Senior Citizens’ Excursions

Various Destinations

Our Senior Citizens’ Excursions are free of charge to our residents, regardless of your income or savings.  We provide you with a choice of destinations for your trip.

The application forms will be available from Monday 15th April to Friday 26th April 2024, from the Library, Leisure Centre and the Oak Leaf Sports Complex. Applications can be submitted from 15th April until 26th April 2024, please follow instructions on the booklet and application form. 

How to Apply

Print and complete your Trip Application form and bring it along with your proof of age and residency to Great Aycliffe Town Council Offices, School Aycliffe Lane, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6QF between the following dates and time:

Monday 15th April – Friday 19th April between 10.00 am – 12.30 pm & 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm.

Monday 22nd April – Friday 26th April between 10.00 am – 12.30 pm.

Please park in the public car park adjacent to the council offices. 

Alternatively you can send your forms and copies only of your proofs via the post or e-mail the form and proofs to info@great-aycliffe.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th April 2024.

To be eligible, you do not have to be receiving a pension or have a bus pass, but you MUST be a resident of the Electoral Parish and 60 years old (applies to both men and women) by 1st April in the year of travel.

When you submit your application form you MUST provide proof of your age and where you live so that we can authenticate your right to travel on our excursions as they are only open to residents of the Electoral Parish of Great Aycliffe.  You can post your form, bring it to our offices, or e-mail it to us, but you must include the proof of age and residency with your form.  If your proof of residency and age is not with your application form we will not process your application.

If you have a query regarding your entitlement to an excursion, please telephone 01325 300700 and we will check your eligibility.
All coaches provided are 49-53 seater executive coaches with toilet facilities. There is also one executive coach with a wheelchair hoist to each destination except one. This ensures that people with mobility problems can enjoy a day out too.  The hoist can be used for loading wheelchairs for residents who need to travel in their wheelchair.

Destinations and dates for 2024

Windermere-on-Bowness (9:00 am – 5.50 pm) 

From Newton Aycliffe we drive straight to Bowness, when disembarking the coach each senior citizen will receive £15.00 in cash, to purchase their own lunch, the village centre has a wide variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from.

Bowness is a small village which sits on the shores of England’s largest natural lake, Windermere, from the shores of the lake you can hire a boat or take a cruise of the lake. Bowness has a great selection of shops, with a long high street that stretches down to the lakeshore. Here you will find a few well known high street brands interspersed with art galleries, antique shops, independent gift shops, and local artisan food producers. The village centre also has many cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from, a perfect place to rest and refuel.

In the afternoon why not visit The Lakes Gallery, full of award-winning images of the beautiful and dramatic Lake District National Park. Alternatively, you can visit Beatrix Potter World which is an enchanting visitors’ attraction where the author’s magical stories are brought to life in 3D. Entry fee is £8.00 for a senior.

Whitby (9:00 am to 5:15pm)

After leaving Newton Aycliffe we drive straight to Whitby, this ancient fishing port boasts connections to Captain Cook and Dracula. It’s quirky narrow streets and bustling harbour, overlooked by the striking Gothic ruins of the Abbey.

You’ll have time to wonder round the harbour, take in the sights and sounds of a working fishing port, this is also where HMS Bark Endeavour is docked, entry £5.00, experience what life was like for Captain Cook and his crew in the 1760’s.

For your enjoyment £15 will be issued to you on the coach, so you can lunch at any of Whitby’s wonderful eateries at a time that best suits you.   

After lunch you can explore the East side of the river Esk, where a wide range of independent shops are situated. The West Cliff is home to the whalebone arch which commemorates the town’s maritime heritage, take a stroll along the West Pier, you can sit and enjoy the amazing views of the Abbey. The RNLI Lifeboat Museum (free entry) celebrates Whitby’s lifeboat history with a treasure trove of memorabilia from famous wrecks and rescues. The coach departs at 3.45pm at the main coach park.

Skipton (9:00 am – 5:15 pm)

From Newton Aycliffe we drive straight to Skipton, when disembarking the coach each senior citizens will receive £15.00 in cash, to purchase their own lunch.

Skipton is endlessly rich both in history and outstanding natural beauty. With its famous 900 year old castle, ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street, which boasts many independent shops, popular high street favourites, pubs and cafes.

Many of the town’s attractions are linked by the Millennium Walk route, making it easy to navigate around. Take a short stroll along the Springs Branch canal which runs beneath the castle ramparts into Skipton Woods, watch the world go by as you relax on a Leeds-Liverpool canal cruiser. Tickets priced at £9.50 for adults, £8.50 for 65+.

High Corn Mill and Waterwheel House boasts an interesting mix of shops and businesses, the Historical Innovation Zone gives visitors an insight into the workings behind the medieval mill, view the water wheel and turbine, this attraction is free to all.

York (9:00 am to 5:15 pm)

From Newton Aycliffe we drive straight to York, at 11 am you will have an opportunity to take in beautiful York, explore the walled city, independent shops and cafes, perhaps call in for a cup of tea in the world-famous Betty’s Tea Rooms.

For lunch, it’s a visit to the Hilton Hotel for a two-course meal, afterwards you could follow York’s Chocolate Trail, take a mouth-watering wander through time, packed full of chocolate, pioneers and famous confectionery, or why not visit the Minster, this ancient building has exquisite, handcrafted stone and an unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass.

Or enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the ten-acre botanical Museum Gardens, around the Yorkshire Museum, they stretch from the River Ouse up to the back of York Art Gallery, and from Marygate on one side to Museum Street on the other. The gardens are a listed Botanical Garden and contain many varieties of trees, deciduous and evergreen, native.

Whitley Bay (9:30 am to 2:50 pm)

This excursion is ideal for anyone wishing to experience a shorter day. After leaving Newton Aycliffe we drive to Whitley Bay.

Whitley Bay provides a perfect destination for a day out, enjoy a walk on the golden sands and sample award-winning ice cream. Why not take a stroll along the links and visit the Links Art Gallery which displays a wide range of quality artworks with an emphasis on creations by North East artists.

You can visit the Town Centre which hosts a wide range of independent retailers. Park View Shopping Centre is a small indoor mall with high street names and home to many smaller independent traders selling quality local produce, gifts, and fashion. 

At lunch time you will enjoy a two-course lunch of award-winning fish and chips in ‘Trenchers’ restaurant, which is located in the newly renovated Spanish City.

Day
Date
Destination
Mon 3rd June Windermere
Tues 4th June Whitby
Wed 5th June Skipton
Thurs 6th June York
Fri 7th June Whitby
Mon 10th June Windermere
Tues 11th June Whitby 
Wed 12th June Skipton
Thurs 13th June York
Fri 14th June Skipton
Mon 17th June Windermere
Tues 18th June Whitby
Wed 19th June Skipton
Thurs 20th June  York
Fri 21st June Whitley Bay
Mon 24th June Windermere
Tues 25th June  Whitby
Wed 26th June  Skipton
Thurs 27th June  York
Fri 28th June Whitley Bay