The Contact for the Group is Tim Yates
NOTE: In line with Government advice on the coronavirus situation and in accordance with a wide U3A decision, Awaydays Group have postponed all our UK trips planned for this year. We are hoping to reschedule these outings when the situation returns to normal. Therefore we would like all our members who have booked and paid for these trips, to allow us to retain their relatively small payments, which are safely banked in the U3A social account. It would be a huge task to refund those payments. We have cancelled our coach bookings at no cost. A deposit paid for the Manchester Cruise will be credited to another cruise, when we can arrange a new date. For those booked on the holiday to the Italian Riviera, be assured that we are in contact with the company we booked it through and will make a decision before the balances are due and the situation is clear whether the holiday can go ahead in September.
The Awaydays Group organises trips and outings to places which it considers to be of interest to its members.
The aim is normally to arrange something for most months of the year. The following information will apply when we are able to begin arranging new trips after the coronavirus situation is resolved.
Full details of the next available trip are e-mailed to all members in the middle of the month with a booking form. This must be returned in a sealed envelope with the trip name outside, to our group treasurer with a cheque for the requisite amount. Booking form envelopes are opened randomly on the last day before the General meeting and places allocated in turn. Any un-filled places are available for booking at the Awaydays desk after the General meeting. Members without email access are urged to get an email “buddy” who can receive and pass on Awaydays Booking forms to them for them to apply in time, as trips are often over-subscribed so there may not be un-filled places after the General meeting. Members whose applications are unsuccessful will be offered a place on a waiting list in case there are any cancellations. Otherwise their cheques will be returned or destroyed .
In order to receive notification of our events as they are arranged, you must enrol as a member of the Awaydays Group and provide an email address. This can be done at the U3A General meeting each month.
Here are some of our most recent trips. Last September we started our 2019-2020 season with a trip to Buxton and a tour of its theatre. Then we had a very good lunch with entertainment at the Rivington Hall Barn. Since then we have had a tour of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester including a short lunch-time concert, followed by afternoon tea. A visit to Grassington Festival in the Yorkshire Dales for their Xmas markets finished off the year.
This year we have already had a visit to Chetham’s School of Music, lunch and then to Manchester Cathedral and we enjoyed a performance of the King and I in Liverpool.
We had planned a sail on the Mersey and a coach tour of Liverpool, a day out in York and a coach trip to the Lancashire coast with lunch and time to explore Lytham St Anne’s. As noted above, these trips have now been cancelled but the hard work that goes into planning and booking these will be used to book them again when conditions allow.
We also organise a holiday abroad each September. Bookings for those holidays are usually taken around February. In recent years we have been to Croatia, Northern Spain and to Tuscany. Last September's holiday was to the Austrian Tyrol. This year’s holiday is to Sanremo on the Italian Riviera.
There are photographs from some of our visits 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.
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