Visits Organisation and general information

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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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Jackie De Yong 01483 773676 and Sue Bradbury 01483 455475

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Bucklers Hard

Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum and River Cruise

Wednesday 5th July 2017


This trip will include a guided tour of the museum plus a half hour river cruise

The Museum On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest National Park, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard. You will be able to explore the Maritime Museum which gives an insight into the history of this 18th century shipbuilding village focusing on its vessels including those built for Nelson's Navy. You can also visit the Cottage displays and St Mary’s Chapel and wander the Woodland trail

The River Cruise The tranquil 30 minute cruise wends its way along the Beaulieu River, accompanied by commentary which reveals the history and wildlife that inhabits its picturesque banks.

It’s a hard life guided tour (included) During its heyday Buckler’s Hard was a hive of industry, with a wide range of professions and tradesmen living side by side with their families in a tight knit community. What was daily life really like for those at the top – the Shipwright – and those less well off – like the Labourer?

Rochester Cathedral northwest viewRestoration House, Rochester












ROCHESTER including a tour of Restoration House

Thursday 8th June     £21.50pp


The old city of Rochester retains many historic buildings along and close to the High Street, part of Watling Street which the Romans built to connect London and the Kent Coast. It is very compact and a pleasure to explore on foot. There are also many connections with Charles Dickens who lived nearby as a young boy and for the last 14 years of his life. He used many Rochester locations as settings in his novels, particularly Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

There is a splendid early Norman castle keep (free to English Heritage members) from the top of which is an amazing view of the Cathedral and several other historic houses and museums plus a variety of places for coffee and lunch.

In the afternoon make your way to Restoration House renamed by Dickens Satis House, home to Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. ‘There is no finer pre-Civil War town house than this in England’ (Simon Jenkins). Taking its name from the stay of Charles 11 on the eve of his restoration in 1660, its beautiful old rooms hold fine English paintings and 17th and 18th century furniture. There is a lovely garden of ingenious design. The property is privately owned. We have timed tours lasting 60 – 75 minutes and you will get a guide book too. Tea and cakes are available before or after your tour in aid of charity but are entirely optional and have not been pre-booked.