Forthcoming Outings

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OUTINGS

November 2018 - February 2019

 

 

Kendall & Wall organises outings to various places of interest.

We are a Community Interest Company -a non-profit making organisation dedicated to helping elderly, infirm or disabled people.

Queen's award for voluntary serviceWe provide:

  • A door to door service in our wheelchair accessible vehicle.
  • Wheelchair or scooter rental so that you can tour your destination.
  • Friendly staff to push your wheelchair if necessary
  • All admission charges included (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Free tea or coffee on all outings. Food not included except where stated.

 

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Friday

November 2nd

Lebanese meal, Birmingham

For those who want a completely new culinary experience we can do no better than recommend the Al-Bader restaurant in Birmingham. It specialises in Lebanese & Moroccan food, including lamb or chicken shawarma, kafta, moussaka and shish Taouk. It is also very reasonably priced

 

 

£20.00

(does not include cost of food)

Tuesday

November 6th

 

Hartlebury Castle & County museum

Hartlebury Castle is a 13th century manor house which served as the palace of the bishops of Worcester. It’s a gem of a building with a fascinating history. Attached to the castle is the Worcestershire County Museum. In the museum galleries you can discover social history, toys through time, travel & transport and the intriguing story of Worcestershire's past. Visitors can also see room sets such as the schoolroom and scullery, which are regularly brought to life by visiting schoolchildren and period rooms that focus on the Victorian and Civil War eras.

 

£30.00

 

 

Thursday

November 8th

Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch.

 

Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch is an unusual and fascinating place to visit. This historic site illustrates the rich heritage of the needle and fishing tackle industries. Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made, and how Redditch once produced 90% of the world's needles.

 

On the same site, just a very short walk from Forge Mill Museum, are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey - a medieval Cistercian Abbey which has been extensively excavated. Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which is set in an original reconstructed 16th century barn, tells the extraordinary story of the Abbey from its development in the 12th century to its destruction in 1538 by Henry VIII during the dissolution.

 

 

£28.00

 

Tuesday

November 13th

 

Tour of BBC studios, Birmingham

Step inside the exciting world of broadcasting at BBC Birmingham!

This entertaining and informative tour brings the fantastic TV, radio and online productions created at BBC Birmingham to life in a variety of creative ways! Tour guides will reveal the incredible Broadcast Support Centre and tell tales of the famous faces who've visited BBC Birmingham, they’ll even let you know where Nick Owen gets his jokes!

 

Only one wheelchair allowed

 

£30.00

 

Friday

November 16th

Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy. You can explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the workings of the giant telescope

 

£40.00

(includes light lunch)

Monday

November 19th

Home movies:

Dr. Zhivago

Mike & Kiko’s house

 

Join us at Mike’s home cinema to watch David Lean’s beautiful interpretation of Pasternak’s epic novel, Dr. Zhivago. Starring Omar Sharif & Julie Christie, supported by Rod Steiger, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine Chaplin and Alec Guinness. A truly great film!

A light lunch will be served

 

 

£25.00

(includes lunch)

Wednesday

November 21st

IKON gallery

Birmingham

Ikon is an internationally renowned contemporary art gallery situated in central

Birmingham. Its exhibition programme features artists from around the world whose work includes painting, sculpture, installation, photography, mixed media and sound.

 

 

£24.00

Thursday

November 22nd

Lunch at Swan with two Necks, Longdon

 

The Swan With Two Necks is a traditional country pub & restaurant located in Longdon Village, close to Lichfield, Rugeley & Cannock Chase. Join us for a leisurely lunch at this beautiful pub.

 

 

£18.00

(does not include cost of food)

Tuesday

November 27th

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre

The Worcester Christmas Fayre is the leading Victorian-themed street market in the greater Midlands region. Over 200 stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester’s historic heart with the colours, sounds and irresistible aromas of Christmas for this extra special time of year. From sparkly jewellery and festive home decorations to traditional roast chestnuts and warming mulled wine – a wonderful range of products are waiting to be discovered within the local arts and crafts maker area, international area, festive gifts area and food court.

 

 

£28.00

Saturday

December 1st

 

West Side Story,

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

The world's greatest love story takes to the streets as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, where two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

This is an amateur production by the West Bromwich Operatic Society.

