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These excursions are strictly for current U3A members only.
See bottom of page for refund policy.

Come on an interesting day trip enjoying 300 years of history across 26 acres at this open air museum.

An authentic canal side village will introduce you to tastes from the past in a baker's shop, sweet shop and a 1930's fish and chip shop plus many others. Move on to the 1920's Limelight Cinema and finally quench your thirst at the Bottle & Glass Inn. There are industrial units on the canal side plus forges at work. Descend into an underground drift mine.

Travel around the site is by vintage petrol buses and electric trolley buses, trams and barge (the barge is a separate charge not in the entrance fee but is included in the trip cost). There are many other things to enjoy plus eating at Rolfe St Café, Workers Institute Café, and Hobbs' Fish and Chip Shop.

The price is £32.00 per person (this includes the cost of the coach, driver's tip, entrance to the museum and finally the cost of travelling on the barge).

Timing
Depart Avon Street coach park 9.00 am
Pick-up at Balustrade 9.15 am
Leave the Museum 4.00 pm
eta Bath 6.00 pm

The booking form is on page 11 of the March 2019 Members' Newsletter.

Matilda is the musical of the book by Roald Dahl, the story of an intelligent and bookish girl, overcoming the obstacles of family, school and a scary headmistress to achieve her dreams. Originally produced by the RSC at Stratford-on-Avon, the show sold out immediately, was transferred to London, and has been on there ever since. The winner of seven Olivier awards including best musical, Matilda will be running in Bristol in the summer and is expected to sell out on all performances.

If you enjoy musicals you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see this one. So book now and join the theatre group on a visit to “Matilda the Musical” at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Tickets cost £58 per person (£116 for two).

Timing
Depart Bear Flat 11.45 am
Pick-up at Riverside coach park 12.00 noon

The booking form is on page 12 of the March 2019 Members' Newsletter.

Due to popular demand, we are organising another trip to this wonderful Garden Festival. It is set to be more magical than ever before! The theme this year is “Hands in the Soil, good for the Soul”, with a focus on healing and learning in nature. The Festival is in its 12th year as an event which raises awareness of sustainable and environmental issues.

Hellens Garden Festival is hosted in the gardens and grounds of Hellens Manor near Ledbury. The rare 17th century octagonal dove cote, physic garden, yew labyrinth, herb and kitchen gardens, woodlands and ponds are delights for the eye. There will be hands-on workshops, talks and demonstrations of traditional crafts with over 100 exhibitors of plants, tools, sculpture, live music, local food and drink.

The beautiful historic house is a monument to much of England's history. It remains a living home and contains a wealth of period furnishings, artefacts, paintings and decorations.

The cost is £16.00 per person which includes travel, tip for the driver and entrance to the festival.

Timing
Depart Riverside coach park 8.00 am
Pick-up at Balustrade 8.15 am
Depart Hellens 4.00 pm
eta Bath 6.00 pm

The booking form is on page 13 of the March 2019 Members' Newsletter.

We make our annual visit to the Watermill Theatre on Thursday, 27th June to see "The Importance of Being Earnest", the most popular of Oscar Wilde’s plays. The plot concerns the courtship by Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff of Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, but it is the witty dialogue and characterisation that provide the entertainment.

The cost is £54 per person including two course lunch, or £36 per person without lunch. The price includes the theatre and coach tickets.

Timing
Depart Bear Flat 10.15 am
Pick-up at Riverside coach park 10.30 am
Pick-up at Balustrade 10.45 am

The booking form, which includes details of the lunch menu, is on page 14 of the March 2019 Members' Newsletter.

Details to follow.

The advice from Windsor Castle is to delay our visit to the more relaxed afternoon, so we shall first make a stop around 11:00am at the Savill Garden, the hidden gem in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Besides admiring the beautiful landscapes and rare plants, here you can also have your lunch in the café, or in the lovely picnic area for those who bring their own. By 1.00pm we shall find ourselves in Windsor. Since coaches are not allowed to set down passengers at the Castle, we will take a short walk to reach the entrance.

With our audio guides we can then view the splendour in the state apartments, rebuilt after the fire of 1992, along the ceremonial or the historic route, and St George’s Chapel, while there are 30 minute guided tours in the precincts. Unfortunately the Dolls House is undergoing a lengthy refurbishment. There is as yet no café in the castle.

