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01707 645005

 

 

Arundel Castle & The Tulip Festival - West Sussex

Thursday 27 April 2017

The Castle

There are nearly 1000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th Century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound over 100 feet high from the dry moat and constructed in 1068, followed by the gatehouse in 1070.

The Gardens

With one of the most impressive displays in the country, 18,000 tulips will be in flower ceating an explosion of colour.

Please arrive 10 minutes before pickup time.

Pick Up Points:

Pick Up C : 8.00am - Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Pick Up B : 8.30am - Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick Up A : 9.00am - Bushey Grove Leisure Centre

Journey time: 2 hours

Departure time: 4.45pm

Price: £33.00

 

Kentish Curios - in the little known Upper Medway Valley, Kent with guided tour.

Thursday 18 May 2017

 

Meeting our guide for morning coffee and biscuits at Tudeley (price included), we then visit the parish church where Marc Chagall was commisioned to design stained glass windows by the parents in memory of their daughter who drowned in a sailing accident. The result is magical.

From Tudeley, we follow the Medway crossing from side to side. We see the Hoppers Hospital, some very pretty villages and marinas and cross the ancient bridge at Yalding.

We stop in compact and handsome West Malling, for free time to buy lunch, otherwise known as a mini Tunbridge Wells.

The afternoon will be spent visiting Aylesford Friary. Built as a Carmelite Priory in the 1200's by a cusader returning from the Holy Land. The friars thrived by the Medway until Henry VIIbooted them out. The mediaeval building became part of a rich man's private estate but in 1940 the Carmelites bought it all back and today this is a site for pilgrimages and retreats that is loved way beyond the Catholic community. We'll visit the beautiful chapel full of creative modern artwork - ceramics, statues and stained glass and you can visit the tranquil peace garden or wander down to look at thr river. You may wish to purchase tea and cake before we depart home.

Walking: Limited

Please arrive 10 minutes before pickup time.

Pick Up Points:

Pick Up A : 8.00am - Bushey Grove Leisure Centre

Pick Up B : 8.30am - Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick Up C : 9.00am - Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Depart: 4.45pm

Price: £41.00

 

 

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S SHERLOCK HOLMES : A guided tour with 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

Thursday 22 June 2017

 

We have successfully secured our place with Antony Richards, our guide for the day, who previously did the Midsomer Murder's tour for the Fifty Plus.

Travelling to Minstead in the New Forest, with a comfort stop en-route, we visit Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's grave which is under a large tree at the back of the 13th century All Saint's Church.

We then continue our journey into Old Portsmouth visiting Undershaw who will give us a tour and talk about the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of one of the world's best known fictional characters Sherlock Holmes. This will be followed by a two course lunch.

MENU:

Main Course:

Beef & Mushroom Bourguignon.

Mushroom Stroganoff.

Gammon, Egg and Chips.

Scampi, Chips and Peas.

Dessert:

Chocolate Gateaux.

Apple Crumble.

Fruit Salad.

 

After lunch, we will be taken on a walk of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle locations and a tour of the museum which showcases on of the largest exhibitions in the world. We then return to Undershaw for an afternoon tea before re-boarding the coach, We stop at Newlands Corner for a comfort stop (Close to where Agatha Christie went missing) before travelling home.

Please arrive 10 minutes before pickup time.

Pick Up Points:

Pick Up C :  - 8.00am  Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Pick Up B :  - 8.30am  Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick Up A :  - 9.00am  Bushey Grove Leisure Centre

Depart: 4.45pm

Journey time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Price: £49.00

 

 

 

 

EDWARDIAN AFTERNOON TEA CRUISE : 3 hour cruise including afternoon tea.

Thursday 20 July 2017.

A three hour cruise departing and returning to Windsor Leisure Centre aboard one of the cruise boats at 2pm where the Fifty Plus will have exclusive use of the vessel. On board there will be an Edwardian dressed maid to look after you and serve you a delicious afternoon tea with their finest silver tea-ware and three tier cake stand. Enjoy the live running commentary during the cruise and participate in table top games and even join in with a sing-a-long with classics of the era.

