TRIPS AROUND the UK

Visit some of the most beautiful and interesting locations around England, Scotland and Wales.
TRIP POLICYVOLUNTEER TO LEAD A TRIP

Please note that there are two pick-up points for every International Society trip. The main pick-up point is the International Society building; the coaches park where Dover Street meets Oxford Road. This pick-up takes place at the time stated on the website and on your ticket. The coach also picks up from The University of Salford's Maxwell building. This pick-up takes place 30 minutes before the time stated on the website and on your ticket.

Overnight Trip: Bath (with visit to Stonehenge)

Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st October
£95 members
£105 non-members
(please ask in the office for childrens prices)

Visit the beautiful city of Bath for the weekend and tour the world famous ancient stone circle, Stonehenge. Bath never ceases to amaze with its many tourist attractions. There is plenty on offer to explore: The Roman Baths,  roof top thermal spa and many museums – Holborne, the Jane Austen museum all housed in impressive Georgian buildings and all within walking distance! Entrance and transport to Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world, in the county of Wiltshire is included in the trip.

York

Sunday 21st October
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£18 members
£23 non-members
£13 children aged 2-16

Another chance to visit the very attractive historic city of York in Yorkshire. You will have the entire day to spend at your leisure exploring the city at your own pace taking in the medieval Shambles, the York Minster and perhaps learning something about the city’s Viking history! There are plenty of attractions for children to enjoy too such as Jorvik DIG .. dig, delve and discover history hands on!

Chester Zoo

Sunday 21st October
9.00 am – 6.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.30 am)
£32 members
£37 non-members
£27 children aged 3-15
£10 children aged 2

Fancy an exciting day out with more than 20,000 animals from 500 different species? Then Chester Zoo is the place for you.  Chester Zoo is Britain’s number one zoo! You have the whole day to explore its many attractions and gardens at your leisure and discover the new “Islands” area – an amazing tropical environment of six South East Asian islands! There is so much for children to explore and do in the play areas, mini golf and face-painting too!

Countryside Walk: Ladybrook Valley & Bramhall Park

Thursday 25th October
FREE! (available to members only)
(meeting at Cheadle Hulme train station)

Two to three hours of gentle walking following the banks of the beautiful Ladybrook river through meadows, woods and parkland, making a short stop at the historic Bramall Hall. Led by one of the International Society’s hospitality scheme families. Meet at Cheadle Hulme railway station at 13 00.

Places for the walks are limited so sign up as soon as you know you want to go! Also, good walking clothes and shoes or boots are essential for these walks.

 

Any questions about the Countryside Walks?

Alton Towers: Halloween Scarefest!

Saturday 27th October
9.30 am – 9.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£43 members
£48 non-members
£33 children aged 4-11
£10 children aged 2-3
(includes entrance to Alton Towers and its rides)

Alton Towers is Britain’s most popular Theme Park. There are 100s of free rides to go on!  The 2018 Scarefest promises to offer the most spooktacular event yet – and the longest! The Theme Park is open until 9pm and with spine-tingling spooks for younger visitors and haunting horrors for thrill-seeking ghost hunters – there’s something for everyone at Alton Towers this Halloween.  An exciting day out with friends and family!

East Lake District Explorer (Aira Force Waterfall Walk & Ullswater Valley boat trip & Glenridding)

Sunday 28th October
8.00 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 7.30 am)
£28 members
£33 non-members
£23 children aged 5-16
£12 children aged 2-4
(includes entrance to the falls and boat ride)

The poet, William Wordsworth described the Ullswater Valley as the happiest combination of  beauty and grandeur. Start the day with a walk through beautiful countryside to Aira Force Waterfall . Then onto Pooley Bridge at the north end of Lake Ullswater to board the Ullswater steamer for a leisurely boat trip to Glenridding. Glenridding is the largest of the Ullswater villages in a beautiful setting.  You will have some time to spend here at the end of your day.

