Day trips and holidays

The UK Travel Group arranges day trips and short breaks in the UK. All trips are on a first come, first served basis, and must be booked using the appropriate form in Links.  Click on UK Travel Group for terms and conditions and contact details.




Day Visits
March 28th Pilkington’s World of Glass, St Helens
April 30th Manchester Baths and Gorton Priory (Repeat visit by popular demand)
May Beverley Minster and Humber Bridge
June Bradford and Cartwright Hall
July Waterlilies at Burnby Hall
Short Breaks
June  28 – July 2 North Somerset (See LINKS 191: December 2018 pp 35-37.) Postal bookings by 12 December
30 September – 4 October Highlights of the Scottish Borders





The World of Glass

Thursday March 28th

Our first venture of 2019 will be to St Helens in Lancashire for a day at this modern museum to learn about the manufacture of glass.


On arrival we will have coffee and biscuits and meet our guides. We will then tour the two galleries – “Pilkington Crystal Collection” and “St Helens Heritage Collection”, followed by a special effects film show. After this, we will see the glassblowing team give a demonstration of their skills before returning to the in-house café for lunch.


At 1.45 pm we resume our tour with a look around the Jubilee Cone Building and get a glimpse of life in a Victorian glass factory. Before boarding our coach at about 3.30 pm there will be a chance to visit the gift shop. As some parts of the visit are external to the building and in March the weather may be inclement, we would suggest warm waterproof clothing be worn on this outing!


The cost of this day visit is £27.50 per person and covers coach, driver’s gratuity, coffee, lunch, entry to the venue and guided tours.

To apply for a place, please complete the booking form on page 34 and send it with your cheque and small sae to Margaret Bullivant as soon as possible.


Victoria Baths and Gorton Monastery, Manchester

Tuesday, April 30th

Victoria Baths is Britain’s finest historic municipal swimming baths. In 2003 it was voted in the programme “Restoration” as the building BBC 2 viewers wanted to be restored. We will see the many decorative features that have been restored, including stained glass windows, mosaic floors, glass block paving and the Turkish Baths suite. Our “Discover Victoria Baths” tour is led by an experienced guide who will tell us about the history of the building, the restoration process and the campaign to bring the building back into use for swimming, including using the Turkish Baths. On arrival, we will have coffee and biscuits before our tour, followed by a sandwich lunch.

After lunch the coach takes us the short distance to Gorton Monastery, once a thriving church and home to the Franciscan Brothers.
When they left, it fell into disuse due to housing clearance. Fortunately, enthusiastic supporters worked towards its restoration with grants totalling £6.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Union Social Fund and fundraising events. The monastery is one of Pugin’s architectural masterpieces and ranks alongside the Taj Mahal and the ruins of Pompeii. It is listed among the 100 most endangered sites by the World Monument Fund. We will have free time to see videos of the restoration, the Heritage Centre and the gardens. During the afternoon tea and cakes will be served.

The cost of the day is £32 per person. This includes coach travel, gratuities, entrance to both venues, coffee and biscuits, guided tour, lunch, tea and cake plus a donation to Gorton. If you wish to apply for a place, please complete the booking form on p36 of Links 190: October 2018, and send it with a cheque and a small sae to Margaret Langrish.