Holme Valley

Days out

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Holme Valley U3A members are now able to enjoy trips to local attractions several times a year.
The organisers plan some variety. Trips to the seaside or stately homes. Ideas are mentioned at our monthly meetings and then a programme developed.


Following the recent success of their biggest excursion to date when over thirty members and friends journeyed to the celebrated Xmas Spectacular Show at Thursford in Norfolk your Days Out team are pleased to be able to now announce their exciting programme of trips for 2018.

Tuesday 20 March – Port Sunlight and Chester

Last year started with a full day trip to Liverpool, where the services of local guide Neil made no small contribution to the enjoyment of the day. His services have therefore been reserved again, but this time for a trip on the above date to Port Sunlight, the model village created by the owners of the soaps and detergents empire of Lever Brothers. Following coffee on arrival Neil will guide our group through the museum and the art gallery, this latter personally created by Lady Lever and now the home of many Old Masters. Back on the coach Neil will then show the history of Port Sunlight, the model village built along the lines of Saltaire and Bournville by the Lever family. Heading then to Chester there will be time for an included soup and sandwich lunch in the refectory of the cathedral before guided tours of both the cathedral highlights and the city walls. Some free time will then be available before the return coach trip home. Costing £40 each this trip will be available for booking from early January until 28 February, with booking forms being circulated soon.

Wednesday 20 June – Salford Quays

Following the usual quarterly schedule the second trip of the year will see an excursion, probably on the above date, to the Salford Quays complex just outside Manchester. The morning will comprise a guided tour of the Lowry building and its art gallery, now the home of many paintings by Lowry himself. An introduction to the many delights of the Imperial War Museum will then follow before some free time for lunch and shopping in the many outlets at the site. In the afternoon the highlight of the trip will be ninety minute guided tours of the working BBC Studios facility located alongside the leisure and museum buildings. Likely to cost in the region of £35 each this trip will go on release later in the New Year, once the necessary confirmations have been received from the BBC Studio authorities.

Thursday and Friday, 27/28 September – West Midlands

With our first overnight excursion now just behind us the format is again being used to full advantage on the above two days by packing a veritable delight of activities into an itinerary based in the West Midlands area. The first destination will be the renowned Black Country Museum where there will be time to explore the industrial history of the area, to take a special boat trip into the adjacent Dudley canal tunnel and caverns, and to find your own lunch. Leaving there in the late afternoon a trip on the preserved Severn Valley Railway headed by a steam locomotive will take the group to its dinner, bed and breakfast overnight stay at a four star hotel in the Bewdley area. The following morning will be one for fans of the bard with a guided tour behind the scenes of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre’s backstage to be followed by entry and free time at the famous playwright’s birthplace in Stratford upon Avon. Moving after lunch to the city of Coventry there will be a guided tour of the cathedrals with a particular emphasis upon the impact of the Second World War blitz before entry to the home of over three hundred boys’ toys in the guise of the Coventry Transport Museum. Heading home in the evening this trip will cost £190 each (with a £30 supplement for a restricted number of single rooms) and will be available for booking (with a £65 deposit) from early January until 24 March, with booking forms again being circulated soon.

Tuesday 4th December – Chatsworth Xmas PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Finally the team has not forgotten a Xmas celebration! Mirroring our very successful 2016 trip to Castle Howard the intention is this year to head for a visit to not only the interior decorations within Chatsworth House but also the Xmas Fair which will see over a hundred stalls in the adjacent courtyards. These festive activities will take up the afternoon of our trip, allowing the morning to be spent at the historic Cromford Mills where our group will take both a guided tour of the world’s very first water powered cotton spinning mill and enjoy the fantastic new cinematic sensation of the Arkwright Experience before enjoying an included sandwich, cake and fruit lunch. Likely to cost around £50 each this trip will go on release for booking later in the year once we have the timings of our visit confirmed with the Chatsworth reservations team.

Loyalty discount

A loyalty refund of £25 each will be offered to members both paying for and attending in person all four foregoing 2018 trips.

In future - Kynren

And looking ahead we intend in 2019 to respond to the several requests from our regular participants by organising a trip to take in the theatrical spectacle of Kynren, a kaleidoscope of our nation’s history being brought to life each summer in County Durham. Given the late evening running of this show this trip is likely to involve an overnight stay (and thus a programme of other visits) but U3A members wanting to see this Kynren show might find our trip the ideal way to experience it. More details will follow, but you have been informed!!