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.

7th - 9th December: Xmas Bash 2018: Llangollen IH, Wales

URGENT: £10 securing deposits required by 31st October so we can confirm meal places. Christmas menu is now available on the venue website for you to view. We are booking 3 course meals.
We have the whole hostel (30 beds) for our Christmas event this year so get your £10 deposits in by 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 meal will be held at The Corn Mill, a mere 5 minutes, (in high heels), along pavements from the hostel.
As usual Boh will organise a less strenuous walk if required.
There is a possibility of staying on an extra night very cheaply. Please let Allan know if you are be interested and when you have paid your deposit. £95 cost is includes the meal.
See you all there
Boh

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Al (Tel0116 2295009 Mob07912 947452)
Cost:
£95 due by 31st 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 ( Mob0785 8272402 )
Cost:
£50 due by 2nd January 2019
Grade:
Moderate
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2nd - 7th May 2019: 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 February 2019
Grade:
Hard
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24th - 27th May 2019: 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 2019: 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 2019: 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
Thursday 22nd: stopover at either YHA Wooler or SYHA Kirk Yetholm (TBA).
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. 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 6th February (perhaps 3rd April - TBA); stated full cost of £280 is approximate (exact cost TBA).

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Mick (Tel0116 2543536 Mob0796 1062000)
Cost:
£280
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

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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Friday, 7th December: Film - It's a Wonderful Life: Phoenix Cinema's Annual Charity Donation Screening

In support of 'Action Homeless Winter Appeal' this is a donation screening of this wonderful Christmas movie.
Simply bring along an item from the 'shopping list'[see below or click the link] to our box office, and get a FREE ticket to the heart-warming classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' in return!
Synopsis
Often cited as the best Christmas movie of all time, Frank Capra's nostalgic 1946 ode to family, community and the power of redemption is a strong contender for greatest movie ever made. Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a frustrated businessman who, over the course of one night, discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

USA 1946
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: Jimmy Stewart
Length: 131 mins

As many of you will have realised this clashes with the Christmas weekend in Llangollen so i won't actually be able to make it. But there are lots of you not on the weekend and even those onit can take donations to The Phoenix at any time.

Mini Shopping List for Donations:
Pasta, Rice, Noodles, Couscous, Pulses;
Tinned: veg, fruit, meat, fish, Pasta sauce, tomatoes;
Chocolate, Cereal, UHT Milk (1L), Tea, Coffee, Powdered Hot Choc, Sugar, Cooking Oil (1L);
Basic kitchen cleaning equipment; shower gel, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary products, toilet roll.
PLEASE NOTE: Action Homeless are not asking for clothing this year.

Have a great Christmas
xBoh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
Cost:
FREE
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Saturday, 15th December: Group Christmas Dinner

25 places available at Cafe Roma for our Christmas Meal meet 7ish for 7:30.
£20 (to be confirmed when their Xmas menu is available), with a £5 non-returnable deposit, gets you 3 courses of non-Christmas fayre, (since we'll all have more than enough turkey over these weeks). Drinks are separate.

The menu is now available on the site and linked below. It is still excellent value at £20 for a three course meal. Please email, text or phone me your choices. I will then let Dave know to expect your payment. You then only need to pay for your drinks on the night. NOTE: cash only, no cards.
You will need to let me know if intend to join us since this event is always very popular and gets fully booked very quickly.
Hope to see you there
ttfn
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
Cost:
£20
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Wednesday, 19th December: Wednesday Social: Dec 2018 (2)

I know this is a very busy time of year for you all so I apologise for inflicting this additional event so close to Christmas day.
There are, however, a number of events which require payment before January 2019, so Dave Self has requested this in order that he can collect payment from those of you who need to do so. I hope that you can find time in your busy festive schedules to come along, pay Dave and join in a last friendly drink and chat before the mayhem.

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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Saturday, 18th May 2019: 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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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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