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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.


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.)

November 2016

In July, Lancaster Beekeepers, talked to us about beekeeping and opened the hives at their Yealand Conyers Apiary. Later, the No 17 restaurant, Milnthorpe, provided a private buffet.

We enjoyed a 5 day holiday on 2 canal boats (Llangollen canal) in September. Great fun and we’ll do it again in April. That month we also flew hawks and owls at Lowther castle and the Castle Green Hotel hosted a murder mystery dinner – ‘Murder at the Moulin Rouge’ - with song, dance and comedy. Microlight Flights were postponed due to bad weather.

In October, Carriage Driving with Tracey Ventner and the Cartmel Fresian black horses was very special and we’ll do it again. Phone Donald.

The Natural History group joined us in November for a guided Starling Murmuration walk and food. 


Xmas Eve 5.30 p.m.

Finest parish church in the north-west lit only by candles – ethereal. Later, drink & mince pies at a member’s home in Kendal.


iFLY donates £10 to the British Heart Foundation for every skydive.

Alternatively support only or visit Trafford Park sales. Mon. 16 Jan.

Big discount on events - £55 - if you do a few. Day trip by coach to Manchester.

OUTDOOR TOBOGANNING (Kirkstone Pass) + pub meal

Whenever it snows!

CUMBRIAN HEAVY HORSE RIDING (Whicham Valley, Millom) + pub meal at THE BLACKSMITH’S ARMS (Broughton Mills) (Meal optional.) Wed. 26 April 3.00 p.m.

The only BHS approved heavy horse riding centre. Certificate of excellence.

2 hours £85. 250 year old pub has original features. Genuine fine food.

Previous Report - August 2016

In April, in Cartmel, we tried archery shooting, rode Segways plus electric cycles and enjoyed a pub meal. Great!

In early May we experienced a 4.00 a.m. dawn chorus guided walk plus breakfast at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve. Saw and heard rare birds including the spotted crake.


In June 12 members travelled to Wales to brave the world’s fastest zip wire (max. 126 mph) and Europe’s longest. At 500ft you ‘fly’ horizontally.

Details of our beekeeping demonstration and meal will be in the next Newsletter.

LAKELAND BIRD OF PREY CENTRE (Lowther Castle) Mon 12 Sep 2.00 p.m.

Paul, the handler, flies goshawks, peregrine falcons, eagle owls etc. You may handle some birds if you wish. Eagles and others can be seen in the apiary. On-site café. Special price £5.

LLANGOLLEN CANAL HOLIDAY (Sept.) Fully booked but booking now for similar holiday in May 2017.

MICROLIGHT FLIGHT + MEAL (Nr Garstang) Tues 27 Sep. Fully booked but supporters welcome. Booking now for microlight flights next spring.


Private SLU3A event. Magnificent horses; experienced, qualified instructor. 3 hours. Special price £80. Pay on the day.

STARLING MURMURATION (Leighton Moss) Mon 28 Nov 2.00 p.m. Private SLU3A guided walk + food (optional).

Largest murmuration in the area. 2 hours inc. use of hides. Soup and sandwiches in on-site café. £7 (RSPB members £5.50). Food £6.50.


Finest parish church in the north-west lit only by huge candles - ethereal. Mince pies and punch. Church donation.

Phone Donald to book or for full details. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. Come only occasionally if you wish. Why not bring a friend.

Previous Report - March 2016

Segway + Archery + Electric Cycles + Pub Meal (Cartmel) Tues 26 April 10.30 a.m.  Very special price: £45.00 total + meal (opt) or choose events.

Dawn Chorus (and bats) Private guided walk inc. Full English Breakfast (Leighton Moss Nature Reserve) Sun 8 May 4.00am. Possible sightings - Ospreys, bitterns, hen harriers, avocets, bearded tits, egrets, otters, daubentons, etc.  Use of hides. £25 inc. breakfast.

5 day LLangollen Canal Boat Holiday. Various dates. ‘One of the world’s great Canal Boat experiences’. We’ll do the best bit inc. the famous 130 ft. high viaduct. 2 boats already fully booked. Discount price approx. £200.

Zip Wire (Bethesda, N. Wales) Mon 27 June. World’s fastest, Europe’s longest, 500ft. high. In the horizontal flying position!! Free (for charity).

Beekeeping Demonstration + (Opt) Pub Meal (Yealand Conyers)  Wed. 27 July 10-30 a.m. Lancaster beekeepers’ apiary and nature reserve. Hives opened and talk given and beekeeping demonstrated. Hands-on if you wish. No charge.

Microlight Flight + Pub Meal (opt).Tues 27 Sept + Additional Date (TBA) Hopefully 3000ft above North Lancs!  Very special U3A rate of £40 for 20 Minutes.

Phone Donald to book or for full details. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. Come only occasionally if you wish. Why not bring a friend?

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