Sunbridge Wells, August (TBC)
Bradford Brewery, September (TBC)
Beverley Christmas Market, 10 December
Let's Go Racing!
It's rugby league night on Mon 12 June at the Pontefract Racecourse. Players and coaches from Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity, Huddersfield Giants and Featherstone Rovers will be mingling with the crowds.
Our coach will leave the University at approximately 17:00 and return just after the last race. The cost for this excursion is £10 for BUStA members, £12 for guests and £5 for children. The ticket includes return coach travel, and entry to the grandstand/paddock area. Final date for booking will be Wed 7 June. You can book your place online.
A Day Trip to Windermere
This year we are running a day trip to Windermere on Sun 9 Jul, leaving the University at approximately 10:00 and setting back home around 18:30.
To keep costs down for members this trip is heavily subsidised, costing just £5 for BUStA members, £10 for guests and £4 for children. Refunds will only be considered if your place can be resold.
New Year's Party
Trip to Knaresborough Christmas Market
BUStA takes a trip to the annual Knaresborough Christmas Market on 4 December where you enjoy seasonal food, pick up some festive gifts and get well into the Christmas spirit!
Historic Knaresborough's attractions also include its many pubs, cafes and shops but also Knaresborough Castle, Mother Shipton's Cave, and Ye Oldest Chymist Shoppe in England.
The coach leaves campus at 10:00 and we start back after the fireworks display around 17:00.
Members tickets are selling at £5, non-members £8 and children £5. Remember - BUStA helps subsidise coach travel for our members so you're getting the best value trip as part of the staff association!
BUStA Presents - Halloween Party 2016!
This year the BUStA Halloween party is held on Wednesday 2 November kicking off at 17:00. Come and join us in Richmond Staff Common Room (F22). Free entry for members includes food and drink, games and entertainments. Non-members also very welcome for a small entry fee of £5. There will also be a prize for the best dressed so make sure you come kitted out as your favourite ghoul, monster or beast!
Day Trip to the Beamish Museum - Sunday 4 September
BUStA takes a trip to the open air historic museum of Beamish where you can experience the 1900s village and pit town, or 1940s farm. The village presents the old hall and other unmissable attractions, plus if the weather is good you can pack a picnic and bring it along!
Tickets are just £15 for members (kids' tickets also £15) and £18 for non-members. The ticket price includes coach travel there and back, and entry to the museum. Our coach will be leaving Campus at 9.00am and we depart Beamish around 5.00pm.
Holmfirth Vineyard and Restaurant - Thursday 4 August - First of the Summer Wine?
BUStA takes a trip to the Holmfirth Vineyard and Restaurant for a tour of the site including wine-tasting, before visiting the town of Holmfirth for some sights and to grab something to eat!
Tickets are just £8 for members and £12 for non-members. The ticket price covers the coach travel there and back, entry into the vineyard and the tour. The coach for this evening social leaves Campus at 5.30pm and we expect to return from Holmfirth and be back in Bradford for around 10.00pm.
On a surprisingly balmy Thursday evening, our coach set out for the wilds of Holmfirth, and to the Holmfirth Vineyard, nestled on the upper slopes above a town made famous more for its Summer Wine than its …er…..summer wines!?
The coach driver can be commended for his calmness in adversity – the climb out of Holmfirth was tortuous to say the least, with steep winding bends, tight corners, and some decidedly inconsiderately parked vehicles to contend with. Thankfully the short wheelbase coach could just about make the tightest bends and we arrived in good time for the tour. We were met by our tour guide, a trained sommelier with an easy style that made for an entertaining as well as informative tour. Starting at the vineyard itself, we learned that the owners were a couple who had been independently successful in their own right, and had come to Holmfirth originally to settle down to a quieter life on the back of that success. With 7 acres of land alongside the recently purchased farmhouse, it was soon apparent that a new project was needed, and the vineyard was born. Since then the vineyard has developed a range of wines, and further enhanced the site with high quality holiday accommodation that is visually stunning (Grand Designs stuff); celebrity guests are common and without name dropping we were let into the secret that the most famous young male singer on the planet had stayed – if you can belieb it.
So, inside to the processing area where grapes are crushed (no – not with bare feet), vatted, and allowed to ferment, before being filtered and bottled. Bottles are mainly corked despite the higher cost as that is seen as a buyer expectation for wines at the price point that Holmfirth sell at, but our guide was quick to express his view that screw top was both better for the wine and being cheaper, inevitably how the majority of wine would be sold in the future. At last we got to taste the plonk! We were given a brief explanation of the Sommelier’s art as we sampled white, rosé, fizz, and finally red. General opinion was that the red simply wasn’t great, which perhaps surprisingly was a view also held by our guide, who explained that British weather made the production of reds virtually impossible, but that producers continued to experiment with the aim of getting it right. The rosé seemed most popular, but for me the outstanding performer was the fizz – which for someone who can take it or leave it is saying something. It stood out as by far the highest quality and perhaps equal to some of the well-known champagne brands, although at £30 a bottle it needs to! So – for those that fancy a ride out to the country – well, where were you? The vineyard does have a small restaurant with stunning panoramic views of the vines and Holmfirth beyond – breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas are served. A trip to West Yorkshire’s very own Napa Valley is well worth considering.
