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Further details of these outings and booking forms can be found in the U3A in Bath Members Newsletter.
Please note: These excursions are strictly for current U3A in Bath Members only.

Forthcoming outings and theatre visits
Monday 16th to Friday 20th July 2018 CULTURAL TOUR OF THE SALFORD / MANCHESTER AREA
SOLD OUT

This year's five-day tour will be based at Salford University.
More details can be found in the April 2018 newsletter, but please note that the trip is now fully booked.

Wednesday 29th August
to Sunday 2nd September 2018
TRIP TO YPRES, BELGIUM

A five-day tour with day-trips to Bruges and Brussels. The proposed programme is as follows:

Day 1 We shall be travelling with Coachstyle, through the Channel Tunnel to the Best Western Flanders Hotel in Ypres.
A three-course evening meal will be served at the hotel.
Day 2 Day trip to Bruges: A visit to Roose's Chocolate World is planned with a demonstration of chocolate making and a chance to purchase delicious Belgium chocolate.
There will be free time to explore the historic town centre of Bruges where there will be the 'Triennial'. This is a contemporary exhibition of Art and Architecture where artists and architects from around the world have been invited to leave their mark.
We travel back to our hotel for a three-course evening meal.
Day 3 Day trip to Brussels: We shall first spend some time in the world famous Grand Place, then visit the Atomium, a monument and exhibition centre built for the EXPO 1958. It stands 102 metres high and is in the shape of an Atom, magnified 165 billion times.
We shall explore this unique building and also look into the ADAM, the modern Art and Design Museum next door.
Back to base where dinner will be served.
Day 4 There will be a chance to take part in a three-hour guided tour of the Battle Fields as an optional extra (please indicate if you are interested). Otherwise you are free to explore Ypres at your leisure and to see the Grote Markt, Cloth Hall, Cathedral, Ramparts, 'In Flanders Fields' Museum etc.
We will have an early evening meal at our hotel, then take part in the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin gate.
Day 5 We shall leave the hotel after breakfast, have a brief visit to Dunkerque and then head back home via Calais and Eurotunnel.

The cost of this trip is £330 per person for a shared room (double or twin) and £385 per person for a single room
For more details and a booking form see page 14 of the December-January Members' newsletter.

7:00am Saltford;
7:30am Riverside Coach Park, Avon St., Bath;
Monday 24th September 2018 A GREAT DAY OUT - HENLEY-ON-THAMES AND MARLOW

We head initially to Henley on Thames where we will be met by our guide for a tour around the town.
Then on to Wyedale Garden Centre, Marlow, for a two-course lunch.
After lunch we go to the Marlow River Bank for a 45 minute cruise on the Thames.
On our return our guide will again provide a tour this time around Marlow.

The cost is £42.00 per person, which includes coach travel, two-course lunch, cruise on the Thames and guide & driver's tips
More details and booking form are on page 14 of the June Members' Newsletter

Riverside coach park 8:30am
Balustrade 8:45am
Estimated arrival back in Bath 6:45pm
Saturday 13th October 2018 THE KNITTING AND STITCHING SHOW,
ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON

This exhibition is a celebration of handicrafts, such as knitting, crochet, quilting, dressmaking, embroidery, to name but a few.
Over 400 specialised retailers are there to supply anything you might need for your craft.
With free demonstrations and workshops you can have a 'go' at something new. Also well known artists exhibit their beautiful and varied work.
It will be a great day out, so come and join us!

The show is held at Alexandra Palace in North London which is an interesting place in it's own right.
Opened in 1873 as The People's Palace, it was to be the centre for recreation, education and entertainment.

The cost is £26.00 per person which includes coach, tip for driver and entrance to the show.
More details and booking form are on page 15 of the June Members' Newsletter

Riverside Coach Park 9:00am
Balustrade 9:15am
Depart Alexandra Palace 5:00pm
Estimated arrival back in Bath 7:30pm
Wednesday 5th December 2018 CHRISTMAS LUNCH
CLOSE HOTEL, TETBURY

Details to follow

Recent trips
Saturday 9th June 2018 GARDEN FESTIVAL AT HELLENS MANOR IN MUCH MARCLE

Hellens Manor Garden Festival brings you a summer bounty of the sustainable, the eclectic, the quirky, crafted and grown. Be inspired in a stunning garden setting! There will be talks by experts, flower and bee workshops, over 100 exhibitors of plants, tools, sculptures and crafts, local food and drink, live music, celebrating the role of water in our gardens and in the world.

