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Events Bulletin from 25 March 2017
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
This is a list of headline and extended period events that are worth an early mention.
Headline Headline / Extended Period
Fort Belan Weekend (N Wales by the Menai Straits)
Fri 28 Apr 2017 to Fri 5 May 2017
Fort Belan (North Wales by the Menai Straits)
Fri 28 Apr 2017 to Fri 5 May 2017
A feast of gardens in Lincolshire Meetup Headline
Fri 12 May 2017 to Sun 14 May 2017
Edinburgh Weekend
Fri 19 May 2017 to Mon 22 May 2017
Camping Nr Milton Keynes
Fri 26 May 2017 to Mon 29 May 2017
Long Weekend in South Downs Headline
Sat 10 Jun 2017 to Tue 13 Jun 2017
Book By: 05/Jun/2017
Camping at Shell Island
Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Sun 25 Jun 2017
start of aIVC conference w/e
Fri 7 Jul 2017 to Sun 9 Jul 2017
Cycling and Camping in Normandy Headline
Sat 8 Jul 2017 to Sun 16 Jul 2017
Robin Hood’s Bay
Sun 6 Aug 2017 to Sun 13 Aug 2017
A Beach Holiday on the Costa Brava
Wed 30 Aug 2017 to Wed 6 Sep 2017
Nelson Way Year 4 (Suffolk & Essex)
Sat 16 Sep 2017 to Sun 24 Sep 2017
Group Holiday to Portugal
Thu 21 Sep 2017 to Thu 28 Sep 2017
Book By: ASAP
Long Weekend in Riga Headline
Fri 6 Oct 2017 to Mon 9 Oct 2017
Book By: The sooner the better

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40 events found for: All members

Events for April 2017
Fri 28 Apr to Fri 5 May
FORT BELAN WEEKEND (N WALES BY THE MENAI STRAITS)

Quality Cottage Accommodation with Birmingham IVC and Halifax and Huddersfield IVC

Long Weekend away Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May 2017 (Bank Holiday)

or 7 night Holiday Friday 28th April to Friday 5th May 2017 (including Bank Holiday)

 

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)
Fri 28 Apr to Fri 5 May
FORT BELAN (NORTH WALES BY THE MENAI STRAITS)

 

 

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)

Events for May 2017
Fri 12 May to Sun 14 May
Meetup A FEAST OF GARDENS IN LINCOLSHIRE Headline
Best Western Lion Hotel, 112 – 114 Bridge Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
Postcode/Map Ref:     S80 1HT

Once again IVC members are invited to join the weekend away visiting gardens that I am organising for my horticultural society. This year we are going to Lincolnshire.

We will be visiting the following gardens - Barnsdale, The Moat, a 2.5 acre garden with island beds planted with unusual perennials,  Mill Farm Garden which offers panoramic views across the Lincolnshire Wolds and Ancholme Valley, Hall Farm a cottage garden with a medieval moat at the bottom, Brightwater garden, A 21st century garden, and finally on Sunday Goltho gardens & Easton walled gardens

Departure is from North London.

To book email me at gardann@yahoo.co.uk

Don't worry about not knowing anybody - you will be with fellow garden lovers so there will always be something to talk about and I wil be there to introduce you to other participants

 
Organiser:     Ann Jones ivannc2004@yahoo.co.uk

Cost:     380 Shared By:    tickets London IVC (& All AIVC Groups)
Fri 19 May to Mon 22 May
EDINBURGH WEEKEND

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at http://www.ivc.org.UK.

Join Merseysiders for a fun weekend in Edinburgh. Meeting in Edinburgh on the afternoon of Friday, 19th May  and leaving for home in the evening of Monday, 22nd May 2017.

As a capital city there is such a variety of things to do it is difficult to know where to start.

The National Museum of Scotland is the best presented museum in the UK.

The Castle can take a day to see.

International standard art galleries are free to wander around.

In themselves the streets are interesting. The old town is full of ginnels and outstanding architecture.

image: Scottish Parliament Building and Holyrood Palace

The city is full of interesting and affordable places to eat and drink.

The theatres stage productions to rival London's West End.

We can watch the sun set from King Arthur's Seat.

The nominated accommodation is the Travelodge, Edinburgh Central, Princess Street. Failing that try to book your accommodation near to the Waverley Railway Station.

Activities will adapt to the numbers attending and their desires. The usual Merseyside device is to nominate different meeting places during the day to facilitate regrouping. For details near the weekend and last minute notices, see https://www.meetup.com/Merseyside-Intervarsity-Club/events/233886378.

The organiser, Nick Wilkinson, does have a mobile telephone but it will only be used while away from home. Use the landline number or the email address, before the event. 

