Please do not contact the leader until further information & booking form are in the Newsletter and/or group email

Jul:                   Swanage,by boat to Poole                                           Jean  Thurs 19

Aug:                Frogmore House/Windsor                                              Jean    Thurs 23

Sep:                 Highgrove                                                                      Pauline    Wed 5

Oct:                 Winchester, Whitchurch Silk Mills & Afternoon Tea       Jean     Mon 15

Nov:                Mystery Tour                                                                                Wed 14

Dec:                 Cardiff Christmas Market/Free & Easy.                     Date to be confirmed


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



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. 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

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.




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