Bus Pass Safari Group
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Group Contact:- Frona Lavender
The Bus Pass Safari group has restricted membership due to the numbers attending trips.
Contact Frona Lavender if you wish to be added to the waiting list. You can email Frona via the 'Bird' link right.
Latest News 2020
Unfortunately we have had to suspend any Bus Pass Safari Trips for 2020 due to the government lock down. At the moment there are no guidelines as to how bus travel will operate in the future so I am unable to arrange any safaris for the time being. This is an awful shame as our outings have been very successful and well attended. If a solution is found in order for bus trips to go ahead then we will try to resurrect our group again.
BUS PASS SAFARI TRIPS IN 2019
We managed 8 outings for 2019 to such places as Perrywoods Nursery, Chelmsford Museum, Sudbury, Battlesbridge, Southend. In between our trips we met at local coffee shops to arrange/plan future safari trips. This kept the group interested and stay connected during the year.
BUS PASS SAFARI GROUP TRIPS in 2018
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR SAFARI TRIPS
Barleylands was very quiet when we arrived there just before 11 am and we made for the cafe (which is a Tiptree Jams franchise) to enjoy a welcome drink. We then split up to wander around the craft shops where there are a wealth of craft items such as flower arranging, cake making, hand made greeting cards, hand made sweets and chocolates, glass blowing, dressmaking, etc. and where you can join various classes which include pottery, painting and even learning to play the ukulele! At the back of the complex there is a working farm and you can enter this area after purchasing an entrance fee. It is however free to enter the rest of the venue.
We left Barleylands after about an hour and a half and made our way back to Billericay where we had our lunch. There was just time for some retail therapy before we boarded our bus for home.
Safari to Sudbury
For a change we incorporated a trip by train from Marks Tey to Sudbury and we were so pleased that we did. The fare was really cheap as we took advantage of the reduced rate for groups (just £4.15 each). We were bowled over by the fantastic scenery as we chugged to Sudbury and it made us realise how lucky we are to live in an area of outstanding beauty. The Essex countryside is fabulous. As it only takes 20 minutes from Marks Tey to Sudbury, we had plenty of time to explore the shops and enjoy a brilliant lunch in a relatively new restaurant called Prada Lounge. Delicious food!
A return to one of our favourite places, Maldon
We have visited Maldon a few times since the Bus Pass Safari group was formed and never get tired of the interesting things there are to do there. This time we donned our sailor hats and had our lunch aboard The Barge Tearooms which is, obviously. a tea room on a barge. The tea room serves very tasty meals all freshly prepared and you have the choice of going downstairs to enjoy the nautical surroundings or staying on deck to enjoy the sunshine.
Historical Saffron Walden
Another one of our favourite trips is on the country bus which travels from Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden and takes us through pretty little villages and lots of open countryside which on a sunny day is delightful. There is much to see in this lovely town and we never seem to have enough time to see it all as the buses are a bit haphazard with their timings. We did however enjoy a wonderful lunch al fresco in The Courtyard Restaurant.
Click on the link here to see the reports of Past Bus Pass Safaris from 2015-2017 with reports from the last two years. You can also click on the link in the right hand column.