Out and About

Our schedule of tours and visits has proved very popular with members because they provide further opportunities for socialising and learning about our community in an interesting and fun way.

Over recent times we have visited a variety of sites around Canterbury including: exploration of Ohinetahi in Governors Bay, meeting at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque; rambling through Broadfield Gardens; traipsing around Travis Wetlands; eyeing the art at Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park; and strolling around the SALT area of the CBD.  Your ideas for an excursion will be gratefully received.

How to Join an Excursion

If you wish to join one of our excursions, you will need to sign up and pay before the event.  You will need to complete two actions:

  1. Add your name to the Signup Sheet(online preferred) - access the signup form here.  There will also be a signup sheet available at the Excursions desk at our monthly meetings.
  2. Make the appropriate payment online into our bank account.  Account # Kiwibank 38-9017-0882952-00.  In the 'reference' field please put EXC (short for excursion) and in the 'particulars' field put your initials and family name.  If paying for two people please give details for the second person.


Wednesday, 11 May 

Location: Ribblesdale Garden, 2956 Oxford Road, Oxford (at the Barracks Road corner).
Meeting Time:  10.45 am
Transport:  No transport provided for this excursion.  It's a 35 minute drive from the Papanui Baptist Church so the suggestion is that you carpool with U3A friends.
Cost: $20 which includes entry fee, and a Devonshire tea on our arrival, a talk given by the owner Natalie Illingworth and a garden tour. There is a plant nursery at the garden and possibly some plants available for purchase.
Signup Closes: Sunday, 8 May.

Ribblesdale  is a charming country garden, described on the website as “developing its own micro-climate and eco-system where environmental theories have been integrated into the design of the gardens.”

Located 1.6 km from the Gardens is the township of Oxford which, in itself, deserves a visit which would make a lovely day out. The Oxford Museum offers an interesting insight into the history of the area. Arts in Oxford is an excellent little gallery and while closed until after Easter, due to omicron, will likely be open on the day of our visit. Emma’s at Oxford is a terrific bookshop that also sells gifts and a selection of clothing. It’s certainly worth a visit and is located right next door to the 1950s themed Cruisy Days Diner. There are also plenty of other options for lunch including a number of cafes, the ‘World Famous Sheffield Pies’ shop, and a pizza and wine bar.