Outings Group

Meets: Varies

Location: Varies

Group Leader: Varies

The Outings Group is run by a team of 3 – Brenda Taylor, Christine Storey and Sandra Thompson.

The outings group recently visited Newby Hall, Nr. Ripon. We were treated to a very informative tour of the house that boasted a wealth of Chippendale furniture, some beautiful decor and some very impressive tapestry, to mention just a small part of what was on show.

It was a shame we were subject to some less than good Yorkshire weather, however the gardens were still a treat to be enjoyed. The picture shows the house with the avenue leading to it.

Over the last few years we have found a variety of places to visit which are always informative but most of all very enjoyable. We normally go by coach but sometimes by public transport. Sometimes lunch is included. The outings are open to all members of our U3A.

Over the last few years our outings have been many and varied. We also support our local theatres, mainly the Colne Dramatic Society at the Little Theatre in Colne.

In 2016 we arranged some very good outings. In February we had a backstage tour of the Royal Exchange in Manchester. Ripon and Ripley Castle and had a Musical Tour in Liverpool. After more excellent days out, the year ended with 40 members attending a delightful Carol Concert and supper at Towneley Hall.

2017 started with a fascinating tour of Blackpool Winter Gardens followed by a visit to the M& S Archives in Leeds and continued with many varied and interesting trips including Wedgewood, Harrogate Flower Show, Sizergh Castle and in June a wonderful day at Conigshead Priory at Ulverston. The year continued by visiting the spectacular gardens at Arley Hall, a tour of St Helen’s Glass and ended with Tatton Hall at Christmas and in December we went to Towneley again for the festive concert as it is enjoyed so much by all our members.

2018 was very successful with even more people wanting to join our trips. 

Lots more to look forward to this year including a cruise along the Upper Peak Forest Canal.

Come to our table at the meeting to put your name down for one of our trips. You will be met by a friendly face and the promise of an informative and sociable day out.

Sandra, Brenda and Christine – The Outings Group

There are always details of the next two outings below, in the monthly newsletter and on our Events page.

Event: Lyme Park

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Details: Lyme Park Cheshire. Beautiful stately home and gardens. £22. (National Trust Members. £12) Coach leaves Burnley Bus station at 9am and Padiham Town Hall at 9 15am. Contact Sandra Thompson. After securing a place, pay at the Outings' table, or, by cheque payable to Burnley and District U3A and send to Melinda Jackson 30 Avenue Parade, Accrington BB5 6PJ

Cost: £22.00


Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Details: Tues 19th November. Dunkenhalgh Hotel Clayton Le Moors. CHRISTMAS WITH THE BEATLES. Price £25 to include a musical show and three course lunch. Prize for the best fancy dress (optional) Time: 10.30 am to 3pm. Please do not arrive before 10.30am if at all possible. Waiting List in place. For this trip, please contact Christine Storey. Please pay at the Outings' Table, after securing a place. Cheques to be made payable to Burnley & Dist U3A and sent to Melinda Jackson 30 Avenue Parade Accrington BB5 6PJ

Cost: £25.00

Event: Festive Carol Concert at Towneley Hall

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Details: FESTIVE CAROL CONCERT AT TOWNELEY HALL with the award winning Nelson Ladies Civic Choir. £16 to include hot buffet supper. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm concert. For this trip, please contact Sandra Thompson. Please pay at the Outings' Table, after securing a place. Cheques to be made payable to Burnley & Dist U3A and sent to Melinda Jackson 30 Avenue Parade Accrington BB5 6PJ

Cost: £16.00

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U3A Calendar for 2020

The 2020 U3A Calendar produced by our photography  group is now available and can be picked up at the monthly meeting. The price is at cost this year and represents great value at only £4.00. If you would like one and cannot get to the meetings call Stuart Thorn and we will get one to you or tell you where you can pick one up.

October Open Meeting

The October Open Meeting will be held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH on Thursday 24 October 2019 commencing at 2:30pm. The meeting will feature a talk on “Tudor origins of words we use today” by Lavinia Tod.

A full list of our Open Meetings for 2019 is available on our Schedule of Open Meetings Page.

See Barbara Milne’s Penrith adventure

Submissions for OCTOBER & NOVEMBER Newsletters

Please note that all submissions for the October 2019 newsletter should have been e-mailed or telephoned to the newsletter editor by Friday 4 October
November – Wednesday 20 November
December – Wednesday 4 December
January – Wednesday – 15 January

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Fancy Becoming A Member?

If you fancy joining Burnley and District U3A and attending one or more of our Special Interest Groups please visit our How To Join Burnley and District U3A page. Guests are welcome to attend up to two monthly meetings at a fee of £2.00 per meeting or to attend one Special Interest Group meeting as a taster session. If you have questions or just want to know more about the local U3A you will be welcome to chat with one of our Greeters at the monthly meeting from 2:00pm. The monthly meetings are held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham Lancs BB12 8JH (see our location) and commence at 2:30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. Download our Introductory Brochure (PDF).