EMHEM = East Midlands Home Ed Moot! “An opportunity to get together and have fun in beautiful surroundings.” All home ed families welcome.
Date: Weekend of Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August 2016.
Time: Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.
Venue: Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire, LE12 8TX.
“a Victorian country house located in Woodhouse, Leicestershire. Set in 34 acres of idyllic countryside, Beaumanor has been run by Leicestershire County Council since the 1970s”
Area: The hall is about two miles south of Loughborough Central train station “as the crow flies”, near the village of Woodhouse.
Age range: Family event for all ages, with at least one adult (18+) in each family/friends group. Canoeing is 7-plus only.
Price: Age two and under go free. Everyone else pays per person. The price depends on which type of accommodation you choose (if that kind is still available). Canoeing and maze challenge are extra; see below.
|Accommodation||Price per person|
|Camping (own tent)||£19|
Included in the accommodation price is the provision of jacket potatoes and pasta/rice for the
evening meals. Bring your own toppings/sides/extras.
Optional extras: canoeing, for 7+ (only a few places left at time of writing) and a “Crystal Maze type challenge“. These will be on the Saturday, and will cost approx £15 per person. Adults can book onto them too.
People will travel to the canoeing site via minibus (included), whereas the maze challenge is on-site.
The staff we feel are excellent leaders and work well with the children.
Booking: Email emhem at non-school-nottingham dot org dot uk.
What to include in the booking email:
- total number of people coming
- ages of kids
- accommodation preference
- whether you’d like to do the canoeing &/or the maze challenge
- an activity/workshop/game which your family might be happy to contribute/share/lead.
Beaumanor Hall itself is used predominantly for weddings and corporate events, but they do rent out cabins and tents to schools, scouts and other youth groups regularly. They run many workshops and activities for groups of all ages and abilities and have a long established history of accommodating the needs of Home Educating families at a
reasonable rate. To this end, throughout our stay, we have unlimited use of all the grounds, including the formal gardens, woods, playing fields and playground. There are various trails and treasure hunts to follow, a spare marquee for activities and dining, and communal indoor space in the Gage Cabin which sleeps 24 (2×10 and 2×2 ) in bunks as well as a shower block and a games room. Close to Woodhouse, Beacon Hill, The Outwoods and Bradgate Park, there are also plenty of opportunities for exploration nearby.
No Dogs, except guide dogs
No individual fires (the insurance was just too much)
This is a residential visit. There needs to be at least one adult (18+) in each family/friends group.
Map showing Beaumanor Hall:
Nearest conventional railway station is Loughborough, two to three miles away by road. The Beaumanor Hall web site says there would usually be taxis available at the station.
It’s also about a mile from Quorn & Woodhouse heritage train station on the Great Central Railway heritage line between Leicester and Loughborough, which will be running on the Sunday (not the Friday).
There is a Beaumanor Hall bus stop at the bottom of the drive up to the Hall (about 500 yards).
Bus timetable for the 154, which runs hourly during the day on Friday, but doesn’t run on Sundays.
Parking: There is parking at Beaumanor Hall.