Forum Social Events

Picture of Forum members on boat. A trip to Kent.
Forum members on a trip to Kent

NOTE: We are gradually introducing more social events but obviously all are subject to government guidelines so be aware that things may change at short notice.

A dedicated group of volunteers at the Forum organise trips and social events ranging from social gatherings in Enfield, and informative London visits, for which a Freedom Pass and curiosity are all that is required, to sociable holidays in Europe and Asia. Our events are a great way to meet people from all walks of life who want to enjoy discovering their own locality, city, continent and world. All our trips and events will be posted on this page.

You must be a member of the Forum to book onto these trips. Join or renew now if you need to.


Friday 13 August (and then alternate Fridays) between 11am and 12 midday. Free outdoor tea party

In the grounds of Millfield House, Silver Street, N18 1PJ. Bring a cake and a cup or just yourself – plenty to go around. Chat, listen to music and dance if you like. This event is once a fortnight – next dates 27 August, 10 September, 24 September. Then we will be thinking about the winter. Free but donations welcome. Heavy rain will mean it is cancelled. Contact Jan on if you need further information or just turn up.

Wednesday 1 September. Two-part day trip to Royal Leamington Spa

A relaxing coach day tour to two of Leamington’s wonderful attractions. We spend the morning with local guides for a tour of the most historic and beautiful regency parts of town, including the Pump Rooms and Jephson gardens and the stunning crescent in Lansdowne Circus. After some free time to meander and have an independent lunch, we spend the afternoon at the nearby guide Dogs National Breeding Centre.

This is an opportunity to see the puppies and learn all about their early lives before training to be such valuable friends to those with sight loss and will melt the hearts of all who come with us! Light refreshments, with an included delicious homemade treat before leaving for home!!! £48.50 pp.

Only 10 places available, so book your place and find out more from Olivia on 020 8447 8841 or email

10 September. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience!

Have you ever dreamt of stepping into a painting? Take an awe inspiring journey into the incomparable universe of Van Gogh, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. Explore his life, his work and his secrets through cutting edge 360 degrees digital
projections and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show. Glance up at the glimmering heavens of The Starry Night, admire the Almond Blossoms bursting into flower.

Meet at Enfield Town station at We will travel by train – the exhibition/show is a 10 minute walk from Liverpool street. Tea and cakes after the show (not included in the price). Tickets £25 + your own travel, tea and cake costs. We will arrive back in Enfield about 6pm. Phone Jan 07748 264735 to book – can take cheques or bank transfers. Limited availability.

Wednesday 22 September. Easy coastal walk from Walton on the Naze to Frinton and back

Walk along a flat coastal path – about 4 miles round trip. We will reach Walton on the Naze for a sandwich lunch, cakes and tea in a private house (which we will have to ourselves), then walk up to Frinton to look around the small shops and for a tea break before returning to Walton for the train home.

Meet at Enfield Town Station at 10am, returning about 6.30pm-ish. Note the train journey is 2.5 hours each way. Cost £10 (for lunch) + train fare (£19.45 with a Senior Railcard and Over 60s Oyster or Freedom Pass. Phone Jan 07748264735 to book – can take cheques or bank transfers. Please note this walk will be cancelled (lunch money refunded) if it is pouring with rain or snowy!!

Wednesday 29 September. Oxford and Traditional Cotswold Villages

The Cotswolds are like landscape paintings with vivid green colours, lush waterways and most delightful cottages. Oxford needs no introduction. The city of students and dreaming spires.

Join us on this exclusive private minibus, blue badge guided day trip on the first of a new type of forum experience. 15 places only available and new members and solo travellers are very welcome. The cost is approximately £60 per person. For further information and a booking form, email Olivia on or phone 020 8447 8841.

11-16 October. Historic Cities of the Danube River Cruise

Still a few cabins left on this lovely river cruise with Arena Travel. This delightful trip is by air into Munich, then by river to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Weissenkirchen.What a lovely way to end the summer season and to celebrate with forum friends. Prices vary a little depending on the cabins. Contact Olivia for further information on 020 8447 8841 or email

8 -22 February, 2022. Highlights of Sri Lanka

Winter escape to the sun. It has been decided to postpone this holiday until 2022, so that participants don’t have to wear facemasks on a longer flight and to give members the confidence to travel further afield once the world begins to recover.

If you’re searching for a paradise island teeming with wildlife, incredible landscapes and a colourful culture, come with the Forum to Sri Lanka next winter.

Some of the highlights included are jeep safaris, local village visit, catamaran ride, cookery lesson, school visit, ancient caves, botanical gardens, train ride, tea plantation, turtle sanctuary, rooftop farewell dinner and much much more.

New members and those willing to sharea room are most welcome. Places are always limited so book early to avoid disappointment and to secure the current price of £3,349 sharing a twin or £4,148 single occupancy. Remember that all travel, meals, drinks and ALL guided excursions are included. First class hotels and lodges in superior rooms throughout. Contact Olivia on 02084478841 or email

24 -29 April, 2022. The Spring Gardens of Keukenhof and Floriade

Make sure you do not miss out on this epic spring break next year, as two of the world’s most stunning floral events combine on this rail holiday by Eurostar direct to Amsterdam. Join us as we visit the tulips at Keukenhof gardens, experience the once-in-a-decade Floriade Expo and spend time in the historical capital of Amsterdam.

This trip was a huge success 10 years ago when we travelled by coach but let the train take the four-hour strain and prepare yourselves for the most incredible feast for the senses, with the best floral displays in the world.

Visit the world’s greatest flower spectacular at Floriade Visit the magnificent Gardens of Keukenhof. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise in Amsterdam. Farewell dinner at the Grand Café Restaurant in Amsterdam.

Prices from £795 include Eurostar trip and four nights’ half board accommodation in Corendon City Hotel Amsterdam. For a booking form and further information, please contact Olivia on or call 020 8447 8841.

June 22-28, 2022 Channel Islands Explorer

A packed itinerary exploring Jersey, Guernsey and Sark. This holiday includes flights, coach trips, boat trips and horse drawn carriage ride. What a mixture of transport! Oh yes and half board hotel accommodation and all excursions too! Price £975 twin/ £1190 single occupancy for six nights.
Places are limited and so it is wise to get your place reserved as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. For more details of this superb itinerary and a booking form, please contact Olivia on 020 8447 8841 or email

This holiday has been postponed from this year to give Forum members the best confidence in travel and to ensure that our itineraries are not changed due to restrictions.