FREE INSURANCE – YORKSHIRE SHORT BREAK – 29th May – 3lst May 2019 regretfully, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Free Insurance Policy for this break, is not now available.  As some of our members have booked this, it is imperative if you require insurance, that you now make your own arrangements.  The free insurance still applies to the Turkey n Tinsel trip in December.  Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this misunderstanding will cause. Marj.


Turkey and tinsel – Scotland


Join a friendly crowd for our annual 5 day/4 night D/B/B Turkey n Tinsel break, this year at the Rob Roy Hotel which is just a short stroll from the pretty village of Aberfoyle, the Gateway to the Trossachs. It is warm and welcoming and has a fine reputation for good food. Most bedrooms are at ground floor level and all have all the usual facilities that you would expect. The Hotel also has a coffee lounge and lunches can be purchased if required.

There is entertainment and three excursions:

  1. Stirling Castle with guided tour and a visit to the lovely town of Callander
  2. Glasgow with a hop on/off ticket on the city sightseeing tour bus plus their Christmas Market will be on together with fantastic shopping opportunities
  3. Glengoyne Distillery set in its’ wonderful location and then some free time to enjoy  Aberfoyle and its’ attractions (all are included in the cost)

WHEN?  Mon.2nd December to Fri. 6th December 2019.  Price: £299pp (will be less with group discount)  Deposit £60pp. No Single Supplement. Free Insurance. Seats will be on sale at our table from Tues.12th March 2019

Yorkshire ‘Spring’ break – 29-31 May 2019

They call it God’s own country and rightly so as it has just about everything for visitors. Wonderful scenery, Dales, Wolds, Moors, Ancient Villages,  lovely Market Towns and a big selection of cosy old world pubs and cafes. We have booked 3 days/2 nights D/B/B at the Rendezvous Hotel set on the canal just outside Skipton,Gateway to the Dales.  All rooms have mod cons + plus there is an indoor swimming pool and gym.  One evening our dinner will be on the Hotel’s own boat meandering down the Canal. There are excursions to show case this, the largest County in England.  We have just two twin rooms left. Book to-day – don’t delay at the Day Trip’s table. £199pp No Sing.Supp. Dep.£60pp


There was much discussion about whether it was the 27th Feb. or the 27th July.  The weather was wonderful for our first Day Trip of 2019.  57 boarded the coach and headed for the  Bellis Bros. Garden Centre in Wrexham.  Time to wander through a wide range of goods and very reasonably priced Primulas, Wild Primroses etc.   A visit to the Coffee Shop and a chat. Some sat on the terrace  outside in this glorious weather with some lovely Welsh views.  Time passed quickly and we re boarded our coach and travelled the short distance to the 18thC Carden Arms Inn Tilston Nr.Malpas,  Cheshire.  Continue reading


This year is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, when between 60,000-80,000 gathered at St.Peter’s Field, Manchester to demand the reform of Parliament Representation.  The National Trust is running a series of Power to the People events this coming year to celebrate this struggle.  We will be visiting the People’s History Museum, set in the cosmopolitan district of Spinningfields, Manchester, which charts the struggles which have helped to  secure equality and democracy.  Meet the Revolutionaries and Reformers.  The Galleries show us many social changes that have taken place as a result.   Demonstrations  by the Suffragettes, CND, Poll Tax Marches etc. etc. and are still doing so to-day with protests about Fracking, Brexit, NHS, Diversity etc. etc. Many people and Groups have fought for social justice.  This Museum inspires us to start thinking about the people who get involved. and how they have influenced our lives to-day. Continue reading


COME AND JOIN US for a 3 day/2 night D/B/B Spring Break at the charming, family owned  Rendezvous Hotel, set on the canal just outside Skipton .  All
rooms in this Hotel, have the usual facilities eg. en suite etc. etc. plus there is an indoor swimming pool and gym.  One evening we will have our 3 course dinner on their boat, which is moored alongside the Hotel, whilst cruising the canal.  There are excursions into the beautiful Yorkshire countryside which will be at its best at this time of year.         

WHEN??  Wed.29.5.19 to Fri.3l.5.19   Price:  £199pp  Deposit £60pp  No Single Supplement. Free Insurance.  Book at the Day trip table from Tuesday 12th February 2019



Everyone loves chocolate so we are paying a visit to the privately owned Chocolate House in Blackburn.  On arrival we will have the choice of tea/coffee/juice or their very own special hot chocolate drink.  This will be followed by a demonstration of how the chocolates are made, samples to be savoured and the end product will be raffled off.  There is a chance to visit their kitchens to see production and special commissions in process.  There are lots of lovely chocolate novelties and with

Easter on the horizon, there should be a good choice for Easter gifts.  From here we will visit Accrington Old Town, where we can take our choice to have some lunch before arriving at the Haworth Art Gallery where we will have an introductory talk.  The Gallery has the largest collection of beautiful Tiffany Glass outside the USA.  There is also a collection of fine paintings and treasures to browse and special exhibitions are always running.  You can also visit the lovely gardens with Artists’ Studios and we will finish with a welcome cream tea

WHEN???   Wed.27th March 2019.  Depart 9.15am  Ret.6pm.  Price £22 inc.choc.demo/tea/coffee/etc. on arrival at the Chocolate House. Introductory Talk/Cream Tea at the Gallery.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 22nd January 2019

New year – New day trip

Happy New Year and welcome to details of our first trip of 2019.  We will be visiting Bellis Brothers of Wrexham -Garden Centre, which is a well established, family owned and run business.  In addition to all the usual excellent selection of plants, gifts etc. there is a well stocked Farm Shop which sells all local produce and lots of other goodies.  A butcher who prides himself on selling all local meat and his “own sausages” which are well sort after. Time here for a coffee in their lovely restaurant. Then we are off to the cosy, 18th. C Carden Arms Inn, set in a cobbled courtyard in the quaint, pretty village of Malpas in Cheshire.  This is a local hostelry with an excellent reputation for good food, which is all freshly prepared by their chefs on the premises. Their bar has  a good selection of ‘real ales’ and we can enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch followed by tea/coffee.

WHEN? Wednesday 27th February 2019.  Depart 9.15am  Ret. 5.30pm. Price: £25 includes 3 course lunch followed by tea/coffee.  Seats will be on sale on Tuesday 8th January 2019 at our table.