UEA Retirement Association

The UEA Retirement Association offers a wide range of events and outings, from walks across the Lake District to theatre outings.

We also run a series of talks delivered by experts on various subjects; from the history of advertising to ancient trees, there's something to suit all interests. 

Please see below details of walks, talks, and outings.

Outings and Holidays


Holidays in 2021

19-23 July 2021: Abingworth Discovery Tour

This holiday from 19 to 23 July is going ahead. 15 members are participating and hoping for better weather than last week.;

John Johnson


11-15 October 2021: Walking Holiday at Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales

Our Guided Walking Holiday will be at Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales. We have booked 4 nights from Monday 11 Oct 2021 to Friday 15 Oct-2021.  This holiday was postponed from 2020 and is now confirmed.  The deposits paid in December 2019 have been transferred to the new dates.  Balances will be due in August.

Currently HF organise walks from the house, avoiding the use of buses.  This holiday is now full, but anyone who has not booked and would like to go on a waiting list, please contact Keith Woods on


Keith Woods

Holidays in 2022

13-17 June 2022: Gentle Walking Holiday at Brecon, S Wales

This holiday is with HF and there are currently 14 of us booked. There may well be more rooms available so please let me know ( telephone 01508 495187) as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us.

The price is £535 pp full board, with deposit of £75 payable. All rooms are en-suite. Coach transport will be arranged from and back to Norwich.

During our stay we will be exploring the Usk Valley, with some canal walking, the Nedd Valley with its waterfalls and Hay-on-Wye with its bookshops. Each day offers 3 walks from 4 or 5 miles (easier) to 7-9 miles (hardest) and transport is provided. The walks are fully guided. Nythfa House, where we stay, has an indoor swimming pool. For further details see


Chris Harvey


10-14 October 2022: Walking Holiday at Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

Dates for your diary 2022. With so many holidays postponed we are currently having to plan for next year. We have booked Mon-Fri 10-14 October 2022 for Guided Walking with HF at Lulworth Cove on the Dorset Coast.

Anyone who would like to go is welcome to email  so we can contact you later. No deposit required yet!



Forthcoming Talks

All talks begin at 2.15pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey.  

No response slips are required – just pay £1 per person at the door which includes tea and biscuits.  Each member may bring up to two guests.

Tuesday, 28 September:   The first talk of the year will be at the Costessey Centre  on “What is so special about Humphry Repton?” by Professor Tom Williamson.

This is a joint talk organised by the Garden Group.

The talk will be preceded by the postponed AGM starting at 2 pm.  More details later.

Tuesday, 26 October:      “Deltiology”  by Gerald Brown

Deltiology – the study and collection of picture postcards. A popular and relatively inexpensive interest of many in the third age. An illustrated talk on their development, publishers, types, topics to collect etc.



Walking Group 

Tuesday, 11 February 2020: Hingham

In the wake of storm Ciara, 20 members met at The White Hart in the centre of Hingham for a walk which took us past Georgian houses and then along very good tracks and field paths to the north of the town.  There were far reaching views but the weather did not encourage lingering; woolly hats and hoods were the order of the day, though it did stay dry.  Some of the group continued on a loop, passing an attractive modern development and then skirted the south of the town and headed towards the church which contains the Morley monument in the north chancel which, (according to Pevsner), is one of the most impressive wall-monuments of the 15th century in England!  We had our well earned lunch in the interesting, upstairs dining room in The White Hart.

Thanks to Alan and  Anne for leading a good walk in difficult conditions and organising a very pleasant lunch venue.

Alison Ward


Tuesday, 10 March 2020: Elsing

Despite the looming coronavirus problem, 22 of us met at the Mermaid in Elsing for a UEARA walk. The weather was pretty reasonable, for once it was not raining!

The route took us past Elsing church around some pleasant, typically Norfolk countryside.The large numbers of sheep eyed us with caution, perhaps because lambing was not far off. The bulk of the walk was easy going off-road, along permissive ways and paths. What tarmac we used was pretty quiet except for farm machinery. It does seem that farm machines do not get any smaller!

When we reached the boundary of Lyng we made our way to Elsing via a wood which had been created to celebrate the millennium and thence back to the Mermaid.

Altogether it was a fine walk of around 5 miles.  Ending at an interesting pub with an odd name given it is in mid Norfolk.  Once again the Jones led a fine walk.

Gareth Janacek


Thursday, 27 May 2021: Cromer to Overstrand

Fifteen of us met outside Cromer Church with a cold north wind blowing off the North Sea for our walk to Overstrand and back. We set off through North Lodge Park to the coastal path along the cliff edge towards Cromer Lighthouse. At the end of the houses we turned inland into Warren Woods where we were sheltered from the wind and there were drifts of bluebells. After crossing Overstrand Road, we walked through Suffield Park and alongside Forest Park caravan site to reach North Repps Road and then enter the graveyard of St Martin’s Church. One notable grave was for Clem Merk, a Lion Tamer! We briefly visited the church and then continued to the Cliff Top Cafe, Overstrand where we stopped for coffee and snacks, and the sun came out.