Overnight Trip: Bath (with visit to Stonehenge)

Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th October
£95 members
£105 non-members
(please ask in the office for childrens prices)

Visit the beautiful city of Bath for the weekend and tour the world famous ancient stone circle, Stonehenge. Bath never ceases to amaze with its many tourist attractions. There is plenty on offer to explore: The Roman Baths,  roof top thermal spa and many museums – Holborne, the Jane Austen museum all housed in impressive Georgian buildings and all within walking distance! Entrance and transport to Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world, in the county of Wiltshire is included in the trip.

Alton Towers: Ultimate Fireworks!

Saturday 3rd November
9.30 am – 9.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£43 members
£48 non-members
£33 children aged 4-11
£10 children aged 2-3

Alton Towers is Britain’s most popular Theme Park. There are 100s of free rides to go on!  The NEW Wickerman ride for 2018 will be open to ride! You can enjoy a day of rides and entertainment, ride your favourite rides after dark and end the day with a spectacular firework display!

Liverpool (with 2-hour guided tour)

Saturday 3rd November
9.30 am – 6.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

On arrival in the city, there will be a guided coach tour of Liverpool’s main sites … including the Albert Dock area, the two Cathedrals and the places where the Beatles lived and played music! You will then have the afternoon free to spend as you please, perhaps sightseeing or shopping! Liverpool has lots to offer!

Countryside Walk: Styal Woods & Quarry Bank Mill

Thursday 8th November
FREE! (available to members only)
(meeting at Styal train station)

Two to three hours of gentle walking through Styal Woods to Quarry Bank Mill. Led by one of the International Society’s hospitality scheme families. Meet at Styal train station.

Places for the walks are limited so sign up as soon as you know you want to go! Also, good walking clothes and shoes or boots are essential for these walks.

 

Any questions about the Countryside Walks?

North Wales visiting the Ffestioniog Railway & Portmeirion Village

Sunday 4th November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£38 members
£43 non-members
£28 children aged 3-16
£12 children aged 2

North Wales is a beautiful area of contrasting landscapes. On this particular trip you will pass through the Snowdonia area with fantastic scenery aboard the famous Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway. From here you travel on to Portmeirion Village, an interesting Italianate village in a picturesque location. You will have several hours here to explore the village, the woodland gardens and the coast!

Oxford (with guided tour)

Saturday 10th November
8.00 am – 9.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 7.30 am)
£28 members
£33 non-members
£23 children aged 2-16
(includes guided walking tour)

Oxford is world famous for being a great University city. You will have the entire day here to spend at your leisure … either visiting the many University colleges or some of the city’s interesting museums and Art Galleries!

North Lake District Fells and Forest (Keswick with optional trip to Whinlatter Forest Park)

Sunday 11th November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

Keswick is a pretty market town in North Cumbria with lots to do whether it be a boat ride on the Derwent Water or exploring the town’s many shops and museums.  Saturday is also market day! Keswick is also a perfect base for a day’s walking in the countryside.   One particular beautiful walk is that to Castlerigg Stone Circle just outside Keswick! Today, you have the option of also going to Whinlatter Forest Park… England’s only true mountain forest park !  An excellent trip for those who enjoy the beautiful scenery on offer in the countryside!

North Wales at Christmas (Conwy Castle & Llandudno Christmas Fayre)

Saturday 17th November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£25 members
£30 non-members
£20 children aged 5-16
£12 children aged 2-4
(includes entrance to Conwy Castle)

The first stop of the day is Conwy Castle, a World Heritage site is an outstanding example of medieval military architecture. You will have time here to explore the castle and have a look around the town of Conwy itself … perhaps visit Britain’s smallest house too!  The afternoon will then be spent in Llandudno where the Christmas Fayre is taking place with over 130 craft and food stalls offering everything you need for that festive cheer!

Whitby

Saturday 17th November
8.30 am – 8.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

Whitby, an ancient fishing port set on the North Sea, considered to be one of the most interesting and attractive seaside towns.  There is the opportunity to visit the locations where the author Bram Stoker set his novel “Dracula”, visit the 13th Century Abbey, stroll around the harbour or visit the Captain Cook museum as well as enjoy the fresh air of a day at the seaside and maybe sample the best fish and chips! Today, there is a festive Christmas Fair taking place in town too!

