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 Local YHA 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.

24th - 27th August: August Bank Holiday: YHA/IYH Osmotherley, North Yorkshire

18 places available to spend August bank holiday in Cote Ghyll Mill, a converted linen mill situated in a beautiful and secluded valley in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Nearby there is: the Priory Lodge, a medieval Carthusian house; ruins and grounds at Mount Grace, Northallerton; Rievaulx Terrace, a beautiful folly and grounds owned by the National Trust at Helmsley.
The hostel has a well equipped kitchen, licensed bar and lounge, TV /games room, pool table, free Wi-Fi, large garden, with a stream and woodlands, bike store, and drying room and is a 10 minute walk from Osmotherley village which has 3 pubs, a tea room and shops.
The cost of weekend includes a cooked breakfast.
Please get in touch with Alison to book your place for this fabulous long weekend away.
As usual Boh will organise less strenuous activities as required

Distance:
12 miles / 19 km
Organiser:
Alison R ( Mob0779 0835013)
Cost:
£105 due by 6th June 2018
Grade:
Hard
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2nd - 6th October: Vienna: October 2 to 6, 2018

This event is now confirmed and there are 1 male and 3 female female places still available in the JUGENDGÄSTEHAUS WIEN - MYRTHENGASSE HI Hostel close to the centre of Vienna. Cost is calculated for all 12 beds and cost a little more if not all get filled, and the air fare is currently just over £100. The flights we are on are:
OUT: BA0700 Dep 10:00 Arr 13:25
RETURN: BA0705 Dep 19:35 Arr 20:55 (14:10 flight has surcharge on it)
Cost is currently around £48 each way with hand luggage only (56cm x 45cm x 25cm).
A minibreak in this stunning, historical city. Art, architecture, music, mathematics, astronomy,... you name it's here.
The Hostel I have in mind is 0.6km from the city centre so walking back from pubs and meals should be relatively easy.
The costing includes the admin fee, £21 x 4 for the room,an estimate of shared car park charges and currently £95 with British Airways for the return flight.
Please get in touch with me ASAP if you would like to join this trip as it would be great if you could could onto the same flights as the rest of us.
The cost of accomodation will calculated just before the due date and is likely to be around £82 depending on final numbers. I'll text it to participants.
Looking forward to a great time with you.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
Cost:
£190 due by 31st August 2018
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2nd - 4th November: Bonfire Night at YHA Thurlby, Lincs

Celebrate bonfire night in usual fashion at YHA Thurlby Lincs.Walking in the fens on Saturday and Sunday with a short walk organised by Boh if needed. There is a pub and shops in the village.

Please contact Pat if you would like to join us for this fun event.

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Pat (Tel0116 2602771 Mob0772 2217696)
Cost:
£50 due by 1st August 2018
Grade:
Moderate
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7th - 9th December: Xmas Bash 2018: Llangollen IH, Wales

We have the whole hostel (30 beds) for our Christmas event this year so get your £10 deposits in to secure your place once it has been confirmed by Allan.
This hostel is located in the centre of Llangollen, a stone's throw away from the river Dee, the Llangollen Canal with its horse drawn boat rides, the Llangollen steam railway and Castell Dinas Bran. The town has an abundance of independent shops, cafe's, bistros, pubs and restaurants. It is approximately an hours drive to Snowdonia, and half an hour to Chester.
The cost of the meal has not been included but you will be informed as soon as we know it.
As usual Boh will organise less strenuous walks.
There is a possibility of staying on an extra night very cheaply. Please let Allan know if you might be interested when you contact him so he can ascertain if it's worth booking.
See you all there
Boh

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Al (Tel0116 2295009 Mob07912 947452)
Cost:
£65 due by 3rd October 2018
Grade:
Hard
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1st - 4th March 2019: 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 (Tel0116 2211932)
Cost:
£40 due by 6th February 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.

Saturday, 18th August: Day Walk and Play: The Merry Wives of Windsor - at Tolethorpe Hall

The second of our two events at Tolethorpe Hall this year. (Mick has asked if someone could please take over the organisation of one of them for him).

Sir John Falstaff has returned penniless from the war and plans to seduce two 'merry wives. Shakespeare's nearest approach to a farce.
Set in 1947, a time of austerity and optimism when women are finding a new role in post-war Britain, this production depicts middle-class family life in an English provincial town. The musicians at the Garter Inn are playing 40's jazz.

As usual there will be either a picnic in the grounds or a meal in Stamford after the walk before going on to the performance. Folk are welcome to join us for any combination of these activities.
If you want to join us please contact Mick Nice on 0116 245 3536 or 0796 106 2000 for meeting place (10 am).
If you want to join us in the theatre afterwards and you haven't already paid for your ticket you will have to book in independently.
The play starts at 7:45pm.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Marian ( Mob0789 0385288)
Cost:
£19 due by 6th June 2018
Grade:
Easy
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Evening Events

Wednesday, 1st August: Wednesday Social: August 2018

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, 5th September: Wednesday Social: September 2018

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, 3rd October: Wednesday Social: October 2018

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, 7th November: Wednesday Social: November 2018

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.
Note: this may also be our AGM so may be at a different venue. I'll keep you posted.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Friday, 9th November: Les Miserables at The Curve

Noon today (12th March 2018) the Box Office opened for this show; I'm sorry folks but virtually all performances are sold out already, I have one (1) £53 ticket left for this Friday 7:30pm performance, first person to email, text or call me gets it. Those who responded to my early bird message, I have your tickets and have texted you to let you know. Suggest we decide on a venue to eat before the performance, or given that it's a Friday and you folk have to work, perhaps eat after. Let me know what you'd like to do.

Synopsis:
This brilliant new staging of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed Broadway production has taken the world by storm and has been hailed, "Les Mis for the 21st Century", with scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. The magnificent score includes: I Dreamed a Dream; On My Own; Bring Him Home; One Day More; Master Of The House and many more.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
Cost:
£53
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Wednesday, 14th November: AGM 2018: New Venue

A 7:30pm start at the NEW VENUE, TBA.
This may take place at a different date but i'll keep you all posted.
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.
This may replace this month's usual social event and venue so watch this space.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Saturday, 17th November: Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake': Theatre Royal, Nottingham

A 7:30 performance we will meet in time for a meal before the performance. I'll sort out details of this and travel arrangements closer to the event.
Tickets are from £20 to £45. Since this is going to be a hugely popular performance some £45 tickets have already been bought for those who responded to the earlier message. If you are not one of those but would still like to attend please get in touch with Boh by, or on, the April 4th Wednesday social.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
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Wednesday, 5th December: Wednesday Social: December 2018

Our last monthly social event of the year. 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, swap cards... or just have a drink or two with good friends and get into practice for the weeks ahead.
This may also be our Christmas meal so watch this space for updates.
See you there.

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

Our first social of the new 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.
xBoh

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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