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SUMMER 2014

‘Only 27 375 days in the average lifetime, What did you really want to do today….’

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Spice Holidays Holiday with a group of like minded Spice members and share your amazing adventures. Select from a fantastic range of holidays from Spice UK. We do everything from Turkish blue coast cruises to rafting the Grand Canyon, from exploring Italian lakes to sports holidays in Lanzarote plus some great ski trips. Book your holidays on-line at www.spiceuk.com. Phone the Spice UK office on 0161 873 8788 or e-mail Spice UK at info@spiceuk.com for more information about these holidays.

Chill-Out & Relaxing Holidays ● ● ● ● ●

Turkey Blue Coast Cruise Turkey Chill-out Costa Blanca Chill-out Turkey Blue Coast Cruise Lake Garda Autumn Special

18�� August 15�� September 21�� September 6�� October 8�� October

Spice - Goes Exploring the World!

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Highlights of China Cuba Sun & Fun Discover Sri Lanka Lapland Adventure Wait only Marrakech at Christmas Arctic Dog Sledding Arctic Dog Sledding

12�� September 23�� October 1�� November 7�� December 23�� December 8�� March 21�� March

Spice in the White Stuff - Skiing

Spicy - Adrenaline & Excitement

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Walking in Tuscany Walking the Picos de Europa Grand Canyon Rafting Walking the Amalfi Coast Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike La Santa Sports Holiday

21�� August 7�� September 9�� September 28�� September 4�� October 9�� October

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Ski Christmas - Les Arcs, France Ski New Year - Alpe D’Huez, France Ski Courmayeur - Solo Week Ski Andorra Ski Meribel Ski Italy, Cortina Austria Ski Jive Ski Courchevel 1850 Ski Beginners Ski Val Thorens Ski Val D’Isere            

20�� December 27�� December 11�� January 18�� January 18�� January 31�� January 7�� March 8�� March 14�� March 21�� March 22ⁿ� March

Holidays… Relax - Explore - Excite - Discover


Hello Everyone!

Dianne’s Wee Bit

Welcome to the summer issue of the Spice London newsletter, by now you will have noticed our new look. We now have a brand new Spice logo and the newsletter covers are now the same for all Spice groups this gives Spice a fresh consistent image to identify us as the best activity adventure & social group in the country. However the biggest changes we are making are much more than branding, in the next few weeks we will have a totally new Web-Site and database system. These are huge changes for us, but most importantly they provide all of you with a modern & improved experience when choosing & booking your events. There will be lots of new features for example you will now be able to book any events with any Spice group directly online as all the events will be in one place. We are very excited by these changes and we hope you’ll find these improvements make using our web-site and booking system much easier. So you will have more time to spend having fun. Many of you will know Dave Smith who started Spice Manchester way back in 1066, well no it was really 1980 and has also run Spice UK for many years. Dave’s passion & vision for Spice has made it such an amazing club but after 34 years at the helm, Dave is moving on to pastures new. We all wish Dave all the best and hope he does not miss us too much! Super summer events…. Don’t forget to book our annual national dragon boat racing, this is a great chance for all the Spice groups to get together for fun & friendship plus of course a bit of competitive rivalry, Spice Thames Valley won it last year and since Spice London is the natural home for the trophy we want it back! We also have lots more great summer weekends including Narrow boating, the Bristol harbour festival & Bristol balloon fiesta, surfing in Croyde Bay, Ascot races and a relaxing Norfolk weekend where you can stay in a Yurt (see the inside back cover for more about these events). As usual there is also a great choice of walking, sailing and cycling weekends including a fabulous two days exploring Bath in July. Another brilliant weekend to try is the Bluestone resort in Pembrokeshire, this part of the Welsh coast is truly stunning with it’s sandy coves and great views. For a relaxing 1 night break why not head to Cambridge where we punt, drink Pimms, dine and explore the area along the lovely river Cam. Our social program is also packed this summer, Hyde park plays host to Sir Tom Jones, Boyzone plus lots more in a fantastic outdoor concert, so it’s not unusual (sorry!) to find Spice checking that one out! Also we have the Henley regatta with afternoon tea, a London Zoo visit, a lazy Sunday Jazz brunch, afternoon tea at Claridges, a visit to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Sunday lunch at the Babylon roof gardens which recently received great feedback. A few other great events to tempt you out and about are: a behind the scenes tour of Wimbledon, Buckingham Palace with afternoon tea, Clarence House, the Houses of Parliament and as always we have dates for Ronnie Scotts which is a very popular venue with Spice members. Or how about a delightful Sunday brunch at the award wining Indigo restaurant in Covent Garden? Finally, don’t miss our sizzling summer BBQ Thames party cruise, we have booked the boat exclusively for Spice, this is our biggest summer social event so get booking now so you don’t miss-out. We have managed to negotiate some great prices for an overnight stay if you want to extend the evening… Have a sizzling spicy summer and I hope to see you out and about on a few events.

