EMHEM 2016 weekend – camping or dorms, canoeing etc, Beaumanor, Leicestershire, 19 to 21 August

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”

Photo: a large red-brick hall with pointy roofs and tall chimneys is viewed from above, as if from an aeroplane. It stands within formal lawns and is surrounded by woodland. A further courtyard can be glimpsed to the left of the picture. The horizon can be seen in the distance.

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
Camping (pre-pitched) £28
Dorms £34

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.

Beaumanor Hall web site.

Map showing Beaumanor Hall:

Bigger map showing Beaumanor Hall

“How to find us” page on Beaumanor Hall web site.

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.

Home Rangers home ed drama group at Nonsuch Theatre, city centre, Fridays

Date: Friday mornings in term-time.

Time: 10am to 12 noon.

Venue: N_SPACE, the home of Nonsuch Theatre. 32a Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JD.

Area: City Centre, not far from the Nottingham Trent University tram stop.

Age range: No formal age limits. The current group varies from 5 to 13.

Price: £8 per session, or £45 per half term, or £82 for the 12 weeks.

Booking: No need to book – you can just turn up and pay on the day. Alternatively, you can book and pay in advance to get the discount.

Home Rangers page at Nonsuch Theatre

Booking Info page at Nonsuch Theatre

Nonsuch Theatre contact page

Photo: Three young white people are dancing. The one in front is making a strong-arm fist while slightly bent forward, wearing a blue t shirt. The one in the back has both arms up and fingers spread out. One at the side can only partially be seen.

(Photo is from a youth drama festival run by Nonsuch in 2015 – not home edders.)

Discovering & making theatre

Exploring creativity through discovering and making theatre is the perfect way for young people to begin to developing skills that will see them excel in later life. Not only will they gain confidence in expressing themselves but they’ll also become leaders, creators and imaginative team players.

This weekly class from Nottingham’s international theatre company will see participants gain knowledge and understanding of different theatrical forms from throughout theatre history. They’ll practically develop performance skills, experience the many opportunities the arts can provide, explore plays, create their own work inspired by the world around them and, most of all, have fun!

Map showing N_SPACE:

Bigger map showing N_SPACE

Landmarks: The venue is round the corner from Nottingham Women’s Centre, and opposite the Friends’ Meeting House.

Nearest tram stop: “Nottingham Trent University“. All trams passing through the city centre will stop here – you don’t need to be on a particular line. Tram information.

Nearest bus stop: The venue is less than half a mile from the Old Market Square, and a similar distance from the Victoria Centre, putting it close to a large number of city centre bus stops.

If you’re getting the 28, 30, 31, 35 or 36, don’t go all the way in to the city, but get off at “Clarendon Street” bus stop on Talbot Street. Likewise, if you’re getting the 34, 77, 78 or 79, get off at “Wollaton Street” – or while that one’s unavailable due to building works, “Tollhouse Hill”.

City Centre bus map (PDF). N_SPACE is just off the top left hand corner of this map.

Parking options:

  • Onstreet parking on Clarendon Street: Zone 1, £1 per 30 mins.
  • Talbot Street or College Street: 50p per 30 mins.
  • As the tram stop is close, it’s worth considering one of the Park and Ride car parks.