Tag: SoFA Outings

Plas Newydd Country House

Plas Newydd

Plas NewyddPlas Newydd Country House is the ancestral home of the Marqess of Anglesey and sits on the shores of the Menai Strait. This elegant house has glorious views across the mountains of Snowdonia and is famous for it’s Rex Whistler mural and exhibition of his works.

Since our last visit 6 years ago a multi-million pound project is taking place and staff are sharing the renovation details with visitors.

Refreshments are available in the Plas Cafe serving hot and cold lunches. Light bites are available in the Old Dairy Tea Room.

En-route we there will be a coffee stop at the Grosvenor Garden Centre.

Please remember to bring your NT cards to gain free entry. The cost includes travel, morning coffee and gratuities.

The pick-up points are Churchtown, Southport, Birkdale, Ainsdale and Formby.

Currently this outing is only for SoFA members.

If you are not a member but would like to attend any of our events or are interested in joining our Association, please complete the Contact Form.

Manchester Monastery

Manchester Monastery

Manchester Monastery

The Church and Friary of St Francis, known locally as Manchester Monastery, is a Grade 2 listed former priory in Gorton, Manchester. It was designed by the noted Victorian architect Edward Welby Pugin and built 1866 -1872. Manchester Monastery is a noted example of Gothic Revival architecture.

Manchester Monastery is an extraordinary place to visit. It is considered to be E W Pugin’s greatest architectural masterpiece known as Manchester’s ‘Taj Mahal’

Many thousands of people say that visiting the Monastery is inspiring and uplifting. Come and experience the wonderful atmosphere for yourself.

Enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, a private talk, and a buffet lunch. There will then be free time to explore the Monastery, garden and shop.

The cost will include travel, morning tea/coffee, biscuits, a private talk, buffet lunch and gratuities.

The pickup points are Churchtown, Southport, Birkdale, Ainsdale and Formby.

Currently this outing is only for SoFA members

If you are not a member but would like to attend any of our events or are interested in joining our Association, please complete the Contact Form.

World of Wedgwood

Wedgewood

Join us on a visit to the World of Wedgwood factory and museum.

World of Wedgwood
World of Wedgwood

Included in the cost of the trip is a guided tour of the factory. Here you will see the manufacture of different styles of pots from their design stage to ornamentation and gilding. Our guide will explain the processes of casting, firing and glazing and you will be invited to watch the artistry of the figure makers and hand painting teams.

Also included is entry to the museum which houses a UNESCO protected V&A collection of historical and cultural significance. On display is over 250 years of Wedgwood’s ground-breaking design and production, including the fabulous Portland Vase.

We will have an area set aside for our group in the tea rooms where lunch or afternoon tea may be bought.

Should you fancy some time outside, there is a tranquil courtyard and a footpath which leads into the adjacent Hem Heath Woods.

Cost:      To include coffee stop, entrance to World of Wedgwood (including factory tour and museum) travel and gratuities.

Currently this outing is only for SoFA Members.

If you would like to attend this or a similar outing with us, please complete the contact form.