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Memorable Experiences

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Co-ordinator(s)Donald Potter

What we do

A little Adventure: a lot of Fun.

We arrange a wide variety of Special out of the ordinary Events for the slightly more adventurous. Dates, times and locations vary -  contact the coordinator for more information or to book a place.


November 2018

MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES (a little adventure: a LOT of fun!).
Co-ordinator: Donald Potter


THROUGHOUT SUMMER/AUTUMN, indoor climbing at 'Kendal Wall' continued regularly as did 'Cartmel Black Horses' Carriage Driving (drawn by the Friesian National Overall Breed Champion!) which included Stable visits + afternoon tea. Wonderful experience!
JULY. Horse Riding instruction (some of us jumped - yippee!) at Leyland followed by excellent food at Gt. Eccleston.
SEP. 'Open Day', Kendal Town Hall. Irene Hall, Christine Johnson and I enrolled record numbers of new Mem.Experience members whilst handing out 'Living' magazine containing a great article on this Group. Excellent Thai meal followed. Mid September, eight of us in wetsuits paddled across Windermere all standing on one gigantic paddleboard (amazingly, didn't 'turn turtle' once - huge fun!) then picnicked on the bank before devouring more good food at Staveley. Late Sep., 'Coffee/cake, chat and programme discussion' was enjoyed at Gail Morgan's house.
OCT. Sampled curling, tenpin bowling, golf simulators, crazy golf and restaurant at sensational new Barton Grange complex. Terrific! We'll return - see below.
NOV. For details of firewalk/glasswalk and skiing/tubing (+ meals) see next Newsletter.

Spectators & supporters are very welcome at most Events. Do join us; it's fun!

TOBOGGANING (local). 44 of us raring to go when it snows! FREE. Coffee or meal (opt) afterwards.
CLIMBING INSTRUCTION (Kendal Wall). Throughout Winter and Spring. FREE.
CLOGG & MORRIS DANCING TASTER SESSION (Beck Centre, Kendal). 8.15 p.m. MON 28 JAN. £2.
(Barton Grange, nr Preston). Choose any two sports + restaurant. Superlative complex. JAN & FEB visits fully booked but taking bookings for our 4th (Spring?) visit. VERY popular!
DR MICHAEL MOSLEY'S SHOW 'TRUST FAST HEALTH' (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester). MON 15 FEB. Joining our sister Group 'WELLBEING' p.....
'NATURAL' BEEKEEPING COURSE. See our sister Group 'WELLBEING' page.....
HORSE RIDING INSTRUCTION + opt. MEAL. APRIL. Beginners Class; also Intermediates (jumping).
CARRIAGE DRIVING INSTRUCTION inc. STABLE VISIT and AFTERNOON TEA (Cartmel). APRIL ONWARDS. Splendiferous Friesian Black Horses; lovely antique coach. Minimum 3 hours. Special price to us £85. Or Stable visit only inc Tea £15.
HOLIDAY 2019. I've a list of interested members. Canal? Other activity? Tell me.

You don't need to attend all Events - choose only those which appeal. Phone or email Donald for further details or to book. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. Why not bring a friend?

August 2018

A UNIQUE ADVENTURE GROUP - We're Growing Old Disgracefully!

MARCH-AUG. Big 'thanks' to Group members Steve & Peter for giving us free individual climbing instruction at the indoor 'Kendal Wall'.
APRIL. By Private coach to U.Ks. largest indoor go-kart track (Warrington) which was cleared for our private race. Exciting! Then to Gt. Eccleston for exceptional pub grub in our own private room. Our Events invariably have a touch of panache!
MAY. On a glorious sunny day we met our brilliant private instructor from 'Mountain Journeys' for coffee at a Little Langdale Inn; then off to 'do' Lakeland's highest abseil - 150 feet! Scared - us??Later, lunch at 'Three Shires Inn'.
JUNE & JULY. Windermere Rowing Club gave us six weekly private sculling lessons in two fine quad boats, each lesson followed by a pub meal or a Jacob's Join at Christine Johnson's house.
Oxford and Cambridge - eat your hearts out!


STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING (Windermere & River Rothay)+ Opt PUB MEAL. MON 17 SEP.  2.00 p.m. PRIVATE EVENT. Tuition from 'Lake District Paddle Boarding' (Cert of Excellence). Group price £45 for 3 hours.
INDOOR CLIMBING (Kendal Wall). SEP onwards. Instruction for beginners & near-beginners. FREE!
SOCIAL (Oxenholme). TUES 25 SEP. 3.00 p.m. Informal small (numbers limited) get-together at Gail's house. Coffee, chat and 'hello' to new members. We'll also have a look at future programmes; ideas welcomed.
CARRIAGE DRIVING inc.TEA & MORE. SEP/OCT. Date and time to suit you. Private tuition (beginners & others) from ever-brilliant Tracey Ventnor with her splendiferous Friesian Black Horses ( Half day £90 (two sharing). £110 (solo).
CURLING and/or TENPIN BOWLING/CRAZY GOLF/CINEMA/GOLF SIMULATORS (Barton, nr Preston). Opt MEAL. OCTOBER. Superb indoor complex under construction; includes only the second dedicated curling rink in England.
FIREWALK and GLASSWALK + opt MEAL. NOVEMBER. You know it's something you've always wanted to do!
DRY SKIING and TUBING (Kendal Snowsports Club) + opt MEAL. TUES 13 NOV. 2pm. Fully Qualified Supervision & Instruction for Beginners and Experienced Skiers. Approx £20 to us includes skiing, tubing and equipment!
TOBOGGANING + Opt FOOD. I've a list of members itching to sledge when it snows. FREE!

Choose only those Events which appeal. Phone or email Donald for more details. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. We're a friendly, informal Group - why not bring a friend?

May 2018

NOVEMBER.  Hired Private coach to Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. THEATRE MEAL, then the best seats in the House to experience 'THE SIXTEEN' CHOIR & ORCHESTRA perform Bach. World class! Met Harry Christophers(Conductor) afterwards.
JANUARY.  Gail Morgan's beautiful house for COFFEE PLUS DISCUSSION re forthcoming Events. Outcome: this Group has morphed into an Adventure Group! A few Special non-adventure Events, led by our own Group members, will be included. Margaret Gunning will lead the horsey events - see below.
FEBRUARY. Great WALL CLIMBING INSTRUCTION (Kendal) from our own Group instructors Steve, Peter & June. More climbing in March: report next Newsletter.


WALL CLIMBING INSTRUCTION.(Kendal). P.M THURSDAY, APRIL (Date to suit you). Last of series. Basic FREE individual instruction.

GO-KARTS(Warrington) + FARMERS ARMS MEAL (Gt. Eccleston). WED 18 APRIL. PRIVATE EVENT. U.Ks largest indoor track. Cafe. Our 4th Karting experience 'cos it's terrific fun! Half price plus track cleared specially for us! £17. Exceptional Inn for Meal. Private coach leaves Kendal 1-30pm.

ABSEIL 150ft (Little Langdale) PLUS OPT LUNCH AT 'THREE SHIRES INN'. Monday 14 May. Meet 10am at the Inn (Little Langdale) for coffee (and a prayer??). Abseil: very special price to us £2O.

SCULLING INSTRUCTION PLUS OPT EVENING MEAL. COXED QUADS (Windermere Rowing Club). EVERY TUESDAY FOR SIX WEEKS COMMENCING 6 JUNE. 2PM. Nationally Qualified Instructors. Use of Clubhouse. PRIVATE EVENTS. Rowing: only £60 total for approx.12 hours instruction! Membership of Windermere Rowing Club opt. extra.

CARRIAGE DRIVING TUITION PLUS TOUR OF STABLES, ETC (Cartmel). Date to suit you. PRIVATE EVENTS. Magnificent Friesian Black Horses. Individual tuition from Qualified Instructor Tracey Ventnor. ALSO Includes visitIng Cartmel Rare Breed Friesian Stables where Tracey will put some of U.K's finest Friesians through their paces for us in the ménage. Can be hands-on. Coffee/cake. £9O for half day. Opt.Pub Meal extra.
NB. We repeat this Activity 'cos I've received rave reports from every member who's been on this Event.

