20s to 30s walking, hiking and social group, part of The Ramblers

Friday 7th August, meet time 17:45

Social Event

Open Air Shakespeare - The Tempest

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    


This year's open air Shakespeare production will again be taking place between late July and early August on Brownsea Island.  For those unfamiliar with Brownsea Open Aire Theatre, it's an amateur dramatics group that puts on an open air production of a Shakespeare play every summer, with profits going to the National Trust.

This year's play is 'The Tempest', a story of love, justice and disembodied spirits.  Several years before the play begins Prospero, the Duke of Milan, was usurped in a coup led by his younger brother, and marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda.  As the play opens, fate brings his brother's ship into striking distance of Prospero's island, and he determines to get his dukedom back with the help of the spirits that are pretty much the only other inhabitants.

The play runs from 22nd July to 7th August, and we will be attending on Friday, 7th August.  Tickets are £21, which includes the boat fare to Brownsea Island, landing fee and entry to the play.  We usually catch the 6pm ferry, which gives us time to have a picnic before the play starts at 7:30.  They generally finish by 10pm and we're back on Poole Quay around 11pm. 

Tickets for these plays sell like hotcakes so if you want to come along and haven't received the email about it, please email dywra@hotmail.com no later than 31st March.

Start or meeting point: Poole Quay, outside the Lord Nelson pub, at 5:45pm for the 6:00pm ferry.

Directions: From the A35, follow signs to Poole Town Centre and from there to Poole Quay. There is a multi-storey, pay and display car park available.

Event address: The Lord Nelson, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ

OS Grid Ref: SZ013902    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.71210, W-1.98185

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The Quay, Poole, Poole BH15 1HD

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Important Advice

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.