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Donnison Day Trips 2018
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Day Trips from the Donnison School




Saturday 10th March

Historic Ripon and Ripon Workhouse

 (FREE Entry to the Museums)

Goings on at the Police, Prison & Courthouse Museums.

An insight into bygone times.  Ripon Cathedral one

of the many attractions of this market town



Saturday 12th May

Harrogate Town

Harrogate with its handsome historic buildings and

verdant gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most

elegant destinations. Set aside a weekend and indulge

in an antiques hunt in the morning, lunch at the famous

Betty's tearoom and then a visit to the luxurious Turkish baths.


Saturday 7th July

Hexham Market Town and Hexham Carnival

A day out for all the family: music, rides, stalls, food, all in

the wonderful setting of the Abbey grounds with its newly

 restored bandstand. The picturesque market town of 

Hexham lies just a few miles from Hadrian's Wall.

It has a huge amount to offer as you enjoy its many historical

and cultural attractions, including Hexham Abbey, which

has been a place of Christian worship since AD674.




Saturday 22nd September

Richmond and the Georgian Theatre

Beautiful Richmond with its Norman Castle, a variety

of museums and lovely market square. An opportunity

 to visit the recently restored Georgian Theatre

(admissions £4 if block booked for a party of 10+ optional)



Saturday 13th October

Pickering Wartime Weekend

Relive the camaraderie of WW2 and enjoy the

various re-enactments, entertainment and vehicle

displays along the line. The town comes alive with

Land Girls, Land Army, Crooners and Lindy Hoppers

creating dazzling sights and sounds!



Saturday 8th December Majestic York

Majestic York with its Minster and Shambles.

What more could you ask for a Christmas shopping trip?

Visit the delightful Fairfax House for a true Georgian experience (Optional admission £7.50 or £6 concessions).


Pick up point on Burdon Road near the War Memorial at 9.00am




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Upcoming Events

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Monday 26 March 2018

Amy Robsart's little trip

On the 8 September 1560 Amy Robsart the first wife of Robert Dudley was found dead at the foot of a staircase with a broken neck. Did she fall by accident or suicide or was she pushed?By Stuart Miller

Monday 30 April 2018

A trip down The River Wear from Wear Head to Roker Pier

By George Nairn

Monday 21 May 2018

OPEN DAY: Sunderland History Fair

Saturday 2nd June 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunderland Heritage Forum's History Fair, which brings together all aspects of local and regional heritage at The Quayside Exchange this year. The Donnison will be open for refreshments and a tour around our Geo

Saturday 02 June 2018

The History of Rock Lodge 1870 -1970

By Bill Greenwell

Monday 25 June 2018

Tall Ships: Open Day 10.00am - 4.00pm

Open Day with Sunderland Shipbuilding Exhibition (includes original film footage.) and fresh homemade refreshments.

Wednesday 11 July 2018

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