The Group Leaders are Alan Turner & Carole Rowlinson
The Awaydays Group organises trips and outings to places which it considers to be of interest to its members.
The aim is to arrange something for most months of the year. Full details are e-mailed to members in good time with a booking form, which must be returned to our group treasurer with a cheque for the requisite amount. Members not contactable by e-mail will hopefully be able to book at the U3A main meetings or better with the help of a friend who is able to receive email communications.
In order to receive notification of our events as they are arranged you must enrol as a member of the Awaydays Group. This can be done at the U3a main meeting each month. Alternatively, for those with the facility to print the form on the sub-page "Awaydays Registration", this form may be completed and posted to our Awaydays Chairman (details are on the page accessed by the link on the right or below depending on your computer setting).
To give a flavour of some of our recent trips, I have listed some from the beginning of 2018 below.
Our first visit in 2018 was to the National Brewery Exhibition in Burton-on-Trent where we had a very interesting guided tour and at the same time learning the meaning of many different everyday expressions. We also had the chance to sample a few beers and to have a short ride in a cart behind a magnificent dray-horse. The visit to the Terracotta Warrior Exhibition and the tour of St George's Hall in Liverpool were fascinating and enjoyed by all who went. We have also been to see Matthew Bourne's Ballet portrayal of Cinderella at the Liverpool Empire and we have visited Oswestry and the brilliant Iron Sculpture Park, also in Shropshire. We have been to the Piece Hall in Halifax and had a three day excursion to Oxford to see the Countryfile Show at nearby Blenheim. In September thirty-eight of us went to Tuscany for a wonderful holiday at Montecatini, visiting Florence, Siena and Lucca amongst other places. The first trip of the new 2018-19 season was to Liverpool to see the Old Dock and to visit the Beatles Story. In November we had a theatre visit to the Lowry to see " Calendar Girls" and in December we went to see the remarkable Gorton Monastery in Manchester. Our January trip was another theatre visit, this time to see the musical "The Band". Our latest trip in February was to the Chocolate House in Blackburn where we enjoyed seeing and tasting what could be done with Belgian chocolate. This was followed by an excellent fish and chip lunch at the Olympus Restaurant in Bolton.
Members are advised that it is always a good idea to book as soon as you are advised that a trip is open for booking. They often get booked up very quickly but all with email addresses have an equal chance of securing places. If you intend to book at the monthly meeting, remember to bring your cheque book with you as we do not accept cash payments.
There are photographs from most if not all our trips, some are included on this page; others may be accessed via the links, also on this page.
The Committee always welcomes ideas from members so if you have any places you would like to visit please pass your ideas on to a member of the Committee as listed in your welcome email or letter.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Apr 4th||A visit to the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley.|
|Thu May 16th||A visit and conducted tour of Bramall Hall, Stockport. Fully booked|
|Sun Jun 9th
→Tue Jun 11th
|A mini-break from Sunday to Tuesday to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.|
|Tue Jul 16th||Quarry Bank Mill|
|Sun Sep 1st
→Sun Sep 8th
|A Holiday in Austria|
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