These outings are organised by Jan & Alan Eaton & Ray & Rita Noyce . We try to make each outing different on each occasion. Notices will appear on the Welcome page, the Events page and here on the Group page.
Going forward we may have to rethink any trips into London as the introduction of the new Emissions Zone meant that in order to prevent incurring the £100 fee our coach driver had to drive round the City adding about an hour to the journey each way!
Previous trips have included The Royal Observatory, Greenwich and Blenheim
Our April outing was a visit to Kensington Palace and Gardens on Tuesday, 9th. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great but as we were mainly inside the Palace it didn't affect us too much. The visit was "self guided" and I have to say that it would have been helpful to have had a headset to guide us round. That said, I think everyone enjoyed the visit. We finished the day with our obligatory trip to Wetherspoons namely the William Morris in Hammersmith.
Our June outing was to Chatham Dockyard which included the "Call The Midwife" tour. We had our own midwife to show us around.
It was fascinating to see the actual places where the filming took place.
After lunch, we had a tour of The Ropery, where we had another great guide. We had a demonstration of rope making with three of our men taking part.
The rest of the afternoon was free, to do our own thing. Some brave soles took the opportunity to go down into the submarine where they were shown the galley, sleeping quarters etc., all very claustrophobic.
They were also told about the heat, the smells (the men didn't wash very much, as water was rationed.) They also had the smell of the rubbish, as they couldn't jettison it, as it would have given their position away. They were certainly a special breed of men!
Some took the opportunity to go shopping. So the day had something for everyone.
On Tuesday, 10th September we went to Audley End House and Gardens. It was a glorious day and we had a wonderful guided tour of the house before being given free time to explore the outbuildings and gardens. Following our visit we went for a late lunch at The Temperaire (Wetherspoons naturally) in Saffron Walden.
On the 6th February 2020, we saw the pantomime at Brick Lane Music Hall, we laughed continually until our sides ached. It was absolutely fabulous to see good old fashioned entertainment. We all had our favourite characters, but ours personally but Eileen the Cat. We had a great afternoon tea during the interval, which we found impossible to eat all of it. I have already been approached to rebook for next year, so will keep you informed
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our trip to The Houses of Parliament. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can make new arrangements.
Regards Jan (522389)
On Tuesday, 7th July we are planning a trip to Ely where we will have a guided tour of the Cathedral. The Cathedral has featured in numerous films including The King's Speech, The Other Boleyn Girl and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, as well as the Netflix series The Crown. In addition to the guided tour there will be an opportunity to visit The Stained Glass Museum and, for the really fit, a chance to climb the Towers!
Ely itself is a very pretty market town, which also has Oliver Cromwell's House and a riverside Antique Centre.
A Wetherspoons is currently planned for the town plus there are at least three excellent pubs within walking distance of the Cathedral.
The cost for the coach, driver's tip and Cathedral tour will be around £31. Names of those interested will be sought at the March meeting. If you require more information please contact Rita/Ray on 330727 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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