Holidays group of Brent U3A
Brent U3A Brent trip to Dartmouth, Devon:
Monday-Thursday 6-9 August 2018
Devon is one of the loveliest parts of Britain and Dartmouth has to be one of the loveliest Devon towns. Please join us on this short holiday, which is ideal for lovers of travel, walkers and members of Brent U3A! Dartmouth is a delightful town, on the beautiful River Dart, opposite Kingswear, another pretty town and a brisk and scenic walk from sandy beaches. We’ll be staying in the pretty Ship in Dock Inn, five minutes’ walk from buses and River Dart. Dartmouth has excellent traffic-free riverside walks, a castle, regular ferries across the Dart to Kingswear and beautiful walks along the South West Coastal Path taking in some of Devon’s finest scenery. We’ll have a day visiting Agatha Christie’s delightful holiday home nearby at Greenways – National Trust and a lovely journey by ferry, steam train and stroll through grounds. And a cruise on the River Dart on the Kingswear Castle paddle steamer.That leaves time also to explore Dartmouth for castle, museum, old town, shops, surrounding countryside and nearby beaches as people want.
Additional costs are other meals, trips and travel to and from Dartmouth – by train from Paddington to Totnes, about 3 hours, and delightful double-decker bus on to Dartmouth, free to Freedom Pass holders and good value with Plus Bus ticket booked with train. I can arrange travel by train to Totnes – please let me know if you have a Senior Card. We’ll take reasonably priced trains - off-peak fares depending on time, early booking and availability.
If you would like to join, please let me know as soon as possible – Cathy 020 8452 5239. I know it’s ages away but it gives everyone something to look forward to!
Brent U3A gourmet cruise to St Malo:
A small group of us made a return visit to the delightful Breton city of St Malo.
We took a gourmet cruise with Brittany Ferries cruise ferry Bretagne, which meant a fantastic dinner on the boat over and a magnificent lunch under the old city walls. Not to forget the magnificent cooked breakfast on the journey home.
We worked it off by walking the ancient walls and also took a ferry ride across the River Rance to Dinard.
As you can see, the sun shone on us!
Photos above (© SM), view of a young Gull with Fort National and high tide; on the City walls.
Brent U3A gourmet cruise to Le Havre in Normandy:
A small group of us had a fantastic gourmet cruise in France, sailing overnight to Le Havre and then spending the day there.
Le Havre is a handsome port which was popular with the Impressionists. It also has a magnificent beach.
So on the morning we inspected the lovely fresh produce in the market and the magnificent art gallery, photo right (© SM), at breakfast.
After a splendid lunch with wine on the main town square, we strolled along the delightful promenade and joined the locals swimming in La Manche (English Channel) before taking the overnight ferry back to blighty.
On s’est tres bien amuse (a good time was had by all) !
Brent U3A holiday in Cornwall:
We had a fabulous trip to Cornwall to visit the Eden Project and Gardens of Heligan and enjoy the sun, sea, sand and cream teas of this part of England.
The Eden Project, set in an old clay pit, was spectacular. It poured with rain but that didn’t matter. We had a fantastic weather-proofed mix of bubble-like Biomes and outdoor gardens.
In complete contrast the sun shone on the pretty Gardens of Heligan, restored Victorian gardens with beautiful views on to the sea. Here we had a great mix of woodland walks, jungle planting, green garden sculptures and wild flower meadows, photo right (© SM), as well the pretty original glasshouses.
A pineapple house had only ever produced one pineapple – probably the most expensive pineapple ever produced, when you think about it. We stayed in Par, near the sea, travelling down by train. We were a short bus ride from the charming port of Fowey, once famed for its smugglers and ideal for a ferry ride to Polruan. We had a group supper in the Royal Hotel on the first night and the food was so good that we returned each evening too.
Brent U3A holiday in St Malo:
Our gourmet cruise to St Malo was by two overnight sailings on Britanny Ferries cruise ferry Bretagne.
We travelled from Portsmouth to St Malo, with a great on-board buffet on the way out and a fantastic lunch by the castle of St Malo.
We also had a whole day to enjoy St Malo, a delightful city.
The return journey included breakfast before disembarking at Portsmouth for our train back to London.
We liked the holiday so much that we’re planning on going back!
Photo right (© SM) Members of our group admiring a statue of Mahe de la Bourdonnais d.1753 (famous for the relief of Pondicherry).
Brent U3A holiday in Scarborough:
Scarborough is a pretty town on a stunning coastline. It’s also the home of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s own theatre.
We saw two of his plays (or three plays, for those who enjoyed lunch at the theatre) and stayed in a charming Georgian terrace nearby.
We had time to visit the delights of Scarborough, including, photos above (© SM), fantastic views of the harbour and south beach; and ice cream sundaes at Alonzi's Harbour Bar! A short train journey took us to nearby Filey for a chance to visit the famous 'Brigg'.