Last Updated on 09/08/2020
Most years, we organise 4 or 5 coach trips to places of interest. In 2020 it’s been a bit different but we’re doing our best!
|3 September||A “socially distanced” visit to a National Gardens Scheme garden near Maidenhead|
|9th April||Petworth House & Gardens home of the National Trust’s finest art collection.|
|29th May||Bucklers Hard and Exbury Gardens|
|13th June||Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire.|
|9th July||Arundel Town and Castle / Amberley Heritage Museum|
|9th September||Leeds Castle, Kent|
|29th November||Winchester Cathedral and Christmas Market|
|December||Chichester Christmas Market|
|May||The Mere – Slough’s hidden gem|
|March||Hampton Court Palace|
Outings in previous years:
Chichester Christmas Market
Coach trip – Cost £ 20 per person
Chichester is staging its 10th Christmas Market this year and Slough U3A are planning to visit on Friday 14th December. There will be over 60 festive stores over the pedestrianised areas of North Street and East Street with the Cross as the focal point. Chichester also has plenty of independent shops – ideal for that unusual gift.
For those not interested in shopping, there is the 900 year old Cathedral in the centre of town as well as the beautiful Pallant House art gallery and Novium Museum to keep you busy.
Coach trip – Cost £ 20 per person
Brighton is one of the most animated, bold and creative cities in the whole of Europe, offering a mix of Regency heritage and seaside delight. A fantastic mixture of attractions, restaurants, arts & culture means there is always something to entertain.
The Lanes – Set in the historic quarter the lanes are a maze of delightful alleyways, packed with quaint shops and trendy restaurants and cafes.
Brighton Pier – A traditional Victorian pier with plenty to entertain. Why not stop at the amusements and funfair or maybe grab a bite to eat.
Royal Pavilion – This spectacular Grade 1 listed palace of the Prince Regent houses a wealth of luxuries, furniture and works of art. Originally built in 1787 and subsequently transformed by John Nash into one of the most stunning and exotic buildings in the British Isles.
Tour of the Albert Hall
Opened in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is one of London’s most iconic music venues and tourist attractions.
Over the past 147 years, it has hosted over 380,000 mesmerising performances; from Wagner to Sinatra, the Beatles to Beyoncé, and Muhammad Ali to Adele, and is also home to the celebrated BBC Proms.
The Grand Tour offers a fascinating journey into the Hall’s rich history, astonishing architecture and legendary performances. Highlights include the Queen’s Box, the Royal Retiring Room, the main auditorium and the Gallery.
We’ll travel on the 702 bus. Cost of the guided tour £12.
Houses of Parliament
Coach Trip £20.00 (Admission free)
The office of Slough’s Member of Parliament, Tan Dhesi, has kindly arranged for a U3A group to have a tour of the Palace of Westminster.
An expert guide will accompany us on this 75 minute tour that recounts the history of the Palace of Westminster and describes how the business and traditions of both Houses contribute to the day to day workings of the UK Parliament.
There is no charge for this trip.
The Mere is probably the most beautiful building in Slough as well as the least well known. A Guided Tour of The Mere has been arranged for a group of 15 U3A members on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 5pm.
Built in Upton Park for publisher Richard Bentley, The Mere is a tall Jacobethan style mansion of 1887 with a belvedere tower at its west end to take advantage of views towards Windsor Castle to the south, both from this and from the upper rooms.
Coach Trip – £29 per person including admission.
G F and Mary Watts, Victorian artists and visionaries, built their home in the Surrey Hills amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Pilgrims’ Way.
Taking inspiration from their surroundings, both artists thrived, creating works within their home and studio.
Heavily timber-framed with bay windows, a loggia, projecting gables, an ogee-domed belvedere tower, balconies and ornate brick stacks it is a good example of its type and an important asset to the conservation area, set in large grounds.