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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 18th May 2019

Hardwick Hall - with a stop in Chesterfield

Leaving Stafford at approximately 9.00am with pick-up points at Leons Coach Park, Royal Oak and Weston Village Hall.

There will be a two hour stop in Chesterfield for shopping, sightseeing, eating/drinking. The narrow medieval streets such as The Shambles have unique independent shops while The Pavements Shopping Centre has popular high street names and Chesterfield Market is one of the biggest open-air markets in the country. The Crooked Spire Church and the Museum & Art Gallery are worth a visit. There are many restaurants, coffee shops, tea rooms, pubs and bars for snacks or a full meal.

From Chesterfield, the coach will travel the short distance to Hardwick Hall for a four hour stay at one of the greatest of all Elizabethan houses. It was built between 1590 and 1599 for Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, also known as Bess of Hardwick. Built by Robert Smythson, Hardwick is one of the earliest English interpretations of Italian Renaissance architecture. Huge grids of glass are used to great effect in this rectangular turreted building, leading to the rhyme "Hardwick, Hall, more window than wall". Each tower is crowned with a balustrade incorporating an E S motif, for Elizabeth of Shrewsbury, and each of the three main storeys has a ceiling higher than the one below.

It is expected that the coach will arrive back in Stafford by approximately 7.30pm.

Price including coach travel, driver's gratuity and Stafford U3A session charge is for National Trust members £20.75 each. for Non-National Trust members £35.00 each

BOOKING FORMS can be obtained from the organiser.

BOOKINGS will open on 10 December and close on 26 April 2019


Saturday 29 June - A visit to Stratford Upon Avon with the optional extra of an hour long cruise on the River Avon.
BOOKINGS will open on 8 April 2019
Saturday 27 July - An outing to Waddesdon Manor, a fabulous French Chateau with extensive gardens.
BOOKINGS will open on 8 April 2019

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.

Guildhall Mansion House, St Helens Square, York

Great Hall, Treasurers House, York

Newon's Old School in Grantham

Belton House

Gardens at Belton House.

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