For the organisers contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Cost:     none Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)
Fri 26 May to Mon 29 May
CAMPING NR MILTON KEYNES
The Old Dairy Farm Stoke Hammond Milton Keynes

A joint Milton Keynes and Birmingham IVC event. A camping weekend near Milton Keynes, join us for a weekend of canal side walks, pub lunches, bbqs and general socialising, for those not wishing to walk Bletchley Park is 3-4 miles away and worth a visit, Central Milton Keynes is 6 miles away, and Rushmere Country park is within a 10 minute drive away and is a lovely park with lakes and cafes.

Camping will be at The Old Dairy Farm, Stoke Hammond, the Grand Union Canal is situated 200 meters from this farm. The campsite itself is basic but has toilets and showers, bbqs are permitted and we will make our own entertainment. The cost is £8 per person per night for camping in tents, there is also facilities for electric hook up and camper vans for an extra charge.

 
Organiser:     jackie hayward (mkivc) hltlanguages@gmail.com

Cost:     £8 pppn camping Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)

Events for June 2017
Sat 10 Jun to Tue 13 Jun
LONG WEEKEND IN SOUTH DOWNS Headline

This weekend will be spent walking parts of The Weald Way towards Eastbourne.  Members should book their own accommodation then advise Chris.

The weekend highlights include a spectacular approach to The Long Man of Wilmington & lovely downland walks tnrough The South Downs National Park & quaint villages. We will finish at Eastbourne Pier.  

Full details of each days walk are available from Chris upon request.

this event is organised by London IVC.

You need to be a member of one of the many IVCs around the country to join this event.

If you are interested in joining London IVC click here

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Book By:     05/Jun/2017 Shared By:    tickets London IVC (& All AIVC Groups)
Mon 19 Jun to Sun 25 Jun
CAMPING AT SHELL ISLAND

Join Merseyside IVC camping at Shell Island for a week of the longest days of the year.

Tremadog Bay

Shell Island is a stunningly beautiful place with very good facilities (hot showers, pub, shops and restaurant). It lies on the Welsh coast between Harlech and Barmouth. It is the largest campsite in Europe. When that nugget was first heard it rang alarm bells but it is the antithesis of a cross between Butlins and Hieronymus Bosch's vision of hell. It is low density and in some areas almost wild. It is possible to camp 15 minutes walk away from the amenity block. As most children will be in school, the campsite will be quiet and the roads clear. Bring a tent, wine and walking boots.

Afon Cwm Nantcol in the mountains behind Shell Island

Afon Cwm Nantcol at Shell Island

Some people arrive early and leave late, so you can add to the core weekend. It is perfectly all right to come for just one night. The daily charge is £7·50 per person(2016 fee). (If you are over 60 years old, bring proof and ask for the reduced price.) Bookings may be made online at the Shell Island website. In the evening we play petanque, barbecue and discuss what we will be doing the following day.

Beach near Shell Island

Beach 2k north of Shell Island

It cannot be predicted whereabouts on the site we will be setting camp. There are favourite places but it is always possible for them to be already occupied. By our tents there will be signs bearing the Merseyside IVC emblem. We aim to pitch the tents in a big circle around a central gathering and cooking area. If you arrive when there is no one about, please do not set up in that nice big space in the middle.

Members of other IVCs together with others who are not members will be attending this event.

Cooling Off 

Directions

For those approaching from the north and the M62 corridor, the North Wales Express Way (A55) is very strongly recommended. At Conwy turn south onto the A470 to travel up the Conway valley. After Llanrwst and after passing the road to Betws-y-Coed, take the turning on the right signposted Blaenau Ffestiniog. It is still the A470.

At the bottom of the hill, before Blaenau Ffestiniog town centre, there is a very small round-a-bout. Turn right here, following the signpost for Porthmadog A496 (A487). As soon as you see them, follow signposts for Harlech, which will lead you onto the A487.

Harlech is a medieval town stuck on a lump of rock and is to be avoided. Look out for the sign to Barmouth. It will indicate a right turn shortly before Harlech. Take that turn. It is further but quicker.

Continue towards Barmouth. You will not be going as far as Barmouth. In Llanbedr look out for the Victoria Inn, cross over the bridge and immediately turn right towards the railway station. 2·2 miles later you are at Shell Island.

If you miss the tide, go and eat in the Victoria. If you are a couple of minutes late do not be tempted to drive through. The salt water will ruin your car and the difficulty is not the depth of water but locating the road surface.

Approaches from the south and east involve going through Dolgellau. The road between Llangollen and Dolgellau is prone to clogging with slow moving vehicles.

