Booking Instructions Day Trips & Theatre Tours 2018

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. 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 Road 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.

It is suggested that you carry medication details. Emergency contact details should be handed to the Trip leader on the day.

Note: Data Protection: Members should not pass on the organisers details. All such details should be deleted after each trip

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

Feb:        Tetbury & Chavenage + Tea & Biscuits              Rosie   Tues 20 Feb

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 April

May:         National Botanical Gardens of Wales                     Jean     Tues 22 May

Jun:          Hungerford Canal/Lunch trip                                   Pauline   Mon 11 June

Jul:           Swanage by boat to Poole                                       Rosie     Thurs 19 July

Aug:         Frogmore House/Windsor                                        Rosie     Thurs 23 Aug

Sep:         Blist Hill & Coalport Museum                                    Jean       Tues 11 Sept.

Oct:          TBC – Highgrove & Lunch                                         Pauline

Nov:          TBC – Mystery Tour                                                  Jean

Dec:          Christmas themed trip – TBC                                     TBC

Theatre Trips 2017

These are the proposed theatre trips for 2017.  Please register your interest in them with the Theatre trips organiser (details in your December 2016 Quarterly Newsletter).

Member’s only events


at Bristol Hippodrome.  Date: Thursday 5th January 2017 matinee.  Cost:  £25.00

Seats available



at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 19th February 2017 matinee.  Cost: £44.00

Monies to be paid by 12 December 2016



at The Globe, London.  Date: July 2017.  Cost: to be confirmed



at Bristol Hippodrome.  Date: Thursday 19th October 2017.  Performance start: 2.30 pm

Cost: £57.00



Christmas Carols event December 2017



Mystery Trip Date Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Mystery Trip has been moved one day earlier to Tuesday 21st February 2017.  There are still a few tickets available so contact Denise if you can’t make the new date or would now like a ticket.

River Cruise – Westminster to Greenwich

Thursday 17 June, a grey and damp morning – 83 WWU3A members left Trowbridge early for the journey to London – the start of a long day.


We arrived at Westminster Pier later than hoped due to heavy traffic. We boarded the large riverboat at 12.30pm for our 2 hour cruise along the river Thames to Greenwich. We had an onboard commentary by a man who was passionate about the river. He chatted cheerfully for almost 2 hours, pointing out all the important sights, together with a brief history.

We went through the Thames Barrier before landing at Greenwich where the sun was shining.


Unfortunately due to the delay, we only had 1.5 hoursin Greenwich before the long trek home.

Time to have a quick lunch, brief look over the Cutty Sark, visit the Naval Museum or wander through the market.


All in All a very good day – all thanks to Tony Bowes for arranging it. Unfortunately due to ill health he could not join us.

Visit to Poppy Factory. Richmond


40 members left a sunny Trowbridge at the respectable time of 9.30am to make the journey to Richmond. We had a coffee and comfort stop at Fleet services on the M3 on the way.

We arrived in good time and were warmly greeted by our guide for the afternoon. Before the tour we had a light lunch of homemade vegetable soup followed by apple crumble and custard.poppy1

Waiting for lunch – The poppy wreathes of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry on wall in background

The tour commenced with an illustrated talk about the history of the Poppy Factory and its founder

Major George Howson MC. We were able to wander around the factory floor, watching the workers making wreathes and poppies. We even made our own poppy. We were shown the machinery used to cut out the various component parts – some of us even bought home some of the waste – it looked like a big roll of red bunting!


Look what we’ve made

After a visit to the small shop and a slight wait for the coach, we were on our way back by 4.30pm.