Leader Ann Wyle
Details of Outings can be found in the current issue of 'newsroundup' accessed via the Welcome and Links page. Links to places we have visited are available on this page and also via the Outings Section of the Links Page.
OUTINGS PLANNED FOR 2019 - contact Ann Wyle via the Contact Page for more information.
** FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER - STRATFORD ON AVON CHRISTMAS MARKET
** THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER - CURBOROUGH CRAFT CENTRE FOLLOWED BY CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT MARSH FARM
We try to visit places which we feel our members will enjoy and want to visit again, and you can read about some of the places we have visited below. We take groups of up to 50 people out for the day and our transport costs to each individual are kept as low as possible.
Our outings have proved very popular and are a good way of getting to know other members. You need not worry about being on your own as our members are extremely friendly and always make sure no-one is left on their own.
- OUTINGS IN 2019
PACIFIC NURSERIES, BUZZARDS VALLEY VINEYARD AND PIGEONS PARLOUR. We enjoyed a super day visiting all three local places.
A walk around this very nice garden centre and light refreshment stop. Next stop the vineyard. The tour was very good and began with a sampling of their own wine. A slide show told us the history of the vineyard and how the wine is produced and bottled, and more wine tasting followed. Gift shop very good and there is a lovely restaurant too selling home produced food. Pigeons Parlour tea room is unique and everyone enjoyed afternoon tea served by lovely, friendly staff, and we had a bit of a song song too. Lovely day and beautiful weather too.
TUTBURY CASTLE with a presentation from 'Margaret Thatcher' was an excellent afternoon, followed by high tea. Lesley Smith gave a really interesting and informative insight into The Iron Lady, and told us facts about her early life that we were not aware of. Highly recommended visit.
ABBEY CWM HIR near Llandrindod Wells, is a fantastic manor house set in beautiful gardens which are maintained immaculately. The house is a hidden treasure and has 52 fully decorated rooms. Our host and owner, Paul, made us very welcome and we enjoyed tea/coffee/mince pies before our guided tour. All the rooms are fascinating, and Paul has lots of stories to tell about each one. Without giving any more away, this is a place well worth visiting, especially at Christmas, which we did in November. Go and see for yourself. For more information access their website using the link on this page.
JOHN TAYLOR BELL FOUNDRY, and SIX ACRES NURSERY, Loughborough. After spending a couple of hours at the nursery, enjoying lovely homemade refreshments, and some of our group purchasing plants and seeds, we made our way to the Bell Foundry in the centre of Loughborough. This is a fascinating place where we learnt about bell making and the history behind bells. Our guide John, was very knowledgeable and our tour began with a short video telling us about the foundry. Well worth a visit and be sure not to wear anything special, after all it is a working foundry.
- OUTINGS IN 2018
NAILCOTE HALL, WARWICK 'BROADWAY THEMED SHOW'. Our second visit to Nailcote Hall where we were entertained by two singers performing songs from Broadway shows. Everyone entered into the spirit of the day and enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch, took part in the fun quiz and raffle, and took to the dance floor too. The very busy gift shop once again proved very popular with our members.
GEORGE HOOK, MOTHER OF PEARL FACTORY, SMETHWICK. The first of three group visits took place in October and what an experience! The very small factory is a sight to see, and without giving too much away, is like a rabbit warren of goods. George himself is a very interesting character and made us all feel very, very welcome with tea and coffee. He is very amusing, and told us about the George Hook dynasty and mother of pearl, and showed us how he creates beautiful buttons. Time to look around and also purchase some exquisite jewellery - earrings, bracelets, necklaces, broaches, cuff-links. Beautiful creations which would make lovely presents. Well worth a visit - but don't wear your best clothes as it is quite dusty!
September outing, and we visited the ARTISAN MARKET, OSWESTRY, which is held on the last Friday of every month. We were able to wander up and down the market, sampling everything from pork, pies, sausage rolls, pate, dips and lovely chocolates. There was also time for a cup of coffee or tea in one of the lovely little cafes near the market. A most enjoyable visit which was for most of us the first time we had been to Oswestry. We then went to the BRITISH IRONWORK CENTRE. This was indeed an eye-opener and contained some amazing metal animals and other lovely metal sculptures in the lovely grounds. The showroom was very good and so was the café! The most touching 'statue' was the angel figure constructed totally of knives, most of which had actually been used in stabbings. Not very pleasant, but a wonderful exhibit. All of us were very surprised with the centre and it is highly recommended. Also, it's free!!!
Our August outing took us to TAMWORTH CASTLE which was a very interesting and enjoyable visit where we had a guided tour and learned all about the history of this very old castle. Following this visit we went to Marsh Farm, in Abbots Bromley, for another superb lunch.
In July our trip to WELLESBOURNE MARKET was a very hot and busy one near Stratford. Lots of stalls and eating places and some of our group picked up a bargain or two. STRATFORD ON AVON was another very busy place and also a good opportunity to walk along the river or have a snack. Lovely fish and chips enjoyed by some too. To make our day, England won their match against Sweden to make the World Cup semi final against Croatia.
AVONCROFT MUSEUM near Bromsgrove was the venue for our June outing and after tea/coffee and Danish pastries we took the opportunity of visiting the lovely old buildings that have been saved and moved to the Museum, including a windmill, ssteeple and prefabs. This is a very interesting place and lots of hard work goes on behind the scenes to preserve the buildings and artefacts. Lovely Edwardian Tea Room too that we all took advantage of.
A tour around MARSTONS BREWERY in Burton proved very popular with 40 members in May. We learnt about the history of Marstons and how beers used to be brewed and the process today. Lots of beer sampling afterwards proved very enjoyable and our purchases were safely stored on the coach, no doubt to be sampled again at home. Afternoon Tea at MARSH FARM TEA ROOMS was again superb. Highly recommended for a visit....delicious.
- OUTINGS IN 2017
NAILCOTE HALL 'MAMMA MIA THEMED SHOW'
BBC STUDIO TOUR - BIRMINGHAM
THE CHOCOLATE HOUSE, BLACKBURH
SALMESBURY HOUSE, BLACKBURN
SEZINCOTE HOUSE, NR MORETON IN MARSH
STOW ON THEW WOLD
MALVERN SPRING SHOW
WESTON'S CIDER MILL
- OUTINGS IN 2016
AMAZON DISTRIBUTION CENTRE, WOLSELEY BRIDGE GARDEN CENTRE, MARSH FARM TEA ROOMS
LICHFIELD, MARSH FARM TEA ROOMS AND CURBUROUGH CRAFT CENTRE
THE COFFIN WORKS
WORCESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET
- OUTINGS IN 2015
NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
BEATLES EXPERIENCE, LIVERPOOL
BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET
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