A new outing is released every month; scroll down to see the latest offer.

Tickets sell out quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


There are three ways to book your place:

1. Download a booking form from the link provided in the outing details below. Complete the form and send it, with a cheque made out to Dunmow U3A, to the person shown on the form.

2. If you have no access to a printer simply write down the information required (name, membership number, contact details and coach pick up point) and send it with your cheque to the address shown.

3. Come to the Outings table in the main hall during one of our monthly members’ meetings, where you will be given a booking form to complete (bring your cheque book or the amount in cash and secure a confirmed place there and then).

PLEASE NOTE: One cheque for each outing.

Outings Coordinator: Terry Cash

Click the ‘Bird Link’ top right corner of this page (or at the bottom if you are viewing this on a smartphone or a tablet) to make contact via email. If you would like to chat, please include your phone number.

We currently use Don’s Coaches for most of our outings who will provide you with secure, free, all-day parking. Alternative pick-up points include the bus stop in the centre of Dunmow, outside Flitch Coffee House, and the covered bus stop opposite the ‘Four Ashes’ public house in Takeley.

Indicate on the booking form which pick-up point you intend to use. You will be informed of departure times for each stop, but the coach will leave promptly, so please ensure that you allow enough time to board comfortably.


Thursday 14th November:Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair


Now in its eighth year, this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences. Over 120 bespoke trade stalls are located in the Cathedral's magnificent nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the beautiful Cathedral grounds. This high-profile event, inside one of Cambridgeshire's most iconic venues, makes Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair a perfect day out.

Ely Christmas Fair
Click to View/Print >> Ely handbill

Coach plus entrance fee just £22 each.Ely Christmas Fair 2

The coach will leave Don’s yard at 9.15, Flitch House at 9.20 and Takeley ‘Four Ashes’ at 9.30, returning to Dunmow by 5pm.


CHRISTMAS AT KEW ---- Sorry this outing is now SOLD OUT

17 December — Kew
Tuesday 17th December:

Kew Gardens’ 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House.
Kew 3 A dazzling arch leads to a cascade of glowing silvery shards at the Treetop Walkway. Walk amongst immersive vines as they surprise with changing ribbons of light, and wander beneath the branches where mysterious fairy-fire known as
Will-o’the-Wisp softly glows. The Holly Bushes will sing, the Tunnel of Light will twinkle with thousands of pea-lights, and the flickering Fire Garden adds to the festive experience. Kew 9
Enjoy the Palm House Pond finale as jumping jets of light dance across the water to much-loved Christmas classics. Complete a walk under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Food is available in the Café, the Pavilion Bar and Grill and from a huge array of food and drink stalls dotted along the trail.

Click to View/Print >> Christmas at Kew handbill

The trail is approximately one and a half miles long and takes about 75 minutes to walk. The cost is £41.
Our coach will leave Don's yard at 4pm., with pickups at Flitch House (4.05) and Takeley (4.15) returning to Dunmow by 10.00.


Sorry - Tutankhamun is now sold out

Tutankhamun Tuesday 28th January: TUTANKHAMUN at the Saatchi Gallery SORRY - SOLD OUTTutankhamun

In residence at the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.

Explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the story of the discovery that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb - three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions - more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.

The third of 10 cities to host TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh the London showing follows record-setting stops in Los Angeles and Paris. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the wonder and mystery of the boy king before his priceless objects return to Egypt.

Click to View/Print >> Tutankhamun booking form
Click to View/Print >> Tutankhamun handbill

The coach will leave Don's yard at 10.00am, Flitch House at 10.05 and Takeley 'Four Ashes' at 10.15. We expect to return to Dunmow by 5.30 to 6pm. The cost of coach and entrance is just £45 each.

PLEASE book early to avoid disappointment. We have been allocated a limited number of tickets and will be unable to increase numbers if we are oversubscribed.


Friday 17th JanuaryModel Engineering

Model engineering The London Model Engineering Exhibition at the Alexandra Palace

The South’s Largest Model Engineering & Modelling Exhibition. Regarded as one of the leading model shows in the UK this exhibition attracts thousands of visitors.Come along and see the full spectrum of modelling from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines through to modern gadgets including trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters.

Over 50 clubs and societies will be present displaying their members work. In total, nearly 2,000 models will be on display. All of the leading suppliers will also be present showcasing new products and special promotions and giving hobbyists an excellent opportunity to see and compare products under one roof. You will be able to purchase virtually anything you need for your next model or project or to get you started in a hobby.

If you are interested in modelling yourself or want to rekindle your childhood memories, you will find something amongst the many diverse types of modelling on display to admire. If you are not already a modeller hopefully the exhibition will fire your imagination to build something yourself and enjoy one of these satisfying hobbies.
…… Not To Be Missed!17 January — Model Engineering

Click to View/Print >> Model Engineering booking form
Click to View/Print >> Model Engineering handbill

The coach will leave Don's yard at 9.15am Flitch House at 9.20 and Takeley, 'Four Ashes' at 9.30. We expect to return to Dunmow by 5pm. The cost of coach and entrance is just £28 each.



Tuesday 10 March Hogwarts

WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR — The Making of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. Explore many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films, together with two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.

  • Visit the Great Hall of Hogwarts School
  • Discover the secrets of the majestic Gringotts wizarding bank
  • Step onto the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley
  • Explore the Forbidden Forest and come face-to-face with mysterious creatures
  • Climb aboard the original Hogwarts Express at Platform 9¾.
Platform 9¾ Gringotts Hippogryph Chamber of Secrets
Platform 9¾Gringotts BankBuckbeakChamber of Secrets

Click to View/Print >> WB Studio Tour handbill
Click on the Bird logo above to let us know that you would like to join this Outing.

Coach plus entrance fee £62 each. Payment in full by 30 November, please.
The coach will leave Don’s yard at 9.00, Flitch House at 9.05 and Takeley ‘Four Ashes’ at 9.15, returning to Dunmow by 6pm.


Remember to check the outings page regularly. A new outing will be announced every month.

Don't miss out.


Dates for your Diary
Thu Nov 14th ELY CATHEDRAL Christmas Fair - SOLD OUT
Tue Dec 17th Christmas at Kew — SOLD OUT
Fri Jan 17th 2020 The London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace.
Full details on the Outings website.
Tue Jan 28th 2020 Tutankhamun Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Sorry - SOLD OUT.
Wed Feb 26th 2020 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' at the Cliffs pavilion, Southend. Full details to follow.
Tue Mar 17th 2020 The Making of Harry Potter — Warner Bros. Studio tour, Leavesden. See Outings page for details.
Wed Apr 1st 2020 9 to 5 the Musical. Full details to follow