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Our group started in August 2015. We meet regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Church of the Resurrection at 2.00pm.We like members to try and bring new trips and ideas that would interest them and help to plan them.

We started off to a slow start in 2018 due to the cold weather.

January – A group of us went to Austria and did The Legendary Trains in the Grisons and a Bavarian Castle. We went on the Berninian express starting from Thusis doing four countries Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and finishing the trip in Italy. When we went on the Glazier express we could not go as far as stated as President Trump was there and avalanches.

February – A group went to Eastbourne for a week end. They all said it was cold wet and windy, but overall, they all enjoyed themselves at the Imperial Hotel was good value for money. They did manage a bus trip to Hastings,

March – A group of us went with Luckett’s to the Royal Albert Hall to see Mountbatten Festival of Music by the Portsmouth and Gosport Royal Marines. We stopped off at the Guildford Cathedral Refectory, but it was not a good place to have a comfort stop due to the volume of people.

Please keep an eye on the Travel Group page for the latest details.

Group Leader: Judy Jones
Email: contact@portsdownu3a.org.uk

2019 – 2020 TRIPS

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    St Cross Winchester Alms-house and Gardens

    7th October – £15.00 split between 20 people to cover the cost of the tour by a brother

    Contact: Judy

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    Talk on the Trans-Siberian Railway by Andrew Negus

    25 November – Church of the Resurrection at 2pm – £2.00 TICKET ONLY – NOW LIMITED AVAILABILITY

    Contact: Judy

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    The Museum of Brands, London

    28 November – 8.30am start – £28 (Cost will be higher if not fully booked)

    Contact: Beryl

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    Highclere Castle and Bath Christmas Market

    8th December – 2 Days 1 Night – 3 or 4-star hotel – book early to avoid disappointment
    CLICK HERE for more details

    Contact: Mary

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    Wisley Lights

    17th December – £29 includes entrance fee – £15 extra for afternoon tea – need cheque made payable to Lucketts Travel

    Contact: Julie

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    Hever Castle Snow Drops

    16th February 2020 – £41 – includes entrance – need cheque made payable to Lucketts Travel

    Contact: Julie

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    Finland

    February 2020 – cost is £1649
    CLICK HERE for more details

    Contact: Janice

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    Valkenburg in The Netherlands + day tour to Germany

    23rd March 2020 – 4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Hotel Walram
    CLICK HERE for more details

    Contact: Judy

HOLIDAYS LATEST

STREET, SOMERSET
October 2019 Monday 14th-Friday18th – £199.00
Contact: Julie
EASTBOURNE
November 8th-11th – Imperial Hotel – £139.00
Contact: Julie
NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM CITY BREAK WITH FRED OLSEN
14th February 2020 – 5 nights – Sail from Southampton on the Black Watch – £429 Solo offers
Contact: Judy
ROYAL GROSVENOR HOTEL WESTERN-SUPER-MARE
24-28th February 2020 – Royal Grosvenor Hotel – only twin and double rooms – Excursions to Wells (Somerset) Cheddar Gorge and Bath
Contact: Judy
SOUTHPORT
March 9th-13th 2020 – Scarisbrick Hotel – £169.00 – Visiting Liverpool and Chester
Contact: Julie
DOLPHIN HOTEL, NEW QUAY
March 23-27th 2020 – £164.00 – single supplement £30.00
Contact: Judy
JERSEY MAYFLOWER HOTEL
30th March – 3rd April: £269.00 – Single supplement £40.00
Contact: Judy
LITTLE TRAIN AND BOATS IN THE PYRENEES WITH RIVIERA TRAVEL
19th April and 10th May 2020 – 10 days from £495.00 – discount with over 25 bookings
Contact: Judy
DUBLIN PAST AND PRESENT WITH RIVIERA TRAVEL
Dates through out 2019 and 2020 – 4 days £235.00 – discount with over 25 bookings
Contact: Judy

