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11 -15th May 2020 Historic Houses & Gardens in the Peak District

Day 1: Travelling by executive coach from our designated pick-up points, our first stop is the National Trust’s Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire, home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. Much of the house was built in the late

1500s by Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian. It was a sanctuary for the Ferrers family and for persecuted Catholics who were concealed from priest hunters in its secret hiding places. We’ll continue to the 4-star Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield for our four-night stay.

Day 2: Our guide accompanies us throughout the day as we visit Bakewell in the morning before continuing to Chatsworth (home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire). One of Britain’s most famous houses and estates, it featured in the film Pride and Prejudice. With its works of art and beautiful gardens, Chatsworth is set in the magnificent landscape of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park.

The gardens at Chatsworth Photograph courtesy of A J Hall

Day 3: We visit Renishaw Hall and Gardens, home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years, before continuing to Hardwick Hall and Gardens, another National Trust property. It was built by the famous Elizabethan Bess of Hardwick and is testament to her wealth and status. Hardwick Hall is almost unchanged since she lived there in the formality of Elizabethan courtly life.

Day 4: In the morning we spend some time in Buxton before driving to Haddon Hall, a fortified manor house dating back to the 12th century, and surrounded by terraced Elizabethan gardens.

Day 5: On our way home from Sheffield we visit the Crich Tramway Village in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking the Derwent Valley. This restored period village is home to the National Tramway Museum and its archives.

Hotel: 4 nights in 4-star Copthorne Hotel, Sheffield www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Cost: £469 (including executive coach, hotel for four nights sharing a twin/double room on half-board basis, Blue Badge guide for days 2,3 and 4. Single room supplement: £99)

If you would like to join this holiday, please complete the enclosed application form and send it with an sae (not too small, please) to:

Gisela Zürcher-Feiß, 37 The Byeways, Surbiton, KT5 8HT Tel: 020 8399 4990

28th Feb – Painted Ceiling, Greenwich

With our own special guide we’ll have the opportunity to view the recently restored Painted Ceiling in the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. This ceremonial dining room, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, has one of the largest

ceilings in Europe and is often referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’.

From Waterloo Station we’ll take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich station, then bus 188 (stop C) to Greenwich Museum opposite the Old Royal Naval College (7 stops). We’ll have tea/coffee and a pastry on arrival in the Painted Hall Undercroft Café before meeting our guide and viewing the Painted Ceiling.

You’ll then be free to view other areas of the Naval College open to the public and go into the Visitor Centre where The Old Brewery pub serves local beers and seasonal food (not included in the cost). Return to Waterloo by river on the Thames Clipper from Greenwich Pier to the London Eye (£3.65 with your Freedom Pass) or return to the main gate of the College for bus 188 which stops outside to take you back to North Greenwich station and the Jubilee line.

Date: Friday, 28 February
Meeting Time/Place: 10am for 10.15am,

Waterloo station opposite platform 1 Cost: £21.15

If you’d like to come, please complete the enclosed application form and send it with your cheque, made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS), and an sae to Jacqui Hine, 85 Richmond Park Road, Kingston, KT2 6AF. jacqui@hine.org.uk

Jan 11th (a Saturday) Houses of Parliament

On a 90-minute tour a Blue Badge guide will show us round the Houses of Parliament.

As we go through the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber, we’ll find out how Parliament works, follow in the footsteps of the Queen at the State Opening and be inspired by the 1,000- year-old Westminster Hall.

From Waterloo station, we’ll make the short Underground journey to Westminster then walk for a few minutes to the Houses of Parliament.

Date: Saturday, 11 January
Meeting Time/Place: 10am, Waterloo

station, opposite platform 1 Cost: £20

If you would like to come, please complete the enclosed application form and send it with your cheque, made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) and an sae (if you do not give an email address) to Sheila Evans, Apt 8, Maple Leaf House, 67-69 Maple Road, Surbiton, KT6 4AG Tel no: 020 3602 6245

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

12 Dec – Christmas Lunch at Heaver Castle

Visit the castle and see the beautifully decorated rooms, log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. Follow the Alice in Wonderland-themed Christmas trail through the grounds and enjoy a Christmas menu in the restaurant.

We’ll travel by coach in time to arrive at Hever Castle for coffee/tea and biscuits. There’ll then be time to visit the house and/or gardens before lunch at 1pm. This will be a three-course Christmas lunch with mulled wine or hot spiced

apple juice on arrival and tea/coffee afterwards. After lunch there’ll be more time to spend around the castle or in the gift shop until we leave at 4pm to arrive back home by about 5pm.

Date:

Meeting time/place:
● 9am Kingston: High Street, opposite

the Rose Theatre
● 9.15am Surbiton: Ewell Road, bus

stop Surbiton Telephone Exchange

Cost: £51 per person (includes entrance to the castle and gardens, morning coffee, three-course lunch with mulled wine and coffee, coach transfer and a tip for the driver)

If you would like to join this outing, please complete the attached application form and send it with your cheque for £51 per person made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) and a stamped addressed envelope (if you do not give an email address) to: Gisela Zürcher- Feiss, 37 The Byeways, Surbiton,
KT5 8HT. Tel 020 8399 4990.

Application forms will come with your newsletter either in the post or via email.