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 - see full details at bottom of page

DateOutingPrice ppNotePayment ByStatus
21 June 2019 Wroxham Broads Cruise and Lunch £40 2,3 30 April 2019 OPEN for booking NOW
18 July 2019 Buckingham Chilterns Tour with Lunch £48 1,3 28 May 2019 OPEN for booking NOW
15 August 2019 Eastbourne/Air Show £15 1 30 July 2019 OPEN for booking NOW
3 September 2019 Nottcutt Nursery/Cruise/Castle/Tea £45 2,3 TBA FULL - reserve list only.
19 October 2019RHS Wisley "Tints of Autumn"£15 RHS Member1, 219 Sept. 2019 ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from around 28 May 2019.
. . Non RHS £27-50p
22 Nov. 2019 Bury St. Edmunds, Christmas Markets £15 1 TBA ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from around 28 May 2019.
16 Dec. 2019 Thames Cruise/London Lights £50 2,3,4 16 October 2019 ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from around 30 July 2019.

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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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PLEASE NOTE: due to central support imposing draconian limits on the number of photos we can hold on our site in total and on individual pages, we have had to remove all photos older than 1 year and ensure that any single page does not have more than 25 photos.

Please continue to provide photos for review as usual. They will be held and stored for future use but only a selection can be shown on the website.

If you wish to retrieve any photos not available on this site, please contact Alan Aldridge at Webmaster email link. Thank you.

Previous Outings - still available on this site:

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Photos from these visits have been removed but are available to members from Webmaster.

  • 201804 - Royal Albert Hall
  • 201803 - Postal Museum
  • 201802 - Bletchley Park
  • 201712 - Greenwich, Lights and Cruise
  • 201711 - Bury St. Edmunds
  • 201711 - Thursford
  • 201709 - Cruise The World
  • 201708 - CanaryWharf
  • 201707 - Hampton Court
  • 201706 - Legal London Walking Tour
  • 201706 - Brighton
  • 201705 - Chatham Dockyard
  • 201607 - Maldon Two Island Sail
  • 201604 - Faversham/Canterbury
  • 201512 - Brick Lane Music Hall

Sorry but photos from outings earlier than this had already been removed.

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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
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: 30 April 2019
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: OPEN for booking NOW
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £48 per person includes coach/gratuity, lunch.
Last Payment Date: 28 May 2019
Pickup: 8:15 Tarpots Coach Stop

Itinerary:

  • Meet our Blue Badge guide at a pub in Old Beaconsfield, where we will stop for morning refreshments.
  • Drive through scenic countryside, our guide pointing out places of interest.
  • Return to the pub for included 1 course lunch ( Cottage Pie served with vegetables and gravy). Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options available – please advise Maria when booking.
  • After lunch, visit the Jordan’s Meeting House built in 1688. Our guide will give details on the Quakers and William Penn their leader/founder.
  • Stop at the Mayflower Barn for Tea and Biscuits before heading home at 4:45pm. Arrive in Benfleet approx. 7:00pm
Thu Aug 15th Outing: Eastbourne and Air Show
Status: OPEN for booking NOW
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £15 per person includes coach/gratuity only.
Last Payment Date: 25 June 2019
Pickup: 9:00 Tarpots Coach Stop

In Eastbourne the day will be yours at your own pace and leisure.
We are fortunate that the Eastbourne Air Show have an afternoon FREE display from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August.
You could pop on the bus to Beachy Head or visit the Marina or stroll around the shopping centre or sea front.
Lots of places for Refreshments/lunch.
You will have 5 Hours free time in Eastbourne.
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Tue Sep 3rd Outing: Notcutt Nursery, Maidstone; Kentish Lady Cruise (including a Cream Tea); Allington Castle tour.
Status: FULL - reserve list only
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £45 per person includes coach/gratuity, cruise/cream tea, castle tour.
Last Payment Date: 30 July 2019
Pickup: 9:00 Tarpots Coach Stop
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In the morning, stop at Nottcutts Nursery Maidstone for an opportunity to purchase refreshments/Lunch/ and browse the various outlets there at Newnham Court Shopping Village.

Coach into Maidstone where will board our Boat The Kentish Lady, with commentary, for a cruise down the River Medway to ALLINGTON CASTLE where we will be given a guided tour.

ALLINGTON CASTLE is privately owned so its a rare opportunity to get permission to visit.

On the return trip on the Kentish Lady an included Cream Tea will be served.on our way back to Maidstone. Then back on the coach for our journey home.
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Sat Oct 19th Outing: RHS Wisley "Tints of Autumn"
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from around 28 May 2019.
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 around 28 May 2019.
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 around 30 July 2019.
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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