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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 Tours for 2018


BBC Birmingham Tour 31st October 2018 12:45 pm 9.00

What a load of Rubbish 8th November 10:30 am No Charge


Most of the tours have a limit on the number of participants If you would like to join any of these visits please Email or telephone 01676 535318.

BBC Birmingham Studio Tour - Wednesday 31st October 2018

Starting at 12:45 pm on Wednesday 31st October we have arranged private tour of the BBC Studios, Mailbox Birmingham.

On this tour you will be able to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of broadcasting.  The tour guides will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of the state of the art studios - home to the Archers, BBC Midlands Today.  You'll get an insight into the production process and tricks of the trade and there's a chance to have fun making your own radio drama complete with sound effects.  The tour will last about 1.5 hours.   Please Note: BBC Birmingham is a working building so they cannot guarantee who or what we will see on our visit.  Please click here for security conditions for the visit.


Cost is 9.00 per person minimum 15 and a maximum of 20.  Payment will be required by the October Core Meeting. 

Bookings opened at the August Core Meeting and 18 places were taken at the meeting.  When these have gone I will start a reserve list.


Please contact Peter Calver email: telephone 01676 535318 if you wish to be included on this trip. - First come first served


Thursday November 8th 10:30 Tour of Coventry and Solihull Waste Reduction Unit London Rd Coventry


Do you know what happens to your non-recyclable rubbish.  This tour will explain all that happens to it.

This is a free visit with a limit of 15 members (U3a Members only). Participants on this visit must not have a problem with heights or climbing stairways.  The facility will be hot and dusty even in November.


As of 13th August there is still some availability on this tour.


Please contact Peter Calver email: telephone 01676 535318 if you wish to be included on this trip. - First come first served

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