Social Events

The Social Programme of the Learning in Later Life Students’ Association supplements and enhances the activities of the Association’s clubs and provides opportunities for all 3Ls members to join together.  Activities are open to all current members, however some events may incur an additional charge.

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Wednesday 19th February 2020

Clydebank Museum and the Govan Stones

Join us for a guided tour of the Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery, located in the former Clydebank Town Hall and situated beside the shipyard where many of the famous liners of the Clyde were built.

The Museum features permanent exhibitions concentrating on Clydebank’s proud industrial heritage (Singer Sewing Machine Factory and the Shipbuilding Industry) alongside temporary galleries for exciting touring exhibitions, as well as the Council’s permanent exhibition of fine art, featuring works by contemporary Scottish artists.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Govan Stones at Govan Old Church, a unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th – 11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde.

Explore 31 monuments dating from this period, including beautifully carved crosses and cross shafts, and five magnificent hogback stones. Enjoy the intricate interlace carving and warrior figures on the collection’s outstanding piece – the Govan Sarcophagus, the only one of its kind carved from solid stone from pre-Norman, northern Britain.

The cost of this outing covers coach travel, gratuities, a soup and sandwich lunch at the Museum and tea & coffee at Govan Old Church.


Thursday 8 October 2019

Falkland Palace

Our first Social Outing of the session will be a visit to Falkland Palace and Gardens, situated in the beautiful conservation village of Falkland. There we can

  • Explore the country residence of the royal Stuarts, adored by Mary, Queen of Scots.

  • Admire the spectacular Renaissance architecture.

  • Learn about many of the finest examples of the Trust’s conservation work, including centuries-old carvings, paintings and furniture.

  • Discover one of Britain’s oldest original real tennis courts.

  • Stroll around the beautiful garden and orchard.


Thursday 21 November 2019

Devil’s Porridge Museum and Gretna Gateway Outlet Village

In November, we will visit the 5-star Devil’s Porridge Museum which commemorates HM Factory Gretna, the largest munitions factory in the world during the First World War and explores the stories of the Solway Military Coast during the Second World War and beyond.

In the afternoon, we will call in at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, where our group can enjoy some Christmas shopping, at over 50 stores offering designer and high street favourites.





Wednesday 3rd April, 2019

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, New Lanark

Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. This Tapestry project brings together stories from such communities, documenting their Scottish connections in 305 embroidered panels. The Tapestry is a heart-felt homage to the determination, courage and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries.

High Tea is included in our ticket cost and will be served at the New Lanark Mill Hotel.


Tuesday 5th March, 2019

30th Anniversary Celebration:  Afternoon Tea

Join us for an Afternoon Tea  at the Trades Hall of Glasgow, as we celebrate 30 years as a unique Learning in Later Life Students’ Association.  We hope that 3Ls members and friends will help us to mark this anniversary while we reflect on three decades of friendship and informal learning.

Guided tours of the Trades Hall will be available ahead of the main event at 2.00pm and members can enjoy food and fizz in the surroundings of the Banqueting hall in this famous Glasgow building.


Wednesday 28th November, 2018

30th Anniversary Celebration:  “Interesting Antiques”

As part of the 3Ls Students’ Association’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we will be hosting an afternoon at the Trades Hall on Glassford Street in the company of Gordon Foster of the Scottish Antique & Arts Centre. We will learn about the interesting life of an expert antiques dealer as Gordon offers an insight into his professional life, as well as hearing about selected items of interest. There may even be a chance for the audience to bring along a family heirloom or treasure to be examined by an expert!


Saturday 17th November, 2018

Perth Chocolate & Gin Street Festival

This trip will be a celebration of all things Chocolate and Gin! The pedestrianised area of the city centre will be devoted to a large number of stalls where visitors can taste a range of products and enjoy a unique shopping experience alongside lots of street entertainment, music and other activities.  We have also arranged to have a two-course lunch at the Royal George Hotel which overlooks the River Tay and is situated close to the main shopping centre.


Thursday 18th October, 2018

A Day in Dunfermline

Known as the “Auld grey toun”, Dunfermline is at the heart of Scotland’s history and hosts a number of historic venues such as the royal palace, 12th century abbey and St Margaret’s Cave.  Our trip will offer a chance to visit Andrew Carnegie’s birthplace and the impressive Library and Galleries where we will have a buffet lunch in the Queen Margaret Room.




Saturday 16th June, 2018

Visit The Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett, then travel onto Pitlochry to enjoy a light lunch at the theatre before seeing the show “Quality Street”.


Monday 7th May, 2018

Bo’Ness & Kinneil Steam Train Journey along the beautiful Firth of Forth and entry to the largest Railway Museum in Scotland.


Thursday 21st December, 2017

Mamma Mia – Theatre Royal


Saturday 4th November, 2017

Blair Castle & Highland Christmas Craft Fair – Guided Tour and Entry to Fair.


Friday 6th October, 2017

Newhailes – Guided tour of this Palladian House.  Included tea/coffee/scone and Light Lunch.


Tuesday 26th September, 2017

Wigton Book Festival – Coach Only




Friday 28th April, 2017

Culzean Castle – Includes tea/coffee/scone on arrival, Guided Tour and Lunch in the Castle Restaurant.


Friday 24th March, 2017

Gin Tasting Tour – Eden Mill Distillery and free time in St Andrews or just spend the whole afternoon in this university town with its castle and many craft shops/cafes.


Monday 27th February, 2017

Cruachan Power Station and Visitor Centre – Guided Tour takes you deep inside the mountain.  Includes a light lunch in the Hollow Mountain Café.


Thursday 15th December, 2016

“The Commitments” – Theatre Royal matinee performance.


Monday 7th November, 2016

Strathearn Distillery, Perthshire – sample a G&T while touring.  Further tastings for the connoisseur.


Monday 3rd October, 2016

Private Guided tour of Drumlanrig Castle, home of the Duke of Buccleugh.  Special focus on Fine Art and Architecture.


Monday 8th August, 2016

Pittenween Arts Festival – An annual celebration of Visual Arts takes place in galleries, studios, houses and other venues in the picturesque village of Pittenweem.