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.
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- South East U3A Region
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|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Mar 11th||THE PEOPLE’S POST|
Join us on this varied and exciting trip to the Museum of London, The Post Office Museum and a Mail Rail Ride.
We should arrive at the Museum of London at about Midday where we will be met by our guide who will explain our itinerary for the day. We are then free to buy lunch or a snack in one of the local cafes, coffee shops or a Pub. There will then be a short guided walking tour looking at the history of the Post Office in the surrounding area.
With our guide we then take the coach for a short trip to the Post Office Museum which boasts five centuries of world class curiosities from the sculpture of the Queen used for 220 billion stamps to the iconic Night Mail film with Betjeman’s poetic narrative. There follows a ride on the Mail Rail underground railway which once whizzed four million letters a day beneath the streets of London.
At about 5.30 pm we travel to a nearby restaurant for the included ‘Best Fish & Chips in town’ with a hot drink before heading home at about 6.30 pm thereby missing the main rush hour.
|Thu Apr 2nd||THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON or |
A DAY OUT IN LONDON
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading Museum of Art, Design & Performance. Founded in 1852 by Prince Albert, it is home to over 2.3 million objects that span 5,000 years of human activity. A printed interactive map is available at the entrance points for you to take advantage of the programme of free tours, displays, talks and special events happening in the museum.
Entry to the V&A is free, but some special events are chargeable
There is a cafe and restaurant in the museum
There are other museums nearby and Harrods is within walking distance
We will leave for home at 4pm.
|Thu Apr 23rd||‘TINA’- THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL ALDWYCH THEATRE, LONDON|
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|
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|
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