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Wed,18th April, Tues 24th April, Thur, 3rd May – A Walk around Albertopolis – Led by John King

If you are not sure where Albertopolis is located, it is in fact the museum and academic quarter of South Kensington, London.

The walk will take us through an area largely created by the initiatives of Prince Albert – an area which most people will think they know but which will reveal some hidden secrets, including a remnant of the Great Exhibition of 1851, a quiet tree-lined square as well as a long closed Underground Station.

The walk will be led by John King and will take about two hours. Most of the walk is on the level but does include several sets of steps.

The meeting point will be Wimbledon, from there we will travel on the District Line to South Kensington.

Cost: 50p pp admin charge collected on the day.

Meeting time/point: 10.15 am on the Underground concourse at Wimbledon Station

If you would like to join one of these walks please complete the application form (one per household or individual) and send it to:

Moira Shearer, 35, St. Andrews Square, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4EG – Phone: 020 8390 6356

A walk around Albertopolis applicaion form

24th – 28th April 2018 Visit to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk

 In September this year Ron and Marie made sure we enjoyed a very pleasant five days in The Lake District. Well, next Spring they will take us for another five days to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Day 1: We board our comfortable Executive coach at the four pick-up points in the Kingston area and travel

to Wimpole Estate (NT), a working estate with an impressive mansion and Home Farm. The mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge’s success in creating a home. We can purchase lunch here before continuing on to Newmarket and our hotel, the 3* Best Western Heath Court Hotel where we will stay for four nights on HB basis.

Day 2: Our first visit today is to Bury St. Edmunds where we can wander through one of the most successful traditional street markets in the country with its most colourful history going back to the time before William the Conqueror. The town is one of the hidden gems of Suffolk and is probably most famous for the ruined Abbey that stands near to the town centre surrounded by the Abbey Gardens. We can purchase lunch here and then continue to Kentwell Hall and Gardens where a private guided tour

of the house is included. The house has essentially remained the same for 500 years as created by the Cloptons in the early 16th Century.

Day 3: Today’s first visit is to the city of Ely which is full of charm and beauty and is home to one of England’s most magnificent cathedrals (entrance not included) whose towers dominate theskyline for miles around and is known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’. The cathedral is also home to the only Stained glass museum offering a display of original stained glass panels dating from the early 13th century to the present. An audio guided tour is included.

Ely’s most famous historical resident is Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England. Apart from Hampton Court, his house here (entrance not included) is the only surviving former Cromwell residence and shows how his family would have lived in the mid-17th Century. We then continue on to the nearby University City of Cambridge where we begin with a 1 hour panoramic coach tour of the city and surroundings. For those who wish to partake, afterwards there will be an included brief walking tour which will cover some of the interesting sights and colleges, or you may use this time to explore at your own pace before we return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4: Today we will visit Saffron Walden, a picturesque, medieval town with a rich heritage of old buildings reflecting its wealth as a rural market town. After some free time you will have a choice between two options (this needs to be pre-booked and

indicated by each person on the booking form):

  1. An included visit to Audley End (EH) one of England’s grandeststately homes with an impressive formal garden. The house is truly magnificent and was built to enter- tain royalty.
  2. An included visit to IWM Duxfordan historic airfield and museum of aviation history. Here you will dis- cover the stories of people who lived and worked at RAF Duxford. Explore the new American Air Museum, now transformed. From privates to presidents, you hear about those men and women whose lives have shaped, or been shaped, by their experience of war, from the First World War to the present day.

Re-grouping later this afternoon we return to the hotel for our evening meal.

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Day 5: Having checked out of the hotel after breakfast we begin with an included guided tour by coach of some of the famous areas of ‘Constable Country’ which is characterised by open spaces and ever changing skies. The Dedham Vale and Stour Valley is full of picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands as well as a wide variety of local wildlife. We will visit Flatford Mill (NT), a grade 1 listed watermill, built in 1733, and the attached 17th century miller’s cottage. The mill was at one time owned by John Constable’s father and John Constable made the mill and its surroundings the subject of many of his art works. The tour will finish in the pretty village of Lavenham. You may choose to visit the Lavenham Guildhall (NT) of Corpus Christi, A visit to Little Hall, one of the oldest timber framed buildings is included.

Departing here mid-afternoon, we retrace our steps homeward to our original departure points later in the day.

Dates: Tuesday, 24th – Friday, 28th April 2018

Cost: £ 529.00/549.00 (depending on numbers) HB – sharing a twin/double room

Downloadable Application Form  KU3A Waterloo application form KU3A – Visit to Canbridgeshire and Suffolk application form

15th May – Borde Hill Gardens – Away Day

Borde Hill Gardens is set in over 200 acres of garden, park and woodlands and has views across the Sussex High Weald. It is planted in ‘living garden rooms’, each offering a different character and style and is home to many rare shrubs and numerous trees.