Hellens Garden Festival is hosted in the gardens and grounds of Hellens Manor. The festival settles gently within the landscape of lawns, meadows and paddocks. The rare 17th century octagonal dove cot, physics garden, yew labyrinth, herb- and kitchen gardens, woodlands and ponds are delights to the eye.

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, artifacts, paintings and decorations.

The cost is £15.00 per person
This does not include a guided tour of the house, as they don't allow group bookings in advance. You may book a house tour on arrival, the cost is £7.50.
More details and booking form are on page 13 of the March Members' Newsletter

Riverside Coach Park 8:00am
Balustrade 8:15am
Depart Hellens at 4:00pm
Expected back in Bath 6:00pm

May 2018 SCULPTURE PARK AND LOCAL HOUSE

This trip was postponed. Further information may be posted in due course.



Thursday 26th April 2018 THEATRE TRIP TO SEE "BURKE AND HARE" AT THE WATER MILL THEATRE, NEWBURY

William Burke and William Hare discover a money making scheme far more lucrative than hosting lodgers.
In the leading city for medical research, there's a huge demand for bodies and an inconveniently low number of deaths.
The profitable solution? Murder, of course!

The price includes the theatre ticket, a two-course lunch (if required) with coffee or tea, coach and driver's tip. Tickets including lunch cost £54. Without lunch, £36.
The lunch menu is as follows:

Main

  • Smoked Haddock and Leek Fishcake with cheese and parsley sauce
  • OR Pork Belly with apple and cider sauce
  • OR Chargrilled Vegetable and Stilton Quiche with potatoes and salad
  • All served with Vegetables and Potatoes
  • Dessert
  • Raspberry and Rhubarb Frangipane
  • OR Apple and Mixed Berry Crumble
  • OR Chocolate and Honeycomb Cheesecake
  • OR Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Coffee or Tea with mints
  • More details and booking form are on page 13 of the February 2018 Members' Newsletter
    Bear Flat 10.15am
    Riverside Coach Park 10.30am
    Balustrade 10.45am
    Tuesday 10th April 2018 ROYAL MINT and CASTELL COCH

    The Royal Mint is the world's largest exporting Mint and the only place in the world where you can watch the UK's coins being made. Its impressive Visitors Centre will treat us to a unique insight into Britain's oldest manufacturing organisation. We will experience a fascinating factory tour and hear some surprising stories from our history.

    We are booked to take part in two guided tours of 45 minutes each, after which you can visit the museum and gift shop. There is a well stocked Cafe where you can have lunch (not included).

    The second part of the trip is a visit to Castell Coch, the beautiful fabled house of a very rich man. While resting on ancient foundations it is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination. The 'eccentric genius' William Burges was given free rein by his pay master John Patrick Critchton-Stuart to create a rural retreat and he didn't hold back! Dazzling ceilings, over-the- top furnishings and furniture were liberally applied.

    The cost is £25.00 per person
    More details and booking form are on page 11 of the March Members' Newsletter

    Riverside Coach Park 10.00am
    Balustrade 9:15am
    Tours of Royal Mint 11:30 & 11:45am
    Depart Royal Mint at 2:00pm
    Depart Castle Coch at 4:00pm
    Expected back in Bath 6:00pm
    Monday 12th March 2018 VINTAGE BUS RIDE
    SOLD OUT

    Come and travel back in time enjoying this wonderful 1950 Bedford single decker bus whilst listening to music (some of the time) from the 1940/50's.
    There will be time to stretch your legs in some of the iconic villages.

