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Days Out

Enjoy a relaxing Day Out with Stafford U3A, travelling by executive coach to interesting destinations.
Preliminary Information will be in the Stafford U3A Newsletter, published three times a year in April, August and December.

Saturday 16th June 2018

Day Out to Liverpool's 'ALBERT DOCK' and National Trust's 'SPEKE HALL'

Leaving Stafford at approx. 9am, and upon arrival, spend approx 2 1/2 hrs on Liverpool's Albert Dock, then after a short journey, spend approx 3 hrs at 'Speke Hall', arriving back at Stafford by approx. 7pm.

Liverpool's Albert Dock has numberous Museums, and also 'Tate Liverpool' with its forthcoming Picasso Exhibition, the (award winning) Beatles Story and also Galleries, Bars, Restaurants & Shops. Liverpool's main shopping area, with shops like John Lewis etc is just across the road from Albert Dock.

Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Merse. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics. Built by the devout Catholic Norris family - keen to impress visitors with the grandeur of their home and in particular the magnificent Great Hall - this beautiful building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. From the Tudor period when a secret priest hole was an essential feature, to years of neglect and decay in the 18th and 19th centuries and then being dragged into the Victorian era of improvement and technology, the Hall has seen it all. In the 21st century, Speke Hall and its surrounding estate now provide a real oasis from the hurly burly of modern life. As you come through the gates, relax, take a breath and enjoy all that this wonderful place has to offer. The Hall is surrounded by beautiful restored gardens and are protected by a collar of woodland.

Price including coach travel, entry to Speke Hall, driver's gratuity and Stafford U3A session charge is:
for Non-National Trust Members £30.50 for National Trust Members £20.50 (NT Membership Number required at time of booking, please. Also bring your NT membership card with you on the day. )

BOOKING FORMS can be obtained from the organiser.

BOOKINGS will open on 9 April and close on 5 May 2018


Saturday 14th July 2018

Day Out to National Trust's BELTON HOUSE (With a stop in Grantham)

Leaving Stafford at approx. 9am, and upon arrival, spend approx. 2 hours in Grantham then after a short journey, spend approx. 4 hours at Belton House, arriving back at Stafford by approx. 7.30pm.

Grantham has an expanding and developing town centre, with many triving shops, indoor shopping centres and a bustling Saturday street market. A prosperous Farmers' Market is also a feature on the second Saturday each month. At the heart of Grantham is the parish church of St. Wulfram with its soaring 282ft. spire - one of the most important town churches in England.


Belton House (The perfect English Country House)

Built for Sir John Brownlow in the 1680s, Belton House has all the design features of a classic English country home. Sitting in formal Italian and Dutch gardens and an historic 1300-acre deer park, Belton, although built on a modest scale, is often cited as the quintessential country house estate. It has a fine collection of porcelain and silver, a world-renowned library and architectural finesse that reflects the continued wealth and cultured tastes of its former owners, the Brownlow family. The estate also includes a resaurant, cafe and indoor play area, gift and garden shops and the recently restored outdoor adventure playground. Belton House.

Price including coach travel, entry to Belton House, driver's gratuity and Stafford U3A session charge is:
for Non-National Trust Members £34.60
for National Trust Members £20.50 (NT Membership Number required at time of booking, please. Also bring your NT membership card with you on the day.)

BOOKING FORMS can be obtained from the organiser.

To find out more about this group:
Members - You can read up-to-date information in the latest edition of the Stafford U3A Newsletter in the Member's Forum. See the Notices page for how to register.
Non-Members - Use the Conact Us page.

Looking down at Chatsworth, December 2015

Boarding the coach at Tewkesbury

Taking tea and cakes at Blenheim Palace.






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