Charabanc Club

Group Leader: Karen Latham –

The Charabanc Club is open to all u3a members.

A couple of “Outings” will be organised during the year, with a view to providing interesting, educational, fun trips. Things you might not do on your own.

We will

  • endeavour to keep the costs as low as possible
  • organise a main event for each outing but choose destinations which allow individuals flexibility to put together their own itinerary should they wish
  • operate on a first come first served basis

The only rule is that once you sign up for a trip you are committed. As the trip and costs will be organised and booked on the basis of those signatures. Should you be unable to go at the last minute you will have to find someone else to take your place or take the financial “hit”.

Latest news from the group

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022

Published 28th September 2021

It is difficult in the current climate but I wish to see if there is enough interest to run a trip to Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2022. Dates 21st – 23rd August  Staying in a 3* Holiday Inn Express in Edinburgh City Centre. Initial costing is for the hotel based on a 2 night stay with breakfast included. Arriving on Sunday and departure on Tuesday (the most cost effective option) and includes the Tattoo ticket for the Monday night.

Prices £273.98 per person (double occupancy) or £295.26 for upgraded tickets for the seats at the Tattoo  The single occupancy is extortionately expensive at £472.15 (or £493.43) so those willing to share a room let me know.  This price does not include the coach or train fair. The options and costs for travel are still being obtained.

If you would be interested enough to place a non refundable deposit of £75 in early November please let me know and sign up at the meeting or via email to This is a long time away but this year’s Tattoo tickets have been carried forward for first refusal for next year. While the hotels fill up very quickly. One travel company said the closest hotels they were offering were in Perth and Sterling!

June 2019 – a day trip to Bath.

Published 30th June 2019

Forty-three people joined the trip. The weather which had been bad all week turned out glorious on the day and the range of activities chosen by the group was impressive, from special art exhibitions to the Jane Austin Museum, Bus tours of the city and outlying countryside, the Cathedral, Roman Baths, restaurants, just plain wandering and exploring the back streets. There really was something for everyone.

The journey home due to traffic and roadworks was horrendous- not a single grumble or moan from a very happy and exhausted group, who left the coach saying Where Next?

September 2018 – Cardiff.

Published 25th September 2018

Alighting at the National Museum, some chose to go down to the Cardiff Bay area, others shopping, lunching in the Arcades, others to the Museum or Art Gallery. A couple even found a boat trip from the bay back to the Castle in the centre of town, which after working in Cardiff for years I did not know about!

In the afternoon the U3A Welsh Conference was the main option, for me the highlights were an excellent speaker from St Fagan’s and a recital by Zoe a soprano from the Welsh National Opera.