Matinee performance

 

 

£40.00

 

Monday

December 3rd

Sea Life, Birmingham

The National Sea Life Centre has an extensive seahorse breeding programme, with many species of newly reared seahorses in tanks viewable by visitors.

In other displays, it has a Giant Pacific Octopus, as well as horseshoe crabs, green sea turtles, lobsters, sharks, sting rays, and otters. Its one-million-litre ocean tank houses giant green sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks and tropical reef fish, with a fully transparent underwater tunnel.

 

 

£35.00

Thursday

December 6th

Walsall Art Gallery

The New Art Gallery in Walsall is a modern and contemporary building. It houses the fixed Garman Ryan Collection of sculptures and paintings by modern masters including a large selection of work by Jacob Epstein and many significant works by European artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Turner, Corot, Renoir and Constable represented in prints, sketches, drawings, paintings and sculptures.The collection was donated to the people of Walsall in 1973 by Epstein's late wife Kathleen Garman (Lady Epstein) and her friend Sally Ryan.

 

 

£18.00

Friday

December 7th

Denby Visitor Centre

They have been making Denby Stoneware in the heart of Derbyshire for over 200 years. Discover a delightful selection of shops, including the Home, Garden, Cookery and Gift Shops and, of course, the famous Denby Factory Shop with savings of up to 60% off rrp. In addition to the shopping we shall tour the craftroom, find out how Denby is made, make a clay frog to take home and have fun painting a plate.

 

 

£28.00

Tuesday

December 11th

Christmas shopping at Merry Hill

Merry Hill is home to over 200 shops including a retail park, cinema and a food hall with over 10,000 free car parking spaces. Adjacent to the main shopping centre is The Waterfront, which accommodates offices and a marina area providing space for a number of bars and restaurants. Ideal for your Christmas shopping!

 

 

£20.00

Thursday

December 13th

Christmas lunch

At the Tame Otter, Hopwas

The Tame Otter has been serving great food and real ale since the early 19th century. The pub sits alongside the Fazeley Canal which has brought visitors enjoying the waterways around Birmingham through to the village of Hopwas.

For the 2 course lunch there’s an array of tasty treats for you to choose from such as Duck & Port Parfait, Pan-Fried Sea Bass Fillets with mussels and clams, and heart-warming Damson & Gin Bakewell Tart. Includes free glass of prosecco!

For £3 extra you can have 3 courses!

 

£30.00

for 2 courses

 

Monday

December 17th

Byrkley Garden Centre

Byrkley Park Garden Centre is the perfect place to while away a few hours in Burton Upon Trent. From the thousands of plants, shrubs and sheer greenery of the garden centre to the fabulous displays inside.

 

 

 

£18.00

Tuesday

December 18th

Sleeping Beauty,

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A traditional pantomime with magic, music, comedy and special effects. Starring

the lovely Debbie McGee direct from the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom along with bear royalty Sooty and Richard Cadell as the Jester. Panto favourites Doreen Tipton and Ian Adams, both back by popular demand, also return for a third consecutive season!

 

£32.00

 

Friday

December 21st

Christmas lunch

Wych Elm, Burntwood

Our festive menu includes chicken & herb pate, or tomato soup, or prawn cocktail for starters, with roast turkey, or beef & rioja pie, or parsley cod, or candied nut roast as the main course – all served with the usual seasonal vegetables and festive trimmings.

For £2 extra you can have 3 courses!

 

 

 

£25.00

for 2 courses

Friday

December 28th

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

In the heart of Derby city centre lies The Museum and Art Gallery where there is always something new to see, including a collection of Joseph Wright paintings, which is the largest in the world, to touring exhibitions, to an award winning Coffee House. The Museum and Art Gallery is a maze of historic architecture and intriguing collections, each room very different from the last

 

 

£24.00

Thursday

January 3rd

Wedgwood factory tour

The award winning Factory Tour offers an in depth view of all aspects of quality ceramic production including casting, figure making, pattern decorating and hand painting, ornamentation and gilding. Come and see iconic Jasper pieces in production showcasing the pinnacle of ceramic craftsmanship.

