BLG Trip Reports

Trip to see The Poppies at Lincoln

BLG trip to see Lincoln Poppy Wave

25 intrepid members set of by coach on a warm sunny day for that city over the waters of the Humber called Lincoln. Due to “freedom of movement” passports were not needed and the delights of the Cathedral awaited. No, what everyone went to see was the poppy display cascading over the castle walls. It was a smaller but still spectacular and moving display of ceramic poppies reminiscent of the display at the Tower of London in 2014.
After seeing the display, a short ride followed into the city centre, and everyone was free to visit the many shops, have lunch and just relax. A good day out yet again. 


Cayton Bay Stained Glass Centre (plus walk along Bridlington Sea Front)

Cayton stained glass centre, Yorkshire.On a fine autumn day with sunshine a plenty, 24 of our members enjoyed a day at Cayton Stained Glass Centre. With it being such a long trip everyone was naturally shattered so started the visit with coffee and cakes in the friendly tearooms. Suitably refreshed there were the gardens to explore and the lovely showroom displaying ornate handmade lampshades, mirrors, jewellery and gifts. To the relief of staff some eventually opened their purses and made a few purchases. Following a video explaining the skills and techniques of glass crafts including the history of stained glass everyone went on to enjoy the delights of Bridlington. It seems a theme of these trips that ice cream cones are obligatory and they kept up this tradition. Now who was it seen paddling in the sea, hanky on head and trousers rolled up to the knee, I couldn’t possibly say. I think everyone agreed it was an enjoyable day and all are waiting to see what Maureen comes up with next!


Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington

Lilly Pond at Burnby Hall, East Yorkshire.The Beverley Leisure Group members enjoyed a stroll around the gardens and famous Lilly ponds on the 23rd August, it was a warm sunny day, ideal for a lazy afternoon listening to the music of the New York Dance Band in the magnificent gardens at Burnby Hall, Pocklington. Evidently our group took all the seats in the back row and there was a very good reason for this. Firstly the rest of the audience couldn’t see them tucking into copious amounts of ice cream and the slurping wouldn’t be picked up by the microphones.


A Day Out at Harrogate Flower Show

A trip by twenty two of our members enjoyed a scorching hot day at the Harrogate Flower Show. So hot in fact that I’ve reliably been informed that our members bought more sun hats, drinks and ice creams than they did plants. Evidently the flower displays were superb as usual, and the coach returned laden with plants for the garden which would have gladdened the heart of those many budding Percy Throwers.

A Trip to Lincoln

The weather being kind again, a similar number went on the trip to Lincoln. The coach had to slow to allow for a rally of bikers on their Harley Davison’s heading to the showground, but those Hells Angels on board the coach didn’t seem to mind. Plenty of shopping done, the day proved a great success even with Marion and Dennis enjoying a boat trip down the river and imagining they were pirates of the Caribbean.

Day Out to Thornton le Dale & Whitby 

Well they certainly didn’t come back with sunburn, however 24 BLG members still enjoyed the day out to Thornton le Dale for coffee and a look round the shops before travelling on to Whitby. Anyone going to Whitby usually takes advantage of the fresh fish and chips on offer and the majority of our crowd was no exception. A pleasant walk round the harbour and shops helped to burn off those recently acquired calories and rounded off a really good day. Thank you Maureen, keep those trips coming.

Brigg Garden Centre

For the keen (and not so keen) gardeners amongst us a successful trip to Brigg Garden Centre was enjoyed by members on 24th April 2014. I say keen as it was amusing to watch Geoff and Tony push a large shopping trolley loaded with one small pot plant around the centre for hours. Not so keen because Dorothy had the sales assistant in tears as she tried every sandal in the shop to ensure she had the right fit at the right price prior to her holiday jaunt. Everyone satisfied we headed home laden with enough plants to help stop global warming.

Yorkshire Air Museum (Elvington) visit 26th September 2013

A group of 16 BLG members had an wonderful day out at the air museum near York. Several of our older members could identify nearly all the aircraft, having worked on many of them during their Royal Air Force or Navy service.

