WELCOME TO THE OUTINGS PAGE
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.
HOW TO BOOK
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).
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.
Wednesday 3rd July — VAN GOGH AND BRITAIN at Tate Britain SOLD OUT
Click to View/Print >> Van Gogh in Britain handbill
Vincent Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He walked the streets alone, dreaming of the future. He fell in love with British culture, especially the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. And he was inspired by the art he saw here, including paintings by Constable and Millais which are featured in the exhibition. They affected his paintings throughout his career.
Please join us on what will be a most unforgettable outing.
Coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 8.30 am (Flitch House 8.35, Takeley Four Ashes 8:45). Return to Dunmow about 5:30 pm.
Wednesday 10 July — Great Gardens of Kent: Sissinghurst Castle and Great Comp Garden — NOW SOLD OUT!
Click to View/Print >> Kentish Gardens handbill
A visit to two of Southeast England’s most sensational gardens.
Sissinghurst Castle is a much-changed manor house in the grounds of a ‘castle’ dating from the 1530s. It was bought by Vita Sackville-West — a celebrated authoress and poet — and her husband, Harold Nicolson in 1930. The garden is divided into a number of ‘rooms’, among which the stunning White Garden (right), completed in the winter of 1949–1950, is considered the most renowned and most influential of all.
Lunch in the castle’s restaurant, then north to Great Comp Garden, an exceptionally beautiful 7-acre site surrounding an early 17th century manor. The skilful design of sweeping lawns, winding woodland paths and formal areas entices the visitor to explore around the next corner. Romantic ruins combine with luxuriant planting to great effect, allowing panoramic views of the garden whilst creating the perfect microclimate for the extensive range of exotic plants.
Cost £29 for National Trust members (£43 for non-NT members). Our coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 8:20 am, Flitch House at 8:30, Takeley Four Ashes at 8:45). Return to Dunmow about 6:30 – 7:00 pm.
Saturday 17 August — The Shuttleworth ‘Flying Proms’ at Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade. Unexpectedly, ONE ticket now available. Telephone Terry Cash on 01371 875230 if you are interested in going
Click to View/Print >> Shuttleworth Prom handbill
You can make the most of the occasion with a stroll around the Swiss Garden with its 13 listed structures, adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks. The
vintage bus, free to ride, will run between the Aerodrome and Shuttleworth House, which will be open for viewing and refreshments.
Bring a picnic or buy from the food outlets at the House and Aerodrome. Bring your own folding chairs — you can leave them in the coach until you need them for the concert.
Expect the event to close with a firework display and illuminated models.
Cost £57 Coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 12:30 pm (Flitch House 12:35, Takeley Four Ashes 12:50). Return to Dunmow between 11:30 pm and midnight.
Tuesday 17th September - Farmer Barnes' Dairy - A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
Only a few places remaining
Those of you who were at the February U3A monthly meeting will remember meeting Jane Barnes from Farmer Barnes’ Dairy. During her fascinating talk she invited us to come to the dairy for a conducted tour. And that is precisely what we intend to do. Come with us and have an aMOOOsing time!
In the 1940s, great grandfather John Barnes moved with 20 milking cows to Southfields Farm, Somerby. In 2018, after more than 70 years using the original farm buildings Mark and Jane, with children Charlotte and Harry, the current Barnes family, built a brand new modern dairy farm and today they have more than 250 pedigree Ayrshire cows in the herd producing milk for the award-winning Blue Stilton Cheese.
Jane is passionate about sharing her farm life experiences and to educate members of the public all about cows. This demand for food knowledge has led the family to include a purpose built “Cow Classroom” alongside the milking parlour with viewing windows and overhead gallery, to watch the cows being milked. Visitors are welcomed and guided through the process of dairy farming in the UK today.
Leaving Dunmow at 8.45 we should be in the Melton Mowbray area by 10.30 to 11 am.
There we will go to Gates Garden Centre (well known to many) where it will be possible to get lunch and enjoy a good look round. At 2pm we move on to the dairy for our tour, led by Jane herself. We aim to leave the dairy by 5pm, returning to Dunmow by 7.30 to 8 pm - traffic permitting as always. The cost will be £38 each. We recommend that you dress appropriately for visiting a working farm!