 

 

£28.00

Monday

January 7th

Italian meal

Ask Italian Restaurant, Lichfield

 

 

This Italian restaurant is ideally situated in Lichfield close to Minster Pool & Beacon Park .Here you’ll have a delicious Italian meal, cooked with gusto by a highly trained team, using fresh produce and ingredients sourced from Italy

 

 

 

£18.00

(does not include cost of food)

Wednesday

January 9th

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham University

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, at the University of Birmingham, is one of the finest small picture galleries in the world. Among its many masterpieces are Murillo's 'The Marriage Feast at Cana', Thomas Gainsborough's 'The Harvest Wagon', and Degas's 'Jockeys before the Race'.

 

 

£22.00

Friday

January 11th

Bantock House museum

By popular request we are visiting Bantock House Museum again. It is named after Baldwin and Kitty Bantock who lived there a century ago. It offers visitors a chance to explore life in an Edwardian home and also to discover about the history of Wolverhampton. The house is set in pretty gardens and parkland which covers 43 acres.

 

 

£28.00

Tuesday

January 15th

Ferrers Centre for Art & Craft, Staunton Harold

Situated amidst the beauty and tranquillity of a quintessential English landscape you will find the Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts housed in the original Georgian stable block at the rear of Staunton Harold Hall.

The first crafts unit was established in 1974, and there are now 16 businesses covering a wide range of disciplines. There is a bespoke framing service, artisan baker and deli, hairdressers, beauticians, blacksmith, pottery and tearooms. The Ferrers Gallery showcases the best of British craftmanship with exhibitions throughout the year. Artistic studios include upholstery, textiles, automata and wildlife paintings

 

£22.00

Monday

January 21st

10 pin bowling

Try your hand at 10 pin bowling. Don’t worry if you have never done it before- there is expert tuition on hand. Its great fun. To round off the outing we shall go to a local hostelry to boast of our prowess at bowling or to commiserate with one another!

 

 

£28.00

Wednesday

January 23rd

Tour of BBC studios, Birmingham

Another chance to visit the BBC studios in Birmingham.

Only one wheelchair allowed

 

£30.00

 

Thursday

January 24th

Winter warmer Trent cruise

Enjoy an idyllic cruise on the Trent with superb views of historic Nottingham. The Nottingham Princess is a luxury river cruiser, fully enclosed and heated, with a comfortable lounge and well-stocked bar. We shall enjoy the River Trent in all its seasonal glory and have a traditional roast dinner including hot apple pie and custard and a cup of tea or coffee.

£35.00

Friday

January 25th

Lunchtime concert at CBSO centre:

Elgar’s Piano Quintet

It’s ghostly stuff.” Even Edward Elgar himself knew that there was something unique about his Piano Quintet – a haunted, deeply personal masterpiece written in the dying days of the First World War. This is an Elgar the public rarely saw, and it’s the perfect complement to a real rarity: the warm-hearted Phantasy Quartet by the neglected English romantic Frank Bridge.

 

 

£28.00

 

Tuesday

January 29th

Home movies:

The Cruel Sea,

Mike & Kiko’s house

A classic war movie made by the Ealing studios in 1953. It tells the story of the Battle of the Atlantic. Starring Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Liam Redmond, Virginia McKenna and Moira Lister. Adapted from the book by Nicholas Montserrat

We will also show the short film, The Plank, written by and starring Eric Sykes.

A light lunch will be served

 

 

 

£25.00

(includes lunch)

Thursday

January 31st

Coventry Transport museum

Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry. Come with us to discover the fascinating story behind the development of road transport from the earliest cycles to the fastest cars on earth.

With thrills, nostalgia and inspiration, join us on a surprising and emotional journey through 150 years of innovation and find out about the people who made it happen.

 

 

£28.00

Monday

February 4th

Cromford Mills, Derbyshire

Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will tour the mill and learn about its history as we enjoy ‘The Arkwright Experience’

 

 

£30.00

Tuesday

February 5th

Chinese meal

Today is the start of the Chinese year of the pig. We shall celebrate by going to the new Buffet Island restaurant at Great Barr. You can expect almost 100 dishes to choose from including all of your favourites such as Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef in Black Bean Sauce, Crispy Shredded Duck Pancakes, Spring Rolls and Barbecue Spare Ribs. There will be English-style food on offer as well.

 

£30.00

(inc. as much as you can eat)

Friday

February 8th

Sudbury village & Courtyard

Sudbury in Derbyshire, situated in the lower Dove valley is a former estate village and farming community, dominated for hundreds of years by its relationship with the Vernon family of Sudbury Hall.

