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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 29th June 2019

Stratford Upon Avon - with the option of an hour long River Cruise including an on-board Cream Tea.

Leaving Stafford at approximately 9.00am with pick-up points at Leons Coach Park, Royal Oak and Weston (Woolpack car park for this trip only).

Stratfor Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is steeped in culture and history. Set on the banks of the River Avon, there are many places to explore, see and visit. It also hosts a surprisingly large number of establishments that cater for your eating- out needs.

Bancroft Cruisers offer an hour long Sightseeing Cruise with live commentary along the River Avon in their heated cruiser The Rita Ellen. Included is an on-board cream tea consisting of tea/coffee, little cakes, strawberries, scone with preserve and clotted cream. During the cruise see Stratford's two historic bridges, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church. Passing some lovely riverside gardens, look out for glimpses of herons, buzzards and kingfishers as well as many swans.

Price including coach travel, driver's gratuity and Stafford U3A session fee: Coach - £20.00 each, River Cruise - £13.50 each (separate cheques required).

BOOKING FORMS can be obtained from the organiser.

BOOKINGS will open on 8 April and close on 14 June 2019

Saturday 27 July

Waddesdon Manor - with a stop in Banbury.

Leaving Stafford at approximately 8.30am with pick-up points at Leons Coach Park, Royal Oak and Weston village Hall.
The coach will arrive at Waddesdon Manor at approx 12.00 after a two hour stop in Banbury en route.
Waddesdon is a fabulous French Chateau which was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1889 as a weekend residence for entertaining and also as a setting to display his special and extremely valuable collections which are still there today.

The formal flowerbeds around the house contain approximately 55 000 bedding plants. There is a Parterre, a Rose Garden and an Aviary Garden, all of which have been restored to their former glory.

Departure from Waddesdon will be at 17.30, arriving back in Stafford at approximately 20.15. There will be a comfort break en route.

Price including coach travel, driver's gratuity and Stafford U3A session fee is for National Trust members £23.60 each. for Non- National Trust members £41.60 each

BOOKING FORMS can be obtained from the organiser.

BOOKINGS will open on 8 April and close on 12 July 2019

Saturday 14 September

Burghley House - with a stop in Stamford

Leaving Stafford at approximately 8.30am with pick-up points at Leons Coach Park, Royal Oak and Weston Village Hall.

There will be a two and a half hour stop in Stamford, the "Finest Stone Town in England", which boasts 11 churches, 30 pubs, 20 restaurants and many places to shop. Most of the pubs serve real ale and are in easy walking distance of the town centre.

From Stamford, the coach will travel the short distance to Burghley House, a grand sixteenth century country house built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth 1. The exterior very largely retains its Elizabethan appearance but most of the interior has been remodelled. The Staterooms are breathtaking, mainly due to two great collecting Earls. John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648 - 1700) mde four extended Grand Tours of Italy, purchasing a great quantity of fine art. A century later, Brownlow, 9th Earl, completed his ancestor's planned alterations and also travelled, buying many more treasures to complement those already at Burghley. Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and walks round the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown which is still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.

Departure from Burghley will be at 17.00, arriving back in Stafford a approximately 19.35.

Price including coach travel, driver's gratuity, entry to Burghley House & Gardens and Stafford U3A session fee is £35.00 each

BOOKING FORMS can be obtained from the organiser.

BOOKINGS will open on 8 April and close on 9 August 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.

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