Travel Desk

The Brecon u3a Travel Desk is managed by the following team

Entertaining, Educational, Exciting

The Travel Desk is ‘open for business’ 10 - 10.30 am every Thursday before the morning presentation and again just afterwards, noon - Other than that, if you have any query, we can be contacted by email. Please click on one of our names above.

The ‘Travel Desk’ team, are always open to suggestions for outings. We endeavour to cover a wide range of interests to reflect the many and varied activities of Brecon U3A members. To assist you in making plans, we will try to produce a programme of proposed trips every six months. Details of proposed trips will be available on Thursdays from the Travel Desk, on the Thursday Notices and here on the Brecon u3a web site.

Forthcoming trips

August 1st

Three Choirs Festival, Worcester Cathedral.  

October 23rd

Slimbridge WWT

December 15th

"Hamilton" the musical, Cardiff

Reports on recent trips

Click on Scotland to see the full report.

On 16th April, a party of u3a members travelled down to Swansea Grand Theatre to enjoy Bizet’s “Carmen” featuring the Ukrainian Opera and Ballet Theatre Kyiv with International soloists, highly praised Chorus and full Orchestra.

This was an excellent choice by the “Travel Team”; right from the start we travelled in a brand-new Williams Coach, the weather remained warm and dry. The Grand Theatre auditorium is
spacious and brightly decorated, some of which can be seen in the montage created by John Turnock.

The whole performance was delightful, from the Conductor’s long arms and baton gesticulating out of the Orchestra pit to remind us of their existence, the colourful, energetic singers and dancers, to the emotional curtain call and the entire audience rising to stand for the Ukrainian National Anthem.

On a bright, but chilly, spring day, sixteen members headed over the Malvern Hills to visit  the famed Morgan Factory. Here, they still build a car by hand, to the purchaser’s individual specification, using a blend of traditional methods and modern materials.  We were treated to  a two-hour guided tour, explaining both the history and the production of the cars.  Our guide was clearly very knowledgeable and imparted information and enthusiasm in equal measures.

The very first ‘Morgan Car’, a three wheeler, was built in 1909. Over the years, the company moved to producing four-wheeled vehicles but the three-wheeler  version is still available, as  are ‘desert-trekkers’ and rally versions. It is obviously a fact that, provided you have the financial means, you can order a car to be built exactly as you want it , down to the choice of custom colour and level of trim.

On Wednesday, 21st February, at 9:10, eighteen of us departed Brecon for what was going to be a brilliant way to spend a rainy day in Cardiff. We first visited the Castle where Brecon U3A had arranged for a Guided House Tour of the spectacular Castle Apartments. We followed in the footsteps of the Bute family and learned of the role they played in the development in Wales in this area. Our tour guide was outstanding and clearly an expert in her field.

The photographs were taken by Sue Cooper

After a delicious, for most of us, Welsh inspired lunch at the Castle café, we moved on to the National Museum Cardiff.

Here some of the group became engrossed in the Artes Mundi 10 exhibition of contemporary art, while others were enthralled by the inspiring displays of pottery and art and many more. The natural science walk through was particularly interesting for me. The time was soon over and was only long enough to whet my appetite for more. I will certainly be back.
Anna, our very capable coach driver, delivered a weary but satisfied group safely back home just after dark.

I found the day profoundly captivating. The historical richness of the castle coupled with the cultural treasures of the museum made for an enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Thank you Brecon U3A Travel Desk team.
Dee Krawczyk

Terms and Conditions

  1. To comply with U3A Trust legal requirements, we are only allowed to take U3A members (from any branch) on our trips. The one exception is that if members require a Carer to travel with them, that person need not be a U3A member. However, in such circumstances, the Travel Desk team and Committee members need to be given their names and any other relevant information.

2. Cancellations: We regret that we cannot guarantee to refund the cost of any trip for which you have paid if the money has already been paid over, or is committed, to the relevant organization. This applies to both day trips and residential events. We hope, though, that you would make every effort to find a replacement for yourself. If necessary, the Travel Desk will give what assistance they can.

3. We need to try and cover the costs of each trip - there is no magic ‘kitty’ available to us. The cost of the trip is always calculated on a certain of number of people booking. If we fail to reach the optimum number, the trip will be cancelled before any payments are due. We are not a registered travel agency - just volunteers from our branch. As such, we cannot offer any form of holiday insurance for cancellations, etc. Those booked on residential events may wish to make enquiries elsewhere about holiday cancellation cover.