University of the Third Age 


Home ] Introduction ] Monthly Meetings ] Location ] Activities ] Directory of Special Interest Groups ] Group Programmes ] Education ] Arts ] Live Arts ] Newsletter & Flyers ] The Walking Group ] History of Chelmsford U3A ] Useful links ] Constitution ] Virtual U3A ] AGM Reports ] Travel Group ]




The outings will take place on the third Wednesday of the month with the exception of June when the outing will be on Wednesday 26th June.


All outings will pick up at three stops: - Asda Chelmer Village, the Hole in the Hedge and Writtle Pond. We will return between 6.30 and 7pm - traffic permitting. Please check the outings details for departure times as these vary from one outing to another. Prices include coach travel, entrance fees and gratuities and where indicated, guided tours and food.



Wednesday 15th May- Down House (the home of Charles Darwin) and Lullingstone Roman Villa.



  Down House                                                Mosaic at Lullingstone Roman Villa


The properties are both English Heritage sites. So if you are a member, please bring your membership card. We will arrive at Down House in time for coffee. You can tour the house and garden at your own pace using an audio guide. We will leave Down House after lunch which can be purchased at their cafe and spend the afternoon at Lullingstone Roman Villa which is one of the best examples of a Roman villa in Britain. The cost of this trip is £15 for members of English Heritage and £35 for non-members. Pick up times are 8.30 am Asda, 8,45am Hole in the Hedge and 9am Writtle.



Wednesday 26th June- Midsomer Murders and the Goring Gap Cruise



This is a City and Village Tour. We will be visiting many of the locations used in the TV series. We start with morning coffee (included in the price) at Dorchester. We then visit the Saxon Abbey before going onto Wallingford where you can purchase lunch. We board our boat at 3pm at Wallingford Bridge to cruise along the Thames through the Goring Gap, which was cut through the Chilterns by melt water at the end of the Ice Age. We will return home from Goring at 5pm. The cost of the trip will be £56. Departure times at Asda 8.30am, Hole in the Hedge 8.45 am and Writtle 9am.

Wednesday 17th July- Bungay and Earsham Hall




This is an Invitation to View trip.  We will drive to Bungay in the morning and then onto Earsham Hall in the afternoon. Earsham Hall is a large Queen Anne house with medieval origins with antique and furniture showrooms. The price of £36 includes a tour of the house and a full afternoon tea. Departure times are Asda 8.30am, Hole in Hedge 8.45am and Writtle 9am.



Wednesday 21st August- A sail on the River Orwell on the Thames Barge The Thistle



A four-hour cruise from Ipswich Docks down the River Orwell and back including a Ploughman’s lunch and apple crumble in the price. There is a bar on board where tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks can be purchased. Departure times are Asda 8.30am, Hole in the Hedge 8.45 am and Writtle 9am. Price is £55.



Wednesday 18th September- Syon House and London’s Arcadia



This is a City and Village Tour trip. We meet our Blue Badge guide in Richmond. We have time to wander around this Thameside town and purchase lunch. In the afternoon, we will have a coach tour of magnificent houses which date back to the 18th century which are known as Arcadia or ‘idyllic pastoral landscape’. We will then be taken to Syon House, home to the Dukes of Northumberland for a guided tour. The house has perhaps the finest Robert Adam interior in the country. The cost of this trip is £44. Departure times are Asda 8.15pm, Hole in Hedge 8.30am and Writtle 8.45am.



In order to reserve a place on any of the tours, I will take bookings at the monthly meetings or by post to me, Mrs Pauline Spratt, 7 Beaumont Park, Danbury CM3 4DE. Telephone 01245 223660.Mobile number 07342671465 (to be used on the day please).




If booking by post, please provide your name, a cheque (made payable to Chelmsford U3A) a telephone number, a mobile number for use on the day and your pick-up point. For the first visit, please indicate whether you are a English Heritage member.

 Pauline Spratt





This page was last edited on 03 February 2019