Coach Outings for 2018

Thursday 10th May 2018

Blenheim Palace

The state rooms hold many treasures, world famous tapestries, furniture, paintings, porcelain and sculptures.  The palace is the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  It was built for the 1st duke by Sir John Vanbrugh between 1705 and 1722.  The gardens have had alterations by Capability Brown.  It was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1987.  There are guided tours of the state rooms every 30 mins included in the price.

Cost           £28 

Depart       Aldridge Community Centre           9.00am

                  Broadway URC                              9.15am

Leave        Blenheim                                        5.00pm 

Leader      David Allabarton

Blenheim Palace


Wednesday 13th June

St Fagans and Cardiff Waterfront

We will visit St Fagans National Museum of History and then spend the late afternoon at Cardiff Waterfront where we can look around and enjoy a meal if you wish, before leaving.  

St Fagans which stands in the grounds of St Fagans Castle and Gardens has moved over 50 original historic buildings from all over Wales and rebuilt them in a beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Cardiff.  Each building opens a door into Welsh history.  Ancient farmhouses, a medieval church and a Victorian school are frozen in time and offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.  There is an Iron Age Farmstead which has recently opened. Traditional craftsmen still demonstrate their skills at St Fagans and you can even buy their produce.  There are food outlets dotted around the museum selling tea and coffee, sandwiches and cakes.  You can also take your own picnic if you wish.  We will have a 30 minute ‘Meet the Curator’ talk in the lecture theatre before looking around the site and gardens.  We will then travel on to Cardiff Waterfront.  A buggy has been reserved (up to 5 people) which will take the less able walkers around the site for 2 hours at the start of our visit.  Free wheelchair hire is available on request.  Please let me know when booking.

Cost                £24

Depart              Aldridge Community Centre      8.15am

                        Broadway URC                          8.30am

Leave              Cardiff                                        6.00pm

Leader             Louise Platt



Wednesday 25th July 2018

Waddesdon Manor NT

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild needed an estate to escape to from London in the summertime.  He engaged a French architect and so Waddeson was designed and built in the style of a French Renaissance chateau.  It became filled with royal treasures to impress his friends.  The collection of Sevre porcelain, decorative arts, portrait paintings (from the 17th and 18th centuries) and the exquisite interiors have become of historical importance and internationally famous.  In addition, the beautiful grounds and gardens have all been restored to their previous 19th century beauty.  The aviary now has rare and endangered collections of birds.  There is much to enjoy for the day.  Refreshments are available at both indoor and outdoor cafes, together with a well-stocked, beautiful gift shop.  (NT cards are necessary)

 Cost                 £15

Depart              Aldridge Community Centre     8.30am

                        Broadway URC                         8.45am

Leave              Waddesdon Manor                    5.00pm

Leader             Margaret Jones

Waddeston Manor


Saturday 18th August 2018

Speke Hall NT and Chester

Speke Hall is a treasured Tudor Mansion built by the Norris family, who were Catholics – it has a priest hole and a means of listening to visitors in the porch thus making sure that all is well before letting them in.  However, years of neglect followed during which it was even used as a cowshed before being rescued and thoroughly restored in the Victorian era.  There are formal kitchen gardens, coastal and woodland walks, a maze and a secret garden – ‘can you find it?’ Home farm restaurant serves hot food and drink.  The coach will then take us on to Chester.  (NT cards are necessary)

Cost                 £15

Depart              Aldridge Community Centre     9.00am

                        Broadway URC                         9.15am

Leave              Chester                                     5.00pm

Leader            Pauline Heydon

Speke Hall


Tuesday 11th September

Welshpool and Bryngwyn Hall, Powys

We will stop for morning coffee and lunch in Welshpool and then proceed to Bryngwyn Hall, where we will be met by Lady Linlithgow.  We will have a tour of the house and gardens before enjoying afternoon tea.  Lady Linlithgow’s family purchased the property in 1812 and made extensive alterations and improvements in the neo-classical manner.  It is situated on top of a small hill with outstanding views surrounded by an 8-acre garden.  The house was mothballed in 1928 and in 1990 Lady Linlithgow moved back into the family home and completely restored the house and gardens.  The garden is maturing into something very special.

Cost                £28     Includes afternoon tea

Depart             Aldridge Community Centre                9.30am

                        Broadway URC                                   9.45am

Leave              Bryngwyn Hall                                     5.00pm

Leader             Janet Clews



Thursday 18th October 2018

Stratford and Coughton Court NT

We will drive to Stratford with free time to explore and have lunch then carry on to Coughton, home of the Throckmortons since 1409. The house affords an insight into this committed Catholic family, including its involvement in the Gunpowder Plot. There are also extensive gardens at the property. (NT cards are necessary)

Cost                £11

Depart            Aldridge Community Centre                9.00am

                       Broadway URC                                   9.15am

Leave              Coughton Court                                  4.30pm

Leader             Vivian Fairbank            

Coughton Court