2020 – Oulanka National Park in Finland

Relax in an unspoilt wilderness location

In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka, a self-sustained complex of wooden buildings in a truly stunning location. As the only accommodation for miles around, you are able to enjoy a variety of winter activities in this beautiful landscape and hardly ever see another soul. Dogsledding through the silent snow-caked forests of the nearby Riisitunturi National Park, you couldn’t feel more removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Get back to nature this winter and head to Basecamp.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a host of winter activities in magical surroundings

  • Stay in fantastic lodge accommodation

  • Experience an evening Northern Lights snowshoe

Key information

  • 7 nights Basecamp Oulanka: twin rooms with en suite bathrooms in two separate buildings

  • 5 days mixed activities

  • Group normally starting from 6, plus leaders. Min age 16 years

  • All Arctic winter equipment and clothing provided

What’s included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners

  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Local tour leaders throughout

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • All specialist equipment

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations

Basecamp Oulanka is a superb self-sustaining wooden complex that takes immediate inspiration from its wilderness location. Twin rooms with en suite bathrooms are in two separate buildings. The third building is a cosy restaurant and bar, with a log fire, sauna and outdoor hot tub. The heating system used throughout the complex relies totally on nature using special wood pellets for fuel. Winners for outstanding accommodation in the VESTAS 2011 awards is proof of Basecamp’s dedication towards quality.

Please be aware that multiple Exodus trips are running at Basecamp at the same time and you might share the room with a member of a different group.

5 day tour based in the centre of Valkenburg in The Netherlands

  • Outward: Monday 23rd March 2020
  • Return: Friday 27th March 2020
  • Coach: 34 seat executive coach with WC
  • Ferry: return ferry crossings – Dover / Calais
  • Hotel: Hotel Walram, Valkenburg
  • Terms: 4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Price: £351.00 per person – based on a minimum of 20 sharing twin/double rooms. Entrance/Guide fees not included
  • Accommodation: 7 x twin/double rooms – Maximum of 6 x single rooms @ £82.00 supplement

Suggested Itinerary:

Day 1 Depart for the late morning ferry crossing to Calais and on to Holland and the hotel.

Day 2 First stop at the 3 Countries viewpoint and then continuing to the stunning medieval Monschau for a day at leisure. With its riverside setting, cobbled street and timber-framed houses, it is a real gem of the region. Take time to explore its many attractions including museums, a castle and local crafts. Return to the hotel via the Eifel National Park.

Day 3 A morning at leisure to explore Valkenburg with its ‘municipal caves’ where Romans mined marl some 2000 years ago. In the afternoon travel to Maastricht, capital of Limburg. This beautiful old city lies on the River Meuse and has a wealth of historic buildings, stylish shops and fine bars and restaurants.

Day 4 Head over the border into Germany to discover the charming town of Aachen. Enjoy free time exploring the great old town and its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still often referred to as Aix-la-Chapelle, after Charlemagne’s great Palatine Chapel, now part of its glorious treasure-filled Cathedral, it is and a ‘must’ for any art-lover.

Day 5 Travel back to Calais for the return crossing to Dover and home.

Alternative: a day tour to the Ahr Valley – Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is tucked away in the vineyards of the Ahr valley. It is one town with two centres, which create a charming and harmonious combination of new and old. The romantic half-timbered houses in the centre of Ahrweiler are surrounded by the medieval town walls, which are still entirely preserved, whereas in Bad Neuenahr the spa town has its new art buildings, the casino and the extremely modern health and fitness centres.

Highclere Castle and Bath Christmas Market

Departure Date: 08/12/2019
Pickup Points: Havant, Portchester, Portsmouth, Waterlooville
Hotel from Price: £149
Single Supplement: £30

Selected Hotel
We’ll stay at a well-appointed 3 or 4-star hotel conveniently located for our break. The
comfortable rooms are en suite and other facilities include a bar and restaurant.

