping Centre and then on to Oxford, a beautiful city with stunning architecture, history and culture.

April: Manchester city centre, with its many museums, galleries and shops.

June: Sunday 23rd - Wednesday 26th 4 Day Excursion to North Wales
Based in Caernarfon with accommodation at the Celtic Royal Hotel (3 star); breakfast & 3-course evening meal. All coach travel & excursions to Caernarfon Castle and Portmeirion included. Also, day on Anglesey (entrance to attractions not included); journey on Welsh Highland Railway (extra cost) and visit to Llandudno.
Details of itinerary below.
£329 pp sharing twin / double room; £85.50 single supplement.
Deposits (£30 pp non-refundable) now being accepted.

Sunday 23rd: Depart Hugglescote at 8am; drive to Caernarfon with comfort stop. Mid-afternoon, visit to Caernarfon Castle.
Monday 24th: Drive to Caernarfon Station for excursion on the Welsh Highland Railway through Snowdonia National Park to Porthmadog (extra cost); drive to Portmeirion.
Tuesday 25th: Anglesey: am: Plas Newydd House and garden (NT members free entry); pm: Plas Cadnant Gardens (extra cost)
Wednesday 26th: Depart hotel; drive to Llandudno. Depart 2.30pm for drive back to Hugglescote with comfort stop.
Hotel: The Celtic Royal, within easy walking distance of the town centre and waterfront. Each evening, dinner will be at 7pm.

July: Gloucester Docks and city, a cathedral city and the country's most inland port, the city has seen unprecedented regeneration in the last decade, particularly at the city's historic docks.

September: Cotswolds Tour: first to Moreton in Marsh on market day and then on to Bourton on the Water, two attractive and delightful towns to explore amidst the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.

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.

Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa - September 2018

On 13th September, 37 members set off from Whitwick for a Day Out in Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa. An optional tour of the Lord Leycester Hospital had been arranged and this appealed to many of our party.

We arrived in Warwick in bright sunshine which made the town look particularly attractive with its colourful floral displays and interesting buildings.

Those going on the tour of the Lord Leycester Hospital were in for a treat. Brother Gordon was there to meet us and give an outline of the purpose of the timber-framed buildings. Each area we visited revealed more wonders: the Chantry Chapel of St. James, which has no heating or artificial light; the delightful gardens; the great Hall where James I dined in 1617; the galleried courtyard, often used as a film location; and the Guildhall. The whole complex had become a place of retirement for up to eight ex-servicemen and their wives in 1571, and so it remains today. Everyone was impressed: it was all astonishing.

After the tour, there was plenty of time for lunch and more sight-seeing. Many headed to St. Mary's Church which was very impressive. Some climbed almost 170 steps to the top of the church tower from where there were stunning views over Warwick and the castle, the surrounding countryside and Coventry in the distance.

At 2pm, we left Warwick and drove the short distance to Royal Leamington Spa. Here the extensive Jephson Gardens proved to be a popular destination. The flower beds and general layout are extremely attractive along with the fountains and Indoor Garden. In the pleasant weather, it was enjoyable just to saunter around and explore.

The journey back to Whitwick was smooth and uneventful, giving a fitting conclusion to a successful Day Out.

Lynda and Sue thank all those members who supported this trip. The final Day Out of 2018 will be "Christmas at Chatsworth". Although this is costed at a higher price than our excursions usually are, it should be very special and has been arranged following several requests. Full details are available on the website, in the Update or at the General Meeting.

Arriving at the Lord Leycester Hospital

The fabulous timber-framed building

The private gardens

Our guide, Brother Gordon

Covered stairs up to the Guildhall

One side of the galleried courtyard, often seen in films

View from the top of the tower at St. Mary's Church

A spring in Royal Leamington Spa

The Jephson Gardens

Inside the Indoor Garden in the Jephson Gardens

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