Walks are medium paced covering approx. 4.5 to 6 miles, starting around 10.15am on a Tuesday and will be within reasonable driving distance of Bournemouth. Generally finishing at a café or pub where you can join us for a chat over lunch if you wish.
Next walks: 16 April 2019 - Alastair; 21 May 2019 - Alastair; 25 June 2019 - John; 16 July 2019 - Alastair
This group is currently full with a waiting list.
The holiday is based in the spa town of Montecatini Termeand is ideal for exploring nearby cities such as Florence and Lucca. As previous years, we are staying in the family run 4 star Torretta hotel. We can be sure of excellent service and delicious meals.
During the 1st week, excursions are planned to Siena and Volterra. A garden visit to Villa Torregiani, followed by a typical Tuscan lunch in the medieval hilltop town of San Gennaro.
The highlight of the second week will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci. We plan to trace the footsteps of this Renaissance genius by visiting Vinci, his birth place and the Leonardini Museum, dedicated to his life and work. Also included, will be an opportunity to taste local wines and typical Tuscan food.
For garden lovers, we shall be returning to Villa Reale di Marlia. A truly beautiful garden, steeped in history. Some of the group are planning a painting session in the grounds. A visit to the wine growing area of Montecarlo and its hilltop village is a must. Another chance to enjoy a wine tasting lunch and a visit to the medieval castle. As previous years, we have included many opportunities to explore, relax, socialise and have FUN!
The 2019 is now fully booked but another is planned for 2020. If you are interested, then contact Margaret Ronchetti c/o the office on 01202 420700
Experience a variety of cuisines and meet old and new friends. Arrive for lunch anytime between 12.00 and 1.00.
Friday 26th April - Taj Mahal, 42 Poole Road, Westbourne. This award winning traditional Indian restaurant offers a wide variety of regional dishes. For the two course special there is a choice of starter and a main dish with rice for £15.00.
Wednesday 22nd May - Bates, 350 Charminster Road, Bournemouth. This British restaurant has a homely feel and serves freshly cooked main dishes and fabulous desserts. The two course lunch special is priced at £14.50
Thursday 20th June - Beirut Lounge, 232 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth (very near to the Landsdowne). In a delightful setting this family run restaurant offers a range of traditional Lebanese starters, main dishes (many vegetarian) and delicious pastries. The cost of a two course lunch would be around £15.00.
We're losing track of how many BBQs we have held, but no matter, they were all very enjoyable and this year we are looking forward to meeting you all again on a date yet to be decided, but it will be in August. If you would like to join us come to beach hut 1414 (lamp post 308) just west of The Bistro on the Beach, below Warren Edge car park off Southbourne Coast Road. We will supply the BBQ - will you bring everything else you need - food/drink/plate and of course something to drink from! You'll probably need a chair and the car park is conveniently near. We will start the BBQ as soon as permitted at 18.00 and we hope to see you there. On the day, if it's a bit cool we will still be there but if it's really unpleasant we'll give it a miss!
John Moore and John Oram
Twice per term we will meet in either Bournemouth or Poole Bus Stations for a day trip to a nearby town or visitor attraction and a tea/coffee.
Next Day Trip -
Watch this space for further information on dates and destinations.
Any queries contact Stephen Nutt
It's always good to have an opportunity to meet up during the long summer break. Therefore we will be organising several coffee mornings during July, August and September 2019.
All members and friends are welcome and there is no need to book. We extend a particularly warm welcome to any new members and anyone thinking of joining us as this is an excellent way to meet members and make new friends before the start of our new programme of groups in September.
Petanque (or Boules - Boules provided) for beginners and improvers every Wednesday from 14.00 - 16.00 at Muscliff Park Petanque Club, Shillingstone Drive, BH9 3LR
£1.00 per session, waived if a member of the club (£18 per annum). Shoes with toe covering must be worn.
After 3 years at The Cumberland Hotel, this year we move to The Queens Hotel, Meyrick Road. At about 200 metres from The Lansdowne, this offers very convenient access by both bus and by car.
Full details of the menu and a booking form will be in the September Newsletter. But don't forget to book the date in your diaries!