Application forms and information brochures for Great Aycliffe Town Council’s free Senior Citizens’ Excursions will be available from 9 am on Wednesday 24th April. You can collect them from the Library and Recreation Centre in Beveridge Way, the Oakleaf Sports Complex, Golf Complex and Great Aycliffe Town Council Offices, School Aycliffe Lane. The forms and full details of the excursions will also be available from the Council’s website Please note however, that the library does not open on Wednesdays.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd May 2019.

To be eligible, you do not have to be drawing a pension or have a bus pass, but you do have to be a resident of the electoral parish and 60 years old with a date of birth on or before 31st March (applies to both men and women). You must provide proof of your age and address. We do not keep records from previous years, so please do not assume we will be able to check from last year. If you are in any doubt, please telephone 01325 300700 and we will check your eligibility.

You can bring proof of residency and age to our offices at School Aycliffe Lane during the times shown on the brochure, which is available with the forms. You can send your forms via the post or e-mail the form and proofs to

This year, the destinations are Northumberland, Scarborough, Scottish Borders, Blackpool, Lake District and South Shields. Please note that places are limited and given out on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

A three-course meal and tea or coffee is provided in good quality hotels with disabled facilities. Most of the excursions also have a comfort stop with refreshments provided on the way to or from the main destination.

The coaches provided are 49-53 seater executive coaches with toilet facilities. There is also one executive coach with a wheelchair hoist to each destination. This ensures that people with mobility problems can enjoy a day out too. The hoist can be used for loading wheelchairs for residents who need to travel in their wheelchair, or as a lift for people who cannot manage the steps on the coach.