Forthcoming Outings

minibus

 

OUTINGS

March - June 2020

 

 

Kendall & Wall organises outings to various places of interest.

We are a Charitable Trust dedicated to reducing lonliness and social isolation by organising outings for 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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Monday

2nd March

Home cinema:

Some Like it Hot

Mike & Kiko’s house

 

Join us for the classic Billy Wilder comedy Some Like it Hot. Starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe & George Raft.

A hot lunch with wine will be served

 

£25.00

Thursday

5th March

The Sound of Music

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria Von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish new staging of THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song, The Sound of Music.

 

2.30 performance

 

 

£40.00

Friday

6th March

Birmingham Cathedral & Art Gallery

Built in the early 18th century in the Baroque style St Phillip’s church is the 3rd smallest cathedral in England. It has several stained glass windows by the pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones who was born nearby. There is also a memorial to the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings.

After lunch we shall visit the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery which has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history

 

 

£25.00

Tuesday

10th March

Bilston Craft Gallery

Bilston Craft Gallery is the largest dedicated craft venue in the West Midlands. It has a permanent exhibition 'Craftsense' which showcases objects from eighteenth-century local industry alongside commissioned contemporary pieces that use similar techniques. Almost a hundred Bilston enamels form the main part of the gallery.

 

£18.00

Thursday

12th March

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

Tuesday

17th March

St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza,

Holy Cross church hall, Lichfield

We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an extravaganza of Irish food, games, stories, a quiz and a singalong. No doubt there will be some Irish whiskey too. Lots of prizes!

Please wear green. Prizes for the best costume .Leprechauns get in free!

 

 

 

 

£30.00

Thursday

19th March

Metro trip through Black Country

The West Midlands Metro is a great way to explore the Black Country as it snakes through Bilston, Wednesbury, West Bromwich & Smethwick. Fully wheelchair accessible and super modern. We shall board at Wolverhampton and travel to Birmingham where we shall have lunch at the Trocadero before returning.

 

 

£25.00

Friday

20th March

Erasmus Darwin House

Nestled in Lichfield’s idyllic Cathedral Close, Darwin House is an independent, accredited Museum that was once the family home of doctor, inventor and published poet Erasmus Darwin (1731 – 1802). With its unique place in Georgian history Darwin House showcases the breadth of Erasmus Darwin’s interests and achievements which laid the foundations for his grandson and evolutionary biologist Charles.

Afterwards we shall have fish and chips at the Scales pub.

 

 

£20.00

(Does not include cast of fish & chips)

Tuesday

24th March

Pen Museum,

Birmingham

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham steel pen trade and the history of writing. The Pen Museum tells the story of Birmingham’s important role in the information revolution.

Discover how the Jewellery Quarter was home to over 100 factories manufacturing the ‘Birmingham pen’ which supplied 75% of the world’s pens during the 19th Century

 

 

£28.00

Thursday

26th March

Packwood House,

Lapworth, Solihull

Packwood House is a timber-framed Tudor manor house near Lapworth, Warwickshire. Owned by the National Trust since 1941,[1] the house is a Grade I listed building. It has a wealth of tapestries and fine furniture, and is known for the garden of yews.

 

 

£35.00

Monday

30th March

West Midlands Safari Park,

Bewdley

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. You will definitely enjoy this amazing experience.

 

 

£38.00

Thursday

2nd April

Museum of Carpet

Kidderminster

 

The Museum of Carpet in the historic Stour Vale Mill is Kidderminster’s living legacy to over 300 years of carpet heritage. See large working Axminster & Wilton looms, and the traditional skills of spinning and handloom weaving.

 

 

£28.00

Friday

3rd April

 

The Crooked House,

Himley near Dudley

The Crooked House is an iconic venue for the West Midlands and more specifically Dudley. It first built in 1765 as a farmhouse but was affected by subsidence due to local mining and was then converted into a pub. The level floors combined with the leaning walls can create some very intriguing optical illusions where glasses can slowly slide across tables and you should ask to see the marble roll uphill.

 

We shall have a 2 course lunch. Price does not include drinks

 

 

£32.00

(includes food)

Monday

6th April

Visit Tamworth Town Hall & meet the Mayor

The Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone will show us around the Town Hall and talk about the history of Tamworth.