The first record of the estate dates back to 1534. The Tudor Borde Hill House was originally constructed in 1598 by Stephen Borde and after various owners was eventually acquired by Colonel Robert Stephenson Clarke 125 ago in 1893. It remained a private estate until

1965 when Stephenson’s son Sir Ralph Clarke opened it to the public. The garden has won a variety of public awards and distinctions and is described by Country Life as ‘One of the country’s truly great gardens’. It is listed on the register of parks and gardens as Grade II* importance by English Heritage.

We will arrive by coach in time to take tea/coffee and biscuits before joining a guided house tour lasting about one hour. A buffet lunch (consisting of a selection of three main dishes, served with salad and new potatoes and a selection of three puddings) will be served at about one o’clock. For the rest of the day you are free to wander at leisure around the garden with the help of a guide which will be given to you on arrival.

We aim to leave at 4.30 pm to arrive back in Kingston by 6.00 pm.


Cost: £ 42.50 includes transport, entrance fee, guided house tour, morning refreshments, lunch and

tips for driver and guide

Date: Tuesday, 15th May 2018

Boarding time/place: 9.00 a.m. Kingston, High Street, opp. The Rose Theatre

                                     9.15 a.m. Surbiton, Ewell Road, Bus stop ‘Surbiton Telephone Exchange’


If you would like to join this outing please complete the attached application form – one per individual or household – and send it – together with your cheque and a stamped addressed envelope if you do not give an e-mail address – to: Gisela Zürcher-Feiß, 37, The Byeways, Surbiton KT5 8HT

Tel. 020 8399 4990

Borde Hill Gardens App 


Fri, 22nd June Visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens – Away Day

Recently the venue for the Antiques Roadshow, Walmer Castle was built during the reign of Henry VIII and is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East. Originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences, it evolved into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Duke of Wellington held the post for 23 years . In recent years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, made regular visits to the castle.
The armchair in which Wellington died , a pair of the original “Wellington boots” and rooms used by the Queen Mother are among the highlights of the castle. Together with the magnificent gardens, a woodland walk and excellent bird spotting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
After coffee on arrival we shall be divided into two groups to be given consecutive guided tours of the castle lasting approximately an hour.
For the remainder of the time you are free to explore the gardens and the woodland walk and buy lunch and tea in the restaurant which offers quite an extensive menu. We aim to head home at 4.30.
Date: Friday, 22nd June 2018
Boarding time and place:
a) 8.45am – High St., Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre
b) 9.00am – Ewell Rd., Surbiton – “Telephone Exchange” bus stop
Cost: £31.00 per person (includes coach, entry fee, coffee, guide and tip)
£21.20 per person if member of English Heritage( bring membership card with you)
If you would like to join this visit, please complete the enclosed application form and send it – together with your cheque payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) – to: Sheila Evans, 8, Maple Leaf House, 67-69, Maple Rd., Surbiton. KT6 4AG – Tel. 0203 602 6245
If you do not give an email address, written clearly please, then include a self addressed stamped envelope.

Visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens Application form

Thurs, July 12th Epping Forest and Capel Manor Gardens

Let’s look forward to Summer and an enjoyable outing by coach for a day of forest glades and garden inspirations.

We will stop at Chingford Station at 10.30 to meet our guide and then take a break in Chingford to buy morning refreshments.

After this we head off to explore the heart of Epping Forest – a place of sunlit glades, rough heaths and great hornbeam trees. The forest is home to over 50,000 ancient pollard trees and 100 lakes and ponds, and is of national and international conservation importance. While there we will see Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, which is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing, still surrounded by its medieval hunting forest.

After free time in the market town of Epping to buy lunch we spend the afternoon in Capel Manor Gardens. This is a beautiful 30 acre estate, first established in the late 13th century and home to London’s only specialist horticultural college. There are many different styles of garden to explore including the Queen Mother’s garden, the Japanese Garden and Le Jardin de Vincent, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.

Afternoon refreshments can be bought in the café and there is also a shop and a plant stall.

We plan to leave for home at 4.45.

Date:               Thursday, 12th July 2018

 Boarding Point/Departure time:     

a) 8.30 High Street, Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre

b) 8.45 Ewell Road, Surbiton, bus stop “Telephone Exchange”

Please arrive 10 minutes earlier than departure time to allow for checking in.

 Price: £39.50 per person including coach, guide and tips.

If you would like to join this outing please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual) and send it, together with your cheque for £39.50/£79.00 and a stamped, addressed envelope or your email address to:

Claire Bletcher, 17, Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE, Tel: 020 8398 7107

If you give your email address all information will be sent by email, including any changes to timings so please check your emails regularly.

KU3A Epping Forest app

Sept 2018 The beauty of Slovenia and Lake Bled

Many KU3A members have asked where our holiday abroad next year will be. Yes, you have guessed it: GAS is planning a trip to Slovenia in the lastweek of September 2018. Unfortunately, at the time of going to press not all details have been available – this is due mainly to the rather high proportion of single rooms needed. It will be a six-day-trip and we will visit Bled, Postojna, Portoroz, Piran and, of course, Ljubljana. Full details and a booking form will be given in the February/March 2018 Newsletter. If, in the meantime you have questions, please contact Gisela on or

Phone: 8399 4990.