Links to> Tide Times & Camping Details 
Link to> Google Street View
Link to> The Turn to Shell Island from the A469 
Shell Island’s Location - Post Code LL45 2PJ
OS Map OL18 - NGR SH 556 266
The main site for this event is https://www.meetup.com/Merseyside-Intervarsity-Club/events/233008685/

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Camping at Shell Island [2014] by Sarah Davis

Camping at Shell Island, which is situated on the coast of North Wales, just south of Harlech, was the perfect camping experience. The site was amazing, the views were stunning, the company was excellent and the weather was glorious.........what more could anyone want.

The event was organised by Nick Wilkinson from Merseyside IVC, who proved the perfect host. Nick had been to Shell Island before, so picked an ideal camping spot for the group and had everything well organised.

The camping party had 6 IVC members, from 3 different IVC clubs, Merseyside, Sheffield and Cambridge, as well as a few friends. Everyone arrived on Friday, in time to get tents set up and prepare for the BBQ in the evening. We ate exceedingly well, washed down with a glass or two of wine and sat around chatting and getting to know each other before retiring to our cosy accommodation.

Saturday morning was a very chilled affair; people surfaced in dribs and drabs, boiled kettles, drank tea and ate breakfast before deciding what to do during the coming day. We split into different groups during the day, some people heading for Barmouth, others exploring the fabulous beaches and Shell Island itself and drinking tea in nearby Llanbedr. In the evening we had another BBQ ...........all in all a perfect day.

Most people packed up Sunday morning after another lazy start to the day, before heading off home. My friend and I stayed on and visited Harlech Castle in the afternoon, a spectacular castle built by Edward 1 in the late 13th century.

Unfortunately, I awoke the next day to the sound of rain at 5am.........well it was Wales! The rain was torrential and we even had thunder, but after breakfast it cleared so that we were able to pack up relatively dry tents before leaving to beat the high tide at 12:30.

All in all the perfect weekend end away.
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Below Emma Thompson expresses the sentiment of IVC at Shell Island.

TripAdvisor 

Notes

One of the activity options is to stroll south along the beach the ten kilometres to Barmouth. At the halfway point, the Afon Ysgethin runs to the sea across a pebble beach. The water is only 20cm deep but you will want to take off your good footwear to ford it. Because of the pebbles, it is very uncomfortable in bare feet. A pair of crocks or old plimsolls are invaluable. 

There is another option for a group expedition.

An option for Saturday is to drive to Porthmadog and catch the 0940h Welsh Highland Railway Rail Ale Train to Caernarfon returning on the 1610h (£35·80 return). Then going for an evening meal in Porthmadog to let the drivers rest a little before the ride back to Shell Island. (2014 times and price) N.B. See Graham Hardisty's comment below. [Changed timetable]

Follow the links, have a think and it will be discussed at Shell.

Article: The 10 most common mistakes people make when they go camping.

Equipment advice from the DoE 

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at http://www.ivc.org.UK.

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Events for July 2017
Fri 7 Jul to Sun 9 Jul
START OF AIVC CONFERENCE W/E

Start of the aIVC conference weekend marking the 70th anniversary of the incorporation of London Intervarsity Club, the founding club in the family of IVC clubs.

Booking now open.

Logon to find booking form

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Cost:     tba Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)
Sat 8 Jul to Sun 16 Jul
CYCLING AND CAMPING IN NORMANDY Headline

IVC are going to Normandy for a leisurely cycling holiday. Arriving in Cherbourg we will be taking in the bars, beaches, D Day museums, Bayeaux and Caen City. We aim to cycle 25-30 miles most days.

We will travel by ferry from Portsmouth with our bicycles.

Full details of planned day by day mileage and destinations available from Ed.

With an early start on Saturday we may stay at the Portsmouth Travel Lodge on Friday night.

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Shared By:    tickets London IVC (& Association of IVCs (AIVC))

Events for August 2017
Sun 6 Aug to Sun 13 Aug
ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

Leisure Holiday / Field Centre Accommodation - A Birmingham IVC Event

 

We came here in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 had such a good time, so we have to go back!

 

Only 1 week this time because Hilary and I want to go somewhere else in Aug 2017.

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, with its narrow streets and quaint cottages and houses, is one of the most picturesque and far-famed villages on the English coastline. The old village nestles in a narrow ravine at the edge of a wide sweeping bay, which is bounded on the north by Bay Ness and on the south by the lofty cliffs of Ravenscar.

For more details about Robin Hood’s Bay go to www.robin-hoods-bay.co.uk or www.bayfair.co.uk and follow the links.

 

We are taking over the “Old School House” which has really good accommodation similar to a Youth Hotel. www.old-school-house.co.uk

Things to do!

Walking - Robin Hoods Bay is at the end of the famous Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk.

