New Day Trip

Do you like shopping, browsing, mooching and checking out interesting products for sale?  Then you will have come to the right place at Ena Mill.  This former Cotton Mill which has now been transformed into an interesting outlet with lots of well known brands.  Just about everything you could ever want, is on sale here and there is a lovely cafe for morning coffee/tea etc.  Then onto Astley Bank hotel in Darwen.  Originally a privately owned 19thc Mansion House set in 6 acres of gardens and now a delightful Hotel with a good reputation for comfort and food.  The Chef prides himself on using local produce.  Here we will enjoy a 3 course lunch followed by tea/coffee.

WHEN?? Wednesday 3rd July 2019.  Depart 9.15am  Ret.6pm  Price: £25 inc.3 course lunch/tea/coffee.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 14th May 2019

New Day Trip

We will pay a visit to the beautiful popular Italian Village of Portmeirion, designed by Clough Williams-Ellis. There is plenty to interest us and we will start by having a short introductory guided tour.  There is a free land train to take you through the wooded areas and lovely walks down to the water’s edge.  There are shops, cafes, Italian Ice Cream Parlour etc. for you to explore and amazing Italian style Gardens.  Then we will travel the short distance to the lovely town of Porthmadog.  A busy Town with a pretty harbour, good range of shops, cafes and attractions.  It is a popular holiday resort, situated on the edge of

Llyn Peninsula
Towns & Villages – North

Snowdonia National Park and with wonderful views of the Snowdonia Mountain range.

WHEN??  Fri.7th June 2019  Dep.8.30am  Ret.6pm. Price: £21 inc. entrance to Portmeirion.  Seats will be on sale at our table on 16th April 2019


if you want to apply for the free insurance policy for our Turkey n Tinsel visit to Scotland, in December, then please come to the Coffee Morning on Tues. next 9th April 2019 to complete your application form.  They then need to be sent off with the deposits.  This is the last chance to apply for this insurance. Thank you to all who have already done so.  Many thanks

Day trips – dangerous for the figure?

We set off  from the Square for the Chocolate House at Blackburn . On arrival we were greeted by Susan and offered a choice of tea/coffee/juice or their own special recipe of hot chocolate as well as delicious chocolate buttons and truffles.  This was followed by a demonstration of dipping/decorating chocolates and a display of their special order goodies – amazing!  Even looking made you feel the calories piling on – all good for the figure.! Then a chance to enjoy more chocolate plus the truffles that had been produced in the demo. A visit to their kitchen gave us a chance to see special orders in progress – Easter Eggs nearly as big as us  and to try the various chocolate they use from dark sugarless to milder variety containing sugar.  There was a chance to visit the shop to buy goodies for Easter – will they last that long??

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Insurance – Important information

FREE INSURANCE – YORKSHIRE BREAK 29 – 3l 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