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Out and About

Co-ordinator Peter Calver

The purpose of the Group is to visit local places of interest (by public transport or self drive) as well as coach tours. This group will merge the Questers and Garden Visit groups together as well as extending to provide Coach trips (possibly 3 to 4 a year).  This group is open to all members of the Balsall Common U3A, all activities will be advertised to the whole membership

If you have any suggestions for visits, either local or afar please email the Coordinator.

 Contact Peter Calver 01676 535318


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Out and About


Mad Museum - Stratford upon Avon- Thursday March 14th

This will be the first Out and About trip of the year to a comparatively new museum in the centre of Stratford upon Avon.


The MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum exhibits around 90 pieces of mechanical art, specifically known as Kinetic Art and Automata.  These moving  sculptures have been created by inventors, artists, technicians and engineers from all around the world.  The MAD Museum was first brought to life by local entrepreneur Richard Simmons.


Kinetic Art and Automata are very well-respected forms of art but for the general public not so well known.  MAD can best be described as a mixture of Wallace and Gromit, Heath Robinson and Scrapheap Challenge. These types of art work are tricky to describe but generally speaking 'Kinetic Art' most commonly refers to 3D sculptures that move naturally and 'Automata' has similar principals that commonly refers to moving, mechanical or animal figures, typically made of wood. You can read more about Kinetic Art and Automata by clicking here.


Our visit will start at 11:00 am it is suggested it takes two hours to see all the exhibits.  But you can leave the Museum at anytime and return as many times as you want to during the day.

Cost is 5.00 per member (minimum 10 participants). Members will make their own way to Stratford. Either park in the centre or use the Park and Ride.


If you wish to participate please email or sign the register at the 7th February Core Meeting.  Payment by the 7th March Core meeting.

Other Visits already planned for 2019:

July - Police Lockup Steelhouse Lane Birmingham - behind the Magistrates Courts.  Details later.

August- Guide Dog Breeding Centre -  Bishops Tachbrook.  Grandchildren can accompany Grandparents. Details later.


In the planning stage:

Behind scenes tour of Birmingham Hippodrome

Combined visit if Lord Leycester Hospital and the Collegiate Church of St Mary - Warwick


If any member has a suggestion for a visit that would be of interest to the majority of our members please email me.