Thursday 13th June: The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. Departing at 8.45am, returning at 6.00pm. The cost is £30 and is now fully booked
Wednesday 10 July 2019: Visit to Wentworth Woodhouse Wentworth Woodhouse (near Rotherham) is considered to be the largest privately owned residence in the UK. A Grade 1 Listed country house with the longest façade in Europe (over 600 feet in length) and having more than 300 rooms. This grand South Yorkshire house has had a chequered past, encompassing both rise and fall from the 1600s to the present day.
The trip will include a one hour guided tour of both the state and family rooms, a 2 course buffet lunch with drinks included, and time to explore the 82 acre historical walled garden. The coach will leave Southwell Leisure Centre at 9am returning at 5.30 pm.
The cost of both tours and lunch is £36.50 for National Trust Members, and £48.50 for non NT members. Booking will commence on Tuesday 7 May.
Further information from Jane Parker (01636 814775)
Thursday 15th August: Apethorpe Palace, Peterborough Amongst England’s greatest country houses. Apethorpe Palace holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth 1 once owned this building and James 1 so loved Apethorpe that he personally contributed to its extension to make it more suitable for his ‘princely recreation’.
The palace is only open to explore the grand rooms through guided tours during July and August so we have been fortunate to have been able to book for this year.
Booking will take place at the June Monthly Meeting only.
Cromford Mill, Derbyshire 19th July 2018 It included a one and a half hour guided tour of the Mill followed by and a cold lunch of sandwiches, tortilla chips, home made cakes, fresh fruit and tea/coffee. Then time to browse on site shops and the museum. After lunch we crossed the road to the Cromford Canal to enjoy a 2 hour canal boat journey. See the photos from the trip below.
Trip to Sheffield, Assay Office & Cutlers Hall on 2nd Nov 2017
.Fray Canless writes: A group of 30 people went to Sheffield on Thursday 2nd November for an informative talk at the Assay Office, which was followed by a tour round the hallmarking workshop, then a buffet lunch .The Assay Office hallmark items from as small as earrings to large ones( see photo below) like the punch bowl ,which is now on show at the Winter Gardens in the city. After lunch we went to Cutlers Hall for the afternoon, where there was a talk, tour and tea and biscuits
Trip to Cadbury World on 4th Oct 2017
Trip to Potteries Museum & Art Gallery at Stoke on Trent - 15th March 2017
These photographs were taken when 32 members of the U3a went to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery at Stoke on Trent. The displays there were fascinating, including all aspects of china & pottery and as diverse as a Spitfire plane , local history displays and famous art works. We were fortunate to see the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs which were discovered before last Christmas and are dated back to 400BC. Everyone enjoyed the trip - the weather was absolutely glorious and the Staffordshire Oatcakes in the cafe were extremely tasty too!
Trip to Anglesey Abbey and Green Knowe - 9th March 2017
A trip beset by gremlins! After postponement due to Storm Doris an almost full coach set off on 9th March only to find the A1 closed as a result of a major accident. The Winter Garden at Anglesey was much enjoyed and the Mill was open too. A little difficulty finding the road to the Manor at Hemmingford Grey known as Green Knowe, but a fascinating house with an amazing history. Should anyone wish to borrow the DVDs of the stories of Green Knowe please contact me. Thank you all for your patience and help in sorting this particular trip, Kerry Holden