The return to Cromer was along the cliff top path with Alexanders in full bloom, in sunny weather with good views of the Sea and an extremely low Spring Tide.

Many thanks to Chris Moore for an interesting walk along paths away from the coast which most of us were unaware of.

John Johnson


Tuesday 22 June 2021: Horsey Estate walk

After a few wet and cold days in early June, the weather cleared to give a perfect day for walking this tranquil area of the Norfolk Broads – 16 degrees and a gentle breeze moving a light cloud cover across the wide skies.

16 of us joined Trevor Smith in the car park at Horsey Windpump which was originally built to pump water from the surrounding farmland and is now restored as a popular National Trust visitor attraction. We headed first to All Saints’ Church with its round flint tower, attractive thatched nave and stained-glass windows. Then along good field paths before turning westwards to join the riverside path opposite the derelict Brograve Drainage Mill and its legendary associations with the Devil. We followed the dyke on our right and reed beds and water-meadows to our left, pausing to catch sight of marsh harriers, a solitary crane and other birds, before completing the walk alongside Horsey Mere.

Many thanks to Trevor for planning and leading a most enjoyable 4.5-mile walk.


Alan Jones


Future Walks

Places on the walks must be booked by contacting the walk leader via email (where available) or telephone, by the deadline date shown. Please ensure emails contain your name, contact telephone number, number of places and, where appropriate, the number of lunches required. This is particularly important for walks with pub lunches so that the managers may reserve appropriate space for us. Please note that there may be limited numbers for some pub lunches, and these will be allocated on a strictly ‘first come first served’ basis (so it pays to contact the walk leader as early as possible!).

Thursday, 29 July 2021: Dilham and Honing Lock


Leaders: Steve & Joan Mosley

Tel 01603 437176

Mobile 07887399106


Deadline for receipt of emails or phone calls: Wednesday, 21 July 2021


Please note: the walk, and especially the lunch arrangements, will be confirmed with those signing up for the walk having regard to any remaining covid-related restrictions nearer the time.

This is a walk of 5.25 miles. Starting point probably Cross Keys pub at Dilham. We will walk from Dilham up to Honing Common, then continue along the Weaver's Way to Honing Lock. From here we follow the North Walsham and Dilham canal and make our way back to the start. The walk is mainly along grassy tracks and quiet  lanes with only one stile. Please note that the sections along the canal can be muddy if there has been a lot of rain.

Meet by 10.15 for a 10.30 start.

Map Ref: The Cross Keys, The Street, Dilham, North Walsham, NR28 9PS

OS Explorer OL40  G/R 33207 25116

Tuesday, 10 August 2021: Kelling Heath & the Coast: Picnic Walk    

Leader: Janice Darch

Tel: 07796932595


Deadline: Monday, 9 August 2021


Please note: if any remaining covid-related restrictions affect details of the walk, those signing up will be informed nearer the time.

Meet: Kelling Heath car park off Holgate Hill, Holt NR25 7ER, (OS Explorer TG 100419), between the Kelling Estate garden centre (ex-EMCY) and Weybourne. The slightly obscured turn into the car park is on the western side of the road in a dip near the summit. Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. Please bring a picnic ,including drink for your elevenses and lunch. This is a circular walk of about 8.5miles.

We will leave the car park and continue over Kelling Heath to pick up the path along the North Norfolk Steam Railway Track eastwards towards Sheringham Park. This path gives lovely views over  Kelling and Weybourne and the coast. Just beyond Deadman's Wood we will turn north and  head for the coast. At the coast we will turn westwards and with views of Blakeney Point in the distance we  will pass  through Weybourne Beach car park and flank the Weybourne Camp to Kelling Quags. At The Quags we turn inland again and walk back to the cars along a lovely wooded sunken track.   There is a small area of shingle  just beyond Weybourne but most of it can be avoided  on a  fence path just inside the Muckleborough Collection land.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021: Thurton & Claxton     

Leaders: Lesley and Derek MacLeod

Tel: 01603 743789

Mobile on the day: 07752303703


Deadline for the receipt of emails and phone calls:  Thursday, 2 September 2021


Please note: the walk, and especially the lunch arrangements, will be confirmed with those signing up for the walk having regard to any remaining covid-related restrictions nearer the time.

This circular walk starts and finishes at the George and Dragon Pub in Thurton.  The walk is 5 miles long and uses bridleways and quiet lanes to travel north towards Claxton.  There are views of rolling countryside and there are NO stiles!.  There is an option for a 3.5 mile shortened walk.  Please arrive at 10.15am to order lunch ready for a 10.30am start.  Also please park in the pub ‘overflow’ car park, opposite the pub on the left hand side of the road.

Map ref:  OS Landranger 134:  TG328009.  Postcode for George & Dragon:  NR14 6AL