 

 

£18.00

Wednesday

8th April

 

Spring Afternoon races,

Wolverhampton

Join us in the grandstand of this modern all weather racecourse for an afternoon of racing. There are full facilities for disabled people and a great day is promised – you might even pick a winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

£30.00

Thursday

9th April

Easter Bonnets at The Star Inn, Burntwood

Put on your Easter bonnet and join us at the Star Inn, Burntwood for a great meal and a bit of fun. Prizes for the best bonnets!

 

£18.00

(Does not include cost of meal)

 

Tuesday

14th April

Winterbourne House & gardens,

Birmingham

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

16th April

Cromford Mills, near Matlock

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

Friday

17th April

Twycross Zoo

Animals come in all shapes and sizes, from leopards to lemurs, parrots to prairie dogs and tortoises to tarantulas. Twycross Zoo cares for around 500 animals of almost 150 species of bigger animals, including many endangered species, plus hundreds of creepy crawlies too. Renowned as a specialist primate zoo, they care for a wide variety of monkeys and apes, and are the only zoo in the UK where you can see all types of great ape – gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo.

 

 

 

£35.00

Monday

20th April

Canal trip with fish & chips

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. Our 4 hour trip will take us along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. We shall stop for fish and chips half way!

 

 

 

£30.00

Thursday

23rd April

Middleport Pottery,

Stoke on Trent

The Middleport Pottery factory tour is unique. It offers the chance to see pottery being made using the same handcraft methods as in the 1880s. The tour will lead you through each stage of production in sequence, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of pottery. You will also see the steam engine which once powered the whole factory.

NB Parts of the factory are not wheelchair accessible however there is still plenty to see, including a fascinating museum and a shop which sells a wide selection of Burleigh pottery

 

 

£28.00

Monday

27th April

10 pin bowling,

Tamworth

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!

 

 

£29.00

Thursday

30th April

Turkish meal at Turquoise Kitchen & Bar, West Bromwich

Join us for lunch at an authentic Turkish restaurant serving dishes originating from Turkey’s South Eastern Region. Specialties include kebabs, grilled on real charcoal flames, tava dishes, lahmacun and bread baked in a wood fire oven.

 

£20.00

(does not include cost of food)

Friday

1st May

Bilston Market

 

 

Bilston has both an indoor and outdoor market with over 200 stalls offering a vast array of items to tempt even the most reluctant shopper, including fresh foods, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, household items and a large range of fashion, jewellery and shoes. A modern cafe offers customers the opportunity for a relaxing break before continuing their shopping spree.

 

 

£20.00

Tuesday

5th May

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.

We shall also see an exhibition Walsall 100: The Trades and Crafts of Walsall Borough. This exhibition celebrates the craftsmanship, innovation, and skill of local people historically and up to the present day.

 

 

£25.00

Thursday

7th May

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a spring day out at the fabulous Botanic Gardens.

Four stunning glasshouses showing tropical rainforest to arid desert.

Beautiful gardens

Tea room

Gift Shop

 

 

£28.00

Saturday

9th May

Statfold Great Miniature weekend,

Tamworth

Over 100 miniature engines from across the UK will be in steam, operating alongside the narrow gauge steam trains of the SBR and of course the stunning Statfold Tramway with ex-Burton & Ashby Tramcar No14. Statfold is home to a stunning collection of preserved steam locomotives rescued from around the world and the whole family can experience the golden age of steam at this event thanks to its ever growing list of attractions

 

 

£35.00

Sunday

10th May

 

National Mills weekend

New Hall Mill, Birmingham

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. New Hall mill is an 18th century brick built watermill, which once had two waterwheels and four pairs of millstones. One 11ft overshot wheel remains, driving two pairs of stones through a line shaft. A Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine installed in 1949 drives a combined milling machine and the sack hoist. Flour is milled on open days.

 

 

 

£22.00

Tuesday

12th May

Home cinema:

South Pacific

Mike & Kiko’s house

The Oscar winning Rogers and Hammerstein musical starring Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, Juanita Hall and the gorgeous France Nuyen. Includes unforgettable songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, There is Nothing Like a Dame, Younger than Springtime, and Happy Talk.

A hot meal with wine will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

£25.00

Wednesday

13th May

 

Bang Bang!

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

A new farce by John Cleese based on Monsieur Chasse by Georges Feydeau.

When Leontine, a respectable society lady, discovers that she’s been hoodwinked by her husband, Duchotel, who’s always pretending to go hunting but really chasing after other ‘prey’, she vows to take revenge on the philanderer! But while Duchotel’s away, his lifelong friend comes calling – and he’s on the hunt too.