Cycling - The Whitby to Scarborough cycle route follows the old railway passing through RHB. Cycle hire is available nearby. go to: www.trailways.info

Whitby - is dominated by the cliff-top ruins of the beautiful 13th century Whitby Abbey. This traditional maritime town, with its old cobbled streets,

Scarborough - Britain’s first seaside resort, has been welcoming visitors for over 360 years and is still as popular as ever.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - magnificent steam engines, beautiful rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, is like taking a step back in time.

Plus loads more close by.

Members and clubs have now got a choice for the 7 nights stay!

Their are 9 rooms!               6 rooms with 4 beds and 3 rooms with 6 beds

Cost

Individually place £70 per person

Book a 4 bedded room £200 per room.

Book a 6 bedded room £300 per room

 

This will allow individuals, groups, couples and clubs to book accommodation that suits them.

 

A deposit of £20 secures your place.

 

Contact: Peter Howe   07944 880722 towerpete@aol.com

 

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Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)
Wed 30 Aug to Wed 6 Sep
A BEACH HOLIDAY ON THE COSTA BRAVA

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at http://www.ivc.org.UK.

Join Merseyside IVC for a week in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava. It is mainly a sun and sand holiday but the Roman and medieval city of Girona and Catalonia's capital, Barcelona, are within easy reach.

image: ©2009 Xavigivax

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia, Spain. One of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava, it is 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Girona and 75 kilometres (47 miles) northeast of Barcelona. With a population of 39,363 in 2009, it is the second largest town in the Selva comarca of Catalonia.

Lloret de Mar attracts summer visitors on package tours. Its main beach (length: 1,630 m; width: 45 m; small, gravel-like stones) is one of the most popular Costa Brava beaches and is consistently awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness.

image: © copied from the Hotel Samba website

We are staying at the three star

Hotel Samba
Francesc Cambó, 10
17310 Lloret de Mar
Girona
Spain

image: © copied from the Hotel Samba website

image: © copied from the Hotel Samba website

Participants are to make their own bookings and travel arrangements.

Hotel   http://www.hotelsamba.es/en/hotel-samba-lloret-de-mar

Airports  https://www.skyscanner.net/news/airports/lloret-de-mar-airports/

Bus  Girona, 35 minutes, €10.  Barcelona, 1h 55m, €12.90. 

The organiser, Mike Hulligan, is on the 1855h Liverpool to Girona, hoping to be at the hotel around 2300h. Returning on the 1715h.
He booked his accommodation through TravelRepublic and has taken the 'all inclusive' option. Both Ryanair and TravelRepublic practice discriminatory pricing, so the better deals are to be had by booking now or the day before travel.

image: ©2007 Nuno Miranda 
 
Optional outings and activities are available in resort. Mike is happy to answer any questions about the holiday by telephone or email. The webpage https://www.meetup.com/Merseyside-Intervarsity-Club/events/236677505/ is to be used to co-ordinate the event and announcements will be made there.

Note. Mike is also inviting members of another group not associated with the Intervarsity Club. 

image: ©2012 José Luis Filpo Cabana

For the organisers contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Events for September 2017
Sat 16 Sep to Sun 24 Sep
NELSON WAY YEAR 4 (SUFFOLK & ESSEX)
Another week walking sections of this long distance path. This time 2 days on The Suffolk Coast Path towards Felixstowe & then 6 days commencing The Essex Way from Harwich. Distances moderate (normaly less than 10 miles per day - about 4 -5 hours walking)with flat terrain along coast, rivers & countryside.  
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Shared By:    tickets London IVC (& Association of IVCs (AIVC))
Thu 21 Sep to Thu 28 Sep
GROUP HOLIDAY TO PORTUGAL

Group holiday to Portugal 21-29 September 2017, staying at the Salgado Palm Village, Praia Dos Salgado - All-inclusive Basis.

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at http://www.ivc.org.UK

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Book By:     ASAP

Events for October 2017
Fri 6 Oct to Mon 9 Oct
LONG WEEKEND IN RIGA Headline

Join Ann for a long weekend in Riga, Latvia’s capital, set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. It's considered a cultural center and is home to many museums and concert halls. The city is also known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town.

We will fly from Luton and stay in this centrally located hotel.

The cost is In a room for 2  £204   In a room for one  £245. The price includes flights with hand luggage only, accommodation on B&B basis. Nearer the time when we know the final numbers I will arrange a venue for an evening meal on the Friday which will be an additional charge payable at the time.

If you would like to share a room but don't know anybody to share with let me know & I will try and pair you up.

Nearer the time we will all get together over a drink and discuss possible activities.

 

 
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Cost:     from £204
Book By:     The sooner the better Shared By:    tickets London IVC (& All AIVC Groups)


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