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:
- Adding your name to the "Sign up" sheet in person at a General Meeting
- By email (which will be acknowledged)
- Reserve a place and check the status of your bookings online in the Members' Area. This now includes any extra tour or event linked to the main trip.
(For more about online booking there is a guide here.)
NEW - Optional train excursion during the North Wales trip - see below. Book by April 12th!
April Wednesday 10th: Manchester city centre, with its many museums, galleries and shops. Depart 8am; leave Manchester at 5pm. Cost: £17. Payment now overdue. Places still available
May Thursday 9th: Kenilworth Castle & Kenilworth town. Kenilworth is a magnificent castle and has a beautiful reconstructed Elizabethan garden. Free entrance thanks to English Heritage and the U3A working together. We will spend a couple of hours in the town before returning home. Depart 9.00am; leave Kenilworth at 4.30pm. Cost: £13. Payment now overdue. Very limited availability remaining
June: Sunday 23rd - Wednesday 26th 4 Day Excursion to North Wales - Places still available
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. Balance due by 12th April
Sunday 23rd: Depart Hugglescote at 8am; drive to Caernarfon with comfort stop. Mid-afternoon, visit
to Caernarfon Castle.
Monday 24th: Monday: Coach to Portmeirion (free admission) then onto Porthmadog. There is then the option of the excursion on the Welsh Highland Railway through Snowdonia National Park back to Caernarfon (£18.95pp special price) or returning by coach. If the choice is to come back by coach, there will be extra time in Porthmadog.
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 Wednesday 10th: 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. Depart 8am; leave Gloucester at 5pm. Cost: £17. Payment due 17th May.
September Tuesday 17th: 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. Depart 8.30am; leave Bourton at 4.30pm. Cost: £15. Payment due 19th 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".
Lynda Hall at
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.
Bicester and Oxford - March 2019
On Thursday 21st March, thirty-five members assembled promptly at 8.30am to join the first Day Out of the year, a visit to Bicester and Oxford. The weather was cool and overcast but dry.
Our coach driver, Ray, made good progress on the journey so that we arrived at the Bicester Village Shopping Complex ahead of schedule. This allowed our party ample time for a morning coffee and a saunter amongst the high-end shops. Many of us were surprised at the extensive size of the "Village" and most were impressed by the flowering plants and shrubs which were tastefully and abundantly placed in the malls.
We left Bicester and set off for the short drive to Oxford at noon. Our drop-off point there, outside the Ashmolean Museum, was very convenient. Everyone dispersed to spend the afternoon in Oxford as they chose. After lunch, museums, the Botanical Gardens and guided tours were some of the favourite choices. Much of Oxford's architecture is magnificent and just walking around the city is a treat.
The afternoon passed quickly and at 5pm we were all back on our coach for the drive back to Leicestershire. It had been a positive start to this year's Days Out programme and Lynda and Sue thank everyone involved for their support.