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
Wed Jun 12th WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE 2019 - SEA CRUISE AND STEAM TRAIN ADVENTURE FROM POOLE (INCLUDING JURASSIC COAST)

Once we have arrived at Poole our ‘adventure’ begins with a cruise from Poole Quay, departing at 10-30 am. The hour-long cruise with live commentary will take in the sights of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and of course the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

On arrival at the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage there will be time to explore the town’s unique stores or grab a bite to eat before making your way to the railway station. Please note there is a 15 minute walk from Swanage pier to the station.

We step back in time to 1885 as we board the 12.40 pm steam train for a 20 minute ride to Corfe. Here you will have about 1.5 hours free time giving you the opportunity to visit the ruins of Corfe Castle (remember to bring your NT Membership card) or simply to look around the town and have some lunch.

Our return train departs at 2.45 pm and on arrival at Swanage there will be time for further exploration and/or refreshments before we sail on the 4.45 pm boat back to Poole. There, our coach driver will be waiting to bring us back to Cranleigh.
Tue Jun 25th

TUESDAY 25th JUNE 2019- HEVER CASTLE AND GARDENS “HEVER IN BLOOM”

We have organised a visit during this special week in June for ‘Hever in Bloom’. There are floral displays throughout the Castle and they showcase the glorious gardens at the height of their summer beauty, with one of the finest displays of roses and summer blooms in the Garden of England.

We will arrive about 10.00am. There is a 5 seater buggy available between the coach park and house if required. We should have time for refreshments before a group tour of the gardens at 11.30am, lasting approximately 1 hour. There will then be free time in the garden until the included *two course lunch* at 1.00pm in the Pavilion Restaurant by the lake. After lunch your ticket includes entrance to the Castle to view at your leisure. The castle does have a spiral staircase to the first floor and if you have difficulty with stairs you will only have access to the 5 ground floor rooms.

We will be leaving for Cranleigh at 4.00pm

Wed Jul 3rd WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY 2019 - TOUR OF HIGHGROVE GARDENS – HOME OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL

A summer visit has been organised to visit the lovely Gardens at Highgrove. Leaving Cranleigh we will stop en- route for refreshments etc. On arrival at Highgrove we are booked into the Orchard Restaurant for lunch followed by an opportunity to visit the shop before being split into two groups of 26 for a two-hour guided tour of the garden, starting at 2.45 and 3.00pm.

For obvious reasons the security is high, and all attending MUST have either a current passport or a valid driving licence with them. These will be checked by security before you will be allowed off the coach. Comfortable shoes are also essential.

Please indicate your sandwich and dessert choices where indicated in the “Number of Tickets” column on the booking form.

We hope to leave Highgrove by 5.15pm and aim to return to Cranleigh somewhere between 7.30/8.00pm.
Mon Jul 22nd MONDAY 22nd JULY 2019 - A VISIT TO THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD AT CHATHAM

Join us on this varied and exciting trip to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham. There will tea/coffee and Danish Pastries on arrival (included in the price) and this will be followed by a guided coach tour of the Dockyard which will give us an interesting overview of the 400 years of Maritime history of the site.

Following this there will be time to have lunch in either one of the cafes on site - or of course to enjoy your own packed lunch. After Lunch we can enjoy a guided walking tour of the Sets, Props and Costumes used in the filming of the latest series of ‘Call The Midwife’.

This will be followed by some free time to explore independently some of the other fascinating areas of the Dockyard including perhaps the Victorian Ropery.
We will leave for home at about 4.30 pm
Thu Aug 8th THURSDAY 8th AUGUST 2019 - A VISIT TO THE VAN GOGH EXHIBITION AT TATE BRITAIN OR A DAY OUT IN LONDON

Join us for a visit to this fabulous exhibition of over fifty works by Vincent Van Gogh at Tate Britain. The exhibition brings together some of Van Gogh’s most famous works from around the world. Van Gogh lived in England as a young man and fell in love with the culture, walking the streets and dreaming of the future and inspiring British artists. The works reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he in turn inspired British artists.

Alternatively, you can visit Tate Britain free if you do not wish to go to the exhibition, or 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.