Nov
3

BIG Fireworks Weekend (34958)

Event Overview

For our fourth year, we'll be taking over the haunted castle of Borwick Hall in Lancashire. This 16th-century, Grade I listed, manor house is located in the small village of Borwick close to the city of Lancaster.

But this year, instead of celebrating Halloween, we'll be letting off fireworks for our first BIG Fireworks Weekend! Included in your event fee is a professional, 20 minute firework display costing over £1000. This is going to be a firework display like no other.

Following the fireworks, our DJ will transform the Great Hall into a 70's disco dancefloor. As usual, fancy dress will be the order of ...

For our fourth year, we'll be taking over the haunted castle of Borwick Hall in Lancashire. This 16th-century, Grade I listed, manor house is located in the small village of Borwick close to the city of Lancaster.

But this year, instead of celebrating Halloween, we'll be letting off fireworks for our first BIG Fireworks Weekend! Included in your event fee is a professional, 20 minute firework display costing over £1000. This is going to be a firework display like no other.

Following the fireworks, our DJ will transform the Great Hall into a 70's disco dancefloor. As usual, fancy dress will be the order of the evening so get your thinking caps on.

We have exclusive use of the site making it easier to get to know other members as you can be sure that everyone you meet is a member of OutdoorLads.

This is a hostel weekend with a difference as in addition to great evening entertainment we also offer amazing outdoor activities during the day including caving, kayaking/canoeing, archery, ropes course and bouldering/indoor climbing/indoor caving. We'll also be offering mountain biking and a variety of walks. More information about these events will be available nearer the date.

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What to bring

Bedding is provided but you may want to bring your own pillow. You'll also need to bring a towel, washing kit, etc.

Depending on what activites you're taking part in over the weekend, you may also need some extra gear - you can find out more about that on the activities information panes which will be published nearer the event date.

Don't forget to bring your fancy dress costume for the Saturday night!

Food & Drink

Friday night: Buffet. Please bring an item for the buffet. One item per person will be fine - we are not feeding the 5000!
 

Saturday breakfast: A selection of cereals, toasts and hot breakfast rolls prepared by our own kitchen team.

Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday dinner: A special Fireworks dinner cooked by our own professional chef, Mike and prepared by our volunteer kitchen team.

Sunday breakfast: A selection of cereals, toasts and hot breakfast rolls prepared by our own kitchen team.

Sunday lunch: You may wish to bring a packed lunch if you intend doing an activity on Sunday.
 

The OutdoorLads Bar is operated by our volunteers. All the profit made from the bar goes directly back into supporting the charity. Did you know that without our bar, we wouldn't have been able to send all our Event Leaders on first aid courses? A range of alcoholic and soft drinks will be available including locally brewed real ale and cider, chilled bottled beers and lagers and spirits. All the evening entertainment will take place at the bar. This will include the Friday night welcome meeting and Saturday Night Disco.

Meeting & Times

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directions

By road: Leave the M6 at junction 35 to join the short stretch of the A601(M) towards Carnforth. When you reach the A6 roundabout, take the second exit signposted Milnthorpe. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto Borwick Lane. After one mile you will enter the village of Borwick. The car park is on the left on Borwick Court immediately opposite the entrance to Borwick Hall through the arch. Look out for the OutdoorLads sail flags and please park considerately as we have a lot of cars to fit in!

By public transport: This event is easily accessible by train using Virgin Trains' West Coast Main Line meaning you can get here from London in just 2.5 hours, from Glasgow in under two hours and from Manchester in under an hour! The Stagecoach 555 bus will take you past the end of Borwick Lane or a taxi will cost around £20.

Why not use the event comments feature below to arrange a car share or meet up with other Members on the train?!

accommodation

We'll be staying in an old manor house with a snug bar, a haunted library and secret passages between different sections of the house. The property is set in 18 acres of landscaped grounds and formal gardens.

We have a number of different accommodation options available in the main house ranging from single rooms to ten-bed dormitories all allocated on a first come-first served basis. For those looking to head to bed early, we'd recommend the adjoining 'Stables' which is our quiet sleeping area.

We also have a small selection of twin-bedded accommodation, some of it en-suite, in the neighbouring Beckside annexe which can be reserved for a small fee. There are 54 beds in twin rooms available for £5 per person for the weekend and a further 16 beds in twin en-suite rooms for £10 per person for the weekend.

itinerary

To follow nearer the date

volunteers

The BIG Events team running this weekend are all volunteers and put a great deal of work into creating an enjoyable event for you all. Please help them by offering your assistance throughout the weekend. We always need help unloading the vans, preparing the venue, running the bar and cleaning and tidying afterwards.

BORWICK HALL HISTORY

The manor of Borwick is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the estates of Roger of Poitou but the oldest parts of the building still in existence date from the 14th century when a pele tower was built on the site. It was bought c.1590 by Roger Bindlosse.

The tower was extended to a manor house by Roger in the early 1590s before he died in 1595. His son Robert inherited and was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1615. Robert's son Sir Francis Bindlosse predeceased him and so the estate passed to Francis's eldest son, Robert, who was created a baronet in 1641 and was elected MP for Lancashire in 1660. He also served twice as High Sheriff. He built a private Oratory on the estate. On his death in 1688 with no male heir the baronetcy became extinct and the estate passed to his only daughter, Cecilia, who had married William Standish. On her death there were again no male heirs and the estate passed to a daughter who had married Thomas Strickland of the Sizergh family. The Stricklands sold the Hall in 1854 for £28,000 to Col. Marton of Capernwray.

By the early 19th century the Hall was falling into disrepair and was only repaired in the 1910s when it was leased to music critic John Alexander Fuller Maitland on the specific condition that he restore the building. He died there in 1936.

After the Second World War during which the hall was used as a military base, the estate was sold to Lancashire Youth Clubs Association and later passed into the ownership of Lancashire County Council and is used today as a residential outdoor education and conference centre. 


Event Reference No:
34958