Birds of Poole Harbour  Once again, a series of boat trips to see the birds in Poole Harbour has been organised by this group. For more information or to book tickets, visit their website. Alternatively, tickets are available at their new information centre on Poole Quay (current opening hours:
Saturdays, 10:00 - 4:30; Sundays, 10:00 - 4:00)


New multi-use trail at Kingston Lacy  “The trail passes through beautiful forest and along old carriage drives that were originally created by the Bankes family. The 4.7 km flat route is suitable for walkers, runners, users of adapted wheelchairs and cyclists of all ages and abilities. The trail is also ideal for families who can choose between a shorter route to the Woodland Play Area, ideal for little legs and balance bikes, and a longer loop for more confident adventurers.”
Further information is available at their website.


“Tudor Fest 2019”  The groups ‘Courtlye Musick’ and ‘Ars Nova’ present a series of concerts of French and English vocal and instrumental music from the Tudor period.  These take place between 10th and 19th May at locations in Poole and the Dorchester/Broadmayne area.  Further details are on their website.


Open your garden for charity?  Local disability charity, Diverse Abilities, is encouraging people to open their gardens to visitors, in order to raise money to help Dorset’s children and adults who have profound physical and learning disabilities.  Further information is available on their website.


Sponsored Walk for Parkinson’s UK  This walk will be taking place on Bournemouth seafront on Sunday 16th June.  See their website for more information.


Visits with Poole U3A:

Brooklands Museum or RHS Wisley  “DAY TRIP - 14 MAY - Seats are available if you would like to join Poole U3A on this trip MUST BOOK BY 30 APRIL. You have a choice of visiting either Brooklands Museum/London Bus Museum at Weybridge or going to nearby RHS Wisley - something for everyone!  Coach fare only is £17.00.  BROOKLANDS & LONDON BUS MUSEUM (+ MERCEDES WORLD experience)  Extensive collection of buildings/workshops/hangers and stratosphere chamber;  Barbara Cartland room, vintage aircraft, vintage cars, F1 cars, bicycles, motor bikes, missiles all sorts of paraphernalia and memorabilia. RHS Wisley - one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration.  For further details and booking form please contact their trip organiser.

Kew Gardens  “Poole U3A are visiting the magnificent Kew Gardens on 6th June and would like to invite other local U3A members to join us.  The cost of this trip is £35 including entry to the gardens, for U3A members only.  If you wish to visit other places of interest in the area such as the National Archives or The London Museum of Water and Steam, instead of visiting Kew, then please contact me for a coach price only.  Our pick-up locations start from Branksome, Redlands Road, by John Lewis, then Broadstone, outside Lloyds Bank, and finally Merley at the junction of Oakley Straight/Harrier Drive.  The booking deadline is 13th May, and bookings are accepted on a first come basis.”  For further details and a booking form, contact their organiser.


Visits with Verwood U3A:

Details of costs and further information is available from each visit organiser

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens; 17th May: organiser

Pallington Sculpture Lakes and Gardens, then Moreton; 12th June: organiser

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neaden (the “Neasden Temple”), then Angels Costumes; 27th June: organiser

Osborne House, Isle of Wight; 16th July: organiser


Interested in archaeology?  “We (Salisbury Museum) are so pleased to announce that Dr Phil Harding and Lorraine Mepham of Wessex Archaeology, will be carrying out a live dig at the museum on Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May. Phil and Lorraine, better known as key members of television’s ‘Time Team,’ have been adding to the knowledge of the museum building since 2016 by digging ‘test pits’ as part of the annual Festival of Archaeology.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to experience archaeology in action, and Phil and Lorraine will be chatting with visitors as the dig progresses.”  See their website for more details.

Information about forthcoming events that may be of interest to members.  The details have been provided by outside organisations.

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