Will Leontine get caught in his sights, or instead set a trap of her own?

Secrets unravel as the devilish Duchotel finds himself snared in a door-slamming, trouser-dropping, balcony-climbing night of chaos set amidst the stylish apartments of Paris. 2.30 performance

 

 

£40.00

Friday

15th May

 

Trent cruise,

Nottingham

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.

 

 

£38.00

Tuesday

19th May

Mad O’Rourke’s pie factory, Tipton

Set in the heart of the Black Country this quirky restaurant has a tremendous atmosphere. You must try one of their home made pies they are all prepared to a unique set of recipes, known only to three people, the parish priest and a cat!

 

 

£20.00

Wednesday

20th May

Penkridge Market

There’s been a general market in Penkridge every Wednesday and Saturday for donkey’s years. They also sell live poultry! Come with us to Penkridge to explore this ancient town and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market.

 

 

£24.00

Monday

25th May

Lichfield Bower Festival

The Bower festival in Lichfield dates back to the 12th century. It’s a great festival with a procession of floats through the streets, the crowning of the Bower Queen and a funfair. We shall decorate our minibus and take part in the parade, driving through the streets of Lichfield. Afterwards we shall have lunch at the Scales Inn.

This outing is free though donations to cover the cost of diesel will be much appreciated (and, of course, you will have to pay for your own lunch!)

 

 

FREE

Tuesday 26th May

Tissington Well dressing

Well dressing is an ancient tradition unique to Derbyshire. Tissington has been celebrating the life giving water from the wells for centuries, possibly since 1349, after the village survived a terrible outbreak of the Black Death. Six wells are dressed in Tissington.

After we have visited the wells we shall travel on to Ashbourne where little has changed since the 18th Century.

 

 

£28.00

Thursday

28th May

Canal trip with fish & chips

Another opportunity to join us for a cruise up the Staffordshire & Worcestershire canal. Includes fish & chips on board!

 

£30.00

Friday

29th May

Wolseley Nature Centre,

Rugeley

The Wolseley Nature Centre at Rugeley. It is run by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and is one of the county’s hidden gems. There are 26 acres of beautiful grounds with a network of accessible footpaths around the 3 lakes. There are several gardens which help to attract an abundance of wildlife. There is also a newly opened visitor centre and lakeside café.

 

 

£25.00

Monday

1st June

Tamworth carnival

Join us as we parade through the streets of Tamworth in our specially decorated minibus. We shall finish at the Castle grounds and then have lunch at a nearby pub. The trip is free but donations to cover the cost of diesel are appreciated. You will also have to pay for your own lunch

 

 

FREE

Friday

5th June

Wartime Weekend: Great Central Railway,

Loughborough

 

The Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails.

This weekend we shall wallow in nostalgia as we celebrate the 1940’s when we travel by train from Loughborough to Leicester & back. Bring your gas mask & ration book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

£38.00

Tuesday

9th June

Hartlebury Castle & County museum,

Worcestershire

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.

 

 

£32.00

Thursday

11th June

Treasure Trail

Uttoxeter

Follow the clues to learn about and explore Uttoxeter. As usual, we will have lunch at a local pub.

 

 

£20.00

Friday

12th June

Richard III visitor centre,

Leicester

The Visitor Centre stands on the site of the medieval friary of the Grey Friars where the king’s remains were buried over 500 years ago. The exhibition gives visitors a chance to learn more about the King’s life and death – and to understand the huge events that led to his hasty burial and eventual rediscovery.

 

 

£28.00

Tuesday

16th June

Bletchley Park,

Near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. Discover the extraordinary achievements of the codebreakers.

We shall have a picnic in the grounds of Bletchley Park

 

 

£40.00

(includes picnic)

Thursday

18th June

Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, Wales & picnic

Pistyll Rhaeadr is an enchanting waterfall in the Berwyn Mountains, just inside Wales, west of Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

At 240ft (80m) high it is the UK tallest single drop waterfall. This much-loved waterfall captivating all who visit her. People have returned, generation after generation to take in the spirit and presence of this special place.

 

 

 

 

 

£35.00

(includes picnic)

Saturday

20th June

Ashbourne Streetfest

Ashbourne Festival takes place every June and July in the small market town of Ashbourne, situated at the southern end of the Derbyshire Dales. The Festival has hosted some of the best street theatre, musicians, comedians, artists and writers working in the region, nationally and internationally.

