Excursion and Holiday Details

If you live in or around Basingstoke/Old Basing and are retired or semi-retired, now’s the time to join us and make the most of life. 

 

All the trips below are open to all our members. You must join first, as a member, before you can join any of these fantastic excursions and holidays. 

If you would like to join our u3a, please click here for an application form.

 

If any of the 2022 trips are of interest, please send an email off to either Group Leader, as soon as you can. If you do not already have an email address or phone number for either Group Leader, please send an email to basingstokeu3aenquiries@gmail.com.

2022 Trips

Visit to Welford Park Snowdrops (Thursday 17th February) 

We had a coach trip to  Welford Park, near Newbury, to see the beautiful snowdrops (see photo on Trips webpage), at the height of the season.  We also stopped at Newbury on the return journey. The cost of the trip was £22 PER PERSON and included transport, admission and a cup of tea or coffee. 

Visit to "BEST OF BROADWAY" (a concert at the Royal Albert Hall) (Wednesday 2nd March)

The Royal Philharmonic once again played and we had accommodation for one coach full. The seats were up in the up in the circle in the front 3 rows.  The cost per ticket worked out at £30 plus the coach fare.  It was described in the brochure as "An evening of glitz and glamour, featuring four West End star vocalists and guest presenter Gary WIlmot,  With sensational songs from Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, WIcked, Hairspray, We Will Rock you, Jersey Boys, Dreamgirls..and many more."  

 

Visit to RHS Wisley (Thursday May 12th and Monday 23rd May)

We had 2 coach trips to RHS Wisley.  Cost was £35, which included coach, admission to the grounds, a guided tour round a garden (45 minutes to an hour), plenty of free time and then finishing the visit with a cream tea, before returning home. Some of you enjoyed a good long walk, to the far areas of the grounds, others enjoyed spending more time near the shop and seeing the beds without too much walking.  

RAF HENDON AIR MUSEUM

The dates on offer are Friday June 24th and Monday June 27th.  The aim is to arrive around 10.30 and have 2 - 3 hours there.  After that the coach will go to Camden Lock and most people will board the first barge, whilst the others have more chance to look round the market, then 45 minutes later the others leave on a barge.  The destination of the barge is Little Venice at Paddington .  The barge travels along the Grand Union Canal and through part of Regents Park including part of London Zoo.  The journey takes around 45 minutes and we get a commentary, before leaving for home.e line.

JERSEY BOYS show (July 14th)

This was a show at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton for which we had tickets for the matinee performance.  The tickets were £43.50 each and the coach to work out at about £15.  

Weymouth (August 15th)

We had two coaches going and the price was £20 per person.  The starting time was 7.30a.m; there will be a break on the way and we got to Weymouth about 11.00a.m.  

COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK (SEPTEMBER 20TH)

Cost - still waiting to see numbers but it will not be expensive.  A lovely drive out and a beautiful park to explore.  

WINDSOR AND CASTLE (OCTOBER 21ST)

A visit to Windsor is being planned.  In light of recent events, we are seeing if we can get a group rate for St. George’s Chapel.  We will start with coffee at the Farm Shop.

 

JOHN RUTTER'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION at the Royal Albert Hall (December 6th)  

We have tickets available for both afternoon and evening performances, which is likely to be approximately £50.  For the matinee, we have seats in the arena, and some in the circle.  For the evening it is just the arena.  We will probably  have 2 coaches in the afternoon and one for the evening.

Holidays 2022/23

Turkey And Tinsel at The Shanklin Hotel, Shanklin, Isle of Wight ( 14 - 18 November 2022)

On one day the meal will be Christmas Dinner, then on "Boxing Day" there will be an excursion.  Evening entertainment is included.  

If the numbers are over 30, the price will be £279 and we get our own coach so will be driven direct from Basingstoke to the ferry and over to Shanklin.  If we get over 40 the price will be £249.  This includes transport to the hotel  breakfast, evening meals, plus 2 full day tours, and your return journey.  £50 deposit required before 26th May per person; the balance due about 8 weeks before travel.

 

Cyprus (8th June 2023)

We have 5 nights in Limassol. Then on the 13th June we will leave from the hotel in the morning and have a drive through to Protaras on the east coast.  On the way, we may visit Pano Lefkara which is known for its lace and silver ware, with lunch not far from Governors Beach, then through to Protaras.  where we stay for another 5 nights

There will be an included excursion right to the tip of the North East of the Island, in the Occupied North of Cyprus.  We will visit Salamis and the Monastery of Agios Andreas at the tip of the island.

The transport to and from Heathrow is included in the price, which is £1,200.00 per person with a supplement of £215.00 for those in sole occupancy rooms. 

The response has been amazing - within 5 days we sold out of seats for Cyprus.  There is a waiting list in case we can get more seats and rooms, or some have to opt out later on,

 

Lochs & Glens Holiday Autumn Break (from 6 October 2023) 

For this holiday you pay the deposit of £30 now and then wait a year before paying anymore; plus Insurance if you don't already have your own.  They offer a good cover for £17 per person.

The hotel we have reserved is Loch Tummel Hotel, by Tummel Bridge.  The first day from leaving Basingstoke in the morning we reach the hotel in time for dinner.

The excursions (may not be in this order) are:

1. Perth

2. Braemar, Balmoral & Ballater.  

3. St. Andrews 

4. Aberfeldy, Crieff & Pitlochry.  

The cost of this holiday is £442,00 per person.  We have twin and double rooms.  Sorry no singles left.

The pick-up points for excursions are the bus lay-by next to the barbers and opposite the White Hart in Hook, Tesco Express, Lychpit and the Bingo Hall, Basingstoke Leisure Park.

If any of the 2022 trips are of interest, please send an email off to either Group Leader, as soon as you can. If you do not already have an email address or phone number for either Group Leader, please send an email to basingstokeu3aenquiries@gmail.com.

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