Bedford

Travel Club

You need to be a member of Bedford U3A to join this group

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.

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There is a twin room available for the short break in Southampton in April 2020 doe to a cancellation. Contact Hilary Parmakis if you’d like to take it up.

There is a new arrangement for parking at Tesco's when we go on trips. Please make sure you are aware of the rules by speaking to someone on the Travel Desk at Open Meetings before your trip.

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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:

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

Contact Teresa Hills

14 January 2020 - Visit to Hindu Mandir, West London - FULL

Recently shown on TV as one of the sacred places of the world. We will have a tour of the temple. After lunch break in Kensington there will be a visit to the Design Museum. 'Following its blockbuster exhibition Stanley Kubrick, the Design Museum invites you to travel to Mars without leaving London – in a multi-sensory adventure for all ages.'

Click Hindu Temple for more information about the temple.

Price £29, based on 46 members.

Contact Audrey Hancock and Hilary Parmakis

26 February 2020 - The King and I at Milton Keynes Theatre - FULL.

Dress circle seats rows J and K. £31.

Contact Teresa Hills

18 March 2020 - Kenilworth and Guide Dog Centre

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Departure Tesco Goldington 08.30 and Sainsburys Kempston 08.45.

We first travel to the lovely town of Kenilworth with its clock tower, Millennium Globe, Castle Green and delightful High Street. We will stop here for a walk around and lunch. Afterwards we will drive the short distance to the Guide Dog Centre at Leamington Spa.

The tour at 2 pm gives you a chance to see the puppies as they socialise and grow, gaining experience of everyday sights and sounds which will help them develop the skills they need as guide dogs. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the dogs, who will accompany centre guides on the tour.

You can expect to see the National Breeding Centre going through its daily activities and find out how they use the latest technology and innovations in their breeding. The guides will take you along the specially built walkways which enable you to view the work without disturbing either the dogs or staff. Take the Sensory Tunnel experience to get a brief insight into living with sight loss and learn how people living with a visual impairment get about.

Towards the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to purchase gifts and pet products from the shop, where tea and coffee will also be served.

Cost of £16.50 per person includes a £3 donation to the centre.

Book at the Ath in December.

Contact Teresa Hills

20 to 24 April 2020 - Short Break in Southampton - SOLD OUT

Staying in the Meon Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Southampton with trips to Portsmouth and the Mary Rose, New Forest tour including Bucklers Hard and a river cruise, Lymington and Brockenhurst and a free day for you to explore Winchester.

Please book early £399 per person half board. £50 deposit £20 of which is non- refundable. No single supplement.

Contact Hilary Parmakis

29 April 2020 - Inns of the Court and Camden Lock

“The Inns of Court – habitat of the wigged and gowned English barrister – could pass for a collection of Oxford and Cambridge colleges right in the heart of London. They’re a warren of cloisters, courtyards, and passageways set amongst some of the best gardens in London. So: ancient rites and customs, high drama, colourful characters, and matters of life and death amid delightful surroundings. It’s a rich confection, making this the prettiest and most historical of our central London walks" blurb London Walks.

Cost £20

Booking at the Addison in February.

Contact Audrey and Hilary

21 May 2020 - Hairspray at the Coliseum, London - FULL

Stars Michael Ball. 3pm.

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

Contact Teresa Hills

20 June 2020 - Carousel at Kilworth

”A giant of the musical stage, multi-award winning ‘Carousel’ is a vibrant and timeless story of passion, loss and redemption with some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beautiful and enduring songs of all time.”

Tickets £40. Pay for coach and lunch later.

Selling at the Ath in January

Contact Jacky Eastwood

24 June 2020 - Pretty Woman at the Piccadilly Theatre, London - FULL

Contact Teresa Hills

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