Chester Christmas Market & Cheshire Oaks Retail Outlet

Sunday 18th November
9.00 am – 7.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£18 members
£23 non-members
£13 children aged 2-16

Cheshire Oaks retail outlet village – here you can shop at a lot cheaper prices than city centre shops for many great branded goods! The second stop of the day will be Chester, is a picturesque, historic town and has some beautiful tourist attractions to visit such as the Cathedral and the Roman Walls. The Christmas market will be taking place today in the town centre with its many craft and food and drink stalls for you to explore.

York (St Nicholas Fayre Market)

Saturday 24th November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£18 members
£23 non-members
£13 children aged 2-16

Another opportunity to visit the historic city of York. You will have the entire day to spend at your leisure exploring the city at your own pace taking in the medieval Shambles, the York Minster and perhaps learning something about the city’s Viking history. Today, the St Nicholas Fayre will be taking place selling a mixture of arts and crafts, gifts and locally produced food and drink.

Countryside Walk: The Peak District

Sunday 25th November
FREE! (available to members only)
(meeting at Grindleford train station)

Why not join us on a walk in the countryside? Come along and join us for a day’s walk in the Peak District visiting Padley Gorge, Higger Tor and Hathersage! Led by one of International Society’s hopsitality scheme families.

Places for the walks are limited so sign up as soon as you know you want to go! Also, good walking clothes and shoes or boots are essential for these walks.

 

Any questions about the Countryside Walks?

Peak District Discoverer (Chatsworth House at Christmas and Bakewell)

Sunday 25th November
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£40 members
£45 non-members
£35 children aged 4-16
£12 children aged 2-3

This is a great opportunity to visit the attractive historic Estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.  Chatsworth is an interesting place to explore with its charming house and gardens and farmyard and adventure playground for the children. Today, Chatsworth has the added attractions of its Christmas markets and the beautifully decorated Christmas mansion. The day will end in Bakewell where you will have time to look around this small village in the heart of the Peak District and perhaps sample the famously tasty Bakewell tart!

The Lake District at Christmas (Keswick Victorian Fayre and Ambleside)

Saturday 1st December
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

The Lake District, a world heritage site, is an area of outstanding natural beauty.  You will have chance to spend time in the main tourist town in the North of the Lakes, Keswick, on the shores of Derwent Water. Today, the annual Victorian Christmas Fayre is also taking place. Then onto Ambleside on the shore of Lake Windermere, a great place to explore the Lake or shop, relax and eat in the various shops and cafes on offer!

Countryside Walk: Bollin Valley

Thursday 6th December
FREE! (available to members only)
(meeting at Wilmslow train station)

Why not join us on a walk in the countryside? Two to three hours of gentle walking through Bollin Valley. Led by one of the International Society’s hospitality scheme families. Meet at Wilmslow train station.

Places for the walks are limited so sign up as soon as you know you want to go! Also, good walking clothes and shoes or boots are essential for these walks.

 

Any questions about the Countryside Walks?

Stockeld Park at Christmas, Yorkshire

Sunday 2nd December
9.00 am – 6.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.30 am)
£30 members
£35 non-members
£25 children aged 3-16
£12 children aged 2
(includes entrance ticket with 2 adventure zones; the maze and adventure play and enchanted forest)

Stockeld Park, the home of Yorkshire’s most magical Christmas adventure! Discover the adventure playground and lose yourself in the magical maze by day then when darkness falls, travel through the illuminated enchanted forest to see what mysterious characters you will encounter! Father Christmas will also be there if you would like to visit him!

Stratford-upon-Avon (Victorian Christmas Market)

Saturday 8th December
8.30 am – 8.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£35 members
£40 non-members
£30 children aged 3-16
£13 children aged 2

Stratford is most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You will have the chance to visit three of the Shakespeare properties – Shakespeare’s birthplace, Harvard House and Hall’s Croft while you are there and also to explore the picturesque town itself. Today, the annual Victorian Christmas market will also be taking place with entertainment, a funfair and stalls selling christmas goodies.

