EMHEM 2017 weekend – camping or dorms, Beaumanor, Leicestershire, 17 to 20 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 Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 August 2017.

Time: Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. If you can only do 2 of the 3 nights, ask for more info.

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. Rafting 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). These prices are for 3 nights. Rafting and survival/shelter activity are extra; see below.

Accommodation Price per person
Camping (own tent) £29
Camping (pre-pitched) £42
Dorms £51

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:
Rafting, £22, for age 7+
Survival and shelter building, £15, no age limits.
These will be on the Saturday. Adults can book onto them too.

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 one of the add-on activities
  • 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.

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.

Tap Jam at City Arts, Saturday 30 April

A child-friendly, all-ages dance participation event with live music, in Nottingham City Centre on Saturday evening, free for under-14s. Dance, or watch and listen.

A tap dancer on stage looks over at a drummer while dancing. The drummer while drumming looks back.

A Tap Jam is a place for tap dancers to improvise with musicians and other tap dancers. Everyone is welcome whether to take part or simply watch and enjoy.

This isn’t a home ed event as such. It’s child-friendly, informal and not super expensive. Some home edders have been going to other similar events run by Jess, and will probably be going to this too.

  • Both adults and children can take part in the dancing if they want to – or just enjoy listening to live jazz and watching the dancers!
  • The short improvisation session at the beginning is suitable for complete beginners.
  • It’s free to borrow tap shoes.
  • Under-14s go free. Adults £5 before 8pm, or free for the last hour.
  • You don’t have to book, just turn up.

There will be a group improvisation workshop before the main jam starts for you to try improvising in a low key environment and learn some easy approaches to get you started.

Venue is City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH.

It’s on the east of Nottingham city centre, just round the corner from the north end of the skating rink building, about a third of a mile from the old market square.

It has flat access and a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

There’s a sort of café kitchen area where snacks and drinks are usually available for donations.

Map showing City Arts, Nottingham.

Flyer for Tap Rhythm event, Saturday 30 April 2016

Flyer text:

Tap Rhythm Jam: Nottingham
hosted by Jess Murray
Saturday 30th April City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Freestyle tap dance with live music!

Take part or simply watch and enjoy. For complete beginners to professional performers. Use our tap shoes for free!

£5 on the door or free after 8pm. Free entry for under 14yrs.

6.30pm – 7.00pm Tap improvisation workshop

7.00pm – 9.00pm Tap Jam

www.tappproject.com

Link to Tap Project web page for this event, inc some video of Jess dancing.