    Our trip will glide firstly through Box, Corsham, Biddlestone, Hullavington, Corston, Malmesbury, Westonbirt and Badminton.
    Disembark in Castle Combe and go to the amazing Old Rectory Tea Rooms (not open to the general public) for a finger buffet. This fabulous place, on the main street, dates from 1490 and all the food is prepared on site by the owners. They will talk to us about the history of the Old Rectory House.
    Stretch your legs at Castle Combe and then off again travelling through Hawkesbury, Wickwar, Yate, Pucklechurch, Wick, and Lansdown to Bath Coach Station

    The cost is £38.00 per person
    More details and booking form are on page 13 of the December-January Members' Newsletter

    10.00am Coach Station, Avon Street, Bath;
    12.30pm Finger Buffet at The Rectory Tea Rooms, Castle Combe;
    4.00pm Arrive back at Bath Coach Station.
    Sunday 11th February 2018 THEATRE GROUP - TOSCA, MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
    SOLD OUT

    Vist to the Millennium Centre to see the Welsh National Opera's production of Puccini's "Tosca".

    Set in Rome during Napoleon's invasion, this thrilling story of love, lust, loyalty and corruption revolves around the love of Floria Tosca for the painter, Cavaradossi, and the scheming Chief of Police, Scarpia, who wants her for himself.

    Puccini characterises the drama through his exquisite melodies and orchestration, and fabulous arias that have made Tosca one of the best-loved operas in the world

    The cost of the theatre ticket is £26.00 per person, rail fare from Bath to Cardiff (payable on the day) is approximately £21:00
    More details and booking form are on page 12 of the December-January Members' Newsletter

    11.00am approx. Meet at Bath Spa railway station;
    Lunch independently on Cardiff Bay Waterfront;
    4:00pm Matinee performance at the Millennium Centre;
    Returning to Bath by about 9:30pm.
    Wednesday 17th January 2018 THEATRE GROUP - SWAN LAKE, BRISTOL HIPPODROME

    A visit to Bristol Hippodrome to see the Russian State Ballet of Siberia's acclaimed production of "Swan Lake".

    Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia has established itself as one of the world's leading ballet companies with a reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and depth. Tchaikovsky's haunting score brings life to one of the greatest ballets of all time. This tale of tragic romance has it all.

    The cost is £36.50 per person
    More details and booking form are on page 17 of the October 2017 Members' Newsletter

    11.45am Leave Bear Flat;
    12:00 noon Leave Avon Street coach park, Bath
    Wednesday 6th December 2017 JOHN RUTTER'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON

    This annual concert is a firm favourite amongst members, so much so that it is already fully booked, but you can add your name to the waiting list in case of cancellations.

    Thursday 16th November 2017 MAMMA MIA CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE AT THE MERCURE HOTEL, BRISTOL

    Come and enjoy a great time celebrating this iconic group and enjoying a lovely meal with U3A friends. If you dress up for the part you might well receive a prize! Those who came on the Music Hall trip on 14.9.14 will remember what a great event it was. Timetable as follows: -

  • 09.45 Leave the Avon St Coach Park Bath
  • 10.30 Arrive Mercure Hotel Bristol
  • 10.45 Tea/coffee + mince pie + visit to Christmas Gift Shop (if you would like to)
  • 11.45 First half of the show (45 minutes)
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • Lunch consists of three courses Soup + Turkey main meal + Christmas Pudding People with dietary needs will be catered for. People who are vegetarians likewise.
  • 14.00 Raffle and best dressed competition results
  • 14.15 Second half of the show (45 minutes)
  • 15.00 Show ends 16.00 Arrival back in Bath.

  • The cost of the whole package is £38 (no alcoholic drinks included)
    More details and booking form are on page 8 of the April 2017 Members' Newsletter

    9.45am Leave Avon street Coach Park,Bath;
    10.30 am Arrive Mercure Hotel, Bristol
    3.00 pm Show ends
    4.00 pm Arrive back in Bath
    Wednesday 9th August 2017 SAVIL GARDENS, WINDSOR GREAT PARK

    The Gardens were created by Sir Eric Savill, Grand Master of the Woodland Garden, in the 1930s with the support of King George V and Queen Mary. Since that time, the gardens have continued to develop under royal patronage, with most recently the Queen opening the new Rose Garden. The gardens are divided up into many areas each with its own theme and atmosphere.

    There are good all-weather paths around the gardens with a few slight inclines and dips but on the whole easy access. There are wheelchairs available on a first come first served basis.

