Forest Town & District

Days Out

Your place for days out and trips can be booked at the Monthly General meetings on the First Friday of each month in the Forest Town Arena.


Christmas at Chatsworth

I have booked us in for Tuesday December 13th at 12.30 at £29.50 per person
You can sign up for the visit at the June AGM meeting.

This requires a deposit of £10 from you at the time of signing.

I have to have a minimum of 20 people and the deposit paid by the end of June to reserve the booking.

No need to email me just sign up at the meeting.

Irene Brooks


Two fabulous u3a holidays.

Denise Whitsed and Liz Wilson have been working hard to organise holidays and days out for members.

In July there is an 8-day coach holiday to the Isle of Wight. The coach departs Saturday 23 July returning on Saturday 30 July. This half board holiday with coach travel, ferry and a full programme of excursions including Osborne House, Cowes, Carisbrook Castle, Alum Bay,
Farringford House, Ventnor Botanical Gardens and Shanklin Old Village, costs from £769 per person.


In September North Wales is the destination for another 8-day, half board coach holiday, The Giants of North Wales. Staying at the White Heather Hotel in Llandudno and with a full excursion programme.
Price from £779 for National Trust Members, £816 for non-members.

contact Denise Whitsed: or 07791941502


Potters 5 star, all inclusive holiday 13-17 June 2022

Price approx £410 for a ‘bungalow plus’ twin or double.

Upgrade to ‘hotel deluxe’ (supplements apply for hotel).

Coach to the resort with Skills approx £30.

For more details please contact Denise Whitsed



Thursford 2021

We have just arrived back from a three-day short break to Thursford.
It has been fabulous to bring five u3as together to share this experience.
The show itself was magical and afterwards we travelled to Casey Hall Hotel where the service was excellent throughout.

Day 2 we travelled to Norwich for a free day, where many of us visited the cathedral and, wow, it was so beautiful.

Day 3 en-route home we visited Holt. What a beautiful place with small unusual shops for us all to indulge some more.

Back on the bus we all entered into the Christmas spirit with coffees, Baileys, mince pies and stollen cakes.
Finally a big thank you to our driver Phil from Skills Travel who had decorated up our brand new bus and also provided a drinks service!
What's not to like, see you all again on our next venture.
Denise Whitsed


My Visit to NIDD HALL - Susan Howlett

Denise and Liz invited us all
To go on a trip to Nidd Hall.
Little did they know when this was said,
Just quite what an adventure lay ahead.
On the A1 the traffic was heavy
But it was no trouble as we were happy.
Near Castle Howard a small arch was found
So we had to turn round on very soft ground.
We did eventually arrive at the Castle
And soon had our tickets without any hastle.
The house decorations were bright and magical
Large trees, candles, baubles and presents all sparkled.
A magnificent sight for everyone’s eyes
And round each corner another surprise.
The journey to Nidd should have taken an hour,
But we didn’t appreciate what was in store.
We went through many a lane and village
And ended up faced by a very low bridge.
The only escape was to reverse,
But by then we were well off course.
Eventually we did arrive
To mulled wine and mince pies.
Allocating our seats in the Pavillion
Was another task which caused a problem.
We settled in and our rooms were fine
Until we found others had goodies and wine.

Denise was fraught and disappointed.
But with determination it all was sorted.
We celebrated Christmas Day and Night.
It’s hard to believe November is still in sight.
We had crackers and blowers and balloons that flew.
We really were a very happy crew.
There were quizzes and films to keep us busy,
And a nod in a chair could be your fussy.
Some travelled to Harrogate in a taxi
And a coffee in Bettys was their fancy.
If you ventured out around the grounds,
Exercise equipment and courts for many sports were found.
What I couldn’t quite believe Were the 2 swings for the O A P’s.
Carols in the church were fun and jolly.
The first service of Christmas to make us happy.
Some ventured further around the bye ways,
To the fine village of Ripley with its castle and café.
It rained and it poured but we were indoors and dry
Until the sun came out and then we walked by.
We went to the Pantomime and laughed out loud.
It’s so good to be with a happy crowd.
The New Year came in at half past ten.
No wonder we’re confused! So say Amen.
On the way home we will visit the Monks,
And in Helmsley town we will find some shops.
We must say a big thanks to Liz and Denise.
We’ve had a good time with great memories.




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