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 Note

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.

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Outings for 2018

Please note that Maria will only be taking bookings for the next two trips throughout the year. Other dates and costs are advised so that members can plan their diaries.

DateOutingPrice ppNotePayment ByStatus
20 Feb Bletchley Park £28 31 Dec 2017 FULL
01 March Postal Museum £27 2,3,5 31 Dec 2017 FULL - see note below.
17 April Royal Albert Hall and Exhibition Road £27 2 17 March 2018 NOW available for booking
01 May Hampton Court £30 2 1 April 2018 NOW available for booking
18 June Wroxham Barns £38 2,3 16 May 2018 NOW available for booking
16 July Norwich £15 1 18 June 2018 NOW available for booking
15 Aug Ickworth House [National Trust] £25 [£12.75 NT members] 2 15 July 2018 NOW available for booking

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Outings - Notes:

  • 1: Coach Only
  • 2: Coach and Entrance
  • 3: Food on Trip
  • 4: A deposit is required
  • 5: Postal Museum: trip on 1 March is full. A second trip is possible but NOT on 1 March. Please contact Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser if you haven't booked but are interested in going.

December: there will be a Thames Cruise with 3 course meal and entertainment - date/cost TBA.

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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
Tue Feb 20th Outing: Bletchley Park
Status: FULL
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £28 per person includes coach, entrance, gratuties.
Last Payment Date: 31 December 2017

Pick up: 8:30 at Tarpots Coach stop.
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Thu Mar 1st

UPDATE ON POSTAL MUSEUM OUTING
Maria is unhappy with the lunch choices offered at Cafe Rouge. The trip is revised to exclude lunch and leave members free to decide for themselves where to eat and what to visit in the vacinity of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Outing: The Postal Museum near Mount Pleasant, London
Status: FULL Possibility of 2nd trip on another day. Contact Maria if interested.
Contact: Maria Kelly via Outings Organiser email contact link.

Cost: £27 per person including coach, Postal Museum entrance and tour, gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 31 December 2017.

Times:

  • 8:30 Pick up at Tarpots Coach stop.
  • 11:00 Arrive Postal Museum.
  • 11:00 2.5 hours to tour museum.
  • 13:30 Leave Postal Museum.
  • 14:00 Arrive vicinity of St. Pauls. Free time.
  • 17:00 Leave St.Pauls.
  • 19:00 Arrive back in Benfleet.

contact Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

The experience:

The museum’s galleries will take you on a journey through five-centuries of world-class curiosities, providing a different, previously unseen view on some of the world’s most significant historical events, and an insight into the quirky beginnings of the earliest social network.

Once you have explored the museum, your ticket will then grant you access to a subterranean world that – up until now – remained hidden from public view.

Descend into the old engineering depot of Mail Rail – the one-hundred-year old little-known Post Office railway – and board a miniature train designed to transport people through its narrow tunnels for the first time. The train ride will pass through and stop at the original Mount Pleasant station platforms 70 feet underground, where an impressive audio visual display will take riders back in time, giving an insight into the heyday of the railway.

A day out for all ages.

The Subterranean level has a lift to access, but is not suitable for wheelchairs and walkers/ frames.

There is a tea room in the museum where refreshments can be purchased either before or after our tour.
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Tue Apr 17th Outing: Royal Albert Hall and Kensington
Status: AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING
Contact: Maria kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £27 per person includes coach, drinks/pastries on arrival, 1 hour Grand Tour, gratutities.
Last payment date: 17 March 2018.

Pick up: 8:30 at Tarpots Coach stop; arrive RAH about 11:00 for drinks/pastries.
11:30 Tour of Royal Albert Hall - about 1 hour.
1:00pm taken to Kensington area. Free time for lunch/shopping.
4:30pm leave Kensington; arriving Benfleet about 7:00pm.

Each tour offers a unique experience and may include opportunities to see artists rehearsing for their evening performance. The Royal Albert Hall is a working building so the content of the tours may vary and due to events some areas may occasionally be closed.

Please note: There are a lot of stairs on the tour, so customers are advised to wear flat shoes. Lifts are also available when required.
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Tue May 1st Outing: Hampton Court
Status: AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £30 per person includes coach, entrance, gratuities.
Last payment date: 1 April 2018

Pick up: 8:30 Tarpots Coach stop; return to Benfleet about 7:00pm

Ticket allows access to the Palace, gardens and the maize, so a full day of exploring at your leisure. There are various food options to suit you all.

