Alton

Outings & Theatre Trips

ERRATUM Regrettably Mary Trickers Email address has been incorrectly entered on the back page of the Blue Book. It is.....maryetricker@live.co.uk

***WEDNESDAY 4th SEPTEMBER

SUSSEX & the Prairie Garden
This ever popular tour takes you off the beaten track in an attractive part of England to discover some quirky English curios. The day is both entertaining and easy on the feet.
We meet our Guide Gillian, to start our tour around the local area, stopping at charming Steyning to purchase lunch. The afternoon concludes at the unique Sussex Prairie Gardens with its huge dazzling beds full of colour!
Our fascinating day finishes with tea and cakes.
Tickets are £40 per person includes Drivers gratuity.
The Coach leaves the Co-op at Four Marks at 9.00am, Sainsbury’s at 9.15am and Bentley at 9.30am.
To make your booking, contact Mary Tricker on email: maryetricker@live.co.uk

***WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16th

Visit the famous STOURHEAD (N.T) with its beautiful autumn colours. Stourhead House is a Palladian mansion with world-famous landscaped gardens.

Uncover the history of the Mansion and explore the breath-taking 18th century landscape garden with lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples!
The cost will be £17 per head, however non National Trust members will be asked to pay an additional £16.50 entrance fee on the day.
The Coach will be leaving Alton Sainsbury’s 9.00am and Four Marks (Shopping Parade) 9.15am
To book your place ring June Trim on 01420 23336 or e-mail junetrim@btinternet.com

***SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16th

A "Behind the scenes" tour of the ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Today we go behind the scenes of the magnificent Royal Albert Hall. Enter this much loved Grade 1 listed building to see parts of the Hall usually off limits to the general public. It includes taking you under the stage, into one of our dressing rooms where all the stars have prepared to perform, and also into the loading bay deep underground.
The cost is £29.50 per head (include drivers gratuities).
Coach leaves Co-op at Four Marks at 8.30, then opposite Sainsbury’s in Alton at 8.45, and Bentley at 9am.
Please email maryetricker@live.co.uk to book your place.

***TUESDAY DECEMBER 3rd

A Visit to the River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames
Explore the fascinating story of the world famous Regatta. There is a good café where refreshments can be purchased.
Later we visit Stonor House which is an historic Country House and deer park situated in the Chiltern Hills. We will take a Candlelit Evening tour of the interior of Stonor House and its beautiful Christmas decorations followed by a mince pie and mulled wine!.
The cost is £ 36.50 ( including a gratuity for our driver) The Coach leaves the Co-oP at Four Marks at 13.00, then Sainsbury’s at 13.15hrs and finally 13.30hrs at Bentley. Return Circa 19.00hrs
Please email maryetricker@live.co.uk to book your place.

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***FURTHER DETAILS of these Excursions will be on the Notice Board in the Community Centre and on the Website - www.u3asites.org.uk/alton - in due course.

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Please Note There is still some availability for the 2020 Holiday on May 10th - 15th to the Isle of Man. Contact Mary !

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PAYMENT ON BOOKING - PLEASE NOTE THAT CHEQUES WILL NOT BE PRESENTED TO THE BANK UNTIL ONE MONTH BEFORE THE TRIP TAKES PLACE, (Example: Excursion on May 9th, Last payment date April 9th), SO IF YOU WISH TO BUDGET AND BOOK FOR MORE THAN ONE TRIP, PLEASE GIVE US MULTIPLE CHEQUES
Cheques made payable to Alton U3A to be sent to Mary Tricker, or pay into the U3A excursions account by BACS – account:
Sort Code 30-90-15 A/c Number 01235606 Quote U3A Excursion and Name

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TRIP REPORTS WANTED

Would anyone like to submit a brief report on a recent U3A Excursion? Send by email or hand written to the U3A Webmaster.

It doesn't have to be lengthy, just a few lines would be nice for other members to read and may even encourage newcomers to come along on a trip.

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U3A Excursion to WILTON HOUSE..August 14th 2019

Report by Fiona and Malcolm Davidson

We left Alton on a very wet, dreary day in August and went an indirect route to Wilton House! We were met by Ros who was very helpful, informative and directed us to the various places of interest , the facilities after a two hour drive being the first!

The house was absolutely magnificent and well worth a second visit sometime to take in all the wonderful ceilings, the Chippendale, Boulle and Kent furniture. The most priceless item was an inlaid brass with pewter table which was stunning.
There were wonderful Van Dyck paintings amongst other artists and a large number of equestrian paintings for the tenth Earl of Pembroke who loved horses.

There was also a special Cecil Beaton photographic exhibition which was very interesting as well as a superb collection of the Earl's classic cars.

The grounds were mainly beautiful parkland and a walk to the Palladian bridge over the river would have been lovely on a sunny day! All in all, a superb day extremely well organised, as usual, by Mary.