We shall explore the unspoilt village including the smithy, the village stocks, and the Victorian gasworks. We will end up in the Courtyard, a recently restored collection of estate buildings, now converted into individual shops and a café.

 

 

£22.00

Tuesday

February 12th

Birmingham Public library

Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the Library has transformed the city’s library services and become a major cultural destination, housing Birmingham’s world-class collections of archives, photography and rare books as well as a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK. Of these, over 400,000 books are available on the Library’s public floors.

 

 

 

Wednesday

February 13th

Stratford river cruise

Cruise aboard the Jennifer May, a modern Dutch Barge, heated and fully covered with unique viewing angles through the glass roof panels, and the capacity to seat up to 60 people in comfort. The vessel is also fully equipped to effortlessly board and carry wheelchairs, and has a fully accessible WC.

 

 

£28.00

Friday

February 15th

History in a bottle-Dudsons pottery, Stoke on Trent

Discover over 200 years of pottery produced in Stoke-on-Trent by the oldest surviving family business in the ceramic tableware industry. Explore the original Dudson factory courtyard and enjoy the unique experience of stepping inside the Grade II listed bottle oven to view the collection and to trace the fascinating history of the Dudson company's production from 1800 to the present day.

 

 

 

 

£28.00

Monday

February 18th

Home movies:

Passport to Pimlico

Mike & Kiko’s house

 

A fondly remembered Ealing comedy, Passport to Pimlico was made in 1949. The film explores the spirit and unity of wartime London in a post-war context and offers an examination of the English character. Starring Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford and Hermione Baddeley.

 

 

£25.00

(includes lunch)

Thursday

February 21st

Snowdrops at Wightwick Manor

 

Wightwick Manor is a gem. Geoffrey Mander was a paint manufacturer and the MP for Wolverhampton. He had been left the timber-framed house by his father. Taking inspiration from a lecture on 'the House Beautiful' by Oscar Wilde, Theodore and his wife Flora had decorated its interiors with the designs of William Morris and his Arts and Crafts contemporaries. In particular they added a remarkable collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and their followers.

We will explore the house and gardens and see those harbingers of spring- the snowdrops.

 

 

£30.00

Saturday

February 23rd

St. Milburga’s Day Feast & bingo

Holy Cross Parish Hall, Lichfield

Saint Milburga was a Benedictine abbess who received the veil from St. Theodore of Canterbury. She was the daughter of a king of Mercia and sister of Saints Mildred of Thanet and Mildgytha. Milburga was abbess of Wenlock Abbey in Shropshire. Her father and her uncle, King Wulfhere, provided funds for the abbey. Among the remarkable abilities she evidenced were levitation and power over birds.

To celebrate this extraordinary lady’s life we shall have a traditional feast followed by a game or two of bingo!

 

 

£25.00

(includes traditional feast)

Wednesday

February 27th

Penkridge Market

Come with us to Penkridge to explore this ancient town and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market.

 

 

 

£24.00


 


 

 

 

OUTINGS

July 2018 - October 2018

 

 

Kendall & Wall organises outings to various places of interest.

We are a Community Interest Company -a non-profit making organisation dedicated to helping elderly, infirm or disabled people.

We provide:

  • A door to door service in our wheelchair accessible vehicle.
  • Wheelchair or scooter rental so that you can tour your destination.
  • Friendly staff to push your wheelchair if necessary
  • All admission charges included (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Free tea or coffee on all outings. Food not included except where stated.

 

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Monday

July 2nd

 

Greyhound racing Monmore Green Stadium, Wolverhampton

Go to the dogs for an afternoon of greyhound racing. We will have lunch at a local pub then on to the Monmore Green Stadium for the first race at 2.00pm

 

£22.00

Cost of meal not included

Wednesday

July 4th

Churnet Valley railway

The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a lovely rural line that passes right through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's "Little Switzerland". Right from when you arrive at the picturesque station you will feel as though you’ve travelled back in time, then get everyone set with a little snack before you climb aboard the train. Aboard your magical 11 mile journey, you’ll see breathtaking views of the countryside that stretches off as far as the eye can see.

