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New Year Celebration in The Ironbridge Gorge (34892)

Event Overview

Did you miss us last year? Dont worry, we missed having a New Year event too.  So make sure you Get Out More this New Year as we explore the beautiful Shropshire countryside and enjoy some first class catering, games, laughs and just downright fantastic memories.  Make sure you revise the words for Auld Lang Syne when the clock strikes midnight, we all know the words really and dont need to just hum to one another!

You can even make this hostel a 4 night stay, for no extra cost - see information below about "The Fourth Night".  That makes it such an amazing price if you take full advantage!

So get out your dancing shoes fo...

Did you miss us last year? Dont worry, we missed having a New Year event too.  So make sure you Get Out More this New Year as we explore the beautiful Shropshire countryside and enjoy some first class catering, games, laughs and just downright fantastic memories.  Make sure you revise the words for Auld Lang Syne when the clock strikes midnight, we all know the words really and dont need to just hum to one another!

You can even make this hostel a 4 night stay, for no extra cost - see information below about "The Fourth Night".  That makes it such an amazing price if you take full advantage!

So get out your dancing shoes for a bit of new years boogie, make sure you practice your twister skills and get stocked up on New Years Cheer as we bring in 2018 in this beautiful setting and all within easy access of most parts of the country.

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Fourth Night

If you're planning to stay for the fourth night, please let us know by signing up for this child event.

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Fourth Night

1 January, 2018 - 00:00
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If you're planning to stay for the fourth night, please let us know by signing up for this child event.
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What to bring

In addition to any walking gear, you will need clothes for use about the hostel, towel and toiletries.  Dont forget your dancing shoes for the disco!

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks.  Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters.  Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.

Gators:  Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.

Walking Trousers:  Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth.  They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet.  Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall.  Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.

Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt.  The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.

Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.  This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential.  The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading.  Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.

Emergency Equipment: A number of items should be taken in case problems occur whilst walking in the hills.  Emergency equipment becomes of greater importance the further from civilisation walkers are.  Equipment should include spare food stuffs of high energy, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire, either storm proof matches or a firelighter.

Food & Water:  At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required.  Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken.  Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.

Map & Compass: A map of the area being walked in is essential as well as a compass.  The map should be in a waterproof bag or be of a waterproof design.

Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.

Food & Drink

We have plenty planned for you on the menu for this event, so here is a layout of what is provided and what you will need to bring.

FRIDAY DINNER: The traditional OutdoorLads buffet is the plan, now please dont bring too much.  Bring a reasonable amount enough for ONE person - any more and we will just end up with plenty of waste!  Try and be original - making something can often be much better than chips, pizza and shop bought quiche ;)

SATURDAY BREAKFAST: We will have fresh fruit salad, cereals, toast and yoghurts for your delight.

SATURDAY LUNCH: You will need to bring your own lunch for todays activities (there are shops in Ironbridge that will be open) unless you have brought something with you.

SATURDAY DINNER: A three course dinner will be prepared for your delight.  All dietary requirments will be catered for so please ensure your food choices are updated on your member profile.

NEW YEARS EVE BREAKFAST: We will have fresh fruit salad, cereals, toast and yoghurts for your delight.

NEW YEARS EVE LUNCH: As before, you will need to provide your own lunch, the shops again will still be open unless you have brought something with you already.

NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION DINNER: A full 3 course Roast Dinner will then be served.  As before, please ensure you update your food choices so we can accurately cater for everyone.

NEW YEARS DAY BRUNCH: Served slightly later at about 10.30am, this will allow for the late nighters to have arisen.  Brunch will consist of smoked salmon or bacon, beans and mushrooms served with a warm crumpet.  Our cereal accompaniments will also be available should you want an earlier feeding.

NEW YEARS DAY DINNER: This is not included in the event price - so the plan would be to either clump together and make something, depending on how many people stay over or we can do something awesome like order a takeaway! The options are endless really.

2nd JANUARY BREAKFAST: Again, this is not technically included but we can use up what is left from the cereals, toast and other breakfast items.  Pretty sure we wont go hungry....

