Out and About

Co-ordinator Peter Calver

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When:  Various.
Where:  Various.
Cost:  See visit details below.

The Out and About group is now up and running again. Peter Calver is nominally the co-ordinator but he is equally assisted by Angela Reid, Juliet Hancox and Judy Hornigold.

The purpose of the Group is to visit local places of interest (by public transport or self drive) as well as coach excursions. This group is open to all members of the Balsall Common u3a and all activities will be advertised to the whole membership.

If you have any suggestions for visits, either local or afar, please email the Co-ordinator, or telephone 07836 230464.

Future Visits:

  • Wednesday 27th March 2024 — 12:30 to 14:30.

    We have arranged a visit to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre. The visit will start at 12:30pm with tea / coffee and biscuits. Following this you will have 1½ hours to explore the large warehouse.

    This visit is now fully booked with 30 members participating.

  • Wednesday 3rd April 2024 — 12:30 to 14:30

    Such was the interest in the initial visit to the Collection Centre we have arranged a second visit. We now have 15 members booked (tours are arranged and priced in blocks of 15 participants). We will start a reserve list if the number of reserves reaches 15 then we can arrange a second group on the 3rd April. The cost per person is £10.00.

    The Museum Collection Centre, not normally open to the public, is the main store for Birmingham Museum Trust, holding over 80% of a collection of around a million items, many offering a real insight into life in Birmingham and the West Midlands over the centuries

    The Collections Centre is in Nechells, Birmingham. It has a small free car park. You can use public transport to get to the centre, it is a 500 metres walk from Duddeston railway station which is one station out of New St. on the cross city line towards Walsall or Sutton Coldfield. Note there is a flight of steps from the station platform to the road. It has been reported that to lift is not working. The Centre has full disabled access and facilities.

    If you wish to be added to the reserve list please email  petercalver@outlook.com

  • Tuesday 30th April 2024 11:00 am or 2 pm

    Visit to The Exchange, Centenary Square, Birmingham

    The Birmingham Municipal Bank has been repurposed by Birmingham University into a multifaceted space that serves as a hub for curiosity, celebration, collaboration, and change. (Their words)

    It is now known as The Exchange. The building itself has a rich history and was once a prominent Victorian commercial structure. The visit has been suggested by two of our members who visited it recently.

    We have arranged two guided tours one starting at 11:00 am and the second starting at 2:00 pm on Tuesday 30th April. There will be a maximum of 15 members on each tour. The venue is easily reached by public transport being a few yards from the metro tram stop opposite the Library.

    There is no charge for this visit. If you are interested in participating please email petercalver@outlook.com

  • Wednesday 5th June 2024 Coach Excursion to Hampton Court Palace

    We have arranged a coach excursion to Hampton Court Palace. The cost is £38.50 per person. The cost includes coach fare and entrance to the Hampton Court Palace and grounds.

    The coach will leave from outside the Library at 08:15 am on 5th June. We will join the coach at 4:15pm for the return journey.

    The coach has 49 seats so this will be the maximum number of members we can accept on this visit.

    All places have been taken on the coach.
    If you wish to be added to a reserve list please email petercalver@outlook.com or telephone 07836 230464 to book a place.

    Please contact Peter Calver if you need more information.


Please contact petercalver@outlook.com.

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