Help for Trips


The U3A trips are very popular and often oversubscribed.  So in order to  offer you these very reasonably priced days out, we urgently need more help.  We are currently offering a trip a month, plus Theatre trips., and for the first time in December we are doing a European trip to Lille and Bruges. This is an onerous task for our small team of 3.  For this to continue we urgently need 2 more people to help.

I’m sure there must be some one out of our membership of over 700 who could step up to the plate.

So do you have an interest in Museum and Exhibitions or just general trips. If so please contact me – Jean Stanford by email at or on 01225 719741


If no one comes forward, then we will not be able to offer as many trips in 2019



Proposed Trip to Lille


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.

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 For those who prefer, we will go by coach to Bruges.  See   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.