Meeting & Times

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DRINKS FOR THE WEEKEND

The OutdoorLads Bar will be present on this event, offering bottle beers, lagers and ciders along with bottles of wine, spirits and soft drinks.  We will even have ice and fridges to make sure you get your drink cool as it should be.

So save yourself the hassle and buy your drinks from the bar, it contributes to group funds and you get the benefit of a cold drink when you want one.

wHATS WITH THE FOURTH NIGHT?

So, you may have read the desciption and find yourself a little confused....the deal is that we had to book the hostel for 4 nights (YHA standard terms for premium dates).

We worked on the basis that most people may be back to work on 2nd January and so may not want to stay that final night.

But that doesnt mean you cannot stay.  Andy and I will be in the hostel until 2nd Jan still but to keep it fair, we didnt budget for dinner on the 1st and breakfast on the 2nd, so the plan would be to clump together for dinner...maybe order a takeaway or just make something simple like pizza etc.

If you fancy the idea of staying the extra night, then please add the "Fourth Night" in the Related Activities on the event page to your basket just so we can keep a tab on how many will be staying.

what is going to happen?

We have plenty of ideas of what we can do over the course of the hostel.  Some ideas are noted below, we welcome suggestions from anyone.

SATURDAY:  We have options such as a drive and then tackling the beautiful Long Mynd or we could do this as a linear walk but its a whoppping 20 miles with a bus back! Other options include tranquil circular walks through local forests to Boseley and back, up to The Wrekin or even Loamhole Dingle with views of Ironbridge Power Station.

SUNDAY (New Years Eve): Depending on what we do Saturday we could offer some similar walks today or even some biking either on road or local MTB depending on what everyone fancies.  So bring your bike if you have one.

In the evening after dinner, we will get some music on - if you fancy being or DJ, we will have decent speakers and lights with us so do volunteer!

When the clocks strike midnight, join us for a glass of something fizzy then let us join hands and sing Auld Lang Syne....the words are on the event page if you need them ;)

NEW YEARS DAY: We wont plan anything today but perhaps depending on the weather and everyones heads, we can get a plan together on the day.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: The area is blessed with other opprtunities such as Gliding on The Long Mynd, Canoeing/Kayaking amongst other things.  Events like this would involve extra cost but let us know if you are interested and we can look at getting things booked.

 

our accommodation

The hostel has a comfortable lounge/games room, dining room with open view of the kitchen and a cosy teachers lounge for additional living space.

As for bedrooms, over the two floors you have:-

Ground floor: two accessible en-suite interconnected single rooms. The impressive hostel is surrounded by well-tended grounds and includes original flooring, and plans for decorations and local pictures inside - a friendly place to stay for any group of people!

First floor: 38 beds in eight rooms, all en-suite, two with showers, room sizes 2-8 beds

Second Floor: 34 beds in nine rooms, seven en-suite, room sizes 2-8 beds.

want to give something back to outdoorlads?

Have you always enjoyed your walks or other events with OutdoorLads? Dont forget, all leaders are volunteers - so if you fancy giving it a go, its all good for the future of OutdoorLads and our members.

Check out the following link for more information:

http://outdoorlads.com/become-a-leader

the words to auld lang syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
 and never brought to mind?
 Should old acquaintance be forgot,
 and old lang syne?

CHORUS:For auld lang syne, my dear,
 for auld lang syne,
 we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
 for auld lang syne.

And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
 and surely I'll buy mine!
 And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
 for auld lang syne.

CHORUS REPEATS

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Gin Glorious Gin!

Craft gin has exploded in the last 5 years. Join John (Flapjackjohn), ODL’s resident certified alcohol expert, for one of his famous boozy hostel gatherings. Taste specially selected gins from around the UK and further afield. Some traditional, others a little quirkier! These will be accompanied by a selection of mixers and garnishes for you to play with and experiment. Create your own delicious concoctions, and discover life beyond tonic!

https://www.northernwineschool.co.uk/events/odl-new-year-gin-tasting/

You will be prompted for a password when following this link - it is ODLnye2017

Once you have paid you will receive a confirmation email - this confirms your place on this separate event.


Event Reference No:
34892