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We arrange outings approximately once a month. We visit houses, gardens. museums, exhibitions as well as making occasional theatre visits. We hope our varied programme will contain something of interest to everyone. Our trips are a good opportunity to meet other U3A members.  Outings are friendly occasions and there is always an opportunity for lunch!

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Leaders  Ann 01483 222913; Peter 01483 414050

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 the great banquet hall at christ church college at oxford university B125WK

 Ashmolean Museum & Visit to Christchurch College, Oxford

Thursday, 1st February 2018

Imagining the Divine – Art and the Rise of World Religions

Ashmolean Museum

"Unmissable... a fascinating journey through the art of religions from India to Ireland" – Mary Beard

Why do we think of Jesus Christ with a beard? Or Buddha as cross-legged? Today, the pictures people conjure when they think of the world’s major religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism – are distinctive and immediately recognisable. But two thousand years ago that was not the case.

Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, this major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. On display will be remarkable objects created when the iconography of each religion was still being developed. Art and imagery were central to the spread of these systems of belief, and the visual identity of each religion was formed by encounters and interactions between different faiths and other traditions.

Between 1–1000 AD, systems of belief developed across Europe and Asia. The images associated with them were forged not in isolation but in a vibrant exchange of ideas and in the contact between different societies and local traditions. One of the earliest known depictions of Christ shows a young man bearing a striking resemblance to a classical god, not the bearded holy-man we know today. Before the invention of the cross-legged figure in meditation, the Buddhist faithful were inspired to worship merely by an impression of the Buddha’s footprints. 

This unprecedented exhibition showcases some of the world’s oldest religious art from India to Ireland, and reveals how the exchange of ideas and objects in the first millennium influence our thinking about the Divine today. On display will be the first known depiction of Christ north of the Alps, as well as some of the first surviving Qurans.

Lunch can be obtained in either the basement café at the Ashmolean Museum or in any of the restaurants/cafes in the centre of Oxford.

Visit to Christchurch College

After lunch, two guided tours have been arranged to Christchurch College which allow visitors greater insight into the College's history, its architecture, student life, scenes associated with the world of Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. The tour is led by one of their experienced Christchurch custodians and lasts approximately one hour. During the tour you will visit the Masters', Pocock and Cathedral gardens, cloisters, quads, Hall Stairs and Hall (if open at the time of your tour).

NB There is a 15 minutes’ walk straight through Oxford from the Ashmolean Museum to Christchurch College and visitors are warned that steps and paving can be uneven at Christchurch College. Both tours have timed entry for the Ashmolean exhibition and Christchurch College and the group will need to be split into two smaller groups. The timed entry will be at 11.30 and 11.45 am for the Ashmolean and 3 pm for two tours at Christchurch. We will leave at 4.30 pm.

£9 (Ashmolean) £11 (Christchurch) £13 coach only

The fee is £9 per person for the Ashmolean exhibition (or £5 for Art Fund members) plus £11 for Christchurch College, The coach fee will be £13, bringing the total fee for both tours to £33. Please signify which tours you wish to go on and if you have Art Fund membership (which reduces the price by £4 for Ashmolean tour)

Note: This trip is now full and there is a waiting list

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The Charterhouse

Wednesday 10th January 2018

COST: £24.50 PP

Hidden away in the heart of Smithfields on land acquired for victims of the Black Plague, Charterhouse was formerly a hospital which later in 1371 became a Carthusian monastery. In 1535 it was suppressed on the orders of Henry the VIII and ownership passed to the Crown. A fine Tudor mansion was subsequently constructed in its place. Queen Elizabeth the 1st arrived at Charterhouse on the first day of her accession to the throne on the 23rd of November 1558. It was sold to a Thomas Sutton in 1611 who used much of his wealth to endow a charitable foundation to educate boys and care for elderly men. The educational element moved down to Godalming in 1872. Our visit will be comprised of two guided tours one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, with free time available between each tour to visit the museum. Refreshments, including lunch, will be at own cost at the newly established Thackeray Coffee House, an integral part of the museum, situated close by to its main entrance. We leave Smithfields to return home at 15.30.

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Hever Castle and Tulip Festival

Thursday 19th April 2018

COST: £24.25pp or £27.50 pp. (with AV handset)

Dating back to the 13th century Hever, built in 1270, was originally a medieval defensive castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey. In the 15th and 16th centuries it was home to the powerful Boleyn family and to Ann Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife and Queen of England for just 1000 days. Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery in London. Gradually it fell into decline until William Waldorf Astor used his fortune to restore and extend the castle in the early 20th century. Multimedia guides (AV handsets) are included in the cost, as set out above. Our visit will take in the award winning gardens and the 2nd day of the 7 day period of the Tulip Festival. We leave at 16.00 to return home.

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The National Theatre – Backstage

Tuesday 13th March 2018

COST: £24.00 pp

The National Theatre is a working building producing over 20 new productions every year. Preparation for the shows, including rehearsals, prop and costume-making all happen on site. No two tours are ever the same so we are invited to come and see what’s happening, literary behind the scenes today. Our visit comprises two 75 minute guided tours with our party split in to two groups. Group 1 begins its tour at 11.00, Group 2 follows 10 minutes later at 11.10. We stay for lunch, at own cost, at the Kitchen Café where reserved tables will be made available to us. We then pick up our coach to go a short distance to The Imperial War Museum for free time until our departure for home at 16.00.

To join this trip please fill in the form below and send with your cheque payable to Guildford Area U3A and a SAE to Peter Woodington, Heath Lane House, Munstead, Godalming GU7 1UN, Tel: 01483 414050 email: . Please note that Guilford U3A trips are only open to Guildford U3A members. Please initial the boxes on the form to confirm you are only applying for places for currently paid-up Guildford U3A members. This is an insurance requirement. The size of our party is limited on this occasion and it is important we receive your application by the end of November.

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Impressionists in London – exhibition at Tate Britain + lecture (Optional)

Monday 27th November 2017 £25 exhibition only,  £35.00pp including lecture


This trip will include entry to the exhibition “Impressionists in London, French artists in exile (1870–1904)” and an optional lecture which will aim to increase our knowledge and enjoyment of the exhibition.
The exhibition is the story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France and presents captivating works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots.
In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London and the friendships that developed not only influenced their own work but also contributed to the British art scene.
Impressionists in London, French artists in exile (1870–1904) is the first exhibition to map the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers during a traumatic period in French history.
Highlighting their engagement with British culture, traditions and social life, their art is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists and the remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed.