We run a day trip once a month and the occasional short break.  We have a strong core group of members sharing our trips but would be pleased to meet more of our new members as well.  There seems to be a myth that you can’t get on Day Trips but, of course, you can – 57 do every month.  The trips are well advertised in the Newsletter, here on the website and on our notice board at the table.  We currently have trips advertised to:                         Wed.3rd July – to Ena Mill which is a former Cotton Mill and now a busy outlet – you are sure to find what you are looking for followed by a 3 course lunch at Astley Bank Hotel, Darwen. Dep.9.15am  Ret.6pm  Price  £25 inc.lunch                                         Wed.21st Aug. Visit the Trentham Estate, Stoke on Trent.  Day Ticket entitles you to wander as you please.  Into the Gardens, Village and a huge Garden Centre.  Lots to see/do and plenty of choice to eat.  Dep.9.15am  Ret.6pm  Price £20 inc.Day Ticket  Turkey n Tinsel  2.12.19 to 6.12.19 our annual 5 day/4 nights D/B/B this year at the Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle. Entertainment/Excursions included.  Price £299 will be less with group discount  No Sing.Supp. Free Ins.                                                                    Future dates for your diary  13th Sept.   16th Oct.   14th Nov.   Dec.tba.                Full itineraries to be arranged.




Lunch at Astley Bank Hotel – 3.7.19   If you have not yet completed the choice of meal slip for the above Day Trip, please try to be there Tuesday next 18th June to make your choice.  There is very little time to collate them and get them to the Hotel.  Many thanks  Marj


IMPORTANT Have just received the choice of meal slips for our 3 course meal at the Astley Bank Hotel on Wed.3rd July 2019.  Please try to come to Coffee Morning next Tues.11th to complete.  If you cannot then please ring 526 4665 to place your order.  Sorry about this but the Hotel has not left much time to complete the choices and get it to them.  Many thanks  Marj


It’s the largest County in England and often called “God’s Own Country.”  Yes you are right we were in Yorkshire – 40 of us.  Staying at the very comfortable Rendezvous Hotel, beautifully sited on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, with lovely countryside views, just outside Skipton.  We did our share of sightseeing, through the Yorkshire Dales and Villages, out to the North York Moors and across to the Yorkshire Pennines.  One evening our evening meal was served on the Hotel’s boat – The Dalesman.  We enjoyed a 3 hour cruise while our delicious meal was served followed by  A nice break with good hotel, good food and good company. The weather was kind as well. What more could you ask??

New Day Trip

Join us for a special day visit to Trentham Gardens, the Shopping Village and one of the largest Garden Centres in the country.  On arrival we will receive our day ticket which will entitle you to wander as you please.  In and out of the Gardens and Village.  See the wonderful Show Gardens, Italian Gardens, Upper Flower Gardens, etc. etc. All beautifully laid out.  As you stroll round can you spot the Fairy Trail with its’ interesting statues?  There is a boat which sails the Lake if you feel like taking a relaxing trip.  The lovely Shopping Village has an amazing choice, something for everyone and a big selection of eateries catering for every taste.  Don’t miss the fantastic Garden Centre

WHEN? Wed.2lst August 2019.  Dep. 9.15am  Ret.6pm Price: £20 includes entrance to Gardens.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tues.4th June 2019..

New Day Trip

Do you like shopping, browsing, mooching and checking out interesting products for sale?  Then you will have come to the right place at Ena Mill.  This former Cotton Mill which has now been transformed into an interesting outlet with lots of well known brands.  Just about everything you could ever want, is on sale here and there is a lovely cafe for morning coffee/tea etc.  Then onto Astley Bank hotel in Darwen.  Originally a privately owned 19thc Mansion House set in 6 acres of gardens and now a delightful Hotel with a good reputation for comfort and food.  The Chef prides himself on using local produce.  Here we will enjoy a 3 course lunch followed by tea/coffee.

WHEN?? Wednesday 3rd July 2019.  Depart 9.15am  Ret.6pm  Price: £25 inc.3 course lunch/tea/coffee.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 14th May 2019

New Day Trip

We will pay a visit to the beautiful popular Italian Village of Portmeirion, designed by Clough Williams-Ellis. There is plenty to interest us and we will start by having a short introductory guided tour.  There is a free land train to take you through the wooded areas and lovely walks down to the water’s edge.  There are shops, cafes, Italian Ice Cream Parlour etc. for you to explore and amazing Italian style Gardens.  Then we will travel the short distance to the lovely town of Porthmadog.  A busy Town with a pretty harbour, good range of shops, cafes and attractions.  It is a popular holiday resort, situated on the edge of

Llyn Peninsula
Towns & Villages – North

Snowdonia National Park and with wonderful views of the Snowdonia Mountain range.

WHEN??  Fri.7th June 2019  Dep.8.30am  Ret.6pm. Price: £21 inc. entrance to Portmeirion.  Seats will be on sale at our table on 16th April 2019


if you want to apply for the free insurance policy for our Turkey n Tinsel visit to Scotland, in December, then please come to the Coffee Morning on Tues. next 9th April 2019 to complete your application form.  They then need to be sent off with the deposits.  This is the last chance to apply for this insurance. Thank you to all who have already done so.  Many thanks

Day trips – dangerous for the figure?

We set off  from the Square for the Chocolate House at Blackburn . On arrival we were greeted by Susan and offered a choice of tea/coffee/juice or their own special recipe of hot chocolate as well as delicious chocolate buttons and truffles.  This was followed by a demonstration of dipping/decorating chocolates and a display of their special order goodies – amazing!  Even looking made you feel the calories piling on – all good for the figure.! Then a chance to enjoy more chocolate plus the truffles that had been produced in the demo. A visit to their kitchen gave us a chance to see special orders in progress – Easter Eggs nearly as big as us  and to try the various chocolate they use from dark sugarless to milder variety containing sugar.  There was a chance to visit the shop to buy goodies for Easter – will they last that long??

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