A Day Trip to Whitby - Sunday 3 July
BUStA are making another summer trip to the ever-popular seaside town of Whitby. Famous attractions include the Whitby Abbey and the bijou Captain Cook Memorial Museum (the winner of VisitEngland Gold Award 2013) but you have the whole day to make plans to enjoy shopping, food and drink, and the many sights. The coach departs University of Bradford at 9.30am and we set back from Whitby at 6.00pm.
This day trip is heavily subsidised and BUStA members only pay £5 per ticket. Non-members are also welcome and the tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children.
Members of BUSTA and associated friends jumped onto a coach on a warm summer’s day to head to the sea-side and enjoy the sights and sounds of the coastal town of Whitby.
Arriving at the main car park after a two hour journey through the loveliest countryside of the North York Dales, and witnessing a steam train chugging by, everyone soon headed into the town to enjoy all the things that Whitby has to offer, from its famous seafood market to its pier, now with the lighthouse open to the public and offering gorgeous views of the land and sea, or heading over to the older part to climb up the 199 steps to the Abbey.
There was also plenty of opportunity during the day to stand by the whale-bones for photos, grab an ice-cream and also, of course, enjoy some fish and chips in one of the many restaurants, or outside underneath the band-stand. The more adventurous amongst the party ventured out onto the open seas on the boat tour, or braved the Dracula Experience. Some headed to the markets to buy sweets, gifts or some of the famous Whitby Jet, whilst the beach was also there for the sun-catchers as the weather became even nicer in the mid-afternoon. Naturally there was also plenty of chances for those looking for shopping or a pint or two at a local pub.
With stomachs full, pockets a little lighter and bags fuller, everyone got back on the coach and returned to Bradford after a sunny and event-packed time at the home of Captain Cook.
A Day Trip to Scarborough July 2015
This year's day trip was to Scarborough on Saturday 25 July. We left the University at approximately 09:00 and set off back home at 18:30. To keep costs down for members this trip was heavily subsidised, costing just £5 for members, £8 for guests, and £4 children.
BUStA went boozing June 2015
Thank you to all who joined BUStA on this event – it proved to be a very successful visit, with nearly 40 people attending. A special mention must go to Sam who's sterling efforts in making sure everyone got their beer tokens and that food was shipped out as it emerged from the kitchen were much appreciated.
Thanks must also go to Andy Dyson for his part in researching possible breweries (it's a tough job ...). The brief tour of the brewing plant was long enough to inform but short enough to keep us interested, with the added frisson of "don’t step on that hatch!" which is a challenge with a few ales inside one. Fortunately we never discovered the consequences of doing so which I suspect may well have been catastrophic.
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the event and there weren't too many sore heads the following day!
BUStA went Racing May 2015!
It was 80s night on Friday 22 May and BUStA was there, at Pontefract Racecourse. Our coach left the University at approximately 05:00pm and returned just after the last race. The cost for this excursion was '80s cheap' at just £10 members, £12 guests and £5 children, this included return coach travel and entry into the Grandstand / Paddock area.
New Year Party 2015
This year's extravaganza was on Friday 23 January 2015, and was the perfect antidote to those post-festive blues. There was the usual fun and frolics, buffet and beverages. This was FREE to members and £5 to guests.
New Year Party 2014
Hopefully you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with gifts and family times to cherish! Once the dust had settled and we all tried to get ourselves back into 'work mode', we in BUStA were keen to make the return to work as painless as possible with our legendary New Year Party, the perfect antidote to those post-festivities blues.
This year’s extravaganza was on Friday 17 January 2014. There were the usual fun and frolics, buffet and beverages, and remember this was all FREE to members. Guests were welcome for a bargain price of £5.00, but why not encourage them to join BUStA anyway? You know it makes sense!
Beverley Christmas Festival 2014
Following last year’s successful trip, we have decided to go again to the Beverley Christmas Festival on Sunday 14 December. Last year, as well as the many market stalls, there was lots to see and do, including the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of birds of prey, a Sealed Knot Society re-enactment, a display of vintage cars, and a variety of street entertainers. Check out the Beverley Christmas Festival website.
This year the price for members was an unbelievable £5; and guests contributed just £8 and children £4. The coach left the University at 8.15am and Beverley at 5.00pm.