We will have about 5 hours at Hampton Court to explore.
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Mon Jun 18th Outing: Wroxham Barns
Status: AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING NOW
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £38 per person Includes Coach, 2 Course Lunch at Wroxham Barns, 2 Hour cruise along the broads (refreshments can be purchased aboard), drivers gratuities.
Last payment date: 16 May 2018.

We will arrive at Wroxham Barns, a collection of little craft buildings mainly local crafts with time to explore before a 2 course lunch (Sausage and Mash/Cheesecake) will be served in the restaurant.

At 1:40pm we will depart and make our way to Horning to board our cruiser for our 2 hour cruise along the broads (refreshments can be purchased aboard), heading back home approx 4:15pm.
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Mon Jul 16th Outing: Norwich
Status: AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING NOW
Contact; Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £15 per person. Includes coach and gratuities only.
Last payment date: 18 June 2018.

This is a coach only trip giving you plenty of time to explore Norwich at your own pace.
Norwich has so much to offer. Maybe visit the wonderful cathedral, or explore the numerous shops, or the famous outdoor market. Numerous eateries to choose from.
We will allow 5 hours for you to browse so no rushing.
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Wed Aug 15th Outing: Ickworth House (National Trust)
Status: AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING now
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings organiser email contact.

Cost: £25 non-members of the National Trust; £12.25p for National Trust Members. Includes coach, entrance and gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 15 July 2018


Full details soon.
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Fri Sep 7th Outing: Kew Gardens
Status: NOT AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING YET
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £32 per person including coach, entrance, gratuities.

Full details later.
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Tue Oct 2nd

Outing: Man Made Wonders of Essex
Status: NOT AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING YET
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact

Cost: £33 per person including Coach, Blue Badge Guide,2 course Carvery Lunch & drivers gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 28 August 2018

Pickup: Tarpots coach stop, time TBA.

Itinerary

  • Our Guide will hop onto the coach en route to Cressing Temple Barns Braintree, to start the day with time to buy morning refreshments.(in the onsite cafe)
  • After Morning refreshments the group will visit the barns before rejoining the coach for a guided tour finishing at Bosworth Tea Rooms.
  • 12.45pm the group will sit down for a 2 course carvery lunch with a hot drink ( inc) other drinks to be paid for on the day.
  • After Lunch the group will join the coach for a guided tour of the Coln Valley.
  • There will be time to buy afternoon refreshments ( pay on the day) before heading back home at 4.45/5.00pm

NOT AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING YET but if you are interested in this trip please let Maria know asap please.
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Mon Dec 10th Outing: Thames Cruise and London Lights
Status: AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING NOW £10 per person non-returnable deposit required to secure place.
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £50 per person including coach, Thames cruise with 3 course meal and entertainment on board the Bateaux cruiser, plus London Lights Tour, gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 31 October 2018

Start the season in style with this Christmas lunch cruise on the River Thames in the Glass top Bateaux Cruiser.

Arrive at Westminster Pier where you will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine before you embark on your 3 hour cruise.
Here you will be served a traditional three course festive lunch, followed by tea and coffee. There will also be a licensed pay bar for you to use.

Appreciate the fantastic entertainment, festive live music and dancing for everyone to enjoy. Get dressed up in your best Christmas glad rags on hopefully a special day to remember.

The cruiser holds 100 guests of which I have provisionally booked 100, if I find we only have one coach load then the remaining places will be filled by either another club or general public.

THIS IS ANOTHER MEMBERS SUGGESTION. As are most of our trips each year. so thank you for the suggestion.

The cost will be .......£50 per head

This is the itinerary for the day.

11.00....Board the coach at designated pick up points
12.45....Board your boat at Westminster pier to begin your festive 3 hour cruise
13.00....Enjoy your three course Christmas lunch with live entertainment.
16.00....Depart the boat and return back to coach
16.15....We will have a short tour of the London lights before returning home.
20.00....Return to Benfleet

When booking for this trip I will be requiring a £10 deposit each which will be non refundable as I will have to pay the cruiser company the deposit money.

I will be taking bookings for this trip NOW only with the deposit, those wanting to pay in full would be brilliant.
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