Thurs.26th May. Trip to Well Dressing at Tissington, one of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire. Widely regarded to be the best Dressings. Such talent from locals and today is Ascension Day so the Wells will be blessed. Eat here or wait till we get to the lovely Matlock Bath, which has plenty of places to eat and drink. Dep..8.30am Ret.6pm. Price £16. 2 seats have become available. Ring 526 4665 if interested.
IT’S A DO IT YOURSELF DAY, WHERE TO? LLANDUDNO which has just been voted the second most popular holiday resort in the UK. The coach will transport us from Maghull to Llandudno and then you have a day to do your own thing. There is so much to see and do here, that a day is not long enough. Ride on the Great Orme Tram to the top of the Great Orme, spectacular views at the top and a cafe and other things to explore, or take the cable car to the top Ride on the hop on/hop off bus which will showcase Llandudno and take you in to Conway where you can view the ancient Castle. Use local buses to travel into Colwyn Bay which is only 20 minutes away or into Conway Town 10 minutes away. Back in Llandudno. there is one of the best Galleries in Wales here – the Mostyn Gallery with its’ wonderful displays and it also has a nice cafe. Speaking of which there is a wide choice for places to eat and drink. For the shopaholics there is plenty of interest on Mostyn Street and the Parc Retail Centre is just a few minutes away with a brand new style Marks and Spencer which has just opened here. Together with a lovely promenade to stroll along with good seating areas right along and a pier to explore, you can see that you will certainly enjoy a day here.
WHEN? Wednesday 8th June 2022. Depart 9.l5am Ret.6pm. Price: £17. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday next. Payment by cheque would be appreciated made payable to Maghull and Lydiate u3a.
In our forward planning diary dates which have been on display for some time, the 22nd June was highlighted to keep free. However, this has now been changed to the 8th June to avoid a clash with another group. Details of the trip coming soon.
Please note this trip is departing from the Square at 8.30am. There have been a few cancellations because of Covid. (Look out there’s a covid about!) Therefore you may feel safer wearing a mask. They are not mandatory but it’s up to you. Hope you are enjoying your Easter break and this lovely weather. Regards Marj
Wakefield & Nostell Priory – Friday 22nd April 2022 – please note that Tues.12th April is the last opportunity to pay any outstanding balance (u3a is closed on the 19th April 2022). National Trust Members are reminded to make sure they have their membership cards on the trip
For full details of both trips click on Day Trips
We are off to Derbyshire, specifically to Tissington one of the prettiest villages. Overlooked by Tissington Hall, a 17thc Jacobean Mansion, which is still a private home occupied by Sir Richard Fitzherbert and his family. Here are the first Well Dressings of the year and most consider them to be the best. To-day is Ascension Day and the blessing of the Wells will take place. Well Dressing is a beautiful pictorial floral art, made by local talented volunteers, using clay, petals, leaves, stones, twigs etc. The origins have disappeared in the mists of time but are thought to be connected with the Black Plague when the wells were dressed to protect the water. It’s a tradition only found in Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Peaks border. Time to wander and browse in this lovely peaceful village. There is a Craft Fair on in the village hall which is by the pond. You can have refreshments here or if you prefer wait till we reach Matlock Bath where there is a wide choice of eating/drinking places. Developed as one of the first tourist destinations it has attractive riverside gardens and plenty of things to see and do including the aquarium with its’ additional exhibitions, Museum of Photography etc. Nearby is the home of the Heights of Abraham, a cable car ride with attractions at the top. Please ask if you are interested.
WHEN? Thursday 26th May 2022. Dep.8.30am Ret.6pm. Price £16. Payment in full would be appreciated. Cheques to be made payable to Maghull and Lydiate u3a. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 5th April 2022.
A miserable day, a great coach and driver finished off with an excellent tour of the old Lancaster jail by a very knowledgeable and witty guide. Well done Marge.