 

 

£28.00

Monday

22nd June

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

The Arboretum was the brainchild of Commander David Childs CBE who wished to see established a national focus for Remembrance. Covering 150 acres, the Arboretum has something for everyone. For some it’s a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it's a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

 

 

£18.00

Thursday

25th June

Midsummer Madness

& barbeque

Mike & Kiko’s house

If you’re suffering from heat stroke you’d better head for Mike & Kiko’s house where there will be plenty of Pimm’s on tap. There will be the usual barbeque and lots of fun.

 

 

£28.00

inc food & drink

Friday

26th June

Pickford’s House,

Derby

Hidden amongst the gorgeous old buildings and cobbled pavement of Friar Gate sits Pickford’s House; the professional showcase and family home of Georgian architect Joseph Pickford. Now the museum illustrating aspects of domestic life from the 18th to the 20th centuries, Pickford’s House shows the contrast between the master and the servant, the grandeur of Georgian architecture and the changes that occurred in the house over its 250-year life.

 

 

£22.00

Tuesday

30th June

Trentham Gardens

Enjoy a great day out at Trentham. Visit the award-winning 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 Trentham Garden Centre.

 

 

£30.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2019 - February 2020

 

Monday 4th November

History in a bottle-Dudson’s 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

Thursday

7th November

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

Friday

8th November

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.

 

£38.00

Tuesday

12th November

Glass blowing at Red House Cone, Dudley

Lying in the heart of the Stourbridge glassmaking industry, the Red House Glass Cone was built at the end of the 18th century and was used for the manufacture of glass until 1936.Reaching 100 feet, Glass Cones within the Stourbridge area were commonplace. Today, it is the only complete Glass Cone in the area and one of only four left in the United Kingdom. With the aid of film, audio guides, exhibits and live demonstrations, you can now explore the Cone's 200 years of glassmaking history.


 
 

£30.00

Wednesday 

13th November

My Fair Lady

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Bilston Operatic Company presents the time-honoured tale of an unlikely relationship between a Cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, and an upper class Phonetics Professor, Henry Higgins. Come and follow the highs and lows of this engaging story which includes some really great musical numbers including Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, I’m Getting Married In The Morning, I Could Have Danced All Night and many more familiar melodies.

 

NB. THIS TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

 

£38.00

Thursday

14th November

Forge Mill Needle Museum

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.

 

£28.00

Monday

18th November

Turkish meal at Turquoise Kitchen & Bar, West Bromwich

Join us for lunch at an authentic Turkish restaurant serving dishes originating from Turkey’s South Eastern Region. Specialties include kebabs, grilled on real charcoal flames, tava dishes, lahmacun and bread baked in a wood fire oven.

 

£20.00

Tuesday

19th November

An afternoon with Darling Katie, 

Riverside Studios, Kingsbury

The D-Day Darlings are a close harmony trio who wowed the audience in TV’s Britain’s Got Talent. They bring  the true spirit of the wartime era alive with songs such as We'll Meet Again, I'll Be Seeing You, Land of Hope and Glory, and Bless Em’ All. They are based in Kingsbury, near Tamworth.

Their lead singer, Katie Ashby, will talk about the history of the group and will entertain us with a few songs. Afterwards we shall have lunch at the Dog & Doublet

 

£28.00

(does not include cost of lunch)

Friday

22nd November

Jodrell Bank

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 picnic lunch

Sunday

24th November

Penkridge Victorian Christmas Market

The 2019 Victorian Christmas Market is set to be the largest and most spectacular ever. Expect a huge range of Christmas goods, from food and drink to gifts and decorations. There will also be a great selection of entertainment including Santa’s Grotto, donkey rides, carol singers, Punch & Judy, organ grinder, fire juggler & magician.

 

£26.00

Tuesday

26th November

Home cinema: Vertigo

Mike & Kiko’s house

An ex-police officer who suffers from an intense fear of heights is hired to prevent an old friend's wife from committing suicide, but all is not as it seems. Hitchcock's haunting, compelling masterpiece is uniquely revelatory about the director's own predilections and hang-ups and is widely considered to be one of his masterworks.

Starring James Stewart & Kim Novak.

A light meal and a glass of wine will be provided

 

£25.00

Thursday

28th November

National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world. One of the biggest attractions for many guests is the comprehensive cross-section of machines, spanning the “60 Glorious Year” of motorcycle manufacturing in this country. The museum’s aim is to preserve these pieces of history for future generations to come, as a reminder of this great nations industry, engineering prowess and work ethic. Within the five exhibition halls will be found some 650 plus machines, fully restored to the manufacturers original specifications

 

£30.00   

Tuesday

3rd December

Tour of BBC studios, Birmingham

Step inside the exciting world of broadcasting at BBC Birmingham!

