Group Programme

This is an online version of our group programme, you can pick up a paper copy at any of our meetings. For a quick listing of what's coming up, see the list of forthcoming events.

The programme is split into the following sections:

Welcome to the Leicester Hiking & Hostelling Group

We are an informal and friendly social walking group, comprising people of all ages and abilities. This programme details our weekend trips, day walks as well as evening social events such as theatre visits and meals out. We aim to have a regular spread of trips and events throughout the year, with plenty of variety to suit different tastes. We visit a wide variety of destinations throughout Britain and abroad, with events being organised by anyone within the Group

New members are always offered a warm welcome. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 8.00 pm onwards at The Western pub on Western Road, near to Narborough Road and the centre of Leicester. Meetings are generally informal, however, we do from time to time organise more formalised get togethers usually around a particular theme, speaker or social event.

The Group has recently produced a New Members Pack, a comprehensive introduction to the Group which answer many frequently asked questions. For those considering organising a hostelling weekend, we have also produced a straightforward guide to booking and organisation.

Before embarking on any our events, please note that all the activities listed in this programme are carried out at an individual's own risk.

If you wish, you can import this programme into Google Calendar.

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Weekends and Longer Trips

The Group organises regular weekends away, mainly staying in youth hostels or similar accommodation. Many hostels offer breakfast and evening meals, as well as facilities for self caterers. The advance payment for a weekend covers overnight accommodation and a contribution towards transport costs. Any unused funds are refunded at the Treasurer's discretion. It is advisable to bring food and drink for a mid day packed lunch in addition to any other meals. Almost all weekends involve walking, so it is essential to bring adequate boots, rucksack, waterproofs and warm clothing.

Unless otherwise noted, all our weekend trips depart on Friday night and return on Sunday evening.

2nd - 9th July: Summer in Jersey - A Whole Week, Yaaaaay!

6 female and 6 male places available, (there is a some wriggle room here), for a 7 night stay at the height of the Summer in this independent hostel with spectacular views of, and a short walk from, the sea.

There is so much to do from walking the Jersey Coast path to visiting castles, museums, the Botanic Gardens, the War Tunnels, Heritage sites and not forgetting the iconic Gerald Durrell Zoo and trips out Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.

The costing includes 7 nights with continental breakfast included, minicoach to and from Luton Airport, Taxi to the Hostel on arrival and the group admin fee. A supplement of £4 a day gets a full english breakfast and £1 a day gets you a kettle and cups in your room.

You will also need to pay for your flight which is currently just under £42 return from Easyjet. Details are:
Outward - Luton to Jersey, Flight Number EZY2311 departing at 19:20; Return - Jersey to Luton, Flight Number EZY2312 departing at 20:50.

A cheap holiday, (roughly £320 for travel and accommodation), for a week in the middle of the Summer season.

Please contact Boh by text, email or phone to confirm your place. I expect these to go fast. Once your place is confirmed I'm afraid I have to ask for a £20 deposit (boo! :-)
More details to follow.
Looking forward to enjoying this with you.
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
Cost:
£270
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22nd - 27th August: SYHA Callander - Scotland

Spend an extended August Bank Holiday in the picturesque town of Callander lying just south of the Highland Boundary Fault, the historic meeting point between the Highlands and the Lowlands.
ITINERARY
*NEW* Thursday 22nd: stopover at Bluebell Farm Bunkhouse, Belford, Northumberland.**
Friday 23rd: possible walk or a tourist stop in Edinburgh before arriving at SYHA Callander.
Saturday 24th to Monday 26th: 3 days of walks from Callander in The Trossachs National Park. We could visit Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Torrie Forest or even Loch Lomond and the beautiful Bracklinn Falls, a great mid-level walk just north of the town, with views over the falls and gorge below. *NEW* There is also the ROB ROY WAY** All levels of walk can be catered for.
Tuesday 25th: return home.
IMPORTANT please pay a holding deposit of £20 by Wednesday 6th February and let Mick know of your interest. Thanks

The town has a number of tea shops, pubs, restaurants and niche shops to keep your interest. You may also find live music, arts & crafts, film and jazz festivals to occupy your evenings.

To recap: 22nd August stopover en route; 23rd to 26th August 4 overnights at SYHA Callander; deposit of £20 due by 3rd April; *NEW* full cost is £200 (or £180 if a holding deposit was made) due by 1st May 2019**.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Mick (Tel0116 2543536 Mob0796 1062000)
Cost:
£200 due by 1st May 2019
Grade:
Moderate
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1st - 3rd November: Bonfire Weekend at YHA Grinton lodge

10 female and 6 male places available for a welcome return Grinton Lodge for bonfire weekend. Great for walking at the head of Swaledale or nearby Aysgarth Falls and Wensleydale (including the creamery at Hawes).
For cyclists, a ride to Tan Hill Inn and return via Swaledale.
In the early evening on Saturday either walk or drive to Reef, weather permitting,for their stalls and bonfire and firework celebrations.
If you are interested in this event please contact Any to check that there is a place available for you before sending any money.
There is a car park on site.
The Youth Hostel is just a 10 minute walk from the village of Grinton which has a cosy pub and a small church. The larger historic market town of Richmond is 10 miles away by car.

Distance:
10 miles / 16 km
Organiser:
Andy (Tel0116 2121186 Mob07715 651 883)
Cost:
£80 due by 21st August 2019
Grade:
Hard
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6th - 8th December: Xmas Bash 2019: Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk Coast

Located in this picturesque North Norfolk fishing town, we once again have a whole hostel (28 beds) to ourselves for our Christmas event; so please contact Allan as soon possible to secure your place. This is a fully self catering hostel with parking for 11 cars onsite. It is also only a short walk from numerous pubs, tea-rooms, cafes and restaurants.

