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Whitwick & District U3A

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

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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.)







"Sign up" Sheets for the first 3 Days Out will be available at the December General Meeting, but online sign up is available now for all.

March Thursday 21st: Bicester Village Outlet Shopping Centre and then on to Oxford, a beautiful city with stunning architecture, history and culture. Depart 8.30am; leave Oxford at 5pm. Cost: £16. Payment due 18th January.

April Wednesday 10th: Manchester city centre, with its many museums, galleries and shops. Depart 8am; leave Manchester at 5pm. Cost: £17. Payment due 15th February.

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 due 15th March.

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 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".


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.

Chatsworth - November 2018

The 2018 Days Out programme was completed by a visit to Chatsworth House for the Christmas event "Once Upon A Time". Twenty members made up our party and we set off to allow free time to make the most of the visit to the estate and to wander around the outdoor Christmas Market.

Arriving at Chatsworth House in its Peak District setting is always impressive and our visit was no exception. Everyone had their own plans to follow and we were fortunate that it was not overcrowded. Disappointingly, during the afternoon, the weather deteriorated until it became unpleasant to remain out-of-doors.

However, at 4pm we were able to go into Chatsworth House. For the 2018 Christmas display, the staff had been allowed to choose the theme of the decorations. The rooms and corridors which were part of the tour were filled with stories, old and new, from Cinderella to James and the Giant Peach. In addition, there were fabulous Christmas decorations such as huge, richly adorned Christmas Trees and swags of bells and foliage around the rooms, over doorways and on mantle pieces. It all looked amazing and wonderful. We were able to wander slowly and appreciate everything. There were no crowds to spoil the experience.

We left Chatsworth in heavy rain and gusty winds. Everyone was relieved to be sitting on a warm and comfortable coach and not have to drive home individually. The journey was uninterrupted and we arrived home with our minds full of the wonderful scenes we had enjoyed.

Lynda and Sue thank everyone who supported this Day Out and, indeed, the whole programme of visits arranged during this year. The programme for 2019 is now available and we look forward to welcoming members on future Days Out.

The outdoor Christmas Market adjacent to Chatsworth House

Arthur the dragon, just inside the entrance

Cinderella's carriage

The Princess and the Pea

Sleeping Beauty

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