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.

1st - 4th March: Tower Windmill (NT) Bunkhouse: Burnham Overy Staithe, North Norfolk Coast

11 female and 8 male places available for this extended weekend break in a converted windmill (National Trust Bunkhouse) midway along the North Norfolk Coast. As this is NT only you will need to bring along bedding, (sleeping bag), and a pillow. All other usual facilities are present, including parking for 10 vehicles and a BBQ. (See website for details).
With stunning, panoramic views of the North Norfolk coast, surrounding countryside and easy access to the North Norfolk Coast Path, Brancaster Beach and Blakeney Point, this venue is great for exploring local beaches, public footpaths, and the surrounding countryside by cycle.

Distance:
10 miles / 16 km
Organiser:
Dorothy ( Mob0785 8272402 )
Cost:
£50 due by 2nd January 2019
Grade:
Moderate
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19th - 21st April: Short Easter Break: Bridges IYH, Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

16 beds available for this 2 night Easter break, departing Leicester Good Friday morning and returning on Sunday evening.
Lovely small hostel situated in a secluded valley in the South Shropshire hills. Ideal for both walking and cycling. Home made breakfasts available for £6 and 3-course dinners for £12.50. Please let Andy know in advance if you would like an evening meal on the Friday or the Saturday. There is also a good pub a short distance away in the village.
If required, Boh will lead less strenuous walks.

Distance:
10 miles / 16 km
Organiser:
Andy (Tel0116 2121186 Mob07715 651 883)
Cost:
£60 due by 20th February 2019
Grade:
Hard
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2nd - 7th May: Early May Bank Holiday in Cornwall

8 female and 6 male places available in a National Trust bunkhouse on the North Cornish coast 20 minutes south of Padstow.
This is a converted barn barn offering basic accommodation so YOU WILL NEED TO BRING ALL YOUR BEDDING as only mattress protectors are provided. The ground floor has a large, comfortable open plan seating area with a kitchen attached. Outdoor access to the dorms above and a separate shower/toilet block with two of each. Parking available for 7 vehicles. Nearest pub is 2 miles away so bring food and booze.
The venue overlooks the sea and the South West Coast Path can be reached from the hostel for some spectacular coastal walks. If the weather is too bad for coastal walking both Padstow to the North and St Austell to the South are a short drive away.
The venue is: Beach House Bunkhouse, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7UU.
NOTE: this venue is very hard to find since a google maps hasn't heard of it and will try to take you Bedruthan Steps BH which is some distance away. A search for the postcode given gets you close BUT the best way is to search Google Maps for (50.498000N, 5.031424W), without the brackets, which should take you right there.
Given that Cornwall is such a long drive away it might be possible to extend the stay either at the bunkhouse, so that more of Cornwall can be explored. Contact Dot to book your place on the main event and discuss an extension.

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Dorothy ( Mob0785 8272402 )
Cost:
£125 due by 6th March 2019
Grade:
Hard
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24th - 27th May: Bank Holiday at Denton House, Keswick

10 female, 8 male and 1 canine places available for this event in the heart of the Lake District.
Denton House is a purpose built hostel and outdoor centre in the heart of the Lake District offering bunkhouse style accommodation designed for groups. There is plenty of hot water for showers, central heating throughout, a self catering kitchen, a large dining room and solid bunk beds.There is a large car park. All linen provided. Breakfasts (£6), packed lunches and evening meals (£10) are all available upon request.
Keswick town centre with all it's shops, restaurants and pubs is only a very short walk from the hostel.
Please contact Alison to book your place on this not-to-missed event.

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Alison R ( Mob0779 0835013)
Cost:
£105 due by 20th March 2019
Grade:
Hard
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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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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.

No day events have yet been organised for this period

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Evening Events

Saturday, 2nd February: Film - Mary Queen of Scots: Phoenix Cinema

UPDATE TO TIMES
Meet at 5:30ish for the 6pm screening (eat after if people want to).
Please let me know if you are thinking of coming and whether you want to have a meal beforehand so I can book us a table somewhere.
Hope to see there.
Boh

Synopsis
Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, helms this historical epic featuring two stunning lead performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. Mary Stuart (Ronan) Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, defies pressure to remarry.

Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

UK 2018
Director: Josie Rourke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie
Length: 124 mins

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
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Wednesday, 6th February: Wednesday Social: February 2019

Our normal 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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Saturday, 16th February: Those Magnificent Men - Upstairs at the Western

Mitchell and Nixon’s thrilling, hilarious hit play about the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. British aviation pioneers Alcock and Brown flew from Newfoundland through dense fog, snow and hail in the tiny open cockpit of a converted Vickers biplane, to Ireland and worldwide fame.

To celebrate the flight’s centenary, award-winning company The Foundry Group returns with this much-loved production starring David Mounfield ("Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show" R4) and Brian Mitchell ("The Ministry of Biscuits").

If you wish to attend this performance, please buy your own ticket(s) via the website below and meet in time for a 7:30pm start at the Western pub.

Organiser:
Chris (Tel0116 2332230)
Cost:
£10
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Wednesday, 20th February: Wednesday Social: February 2019 (2)

The second February social this year.
Meet up, swap yarns about daring exploits over the festive season, hide extra weight under loose clothing, or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 6th March: Wednesday Social: March 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, 20th March: Wednesday Social: March 2019 (2)

The second monthly social for March this year.
Meet up, swap yarns about daring exploits. Have a drink or two with good friends.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 3rd April: Wednesday Social: April 2010

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, 17th April: Wednesday Social: April 2019 (2)

A second chance to catch up on gossip, pay money, receive cheques this April.
Or just have a drink or 3 with friends.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 1st May: Wednesday Social: May 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, 15th May: Wednesday Social: May 2019 (2)

Yet another chance this May to meet up with friends in the group and have a little fun while also possibly completing group business. Everything goes better with a drink.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Saturday, 18th May: Matthew Bourne's production of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet at The Curve

It's Matthew Bourne, it's a new production, it's Shakespeare, it's Romeo and Juliet, it's Prokofiev: Nothing more really needs to said.

I managed to get 6 tickets for the 7:30 pm Saturday performance. After take-up of the early bird warning there is 1 ticket left for the front row circle at £38.25 and two left in the row directly behind at £36.50. These will go on a first come first get basis.
This show is on from Monday 13th May to Saturday 18th but the queue was long and tickets going fast. [Just checked their site: Wednesday to Saturday already on limited availability] So if you want to go the performance and don't want to risk not getting in then get in touch with me by text, email or phone ASAP :-)

Might eat in new restaurant opposite The Curve before the show.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
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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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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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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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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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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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