DC3 in Yorkshire
blg visit to air museum
The RAF base's NAAFI building was still there and we all had an excellent meal (unfortunately not at 1940s prices).
Victor Nuclear Bomber at Yorkshire Air Museum
Apart from the Aircraft on display there were also workshops (mainly manned by ex-service personnel volunteers) with many Aircraft undergoing repair or restoration, plus film shows and museum rooms full of photos and military artefacts.
The base Chapel was beautifully kept, an emotional place with names and photos of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country.


 Ampleforth Abbey

20th June 2013. Despite a poor weather forecast and therefore a sense of foreboding, a group of 40 travelled by coach to Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire on what turned out to be a warm dry day.
BLG arrives at Ampleforth Abbey
On arrival we were shown around a relatively recently constructed Abbey by one of the monks who explained the history of the order going back to the days of Edward the Confessor, identifying points of interest including the famous "mouseman" furniture.
An included lunch with free samples of the Abbey's famous ciders, beers, & liqueurs
Lunch followed with ample opportunity to taste the many types of brandies, liqueurs, ciders and beers made by the monks before buying whatever tickled our taste buds.
Ampleforth's famous & important cider apple orchard, with many rare varieties.
After lunch a tour of the apple orchard and cider mill rounded off an interesting day which everyone appeared to enjoy. A day with a difference, very educational, filled with history, interesting stories and anecdotes.

North York Moors Railway 

A dull start to the day saw thirty three of us depart by coach from Beverley to Whitby. The sky brightened up as we headed north and by the time we arrived at about 11.15am it was actually quite a nice day. A few hours free time in Whitby saw the majority enjoying a traditional fish and chip lunch at the many, many restaurants and cafes in the town followed by walks around the harbour before heading towards the train station for the 2pm steam train to Pickering. As we stood on the station platform the heavens opened and the rain came down in torrents. The train came majestically in to view, steam billowing around. Unfortunately after dropping off the passengers it left the station for the engine to be place at the front of the train for the return journey. Still it poured down.

Train returned, we all got on, although most of us quite wet by now, found a seat and started on our way. A journey of approximately one and three quarter hours took us through some wonderful scenery which you wouldn't see by road. The laughter coming from the carriage was a sign that despite the weather, everyone was having a good time. Approaching Pickering the sun began to shine and the weather stayed fine for the rest of the day. The trip back to Beverley was one many of us have done before but was a chance to natter and catch up on the events of the day.

Yes the weather wasn't great, but did we have a good time, of course we did. We always do.


Chatsworth House

Forty members set off on a bright sunny morning to visit Chatsworth House which had been decorated for the Christmas season to the theme "Deck the Halls" to celebrate Christmas Carols. A light hearted quiz for the outward journey occupied the mind. Well most of them. Doreen excluded. What's the saying about dumb and blond. Sorry Doreen.

On arrival we were warmly greeted by the Hall staff and made our way to the Hall entrance. This certainly had the WOW factor and the displays were wonderful. You had to be there to do any description justice. Lunch in the various eateries, shopping in the gift shops or exploring the splendid grounds rounded off a great day out. Comments on the coach and at the coffee morning and tea dance the next day certainly seemed to indicate everyone had a good time.


Day Trip to Scarborough Bowling Club

We took a coach to Scarborough for a game of bowls, a meal and a breath of sea air, we arrived at The Alexandra Bowling Club around 11:45 am.
BLG arrive at Scarborough's Alexandra Bowling Club
The food at the Bowling Club is good quality north of England fare, big & hearty plates full, or just a snack for those who prefer to stay slim. A few of the members that don't bowl had joined the trip to enjoy a day at the seaside and maybe do a bit of shopping.
BLG members enjoy bowling in Scarborough
The bowlers soon got used to the extra length of the rink and judging by the whoops & laughter enjoyed the days bowling.
view of North Bay from back of Bowling Club
We returned to Beverley around 6 o'clock, and all agreed it had been a great day out.