Outings Organiser Pat King arranged a four-night holiday in May to the Lancashire seaside town of Morecambe for 46 members of her Cambridgeshire-based group, Buckden Friends, with tour operator just for groups! of Norwich.
It was the first time that Pat had organised a trip with just for groups! and found them to be very helpful. They put together the itinerary and coach travel, and booked the group into the Auckland Hotel, situated along Morecambe’s central promenade. Pat comments, “The accommodation was excellent; my group all said they would like to return one day.”
Pat, meanwhile, planned a buffet lunch for the group at the Sneyd Arms, near Keele University, enroute to the hotel and a two-course Italian meal at the Terrazzo del Giardino located within the Trentham Estate, Staffordshire for the way home. She says, “On the outward journey, it’s a great way for the group to bond and welcome new members before reaching the hotel.”
Excursions lined up for the break included a ride on the East Lancashire Railway, a boat trip on Lake Windermere and an outing on the Lune Aqueduct, a navigable aqueduct that carries the Lancaster Canal over the River Lune.
In the evenings, the group put on their own entertainment. Pat explains, “The hotel offered us a private room in which we could get to together and take part in activities such as quizzes and card games, which different group members had planned.”
Rounding up the trip, Pat says, “As always, my group was great company. It’s like going away with a big family.”