Peek behind the scenes of Midlands Today, BBC WM, the Asian Network, and if you're lucky, the famous and intriguing Archers studio (if production schedules permit).

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

Wednesday 

4th December

Cadbury World, Birmingham

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

Friday

6th December

Christmas shopping at the Mailbox

Known for being Birmingham’s premier luxury shopping and lifestyle destination, the Mailbox is the ultimate destination for designer fashion, luxury home furnishings and canal-side restaurants. You will be able to do all your Christmas shopping  at places like Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani, Paul Smith, The Wedding Club, Heal’s, MADE.com and many more.

 

£20.00

Tuesday 

10th December

Christmas Lunch at Mabel’s , Curborough Hall Farm

Mabel’s put on a marvellous tea for us when we had our Queen’s Award presentation. This time we are going for a 3 course Christmas meal. Book early to be sure of a place!

 

NO NEED TO BOOK AGAIN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOKED

 

£30.00

Wednesday

11th December

Dick Whittington at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

This panto season join our hero Dick Whittington on the ultimate rags to riches adventure as we help our hero outwit Queen Rat and take his rightful place a Lord Mayor of London. With comedy legends Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and You Rang, M’Lord?) 

 

NB. THIS TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

 

£38.00

Thursday 12th December

Christmas Tree Festival, Lichfield Cathedral

Once again Lichfield Cathedral will be hosting its annual Christmas Tree Festival in the aisles of the Cathedral. On show will be scores of gaily decorated Christmas trees each sponsored by local businesses. Afterwards we shall have lunch at  a local pub





 
 

£18.00

Monday

16th December

Wolverhampton Victorian Christmas Market

Step back in time at this Victorian Christmas Market. You’ll see stallholders and street entertainers dressed in period clothing and there will be choirs and carol singers to make you feel extra Christmassy. Enjoy hot food from one of the many stalls serving up some festive treats including the Gourmet Festive Pork Feast where you can get hot pork sandwiches with gravy. You can also enjoy roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, churros and hot chocolate (with Baileys for adults) to make you feel warm and fuzzy whilst you’re walking around the market stalls.

 

£24.00

Tuesday

17th December

Christmas Lunch at Mabel’s , Curborough

Another chance to enjoy Christmas lunch at Mabel’s. If you haven’t already booked or if you would like to go again please book now!

 

£30.00

Friday

20th December

Christmas at Shugborough

A great time to visit Shugborough! At  this magical time of year the estate is showing off its seasonal best inside and out. Be delighted by themed decorations that adorn the Mansion, Servants' Quarters and Park Farm House. 

 

£35.00

Friday

3rd January

Museum of Jewellery Quarter,

Birmingham

Enjoy a guided tour around a real jewellery factory where little has changed since the early part of the last century, including a demonstration of jewellery making techniques at the jeweller’s bench. For more than 80 years Smith and Pepper produced jewellery from this workshop which was founded in 1899.

The Museum tells the story of jewellery production in Birmingham over the last 200 years as well as exploring the Jewellery Quarter as it is today.

 

£28.00

Monday

6th January

Visit Derby

Come and explore a new and exciting Derby. A city steeped in history, with stories to tell, yet bursting with life and full of surprises. The Cathedral towers above the city and has the second highest perpendicular church tower in England! It is a fascinating place to visit, you’ll be amazed at how light and airy it is. Discover the awesome tomb of Bess of Hardwick – a creation designed by the powerful lady herself.

We shall also visit Derby's Museum and Art Gallery -home to the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the world as well as a huge collection of intriguing treasures including an Egyptian Mummy!


 
 

£26.00

Tuesday

7th January

Cromford Mills

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

Friday

10th January

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

Monday

13th January

Home cinema: An American in Paris

Mike & Kiko’s house

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. A fantastic combination of music and dance

A light meal and a glass of wine will be provided

 

£25.00

Thursday

16th January

Custard Factory, Birmingham

Set in 15 acres of beautifully restored Victorian Factories, just five minutes walk from the Bullring, it is the heart of Birmingham’s buzzing creative and digital district.  The old Birds custard factory has been used to create a Bohemian feel, with quirky shops and cafes .We shall explore the shops and take in some of the street art.