 

£32.00

Friday

July 6th

St. John’s House, Warwick

St Johns House, a Jacobean mansion located in Warwick, has a history spanning almost 900 years. The land on which it stands was originally used as a hospital in the 12th century. The house is now a museum. Its galleries include a Victorian kitchen and schoolroom, displays on childhood toys and games, costumes and learning space. There are also lovely gardens.

 

 

£28.00

Tuesday

July 10th

Percy Thrower’s Garden centre, Shrewsbury

Percy Thrower was Britain’s first celebrity TV gardener. He was the Parks superintendent in Shrewsbury but also ran his own garden which was opened to the public. The garden centre is now owned by Wyevale.

 

 

£26.00

Thursday

July 12th

Tamworth Treasure Trail

We think you will find that our Treasure Trail is an enjoyable way to explore Tamworth. Solve the clues which can be found on buildings, statues and monuments, to reveal fascinating history and beautiful scenery. The Trail will end at a local pub where we shall, no doubt, enjoy a meal and a drink.

 

 

£20.00

Cost of meal not included

Monday

July 16th

Picnic in Sutton Park

Savour the delights of Sutton Park while enjoying a delightful picnic lunch with strawberries & cream for dessert

 

 

 

 

£28.00

Friday

July 20th

Canal Trip with picnic

Join us for a tranquil cruise down the Staffordshire-Worcestershire canal. Our boat is equipped with a lift to enable those with mobility difficulties to get down into the main cabin. There are toilet facilities, a galley and central heating. All seating is flexible to accommodate individual groups. We will stop halfway to enjoy a picnic

 

 

£28.00

Saturday

July 21st

Tamworth voices

This concert in Tamworth Castle grounds features a local choir

With a colourful summertime repertoire performing a range of musical styles.

After the concert we will have a late lunch/early tea at a local pub

 

£20.00

Cost of meal not included

Tuesday

July 24th

Explore Chesterfield

No visit to Chesterfield is complete without stopping off in the town’s historic centre. First of all we will soak up some of the town’s rich historical heritage in the Museum and Art Gallery. Afterwards we will visit the parish church famous for its crooked spire.

 

 

£28.00

Wednesday

July 25th

Discover Market Drayton

Market Drayton is an historic and friendly place, a true market town in the middle of Shropshire’s dairy country. The streets of this small town have much historic character with a mix of half-timbered, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Every Wednesday the market is held around the Buttercross.

Our trip will start with a visit to the local museum which tells the story of the town past & present.

 

 

£28.00

Monday

30th July

Fradley junction

Fradley Junction is the spot where the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Coventry Canal meet. It is a hive of activity, with people walking, boating, enjoying nature, or taking a break in the café or pub. NB Cost of lunch not included

 

 

£24.00

Thursday

August 2nd

Summer cruise on Trent

Enjoy an idyllic 3 hour cruise on the Trent with superb views of historic Nottingham. The Nottingham Princess is a luxury river cruiser, fully enclosed and heated, with a comfortable lounge and well-stocked bar. We shall enjoy the River Trent in all its seasonal glory and have a traditional roast dinner including hot apple pie and custard and a cup of tea or coffee.

 

 

 

 

£35.00

Friday

August 3rd

The Market Hall, Warwick

Market Hall Museum is located in the Market Hall, a 17th century landmark in the heart of Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire. Recently refurbished with the help of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum tells the story of Warwickshire, and how the shifting natural, built and human landscapes have shaped the county to the present day.

 

 

£28.00

Tuesday

August 7th

Black Country Museum

The aim of the museum is to portray the life, times and hardship of the area, as it used to be! All the buildings found there, were located from the surrounding districts, dismantled brick by brick, transported then re-assembled, to form the image of a working village. There are all sorts of places to view, including, an authentic chemist shop, which came complete with original supplies, an old style bakery, the fish & chip shop, which cooks the food in dripping, then finally a local pub, where you can enjoy an excellent pint of beer in front of a roaring open fire. Other attractions include, rides on a trolley bus, the last one in service. There is an optional canal boat trip, through the tunnels of Dudley (not included in price).

 

 

£38.00

Thursday

August 9th

 

Arley arboretum, Bewdley

These delightful gardens near Kidderminster are perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll. There's well laid out footpaths taking you around the compact site. Highlights include the towering Crimean Pines, a Magnolia Garden and an Italian Garden with water features and a pretty fountain. There's also lovely tree lined paths and nice views of the River Severn and the Severn Valley Railway steam trains.

