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.
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.
NATIONAL ARBORETUM, HIGHGROVE & SLIMBRIDGE (Glos). Thurs 12 & Fri 13 Oct.
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?
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. www.cumbrianheavyhorses.com.
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. www.lancashirebadgergroup.org.uk
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. www.northernmicrolights.co.uk
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!
WINDERMERE JETTY MUSEUM OF BOATS, STEAM & STORIES. OPENING DAY - late
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.)
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.
CARTMEL PRIORY CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE + drink (optional)
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.
INDOOR SKYDIVING &SKIING; SLEDGES; AIRBOARDS; LUGES;SNOWSCOOTERS; DONUTS; SNOWBOARDS (Choose 1 or a few.)
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.
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.
COACH DRIVING INSTRUCTION – FRIESIAN BLACK HORSES (Cartmel) Various dates.
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.
CARTMEL PRIORY CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE + (Opt. drink) December.
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.