Holme Valley

Days out

Registered charity - 1171722

Holme Valley U3A members are now able to enjoy trips to interesting attractions several times a year. Some of these are day trips but others involve an overnight stay.

Days Out 2022 Programme.

Over the years we have established a tradition of announcing early in the New Year our agreed programme of trips for the coming year. However we are very conscious that back in 2020 we announced an ambitious programme of six trips of which not one ran and that even last year we started with five trips and only managed to run two. Whilst possibly abating the pandemic continues and so the announcement of our 2022 Programme has to be heavily qualified by an obvious statement about its entirely provisional nature.

However for those of you wishing to plan your 2022 diaries currently the Programme looks like

Wednesday 20 April THIS TRIP HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED - a day trip to Bishton Hall for a guided tour of the gardens and an exclusive talk from auctioneer Charles Hanson of BBC Bargain Hunt fame before lunch, tour and tastings at the National Brewery Centre at Burton on Trent.

Wednesday 18th May REVISED DATE – currently an overnight trip starting with visits to Cirencester and then on to Highgrove House, the private country home of HRH The Prince of Wales, for a guided tour (the only form of public access) of the organic gardens. On the following day a guided tour of Oxford city centre and a visit to Silverstone Interactive Museum.

Wednesday 29 June – a day trip to explore the Beatles story in their home city of Liverpool. Starting with a Magical Mystery Tour by coach of the places which inspired many of their hits an included lunch will be taken in the Cavern Pub before time to visit the Beatles Story attraction and some free time on the riverfront.

Thursday 1 September – the much-postponed two night trip to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and which after considerable negotiations still includes a visit to Downton Abbey (aka Highclere Castle).

Saturday 3 December – another postponed overnight trip but this time to Norfolk for the acclaimed Xmas Spectacular Show at Thursford before a guided tour of the former Hanseatic port of Kings Lynn and a visit to Lincoln’s famous Xmas Goose Fair.

Our planning of this Programme has been made more difficult than ever due to the state of the UK tourism industry, which almost without exception seems no longer prepared to commit to any bookings more than a few months distant. For Holme Valley U3A this has two immediate consequences, being that we feel unable to quote firm trip prices at this juncture and that we shall have to hold back on opening up for booking until much closer to the actual trip dates than previously.

GROUP MEMBERSHIP

The Days Out Group currently comprises over 150 U3A members who have previously been on one of the Group’s trips. Once launched a trip is offered in the first instance to all Group members up to a week ahead of the next U3A monthly meeting.

The Group has a Waiting List for U3A members wishing to join (just click on the Membership Secretary button on the Contact Page and request to register). The Waiting List is sent details of newly-launched trips and can thus book on them a few days ahead of the U3A monthly meeting, when remaining spaces become available to all U3A members.

Places on trips are usually restricted to less than 50 in number, as a consequence either of group size restrictions at a venue or by the physical capacity of the coach. A Reserve List of interested members is therefore often held for any fully subscribed trip and members thereon are contacted if cancelations arise (as is often the case).

HOW TO BOOK

Upon being notified (by email) that a trip has launched for booking members can book places

• Either by sending a scanned [not photographed please]copy of the booking form by email or send an email requesting a place

• Then awaiting confirmation that a place has been allocated

• In all cases when advised you have a place please pay the amount requested preferably [as the bank now charge us for every deposited cheque] by electronic transfer and return the form [if not already returned by email] in the post or complete one at the monthly meeting.
All bookings are taken on the assumption of members’ acceptance of the Days Out Terms and Conditions,
which can be found at daysouttermsovernighttripsjanuary2022.pdf (u3asites.org.uk)