Cranleigh & District

Events

We have many informative and social activities throughout the year which are enjoyed by members including lunches, outings, walks and talks on diverse topics.

In addition to the events and outings organised by Cranleigh U3A there are lectures, study days, summer schools and other activities organised on a regional and national basis - these events are open to all our U3A members.
Please “click” one of the Links on the right hand side of this page, which will give you access to the interesting events currently being offered by the following:

- South East U3A Region
- Surrey U3A Network
- U3A National Office > Click the Member Login button [new members have to create an account - "only once"]. Now click the Members' Area Homepage button, then click the Events box to view and book your choice.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Mon Aug 19th OPEN DAY

At the Cranleigh Village Hall
From 2.00 to 4.00pm
Tue Oct 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM)

In the Cranleigh Village Hall at 2.00pm
Outings
Mon Sep 9th OSBORNE HOUSE, ISLE OF WIGHT

Osborne House is an English Heritage property on the Isle of Wight and this year is celebrating Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s 200th birthdays with a display of some of their birthday presents. Victoria and Albert bought the Osborne estate in 1845 as a rural family retreat away from Court life.

Today, many of the rooms are still filled with original furniture and works of art, and the planting in the grounds is to Albert’s design. The current grounds cover 354 acres and include formal terraces with statuary, a walled garden and extensive parkland. The estate gently slopes down to the beach which is a 30 minute walk from the house along gravel paths - stout footwear is advisable. There is a tarmac road and grassy path to the Swiss Cottage (⅔ of a mile). A courtesy mini-bus runs each day as a shuttle service from the Visitor Centre and House to the Swiss Cottage and the Beach. There are various cafes and a restaurant where food can be purchased and also picnic areas.

We will be catching the ferry at approximately 10am from Portsmouth to Fishguard and then travelling the 4 miles to Osborne House. We will be leaving Osborne at 4pm to get the 5pm ferry back to Portsmouth and our journey home.
Thu Sep 26th BENTLEY PRIORY MUSEUM, STANMORE
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN BUNKER, UXBRIDGE


Bentley Priory is best known for its pivotal role as Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Before the Air Ministry bought Bentley Priory in 1926, it had been a private home, hotel and girls’ school. Bentley Priory was once home to a cell of Augustinian Friars. It is believed that the Priory was founded in 1170 by Ranulf de Glanville, who became Chief Justiciar of England. During the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500s, Bentley Priory ceased to be a priory and the land changed hands on numerous occasions, including brief ownership by King Henry VIII.

On arrival at Bentley Priory tea and coffee will be served and this will be followed by a guided tour lasting around an hour at the ‘Bentley Priory and the Battle of Britain’. A buffet lunch will follow at the museum before we return to the coach and head for The Battle of Britain Bunker at Uxbridge.

The Battle of Britain Bunker is an underground operations room at RAF Uxbridge, formerly used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command during the Second World War. Fighter aircraft operations were controlled from there throughout the War but most notably during the Battle of Britain and on D-Day. The tour lasts for 1 hour which includes a 35-minute presentation in the plotting room on its function in the Battle of Britain.
NB The bunker is accessed via 37 steps and may be unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

We will leave around 4.30pm to return to Cranleigh
Tue Oct 1st A VISIT TO THE LEONARDO DA VINCI BXHIBITION AT THE QUEEN’S GALLERY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND THE ROYAL MEWS OR A DAY OUT IN LONDON

To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection are on display.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is a nationwide event, giving the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist.
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly known as Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. Join us for a visit to this fabulous exhibition together with a visit to the Royal Mews to see the collection of royal carriages.

Our timed tickets give us entry to the Leonardo exhibition at 11.45am - you can stay as long as you want. Our tickets for the Royal Mews are not timed so you can enter whenever you want.

There is nowhere to eat in the gallery or the mews, but there are numerous cafes and restaurants in the vicinity.

Alternatively, you can just take the coach and have a day out in London to enjoy the sights or go shopping or whatever else you want to do.

We will leave at 4pm to return to Cranleigh.
Thu Oct 31st A TRIP TO ST. MARTIN’S THEATRE, LONDON TO SEE AGATHA CHRISTIE’S ‘THE MOUSETRAP’

Join us for a trip to the St. Martin’s Theatre to enjoy a matinee performance of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ - reputedly ‘one of the best theatrical experiences one can have’.

First staged in Nottingham in 1952 The Mousetrap has delighted and enthralled audiences ever since with its mysterious magnetism that is hard to resist. Set in the backdrop of Monkswell Manor, the play stages the mysterious murder plot of a newlywed couple who come to enjoy the guesthouse service in the ramshackle old Manor inherited by the wife, which outwardly is a guest house, but in reality is nothing more than a mousetrap set by a monstrous murderer.

There should be time to buy some refreshment in one of the bars in the Theatre before the performance which starts at 3.00 p.m. We will leave for the return journey to Cranleigh at about 5.45 p.m.
Mon Nov 18th TUTANKHAMUN EXHIBITION SAATCHI GALLERY, LONDON

‘Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ celebrates the centenary of Howard Carter’s discovery of the boy king’s tomb. The priceless treasures are making a final visit to London before returning to Cairo to be housed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum. More than 150 original artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb are included, with 60 of them on their first journey outside Egypt. The exhibition focuses on interpreting the significance and meaning of the king’s burial items. Through nine immersive galleries that incorporate digital content, contextual material, audio and custom soundscapes, you will follow Tutankhamun’s passage into everlasting life, discovering how his funerary objects were used on the perilous journey.

We should arrive in London with plenty of time to buy lunch in one of the many restaurants/pubs along or near to King’s Road. We have tickets for entry at 1-30pm to the exhibition where you may spend as much time as you wish. There is a café in the gallery where you might like a cup of tea before we head for home at 4pm.
Thu Nov 28th WHITE CHRISTMAS (MUSICAL) - DOMINION THEATRE, TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD

Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ (the musical) opens in November at the Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road and tickets have been reserved for the matinee performance at 2.30pm on 28 November.

We will leave Cranleigh mid-morning arriving in London with plenty of time for you to enjoy some lunch before going into the theatre.

We anticipate leaving London around 5.30pm to return to Cranleigh early evening.