Friday 9th August - Guided Tour of Henry Moore's Home and Studios
Experience the iconic work of sculptor HENRY MOORE against the backdrop of his stunning Hertfordshire home, 'Hoglands'.
Henry Moore Studios and Gardens in rural Hertfordshire is the best place in the world to appreciate the work of sculptor Henry Moore, offering the chance to discover more about the life and work of one of Britain’s most famous artists. We will spend the day on the 70 acre estate with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. We will hear Henry Moore’s remarkable story while surrounded by over 20 of his iconic sculptures and hundreds of small models (maquettes) that line the shelves of his studios.
The coach will leave Don's yard at 9.45 (9.50 Flitch House and 10 am Takeley). Total cost, including coach, tour of Moore's home, 'Hoglands' and a personal guided tour of the exhibition and studios, will be just £28 each.
Coach leaves Don's yard at 9.45, Flitch House at 9.50 and Takeley at 10.00, returning to Dunmow by 5 pm.
|NEW OUTING ANNOUNCEMENT release date 26th June|
|Booking forms available at the monthly meeting in Foalkes Hall|
Wednesday 4th September: - Sir Alfred Munnings House and Museum
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see many examples of Munnings work, plus a special exhibition of 41 further works returning to England for the first time in 100 years.
The Munnings Art Museum is at Castle House, Dedham, the former home of the artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) and his wife, Violet. The House, garden, artist’s studio and Garden Café are set in forty acres of beautiful countryside in the Dedham Vale on the borders of Suffolk and Essex.
The Coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 11:30 am and Flitch House at 11:40. Return to Dunmow around 5pm.
NO Takeley pickup for this trip.
COST £22 ONLY per person - this special deal is not to be missed
Wednesday 9th October: Do you love musical theatre - then this is for you
COME FROM AWAY - winner of FOUR OLIVIER AWARDS including BEST NEW MUSICAL
Enjoy a day in London's theatre district to see the remarkable, true story of 7000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canadian during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these 'come from aways' into their lives. Playing to huge critical acclaim, audiences are captivated by the romance, the open-hearted acceptance, the many sad and funny episodes that this unique situation generated.
We have obtained 30 tickets at very preferential rates so that we are able to offer Dunmow U3A members the opportunity for a memorable day out for just £55 each.
The coach will leave Dons' coach yard at 9.30 am with pickups at Flitch House 9.35 and Takeley 'Four Ashes' 9.45. This will provide ample time for a leisurely lunch before curtains up at 2.30. We aim to be back in Dunmow by 7 pm.
Remember to check the outings page regularly. A new outing will be announced every month.
Don't miss out.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Fri Aug 9th||Henry Moore Foundation: visit one of Britain's most iconic artist's home and studios.|
Cost, including coach and personal guided tour of the exhibition, studios and Moore's home,'Hoglands' will be just £28 each.
|Sat Aug 17th||The Shuttleworth ‘Flying Proms’ at Old Warden Aerodrome - ONE TICKET LEFT|
Visit one of the most prestigious aeronautical and automotive museums in the world, with around 40 airworthy old planes dating from both World Wars and earlier.
|Wed Sep 4th||The Alfred Munnings Museum in Dedham|
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the largest collection of Munnings work, reunited under one roof for the first time in 70 years.
|Tue Sep 17th||Farmer Barnes' Dairy |
Jane Barnes entertained us with her story of the development of one of Britain's largest dairy farms and invited us to come to the dairy for a conducted tour.
We will first go to Gates Garden Centre (well known to many) to get lunch and enjoy a good look round, then on to the dairy for our tour, led by Jane herself. The cost will be £38 each.
|Wed Oct 9th||Winner of 4 Olivier awards including 'Best New Musical,' the true story Come From Away is a glorious, heart-tugging story of 7000 passengers grounded far from their homes as a result of the 7/11 attack and the tiny Canadian community that now has the task of hosting them.|
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.