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. Click on UK Travel Group for terms and conditions and contact details.


Day Visits
April 30th Manchester Baths and Gorton Priory (Repeat visit by popular demand)
May 15th Barton on Humber, Watersedge Country Park and Visitor Centre, and Beverley
June 18th National Science and Media Museum and Cartwright Hall Bradford
July 17th River Trent Cruise
July 28th Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Short Breaks
June  28 – July 2 North Somerset (See LINKS 191: December 2018 pp 35-37.) Postal bookings by 12 December
30 September – 4 October Highlights of the Scottish Borders (See LINKS 192: April 2019 pp 37-39)

Victoria Baths and Gorton Monastery, Manchester

Tuesday, April 30th

Victoria Baths is Britain’s finest historic municipal swimming baths. In 2003 it was voted in the programme “Restoration” as the building BBC 2 viewers wanted to be restored. We will see the many decorative features that have been restored, including stained glass windows, mosaic floors, glass block paving and the Turkish Baths suite. Our “Discover Victoria Baths” tour is led by an experienced guide who will tell us about the history of the building, the restoration process and the campaign to bring the building back into use for swimming, including using the Turkish Baths. On arrival, we will have coffee and biscuits before our tour, followed by a sandwich lunch.

After lunch the coach takes us the short distance to Gorton Monastery, once a thriving church and home to the Franciscan Brothers.
When they left, it fell into disuse due to housing clearance. Fortunately, enthusiastic supporters worked towards its restoration with grants totalling £6.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Union Social Fund and fundraising events. The monastery is one of Pugin’s architectural masterpieces and ranks alongside the Taj Mahal and the ruins of Pompeii. It is listed among the 100 most endangered sites by the World Monument Fund. We will have free time to see videos of the restoration, the Heritage Centre and the gardens. During the afternoon tea and cakes will be served.

The cost of the day is £32 per person. This includes coach travel, gratuities, entrance to both venues, coffee and biscuits, guided tour, lunch, tea and cake plus a donation to Gorton. If you wish to apply for a place, please complete the booking form on p36 of Links 190: October 2018, and send it with a cheque and a small sae to Margaret Langrish.


Visit to Barton on Humber, Watersedge Country Park and Visitor Centre, and Beverley

Wednesday 15th May 2019

We leave Knowle Lane at 8.15 and Sheffield Interchance at 8.30.

First stop, hopefully, is St Peter’s Church, Barton on Humber. Next is Watersedge Country Park for a soup and sandwich lunch, with time to explore the Centre and views of the Humber Bridge.

Next we visit Beverley, with time to visit the Minster, explore other notable buildings and visit a cafe before leaving at 4.30 pm.

The cost is £20.50, to include coach, gratuities, lunch and a donation to Beverley Minster. To reserve a place, please complete the booking form on p18 of the Links Open Groups Supplement February 2019.


Visit to The National Science and Media Museum and Cartwright Hall Bradford

Tuesday 18 June 2019

We start with a visit to the Museum and coffee and biscuits. After visiting the the collection you can gt lunch in the museum or in neighbouring Centenary Square.

Then we drive to Cartwright Hall, Bradford’s Civic Art Gallery, which houses the new David Hockney Gallery.

Cost is £18 per person which includes coach travel,gratuities, entrance to both venues, coffee and biscuits.

Please see pp19 and20 of the Links Open Groups Supplement February 2019 for more details and application form.


River Trent Cruise

Thursday 18 July 2019

Our 3-hour cruise on Britain’s third-longest waterway will include a commentary pointing out landmarks en route such as Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham Forest Football Club and the famous Lady Bay Bridge.

On arrival at our embarkation point the group will have coffee/tea and biscuits at the River Lodge Café and time to relax and watch the activities on the river before we embark for our cruise at midday.

While on board we shall enjoy a meal of roast beef or chicken each served with seasonal vegetables, vegetarian lasagne or stuffed pepper with rice and roast vegetables, followed by apple pie and custard, and a cup of tea or coffee.

The boat has a well-stocked bar and the company assures us that we shall have a “comfortable leisurely cruise and experience the river in all its glory”.

The cost per person is £32.00 which includes the coach, gratuities, morning coffee and your choice of meal and the cruise.

To apply for a place please complete the form on page 35 of Links 192 and send it to Val Wiley as soon as possible to arrive before 25 April. Please remember to tick your choice of meal and include your cheque and a small sae.


Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool – Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Sunday 28 July

This exhibition follows the career of Charles Rennie Mackintosh who transcends the “Arts & Crafts”, “Art Nouveau”, “Art Deco” movements. The exhibits will cover a wide range of media which reflect the creative genius of Mackintosh’s work, along with that of his contemporaries.

Ranging through beautiful watercolours, architectural drawings and furniture, the exhibition demonstrates how Mackintosh’s style progressed over the decades. This is shown in the context of the growth of Glasgow and its changes in education, materials and aspirations.

Having had a ‘comfort break’ en route, we aim to arrive at Liverpool’s Albert Dock around midday. Here there will be time to seek refreshments or visit a waterside attraction before travelling the very short distance to the Walker Art Gallery for a 2.00 pm arrival to explore the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition. Our plan is to leave Liverpool around 4.00 to 4.15 pm for our return journey.

Please note that there is a flight of steps, or alternatively, a wheelchair ramp from the pavement level up into the Gallery. Within the building there are public lifts to both floors.

The cost for this visit will be £23 per person. This will include coach travel, driver’s gratuities and entrance to the exhibition. No refreshments are included. To apply for a place please complete the booking form on page 40 of Links 192 and send it with your cheque and a small sae to Sheila Harris as soon as possible.