Peak District Explorer (visiting Buxton and Castleton at Christmas with a visit to Peak Cavern)

Sunday 9th December
9.00 am – 7.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.30 am)
£25 members
£30 non-members
£20 children aged 5-15
£10 children aged 2-4

The Peak District National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Today, you will visit the pretty spa town of Buxton with its Christmas Fair in the beautiful Pavillion Gardens in the centre of town. Then onto Castleton for the second stop of the day, one of the most beautifully lit villages in the Peak District at this time of year particularly the stunningly lit Peveril Castle.  You will also have the chance to visit one of the many caves in the area … Peak Cavern, well known for having the largest entrance to any cave in Britain and time to spend relaxing in Castleton itself. Father Christmas will be available for a visit too!

Boxing Day Sales visit to Chester and Cheshire Oaks

Wednesday 26th December
9.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£18 members
£23 non-members
£13 children aged 2-16

The Winter Sales start today so pick up a bargain or two for yourself at the Cheshire Oaks Retail Outlet where prices are cheaper than normal high street prices and prices will be slashed even further today!!

Overnight Trip: Edinburgh

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th February 2019
£95 members
£105 non-members
(please ask in the office for childrens prices)

You have the opportunity to spend the weekend exploring this beautiful, atmospheric place with it’s castle presiding over the city and UNESCO world heritage sites : the old and new towns and the Forth bridge and the new Forth Road Bridge!  A coach tour has been planned for you as part of the trip to give you an overview of the famous city sights! If you have energy to spare, why not have a go at climbing Arthur’s seat with its breathtaking views!

Trip Policy

GENERAL
Members are welcome to bring their children on trips. All children over two years of age need a seat. Children are not allowed on coach trips unless accompanied by an adult. All trips (unless otherwise stated) start and finish at Dover Street, just next to International Society a pick-up point is arranged at Salford University 30 minutes prior to the Dover Street departure time. Please note that leaders on coaches are volunteers and are not therefore professional tourist guides. It is your responsibility to arrive in time for the departure of the coach. No refund will be available if you are late.

DAY TRIP CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS
Please bring your ticket to the office at least one week in advance of the trip taking place if you know that you are unable to go. Please note that ticket money cannot be refunded for trips unless the ticket is resold after we have sold our own tickets. A cancellation charge of £1.00 per ticket is made. Refunds must be collected within 14 days of the trip taking place. Please note that ULC students who are taking the free trips paid for by their course cannot change trips once they are booked.

OVERNIGHT TRIP CANCELLATION AND REFUND
Please note that cancellations cannot be accepted unless more than two weeks notice is given. A refund can only be given if we are able to resell your place on the trip. A cancellation charge of £5.00 per booking is made. Refunds must be collected within 14 days of the trip taking place.

DISCLAIMER
The International Society reserves the right to change the details of the trips programme should any necessity arise. The Society and staff cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss or injury however sustained by participants on trips. The Society cannot be held responsible for the weather conditions on any of our trips. Please check the weather forecast before you go and take appropriate clothing.

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VOLUNTEER TO LEAD A TRIP

TRIP LEADERS
Every International Society trip is led by one of our volunteers. The volunteers are responsible for checking tickets and ID and counting everyone onto the coach in the morning. They will then liaise with the coach driver about the timetable of the trip, inform the passengers about what’s happening and when, organise the group’s entry into the various properties that we visit and then count everyone back onto the coach at the end of the day. Trip Leaders get to enjoy the trip themselves for free and can invite a friend along to share the experience with them. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Trip Leader then we require that you go on at least three trips first to better understand how they work.

GET IN TOUCH
If you have any questions please contact us using the contact form in the section above. If you would like to volunteer right away then click the button and complete the volunteer form. Please note that there is often a very high demand to be a Trip Leader and we may not be able to accommodate everyone that applies.
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