Come and join us on this interesting day out.

The cost is £37.00 per person which includes travel, tip for the driver and entrance to Savill Garden and Windsor Castle.

Timing
Depart Riverside coach park, Avon Street 9.00 am
Pick-up at Balustrade, London Road 9.15 am
Depart Windsor 4.30 pm
eta Bath 6.30 pm

The booking form is on page 14 of the April 2019 Members' Newsletter.

Scotland is a land of wildernesses, interspersed with glacial glens and lochs, the land of Robert Burns, bagpipes and haggis. Its major cities are Edinburgh the capital with its iconic hilltop castle and Glasgow famed for its vibrant cultural scene. We will be travelling by coach from Bath and staying at Stirling University.

The cost is £380.00 per person which includes 5-days bed & breakfast, 5 evening meals, all coach travel, cruise on Loch Lomond and entrance to the Royal Yacht Britannia (but not the Edinburgh Tattoo which is an optional extra).

Provisional Itinerary
Tues 6th Early pick-up from Saltford (7.00 am) and Bath (7.30 am), arriving early evening at Stirling University. Evening meal at the University.
Wed 7th After breakfast we'll travel to Edinburgh visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia. Free time in Edinburgh. Visit to Rosslyn Chapel, one of Scotland's most remarkable medieval buildings which has flummoxed historians, movie-makers and visitors for centuries. Evening meal.
Thurs 8th Breakfast. Day trip to Loch Lomond and 1 hour cruise on the Loch. Visit to Glasgow. Evening meal.
Fri 9th Breakfast. Day trip to East Port, visiting Falkland Palace, a fine Renaissance palace of the Scottish kings with extensive formal gardens and one of Britain's oldest tennis courts. This place is run by the National Trust for Scotland. Evening meal.
Sat 10th Breakfast. Visit to Falkirk Wheel, the world's only rotating boat wheel. Early evening meal.
Optional extra: Evening visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo, one of the greatest shows on earth. Estimated cost is between £35 and £45 each. The Tattoo is a thrilling mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance all set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Sun 11th After breakfast we'll depart Stirling and head home to Bath.

More details and booking form are on page 15 of the March 2019 Members' Newsletter.

Details to follow.

REFUND POLICY
  1. A full refund will be given if another person can be found to fill the vacancy, using the waiting list if there is one, or at the trip organiser′s discretion
  2. If the vacancy cannot be filled, the following will apply:-
    1. full refund of variable costs (e.g. tickets for entrances, food if applicable, etc.)
    2. no refund of fixed costs (e.g.coach costs and accommodation)
RECENT TRIPS
10th Apr Visit to Bletchley Park
7th Feb Floodlit Swan Supper at Slimbridge
5th Dec Christmas Lunch, Close Hotel, Tetbury
3rd Nov "Twelfth Night" at the Bristol Old Vic
13th Oct The Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London
24th Sept Trip to Henley-on-Thames & Marlow
29 Aug - 2 Sept Trip to Ypres, Belgium
16th - 20th July Cultural Tour of the Salford / Manchester Area
Sat 9th Jun Hellens House at Much Marcle
May Sculpture Park and Local House (postponed)
Thurs 26th Apr "Burke and Hare" at the Water Mill Theatre, Newbury
Tues 10th Apr Royal Mint and Castell Coch
Mon 12th Mar Vintage Bus Ride
Sun 11th Feb "Tosca", Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Wed 17th Jan "Swan Lake", Bristol Hippodrome
2017
Wed 6th Dec John Rutter's Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Thurs 16th Nov Mamma Mia Christmas Tribute at the Mercure Hotel, Bristol
Wed 9th Aug Savil Gardens, Windsor Great Park
25th - 29th July 5-day Cultural Tour of North Wales (Bangor University)
Tues 18th July Wine Tasting and Lunch near Bath
Sat 1st July "House and Garden" at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury
Tues 20th June Afternoon Cruise: Bristol down the Avon Gorge
Tues 13th June Beaulieu
Thurs 25th May Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Thurs 27th April Day Trip to Arundel Castle
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