Sample Menu:

                                                           Glazed ham and mustard on white bread

                                                           Brie and cranberry on wholemeal bread

                                                      Cucumber and cracked black pepper on white bread

                                                     Smoked salmon and dill mayonaise on brown bread

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                                      Warm sultana scones with strawberry preserve and Devonshire clotted cream

                                                                          Apple blackcurrant square

                                                                                 Chocolate tartlet

                                                                     Coffee and chocolate eclair

                                                                            Raspberry finacier

                                                                               Lemon tartlet

                                                                                 Apricot flan

                                                                             Pistachio rectangle

                                                                              Opera square

Please note: you will need to notify us in advance if you have any diety requirements.

Please arrive 10 minutes before pickup time.

Pick Up Points:

Pick Up C :  - 11.00am   Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Pick Up B :  - 11.30am   Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick Up A :  - 12.00pm    Bushey Grove Leisure Centre

Depart : 5.15pm

Price: £42.00

 

Postal Museum - A Guided walk and more

This trip has been cancelled due to a delay in the building works.

 

 

 

THE SAVILL GARDENS: with guide and afternoon tea.

Thursday 3 August 2017

(This trip takes place of the Postal Museum)

A lovely

A lovely day out to a Royal Garden where you can enjoy one of the finest woodland gardens in the country.  Sir Eric Savill, grand master of the woodland garden, created the Savill Garden in the 1930s with the support of King George V and Queen Mary.   Since that time, the Garden has continued to develop under Royal Patronage, with most recently H.M. the Queen opening the Rose Garden.

Sitting in the heart of historic Windsor Great Park, it is a day which provides a wonderfully relaxing, and inspiring visit.  With plants from around the world, there is a wonderful journey of discovery to be had.

Plants grown in the Royal Gardens are available from the Plant Terrace alongside a wide range of gifts for the garden and home, everybody will find something tempting in the shop.

With time to relax before meeting our guides at 1pm, the group will split in two whereby they will give a tour of the garden for approximately 1 ½ hours followed by The Savill Afternoon Tea served on linen dressed tables in a private tea tent on the lawns of The Savill Garden.

Pick up points:

Pick Up C :  - 9.30am   Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Pick Up B :  - 10.00am   Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick Up A :  - 10.30pm    Bushey Grove Leisure Centre

Depart : 4.45pm

Price: £36.00

 

MARGATE: A Day beside the seaside

Thursday 17 August 2017

A pioneering English seaside holiday town that now has stepped firmly into the 21st century with a modern, cosmopolitan flavour.

From sandy beaches to the internationally-acclaimed Turner Contemporary, Margate now offers much more.

Margate's Old Town rejoices in eateries, galleries, vintage shops and chilled-out cafes. The reinvigorated Harbour Arm is now home to a gallery and stylish spots to eat and drink.

A 10 minute walk will lead you to the Shell Grotto, a subterranean shell-lined passage which was Grade II listed in 1973 so English Heritage watches over its preservation. Afascinating and worthwhile visit at an affordable price.

The Jubilee Clock Tower was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. It has a Time Ball mechanism which strikes at 1pm every day and is only one of a handful in the world.

The Winter Gardens have drawn big-name acts, from the Beatles to the Kaiser Chiefs. With miles of coastline, there are many choices of beaches and bays with stunning chalk cliffs.

Price: £22.00

Please arrive 10 minutes before the time of pick up.

Pick up A : 8.00am  Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park

Pick up B : 8.30am  Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick up C : 9.00am  Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Depart: 4.45pm

Journey Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

 

Fifty Plus Short Break to Devon

Monday 4 - 8 September 2017

Langstone Cliff Hotel

5 days, 4 nights
Return Executive Coach
Breakfast, Evening Meal and 1 pre-dinner drink (beer or wine)
Porterage
Free use of leisure facilities.

Twin / Double / Singles available

DEVON & DORSET  :  Short Break staying in the 3* Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren

Day 1  :  Travelling southwest, we make a comfort stop en route in Sherborne in Dorset.  This is an historic Ham Stone town which has an abundance of ancient and beautiful buildings, superb Abbey, picturesque Almshouse and two Castles which make for a captivating visit.  Free time to explore at your own leisure before we continue on to the hotel.

