Benfleet

Outings

Contact

Please contact Maria Kelly using our Outings Organiser email contact link.

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Aims

Our aim is to make our trips as enjoyable and varied as possible, with consideration to learning, fun and friendship whilst keeping the costs affordable.

Sometimes we have late cancellations in which case you may receive a call if your name is on the waiting list, so do not give up if you think the list is full, you may still have a chance. It is sometimes worth contacting me to check.

If you find that you are unable to keep a booking you have made let me know, as it will free the place for someone else. Remember to write what you are paying for on the back of your cheques and, if you have them ready at the general meeting, it will speed things up.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas you wish to share.

Important Notices

When booking a place on any activity, your place is not guaranteed until you have paid in full and you have received your ticket. If you have not paid in full by the specified date, your place may be given to another person.

If any trip includes food please advise Maria of any dietary/allergy requirements when booking.

Photographs: will be taken by members on outings and may be used in our Bulletin and website. If you do NOT wish any photos of you to be included please advise Maria when booking.

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Outings for 2019

DateOutingPrice ppNotePayment ByStatus
4 March 2019 Newmarket Stud Farm/Saffron Walden£25229 January 2019Open for booking
5 April 2019 Backstage at the Royal Opera House £40 2,3 26 February 2019 FULL reserve list only
21 June 2019 Wroxham Broads Cruise and Lunch £40 2,3 TBA Open for booking
18 July 2019 Buckingham Chilterns Tour with Lunch £48 1,3 TBA ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 26 March 2019 - Members Meeting
15 August 2019 Eastbourne £15 1 TBA ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 26 March 2019 - Members Meeting
3 September 2019 Nottcutt Nursery/Cruise/Castle/Tea £45 2,3 TBA ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 30 April 2019 - Members Meeting
19 October 2019RHS Wisley "Tints of Autumn"£15 RHS Member; Non RHS £27-50p1, 2TBAADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 28 May 2019 - Members Meeting
22 November 2019 Bury St. Edmunds, Christmas Markets £15 1 TBA ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 28 May 2019 - Members Meeting
16 December 2019 Thames Cruise/London Lights £50 2,3,4 16 October 2019 ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 25 June 2019 - Members Meeting

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Outings - Notes:

  • 1: Coach Only
  • 2: Coach and Entrance
  • 3: Food on Trip
  • 4: A deposit is required

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Previous Outings:

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Please see Treasurers Notices regarding cheque amendments.

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Special Interest Group Note

It should be noted that this "Activity Group" is not strictly a Special Interest Group but is meant for all Benfleet U3A members. Its placement in the Special Interest Group lists allows for enhanced features not available elsewhere.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Mar 4th Outing: Newmarket Stud Farm Tour and visit to Saffron Walden
Status: Available for booking NOW.
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £25 per person includes coach/gratuity, tea/coffee, stud tour.
Last Payment Date: Tuesday 29 January 2019
Pickup: 8:30 Tarpots Coach Stop

Itinerary .
11.00am..Arrive at Farm
11.05-11.25.....Time to enjoy a Tea /coffee & Biscuits ( incl in the price)
11.30- 13.00 ..Tour of Stud Farm.

This 500-acre National Stud is home to some of the leading stallions of the racing world and the only stud to open its doors to the general public. During your visit you will get a full insight into the working of a thoroughbred farm and see what is involved before and after the horse time with a trainer. You will meet stallions, mares and foals along the way.

13.05pm..Return to coach then free time in Saffron Walden where Lunch can be purchased and an opportunity to visit this lovely old town.
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Fri Apr 5th Outing: Backstage at the Royal Opera House
Status: FULL reserve list only.
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £40 per person includes coach, tour, 3 course lunch, gratuities.
Last Payment Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA

Finally, it's your chance to step inside this amazing venue which has been reopened due to popular demand and following a massive £50 million renovation.

Before the start of your tour there will be an (incl) three course lunch with a soft drink in the Covent Garden area.( approx 12.30)

After Lunch Your Backstage Tour includes an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre, an insight into the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House and a look at aspects of current productions. As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation.

After the tour why not spend some free time exploring the Markets and shops before you depart for home at approx 5.30pm.
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Fri Jun 21st Outing: Wroxham Broads Cruise and Lunch
Status: Open for booking
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £40 per person includes coach/gratuity, broads cruise, 2 course lunch.
Last Payment Date: To be advised
Pickup: 8:30 Tarpots Coach Stop

Similar to the 2018 trip, but with free time in Wroxham instead of the Barns.

Lunch at the Wroxham Hotel - Fish and Chips, Cheesecake, tea/coffee.
After lunch a 2 hour broads cruise and then free time in Wroxham.
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Thu Jul 18th Outing: Buckingham Chilterns Tour with Lunch
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 26 March 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £48 per person includes coach/gratuity, lunch.
Last Payment Date: To Be Advised
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA
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More details to follow.
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Thu Aug 15th Outing: Eastbourne
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 26 March 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £15 per person includes coach/gratuity only.
Last Payment Date: To Be Advised
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA

This trip will coincide with the start of the Eastbourne Airshow.
Further details to follow.
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Tue Sep 3rd Outing: Notcutt Nursery, Maidstone; Kentish Lady Cruise (including a Cream Tea); Allington Castle tour.
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 30 April 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £45 per person includes coach/gratuity, cruise/cream tea, castle tour.
Last Payment Date: To Be Advised
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA
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A full day with plenty of activities.
Members can purchase lunch if they wish at Notcutt Nursery.
The included Cream Tea will be served on the Kentish Lady Cruise.
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Sat Oct 19th Outing: RHS Wisley "Tints of Autumn"
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 28 May 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost:Depends on if you are a RHS Member includes coach/gratuity and entrance.

For RHS Members £15 per person RHS Members can also admit 1 guest free (Coach £15 per person)
For NON RHS Members £27-50p per person

NOTE: RHS Members MUST have their membership card on the day

Last Payment Date: Thursday 19 September 2019
Pickup: To be advised
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Fri Nov 22nd Outing: Bury St. Edmunds, Christmas Market
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 28 May 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £15 per person includes coach/gratuity only.
Last Payment Date: To Be Advised
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA
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Mon Dec 16th Outing: Thames Lunch Cruise and London Lights
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 25 June 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £50 per person includes coach/gratuity, Thames Cruise with lunch, Lights tour.
Last Payment Date: 16 October 2019 - £10 non-refundable deposit at time of booking
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA
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