Saturday 5th December, meet time 18:00
Christmas Party 2015
Walk or event leader: Joanne Contact: 07765 497887 Email event leader
A Masquerade Ball at The Queens Hotel in Bournmouth. The Hotel is in the prime position of Bournemouth East Cliff, just a short walk from the beaches, pier and town centre of Bournemouth.
We had a fantastic Christmas party last year and this promises to be a divinely decadent evening of good food, music and hopefully lots of dancing!
You'll be greeted by the masquerade hosts and will be given a mask in order to enter the proceedings. The price is £29.50 for a 3 course dinner, welcome drink, Christmas party novelties and a disco till 1am.
To book your place I will need a £10 deposit by Sunday 20th September. Apologies for the tight turn around but this is the deadline the hotel has given me. Details of who to make the cheque payable to and my address are in an email that I have sent to all members. (Please note that you DO need to be a member to attend ths social event). I have also attached a flyer to the email, for you to look at the venue in more detail and peruse the menu. I will ask for menu choices and the ramainder of the balance via email, at a later date.
This flyer also shows accommodation prices but please book any rooms you require directly with the hotel.
For those of you wishing to blow out the effects of the night before, I will lead a short walk (approx. 4-5 miles) from the hotel - along the beach front, towards Southbourne; where we could stop for a coffee at either the cafe or pub at the top of Fisherman's walk, before returning back to the hotel.
Start or meeting point: The Queens Hotel and Spa Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3DL. Meet at 6pm, for complimentary drink and mask; then seating is at 7pm. (Note: this time has been edited from previously stated time).
Directions: The hotel is a 20 minute walk from Bournmouth centre. There are a selection of buses from Bournmouth Centre - Please check bus number and times. Limited parking is available at the hotel, but please enquire in the hotel if none is available. There is also free parking with time restrictions on the surrounding roads.
Event address: The Queens Hotel and Spa Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3DL
Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.
If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first - it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.
What to Bring With You on a Walk
Packed lunch - most walks require you to bring along a good packed lunch as most day hikes over 5 miles will entail a lunch stop of about twenty minutes (or five minutes if it's raining hard!). If the walk has a pub or tea room stop then a full lunch shouldn't be needed, please check the individual walk details for more information.
Proper walking boots and socks - every year a few new people will turn up to longer walks in unsuitable footwear and suffer painful blisters, sore ankles or be forced to get the bus home as a result. Don't let it happen to you - approriate footwear is a must in the rural and rocky terrain that Dorset has to offer, and on any walk that is over 4 miles or has anything more than a 'easy' difficultly rating. Outdoor stores are everywhere now and offer decent ankle boots at affordable prices, so it's easier than ever to get the proper kit on a budget.
Rainproofs - on any walk the weather can turn for the worse, so even if the forecast is clear most members carry a packaway jacket or rainproofs. During the winter a rainproof jacket is a must, and many members also swear by waterproof over-trousars or quick drying outdoor fabrics. Gore-tex and eVent fabrics are perfect if you have the budget!
Mobile phone - a mobile is a good safety device to have with you, even if reception is patchy you can always walk to high ground and try to get a signal if you get lost or seperated from a group walk (which is extremely rare!). Also if you are late for a walk you can contact the Walk Leader and ask them to wait for five or ten minutes, please be aware however that if you are very late the Walk Leader will have no choice but to start the walk.
A print out of the event details - our event start details are optimised for car Satnavs, so you can enter the walk start address, postcodes and even latitude and longtitude coordinates to help you find the walk. The print out will also give you the Walk Leader name and mobile should you run into to trouble on the journey there.
Walks Grading Explained
Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.
Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.