Cranleigh & District


Important Message about Outings

The planned outings to the Victoria and Albert Museum/Day Out in London, Tina – the Tina Turner Musical, Eltham Palace and the Kentish Lady boat trip have all been cancelled and everyone who was booked on them has been notified by email or telephone. For three of the outings, the cancellation has been done with only a small cost for cancelling the coaches which the U3A Outings Club will pay for. All of the cheques received for these three outings have been shredded.
The exception is the Tina outing. We paid for the theatre tickets some time ago and are now in discussion about whether or not we will get a refund. The people booked on this outing will be notified by email or telephone when we know the situation.

We will not be planning any further outings until we can see the end of this coronavirus crisis in sight. We may have a long wait!

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When we are back up and running, we will continue with arranging our 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
Thu Apr 23rd ‘TINA’- THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL ALDWYCH THEATRE, LONDON - Event cancelled see message above

We have obtained excellent seats in the stalls at a much-reduced group price for this hit musical which has been playing to sold-out audiences. It chronicles the life story of rock ‘n’ roll legend, Tina Turner, who brought us hit songs like ‘Proud Mary’, ‘River Deep- Mountain High’ and ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’. The show has received rave reviews, being described as ‘slickly choreographed, beautifully designed and roof-raisingly well-sung’.

Leaving Stocklund Square at 10.30am, we should arrive in London with sufficient time to buy lunch before the show, which starts at 2.30pm. We shall head home as soon as it finishes at approximately 5.15pm.
Wed May 6th ELTHAM PALACE AND GARDENS - Event cancelled see message above

Once a favoured medieval palace, and then a Tudor royal residence, the childhood home of Henry V111, Eltham Palace was transformed into a striking Art Deco mansion by eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. Discover their stylish home which incorporates original medieval features into an otherwise ultra-modern 1930s residence.

Seely and Page, their architects, incorporated the Great Hall – the most substantial survival from the medieval royal palace – into the design. Like the house the palace’s 19 acres of gardens features both 20th Century and medieval elements.

On arrival refreshments will be available to purchase at the cafe.

Guided tours of both the castle and the gardens are included. We will be split into two groups for the Palace tour of an hour and half and the Garden tour of one hour. The morning tours start at 11.00am and the afternoon tours begin at 2.00pm. This will give us the opportunity to enjoy a lunch at the café/restaurant or you are welcome to bring along and eat your own picnic lunch in the grounds. We will leave at 4.00pm aiming to be back in Cranleigh by 6.00pm.
Tue May 19th KENTISH LADY RIVER CRUISE AND ALLINGTON CASTLE IN MAIDSTONE - Event cancelled see above message_

We will arrive in Maidstone at around 11.30am where you will be free to take a short walk to the local high street to purchase lunch/refreshments at one of the many cafes and restaurants, or you could bring your own picnic. We will then meet at the riverside at 1.00pm to join The Kentish Lady for an exclusive and unique excursion along the scenic River Medway combined with a guided tour of Allington Castle’s gardens, courtyards and Great Hall. Allington Castle is a 13th century medieval castle nestled in 42 acres of gardens next to the river. It is a privately owned estate and is not open to the general public. It has Italian gardens, parterre, and formal ponds, surrounded by a moat and fronted by two lakes.

We access the grounds from a mooring beside the river where we will be met by a tour guide and taken for the short walk to the castle. The ground can be a little uneven and there are a few steps so it is advised that sensible shoes should be worn. We remain with the guide throughout the visit and there are only a few opportunities to sit down during the tour.

After the tour we will re-join the boat and will be served tea/coffee and cake on board during the return journey. The visit takes about three hours so we will be leaving for Cranleigh at approx. 4.15pm