HORSE RIDING INSTRUCTION (Leyland) + OPT. FARMERS ARMS INN MEAL (Gt. Eccleston). MONDAY 16 July. 1pm. Intermediate Group (inc. opt. LOW jumping). Also Beginners class. PRIVATE EVENTS. Discounted price to us £28 for 1 hour!

Choose only Events which appeal. Phone or email Donald for more details. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. We're a friendly, non-stuffy Group so why not bring a friend?

November 2017

In JULY we chanced our lives at whitewater rafting, braving roaring rapids on the Dee at Llangollen. Terrific fun; not for the faint-hearted! Lunch plus evening meal rounded off an exceptional day.

AUGUST.  We experienced two afternoons of Microlighting (open type) from Bilsborrow, North Lancs, with panoramic views from 2000ft. Thrilling! Pub meals followed.

SEPTEMBER.  24 of us were guests of Kendal Rugby Club, enjoying the inaugural lunch in their superb new pavilion with reserved SLU3A tables, our presence as patrons noted in the official programme - that's style!! We then watched the first historic game at this world-class £11 million ground.

OCTOBER.  33 of us travelled by private coach to Slimbridge Wetland Centre and a private tour of Highgrove Royal Gardens and shop plus lunch in their restaurant. Overnight hotel (and spa), then autumnal sun and colours at Westonbirt National Arboretum. That's living!

NOVEMBER.  One-to-one climbing instruction at Kendal Wall. More instruction days arranged.

See next Newsletter for reports on 'The Sixteen' Choir & Orchestra (Manchester) and on Go-Karting (Warrington). But bad weather forced postponement of Rugby, Golf, Abseiling and a third afternoon of Microlighting.


I have, since founding this Group in 2011, run 70 Events. With a range of Special, out-of-the ordinary Activities, this Group is probably unique in the U.K.

I have now stepped aside to let Group Members run Events. I shall be here to bring it all together, to advise and to assist. Our combined efforts will provide an interesting, varied and enjoyable programme from Spring onwards. In the meantime, winter 'Experiences' include tobogganing at Kirkstone (when suitable) plus food/drink at Kirkstone Inn. Peter will continue his climbing instruction at Kendal Wall. Phone me anytime for latest information on these and other winter activities.

I invite all SLU3A members to contact me with Event(s) you may wish to organise for this Group or ask me to suggest Activities - I have dozens of ideas. Also, join us for coffee and chat in Kendal 11am 22 Jan. (phone me to book). We'll discuss plans for future memorable experiences and for our new Adventure Group!

July 2017

In April, we rode Clydesdale and Shire heavy horses in Furness whilst non-riding supporters
enjoyed a tour in spectacular countryside plus afternoon tea.  Later, we appreciated an evening meal at quaint, unique 'Blacksmiths Arms', Broughton Mills.

Our Ribchester Badger watch was postponed (uncooperative badgers); ditto a visit to Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats - not yet opened. We were, however, enthralled by 'The Sixteen' Choir at Carlisle Cathedral and enjoyed an exceptional pre-concert Italian meal.

In July, we thoroughly enjoyed a private breakfast at Blackwell Arts & Craft House (Bowness) with charming film producer Nick Barton of 'Swallows & Amazons' and 'Calendar Girls' fame. We then toured Blackwell, including their Swallows & Amazons Exhibition, followed by lunch at 'The Hare & Hounds', Bowland Bridge.

Thanks to Maureen for organising Charity Dragon Boat paddling on Windermere. See next Newsletter for report on Whitewater Rafting (Llangollen).

I need offers of assistance, please. I regret this popular Group will close in December if none are forthcoming. Can you run - or help run - an event of your choosing? The Group has grown too large for me to run single-handed.


Check websites re the following or phone me for details.

MOCROLIGHTING (nr. Carnforth) + Pub lunch & Evening Meal (both opt.) Tues 8 AUG & 12 SEP. PRIVATE EVENTS for Charity. 8 Aug fully booked but supporters and hungry folk welcome on both occasions. Special price £40.00 for 20 mins.

