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.


21 November 2019 - Waddesdon at Christmas. See below for more information. On sale at 4 September Ath meeting.

14 January 2020 - Visit to Hindu Mandir, North London. See below for more information.

Short Break 20 to 24 April 2020 - Staying in the Meon Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Southampton. See below for more information.


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:

18 September 2019 - Angels Costumes Tour - CLOSED

Behind the scenes tour at Angels Costumes, providers of stage and cinema costumes.

1 October 2019 - Trip to National Arboretum Memorial Museum and Lichfield

Includes train ride which takes you round the site. Audio commentary. Later there will be free time in Lichfield.

Price: £25

Book August Addison meeting.

Contact Jenny Knaggs

21 November 2019 - Trip to Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

Departing 09.30 Tesco Riverfield Drive and 09.45 Sainsbury’s Kempston, returning 5.30-6.00. We will travel directly to Waddesdon.

Our OPTIONAL festive lunch is at 12 noon (there are other options available) and our timed entry to the house is 3.30 pm. The dazzling Xmas decorations in the house have been inspired by traditional carols and contemporary Xmas songs. Xmas trees will be sparkling with lights.

Highlights of the day include:
- A light trail around the Aviary (colour/sound/movement)
- The Manor’s facade bathed in light in two unique shows set to festive music
- ‘Light in Motion’ in the coach house at the Stables. Illuminated kinetic orbs of light will change in time to the audio setting
- The Christmas Fair - exhibitors housed in wooden chalets selling a variety of festive treats

Further details can be found at Waddesdon at Christmas web page.

Cost per adult for house and grounds (INCLUDES ALL ATTRACTIONS) £21.00
(£5 for NT and Art Fund members)
Optional festive lunch £26
Coach fare £12

On sale at 4 September Ath meeting

Contact Teresa Hills

2 December 2019 - Trip to Wicksteed

"Kick off the festive season by enjoying a cavalcade of Christmas music, dance and laughter in this amazing family show. Singers and dancers from the West End and the very best variety and comedy performers around are sure to leave you smiling with this seasonal slice of fun."

Price £38. Includes lunch, tea and coach.

Book October Addison meeting

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

14 January 2020 - Visit to Hindu Mandir, West London

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.

Book November Ath meeting.

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

20 to 24 April 2020 - Short Break in Southampton

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.

Booking at the the Ath from 7 August.

Contact Hilary Parmakis

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

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