Travel Club

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We have an energetic group of members who arrange day trips and holidays. They are: Jacky Eastwood (01234 772443 - Kilworth trip only), Jenny Knaggs (01234 830906), Audrey Hancock (01234 356915), Hilary Parmakis (07890 140869), Teresa Hills (07749 465315), Rosemarie Evans (01234 296755) and Rod Fewings (07718 390188).

Please scroll down below to see details of outings, trips, theatre trips and holidays.

Here is some exciting news from Teresa:

I have managed to secure good priced tickets for the following matinee shows:

The King and I at Milton Keynes theatre on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 14.30 at £31. Dress circle seats rows J and K. FULL

Hairspray starring Michael Ball at the Coliseum on Thursday 21 May 2020 at 15.00. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2019.

Upper Circle seats rows mostly in rows B and C with a few in row D. £35 instead of £55.

If you wish to book this show please email me at and

In future all outings, trips, holidays and shows will be shown in date order below.

Where a trip is shown as full there can sometimes be cancellations. Please ask.

Whilst some details of trips and holidays are given on our website it is usually necessary to attend an Open Meeting to obtain full details and book your place. Our trips and holidays are usually very popular. Bookings are taken from 8.30am at the specified Open Meeting. Unfortunately there can be people left disappointed but we hope you will appreciate that it can be difficult to predict the interest and at the same time cover costs. See link on the right How To Book A Place On A Day Trip for more details.

Please whenever possible pay for trips and holidays by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to BEDFORD U3A TRAVEL CLUB. Cash can only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

We regret that no refunds are given for cancelled trips except when there is time to resell ticket.

Please give your email address to Teresa if you want to be notified of new theatre trips. There is no obligation but merely an opportunity to book within the short notice that we are usually given.

Here are some details of forthcoming trips and holidays:

2 July 2019 - Bedford Community Boat cruise - FULL

Leaving at 2pm from the Priory Marina and returning at 5pm. We will go up towards Queens Park. David Fowler has volunteered to do a commentary for us. Park your cars in The Country Park car park.

Price is £15 including a cream tea.

Contact Jacky Eastwood

10 July 2019 - Capel Manor Gardens

There are more than 60 richly planted gardens and landscapes across 30 acres, to inspire you and indulge your senses. Also Which Gardening Magazine Trial grounds. Also Meer cats and other small animals.

£20.50. There are two places remaining.

Contact Audrey

15 July 2019 - Ipswich and Cruise on River Orwell

Morning - free time in the interesting town of Ipswich. Much historical interest, nice shops and attractive water front.

Afternoon, 2pm - cruise on River Orwell

2 seats left.

Contact Jenny Knaggs

18 July 2019 - Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Cancelled due to low interest

3 August 2019 - Trip to see Cats at Kilworth. FULL

Tickets-£38. Coach-£11. Lunch-£11.95.

Contact Jacky Eastwood

15 August 2019 - Trip to Holkham Hall and Wells

Departure 08.00 Sainsbury’s, Kempston and 08.15 Tesco, Riverfield Drive, Bedford.

We will travel directly to Wells next the Sea where we will stop for approximately one and a half to two hours (depending on traffic). As we will hopefully be leaving Wells at around lunchtime, it may be worth bringing a packed lunch with you or buying something in Wells. Alternatively there is a cafe at Holkham.

Holkham Hall is only open from 12 till 4 although the Farm to Fork experience, walled gardens and courtyard cafe are open until 5.

Cost £28.

There are still a few tickets available.

Contact Teresa Hills

18 September 2019 - Angels Costumes Tour

Behind the Seams tour of Angels Costumes, providers of stage and cinema costumes. You'll hear first-hand accounts of working on the biggest productions such as Shakespeare in Love, The Lady in the Van, Downton Abbey, Wicked and Game of Thrones. And see clothes made or recreated for Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Fred Astaire, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and many more. Have won Oscars and a BAFTA for some of their costumes. PM St Albans late lunch and free time. £34.50.

Click for more information about Angels Costumes..

Book at July Ath meeting.

October 2019 (date to be announced) - Trip to National Arboretum Memorial Museum

Contact Jenny Knaggs

21 November 2019 - Trip to Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

Admission: £21 for non-National Trust members, £5 for NT and Art Fund members. £26 for optional lunch. Plus coach cost.

Book at September Ath meeting.

Contact Teresa Hills

December 2019 - Date to be advised - Trip to Wicksteed

Book October

Contact Jenny Knaggs

28 November 2019 - White Christmas Show at Dominion Theatre, London - FULL

Contact Teresa: or 07749 465315.

9 January 2020 - Mary Poppins - The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre, London - FULL

Contact Teresa Hills

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