Leaders – Jean Stanford, Pauline Thewell, Rosie Foulkes, Diane Ramsay Arthur
Many thanks to all those who have supported our previous day trips. We have made some amendments to the booking system which we hope will help you to book and enjoy a trouble free day out.
Booking Details will be sent out for each trip. They will show the earliest date you can book. Please adhere to this. In the first instance please phone(at a reasonable time preferably between the hours of 9am & 5pm Monday-Friday) or email at any time, to find out if places available. When places are confirmed, you will be asked for payment. Please send booking form, payment cheque, and SAE if you are not on email, to the named tour leader. Each leader is happy to answer any questions relating to their tour, especially access concerns. Please ensure dates, pick up point and times are noted,
Comfort stops are made on journeys of more than one and a half hours and coaches normally have an ‘emergency toilet’.
The cost quoted includes the driver’s tip and all entrance fees, except where stated. No meals are included. If a property is marked ‘NT’ please bring your valid National Trust membership card for free admission.
Pick up points: Each tour is shown with boarding places and times. Not all pick-up points are used for every tour. Please do not change your pick up point without speaking to the tour leader directly. Failure to do so may cause delays.
Please check pick up points and times carefully. To avoid delays we suggest arriving at the stop approximately 10 minutes before the stated pick up time.
Coaches will only stop at agreed pick-up/drop off points which change, depending on the route. Currently main stops may include:
Westbury Haynes Road bus stop or Chandlers depot if using Chandlers.
Trowbridge Bus stop opposite Trinity Church alongside the park and train station.
Melksham Kings Street Car Park
Cancellation: If members have to cancel their booking due to unforeseen circumstances, then a refund will be made on entrance tickets if they are re-allocated or not already purchased. Travel refunds may be given only when coach costs have been met.
No refunds if cancellation is 7 days or less prior to the date of the trip.
The Emergency contact section on the reverse of your Membership card should be completed. You should carry your Membership card with you at all times.
It is also suggested that you carry medication details.
Note: Data Protection: Members should not pass on the organisers details. All such details should be deleted after each trip
TRIP TO LILLE 30 NOVEMBER 2018
GreatDays have put together a package for this. Staying 2 nights Bed and Breakfast in the Ibis Gare Belffroi The hotel is centrally located within walking distance of the centre of Lille with its many restaurants, bars etc. www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-1384-ibis-styles-lille-centre-gare-beffroi
The proposed itinerary is as follows.
Friday 30th.November – leave Trowbridge early morning for journey to Folkestone, Travel via Eurotunnel to France then onto Lille arriving in the afternoon. Drop off at Hotel
Afternoon and evening at leisure – visit Christmas Market
Saturday 1st.December at leisure in Lille. See www.visitcity.com/en/lille. For those who prefer, we will go by coach to Bruges. See www.visitcity.com/en/bruges On this site there are several suggested itineraries for a 1 day visit. Such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Belford of Bruges, the Chocolate Museum, Stadhuis – City Hall building to name a few. We will leave Bruges mid afternoon for the short journey to Ypres. There will be time to wander, visit the Museum and have a meal before attending the ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Return to Lille
Sunday 2nd December – leave Lille after breakfast. The last time I was in Lille there was a Sunday flea market which was very interesting – I’ll try and find out more. We will travel via Ypres where we will stop off for a short break. Then onto Bologne and Eurotunnel back to the UK & home.
The cost: £171 per person(B&B) based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room. Single supplement is £36.00 for the 2 nights. Should you require an evening meal, this will be an additional £20.00 per night per person for a 3 course set meal.
The coach company will be Barnes Coaches. No Travel Insurance is included – you will need to arrange this.
If you are interested, please contact me and I will give you the information you need to book.
At present there are 8 spaces available.
Contact details for Jean are in your Newsletter or via Groups Coordinator.
GENERAL DAY TOURS FOR 2018
The trips committee is proposing the following trips for 2018.
Please do not contact the leader until further information & booking form are in the Newsletter and/or group email.
Jan: SS Great Britain Jean Wed 24 Jan 2018
Feb: Tetbury & Chavenage + Tea & Biscuits Rosie Tues 20 Feb
Tetbury & Chavenage House -space available Jean Wed 28 Feb
Mar: Christchurch & Wimborne Minster – space available Pauline Wed 14 March
Apr: Greys Court, Henley & Marlow Diane – Mon 16 Apr & Tues 17 Apr.
May: National Botanical Gardens of Wales Jean Tues 22 May
Coach 1 is full, availability on Coach 2
Jun: Hungerford Canal/Lunch trip Pauline Mon 11 June
Jul: Swanage,by boat to Poole Rosie /Jean Thurs 19
Aug: Frogmore House/Windsor Rosie /Jean Thurs 23
Sep: Highgrove & Lunch Pauline Wed,5 Sept
Oct: Winchester, Whitchurch Silk Mills & Afternoon Tea Jean Tues 16 Oct
Nov: Mystery Tour Jean Wed 14 Nov
Dec: Christmas themed trip – TBC TBC