 

 

£28.00

Saturday

August 11th

Canwell show

The Canwell Agricultural Society held its first show in 1925. Since then it has grown to become the region's largest one-day agricultural show bringing in visitors and exhibitors from across the UK. A truly great English Summer's day out, the show attracts families from both the farming community and the nearby towns and cities with its mix of livestock, horse events, live music, trade stalls, craft-food-horticultural marquees, to name just a few of the wonderful sights and sounds that delight each year.

 

£28.00

Monday

August 13th

Trentham Gardens

Enjoy a great day out at Trentham. Visit the award-winning Trentham Gardens, for shopping and eating out, peace and quiet, fun and action! Indulge yourself at Trentham Shopping Village with shops, cafés, restaurants and the vast Garden Centre. It’s perfect for shopping.

 

£30.00

Thursday

August 16th

Chinese meal, Buffet Island

Our Chinese ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffets are always popular. You can expect almost 100 dishes to choose from including all of your favourites such as Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef in Black Bean Sauce, Crispy Shredded Duck Pancakes, Spring Rolls and Barbecue Spare Ribs. There will be English-style food on offer as well.

 

£30.00

(inc. as much as you can eat)

Friday

August 17th

National Memorial Arboretum

This amazing collection of Memorials to those who have died in service of the country is a must. You do not need a military background to appreciate the beauty of the Memorials and their setting, but you can't fail to be impressed, and a little humbled, by the sacrifice they commemorate.

As an added attraction we will visit an exhibition ‘Fashion & Freedom’ which shows the impact of the first World War on women’s freedom and fashions.

 

 

 

£28.00

Tuesday

August 21st

Chasewater Railway

The volunteer-run Chasewater Railway operates vintage steam and diesel trains in Chasewater Country Park. The round trip of approximately 4 miles round Chasewater takes approximately 45 minutes. Afterwards we shall visit the Heritage Centre which houses an extensive collection of vintage carriages plus steam and diesel locomotives.

 

 

£25.00

Thursday

August 23rd

Sheep racing at

Hoo Farm, Telford

Hoo Farm near Telford is a family-focused zoo/farm park with animals from meerkats to farmyard favourites. There are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal to all sorts of animals including parrots; possums; lemurs, racoons; wallabies etc.

 

 

£28.00

Monday

August 27th

Lichfield Food festival

Now in its seventh year, the success of Lichfield Food Festival goes from strength to strength – Voted as one of the top ten events to go to in the Summer by The Sun newspaper it shows that the City of Lichfield like to ‘Put on a good spread’ for its visitors!

This year the whole of centre of Lichfield will be closed down and play host to over 300 food and drink stalls with something for everyone, selling everything from chutney to chillies, jams to jerk chicken, fudge to fajitas and tipples to treats Afterwards we shall have fish & chips at the famous Scales Inn.

 

 

 

£28.00

(including fish & chips)

Thursday

August 30th

Canal trip with picnic

Join us for a tranquil cruise down the Staffordshire-Worcestershire canal . Our boat is equipped with a lift to enable those with mobility difficulties to get down into the main cabin. There are toilet facilities, a galley and central heating. All seating is flexible to accommodate individual groups. We will stop halfway to enjoy a picnic

 

 

£28.00

Friday

August 31st

Explore Uttoxeter and feed the ducks

Uttoxeter was mentioned in the Domesday book but it probably dates back to Roman times. We shall explore this pretty market town, starting in St. Mary’s Catholic Church designed by Augustus Pugin. We shall also see the Market Place which has a memorial to Dr. Johnson.

After lunch at a local pub we shall drive a short way to JCB headquarters to feed the ducks!

 

 

£25.00

(cost of meal not included)

Saturday

September 1st

Proms in the Park, with picnic

This annual event is an opportunity to enjoy a late summer evening in the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park, live classical music and fireworks.

Since the first concert in 1998, Lichfield Proms has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself as an eagerly anticipated date in Lichfield’s calendar.

This much loved concert features a prominent symphony orchestra, local musicians and singers. The evening is brought to a close with fireworks to the traditional sounds of Land of Hope and Glory. A picnic with wine will be supplied

NB This is an evening event and will finish late!

