Day Trips – Christmas Lunch

We will start our day with a visit to the beautiful and award winning model village of Port Sunlight.  With over  30 Architects showcasing their designs – there is an intriguing range of styles. The concept was the idea of Lord William Lever, of Lever Brothers fame, for his workers to have good quality housing, and leisure facilities in their free time. The houses are highly sought after to-day.  It’s a lovely place to wander and attracts visitors from all over the world. There are fine open spaces, the Lady Lever Art Gallery (free) with all its’ treasures, a lovely cafe and shop and a family owned Garden Centre, which will be decorated in all its’ Christmas splendour and it also has a nice cafe.You can also visit the Museum and Garden Village (small charge) Then we are off to Llyndir Hall Hotel, Rossett, owned by the Hallmark Hotel Group, set in 5 acres of gardens on the North Wales Borders.  The Hotel has a reputation for good food, comfort and we will partake in a relaxed 3 course meal followed by tea/coffee/mince pies

WHEN??  Monday 16th December 2019.  Dep.9.30am  Ret.5pm Price: £27 inc.3 course lunch/tea/coffee/mince pie. (a deposit of £10 is requested on this trip please) Seats will be on sale at our table on Tues.10th September 2019



New Day Trip

To-day’s trip is a nice introduction to the start of the Christmas period and will begin with a visit to Manchester’s Christmas Market, one of the biggest in the country.  Set in the City Centre with plenty of chalet style stalls to choose from –  selling pretty well anything you want to buy.  Gifts with a difference, stocking fillers, food, maybe a glass of Gluhwein etc. A perfect chance to get some good ideas for your Christmas. Close to all the amenities that the City centre offers.  Shops, bars, cafes, galleries etc. Time to browse, buy, have coffee and some lunch.  Then we are off to the beautifully restored Art Deco Stockport Plaza for their annual Christmas Showtime.Many well known stars have performed on this stage down the years.  Sit back and relax in your comfortable stalls seat and enjoy.  Lovely scenery, stunning costumes, talented cast, all the songs we know – even “real” snow!!

WHEN?? Thurs.14th November 2019.  Dep.9.30am  Ret.5.30pm. Price:  £25 inc.GOOD stall seat.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 3rd September 2019


New Day Trip

Where better to be than the Lake District in Autumn?  We will be visiting Bowness which, until 1847 when the railways started, was a fishing village.  The Victorians quickly made it in to what it is to-day – a thriving tourist destination.  There are walks by the Lake where you can watch the world go by or book a boat trip, museums, most famously, the home of Beatrix Potter, galleries, shops, cafes and pubs. Some of the lovely hotels were originally the private homes of successful Manchester businessmen.  Time to browse, have a coffee, lunch and take in the lovely scenery. Then we will be off to visit the Blackwell Arts and Crafts House which is set in lovely gardens with stunning views of Lake Windermere.  It was originally the holiday home of Sir Edward Holt, a successful Manchester brewer.  It is now a place to explore, soak up the atmosphere and have an introductory talk to this special property.  We will finish with a cream tea. 

When ?  Wed. 16th October 2019.  Dep.9.15am   Ret. 6pm  Price: £23 inc. intro. talk and cream tea. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 30TH July 2019.

nb. no Day Trips table on Tuesday 23.7.19

New Day Trip

We will start our day by visiting the stunning Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple, Smethwick in the West Midlands.  This is one of the largest Temples in Europe and you are guaranteed a very warm welcome regardless of your beliefs, creed or colour.  There is a guided tour of this amazing building and hospitality is extended in Langa Hall with free food.  Langa is counted as a blessing and is served every day to communities all over the world. Then we are off to the Museum of Jewellery in the Jewellery Quarter.  Smith and Pepper closed their Factory and left it just as it was when they ceased trading.  It is now preserved as a time capsule showcasing the Jewellery/Metalwork heritage of this world famous Quarter.  There are demonstrations at the Jeweller’s bench and a guided tour of the Factory.  We will finish with tea/coffee/biscuits in their Cafe.

WHEN? Fri.13th September 2019   Dep. 8.30am  Ret.6pm  Price £24 includes guided tours, lunch, tea/coffee/biscuits.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tues.2nd July 2019.


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..