Trips and Outings

Trips and Outings are a wonderful opportunity for a great day out to places of  interest and for making new friends.

We are always looking for new ideas for visits or outings. If you have a suggestion or would like to help us arrange our next outing, please contact us.  We are looking to build our team to co-ordinate these trips and would love to hear from you if you would like to help.

Visit on 22nd May to Stow on the Wold and Chedworth Roman Villa.

For the first time in recent memory it was a wet day for one of our outings. Undaunted 39 resilient members set off despite the weather. It is a lovely scenic route through the Cotswolds but mist and rain restricted the ‘vistas’ somewhat.

The time in picturesque Stow was mainly spent with a much needed coffee, a wander around, browsing in the local independent shops, visiting the church to get out of the rain and then various pubs/cafes for lunch.

2pm all back at the coach to set off for Chedworth through lovely scenery then up a single track road where we met a tractor with trailer face to face! Fortunately, we had an excellent driver who reversed about 200yds to allow the tractor to pass and turn off. We then arrived at Chedworth without further incident to be met by our guides.  

We were split into 3 groups each with a guide and given a general history about why the villa  

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had been located at Chedworth. Primarily due to its proximity to Cirencester which was the 2nd largest Roman settlement in England and had good transport links……….something else we could learn from the Romans. The site was also ideal as it had a natural spring and was in an elevated position.

We viewed the remains of buildings and facilities – baths, heating, toilets of course, and given the structure of domestic life at that time, personal hygiene routines etc brought to life by actually being there and visualising people living there.

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The tour also included information about the mosaic recently discovered dating from about 500AD which was a major and surprising find given that the Romans had long since departed but showed that the site had continued to be inhabited. This was featured on ‘Digging for Britain’ on T.V. recently. (which may be available on catch-up or other such sources). The mosaics were amazing and makes you wonder at the skills involved nearly 2000 years ago, Very clever the Romans!!!

Despite the weather it was a good day out and we can look forward to our next trip visiting Hever Castle when, hopefully, the sun will shine.

Chris Blaik

Trips are planned as follows:

Hever Castle and gardens – Kent Wednesday 26th June 2024. Cost per person £25.00
Pick up points: – Exchange Street – 9.00am Tennis Club – 9.10am Bedgrove – 9.15am
Hever Castle is in Hever Village, Kent.  Dating back to the 14th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion.

Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and what is regarded by some as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery.  Discover magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds.  Marvel at the Pompeiian Wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden; admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 5,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden.

You are welcome to bring a picnic and there are places to have a meal or light refreshments.

24 July – Portsmouth for the day – Cost £15.

 We will be dropped off in Queen Street, just outside the Dockyard, which is central to all amenities. There is no entrance fee for the Dockyard itself but there are charges to visit specific venues inside the dockyard. Listed below are some of the relevant charges:
❖Unlimited access to all attractions is £48 per person.
This allows you to visit The Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior M.33 Harbour Tours etc.
❖12 months access to same three attractions is £43.
❖One Day access to one attraction is £33.
If you would rather have some retail therapy then Gunwharf Quay and, of course, the Spinnaker Tower is just a short walk past the Bus Station on the The Hard.
❖Entrance to the Spinnaker Tower is £18 per person.
There are many places to eat both in The Dockyard and on Gunwharf Quay.

September – Cotswold Wildlife Park