 

 

£32.00

(includes picnic & wine)

Tuesday

September 4th

Birdland Park, Bourton on the water

Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton on the Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike, there is plenty to see and do with a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.

Birdland is a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, which is inhabited by over 500 birds (swans, pelicans, flamingos, hornbills, cranes, storks, cassowary, pigeons, owls and many more) with the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland.

 

 

£36.00

Thursday

September 6th

The comedy about a bank robbery, Birmingham Rep

Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest West End smash hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.

A priceless diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, an institution so corrupt that even the  security guards are on the take. Can it be safely stored or will it all go horribly  wrong? Don't miss this smash-and-grab hit comedy that's guaranteed to deliver swag loads of laughter. Book now, it'd be criminal to miss it

Matinee performance

 

£32.00

Monday

September 10th

Horn Dance, Abbots Bromley

The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226, is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time. Today the Horn Dance, which takes place annually on Wakes Monday, offers a fascinating day out attracting visitors from all over the world.

The Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs. Attractions during the day include exhibitions, craft stalls and, of course, the local pubs.

 

 

£25.00

Wednesday

September 12th

Taj Express, Birmingham Hippodrome

A spectacular new musical featuring Bollywood’s greatest dancers and the songs of A.R. Rahman. Rhythmically blending explosive dance with the hits of India’s most iconic composers, Taj Express is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians live on stage.

With fresh choreography and dazzling costumes, Taj Express is the story of young composer Shankar and his struggles with his music. It’s only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol A.R. Rahman that he discovers his path to success in the world’s most prolific film industry.

 

 

£30.00

Thursday

September 13th

Buzzards valley vineyard tour and lunch

Nestled in the Canwell valley, between Tamworth & Sutton Coldfield, Buzzards Valley vineyard grows some 8000 vines. We will be shown how the vine is made and will even get to taste different varieties. After the tasting we will have lunch in the friendly bistro. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop where they sell delightful gift hampers

 

£28.00

(cost of meal not included)

Friday

September 14th

Renishaw Hall & gardens, Derbyshire

Home to the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years. The famous literary trio, Edith, Osbert, and Sacheverell Sitwell were all patrons of the arts and played a significant part in the artistic and literary world at the beginning of the 20th-century.Renishaw is still very much a family home which adds to its unique atmosphere. Over 115 years ago Sir George Sitwell created what is today one of the most important classical Italianate gardens in Britain. Ornamental ponds, a spectacular fountain, secret garden rooms, classical statues, overflowing borders and long vistas all feature strongly in these totally unique gardens. In the Stable Block you can visit The Café at Renishaw and the Sitwell Museum, featuring an exhibition about The Literary Trio and the history of the garden.

 

£32.00

Tuesday

September 18th

Baddesley Clinton

Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. It is now run by the National Trust. The house was a sanctuary not only for the Ferrers family, but also for persecuted Catholics who were hidden from priest hunters in its secret hiding places during the 1590s.

 

 

£30.00

Thursday

September 20th

Go M.A.D. in Stratford

The Museum of Mechanical Art & Design in Stratford on Avon is located on Henley Street, not far from Shakespeare’s birthplace. The museum was launched in March 2012 and showcases the world’s finest pieces of Kinetic Art and Automata from pioneering artists from all over the world.

 

 

£28.00

Monday

September 24th

Canal trip with fish & chips

Another canal trip on our specially adapted wheelchair accessible narrowboat. This time we will head north, passing through 3 locks, before stopping for fish & chips.

 

 

£28.00

Thursday

September 27th

West Midlands Safari Park

Join us on safari as we drive through herds of giraffes, lions, tigers and white rhino. See groups of cheetahs in natural enclosures. Enter the specially designed theatre to watch Californian sea lions show off their amazing skills. Walk through a replica African village and keep an eye out for playful ring-tailed lemurs, small white-fronted brown lemurs, & fluffy red-bellied lemurs. You will definitely enjoy this amazing experience.

 

 

 

£38.00

Saturday

September 29th

My Fair Lady,

Lichfield Garrick

Follow the highs and lows of Eliza Doolittle’s remarkable transformation into a lady respected and adored by all classes. Featuring classic show tunes Wouldn't It Be Loverly, I Could Have Danced All Night and On The Street Where You Live.