RUGBY inc. meal (Kendal). Sat 16 Sep. First Men’s National league game at new £11million ground. Kendal v. Rossendale. Lunch at SLU3A private tables in pavilion restaurant then watch game from comfortable reserved balcony seats under cover. £28 inc. meal.

150ft ABSEIL (Little Langdale) + meal (opt.). 11.30 a.m. Mon 2 Oct. PRIVATE EVENT for Charity. Special price £20. Supporters welcome.


2 day provate coach trip. Overnight at Best Western Plus Hotel inc dinner. Phone or email me for details.

THE SIXTEEN’ CHOIR & PERIOD INSTRUMENT ORCHESTRA (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester) + opt. pre-concert meal. Acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Tickets £17 - £43 plus meal. Possibly by coach

GO-KARTING + opt. meal (Warrington). EARLY DEC. Probably the UK’s finest and longest purpose-built indoor karting track. Bar etc. Approx £22 + meal. Supporters welcome.

WALL CLIMBING INSTRUCTION (Kendal). Occasional Thursdays or Sundays. Individual FREE tuition exclusively for ‘Memorable Experiences’. On-site café.

SLEDGING (Kirkstone). When it snows. Supporters welcome.


Choose only Events which appeal. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. We're a
friendly, non-stuffy Group so why not bring a friend?

March 2017

At Christmas, we sang lustily at Cartmel Priory Carol Service, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. In January, 26 of us travelled by private coach to Manchester for indoor sky diving (Certificates to prove it!), our bravery raising £200 for The British Heart Foundation. After lunch, 'twas indoor skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, luges, donuts and wall climbing. Great fun!
March found us waiting impatiently for snow, toboggans at the ready, hopefully to sledge at Kirkstone followed by pub nourishment.

Check website re the following or phone me for full details.

HEAVY HORSE RIDING (nr. Millom) plus opt. BLACKSMITHS ARMS (Broughton Mills)
evening meal. WED 26 APRIL 3.00 p.m. Two hour PRIVATE RIDE £85. Supporters welcome!  Shire/Clydesdale stables tour, horse film, coffee, lovely countryside, then wonderful, historic pub.

CANAL BOAT HOLIDAYS (Falkirk-Edinburgh) inc. 'Falkirk Wheel' & 'The Kelpies' horse statues tour. 2 boats fully booked but additional boats available any months - Scotland & Wales

.CUMBRIA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW (Westmorland Show Ground, Crooklands). SUN 14 MAY. Hundreds of luxury & supercars, racers, rally. Bluebird talk. Retailers.
Motörhead. Car & driver £5 - every add. person £6 if booked in advance.
BADGER WATCHING & PUB MEAL (Ribble Valley). FRI 9 JUNE, TUES 14 JUNE & TUES 21 JUNE (choose any). 6.00 p.m. pub, 8.00 p.m. wooden hide (inc. armchairs!). PRIVATE WATCH. £11.

THE SIXTEEN CHOIR plus meal. FRI 16 JUNE (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester) & SAT 17 JUNE (Carlisle Cathedral). 7.00 p.m.. 'One of the world's greatest choral ensembles'. £12-£35. Opt. meal extra.

WHITE WATER RAFTING (Llangollen). MON 10 JULY. Picnic lunch, evening pub meal.

MICROLIGHT FLIGHT (PRIVATE EVENT) plus EVENING MEAL at 'THATCHED HAMLET' Restaurant (both Bilsborrow, Preston). TUES 8 AUG. Picnic lunch. Flight fully booked but supporters and foodies welcome. Now booking for SEPT. flight.

DRAGON BOATS (Windermere). MOST SUNDAYS MAY-AUG. Paddling longboats mornings and some afternoons; picnic lunches or pubs/restaurants. Cancer charity 'Paddlers for Life'. Free.

WALL CLIMBING. THURS or SUNDAYS APRIL-SEP. Basic climbing private individual
instruction at 'The Kendal Wall' specially - and only - for members of this Group. Free tuition!


You're not expected to come to every event: choose those which appeal. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. We're a friendly, non-stuffy group so why not bring a friend. (Non-members may attend 2 U3A events before joining.)

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