Digital camera group

We have been asked if any Maghull and Lydiate  U3A members can enter the Digital Camera Groups’  bi monthly competitions.  The group leaders have agreed to have open entry while we are virus bound so you are invited to enter.  There are no prizes on offer, just the glory and a possible viewing at our yearly exposition 🙂

The conditions are stated below:

  • Open to ALL  members.
  • Maximum  of 3 entries per person please.
  • File format to be JPEG with a maximum size of 1 MB
  • email to
  • Entries no later than 3 days before the subject date
  • The subjects and dates are listed below.

20 Apr  Birds and animals  04 May  Landscape  18 May  Winter   01 Jun  Nature

So good luck and getting snapping!

Hoghton Tower and Smithhills Hall

We are to arrange a visit to the above 2 properties on 14th May 2020

Coach travel from Maghull Square and return

Entry and guided tour of Smithhills Hall (tea/coffee and biscuits may be available)

Entry and guided tour of Hoghton Tower (lunch may be available)

Refreshments possible at both venues (further details and cost , extra to members to be determined)

Cost exclusive of refreshments £27.00


See George or John at Architecture for Fun desk



Slavery and Secrets Liverpool tour

We have arranged for David Hearn, of National Museums -Liverpool to carry out two tours of the Slavery and Secrets Liverpool on at  on Thursday 12th March.

Both tours last about 1.5 hours and start at 10.30  and 12.45.

Meet outside Moorfields Station (Moorfields side). Cost is £4 per member.

Both tours full , reserve list available

See George Birchall or John Chapman on Architecture for Fun desk

Holker Hall and Cartmel, Cumbria

The revised trip to Holker Hall and Gardens with , if time allows ,  a short visit to Cartmel has been arranged for 14th October 2021

We will have a guided tour of  the Hall (12 noon) and self guided tour of the gardens (either before hall tour or after lunch) , (there is no guided tour of the gardens)

The cost including all entrance and tour fees is £31.00

Members have provided there lunch choices and this will be forwarded to Heather Creasey together with the necessary cheque , lunch will be in a separate  area provided by the hall , lunch will be at 1.00pm or shortly after the hall tour has been completed







See George or John at Architecture for Fun desk or call 07826 048379

Auckland Castle and Barnard Castle Durham

We have joined the Art Appreciation Group on there three day / two night trip (20/02/20 – 22/02/20) based at the Durham Marriott Hotel in Durham on a DBB basis. If interested see the Discovery Travel flyer obtainable from  George or John on the Architecture for Fun desk.

Combined with the visits to Auckland  Castle  there will be visits to “The Auckland Project”, including The Spanish Gallery, Auckland Tower, The Deer Park (weather permitting), Bishop Trevor Galley, No. 42, The Mining Art Gallery and the Faith Museum.

After Barnard Castle we take a short walk to the Bowes Museum where we will take in  “The Norman Cornish – The definitive Collection

The cost is £250 pp sharing a room (single supplement £50) , all entrance fees are included


Met. Cathedral and Crypt

An agreement has been reached with the Executive Assistant to the Dean to visit the Cathedral and Crypt on Thursday December 12th.

Meet at 10.30am at the main entrance for a guided tour of the Cathedral at 10.45am  This should last approx. 1 hour (there is a children’s carol concert at the Cathedral at 12 noon so we will need to be out of the Cathedral at approx. 11.45/11.55am

There is a cafe in the front of the Cathedral and members may wish to have lunch/tea/coffee etc

We will then return to the Crypt for approx.1.00/1.15pm (we will try to get a guided tour of the Crypt but this is to be confirmed with the Executive Assistant to the Dean) , if not , it will be a self guided touir.

Cost for both the Cathedral and the Crypt is £8.00 per member.

Only 4 places left , See George/John at carol concert or call 07826 048379

Please see George Birchall or John Chapman on the Architecture for Fun desk if you wish to join the trip or call George on 0151 287 0308.


Aintree racecourse tour

Architecture for Fun is proposing to visit Aintree racecourse where we will have a conducted tour by the historian (Nb. members will not be expected to jump the fences)

The dates are Thursday 14th November and  Wednesday 20th November , there is a maximum of 30 places on each day , we will progress the list for 14th November first and if this fills up , we will commence a new list for 20th November

Entry is through the gates on Grand National Avenue which is off Ormskirk Road ( A59) Aintree Station is opposite (park in front of the Princess Royal Grandstand straight ahead as you drive in) , meet at 1.45 – 2.00 pm . Tour should last approx. 60 minutes.

We will then gather at the Princess Royal Reception where we will meet Jessica Dalgleish and then be taken to the Community Hub to meet Jane Clarke , the Historian.

The cost is £5 per member if the 30 places are taken (ie the cost required by the racecourse is £150 per tour)  BOTH DATES FULLY BOOKED UP

Complimentary tea and coffee provided

Members will make there own way to the racecourse but the entrance position will be provided well prior to the visits

See George Birchall or John Chapman at Architecture for Fun desk or David Russell at Family History desk

AFF and Wine Tasting Christmas Lunch

Architecture for Fun and Wine Tasting has arranged a   Christmas lunch on Thursday 19th December 2019 , arrival at 11.45am approx.

As usual it will be at The Academy Restaurant, off Duke Street, Liverpool.  There will be a four course lunch at £25 per person (any drinks at members own cost)

An analysis has been completed to determine those members who have given most support to the groups throughout 2019.  Please see George Birchall at Architecture for Fun / Wine Tasting desk to see if you qualify or call him on 07826 048379




Architecture for fun – Shugborough

We are proposing a visit to the Shugborough Estate, Great Haywood, Staffordshire on Thursday 10th October 2019 , likely departure time 8.45am approx.

This will include return coach travel  from and to Maghull Square , entry to the estate , a tour of Shugborough Hall , a tour of Patrick Lichfields private apartment  , access to the grounds which include a model farm museum with rare breeds of farm animals , the estates brewery “Titanic Brewery” , gardens and much more.

Cost is £17.00 for NT members and £30.00 for non NT members

There are 2 places to eat on the estate at members own cost

Due to the level of interest , a larger coach has been booked , 

Tour now full , members meet at Maghull Square at 8.20am for 8.30am departure

Please see George Birchall or John Chapman at Architecture for Fun desk or call George on 07826 048379 or John on 07849 831623

Architecture for Fun – Towneley Hall

We are proposing a trip to Towneley Hall , Burnley on 11th September 2019 There will be a guided tour of the Hall which houses among other things , Egyptology , Art Gallery including decorative art and furniture , Natural History , Local History , Textiles and others

There is a 440 acre estate including parkland and gardens. Refreshments/lunch can be taken at members own cost in either of two cafes (stables and formal gardens) and there is a garden centre.Cost £23.00 for coach transfers , entry , guided tour and garden access.
Contact George Birchall or John Chapman at Architecture for Fun desk
or telephone 07826 048379 (George) or John (07849 831623) ONLY  A FEW PLACES LEFT