    The Savill Building houses an excellent shop, and award-winning restaurant and café and at the rear plants grown in the garden can be purchased. In the grounds an area has been set aside for visitors to picnic.
    The coach will leave Bath Avon Street at 9.00am and the Balustrade at 9.10am arriving in Savill Gardens about 11.30am. The coach will leave Savill Gardens at 5.00pm arriving in Bath at about 7.30pm.

    Price £21 (Includes - Coach + driver's tip + entrance to the gardens)

    More details and booking form are on page 7 of the May 2017 Members' Newsletter
    Leave: 9.00am Bath Avon Street coach park
    Pickup: Balustrade 9.10am
    Arrive: back at Bath: 7.30pm
    Tuesday 25th - 29th July 2017 5 DAY CULTURAL TOUR OF NORTH WALES (Bangor University)

    Come, enjoy and have fun on this tour based at Bangor University with the following programme: - (might be subject to change as circumstances dictate).

    Day 1 Leaving Bath at 08.00 we will call at Erddig Hall* Wrexham en route to Bangor.
    Day 2 We firstly go to Portmeirion before travelling on the Welsh Highland Railway (the views from the train are wonderful) from Porthmadog to Caernarfon with its famous castle.
    Day 3 Today we travel to Anglesey, over the Menai Bridge, firstly to Beaumaris for you to discover this lovely seaside resort. Then on to Llanfair etc station for photo opportunities as we head to Plas Newydd* then tour Anglesey and finally return via the Britannia Bridge.
    Day 4 This day we go to the beautiful town on Llandudno said to be the 'Queen of Welsh Resorts' and from a recent visit I can confirm this to be true. In the afternoon we will go to Penryn Castle* and finally a coach tour through the scenic Llanberis Pass round the base of Snowdon. Well not finally as we will be having our world famous whist drive this evening.
    Day 5 We will visit Chirk Castle*, Wrexham en route to Bath
    * The asterisk indicates that these are National Trust properties (all with house and garden). People who are not members of the NT will have to pay entrance but it will be at the group rate.

    PICK UP TIME 8am Riverside Coach Park, Avon St., Bath; RETURN by 7.30.p.m.(approx) The cost of this trip is £325 per person Includes all coach travel (and driver's tip), bed (single room with ensuite and towels BUT no toiletries or hair drier; tea &/or coffee provided), breakfast & evening meal, entrance to Portmeirion and travel on the Welsh Highland Railway.
    8.00am Riverside Coach Park, Avon St., Bath;
    RETURN by 7.30.p.m.(approx)
    Tuesday 18th July 2017 WINE TASTING AND LUNCH NEAR BATH

    Leave Riverside Coach Park at 10.30am for Mumford's Vineyard, Bannerdown, to see the vineyard and winery and to try four or five different styles of red and white wine. Wine may be purchased and brought back on the coach. About 1pm, the coach will take us to The Crown at Bathford for a two-course lunch and we will probably be back at Riverside about 3pm.

    Cost: £35 per person,

    More details and booking form are on page 6 of the May 2017 Members' Newsletter
    Leave: 10.30am Riverside coach park, Bath
    Arrive: 3.00pm back at Bath
    Saturday 1st July 2017 THEATRE TRIP TO SEE "HOUSE AND GARDEN" AT THE WATERMILL PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

    House and Garden is a pair of linked comedies by Alan Ayckbourn, set in a country manor house and its garden. Tickets for a performance of House have been booked for Saturday 1st July. Tickets to include a two-course lunch and coffee or tea will be £45. This includes theatre ticket, lunch, coach and driver’s tip. Without lunch the cost will be £28. If you are having lunch please indicate your menu choices on the booking form.

    Main

  • Seafood Pastry Crown with white wine and tarragon sauce
  • Or Hunter’s Chicken with red wine, bacon and tomato sauce, topped with cheese
  • Or Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
  • All served with Vegetables and Potatoes
  • Dessert
  • Lemon Tart
  • Or Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Or Apple and Cinnamon Fool
  • Or Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Coffee or Tea served with mints
  • More details and booking form are on page 13 of the March 2017 Members' Newsletter
    Bear Flat 9.15 am
    Riverside Coach Park 9.30 am
    Balustrade 9.45 am
    Tuesday 20th June 2017 AFTERNOON CRUISE (including lunch): BRISTOL DOWN THE AVON GORGE

    Leave Riverside Coach Park, Bath, at 11.45am for 1.30pm sailing; approx 16 mile round cruise on the "Tower Belle" through the Avon Gorge and beyond, returning to Bristol Harbour at 5pm to take the coach back to Bath.
    Included in the price is a Boatman's Lunch on board from a buffet with various cheeses, ham, chutneys and salads and a roll. Drinks can be purchased from the licensed cash bar on board.