Day 1:
From a morning pickup in your local area we travel by coach to the picturesque city of
Bath and its Christmas Market. Packed with high quality Christmas gifts, homewares,
food and drink, jewellery and more, this market focuses on supporting local traders.
Take the chance to start your Christmas shopping or simply enjoy the atmosphere and
the variety of offerings including finding a bite to eat for dinner. We then continue to our
hotel for our overnight stay.

Day 2:
After breakfast, we check out and head to the world-famous Highclere Castle, residence
of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the much-loved Downton
Abbey television series and brand-new 2019 film. Many of the rooms and vistas will be
familiar to viewers of the series – both the Drawing Room and Dining Room forming the
backdrop to the dryly withering put-downs delivered by Maggie Smith, as the Dowager
Countess to some poor unfortunate relation. The Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the
castle explores the achievements of the 5 th Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the tomb
of Tutankhamun in 1922 while outside are distinctive gardens and spectacular parkland
designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. The castle also has a gift shop and tea room. We depart
for home in the afternoon.

Mary Chappell has kindly organized this trip so please could you contact her.

Judy

The visit to Eltham Palace was undertaken by about 35 members of the group. We set off at 0830am, amidst rain and wind. Not the best start you would say for an outing in June. However after a short break for necessities, (being of the older generation), we arrived at our destination around 1100am.

The weather was still wet but with great enthusiasm the group alighted from the coach and made our way to the entrance hall. Judy, with her usual proficiency had obtained leaflets and admission wristbands prior to our invasion.

On entering our first stop was for the obligatory tea, coffee and in some cases, CAKE. After refreshing ourselves we made our way along the sodden track to the Palace. On donning the obligatory shoe coverings we were allowed entry.

To say that we were amazed at the entrance hall was an understatement. It was magnificent – Art Deco in all its glory. After a short six minute film about the house and its previous owners, a branch of the Courtauld family, who were responsible for this showpiece. From there we were allowed free access to all parts of the Palace. We commented that some of the rooms were the equivalent area to that of the footprint of our own homes!

Every room that we entered was opulent. It just made you think of the foresight and money that was available for such a project.

However for me the most impressive feature was the Great Hall. It had the most enormous arched ceiling full of carvings and workmanship. It even had a minstrels’ gallery from where you could stand and admire the beauty of this ancient hall.

The rain did not subside throughout the day but I would guess that everyone enjoyed themselves, taking away with them memories of an amazing building and good company. With a special thank you to Paul the driver at Woods coaches for looking after us.

Under a cool early morning autumn day with a clear blue sky overhead twenty six U3A members boarded a coach for a trip to London and the Churchill War Rooms. Traffic was light for a Monday and making good time we arrived at our drop off point beside Westminster Abbey at 10.35. After a short walk we arrived at the entrance to the War Rooms which are at the rear of HM Treasury.

Judith had done an excellent job of arranging our visit and within a short time we were ushered down a side entrance into a holding room for a short video and talk about what we were about to see.

The construction of the bunker began in 1938 and was fully operational by August 1939 and remained in use until March 1945 at the end of the V weapon bombing by the Germans. There are many wooden supports used as steel was in high demand for the war effort. With heavy bombing over London an additional concrete plinth was added to improve their safety at all times.

With your helpful audio guide in hand you follow a basic U shape around a labyrinth of twenty nine offices and quarters looking exactly as they were in 1940’s. A large room is dedicated to a detailed story of Churchill’s whole life and legacy and here Portsmouth gets a mention giving him the freedom of the city.

The two most important rooms are the Map Room, manned 24/7 by senior officers required to produce daily reports for the King, PM and Chiefs of staff and the Cabinet Room, where 150 meetings were held.

It’s a fascinating place that gives a tangible feel for how men and women lived and worked spending months underground in these smoke filled and poorly ventilated rooms. A fact that sun lamps were available for use by staff working down here shows. They even had a notice board showing the weather above ground for those below.