Dianne


Coming Events – July 2014 Monday

Tuesday

1 July Meet + Eat Pub Social - Hitchin, Herts

Wednesday

2 Dining and Social at The Criterion + Bellini

Thursday 3 Badminton – Herts

Epsom Downs Live - Racing + James Blunt

Pub Social Wrotham, Kent

Friday

4 SPICE Preview + Club Night Hanover Street Spice Dines Bill's in Guildford

Live Jive Music Night at Ronnie Scotts

Saturday

Sunday

5 Comics Unmasked

6 Clink Prison Tour + Lunch

Dinner at Gillrays Steakhouse + Cocktail

Roof Garden Sunday Lunch at Coq D'Argent

Henley Regatta & A Tea

Spice Wing Walking Experience – Essex

JCB Mud Run Staffordshire Sunday Markets Easy Cycling Tour

Land Yachting Greatstone Portuguese Dining - Leigh

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8 Comedy Night at Mokoko Dining with a Spectacular View Theatre - Miss Saigon WAIT LIST

9 Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting Live Opera at Little Bay Croydon

Unihoc - Central London

14 Hampton Court Palace-Lucy Worsley Talk

10 Badminton – Herts Pub Social Riverside Inn, Chelmsford Social/Preview Night Richmond

11 Murder on the Golden Arrow Steam Train Dragon Boat Camping Royal Academy Summer Exhibit + Supper

Soho - Roots of the Swinging Sixties

16 Supper and Big Band Jazz Central London

17 Archaeology By Twilight-Behind the Scenes

18 Friday Lunch HMP Brixton Restaurant

Ice Bar and Piccolino's

Theatre - The Commitments

Badminton – Herts

Friday Night Late at the Transport Museum

Bjorn Again Summer Swing at Kew WAIT LIST Pay as You Go Supper + Social Horsham

Tower Bridge Evening Tour Walking Weekend - Latimer + Chilterns Sailing Weekend around the Solent WAIT LIST 12 13 Marylebone His Pubs Walk Afternoon Tea at Claridges, Mayfair Motorised Beer Kegs Hyde Park Concert - Tom Dragon Boat - Camping Jones, Boyzone Dragon Boat Party

LaserQuest - Wokingham

Saturday Night Shuffle London

Dragon Boat Racing

Take Aim and Shoot Hertfordshire

15 Dorking Social + Supper Punchbowl Inn

Hippodrome Suspiciously Elvis + Dinner Monty Python Live - One down, Five to go

Tennis-Henry VIII StyleHatfield House, Herts

Wisley RHS Gardens and Afternoon Tea

Cycling Weekend - Bath Ultimate Walking Challenge - Lake District Walking Weekend - Kings Lynn + Norfolk Walking Weekend - Llandudno Coast Camping+Canoeing W/E Solent, New Forest 19 20 Battle Proms Picnic Big Butterfly Count + Walk Concert + WW1 Flypast - West Sussex Climbing the Longstone Pinnacle

Implementing the Secret Law of Attraction!

Fortnum and Mason Wine + Cheese Tasting

Sunday Lunch at The Roof Gardens Babylon

Guided Climb Up and Over the O2

Tour of Sandhurst College Walk along the Thames + Beach Combing

Saturday Veggie Night at Mildreds, Soho

Western Style Trail Riding Hampshire

Shuffle Meal - La Buvette, Richmond Spice U40 - Pizza + Social at the Dickens Inn Waterski and Wakeboarding Lesson Bristol Harbour Music Festival Weekend Sailing Weekend around the Solent WAIT LIST Surfing Weekend - Croyde Bay, Devon

Spice London, Tel: 01276 479253 www.spicelondon.co.uk dianne@spicelondon.co.uk


Coming Events – July to August 2014 Monday

21 New Members Dining by St Pauls-Madisons

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

London Top Gun Air Combat Mission

Bohemians + Royals Talk

Pub Social and Preview Night – Croydon

22 Spice London Book Club - July –

Unihoc - Central London

23 Kensington Palace

On the Kray Twins Trail

24 Badminton – Herts

Regent Canal Stroll/Floating Chinese Dinner Social and Preview night St Albans

Friday

25 Comedy Night Chelmsford, Essex Friday Night at London Zoo Guildford Social + Preview Night Spice U40 Club Night at Kamique

