History trips for 2019



In the winter months between October to April we meet on the 1st Thursday of the month at 2pm in the Full Gospel Church Hall = FGCH (the old South End School building, 60 High Street, Rushden - Speaker with tea and biscuits to follow the talk. The aim of the group is to (re)discover and share our love of History.

Our annual programme is divided into two parts, October to April being held in the Full Gospel Church Hall, Rushden with speakers on interesting diverse historical subjects.

The summer months May to September offer members monthly trips, by private coach picking up at Higham Ferrers and Rushden and travelling to various interesting historical sites chosen by the group members themselves

For further information please contact the group leader Peter Wright via the contact page or Ron Smith to reserve a place on any of the summer coach trips

DATE Topic Speaker
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4 October

Richard III
The search for his grave
Mathew Morris
1 November

Sheep That Eat Men Martin Sirot-Smith
6 December

Old Tyme Music Hall Philip Hanzlik
4th January

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
The medieval landscape of Caster near Peterborough
Susan Kilby
7th February

Joined at the Hippo The life of Flanders and
Swan. Gnostalgia and Gnus
Kevin Varty
7th March

The Courtier and the Queen. Biography of Queen
Elizabeth 1st and Kirby Hall
Malcolm Deacon
4th April

(to be confirmed) Queens ConsortsSusan James

History Group Coach Trips 2019

2nd May 2019 - ICKWORTH HOUSE

A grand place for a truly entertaining day out. Ickworth's impressive Rotunda a magnificent showcase commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures collected on tours around Europe in the 18th-century is an architectural marvel. For 200 years, the eccentric, and sometimes infamous, Hervey family added to the treasures inside and out, also creating the earliest Italianate garden in England. The exquisite craftsmanship of the finest Huguenot silversmiths is breathtaking, and you can follow the family's history through outstanding portraits by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Reynolds.

After walking in the tranquil parkland, experience 1930's domestic service in the restored servants' basement, sharing the real stories and memories of former staff who kept this country estate running.

Price £13.40 (NT Free) Coach £11.30

6th June 2019 -Bolsover Castle, Nottinghamshire

With spectacular views over Derbyshire, the fairy-tale Stuart mansion, Bolsover Castle, was designed to entertain and impress. Its reputation for revelry lives on as we now entertain you and your family. Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the romantic ruined terrace range, and delight in the views from the wall walk. Start your visit in the exhibition in the Riding House then run wild in extensive grounds (and fun play area).

Price £10.20 (U3A & EH Free) Coach £13.00


Avoncroft Museum is home to over 30 historic buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire. The open-air Museum is spread over 19 acres and includes a wildflower meadow (open April to September), period gardens, a traditional cider and perry orchard as well as the collection of buildings. Download a map of the Museum’s grounds and buildings to help you plan your visit.

Price £8.00 Coach £12.50

1st August 2019 -HARDWICK HALL

It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who first created Hardwick in the 1500's. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation. We’d like you to explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.

Price £14.25 (NT Free) Coach £13.00


Newark Civil War Centre opened in 2015 occupies a converted Regency schoolroom and has a restored Tudor Hall. It is the UK's first National Civil War Centre, aiming to telling the story of the brutal 17th century clash between Crown and Parliament in compelling new detail. It was Britain's deadliest conflict and one which shaped our modern world. Discover why brother fought brother and father fought against son and how a once all-powerful monarch lost his kingdom and his head.

Price £6.50 (EH £3.50)

Time in Newark to grab a lunch then meet back at coach (Time T.B.A.

Southwell Minster is the Cathedral of Nottinghamshire. For nearly one thousand years Southwell Minster has been a place of pilgrimage. Its rural location and stunning, but quirky, architecture have made it a "must see" destination throughout the centuries.

Price £3.00 and takes 1 hour.

Total Price £9.50 (EH £6.50) + Coach £13.00

For further information contact Ron Smith (ron.norsmith(at)yahoo.co.uk) or visit the History Table at the monthly U3A monthly meetings.