DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS, THE OUTING TO RENISHAW HALL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED - SEE BELOW. .
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 2020 - contact Ann Wyle via the Contact Page for more information.
** RENISHAW HALL, CHESTERFIELD. THURSDAY 14 MAY - POSTPONED UNTIL 10 SEPTEMBER
** THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. 2 DAY EXCURSION WITH DUNWOOD TRAVEL. 24/25 NOVEMBER
** Trip to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre planned for later in the year and possibly Windsor Castle, depending on the COVID.19 situation.
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 2020
Our first outing of the year was to the WEDGWOOD DISCOVERY CENTRE near Stoke-on-Trent. Guided tours of the Museum and the factory gave us an insight into the history of the company from humble beginnings to a worldwide favourite. Several of the group enjoyed afternoon tea in the V & A restaurant, and others also enjoyed snacks/lunch in the normal restaurant. A very interesting and enjoyable day, with very good guides to tell us about Wedgwood.
- OUTINGS IN 2019
December visit to CURBOROUGH CRAFT CENTRE, Lichfield for a look around the little shops and enjoy a snack in the lovely cafe, followed by a super lunch at MARSH FARM TEA ROOMS in Abbots Bromley. Excellent place to visit with great food and lovely people. Cant' wait to go again.
STRATFORD ON AVON Christmas Market was visited in December and our group had a lovely day browsing the shops, sampling the food and buying presents. Very good market with Lots to see.
In November we paid a second visit to ABBEY CWM HYR again to see the wonderful Christmas decorations in this lovely manor house. Well worth a visit, not to be missed.
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'
GEORGE HOOK, MOTHER OF PEARL FACTORY, SMETHWICK.
ARTISAN MARKET, OSWESTRY
BRITISH IRONWORK CENTRE, OSWESTRY
MARSH FARM TEA ROOMS, ABBOTS BROMLEY
WELLESBOURNE MARKET, NR STRATFORD
AVONCROFT MUSEUM, BROMSGROVE
MARSTONS BREWERY, BURTON ON TRENT
- 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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