Events & Outings


An event or outing is organised for Haddenham U3A approximately once per month. Example events include theatre trips, visits to National Trust and similar properties, exhibitions, Proms and other concerts, and tours.



Thenford Arboretum and Gardens 

21 October 2017


Richmond Poppy Factory

20 Nov 2017


Christmas Carols at Dorchester Abbey

13 December 2017

Houses of Parliament

Monday 15 January 2018






Travel by coach from the Village Hall, Haddenham is usually arranged, although occasionally we have travelled by public transport (train or bus).  A meal or refreshments are often included in the event.

Events and outings are announced monthly at the Haddenham U3A general meeting.  Places are limited, and booked on a first come - first served basis.  Members should book for popular events as early as possible.



Costs of each event are included in the announcement. The payment is usually due as soon as you have booked a place.

Payments may be made by giving a cheque to the event organiser or to Margaret Ackroyd. Cheques should be payable to Haddenham U3A and have the name of the event written on the back.  However, we prefer payment by internet or telephone banking to the credit of Haddenham U3A at CAF Bank; sort code 40-52-40, account no. 00021011. As soon as you have used one of these methods, please email or ring the Treasurer ( or 01844 292393) and the event organiser to confirm that the payment has been sent.  (Please note that this account is for events and outings only and should not be used when paying membership subscriptions.)


Next Events 

 Thenford Arboretum & Gardens 21 Oct 2017 

Departs 13.00 hrs

Leaves for Haddenham 16.15hrs 

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall 
Visit to Richmond Poppy Factory 20 Nov 2017 

Departs 11.45 hrs

leaves for Haddenham 16.15 hrs 

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall 
Christmas Carols at Dorchester Abbey 13 Dec 2017

Departs 16.15 hrs

Concert at 19.30 hrs

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall 
Visit to the Houses of Parliament 15 Jan 2018

Departs 09.30 hrs

leaves for Haddenham 16.00 hrs

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall


Group Notice 

Thenford Arboretum & Gardens - Saturday 21 October 2017

Michael Heseltine MP purchased Thenford House and its surrounding garden in 1976. Over the next twenty five years 40 acres of woodland was restored and the walled garden brought back to its former use. The eighteenth century woodland had been grown for its commercial value; however, the Heseltines widened the choice of trees and shrubs and laid the foundations of the present collection.

The arboretum, now spread out over seventy acres, features a collection of more than three thousand different trees and shrubs, together with extensive herbaceous borders, water gardens, an alpine trough garden, a sculpture garden, a rose garden and a rill. The medieval fish ponds, their interconnecting canal and the existing lake have been restored and two new ones have been added. An eighteenth century avenue of mature yews has been cleared of self-seeded shrubs and saplings, and returned to its former grandeur.

The terrain is quite rough so sensible walking shoes are recommended.  It should be noted that the garden and arboretum is not particularly suitable for the disabled.

Coach: departs Haddenham Village Hall 13.00 hrs. Leaves Thenford for Haddenham at 16.15 hrs

Cost:  £26.00 pp

There is a cafe in the Church Barn next door which is available for tea and cakes

Organiser: Mary Paterson 01844 291919  or

Richmond Poppy Factory - Monday 20 November 2017

The Poppy Factory was established in 1922 as an independent charity to provide employment for disabled servicemen after the First World War.  The work consisted of making the poppies, crosses and wreaths for the annual remembrance commemoration. A century on it remains as an independent charity with the aim of enabling wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women finding paid, meaningful civilian employment. The charity reaches further beyond the factory working with wounded, injured or long term sick ex-servicemen and women to help them understand their career aspirations and to develop the tools, skill, knowledge and confidence to achieve their professional ambitions. 

Coach departing Haddenham Village Hall 11.45am,  leaving the factory at 4.15 pm

Lunch at 1.15 – Tour commences at 2.00 pm

Cost: £27.00 to include Coach, Tour and Lunch

Organiser: Mary Paterson 01844 291919  or

CHRISTMAS CAROLS at DORCHESTER ABBEY - Wednesday 13th December 2017

This Christmas we will enjoy a carol concert at Dorchester Abbey, near Oxford. 

The carols will be led by the Ex-Swingle Singers and Warborough Community Choir conducted by Christine Cairns. 

The Abbey is one of the earliest Christian sites in Britain standing on the site of a 7th century Saxon cathedral. The large church is all that remains of the Augustinian abbey, which was founded in 1140.

The service will be preceded by a light supper at the White Hart Hotel, Dorchester a very short walk from the Abbey

Supper Menu:

  • Supreme of Corn-fed Chicken, Roasted Shallot, Celeriac, Parmesan Croquettes
  • Traditional Steamed Jam Roly Poly Pudding with a Hot Custard Sauce
  • Vegetarian Alternative
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Soft Poached Egg
  • Chocolate Tart and cream

Coach departing Haddenham Village Hall  at 4.15pm 

On arrival at The White Hart there will be time for a pre supper drink before supper at approximately 5.15pm

The concert commences at 7.30pm

Cost: £42.00 to include Coach, supper and concert ticket. (Excludes drinks!)

Organiser: Mary Paterson 01844 291919  or

Houses of Parliament - Monday 15 January 2018

The Houses of Parliament is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom - The House of Commons and the House of Lords. We will enjoy a free hour and a half tour arranged through our MP's (John Bercow) office. Visitors may use the visitors' cafe for lunch or use their time after the tourto visit other attractions nearby such as Westminster Abbey, the Banqueting House or Churchill's War Rooms. The coach will leave at 4.00pm for the return to Haddenham from the drop-off point outside the Houses of Parliament.

After a fire in 1834 most of the existing building was demolished amd rebuilt to a 1835 design by Charles Barry which was described by an architectural magazine of he day as "aquadrangular pile, with the principal front facing the Thames, and a tower in the middle" The Palace of Westminster has been a part of a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987.

The building is three storeys high and rectangular with the principal facade having a length of 266 metres. There are more than 1,100 rooms, 100 staircases and nearly three miles of corridor arranged around two series of courtyards. The building is orientated lengthways along the river which flows from south to north at this point.

Coach: departing Haddenham Village Hall 09.30 hrs

Tour: commences at 12.00 noon

Coach leaves at 16.00 hrs for return to Haddenham

Cost: £21.00 to include coach and tour

Organiser: Margaret Ackroyd 01844 292393 or


Joining the Group 

Events and outings are open to all members of Haddenham U3A, subject to the availability of places.

To book a place, contact the organiser of the specific event that you wish to join (see Group Notices above).

The joint co-ordinators of the events programme are

Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) and  Mary Paterson (01844 291919)

or email them on