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 Apr 1st TOUR OF LORD’S CRICKET GROUND (with lunch included)

A tour of Lord’s is not only a must for all cricket fans, but for everyone looking for a quintessentially English experience. Led by an expert guide, we will go behind the scenes at the home of cricket, the most famous Ground in the world, steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition. The tour includes the Grade II listed Pavilion, legendary Long Room, Players’ Dressing Rooms with the Honours Board, award-winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre and MCC Museum, home to the iconic Ashes Urn.

We should arrive at Lord’s at approximately 12 noon and will start our visit at the Lord’s Tavern where we will have a one course lunch with coffee/tea to follow (all included in the price).

After lunch we will spend about half an hour looking round the MCC Museum where there is a fascinating collection of art and memorabilia. Then at 2pm we commence the guided tour of the buildings and grounds, lasting about 100 minutes.

We should be ready to head for home at about 4pm.
Mon Apr 29th THE COTSWOLDS COUNTRY FILE

Join us on this City & Village outing which includes a tour through the beautiful Cotswold countryside with a visit to Adam Henson’s Country Farm Park.

We arrive at the picture-postcard village of Burford where we will enjoy a cup of coffee and sample the local specialty, Burford Lardy Cake. Our entertaining and knowledgeable Blue Badge guide will then take us on a guided tour of Burford before setting off in the coach on a scenic route through hamlets and villages in the charming backwaters of the Cotswold countryside. On arriving at Northleach we have free time to buy lunch and to explore the interesting alleys of ancient houses and the Cathedral of the Cotswolds.

After lunch, we drive across the top of the Cotswold escarpment to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park which was established in 1971 to promote rare breeds. Here we can visit the display barns, watch seasonal demonstrations of milking, lamb bottle-feeding or sheep shearing and maybe enjoy a tractor ride (included in the price) to see the wonderful views as filmed for BBC television. Finally we will be welcomed into the marquee for an entertaining talk about the farm and the rare breeds, while we enjoy a cup of tea (included).

We will head home at about 4-45pm.
Wed May 8th AUDLEY END HOUSE AND GARDENS, SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX

Audley End House, a Grade 1 listed house, is an early 17th-century country house outside Saffron Walden, Essex. It was once a Prodigy House, a palace in all but name and renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England. Audley End is now one-third of its original size, but is still large, with much to enjoy in its architectural features and varied collections.

The house shares some similarities with Hatfield House, except that it is stone-clad as opposed to brick. It is currently in the stewardship of English Heritage and long remained the family seat of the Barons Braybrooke. The Capability Brown parkland includes many neo-classical monuments.

There are cafes where a variety of food and drink can be bought on arrival and/or at lunch time, alternatively you can bring along a packed lunch which can be enjoyed in the gardens. On arrival you will be free to visit the house and gardens at your leisure. We will leave Audley End at 4.00pm aiming to arrive back in Cranleigh at approximately 6.30pm.
Tue May 21st ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS AT KEW

In 2016, Kew Gardens was voted Best Attraction in London as part of the Worldwide Attractions Awards. Set in 326 acres (132 hectares) of exceptional landscape featuring glasshouses, the famous Palm House, a royal palace, art galleries as well as stunning floral displays, it is the perfect day out.

New in 2016, The Hive is a fully immersive, interactive aluminium and steel structure designed by Wolfgang Buttress. This 55ft (17m) high installation is connected to a real beehive in the Gardens. Microchips inside the beehive detect the bees’ movement, which in turn activates a light and soundscape in The Hive itself. Also there is an exhibition by Chiluly, a world celebrated contemporary glass artist, showcasing his work ‘Reflections on Nature’ against the stunning backdrop of the Gardens. So join us to explore the gardens with carpets of native bluebells, showy azaleas and banks of early rhododendrons as nature heralds the change in season from spring to summer.

There are various cafés and restaurants on site but there are also plenty of seats around the Gardens to have your own picnics. Tickets will include a voucher for a coffee or tea and cake, which can be used at any food outlet. There is also the opportunity to travel on the Explorer Land Train which is a hop-on/hop-off train visiting all parts of the Gardens.

We will be leaving to return to Cranleigh at 4pm.