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Whitwick & District U3A

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Sunday, 26 May 2019

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Whitwick & District U3A - Days Out Group

Objective

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.)

Venue

Various

Timing

Various

Calendar

2019

June: Sunday 23rd - Wednesday 26th 4 Day Excursion to North Wales - All allocated rooms now taken but please contact Lynda or Sue if you would like to join this excursion.
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: Morning in Portmeirion travel by coach (free admission); Afternoon: drive to Porthmadog: catch the 2.15 train on the Welsh Highland Railway and travel through the Snowdonia National Park back to Caernarfon. Please note: this is a slight change to the original itinerary.
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 now overdue.

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".

Contacts

Sue at daysout at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

Lynda Hall at daysout1 at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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Pictures

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.

Kenilworth - May 2019

The recent Day Out to Kenilworth Castle and the town of Kenilworth exceeded everyone's expectations. In spite of unseasonal cold weather, the forty-two members who took part found this excursion very agreeable.

Most were making their first visit to the Castle which is described by English Heritage, who manage the site, as "a vast medieval fortress which later became an Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle is among Britain's biggest historic sites". The hospitable welcome from the EH team not only included a useful map but a choice of warming drinks to taste, free of charge. The samples of ginger wine, cherry brandy, apricot brandy and gin provided a hearty start to our visit and produced many happy smiles.

Our enthusiastic guide, David, was excellent. His introduction to the site was lively, amusing and interesting. We learnt about the Norman Keep, John of Gaunt's Great Hall and Robert Dudley's Tower which was built for a visit by Queen Elizabeth I.

There was ample time to explore the whole site ourselves, uncover even more fascinating facts and see the recreated beautiful Elizabethan Garden. Even so, many members felt that they would like to make a return visit.

At 2pm we left the Castle and were taken into the town of Kenilworth. There we had time to saunter around and treat ourselves to afternoon tea. A straightforward journey home with no hold-ups concluded another successful Day Out which had proved to be such good value.

As always, Lynda and Sue thank all members who supported this visit and look forward to welcoming them and more members on future Days Out.


Kenilworth Castle's Tudor Stables


Our guide beginning his story of the Castle


On the guided tour, walking towards the Norman Keep


Stairway inside Leicester's Gatehouse: the only other similar is inside Windsor Castle


Part of the recreated Elizabethan Garden

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