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.



RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

5 July 2018





Kelmscott Manor

23 August 2018


Sir Paul Getty's Walled Garden & Library, Wormsley

20 September 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. 00021010, with the event name as the reference. 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.  


Next Events 

Visit to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 5 Jul 2018

Departs 09.00 hrs (note changed departure time)

Leaves for Haddenham 16.00 hrs

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall
Visit to Kelmscott Manor 23 Aug 2018

Departs 12.30 hrs

leaves for Haddenham  17.00 hrs

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall
Visit to Sir Paul Getty's Walled Garden & Library 20 Sep 2018

Arrive 12.45 hrs

Walled Garden Tour 13.00 hrs 

Library Tour 15.00 hrs

Please make your own travel arrangements to Wormsley 


Group Notice 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - Thursday 5 July 2018

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world's largest annual flower show, stretching over 34 acres. Flanking both sides of the Long Water at Hampton Court Palace, you can enjoy Show Gardens, the Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee, plant pavilions and a variety of talks, demonstrations and exhibits.

The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. In 1992 Network Southeast announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy, and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993, and it has gone on to become the world’s largest flower show.

Pick-up at Haddenham Village Hall @ 0900 hrs. Please note that this time has been brough FORWARD by 30 mins because of predicted heavy traffic

Depart RHS Hampton Court Palace @ 1600 hrs

Price including Coach & Entry:   £46.00 pp

Organiser:  Margaret Ackroyd  01844 292393 or

KELMSCOTT MANOR – Thursday 23 August 2018

Kelmscott Manor was the summer home of William Morris, the English artist, writer, textile designer and socialist. Morris signed a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti for the house in the summer of 1871.This Grade I listed farmhouse on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade, was built around 1600 next to the River Thames.

Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside. The Manor’s beautiful gardens, with barns, dovecote, meadow and stream, provided a constant source of inspiration. Possibly the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris, Kelmscott Manor contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and his associates in the Arts and Crafts Movement, including furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork

Coach departs Haddenham Village Hall at 12.30 pm arriving at Kelmscott at 2.00 pm

Coach leaves for the return at 17.00

Cost:  £41 per person to include coach, guided tour and cream tea

SIR PAUL GETTY'S WALLED GARDEN &  LIBRARY - Thursday 20 September 2018

This is a joint visit to the Sir Paul Getty's Walled Garden & Library at Wormsley, Stokenchurch on Thursday 20th September

Dating from the mid-1700s, the 2 acre gardens were originally designed by Richard Woods, a contemporary of Capability Brown.

Neglected for the better part of a century, the gardens were brought back to life when Sir Paul and Lady Getty commissioned distinguished garden designer Penelope Hobhouse to reimagine this beautiful space. Hobhouse divided the space into garden rooms, enabling visitors to move from “room to room” as they explore.


Sir Paul Getty spent twenty-five years assembling one of the finest private collections of books and manuscripts in the country. This unparalleled collection of works dates from the 7th century through to the 20th century.

Highlights include rich and vivid medieval illuminated manuscripts dating from the 12th – 15th centuries; the first edition of Caxton’s printing of The Canterbury Tales; Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and the first folio of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.

Being a part of the family’s home, the Walled Garden & Library are only available for a limited number of dates across the year. Wormsley’s knowledgeable librarians can host up to 25 guests at a time for tours of the collection.

Tour of Walled Garden starts 1.00pm

Depart for Library at 2.45pm

Cost £23.00 pp will include refreshments of Pimms or Elderflower cordil and nibbles

Please make own travel arrangements to arrive 12.45 pm

Organiser: Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) or email on


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