Step back in time as we visit the Grade 1 Listed Georgian Lytham Hall.  They say it is the North’s answer to Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame.  We will have coffee/biscuits on arrival and then a guided tour where we will hear all about the Clifton Family.  There are wonderful hand painted wallpapers, glittering chandeliers etc.  Then explore the 78 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland before enjoying a soup/roll lunch.  We will continue our day in the nearby popular Lytham St.Annes, the quieter, more sophisticated neighbour of nearby Blackpool. It  has been regarded as the Gem on the Fylde Coast.  Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a quiet stroll along The Green with its’ interesting windmill. Maybe find a seat and watch the world go by while enjoying an ice cream!  Make for the pier and see Les Dawson’s statue in the adjoining beautiful gardens.  Head for the area adjacent to the promenade where you will find  individual boutiques, some interesting cafes and tea rooms.  The Black Sheep Tea Room, Clifton St., The Old Station, Station Sq., Molloys Tea Rooms, Clifon St., and lots more

When? Wed.15th August 2018.  Dep.9.15am  Ret.6pm  Price: £22 inc.guided tour, morning coffee, soup/roll lunch.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 5th June 2018

Day trips – last chance

Enchanting Essex  Do you really want to miss the opportunity of a short break in the rural county of Essex and we will cross into Suffolk, with nice company, a good hotel and interesting excursions.  You won’t find better value with all entrance fees included.  £380 per person dinner/bed/breakfast for five days. Departing from The Square  on the 12th July 2018 returning on 16th July 2018  Full details at our table or visit the website and click on day trips for full details..  We have just one twin room available – choose it or lose it!!!


Our first stop of the day will be at the award winning Country Harvest, Ingleton.  Set in a beautiful location, you will find an amazing premises with an enviable reputation for quality and value.  They sell a variety of things including clothes, jewellery, homeware, a foodhall which sells freshly baked bread, local meat, cheeses  and of course, there is the lovely Cafe.  

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We will start our day with a visit to the Derwen Garden Centre, Welshpool, owned by the Joseph family.  One of the best Garden Centres with 15  individual garden  displays representing styles from the Orient to Italy, some with sculptures.  Plenty to see and do here.

There is a fully licensed Restaurant with a covered verandah and patio, an Organic, well stocked with local produce, Farm Shop and a lovely gift area.  Time to have a browse tea/coffee/cake, some lunch.  Then we are off to Lake Vyrnwy, a reservoir built in the l800’s to provide Liverpool with fresh water.  Set in a stunning location.  There is an amazing dam which is Grade 2 listed.  The area is a haven for wild life and birdwatching.See how many species you can spot.  There is a hide to view the birds up close, a shop owned by the RSPB to visit, which is responsible for topping up the bird feeders, some Craft outlets, the Artisan Cafe on site and also The Barn Cafe just a couple of minutes away with wonderful views. For the more energetic there is a sculpture trail close by. We will be joined on our coach by a Ranger who will guide us round this amazing lake with stops for interest and photographs.  The scenery here has been compared to the Swiss Alps.

WHEN? Wed.23rd May 2018.  Dep.8.30am  Ret.6pm  Price £19 inc.guided lake tour.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 20th March 2018.


Yes it;s that time of year again! Time to join our friendly, sociable group for a 5 day/4 nights dinner/bed/breakfast at the family owned Clarence House Hotel, Tenby, Arriving 19th November and departing 23rd November 2018.  Owned by the Phillips family for over 70 years, it has a superb sea front location and is a short level walk into Town. All the rooms have the usual mod.cons. tv. hospitality tray, hairdryer etc. A lovely dining room overlooking the sea to Caldy Island and the Seagull Bar to relax and chat.  The Hotel provides extras such as two “Happy Hours”  from 5-6pm and 8pm-9pm. On each evening before dinner there is some kind of reception eg.sherry/mince pies, punch bowl etc. On Thursday there is a soup and sandwich lunch, afternoon entertainment and a cream tea or you are free to wander into Tenby for a look round this attractive, popular town. Set on the western edge of Carmarthen Bay, it has charming Georgian Houses, narrow winding streets, a lovely harbour to explore, a Castle with a small museum, the Walls. and individual shops. There is entertainment each evening and  3 interesting excursions.  You’ll be delighted with a visit from Father Christmas bearing gifts!!! The trip will be organised with Airedale Tours  Price £299 (will be less with group discount) Deposit £60. No Single Supplements. Free Insurance. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 20th February 2018.




