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.

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

There is a date for the Bedford Community Boat trip that Jacky Eastwood is organising. It is taking place on 2 July 2019.

The date for the Cruise on River Orwell has been changed to 15 July 2019.

The date for the trip to Holkham Hall and Wells has been changed to Thursday 15 August 2019.

The date for the trip to Waddesdon Manor has been set. It is Thursday 21 November 2019.

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 and you need to come early, any time from 9.00am, to make sure of a place. It is a case of 'first come first served'. 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 Bedford U3A 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:

20 March 2019 - Norfolk Odyssey - FULL

A tour calling at Burnham Market, Holt and Walsingham. Guide accompanying who will adapt according to weather. £20.

Contact Audrey Hancock and Hilary Parmakis

1 to 5 April 2019 - Short Break based at Smith's Hotel, Weston-super-Mare - FULL

Itinerary as follows:
Day 1 - Bedford to Weston with stop at Westbury for lunch. See White Horse and Edington Priory.
Day 2 - Wells Bishop's Palace and Gardens tour and free time to explore Wells town centre and the cathedral. Special mention of the 14th century clock with jousting knights every 15 minutes and the 16th century almshouses. Return via Wookey, Ebbor Gorge, Priddy and Cheddar.
Day 3 - Ross on Wye, Symonds Yat (if time), Tintern Abbey, Chepstow town and castle.
Day 4 - Bath - guided walk 'Highlights' and free time. Return Weston about 2.30pm.
Day 5 - Weston to Bedford with lunch stop at Newbury..

If you have already paid balance, please collect your itinerary booklet from Teresa at the Addison.

Contact Teresa Hills

10 April 2019 - Trip to Stamford and Peterborough (Cathedral tour) and free time. FULL

Contact Hilary Parmakis and Audrey Hancock

13 April 2019 - Merry Widow at London Coliseum. FULL

Whilst the trip to see Merry Widow is full would you like to spend the day in London on Saturday 13 April? We have spare coach seats available leaving Bedford at 09.30/09.45 returning at 17.30. Coach will drop off and pick up near the London Coliseum in St Martin's Lane (near Leicester Square). Fare is £16 per person. Please contact Teresa Hills, email: or call 07749 465315.

Contact Teresa Hills at Ath or Addison

1 to 8 May 2019 - Holiday in Fuengirola, Costs del Sol, Southern Spain - Closed

Flying from Luton Malaga. Good flight times: 8.40 out, 10.25 back. £679 all inclusive.

Contact Jenny Knaggs on 01234 830906.

22 May 2019 - Myddleton House and Lee Valley Cruise

Myddelton House and Lee Valley cruise £32. We will travel to Broxbourne where we will transfer to the 'Lady of Lee Valley'. We have organised a two and a half hour cruise through the Lee Valley regional park. The price includes a fish and chip lunch from a local eatery. Afterwards we will pick up the coach and make our way to Myddelton House and gardens. The highlights include a Victorian conservatory, renovated kitchen garden, alpine meadow, 111 year old wisteria and carp lake. There is also a tea room on site.

Book at the Ath Open Meeting in March 2019.

Contact Teresa Hills

13 June 2019 - Trip to to Old Leigh and Southend

Old Leigh - pubs, cocklesheds and arts and crafts. Southend - pier train ride and candy floss..

Book at April Addison Open Meeting. £14.50.

Contact Audrey Hancock and Hilary Parmakis

2 July 2019 - Bedford Community Boat cruise

Enough members have shown interest in a Bedford Community Boat cruise to enable us to go ahead and charter the boat. Jacky will be taking money in April.

You will be informed of when you can book and price later but meanwhile, please continue to give your names to Jacky Eastwood if interested - 01234 772443.

Contact Jacky Eastwood

15 July 2019 (change of date) - Cruise on River Orwell

Cruise on River Orwell and then free time in the interesting town of Ipswich. Much historical interest, nice shops and attractive water front.

Book at May Ath meeting.

Contact Jenny Knaggs

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

£38 plus coach. Book at February Ath meeting.

Contact Jacky Eastwood

15 August 2019 - Trip to Holkham Hall and Wells

Book at June Addison meeting.

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..

21 November 2019 - Trip to Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

Contact Teresa Hills

December 2019 - Date to be advised - Trip to Wicksteed

Contact Jenny Knaggs

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

I have obtained 50 good dress circle seats for the 2.30 matinee of this show on Thursday 9 January (next year!). The good news is the seats have been reduced to £40. The coach fare will be £13.

If you are interested please book at either the Ath on 6 February or Addison on 19 February. Cheques for £53 to be made payable to Bedford U3A Travel Club.

If you can't make either meeting you can post/deliver a cheque to me. I will supply my address on request. Tickets are on a first come first served basis. Teresa

Contact Teresa Hills