Plymstock & District

Plymstock & District U3A AWAY DAYS

Programme for 2019

SS Great Britain

The away day trip on Monday 20th May to see the SS Gt Britain was well attended and a great success. It was a warm and sunny day and ideal for exploring both the historic SS Great Britain and the attached "Being Brunel" museum.

The ship is kept in a dry dock so that not only can you explore the inside of it, but you can go below the water line to see the magnificent propeller in place which provided the power for what was the 1st propeller driven ship in the world.

The "Being Brunel" museum housed a lot of artefacts and plans illustrating the amazing work Brunel produced in his lifetime, which included designing and building The Royal Albert Railway Bridge across the Tamar.

A lot of people also took advantage of the sunshine and took a guided boat trip around the vast and interesting dockyard basin.


Wednesday 3rd July - Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these Grade 1 listed gardens are set in the picturesque Otter Valley.

The visit will include:
A talk by the curator on its history, present and future
And a train ride around the grounds on the Bicton Woodland Railway

The Park also has the following attractions: The 18th century park, Historic glasshouses, Countryside museum, Nature Trail, A Maze, Mini Golf, and a Restaurant and Shop.

The cost is £18 per person.

We will leave The Staddy at 09.00am (please be there before this time)and arrive at Bicton at approximately 10.15 am. We will leave Bicton gardens at 4 pm and arrive back at The Staddy at approximately 5.15 pm.

Clicking this Link Bicton Park Botanical Gardens will give you full information.

For any queries please contact:
Ruth Hammond on Plymouth 290515 or email:
Cash or cheques make payable to Plymstock & District U3A Social Account


Sunday 29th September - Minack Theatre - Last Afternoon at the Proms

Presented by Mount Charles Band and Friends

Bring your flags, horns and whistles to help create the traditional Proms atmosphere at this very popular event in a stunning open air location looking out to sea.

Clicking this Link Minack Theatre will give full information.

Wednesday 4th December - Longleat Festival of Light

The trip will include:

  • A coach tour around the safari park
  • Entry into part of the house
  • A stunning new Festival of Light display after dark

Clicking this Link Longleat Festival of Light will give full information.

40 people will be needed to make the trips viable, and it is always our intention to fill the Away Day coaches with our own members, but we will inform you if friends can be invited to fill available spaces. Other U3A groups would be considered to join us if more people are needed.