A Lichfield Operatic Society Production

Matinee performance

 

 

£38.00

Tuesday

October 2nd

Cadbury world

John Cadbury tells you the inspiring story of his early struggles to establish the business and introduces his sons Richard and George. Together the Cadbury family explain how their Quaker beliefs led them to build a new and better kind of factory, in a green-field site away from the smoke and grime of the city. Learn how chocolate is made and maybe sample some. This is a must for chocaholics!

 

 

£32.00

Thursday

October 3rd

Roman Alcester

Alcester in Warwickshire is one of the most investigated Roman small towns in the country, with over 100 archaeological digs in the last 80 years. Recent excavations have revealed much about the area of the Roman town which would have been outside the boundary wall built in the 3rd century AD. The Roman Heritage Centre details the Roman history of the area.

 

 

£25.00

Monday

October 8th

10 pin bowling

Try your hand at 10 pin bowling. Don’t worry if you have never done it before- there is expert tuition on hand. It’s great fun. To round off the outing we shall go to a local hostelry to boast of our prowess at bowling or to commiserate with one another!

 

 

£24.00

Thursday

October 11th

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery first opened in 1885. It is housed in a Grade II listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

The art gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world.

Discover the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, in its own dedicated gallery.

The Birmingham History collections feature prominently in the 'Birmingham: its people, its history' gallery, which covers the majority of the 3rd floor.

You can also see art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture. This includes Greeks & Romans and Ancient Egypt.

 

£25.00

Friday

October 12th

Elgar birthplace museum, Worcester

At Broadheath, just outside the city of Worcester lies the simple cottage that in 1857 saw the birth of one of England's greatest composers, Edward Elgar. Elgar's father was the organist for Worcester Cathedral, and from an early age he was fascinated with making music.

The cottage is laid out as it would have been during Elgar's life, with the composer's desk, collections of family mementoes, photos, and personal memorabilia scattered throughout the rooms.

A new Elgar Centre has been built beside the cottage, and this now hosts regular recitals, lectures, and other special events, as well as acting as an exhibition area for memorabilia associated with the life of Elgar.

 

 

 

£30.00

Tuesday

October 16th

Shopping at Boundary Mill

Boundary Mill Stores is the UKs largest mill store retailer offering quality fashion and homeware brand names at discounted prices.

 

£22.00

Thursday

October 18th

Caribbean meal at Turtle Bay

The next best thing to a Caribbean holiday - Turtle Bay is Birmingham’s answer to great Caribbean food. Turtle Bay offers affordable, authentic Caribbean food and 2-4-1 cocktails during Happy Hour. When dining at Turtle Bay you are guaranteed to have a great dining experience. The attention to detail is second to none.

 

 

£18.00

(cost of meal not included)

Monday

October 22nd

Winterbourne House

Restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquillity of this perfectly English Edwardian home.

 

£28.00

Thursday

October 25th

Japanese lunch,

Miyako Tepanyaki restaurant, Birmingham

An authentic Japanese restaurant in the heart of Birmingham. Should be great fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

£18.00

(cost of meal not included)

Friday

October 26th

Walsall Leather Museum

Discover why Walsall became the British leather goods capital in this fascinating working museum, housed in a restored leather factory.

In the atmospheric workshops you can watch skilled leather workers in the process of hand-crafting leather goods such as wallets and purses and perhaps have-a-go yourself. The displays around the museum tell the stories of the Walsall leather trade and feature splendid examples of local craftsmanship past and present, including saddles made for the Royal Family and exciting contemporary designs of the world's finest saddles and leather goods.

 

 

£25.00

Monday

October 29th

Matlock Bath & Masson Mill

We start our visit exploring beautiful Matlock Bath where the River Derwent carves a gorge through the wooded landscape. Afterwards we move on to Arkwright’s magnificent factory -Masson Mill, first established in 1783. The mill houses a remarkable working textile museum. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age.

 

 

£34.00

Tuesday

October 30th

Beetle Drive & Bingo,

Holy Cross Parish Hall, Lichfield

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a fast and furious game of “Beetle”. After a delicious lunch we will play bingo. There will be lots of prizes on offer including a monster raffle!

 

£25.00

(includes lunch)