Saturday

26 Brixton - Reggae Cycling for fun - River Thames Bike Tour Dinner Shuffle L'Italiana St Albans

Sunday

27 Arundel Castle, Gardens+Jousting Horse Riding - Beginners Surrey WAIT LIST Intermediate Jazz La Porte Des Indes

Gordons Wine Bar Saturday Social Saatchi Art Gallery and Prosecco Tea

Microlight Flying The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Tidal Thames Paddle

Funkynation Ronnie Scotts Wolf Experience & Walk Zip Wires and High Ropes Zip World

28 Cook Your Own Curry Preem and Prithi

29 Italian Dinner Sutton Spaghetti Tree

30 Live Music + Supper - Dion Bar, St Pauls

Hampton Court Palace-Trevor McDonald talk

Poets Prose Painters + Pubs Mayfair Walk

Sandown Live Music - Racing + Tom Jones

31 Badminton – Herts Epsom Downs Live - Racing and Boyzone

1 August SPICE Preview + Club Night Hanover Street Tour of BMW Mini Factory, Oxford

Meet + Eat Social - Taj Tandoori Sevenoaks

Dinner Shuffle GuildfordAngel Dining Rooms

Supper and Social in Soho at Carom

Spice U40 - Latin Krazy Salsa 5 Italian Vermouth Tasting Masterclass Meet + Eat Pub Social - Hitchin, Herts Pub Social Wrotham, Kent Unihoc - Central London

6 Regents Park Theatre - Porgy and Bess

7 Badminton – Herts Croydon Beginners Wine Tasting

Swing, Motown and Dinner at Sarastros

Spice Wing Walking Sunday Brunch + Jazz

Spice Dines San Lorenzo Wimbledon

Parisiene DiningZedel Brasserie, Piccadilly

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Masham Beer + BBQ Overnight - Yorkshire WAIT LIST Salsa Fury Dance in Bournemouth Walking Weekend Chilterns + Thames Path Isle of Wight Coastal Path Walking Week 2 3 Archaeological Zoo Coastal Cycling Tour Behind the Scenes Live Flamenco Music at Clarence House and Ronnie Scotts Garden Guided Tour 1 WAIT LIST Secrets of the Southbank

8 VIP Dinner, Cinema at Kensington Palace Vintage Soho Walk + Supper The 1950's

Sunday Jazz Cruise Henley on Thames Sunday Lunch+stroll Belvedere Holland Pk

Tour of Wimbledon Tennis Walking Week - Scotlands Arran Isle Walking Weekend - The Peak District 9 10 Aerial Adventure Park and Beachy Head on a RIB Zip Wires – Herts Guided Stroll South Ascot - Shergar + Concert Hanningfield, Essex Buckingham Palace Tour + Afternoon Tea

Outdoor Archery Photographic Bermondsey

Roof Garden Social & Disco Hovercraft Racing Spice U40 Jamie Olivers

Pub + Food Themed Walthamstow Wander Royal Academy Summer Exhibition + Tea

Stonehenge Sunset Tour Tour of Sandhurst College VIP Dinner, Cinema Vintage Soho Walk + Supper 1950’s Ascot Races Live Concert + 1 or 2 nights Hotel Bristol Balloon Fiesta Weekend Cycling Weekend - New Forest Edinburgh Festival Weekend 1 Malvern Hills Easy Walking Weekend Malvern Hills Luxury Photography Weekend Walking Weekend - South Devon Coast Walking Weekend Snowdon Summit Yorkshire Dales Farm BBQ Weekend Sailing Cowes Week Experience – WAIT LIST


Coming Events – August 2014 Monday 11

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Supper + Social Leatherhead, Surrey

Wine Tasting Blind

Kew Palace Georgian Royal Dining Talk

12 New Members Social + Supper

13 Wine Tasting in St Albans

14 Badminton – Herts

Social - Riverside Inn, Chelmsford Social/Preview Richmond

Friday

15 Friday Night Jazz, Dining, + Cocktail Dover St National Theatre - A Small Family Business Spice U40 Comedy Evening London

Social/ Preview St Albans

18 Dining with a view of St Pauls Madisons

19 Spice U40 Preview Night The Audley Supper + Social Reigate - Clove Restaurant

20 Dinner Shuffle On the River

21 Badminton – Herts

22 Chinese Buffet + Disco

Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Bat Walk at Wetlands Centre in London