    Cost is £35 per person
    More details and booking form are on page 6 of the April 2017 Members' Newsletter

    11.45am depart Riverside Coach Park,Bath
    1.30pm sailing.
    Tuesday 13th June 2017 BEAULIEU

    Visit Beaulieu where there are many attractions including, Beaulieu Abbey and exhibition, Palace House (home of the Montagu family since 1538), National Motor Museum, and extensive gardens. It is on a very large flat site and visitors can take trips on a veteran bus or monorail. There will be a guided tour of the house which lasts about one hour. There are good facilities for eating at Beaulieu or visitors can bring there own food. The guidebook suggests allowing four to five hours for your visit; this shows there is plenty to see. For more information see the website, www.beaulieu.co.uk.

    The coach will leave Bath at 9.30am arriving in Beaulieu at 11.30am. A guided tour of the house has been arranged for 2pm and the coach will leave Beaulieu at 5.30pm arriving in Bath at about 7.30pm.
    Price £27 (Includes - Coach + driver's tip + entrance to all the attractions and the guided tour.)

    More details and booking form are on page 12 of the March 2017 Members' Newsletter
    9.30am depart Avon Street coach park, Bath
    11.30 arrive at Beaulieu.
    17.30 depart Beaulieu
    19.30 arrive Bath
    Thursday 25th May 2017 SUDELEY CASTLE AND GARDENS

    Come and visit this 15th century castle rated amongst the top attractions by Trip Advisor. The castle rooms and exhibition contain fascinating treasures from Roman times to the present day. The castle is surrounded by 1,200 acres of award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens’ Gardens named after four English Queens: Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I. Katherine Parr lies entombed in the 15th century church, which is open for visitors to explore.

    On arrival there will be a talk on the history of the castle accompanied by tea and biscuits. After this you will be free to roam the castle and grounds

    Timings – 8.30 departure from Avon Street coach park, Bath
    8.45 departure from the Balustrade, London Road, Bath
    10.45 arrive at Sudeley Castle.
    15.00 depart Sudeley Castle
    17.00 arrive Bath
    Price £30 (includes - coach + driver's tip + talk + tea and biscuits)

    8.30 depart Avon Street coach park, Bath
    8.45 depart the Balustrade, London Road, Bath
    10.45 arrive at Sudeley Castle.
    15.00 depart Sudeley Castle
    17.00 arrive Bath
    Thursday 27th April 2017 DAY TRIP TO ARUNDEL CASTLE

    The seat of the Dukes of Norfolk is set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds. Arundel Castle is one of the great treasure houses of England and is home of priceless works of art. Come and see paintings, furniture, tapestries, stained glass, china, clocks, sculptures, carvings, armour, heraldry etc in stunning room settings. There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, built at the end of the first century by Roger de Montgomery.

    We are going to have a coffee break on the way and visit the castle on arrival. You are free to explore at your own leisure. There is a café and restaurant on site, but you are welcome to take a short walk into the High Street to have lunch and look around.

    At 2.30pm sharp the coach will leave to go to Goring by Sea and the English Martyrs Church, which contains a replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Only two Sistine Chapel ceilings exist in the world - one was painted in 1508 by Michelangelo Buonarroti in Vatican City, the second was painted in 1988 by Gary Bevans in the English Martyrs Church. He began work after a pilgrimage to Rome when he was only thirty-three years old. It took him five years to complete single handedly this unique undertaking. Today is remains the only copy in the world, with the advantage that it is 30ft. nearer to the ground than the original.

    COST: £27.00 each, which includes travel, castle entrance and tip for the driver
    .

    DEPART: 8.00am Riverside Coach park Bath;
    8.10am Pick-up Balustrade
    4.00pm Depart Goring-by-Sea;
    7.00pm ETA Bath