In addition to those trips, some of our Groups arrange visits either as part of their normal activities, such as our Antiques and Collectibles Groups who go to various Antiques Fairs, or arrange visits to locations of interest to their Group, such as our Gardening Groups who occasionally visit particular gardens. Whilst these are normally restricted to members of the organising Group, sometimes the Group does open up participation in the visits to non-Group members.

Our travel arrangements depend on the distance from Burton Joyce and number of people participating in the event. So private cars, the community minibus or a hired coach can be used in any combination as required.

Previous Trips

River Cruise and Sunday Lunch – 20th August 2023

We spent 3 leisurely hours cruising the River Trent and enjoying roast Sunday lunch on board., seeing  views of our historic city between Holme Pierrepoint and Wilford Church. Departing from The River Lodge, Racecourse Road, boarding was at 12 o’clock, sailing at 12.30pm, following by the cruise and meal, returning at 3.30pm.

Palace of Westminster Visit – Monday 31st July 2023.

Our last visit to the mother of all parliaments was in 2014 and members who recall going say what a very popular visit this was and how much they enjoyed a wonderful day out. It took a while to obtain confirmation of the date of our 2023 visit but we eventually made the trip on July 31st..

The day included a cruise with commentary on the River Thames to the Tower of London and London Bridge, passing many famous landmarks. After a short stay there, enjoying a cup or tea or coffee and a snack, we returned to Westminster Pier for our private guided tour of the Palace of Westminster, usually known as the Houses of Parliament. There we entered Westminster Hall where our late Queen lay in state before her funeral, passed through Central Lobby from where regular TV news reports from parliament are seen, then into the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Long Gallery and the King’s Robing Room, as well as other parts not usually seen by casual visitors.

Bletchley Park – September 2022


Forthcoming Trips

Thursford Christmas Spectacular – Monday 13th November 2023.

It is a while since we have been to this extravaganza of non-stop, singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It is a fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites. With a cast of 120 professional singers, dancers and musicians, most of whom are straight from the West End, this is the biggest Christmas show of its kind in Europe! It is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels with the auditorium ablaze with colour. It features famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols. Please note the finale of the show includes a fly-over of white doves across the auditorium.

The Christmas Spectacular 2022 show was the biggest yet. We have booked 52 seats and 40 places have already been booked. We shall leave from outside the parade of shops in Burton Joyce at 8.30 a.m., then after a break during the journey, will arrive at the Refectory at Walsingham Priory for a 2-course roast Christmas lunch, mince pies, tea or coffee. Thursford is only a short distance away and we will continue our journey at 1 p.m. in readiness for the 2 p.m. matinee performance. Please ensure you are in your seat by 1.45 p.m. At the end of the performance we will board our coach for the return journey to Burton Joyce where we expect to arrive around 7.45 p.m.

The cost is £80.50, made up of £16.50 per person for the coach, £16 lunch and £48 for the performance ticket compared with £67 five years ago. If you would like to join in what will be a most enjoyable day out, please e-mail or phone 0115 931 2571.

If you have previously been to this Christmas Spectacular you will know what to expect. If not, you will enjoy a most amazing high quality show by first class performers. It is noticeable at the end of the performance when the audience leave the auditorium they have large smiles on their faces!!

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