BPA Summer Outings Programme 2014

The summer outings programme for 2014 will be developed and released on this web page and the “News” section  as the proposals are finalised. Please use the “Contact” page with any queries or contact Anne direct.


August 2014

Sunday 31st, RSPB Conway

Anne is unable to attend nor organise this outing as she is away. She suggests meeting at the usual time of 12:30 in the car park there and suggests it should take ca 1 hour to drive there if the traffic is reasonable. Venue details follow:

By road.
From the A55, take junction 18 (signposted Conwy and Deganwy) and follow the brown RSPB signs. The reserve is on the south side of the roundabout. From Conwy, Deganwy and Llandudno, take the A456/A547 to the Weekly News roundabout, drive south past Tesco and the Cinema complex (Ffordd 6G) and cross the roundabout over the A55. The entrance to the reserve is on the south side.

SatNav POI file.
If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Opening times:
The shop and visitor centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 am-5 pm. The coffee shop is open from 10 am-4:30 pm.

Entrance charges:
Members free. Non-members: adults £3, concessions £2, children £1.50. Family ticket £6.50.

Sunday 10th, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

There is a car park in the Trevor Basin near the Telford Inn and one near Ty Mawr Country Park. So depending on how you would like to spend the day choose the car park accordingly. There is a choice to spend time in the park , which is full of wild life, and walk along the river to the Trevor Basin or walk/sail along the aqueduct from Trevor Basin.

There are plenty of picnic places in the park.  Me?  I choose parking near the pub!!!

We usually arrive about 12:30 to enjoy the rest of the day. As there is a choice this time would you let me know where you choose and I can let all those who are going know which place to meet.

Regards, Anne

July 2014

Sunday 27th, Stretton Mill

Mill Lane, Stretton (near Farndon), SY14 7JA
Telephone contact is via Weaver Hall Museum: 01606 271640
Email: cheshiremuseums@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Opening hours
May through to August , Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays), 1pm-5pm
September, weekends only, 1pm-5pm
Schools and groups at other times by appointment, see our Learning page.

Admission charges
Adults: £3.00
Children: £1.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children): £8.00

How to get there
Stretton Watermill is only 10 miles from Chester, off the A534 between Broxton and Farndon.  Turn off at the Cock O’Barton pub and follow the brown tourism signs.  It is located on Mill Lane, but shows as an un-named road on some Sat Nav systems.

The mill has a gift shop, car park, accessible toilet and an attractive picnic area.  A gentle slope provides access to the upper floor of the mill for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Tudor Festival – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014, 12 noon – 5pm both days.
Step back in time to 1596 when the lease of Stretton Watermill was taken over by Ursula Leche of nearby Carden Hall.  Take a tour with a costumed miller to see the ancient machinery turn wheat into flour.  Learn how illnesses were kept away with herbs and country cures.  Enjoy some Tudor tunes played on period instruments.  But be careful to abide by the rules of the local militia or you could be placed in the stocks!  Admission is free this weekend!

June 2014

Sunday 22nd, Woodcote Secret Garden

First one is on Sunday 22nd June : a portrait afternoon in Woodcote Hotel’s Secret Garden. Hotel is the same one were we had the Annual dinner (in Hooton). Hotel is closed on Sundays so unless there’s a Christening Party we will have the gardens to ourselves. There will be staff to provide us with drinks only.

Two volunteer models will be there about 2pm, so we should be there about 1:30. It would help if we had an estimate of numbers. Would you email/phone me asap if you intend to go please, then I can let the hotel know.


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