Theatre & Outings
|Summary||Outings are open to all members.
Our aim is to provide one event per month with a mixture of days out, theatre and concerts
|Venue||Varies - coach pick up point is St Michael’s church car park, St. Michael’s avenue, Bramhall|
|Contact||Christine Hollingsworth and Val Graham (Outings) and Wendy Burton (Theatres) - Telephone details are in the email/paper copy of the newsletter|
|firstname.lastname@example.org (for outings) and email@example.com (for theatres).|
|Schedule||The current programme and bookings forms can be found here|
Over the course of a year we aim to provide something for everyone. So
far our trips have included flower shows, National Trust properties and
other places of interest. We have theatre trips including musicals,
plays and ballet. We also run a short break holiday that is very
popular. Our members are very friendly and have found the outings very
enjoyable whilst making new friends.
Don’t worry if you are on your own as we will introduce you to other members.
All suggestions for future events are warmly welcomed. If you have always wanted to visit somewhere within daily travelling distance, do let us know.
Forthcoming events are publicised here, on the website, in the printed
newsletter and at the monthly meetings.
Bookings can be made via this website, by post or at the monthly meeting (both before and after the talk). Bookings are made on a “first come, first served” basis and once an event is full, your name can be added to a waiting list. For all bookings (including via the website) where payment has not been received, the booking will be deemed to be provisional. Full payment must then be received within 7 days. If payment is not received within this period, the booking will be cancelled.For programme and bookings forms click here.
Cancellation and Guest policies
December 2017 Report: View
Many new members have joined us on our trips.
We started the year in court -Manchester Crown Court. Amid very tight security, our guide explained the workings of the court. This outing was followed by one to Manchester Cathedral where we had excellent guides and the biggest scones you had ever seen. Next we went to Oswaldtwistle Mills for a bit of retail therapy and then the Haworth Gallery for a beautiful display of Tiffany glass. We fulfilled a wish of many of our members with a visit to the ancient market town of Ludlow. Some culture at Stratford-Upon-Avon followed, which included a visit to Ann Hathaway's cottage and a boat trip. This year we decided to try a trip on a Sunday. We had a pleasant drive to Inglewood Manor hotel for lunch then off to Eaton Hall Gardens for the afternoon. It was so successful another is planned for 2018.
BBC MediaCity UK is always popular as we have so many new members who haven't yet visited. This year members had the opportunity to take part in a mock play for radio. There was no shortage of volunteers! Marks & Sparks Archive was very popular, with very interesting exhibitions of their goods over the years and we learnt much about the business. A hearty Toby lunch and then we went to the Hepworth gallery with many displays of Barbara Hepworth's work and also that of Henry Moore. Our swan song was the Xmas Show Party, refreshments - lunch and entertainment with audience participation. What more could you ask for?
Our 2 day short break to Highgrove Gardens was great. We had a wonderful hotel, lovely scenery, visited Berkeley castle and had a really good time. The Highgrove gardens weren't bad either. The Coast, Cathedral and Coal Trip was a busy three days calling at Whitby, Durham and Beamish. At Beamish we donned our hard hats and went into the coal mine.
543 members have been on an outing or short break this year. It is an excellent way to meet people and make new friends. All U3A members are eligible to go on our outings and short breaks. Details are in the newsletter and online. Suggestions for outings are always welcome. Chris Hollingsworth & Val Graham
Theatre outings in 2017 began with a visit to Oldham Coliseum to see 'Gaslight' and finished with Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical 'Sunset Boulevard' at the Palace Theatre. As usual the programme contained a mixture of drama, dance, comedy and musical productions with the intention to offer something for everyone. New this year has been the inclusion of local theatres and there have been two trips to the Players Theatre, which were well received.
Looking forward to 2018, we start the programme with a visit to the Lowry to see Matthew Bourn's 'Cinderella' ballet. Currently there is only one other theatre trip planned, future trips are dependent on the appointment of a new co-ordinator. All members of our U3A can join in the theatre trips. Bookings can be made at U3A meetings or on line. Wendy Burton
This document last modified Tuesday December 12, 2017
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