York U3A Travel 
UK and Travel Abroad


* Trips organised by the Travel "Group" are open to ALL York U3A members.  Simply apply using the Booking Form for a particular trip.


* After a short waiting period to allow responses to come in following the announcement of a trip, the Bookings organiser allocates places on a "random draw" basis.  Further bookings received are then  

  treated on a "first come first served" basis.


*  If a trip is fully booked, you will be contacted by phone and put on a waiting list. If a place then becomes available, you will be contacted again.


13.00pm Wednesday 13th December 2017 

Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge

Depart Fulford 11.30am or Memorial Gardens 11.45am or Middlethorpe Grove/corner of Tadcaster Road 12.00pm

We are once again delighted to return to the Crown Hotel at Boroughbridge for our Christmas Lunch. The hotel was once a 13th century manor house and was, then, an Inn and later a Coaching House on the Old Great North Road. The lunch is open to ALL York U3A members even if you have not travelled with us before. We very much hope that you will join us on this day which in the last three years has been a very pleasant and sociable time. The food served has also been of a high standard and when shared with friends makes a most enjoyable day.

The cost for the meal, 
coach travel and gratuities will be £21.00pp. which is subsidised by the Travel Group. There is a choice of dishes on the menu and as usual a pre- booked choice is necessary. Please make your choices on the booking form and send it together with your cheque to Maureen Barter. If there are two people named on the form please ensure that you tick the choices for each person for each course.

It would also be helpful if it is made clear which choice is for which person. Please keep a record of your choice.
The hotel needs the pre-order choices two weeks prior to the event together with full payment, therefore any cancellations after this date will not receive a refund.

Organiser and Booking to:

Maureen Barter, 36 Anson Drive, Fulford York YO10 4LH Tel: 01904 628598


  1. 1  Red wine poached Pear sat on leaves with walnuts and a blue cheese dressing

  2. 2  Cream of Vegetable Soup served with a bread roll

  3. 3  Chicken Liver Pate with Red Onion Marmalade and Melba toast

  4. 4  Prawn Marie Rose set on mixed leaves and strips of smoked salmon


  1. 1  Fillet of Seabass with Prawns, Capers and nut- brown butter

  2. 2  Roast breast of Turkey with Chestnut Forcemeat, Cranberry sauce and Bacon wrapped chipolata.

  3. 3  Honey glazed Loin of Ham served with Sherry and Raisin Sauce

  4. 4  Penne Pasta, Cream, Spinach Sauce topped with Toasted Mediterranean Vegetables


        1 Homemade Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

        2 Mocha Rum Cheesecake

        3 Orange and Caramel Mini Pavlova

        4 Trio of Yorkshire Cheeses with homemade Chutney and biscuits

Fresh Filtered Coffee or Tea with Mince Pies

Telephone (emergencies on the day) 07432793641

The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge

Visit to Halifax - Thursday 25th January 2018
Come with us to see the newly-reopened Piece Hall in Halifax.

Originally opened in 1779, the Hall was the meeting place for the town and the wool factors of the area. Each small room was used by independent sellers of fleece and in its time, the Piece Hall was a bustling, busy place especially on market days. After a period of decline, much money, time and planning has been spent to restore the building to its former glory and now we can see an elegant framework that offers opportunities for small businesses to thrive and the citizens of Halifax a space to gather for events and concerts.

Our coach will take us to the Piece Hall, which is situated in the centre of Halifax, in time for coffee and then exploration of this architectural gem. There is a small exhibition about the history of the Hall close to the tourist office within the site. The town of Halifax is within walking distance (5 mins) with the Borough Market and Calderdale Industrial Museum close by. We will depart from Halifax about 3.30 to be back in York by 5.30.

The cost per person will be £8.50

Booking forms should be sent to Jennie Pugsley at the address on the form.

Organiser Hilary Davies 01904 795984
Mobile on 25th January 07432 793641


U3A trip exploring both East and West Crete

May 1st to 8th 2018

 £1095 per person   Single supplement: £180

Tuesday May 1st:  Coach transfer from York to Manchester airport for an Easyjet flight to Heraklion, In the East of Crete.  We meet our local English speaking courier and transfer by coach for 3 nights at the 4 star central  Hotel Astoria Capsishttp://www.capsishotels.gr/el/epikoinwnia-capsis-astoria-heraklion  Welcome dinner.

Wednesday May 2nd: After a buffet breakfast, we have a guided tour of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. Evening at leisure to explore the night life of Heraklion.

Thursday May 3rd: After breakfast the coach will take us to the historic stone Eastern Orthodox monastery Moni Kardiotissa continuing on across the beautiful Lassithi Plain, the so-called birthplace of Zeus, known for its stunning scenery. We return to Elounda and catch the ferry to Spinalonga Island, home of the former leper colony made famous in Victoria Hislop’s novel. Evening at leisure in Heraklion.

Friday May 4th: Today after breakfast, we check out and transfer by coach to Chania in the West, a two hour journey. On the way we stop at Fodele, a traditional village set among orange groves and visit El Greco’s birth place and his museum. We will also stop in the well preserved Venetian harbour town of Rethymnon where we will visit the Stagkakis Lyra workshop where the owner will talk us through the different types of Cretan musical instruments he makes. We continue on and check into the 3 star Hotel Kriti  http://www.kriti-hotel.gr  chosen for its central location near the delightful Chania harbour, for four nights. Evening at leisure to explore the tavernas in Chania.

Saturday May 5th: This morning after breakfast we have a guided walk of Chania followed by a magical tour by coach of the Therisso Gorge. Evening at leisure in Chania.

Sunday May 6th: After breakfast we drive up to the mountains overlooking the Bay of Chania to visit the monastery at Gonias. Afterwards we explore an olive mill tasting different types of olive oil before visiting the Karavitakis wine estate for a tasting of Cretan wine. Evening at leisure in Chania.

Monday May 7th: Today we take the coach to the Botanical Park and Gardens http://www.botanical-park.com/ created on 20 hectares of land burnt in the disastrous fires of 2003 where we will have a chance to learn about the flora Crete is famous for and watch a Cretan cookery demonstration followed by a light lunch. We return to Chania for a farewell dinner in a local taverna (both meals included in cost).

Tuesday May 8th: After breakfast we transfer to Heraklion airport for the Easyjet flight home to Manchester and coach transfer back to York.

Price includes pre-travel meet up, transfers, accommodation, meals as stated, entry fees and gratuities. This trip is being booked through Preferred Travel Services and subject to their terms and conditions. https://www.preferredts.com/  Flights, itinerary and hotels may be subject to change if unavoidable. Please obtain your own travel insurance as the U3A can not be held liable for any claims. I will arrange a meet up will all travellers about 8 weeks before we leave for final arrangements such as coach pickups.

Deposit of £125 by cheque payable to U3A Travel Abroad. Balance due by 22nd February 2018. Please complete the booking form at the back of this newsletter and send it with your cheque to:

 Lis Jackson, 80 Main Street, Riccall, York, YO19 6QD.  Telephone 01757 248801.               Email:  woollard@iname.com. 

You will be notified if you do NOT get a place on the trip.

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