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CANCELLED – 7th April Southbank Centre – Behind the Scenes

This trip is an opportunity to gain an insight into the history of the Southbank Centre. Built for the Festival of Britain in 1951, it has hosted many international orchestras and artists. We’ll have access to the backstage areas usually reserved for the artists performing at the Centre. The guide will have a wealth of stories to entertain us with.

From Waterloo Station we’ll walk the short distance to the Festival Hall. This involves crossing roads and there’s a flight of steps up to the entrance. On arrival, there’ll be time for refreshments before our guided tour begins at 11am.

Date: Tuesday, 7 April Time/Meeting place: 10.15am,

Waterloo Station, opposite platform 1

Cost: £11

If you would like to join this trip, please complete the enclosed application form and send it with your cheque for £11, made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS), plus a stamped addressed envelope (unless you give your email address) to Moira Shearer, 35 St Andrews Square, Surbiton, KT6 4EG. Tel: 020 8390 6356.

Please print your email address so that it is clearly legible.

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


30th April, 6th &12th May Waterloo and the South Bank Guided Walks by John King


This is an area fairly familiar to most of us, yet we are often just passing through and rarely stop and look. It has undergone immense changes ever since the arrival of the railway in 1848 and it continues to change today.

The walk will include some aspects of Waterloo Station, Lower Marsh, William Blake’s ‘Lovely Lambeth’ and, amazingly, some remains of the Festival of Britain, as well as the Royal Festival Hall. As usual there will be some surprises, including a view into the ‘underworld’, an old road surface, plus a helicopter landing site.

John King will be your guide for the walk. Dates:

● Thursday, 30 April ● Wednesday, 6 May ● Tuesday, 12 May

Meeting Time: 10.15 am for a 10.30am departure

Meeting Point: Waterloo Station, opposite platform 1

Cost: £1 administration fee will be collected on the day.

If you wish to join this walk please complete the enclosed application form and send it to: John King (U3A),
64 Alric Avenue, New Malden, KT3 4JW.

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

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

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.


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.