Day 2  :  Today begins with a visit to Buckfast Abbey, one of Devon’s hidden gems, which is the only English medieval monastery to have been restored and now used for its original purpose.  At this working monastery, a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently and at the heart of the site is the Abbey Church with its many art treasures, which was rebuilt on its medieval foundations by the monks themselves.  You will have free time here and can purchase refreshments before we continue across Dartmoor travelling through the National Park, which has some of the most picturesque scenery in Devon making our way to Morwhellan Quay.  Wandering through this enchanting village, you could take a trip on the famous George & Charlotte copper mine train for a fascinating insight into the harsh living and working conditions in the 19th century.  Visit the Harbour Master’s House, the miner’s cottage, talk to the Blacksmith or join a tour.  (Some areas have restricted access for anyone with limited mobility).

Day 3  :  Travelling to Totnes, we board the Dartmouth River Boat for a 90 minute cruise along nine miles of the beautiful River Dart to the naval town of Dartmouth where you can purchase lunch locally.  Taking the cross river ferry to Kingswear you will board the Dartmouth Steam Railway for a 30 minute journey to Paignton where you will re-board the coach for the return journey to the hotel.

Day 4  :  Visiting the Bicton Park Botanical Gardens spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are located in the picturesque Otter Valley between the ancient city of Exeter and England’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.  The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquillity, including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum and the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride.  Our next port of call is the seaside resort of Sidmouth nestled beneath the majestic red cliffs and the green hills of the Valley.  You will have free time to purchase lunch before our last included visit of the day to Powderham Castle.  Located in a unique and picturesque setting south of Exeter, there are 600 years of history within the walls of this castle, one of England’s oldest family homes.  During your guided tour you will discover the Castle’s majestic rooms, admire the most amazing architecture and hear some remarkable stories.

Day 5  :  After breakfast, we retrace our steps making a stop in the Dorset riverside market town of Wimborne Minster where you have free time to explore or have lunch relaxing alongside the river.  See and hear the famous astronomical clock with quarter-jack.  A life-size soldier can be seen on the side of the west tower which strikes the quarter hours on his bell.  We then continue a journey homeward.

Price  :  £539.00                                 :               Single Supplement  :  £39.00

Deposit of £100                                :               Payable on booking  (Non refundable)

Balance                                                :               Payable on 19th May 2017

Pick Up C             8.00am                 :               Furzefield Leisure Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Pick Up B             8.30am                 :               Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick Up A  :          9.00am                 :               Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park

Estimated return time                   :               6.00pm at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre

 

                                            Dartmouth Steam Railway

                                               

To book your place please contact :

Fifty Plus, Wyllyotts Theatre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Herts.  EN6 2HN.

Call 01707 645005  :  www.hertsmereleisure.co.uk  :  50+hertsmereleisure.co.uk

 

 

 

HISTORIC ST GILES

FROM APPLES AND ACTORS TO FOOTPADS AND FREEMASONS - Historic St Giles and Seven Dials.

A morning tour with Diane Burstein an afternoon tour by staff of the Freemasons Museum.

Thursday 5 October 2017

 

In the morning London Blue Badge Guide Diane Burstein will introduce you to some intriguing courtyards and byways of this historic area with a once notorious reputation. While some past inhabitants earned an honest living as costermongers at nearby Covent Garden market others survived by prostitution and petty crime in a district which became known as the 'St Giles rookery', a byword for crime and notoriety. All this activity happened in the heart of London's Theatreland so we'll be hearing some theatrical history too.

After a break for lunch in the Covent Garden area with a good choice of eating places, we'll visit the Freemasons Hall and Museum of Freemasonry.

The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcellain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII are on display together with examples from the Museum's extensive collection of prints and engravings, photographs and ephemera. There will be an opportunity to look round the museum before taking a tour with museum in-house staff of the magnificent Freemasons Hall. Freemasons Hall is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. Grand Lodge has been in Great Queen Street since 1775, the present Hall being the third building on the site. Built between 1927 and 1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, it is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England, and is now Grade II listed internally and externally.

Please arrive 10 minutes before pickup time.

Pick Up Points:

Pick up A : 8.00am  Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park

Pick up B : 8.30am  Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood

Pick up C : 9.00am  Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar

Depart:  4.45pm

Price: £25.00

 

 

 

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