Only a short distance distance away can be found wonderful wildlife, winding waymarked trails, serene salt marshes and a sweeping stretch of sandy beach. Ideal for walking, cycling or relaxing on the 4 mile long Holkham beach, one of the most beautiful, unspoiled stretches of sand in the UK. For those who fancy a ride on a steam train, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway is also nearby.

Venue and menu for the meal will be announced later after.

As usual Boh will organise a less strenuous walk if required.

£90 cost includes the meal.
See you all there
Boh

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Al (Tel0116 2295009 Mob07912 947452)
Cost:
£90 due by 2nd October 2019
Grade:
Moderate
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Day Walks and Events

Members of the Group organise occasional day walks and other events within a fairly short drive time from Leicester. If you are interested in any of the walks, please contact the organisers listed below. As with all our walks, it is advisable to bring proper boots, a waterproof and a packed lunch.

Thursday, 6th June: Women's Cricket: England vs Windies, Leicester Cricket Ground

A chance to see the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup Champions and 2018 Women's World T20 finalists, England, playing the first of three exciting Royal London One-Day Internationals in Leicester.
The Lionesses will open the series against the Windies at the Fischer County Ground, Grace road on Thursday, June 6 - 2pm start.

Advance tickets are available (£10 adult, £8 over 60)from their website (link below) or by calling the ticket office on 0116 283 2128. Tickets at the gate cost more on the day.
Please buy your own tickets if are interested and let me know so we can meet up before the match and sit together (seats are unallocated). There is a car park there via Curzon Road.
Hope to see you there for a great day of international cricket.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
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Evening Events

Wednesday, 5th June: Wednesday Social: June 2019

Our monthly social event. A chance to catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last event, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 19th June: Wednesday Social: June 2019 (2)

A second chance to catch up on gossip, show off an early tan, complete any outstanding group business or just chat, laugh and drink with friends this month.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Friday, 21st June: Birthday: Skittles Evening & Meal

Alison Raven would like you to help celebrate her 60th birthday by joining her in a skittles evening and meal at the Black Horse PH, Old Aylestone from 7:30 pm. The meal will cost only £8:50 per head.
If you are thinking of joining in please contact Alison ASAP, but no later than by the end May, so she can let the venue know numbers for the meal.
Address of the Black Horse is:
65 Narrow Lane, LE2 8NA.
Hope to see you there to make it a special evening for Alison.

Organiser:
Alison R ( Mob0779 0835013)
Cost:
£8.50
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Wednesday, 3rd July: Wednesday Social: July 2019

Our monthly social event.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 17th July: Wednesday Social: July 2019 (2)

Take this chance to catch up with group gossip. Find out what Jersey was like and what is being planned for the future. Pay up for future events, or receive returns on excess payments.
... or just have a chat and drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 7th August: Wednesday Social: August 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Saturday, 17th August: An Evening of Queen at Leicester Cricket Ground

A tribute to one of the world's greatest rock bands at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road on Saturday 17th August 2019. No Queen fan could possibly miss this amazing concert evening. A dazzling collection of performers from London's West End, including former stars from the smash hit musical 'We Will Rock You', come together to present an incredible concert featuring dozens of hits from an astonishing back catalogue Queen's repertoire.
Tickets cost £28 seated and £24 standing and car parking can be booked in advance from their website for £5. Gates open at 5:30 for a 7:30 start. As the seats are unallocated I suggest we get there early for good seats.
I have two £28 tickets available, these will go to the first two people who contact me. Please get in touch if want to go to this event since you can still buy tickets from their website and I can arrange for everyone coming to meet somewhere before we go in, and even car sharing if necessary.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
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Wednesday, 21st August: Wednesday Social: August 2019 (2)

Our second social for this month.
Come along and have a chat and drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 4th September: Wednesday Social: September 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Saturday, 7th September: Little Miss Sunshine: The Haymarket Theatre

I have 2 tickets available, in excellent seats (£37.50 each), for a brand new European premiere production of this hilarious musical comedy. Meet at 7 for the 7:30 start, or perhaps have an early meal (sort out later).

Synopsis:
Olive's heart is set on winning
the 'Little Miss Sunshine' beauty pageant but can the Hoover family's creaky old camper van get their daughter to the contest on time? Join them on an 800 mile journey from New Mexico to California. Will Olive take home the coveted title of 'Little Miss Sunshine' or is the real prize to be found along the way?

Book by JAMES LAPINE
Music & Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Based on the film 'Little Miss Sunshine' by Michael Arndt

Please ring, email or text me if you are interested in joining in a wonderful, light-hearted evening forgetting all your troubles and woes. For a few hours anyway.
Hope to see you there

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
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Wednesday, 18th September: Wednesday Social: September 2019 (2)

Our second social for this month.
Come along and have a chat and drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 2nd October: Wednesday Social: October 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 16th October: Wednesday Social: October 2019 (2)

Our second social for this month.
Come along and have a chat and drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 6th November: Wednesday Social: November 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 13th November: AGM 2019

Please arrive by 7:30pm for a prompt 7:45 start at The Blackbird, Blackbird Road, LE4 0FW.

A chance to join in the running of the group, find out we did all this year and vote in,or join, the executive committee. Also catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last events, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there folks.
NOTE: if you arrive by car, and park in the pub car park, please remember to enter your car registration number in the terminal provided on the counter. If you forget to do this you may be charged an exorbitant amount for parking.
Please ALSO NOTE that this event REPLACES the second social event for November at The Western.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 4th December: Wednesday Social: December 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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And Finally...

Please note that the Group now holds a computer database of the names and addresses of people who wish to receive copies of this programme. This information is used purely for distribution purposes and is not divulged to anyone not associated with Group activities.

We hope you found this programme useful and informative. Happy walking!

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