We have introduced a popular activity to our agenda – the good, old-fashioned coach trip.
So far the WCA has organised ten coach trips – first to York, then to Stratford, Cambridge, the Cotswolds, Warwick, Hunstanton, Harrogate, the Humber (The Deep/Beverley), Chester, Staffordshire, the Derbyshire Dales and Buxton – and all have been virtually sold out.
Our last trip included a visit to Coventry and you can read more about it and the rest of the trips below .
If you want to book on the next trip, please contact Carol Tansley on 965 2721.
Coventry Coach Trip
There was certainly a lot to see.
Oxford Coach Trip:
Buxton and Cromford Canal
The coach trip on the 6th May to Cromford and Buxton was greatly enjoyed. The Derbyshire country side was lovely to see.
The trip on the Canal Boat was a new experience for some of the passengers, and the ‘Friends of Cromford Canal’ made the two hour journey very informative, giving out information about the working of the boat, and showing every one the very small area that would have once been home to a canal family.
Once in Buxton, lunch was the top priority for most.
The weather did not inspire much walking about and an early return home was made.
Derbyshire Dales Trip:
Our driver Ian was parked in the village in good time and we set off prompt at 8.30am.
His route took us through Linby Village onto the motorway for a short distance, but by and large he used scenic routes on minor roads.
He did a detour through Crich, Holloway, Cromford, Matlock and Rowsley (where we had morning coffee).
We then moved on through Beeley, Chatsworth Park, Baslow, Calver, Froggatt, Nether Padley and into Bakewell (where we had a lunch stop).
After lunch we went through Tideswell, Millers Dale, Ashford-in-the-Water, Stoney Middleton, Eyam, Bradwell, Hope and into Castleton for afternoon tea.
Ian was very helpful and accommodating the whole day.
The sun chose not to shine very much, but neither did it rain, just a lot of mist!
All in all – a lovely day trip.
National Arboretum Trip
The day started very sunny and warm and continued that way. Ian, our coach driver, was very helpful and friendly and drove the coach through lovely countryside on the way to the Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
We were welcomed at the arboretum by willing staff members, who were happy to take our group photo!
Having refreshed ourselves with drinks and snacks, the task of walking around the huge site, consisting of over 150 acres was a challenge. A couple of the photos show the alternative way to travel – by a land train or electric scooter, or simply shanks pony!
The site was very interesting and informative, a real tribute to those who had lost their lives. A number of service people were also present, paying their respects and a photo was taken of just a small group of one of them.
We spent 3 1/2 hours at the arboretum before moving on to Litchfield. Still sunny with a little breeze and not enough time to visit all the sights, we arrived back in Woodborough approximately 6.45pm.
Carol Tansley writes: A full coach of 49 passengers were taken to the Roman City of Chester in September. The day started rather cool, but remained dry and the sun did come out.
Once in the city, folk were able to either walk around the complete city wall, take a ride on a site-seeing bus with running commentary, or discover the Roman amphitheatre with modern Roman soldiers instructing school children in the art of battle!
We were also able to visit the peaceful Cathedral and walk along the water front, not to mention the shops and cafes.
The time was well spent – it was pity we had to leave so soon.
Carol Tansley writes: The coach trip to The Deep and Beverley went very smoothly. The coach was very smart and comfortable and the driver Ian was very friendly and helpful. The weather of course was dissapointing. We had rain on the way there and sunshine on the way back! Crossing the Humber Bridge in the rain was different. Nineteen folk went to The Deep, eight went into Hull and twenty two went to Beverley – and all came back!
In Beverley, there was plenty to see and explore with three hours for a meal and a visit to the Minster.
Carol Tansley writes: The weather stayed fine for us during most of the trip – our first one with two coaches.
We had a lovely visit to the Norfolk coast and a good walk in the bracing air.
We hope everyone who joined the trip had an enjoyable time.
If you want to have a look at some photographs from our other trips !
Each trip costs £10 and includes the return coach trip and usually a tea stop on the way.
Call Brian or Mavis Leafe on 0115 965 2528 if you want more details or to book your place.
“Another sunny day for our trip, this time to the historic city of Warwick, where we all enjoyed the freedom to visit Warwick Castle and the town itself and beyond.”
The over 60’s Coach Trip to the Cotswolds in May was well attended and there was sunny weather for our fourth trip.
Starting from the usual pick up point in the village, this time in two coaches, we stopped at Leicester Forest East Services, where we transferred to a larger coach for the day’s transport.
The first stop was the very pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Arriving at lunch time was a good opportunity for folk to enjoy food and refreshments in the many cafés and tea shops or to picnic by the river.
The sunny day attracted folk to sit, stroll, drink tea (or stronger) and of course eat ice creams. There was even the opportunity to buy a tombola ticket in aid of a donkey sanctuary. One of our group managed to win two bottles of bubbly!
Back on the coach we travelled a short distance to visit Morton-in-the-Marsh, for more tea and cake before our journey home.
Our helpful driver stopped the coach in the centre of York, for us to ‘do our own thing’ meeting back at the same place for departure.
The weather was very kind to us, and the trip was enjoyed by everyone.
Our driver did give us a thoughtful comfort stop on the way back, which had not been asked for, and we returned into Woodborough for 7pm.
Most people expressed a desire for a repeat day out.
Carol Tansley writes:
“On 4th May 2010, a 49-seater coach left the village at 9am. Our driver was Graham Carrick and our destination was Stratford-upon-Avon.
This time, as an added attraction for those who wanted to pay a little more, a detour was made to visit Ann Hathaway’s cottage.
The driver arrived at Ann Hathaway’s cottage just before 11am, and those of us who had booked were taken on a guided tour of the cottage, finishing up in the beautiful gardens (see photo) and eventually the coffee shop!
The coach then collected us at 1pm to continue into Stratford.The remaining group had in the meantime been taken straight into Stratford, with Tourist Information sheets to help them plan their day.
Again the weather was very good to us and everyone enjoyed the day returning back into Woodborough at 7pm.
Together with the help of Brian, Mavis and Carol, a further day trip is planned.
Carol Tansley writes:
The Ely-Cambridge coach trip was enjoyed by all.
Everyone had the opportunity to stroll through the streets of Ely, whilst others chose to visit the splendid cathedral. Cambridge gave everyone lots of scope to chose from, including a punt on the river.
The weather was very sunny yet again! Another good trip. Bring on the next destination.