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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Leaders  Ann 01483 222913; Peter 01483 414050

Day and Time

Each Visit will have its own page and these will appear below  in batches as they are released


Travel & Booking dates will be shown on the page


Will be Unique to Each Trip


Excursions will be handled and booked by one or other of the leaders in batches to coincide with the newsletter. So It is vital to address the application correctly.



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Bentley Priory

Thursday 26th July 2018

COST £30.00 pp (including lunch)

Located within a beautiful Grade II Listed Mansion House in Stanmore, Bentley Priory was Headquarters Fighter Command during the Second World War. The Priory’s museum tells of one of the most important and significant events of modern history, how in 1940 against overwhelming odds the Battle of Britain was won. It highlights how technology, leadership and courage forged victory, enabling Britain’s darkest hour to be her ‘Finest Hour’ and also the contribution and importance of ‘The One’ Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding, ‘The Few’ the air crew who took to the air to defend Britain and ‘The Many’ without whose tireless work on the ground, victory would not have been possible.

Our visit will take in a tour (two separate groups) of the museum before lunch – the cost included in the main visit – with more time afterwards, to spend either individually in the museum, or exploring the magnificent gardens. We have the added advantage of having the place to ourselves.

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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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Milestones and Hinton Ampner

Wednesday 9th May 2018

COST: £32.00 pp or £22.50 for NT members

Milestones Museum is run by the Hampshire Cultural Society, which takes the visitor back in time. With cobbled streets, vintage cars and heavy vehicles, shops, a pub and a post office it provides an insight to days gone by before modern technology took over our lives. We stop for lunch at own cost. Please indicate your preferences and the numbers required for Fish & chips £9.95 ……. or Ham egg & Chips £ 8.85 …….. Soups or pies will also be available on the day.

Hinton Ampner some 30 minutes away by coach, was built in Georgian style. It suffered a disastrous fire in 1960 but was restored to its former glory by the previous owner. The rooms of the house are full of wonderful art and furnishings and the 12 acre grounds are considered to contain one of the great gardens of the 20th century. Hinton Ampner is now run by the National Trust. Proof of membership will be required.

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Sissinghurst Castle

Monday 11th June 2018

Cost: £ 12 pp coach only

Entry to Sissinghurst: Free for National Trust members

£12 for non-National Trust members (group price)

Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden. Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, began transforming Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. Don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the working farm and the 450-acre wider estate. The roses should be in full bloom at this time of year.

Costs are £12 for coach, free entry for National Trust members, entry fee of £12 for non National Trust members.

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