Our first call this morning is to BBC Radio Lancashire. Situated in Blackburn Town Centre this radio station has lively topical programmes with some well known reporters We will have a guided tour and find out all there is to know. Their morning presenter Sally Naden, has a very popular programme and we may be able to witness her presentation. After spending an interesting and informative morning here, we will be off to the comfortable, highly recommended Astley Bank Hotel, Darwen for a delicious 3 course lunch. This Hotel is set in its’ own grounds and this will be our second visit. Many of you have requested to return . The meal is excellent and the staff are efficient and friendly.
When? Wed.8th April 2020. Dep.9.15am Ret.5pm Price: £26 inc.guided tour and 3 course lunch. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 4th February 2020
We will start our day with a visit to the historic city of Lancaster, set on the banks of the River Lune. This is an English Heritage city, compact, vibrant and quirky, with a captivating past and cultured present. There is something for everyone here – museums, galleries, the castle, priory, shopping, Georgian architecture, ‘Olde World’ pubs and the Charter Street market. Take your choice of its’ lively coffee culture, including Atkinsons’ famous coffee and tea merchants, where you will get a cup of freshly roasted coffee. Follow footsteps along ancient alleyways and discover for yourself its’ charm. Then we will be off to the White Cross restaurant which is set in a 130 year old converted cotton warehouse on the banks of the canal. It has a very good reputation for food and we will have a delicious 2 course lunch, pre-selected from an excellent choice of menu, (3 courses if you prefer is an extra £4)
Wed. 25th March 2020 Dep. 9.15am Ret. 5pm. Price: £25 inc. lunch. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 21st January 2020
Happy, Healthy New Year to all. Our new day trip will start with coffee at Oswaldtwislte Mills. This is an award winning outlet and a popular group destination. There is just about everything you could wish for including fresh food counters and a Garden Centre. We can browse, even buy, before having a delicious Lancashire lunch. After lunch we will reboard our coach to be joined by Simon Entwistle to give us a guided Haunted Histories tour. Simon is very well known for his entertaining tours and has done a series for BBC television. He will keep us amused and informed with his tales of the unexpected. So sit back, relax and enjoy.
When? Wed.5th February 2020. Depart 9.15am Ret.5pm. Price: £25 inc.morning coffee, lunch and guided tour. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tues.7th January 2020
2.12.19 to 6.l2.19 Turkey n Tinsel Break – – final briefing for this break will be held on Tues.26th November 2019 in the Coffee Room at ll.15am. If you cannot attend please arrange for your information pack to be collected. Many thanks
Mon.16th Dec. 2019 – Christmas Lunch at Llyndir Hall Hotel, Rossett. As there will be no Day Trip Table on 3rd December and it is the Carol Service on the 10th, please arrange to pay your balance for this trip by Tues.26th November. Please make sure you have completed and returned your choice of meal slip Many thanks
Turkey n Tinsel – 2.12.19 to 6.12.19 Please note the final briefing for this break is on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at ll.15am in The Coffee Room. If you are unable to attend please arrange for someone to collect your information. Many thanks
Mon.16.12.19 Christmas Lunch – There will be no Day Trips table on Tues.3rd December 2019 and the Carol Service is on the 10th Dec. so can you please arrange to pay the balance for this trip by the 26th November. Many thanks
An 8,.30am start and beautiful sunshine started our visit to Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick. We had an uneventful journey – if you don;’t count the miles of smart motorway speed limits on the M6. On arrival at this, the largest Gurdwara in Europe we were warmly greeted and appropriately suited but not booted eg. head coverings and no shoes, were ushered in to this beautiful Temple for an interesting talk and opportunity for a question session. It was an amazing insight into a completely different culture. Sikhs are very welcoming regardless of faith etc. Everyone we met was calm, peaceful, very polite and very helpful. We attended Langa – this is counted as a blessing and food is provided all over the world free of charge, every day and we wondered how lines of people were able to easily squat on the floor to eat their meal. After bidding farewell to this peaceful area we set off for the Jewellery Quarter Museum.Smith and Pepper who owned the factory could not have known the legacy they left when they closed the factory and stopped production. It is like a time warp and an indication of how different working conditions were then and now. Very interesting guides who also gave a demonstration. We finished with tea/biscuits and then set off on the tortuous journey home on the M6. However, it was a good day with lots of surprising information. We met some lovely people and the sun shone all day. .
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
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
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
Please note there will be no ‘DAY TRIPS’ table on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.
We will be back as usual on Tuesday 30th July 2019 when a new trip will be on sale.