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We are situated in the attractive and vibrant market town of Sandbach in the heart of South Cheshire.

Our Club was formed in 1980 with the support of The Rotary Club of Sandbach and today enjoys a membership of well over 50 members.

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Probus Travel Tours for 2017 (1st Edition)

 

Wednesday 12 April 2017 “Treading the boards and Tudor style” Tour PT 046/17

We begin the year with this most unusual tour - a visit to the Plaza Theatre, Stockport for a guided behind the scenes tour of this magnificent Art Deco building. Once destined to be demolished, the theatre has been brought back from the brink and thoroughly refurbished at a cost of three million pounds to how it was in 1932. It is exceptional. Following our tour we enjoy lunch, which is included, in the Plaza Café and will be served by waiters and waitresses in the style of the 1930’s. In the afternoon we visit Bramall Hall probably one of the most impressive black and white houses in the country. We have a fully guided tour of this beautiful building admiring how it has been sympathetically restored with a £1.6 million grant during 2016. Booking forms available from 14 February 2017

 

Wednesday 7 June 2017 “A Brief Encounter and Leighton Hall” Tour PT 047/16

One of the most well known films to be produced during the last war was “A Brief Encounter”. Much of the location filming was done on Carnforth Station in 1944 and featured Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson and on this tour we take you back in time to the actual platform where the filming took place. You will see the station buffet and clock and also be able to see the original film in the small theatre. Once we have enjoyed all the nostalgia we then travel the short distance to the magnificent Leighton Hall for our included lunch. Home to the Gillows family and known for many years as Waring and Gillows, one of the finest furniture makers in the country, we enjoy a guided tour with a difference of the Hall. Booking forms available 11 April 2017

 

Wednesday 11 October 2017 “The World of Glass” Tour PT 048/17

For many years the name of “Pilkingtons” has been associated with the production of high quality float glass in the UK. On this tour we visit the excellent glass museum in St Helens and learn the full story of glass making in the north west. The visit includes a fascinating glass blowing demonstration with commentary - probably the best you will see. Lunch is included on this tour and you will also be informed of the other industries in St Helens - coal mining, clock making and of course the pharmaceutical industry with the Beecham Pill Company A full day with plenty of seating in this modern museum. Booking forms available from 8 August 2017

 

31 August - 4 September 2017: “Highlights of Hampshire” Tour PT 045/17

The lovely county of Hampshire is our destination later this year and we continue with our successful “Highlights” themed tours visiting some of the very best venues this area has to offer including the magnificent Spinnaker Tower and the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. Here you will see HMS Warrior, HMS Victory with its newly opened areas to explore and the new (2016) Mary Rose Exhibition. The Milestones Museum in Basingstoke is another fascinating venue, where you will be able to walk down cobbled streets and visit shops as they would have been in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. A guided tour of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, the world’s number one premium gin is also included, where we are sure you will be able to quench your thirst with one of their special cocktails.

No visit to Hampshire would be complete without a journey on the Watercress Line steam railway and as this is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death we will be visiting her home at Chawton. The lovely city of Winchester with its many attractions will also be included.

The hotel chosen for this holiday will be the 4AA starred Holiday Inn near Winchester on the edge of the South Downs National Park. This hotel is quite new and boasts 2AA rosettes for the quality and presentation of food. Booking forms will be available from Tuesday 10 January 2017. Limited number of places.


Full details for all tours are available from Graham Hannen on 01270 764777 or email grahamhannen [at] talktalk [dot] net