Dunmow

Outings

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).

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.

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Wednesday 4th September: - Sir Alfred Munnings House and Museum SOLD OUT

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.

Munnings House The Munnings Art Museum is at Castle House, Dedham, the former home of the artist Munnings work
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.

Click to View/Print >> Munnings handbill

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

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Tuesday 17th September - Farmer Barnes' Dairy - A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
Only a few places remaining

Click to View/Print >> The Dairy booking form
Click to View/Print >> Farmer Barnes Dairy handbill

Farmer Barnes
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. Gates Garden Centre
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!

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Wednesday 9th October:

9th October: Come From Away 9th October: Come From Away

COME FROM AWAY - winner of FOUR OLIVIER AWARDS including BEST NEW MUSICAL ----SORRY, NOW SOLD OUT

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.

Click to View/Print >> Come From Away handbill

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.

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Friday 11th October:

The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra PalaceKnitting and Stitching Show Knit and Stich

This is the definitive event for anyone with a love of stitching, knitting and all other fabric and yarn crafts.

Whatever your craft passion, it is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies.

Even if it has been years since you last tried your hand at one of these skills, go along and get inspired to try again

Click to View/Print >> Knit and Stitch booking form
Click to View/Print >> Knit and Stitch handbill

The coach will leave Don's yard at 9.00am (9.05am Flitch House and 9.15am Takeley) returning to Dunmow by 4.30pm. The cost of the coach plus entry ticket to the show will be £28 each.

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

Kew 1
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.

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NEW OUTING ANNOUNCEMENT

Watch this space for news of another exciting outing coming very soon.

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

Don't miss out.

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Dates for your Diary
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.
Fri Oct 11th The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace is the definitive event for anyone with a love of stitch and crafts. Whatever your craft passion, it is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies. Only £28 - Full details on the Outings website.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.