sizergh-db-0550-0017We will start our day with coffee at the Barn, Scorton.  This is a lovely venue set in a beautiful village, in an area of outstanding national beauty.  There is a delightful coffee room,  well stocked gift shop, Garden Centre and is close to other interesting venues in Scorton.  Then we are off to Sizergh Castle, Near Kendal.  The home of the Strickland Family, who still live here but it is now owned by the National Trust.  We will have time to explore the House, with all its’ treasures and Gardens which should be full of Spring surprises and if time allows will visit Lower Sizergh Barn for a last minute cup/glass of something.

WHEN Friday 20th April 2018.  Dep.9.15am  Ret.6pm,.  Price: £21.  National Trust Members £10.20.  Seats will be on sale at our table Tuesday next 13th February 2018.


Hfree-vector-essex_084834_essexave you thought about this year’s holiday yet?  If not, why not consider joining our 5 day/4 nights dinner/bed/breakfast break to Essex, a County of contrasts with historic villages, scenic towns and interesting attractions. It captures the epitome of rural England.  Departing on  Thurs.12.7.18 to Mon.16.7.18.  Staying at the Holiday Inn,Colchester, which is a comfortable Hotel with an indoor swimming pool and Health Club.  This is a proud County, beloved by John Constable who painted many aspects of it.  There are lots of things to see/do and excursions and entrance fees are included in the price.  We will cross over into Suffolk, another beautiful County immortalised by Thomas Gainsborough.  We have a couple of twin rooms available at a cost of £380 per person.  Don’t delay, book to-day! Join our group on this short break.  Full information is available at the Day Trip’s table.


We Kirkgate-Market---Credit-Diana-Jarvis--316x336-will start our day with a visit to Leeds, one of the most vibrant Cities in the North .  beginning by visiting the bustling compact City Centre.  Walk up Briggate with its’ wide choice of shopping from High End Fashion in the Victorian Quarter to quaint yards off with some of the oldest fascinating pubs in the country to explore.  Try Kirkgate Market, the largest under cover market in Europe and this is where M & S began.  The Grade One listed Corn Exchange where you’ll find vintage fashion, quirky gifts and a lovely Cafe.  Grab a sandwich and head for Leeds Minster for their free half hour organ concert at 12.30pm, and imagesrelax and enjoy your lunch  in beautiful surroundings and listening to the music.There are plenty of other choices for some lunch.. You’ll find an  array of interesting Museums, Art Galleries  etc.,  including the Henry Moore Sculpture Museum  Then we will be visiting the Thackray Medical Museum set in an old workhouse. Tracing progress through the ages. We will have a guided tour of a Victorian Street with its sights,smells, stories etc. Discover how treatments have changed over the years. We may even be able to remember some of the old remedies from our own childhood!!

WHEN?  Friday 16th March 2018.  Dep.8.30am Ret.6pm  Price £19 includes guided tour.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 9th january 2018. 


We will start our day at Jak Hansons Outlet in Standish.  This is a family owned business selling cut price clothnig, shoes, linen, cards and lots lots more including a Food Hall and Butchers sellling locally produced meat.  Time to visit their Paddock Restaurant for a tea/coffee etc.  Then we will be off to the comfortable Shaw Hill Hotel and Golf Spa in Chorley.  A lovely Hotel set in beautiful grounds which includes a golf course.  Here we will have a 3 course meal in their Vardons Restaurant overlooking the golf course, which has an enviable reputation for good food and the Chefs source as much local food as possible.

When?  Friday 23rd February 2018.  Dep.9.30am  Ret. 4.30pm.  Price £24 includes 3 course lunch.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 28h November 2017