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Co-ordinator(s)Ann Quintilla & Sheila Halden

What we do


The Collins Dictionary definition of culture is: ‘Activities such as the arts and philosophy, which are considered to be important for the development of civilization and of people’s minds.’ Hence we organise trips to the ballet, opera, classical music concerts, theatres, art galleries, museums and exhibitions. Travel is always by coach from Kendal.

In August we will see Alan Ayckbourn’s play Dear Uncle at Keswick, and in November The Nutcracker in Liverpool. 

Also, in November, with the Memorable Experiences group, we plan to hear the acclaimed Sixteen Choir and Orchestra perform Monteverdi’s Vespers at The Bridgewater Hall.

For more information and to register for future trips please contact Ann or use the Contact Form.

See Events for other meetings which are open to all members.



Although I am stating the obvious, I shall not be arranging/organising any Culture Trips until we are clear of the Covid-19 virus. From what I am reading this is likely to take quite a long time so watch this space and check your emails.

Isolation is lonely so if you want to chat I am at the other end of a phone line.

Keep safe

Best wishes

Ann Quintilla

Additional Trip

I am organising a Culture Trip to The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 14 May for an evening performance.

The concert is Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto played by Noboyuki Tsujii, the brilliant Japanese pianist, who is a favourite with the Liverpool audiences, and Manuel de Falla's 'Three Cornered Hat'. The conductor is Vasily Petrenko. 

Seats, costing approximately £25.00 each, would be in the mid rear gallery from which you have a commanding view of the orchestra and the acoustics are superb. Leg room, however, is limited. Travel would be by coach but, as yet, I do not have a price for that.

Because this concert is so popular tickets are extremely limited and therefore you must let me know very soon if you would like to join this trip. Please do not submit your name unless you are absolutely certain you can come on this trip.


January 2020

3 trips have been organised in the first 3 months of 2020. Two of these are ballets.

On Sunday, 9 February , we are going to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to hear Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto and Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony.

We shall be going to see Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed new ballet ‘Red Shoes’, based on the 1940’s film that starred Moira Shearer in the lead role, on 27 February.

On 17 March we will be seeing ‘Giselle’ at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Although all the places for these events have been taken, I can accept your name as a reserve if anyone ‘drops out’. Contact Ann by phone or email:

Please note that Culture trips have to be booked a few months in advance of the trips so if you would like to be informed of forthcoming trips please let me know.

Wishing all Culture Trip members a happy and healthy 2020

December 2019

I am organising a trip to see the Matthew Bourne ballet, Red Shoes, at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, on Thursday, 27 February 2020. It is a matinee performance and seats will be in the circle.

This ballet is an adaptation of the film that was produced in the 1940/50s starring Moira Shearer and Robert Hoffman. When I was about 7 years old my mother took me to see it at the cinema and I know several members also saw it when they were young.  There is a chance to see it again at the our next Classic Films meeting on 2 January,

Matthew Bourne's choreography/production has received rave reviews and I believe it has also received an Olivier Award. If you love ballet this is an event not to be missed.

If you would like to join this trip please contact Ann Quintilla by email ( or phone as soon as possible so that I can reserve the seats.

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