Sheffield U3A Travel
Details of Day Trips and Holidays

Trips organised by Sheffield U3A Travel are open to all (and only to) Sheffield U3A members.

Holidays and day trips are listed here for your information but bookings can only be made from the booking forms printed in Links or Links Supplements

Travel Group Visit to Gunby Hall and Gardens and Lincolnshire Aviation
Heritage Centre, East Kirkby Tuesday 11 July 2017

This visit combines two striking and contrasting experiences in Lincolnshire.
Gunby Hall is a small, traditional country estate with an attractive house and colourful, well-kept grounds and gardens. It was built in 1700 by the Massenherd family, who continued to live there until 1963, when it was
taken over by the National Trust.
The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a modern working museum, created by two brothers in 1983 as a memorial to their brother and all members of Bomber Command who died on active service. All bomber crews were volunteers, dedicated and fully aware of the dangers before them. Each mission could well be their last. Casualties were high. The museum is sited on part of the former RAF East Kirkby Airfield, from which many night-bombing attacks were made. Today, the principal attraction is a huge, lovingly restored Avro Lancaster Bomber, which we see at close quarters; a demonstration run, an awesome experience, when the four Rolls Royce Merlin engines are running at full power. There are other displays around the site in the control tower and
the main hangar, including World War I aircraft and an actual Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb, as used in the dam buster raids.

The inclusive cost for the day (coach travel, guided museum tour and gratuities) is £23.50 per person (£17.50 for NT members). Lunch is not included, but there is a good restaurant at the airfield, offering meals and refreshments. To reserve a place, please complete the application form on page 38 April Links and send it, with a cheque and a small s.a.e., to Derek Shipley as soon as possible.


Travel Group Visit to four South Yorkshire Churches

Repeat by popular demand - Monday 31 July 2017

Our churches expert, Pat McLaughlin, has again chosen 4 beautiful South Yorkshire churches for this visit. The first church is St Leonard and St Mary at Armthorpe, where coffee and biscuits will be waiting for us. In essence a Norman church, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book, with later additions including excellent stained glass – some of it to commemorate the miners of Markham Colliery.

From Armthorpe we proceed to Kirk Sandall, the church dedicated to St Oswald, the Saxon king of Northumbria. Again, of Norman origin but with medieval stained glass and the splendid Rokesby Chapel, where we remember a distinguished incumbent, who became Archbishop of Dublin.

We hope to arrive at Barnby Dun St Peter and St Paul church for lunch at 12.30 pm. The church is of 14th century origin with its carved heads, gargoyles and 19th century stained glass and tiles. The tower dates from the 15th century, as do the font, the sedilia and piscina. Our final visit, due north of Doncaster, is the village of Arksey and All Saints Church. Begun in the 12th century with much of the earlier building surviving, it was modified in the 17th century and its fine furnishings by local craftsmen also date from this period. Closely associated with the Cooke family of Coates in Lincolnshire there is, in the north transept, a fine 7th century bust of Sir George Cooke “who
awaits Christ’s second coming”. At 4.00 pm the coach will be ready for our journey back to Sheffield.

The cost of this outing is £26.50 per person. This amount includes coach travel, gratuities, donations to the churches, lunch, tea and coffee and payment to our guide.

If you wish to apply for a place on this visit, please complete the booking form on page 38 April Links and send it with a cheque and small s.a.e. to Valerie Wiley as soon as possible.


Travel Group Visit to York and Sutton Park
Wednesday 16 August 2017

Our visit will start with a 45-minute river cruise through York City and countryside. We will enjoy York from a different perspective and can admire the scenery from the comfort of the boat while listening to informative comments by the Captain. (Refreshments available on board). After the cruise there will be free time to explore the city further on your own or to revisit some favourite places, such as the Minster, the Treasurer’s House, the Shambles and the Railway Museum. Further information and maps will be given out on the coach. You will have plenty of time to have lunch in one of the many restaurants, pubs and cafés, or you might prefer to bring a picnic.

The afternoon venue had to be changed from Bishopthorpe Palace to Sutton Park near York. This is the Yorkshire home of Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield. Early Georgian architecture and magnificent plasterwork by Cortese, as well as a rich collection of 18th century furniture, paintings and porcelain make this a most inviting house to visit. The award-winning gardens attract enthusiasts from home and abroad. The Tea Rooms will be open for refreshments.

The cost of the day is £22.50 per person. This includes coach travel, driver’s gratuity, the river cruise and guided tour of Sutton Park. If you wish to apply for a place on this visit, please complete the booking form on page 40 and send it with a cheque and a small s.a.e., to Barbara Robertshaw as soon as possible.


Travel Group Visit to Port Sunlight
Thursday 7 September 2017

Port Sunlight is one of the finest surviving examples of an industrial garden village in the UK. In 1888 its founder William Hesketh Lever wanted to create decent and affordable housing for the employees of his new Lever Brothers Soap Works. The village is run by the Port Sunlight Village Trust and has attractive houses, parks, a Museum and an Art Gallery. There is some public sculpture on display including a Grade 1 listed War Memorial.

After a welcome cup of coffee, we begin our day by visiting the awardwinning Museum which has a special exhibition showing a century of the history of the village. Leaving the museum, we board the coach for a guided tour of the village to see its many different features.

In the afternoon, after lunch (included) we visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery, founded by William in memory of his wife, Lady Lever. Its newly refurbished South End Galleries are the result of a £2.8 million grant and well worth a visit. Explore the rest of the Gallery to see a major collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Don’t miss the “Sunlight Soap” paintings which began Lever’s fascination with art.

The cost for the day is £28.00. This includes coach travel, gratuities, coffee and biscuits, lunch and guided tour and the entrance to the Museum. To reserve a place, please complete the application form below and send it with a small s.a.e., and a cheque to Margaret Langrish as soon as possible.


Travel Group Short Break - East Anglia Highlights
12 – 16 September 2017

Bury St. Edmunds is the base for our holiday exploring the many interesting attractions in this area. After leaving Sheffield we travel to the beautiful city of Ely. We begin with a guided tour of the Cathedral and a visit to the Stained Glass Museum. Time for lunch and some free time before we meet to travel to our hotel, "The Best Western Priory Hotel Bury St. Edmunds".

Day 2 begins with a guided walking tour round Cambridge with Blue Badge Guides and will include a visit to King’s College. In the afternoon we can either go in a punt to see the Backs or visit the Fitzwilliam Museum to see its many treasures.

On day 3 we visit Audley End House and Gardens. Later, we will go to the ancient market town of Saffron Walden for lunch and leisure time to see the fascinating old buildings including the Rows, which were the town’s shopping centre from medieval times onwards.

Day 4 starts with a short walk in the beautiful Abbey Gardens of Bury opposite the Cathedral. We will then have a guided coach tour with our Blue Badge Guide of some of the Suffolk towns/villages before stopping at Lavenham to see the Guildhall (NT) and another little hall.

On day 5 our return journey includes a stop at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

The cost for this 4 night/5 day break is £397 per person with a single supplement of £60. This covers bed, breakfast and evening meal at the hotel, transport, all gratuities and admission fees. Lunches and snacks are not included. To reserve a place, please complete the booking form in February Links Supplement and send it with a deposit of £60 per person to Margaret Langrish as soon as possible. Please note that members are responsible
for arranging their own travel insurance. Sheffield U3A cannot be responsible for any claims












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