On 20th June, Rotherham U3A’s ‘Out and About’ group will re-visit the past. Their destination is Beamish, a living, working museum in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Experience the sights and sounds of life in north east England in the early 19th and 20th centuries. There is so much to see and do. Visit homes, shops and the village school; explore the Drift-mine, Home Farm and Pockley Old Hall; ride through the town on a period tram or bus, and stop to reminisce with costumed ‘residents’ and ‘shopkeepers’ before a well-deserved break in the ‘old pub’ or one of the many eateries.
The cost will be £15.00 for the coach in advance, with entry being £11.50 on day. Contact Barbara Riley on 01709 878430.
Stepping back another century, on 21st June the Gardening group will visit the Walled Garden at 18th century Scampston Hall. Piet Oudolf’s stunning 1980s design, on the site of the original 18th century kitchen garden, blends perfectly with the Capability Brown parkland, The garden is divided into nine unique areas, each alive with unusual plants. Light lunches, drinks and cakes are available at the tearooms.
Back to the present via the 20th century, the group continues to Jackson’s Wold, a fabulous three-acre garden in the Yorkshire Wolds sheltered from North Sea winds by woodland. Divided into a number of themed ‘rooms’, the gardens are a profusion of colour and scent with many unusual plants. The cost will be £15.00 for the coach in advance, with the total entrance cost being £12.00 on the day. Contact Martin Ford on 01709 324672.
As always, non-U3A members are welcome (at a £2.00 additional cost). Your Tardis awaits! For more about U3A activities, visit www.u3asites.org.uk/rotherham or contact Sylvia Duncan on 01709 374841.