 

£20.00

Monday

20th January

Vietnamese Street Kitchen, Brindley Place, Birmingham

Authentic Vietnamese food served in a modern restaurant in the heart of Birmingham’s canal district

 

£20.00

(does not  include cost of meal)

Tuesday

21st January

Walsall Art Gallery

This award winning gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, opened in February 2000 in the heart of Walsall town centre. On permanent display is The Garman Ryan Collection which was donated to the people of Walsall by Lady Kathleen Garman, widow of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, in 1973. This unique collection includes over 350 works by leading European artists including Picasso, Braque, Van Gogh, Modigliani and Jacob Epstein and is displayed in a series of intimate, interconnecting rooms over the first and second floors of the gallery.

 

£18.00

Saturday

25th January

Chinese New Year

Meal, Buffet Island, Birmingham

Chinese New Year starts today! Join us to celebrate the year of the rat with an ‘all-you-can eat’ buffet lunch. 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)

Monday

27th January

Winter Warmer Trent Cruise,

Nottingham

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

(inc. food)

Thursday 

30th January

Lunchtime Concert

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Join us for a lunchtime concert at the CBSO centre where a talented group of musicians will play the delightful Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat. Featuring  Jonathan Martindale – Violin, David Powell – Cello,

Robert Markham – Piano

 

£28.00

Saturday

1st February

Swan Lake at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting score. From the splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this tale of tragic romance has it all.

Performed by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.

Matinee performance


 
 

£40.00

Tuesday

4th February

Emma Bridgewater Factory Tour, 

Stoke on Trent

Meet the jigger, jollier, fettlers, casters and decorators whose traditional skills and craftsmanship go into creating every beautiful piece of handmade and hand decorated Emma Bridgewater pottery

 

£28.00

Thursday

6th February

Home cinema: Calamity Jane.

Mike & Kiko’s house

Fantastic 1953 musical starring Doris Day & Howard Keel. Many memorable songs including Deadwood Stage, Black Hills of Dakota, Secret Love, that you will definitely want to sing along to. 


 
 

£28.00

Saturday

8th February

Spring plants in  John’s garden,

Ashwood Nurseries,

Kingswinford

‘John’s Garden’ at Ashwood Nurseries is a wonderful three acre private garden created by nursery owner and Chelsea Gold medallist John Massey VMH. Informal borders, island beds, woodland dells and wildlife meadow are set against the beautiful backdrop of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. It is a ‘plantsman’s garden‘   4that has an abundance of rare plants as well as many familiar favourites.

 

£25.00

Wednesday

12th February

Tour of BBC studios, Birmingham

Another chance to  step inside the exciting world of broadcasting at BBC Birmingham!

 

£30.00

Friday

14th February

Valentine’s day lunch

Star Inn, Burntwood

Fancy a blind date? Why not join us for a Valentine’s Day lunch at the Star in Burntwood.  Good food and good company are guaranteed .

£18.00

(does not include food)

Monday

17th February

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. Afterwards we shall go to a local hostelry to boast of our prowess at bowling or to commiserate with one another!

 

£29.00

Thursday

20th February

Pub Quiz, Bell Inn, Whittington

The Bell Inn is a traditional village pub with a great lunchtime menu – a fantastic setting for a pub quiz. Come along and test your knowledge. Prizes for the best team!

£20.00

Monday

24th February

Coventry Cathedral

On the night of 14 November 1940, the city of Coventry was devastated by bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe and the Cathedral burned with the city, having been hit by many incendiary devices. The decision to rebuild the Cathedral, taken the morning after its destruction, would not be an act of defiance, but rather a sign of faith, trust and hope for the future.

Join us to view this glorious 20th century Cathedral, with stunning 1950's art & architecture, rising above the stark ruins of the medieval Cathedral.

 

£26.00

Tuesday

25th February

Pancake Races & Shrovetide fair,

Lichfield

Traditional Pancake races followed by a civic procession and the opening of the Shrovetide Fair. Afterwards we shall have a meal in a local restaurant.                                                                    

 

£18.00

(does not include food)

Friday

28th February

Teatime in Chesterfield

Northern Tea Merchants are specialist contract packers of teas, coffees and cocoa. Their shop, in Chesterfield, is a veritable Aladdin’s cave where you can find and sample hundreds of different kinds of tea and coffee. There is also a great gift shop where you can pick up some wonderful presents for family and friends.

 

£28.00