EC Christmas Party In a Castle
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th December 2018
Celebrate Christmas with Explorers Connect this December - stay in an 800-year-old castle, walk Offa’s Dyke path, try your hand at archery, enjoy a traditional medieval banquet and dance into the festive season!
Brace your elves for this great weekend to wrap up the year - get some time away from the Christmas crowds with Explorers Connect staying in a Grade 1 listed ancient monument in the middle of the beautiful Wye Valley. Yule enjoy a variety of local walks, the chance to try your hand at archery and enjoy a hearty medieval feast...
The Wye Valley attracts hikers from all over the world - straddling the border between England and Wales, it is very near to the famous Offa's Dyke pathway and is one of the most dramatic and scenic landscape areas in southern Britain. Your accommodation is a castle which sits on a hill with amazing views of the River Wye and rolling landscape beyond. This weekend you'll be spending your days hiking, exploring, and trying your hand on an archery taster session. On Saturday evening, the mead will be flowing a we sit down to enjoy a few tales from inspirational speaker Huw Jack Brassington (from BBC 2’s Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week), before tucking into a sumptuous Medieval Christmas Banquet and then burning it all off on the dance floor.
EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.
You're welcome to arrive from 6pm on Friday evening where your hosts will welcome you and show you to your room. Due to people arriving at different times, we won't be offering dinner so we'd recommend bringing something with you to eat or eating before you arrive. We will have welcome drinks and nibbles available - you'll spend the rest of Friday night relaxing and getting to know everyone. If the skies are clear we can head outside to see the Geminids meteor shower, one of the most spectacular showers of the year with 120 meteors visible per hour at its peak.
On Saturday morning after breakfast there will be different local walks to choose from, ranging from easy to challenging. The amazing Offa’s Dyke route - Britains longest ancient monument - runs right past the castle. You can explore the path northwards to the town of Monmouth or southwards to the iconic Tintern Abbey and the Devil’s Pulpit… a limestone pillar allegedly where the devil preached to try and lure the monks away from the Abbey…
You'll need to bring a packed lunch, drinks and snacks for your time out in the hills, but on your return the bar will be open and Huw Jack Brassington (self-proclaimed ‘indestructible hairy baked potato from North Wales’) will share his experiences of attempting and conquering some of the hardest races in the world.
After a chance to relax after your day out you'll make your way to the banquet hall for a special Medieval Christmas banquet and if you feel like channeling your inner princess or court jester you can even pick a medieval-themed costume to wear (optional). Following an introduction to medieval etiquette from the hosts, dinner will be served in a series of courses in the banquet hall with entertainment in between.
You'll start your meal with a glass of warming mead or soft drink, pottage (medieval-style soup) and bread. The main course is served as sharing platters of vegetables (roasted parsnips, carrot batons, sprouts, green beans, roast potatoes & stuffing balls) and meats (turkey, roast beef, pigs in blankets). The vegetarian option is the same vegetables with a vegetarian sausage, served with stuffed pepper and a savoury pastry. Dessert is homemade honey cake and Christmas pudding, followed by your last course of cheese and crackers. Please note that special diets can be catered for, just let us know when you book. We'll give you a bit of time to digest before we crank up the music for you to dance the rest of the night away... Keep an eye out for some extra special Christmas-themed games and surprises!
On Sunday you'll have a slightly later start, and then after breakfast you can choose between two shorter local walks before heading home mid-late afternoon, or if you'd prefer a more relaxed day you can lie in and from 11am you can test your co-ordination at a ‘turn up and try’ archery session in the castle grounds (weather-dependent). After the session you’re welcome to carry on exploring in the area in the afternoon or head on home!
We'll be taking over the amazing 800-year-old St Briavels Castle - just 45 minutes from Bristol and an easy drive along the M4 from London.
The Castle is a Grade 1 listed ancient monument, a rich piece of our heritage and an inspiring location offering a real 'wow' factor. Accommodation is in large dormitory style rooms. All bedding (pillow, duvet and linen) is provided but you'll need to bring your own towel.
Download our recommended kit list for hiking weekends HERE.
Welcome drink and nibbles on arrival
Two nights accommodation in the Grade 1 listed ancient monument of St Briavels Castle
Two cooked breakfasts with continental options
Medieval Christmas-themed banquet with entertainment
Access to medieval costumes to wear during the banquet (optional of course!)
Adventure themed entertainment, prizes and surprises!
Music and dancing on Saturday night
A choice of different walks on Saturday and Sunday led by qualified and experienced walk leaders
An archery taster session on Sunday morning (weather-dependent)
A team of EC Hosts for the weekend
DATES AND PRICE
This party weekend runs from 6pm on Friday 14th December to the afternoon on Sunday 16th December.
Price for EC CLUB Members - £164
Price for non EC CLUB Members - £174
If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email email@example.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.