Day trips and holidays

The UK Travel Group arranges day trips and short breaks in the UK. All trips must be booked using the appropriate form in Links. 

Applications will be chosen at random a short while after the advertisement appears, so book early.

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Day Visits
2020
22 April 2020 Leicester CANCELLED
13 May 2020 Whitby CANCELLED
23 June 2020 Fountains Abbey CANCELLED
Short Breaks
5/9 June 2020 Suffolk TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

 

Day Trip to Leicester

Wednesday 22 April 2020
Leicester is an historic and interesting city to visit. On arrival at the King Richard III Visitor Centre following a welcome cup of coffee/tea we will be free to explore the Centre.
 
Richard III was the last English King to die in battle and to be DNA tested. The Centre tells the story of his life, death on the battlefield and the amazing discovery of his remains in a city centre car park. The use of modern forensic techniques made it possible to prove that the remains were King Richard. His original gravesite is at the Centre.
 
Our lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served to us around 12.30 at the Centre. The entrance ticket is valid for the day so we can leave and return as we please.
 
After lunch you are free to visit the many interesting places nearby. The Cathedral is well worth a visit. Do make sure that you see the sanctuary in the Cathedral where Richard’s tomb is located. The Medieval Guildhall near the Cathedral is also worth a visit. Upstairs there is the 3rd oldest library in the country.
 
The New Walk Art Gallery and Museum is approximately a 15-minute walk from the Centre and a visit is recommended. Amongst its many treasures there is a stunning collection of Picasso’s ceramics given to the Museum in memory of their daughter and grand-daughter by Richard Attenborough and his wife. It was collected by them during many visits to France and to Picasso’s workshop.
 
The cost of this day visit is £31.00. This includes coach travel, driver’s gratuity and admission to the King Richard III Visitor Centre. Coffee/ tea and biscuits on arrival and the soup and sandwich lunch are also included.
 
To apply for a place on this visit please complete the booking form on page 18 of Links Open Groups Supplement: February 2020 remembering to include any special dietary needs and return it with your cheque and a small sae as soon as possible to Margaret Langrish, 19, Alms Hill Road, Sheffield S11 9RR
 

Day Trip to Whitby

Wednesday 13 May 2020

This visit will allow time to explore the back lanes and market place, visit the Captain Cook Museum or Pannett Park Art Gallery or just sit and watch the boats in the harbour. There are plenty of places to have lunch or you may like to take your own picnic but mind the seagulls!
 
In the afternoon we will board the coach for the short journey to Whitby Headland for a guided tour of the parish church of St. Mary. In AD 1110 a simple stone church was built here, and it has since been altered and enlarged to accommodate more parishioners as the town’s population grew. It has some interesting features and our guide will tell us some of the stories about the place and the people who have been there over the centuries.
 
After our church visit, we will go to the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The first monastery here was founded in AD 657 by King Oswy of Northumberland. It was an Anglo-Saxon “double monastery” for men and women and was ruled over by the formidable royal princess Abbess Hild. This is an English Heritage property and when we check in as a group information leaflets will be available.
 
There is a café nearby run by the YHA where you can get a drink and snack before boarding the coach for our journey home.
 
The cost per person for this day visit is £15.40 which includes a donation to the church, coach fare and driver gratuity. If you wish to apply for a place, please complete the booking form on page 22 of Links Open Groups Supplement: February 2020 and return it with a small stamped self-addressed envelope to Margaret Bullivant before 28th February 2020.

 

Short Break to Suffolk

5-9 June 2020
During this five day break we will have some interesting and enjoyable visits from our base at the Ipswich Holiday Inn. One of these will be to Sutton Hoo – the burial ground of Anglo-Saxon kings and the site of a 90-foot longship which contained amazing treasures and artefacts. A National Trust guide will tell us about the people who lived here and also about those who discovered this important place. We can visit the exhibition hall and the house of the landowner who started the excavations in 1939. There is a café and a new observation tower from which the whole site may be viewed.
 
The Suffolk countryside was the inspiration for some of Constable’s most famous works including “The Hay Wain” and “Flatford Mill”. Our guide will tell us some of history of the place and the people who lived and worked around Flatford. As well as these two National Trust properties we will also be visiting two or three of the small Suffolk seaside towns and have an afternoon cruise on the River Orwell.
 
On the journey from Sheffield, our lunchtime break will be at Thursford. We can ride on the vintage “merry-go-rounds” and hear the lively music from the automated fairground organs. There is a café to have some lunch before we travel on to the hotel.
 
On our homeward journey our final visit will be to Flag Fen near Peterborough. This is Britain’s Bronze Age Centre which is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Excavations have revealed many swords and other metal objects and jewellery and the remains of a very long causeway. The reconstructed Bronze Age and Iron Age round houses give us a glimpse into life in prehistoric Britain.
 
The cost of this short break on a half-board (dinner, bed and breakfast) basis is £350 per person sharing a double or twin room and £400 for single occupancy of a room. If you would like to apply for a place, please complete the form on page 20 of the Links Open Groups Supplement: February 2020 and return it to Margaret Bullivant.
NB. The closing date for applications is 14th February 2020
 

Day Trip to Fountains Abbey

23 June 2020
Details will appear in the April 2020 Links