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Events Bulletin from 21 June 2018
This is a list of headline and extended period events that are worth an early mention.
Headline Headline / Extended Period
Camping at Shell Island
Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Sun 24 Jun 2018
w/e in Wiltshire visiting gardens Meetup
Fri 29 Jun 2018 to Sun 1 Jul 2018
Weekend away in Brighton & aIVC AGM
Fri 13 Jul 2018 to Sun 15 Jul 2018
Dance/Disco at the AIVC 2018 AGM
Sat 14 Jul 2018
Book By: 07/Jul/2018
Darsham Country Centre - Suffolk
Sun 29 Jul 2018 to Sun 5 Aug 2018
A week at the Edinburgh Festival Headline
Sat 4 Aug 2018 to Sat 11 Aug 2018
Book By: ASAP
A Weekend in Liverpool
Fri 31 Aug 2018 to Sun 2 Sep 2018
Thu 6 Sep 2018 to Sun 9 Sep 2018
Wed 10 Oct 2018 to Wed 17 Oct 2018
Walking Holiday in Madeira
Thu 22 Nov 2018 to Sun 2 Dec 2018


26 events found for: All members
Mon 18 Jun to Sun 24 Jun

Join Merseyside IVC on its annual excursion to Shell Island ( From Monday, 18th June to Sunday, 24th June 2018, for five nights under canvas. 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.

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 £7·75 per person. (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.

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.

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
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.

Emma Thompson expresses the sentiment of IVC at Shell Island. 



Some friends who are not members of IVC may also be camping.

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 is to drive to Porthmadog and catch the Welsh Highland Railway ( to Caernarfon ( Then going for an evening meal in Porthmadog to let the drivers rest a little before the ride back to Shell Island.

Porth Merion ( is nearby.

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

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 .

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

Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Fri 29 Jun to Sun 1 Jul
visiting the following gardens

* Abbey House Garden. This was the private garden of Barbara and Ian Pollard, famous as the ‘naked gardeners’.
* Misarden Park, near Stroud. Originally designed in the 17th century, the gardens were redeveloped in the 20th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens in his famous Edwardian style. aturday The gardens of f Ridleys Cheer, which contains mixed borders, sweeping lawns and a flight of steps in Cotswold stone greeting the visitor.
* A another tbd, possibly  lford Manor  This romantic award-winning Italian garden designed by Harold Peto contains a formal garden on old terraces embellished with his collection of classical statuary and architectural fragments.
* Bowood. Home to the Marquess and Marchioness of Lansdowne, this exquisite 18th century house is encircled by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s stunning park, with spectacular formal gardens, a rockwork garden and the renowned pinetum and arboretumSunday 1 Ju
* Cerney Gardens Set around a Victorian walled garden, they are described by Country Living as "what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve".
* A private garden of Redenham Park, The garden is made up of a series of separate ‘rooms’, beginning with the rose garden, enclosed by yew hedges and centered on a large circular fish pond. An abundant Paul’s Himalayan Musk envelops the archway leading up to the herbaceous border, from which a gate opens on to the croquet lawn.

The cost is from £385 to include comfortable coach travel throughout, 2nights DB&B and entrances to gardens
Contact Ann at for further details and a booking form.  
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Shared By:    tickets London IVC (& All AIVC Groups)

Events for July 2018
Fri 13 Jul to Sun 15 Jul
Join Brighton IVC and the aIVC committee for this social weekend in Brighton which also includes the 2018 aIVC AGM  
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Cost:     No one site rooms available Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)
Sat 14 Jul
7 to 11.30 pm

Our Dance/Disco being held at the Swan Inn in conjunction with the AIVC 2018 Annual Conference. The price for tickets is £15 each and include a Disco and Buffet. The venue is 10 minutes easy walk from the University of Sussex.

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

Cost:     £15
Book By:     07/Jul/2018
Sun 29 Jul to Sun 5 Aug
Darsham. Suffolk IP7 3PL
Notice: You have to be a fully paid up member of an AIVC club to attend this event. Details

What we'll do
This part of the UK is very rarely visited by Northern folk! Due to it being on the funny side of the country. Well, let me tell you it’s a brilliant place to go. All the local pubs sell Adnams beers! Loads of really nice places to visit!

Darsham Country Centre is an exciting and interesting venue that was the old Railway Stationmaster's house. It's close to the Suffolk coast and Darsham station is on the working railway line from Ipswich to Lowestoft and now has trains each way every hour through the day. There are good connections from London Liverpool Street. There is also a regular bus service that goes to places like Southwold and Aldeburgh or a dial-up bus which goes to Minsmere bird reserve and the coast at Walberswick. a wide range of activities including cycling, bird watching, walking and swimming
a central base for enjoying Suffolk's many visitor attractions
a wealth of nearby pubs and restaurants
a fully catering-equipped and spacious kitchen
an adjoining room for dining and other activities
a large but cosy sitting room with plenty of easy chairs
five upstairs bedrooms, sleeping up to 16 people in bunks and single beds (bed linen supplied)
another two bedrooms downstairs with beds for 4 in each room – next door to an accessible WC and shower for less able visitors
showers, washbasins and WCs upstairs and down
a newly refurbished patio area with picnic tables and a grassed area suitable for games and, by arrangement, overflow camping for up to 15
free internet access
Cost will be £90 per person or rent a room £300 (4 beds) / £350 (5 beds) per week!
Only 24 places in the centre available.

