Day Trips, Short Breaks, Jouneys and Holidays - no caravan required!
This is the AWAKE trips and journeys programme for all members, and any Awake member can take part. It is run by Roger Coates, me! I am happy to share my lifelong experience of independent travel worldwide. The bi-monthly newsletter, and this website, are the only ways to advertise the trips. I do take names at meetings but always wait for the 75% of members who do not come to meetings to read the information and respond. Very early booking gets the best prices. This can be up to three months ahead. Such bookings are usually not refundable. The trips are generally not available commercially or at my price. To book a place or check detail, call or email. When I ask for money it must be paid promptly. Cheques, cash or online banking via me to AWAKE U3A who have already paid out. No instalments. I will hand out lots of information, maps etc. for you to hit the ground running on arrival doing what you want to do. Solo travellers have a chance to tag along with others if you want. I am on all the trips but am not a shepherd or a walking guide. If you get arrested I will pass the hat round for your bail. Trains will leave early and return late to get the best out of the stay. Coach trips will ALWAYS leave on time. Watching the trips it is clear that forming big groups on arrival is not the best way to explore.
01 March 2020: Leamington for Birmingham,Stratford,Coventry and Warwick on April 4th is full (31) BUT, there is still one room available due to a cancellation. Town centre hotel,train travel and lots of information to help you get around. Call me if interested.
Narrowboat one week journey is full.
There will now be a period with no Caravan offers. This may last into Autumn .
Current plans are:
Stay in Leamington Spa for Birmingham, Coventry, Stratford and Warwick. 3 nights in a hotel - Sat April 4th – Mon 6th inclusive. Check out Tuesday 7th. Early start late return. The usual notes from me in your hand to make the very best of time. Thirty three are booked on this and hotel is paid. I will book the train travel when it opens soon. Easy journey one change. These early bookings catch best value. I will contact the group for prompt train payment when I know the cost. I have available NOW, two twin/double rooms already booked for this trip. £154.50 per room 3 nights. Also a male twin share for £77.25. These are now offered to Swanland and Hessle U3A. First come first served.
Visit Birmingham. Plenty of trains. Canals by foot or boat, Jewellery Quarter, two brilliant gardens, a classic Arts and Crafts Mansion, Cadbury World, Selfridges, Theatres, Curry Triangle, Black Country Museum, generally big city stuff.
Visit Stratford. Hourly trains or country bus. Everything Shakespeare, "The Winters Tale" at main theatre. Matinee and evening on Sat. Evening only Mon. You book, help if needed. River trips, late train back.
Visit Warwick Local bus. The Castle etc. Historic centre. Tow path walk up the spectacular Hatton flight of 23 locks achieved by last year’s canal trip on our first afternoon. Good pub at the top.
Visit Coventry. Plenty of trains. Cathedral, a post war architectural star turn, very good Motor Museum and a lot of very ugly concrete.
Some rooms booked from last meeting. Spaces available now for members responding promptly to the November/December newsletter. Call Roger Coates 657105 07941222499
Canal Journey 2020 is taking shape. Dates, gender mix, available boat size, good route are coming together. We will have a 10 or 12 berth boat. My crew list is Bratley, Harrison, Biallod, King, Morton x2, Boddice x2. Please call/email me to confirm your place and any dates mid-April and May that are out for you.
Call Roger for a chat or talk at a meeting for more background or to book. Watch this space for further exciting trip news, and follow the links at the top right of this page to see the reports from previous trips!
Roger Contact 657105 or 07941222499, or by email at Roger Coates.