Contact: Peter Howe 07944 880722

Organiser:     Peter Howe 07944 880722

Cost:     £90

Events for August 2018
Sat 4 Aug to Sat 11 Aug

Join us at the world's greatest entertainment festival. After a terrific week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 we will return in 2018. We will stay in value for money, student accommodation close to the heart of the festival. We will help you navigate your way round the festival which is vast and can be overwhelming. We will organise shared visits to events and several team social get togethers - or you can just do your own thing. Help will be provided with travel arrangements and prebooking of recommended avents - but most events can be booked when you are there.

Contact Dave now for more details and to join the acommodation waiting list. This will cost around £200 for the week for your own room in a shared student flat which is basic but comfortable.

Join London IVC to join us!

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

Cost:     £200
Book By:     ASAP Shared By:    tickets London IVC (& All AIVC Groups)
Tue 14 Aug
00:00 to 23:00
A holiday in Sri Lanka for IVC members and friends. A bargain compared with commercially organised holidays.  
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)

Cost:     Approx £1700 Shared By:    tickets Association of IVCs (AIVC) (& All AIVC Groups)
Fri 31 Aug to Sun 2 Sep
Do come and visit Liverpool together with IVC members from all over the country. The Merseyside IVC is hosting a Liverpool Weekend starting on Friday, 31st August 2018.

Liverpool has stunning architecture and an abundance of cultural activity. See some of the finest galleries and museums in the world and drink in the heady atmosphere of the Beatles’ hometown. The Royal Navy say that it is the best run ashore in the world. Many members will be returning after last year’s visit, simply because it is absolutely impossible to do justice to all the attractions in four weekends, never mind one.

Members arrange their own accommodation (nominated is the Travelodge, Liverpool Central, Old Haymarket). The weekend operates from ‘The Schedule’. It will be published a couple of days before the event. It will be very similar to the one found at, but updated with the latest destinations, exhibitions and events.

On the Saturday afternoon, Merseyside IVC is hosting September’s Regional Gathering. For that, please book separately.

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member or go to the AIVC event page.

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

Events for September 2018
Sat 1 Sep
13:00 to 17:00
The Merseyside IVC is hosting the Association of Intervarsity Clubs’ only Regional Gathering this year. It is a business meeting/workshop on IVC matters. All members are invited but the invitation is especially extended to those in Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands, who are engaged in the running of clubs or are simply interested in the future and management of the association.

The gathering provides the peg upon which to hang a number of other events. It coincides with ‘A Weekend in Liverpool.’ Read more at and stay a couple of nights.

The Liverpool Quaker Meeting House is next door to the Bluecoat Chambers in School Lane just behind Church Street, which is the main shopping street.

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member or go to the AIVC event page.

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  
Organiser:     Private to members of Association of IVCs (AIVC)
Thu 6 Sep to Sun 9 Sep

Possible visit to Festival No 6 Port Meiron Wales.

You need to be a member of one of the many clubs around the country to attend this event.

This event is organised by London IVC. If you are interested in joining London IVC check out our website here

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

Events for October 2018
Wed 10 Oct to Wed 17 Oct

Merseyside IVC is off to Tenerife in October. Members stay in the seaside resort of Los Cristianos, on the southwest coast. Temperatures are likely to be in the mid 20s and most children are back in school. This is a national event and members of other IVCs will attend. Our host, Mike Hulligan, is inviting his friends so the event is not exclusively IVC.

It may be worth bringing walking gear and waterproofs or you may opt for the beach and bars. The holiday will be what you want.

Merseyside are staying at
Apartmentos Costamar
Av. Juan Carlos 1, 40
38660 Arona
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Search for ‘Costamar Apartments los Cristianos’ [also listed a 'Costa Mar']. A number of firms broker the accommodation. Next door is the Spring Arona Gran Hotel for those looking for luxury and across the road are the Paloma Beach Apartments. For other accommodation go to
and see what is nearby.

Tenerife Apartments

Mike is flying from Liverpool with Ryanair. He leaves at 1135h and arrives at 1610h on Wednesday, 10th October 2018. His return flight leaves at 0645h on Wednesday, 17th October 2018 and arrives in Liverpool for 1110h. A taxi to los Cristianos costs around €25. Transfers are cheaper or catch a 111 bus.

Opposite the Costamar, on the Avenida Juan Carlos 1, is a row of shops, bars and restaurants. We will gather there for a meal around 1900h. Mike will have his telephone and will share the number with those who are travelling.


Mike Hulligan, Merseyside Intervarsity Club

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

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

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

Cost:     Self Booking

Events for November 2018
Thu 22 Nov to Sun 2 Dec

Walking/Sightseeing Holiday in Madeira Thursday 22nd November to Sunday 2nd December 2018 (provisional dates).  You can come for all or part of the time.

We will be based in Madeira's Capital Funchal close to the old town where there are a large number of tourist attractions.  The weather in Madeira is good all year round so bring your swimwear as well as your walking boots. 

Most walking will be on the Levadas (irrigation channels) which provide easy level walking.  Walking is optional - if particpants prefer to do other things this is completely up to them.  This will be a very relaxed holiday.

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

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