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit + Friday Social

Unihoc - Central London

25 Fiendish, Fun Tube Map Trail Day - Ian Jelf

26 Spice London Book Club

27 Spice Dines at Istanbul in Colliers Wood

Saturday

17 Goodwood House Tour + Afternoon Tea

Shakespeare in London

Introduction to NLP

Sizzling Summer BBQ Thames Cruise Party

Painshill Park stroll + Birds of Prey Display

The Beatles, Parklands+ Waterways Walk

Visit to Chelsea Physic Garden and Lunch

Tour of Freemason's Hall + Museum + Lunch

Western Style Trail Riding – Hampshire

Windsor Jazz Cruise & BBQ Surfing Weekend - Croyde Bay, Devon Welsh Ridge Walking Weekend – Rhinogs Sizzling Summer Boat Party + 1 night hotel 23 24 A Night of Terror at Figure of Eight Walk, Woodchester Mansion Cudham, Kent Bank Holiday Shuffle Meal Cocktails + Dinner Thai Square St Albans

Pub Social and Preview Night – Croydon

Houses of Parliament Nat Gal + Afternoon tea

Top Gun Air Combat Mission

Treasure Trail around St Katherines Dock

28 Badminton – Herts

29 Chinese Meal – Maidstone

Live Soul, Funk and Blues at Ronnie Scotts

Guildford Social + Preview Night Spice U40 Club Night at Kamique Steak, Lobster + Bubbles City of London

Sunday

16 Biddenden Vineyard, Lunch and Stroll – Kent

Flying Taster Lesson Elstree, Herts Leeds Castle Tour + Medieval Festival Live Butterfly Exhibition Natural History Msm Prosecco Brunch Indigo-One Aldwych Hotel

Visit to Magnificent Marble Temple + Lunch Bank Holiday Adrenalin Cocktail weekend Easy Coastal Walking and Chill Out W/e Edinburgh Festival Weekend II-Bank Holiday Oxford Social + Cultural Weekend Unique Yurt Experience Weekend - Norfolk Walking Weekend - Llanelli, The Gower Walking Weekend Western Cotswolds Walking Weekend Whitby Coast + Moors Sailing Cross Channel/Channel Islands WAIT LIST 30 31 Beginners Digital Clarence House and Photography Course Garden Guided Tour 1 Catapult - Windsor/Bray Devils Dyke Walk and Pub Lunch, Sussex First World War Tour Winchester Cathedral Punting, Pimms + Picnic Cambridge Spice Dines Turkish at Hazev, Canary Wharf

Microlight Flying – Winchester Spice U40 Crack the Code Walk + Quiz Sunday Brunch Jazz + Tour Royal Albert Hall Sunday Horse Racing Brighton

The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Straight Down Cambridge Sightseeing + Punting - 1 night


Coming Events – September 2014 Monday

1 September

Tuesday

2 Meet + Eat Pub Social – Hitchin, Herts

Wednesday 3 Cinema Film Night - Leicester Square

Thursday 4 Badminton Herts

Friday

5 Magic Night at Madame Jojo's and Supper

Saturday

Sunday

6 Cable Car Spy Mission Challenge + Quiz

7 Ain't Nothin But the Blues + Lunch

Canal Cruise, Jazz+Ploughmans lunch

Brooklands Classic American Car Day

Midhurst Town Stroll and Cowdray Ruins

Clay Pigeon Shooting in Dartford, Kent

Pub Social Wrotham, Kent

Roof Gardens Kensington Summer BBQ

Free flowing Bubbly Afternoon Tea

Unihoc - Central London

Saturday Markets Easy Cycling Tour

Regent Canal Stroll/Floating Chinese Lunch

SPICE Preview + Club Night Hanover Street

Open Air Theatre - To Kill a Mockingbird WAIT LIST

The Big Abseil - 200 Feet

8 Narrowboat Break 4 nights Aldermaston

9 Supper + Blue Jams Night Spice of Life

10 Laithwaites Light + Elegant Red Wine Tasting

Theatre - Pajama Game Musical Comedy

11 Badminton – Herts

Sunday Jazz Cruise The Real West End Pub Henley on Thames Narrow Boat Weekend – Aldermaston Sailing Weekend around the Solent Walking Bournemouth + Hampshire Coast Walking Weekend Coniston Falls The Lakes 13 14 4x4 Vehicle Off Roading British Library Tour Lunch

12 British Museum Visit and Supper at Tas

Bat Walk at Painshill Park

Croydon Beginners Wine Tasting 3

Sailing Learn to Handle a Yacht

Floating Chinese Dinner Shuffle - The Lotus

Interactive Oriental Dining at Inamo

Ten Pin Bowling Maidstone, Kent

Italian Prosecco and Bellini Brunch

Cycling Day + Rive Wandle Tour Hever Castle+Country Living Demonstrations Llama Trekking – Ashdown Forest

Italian Wine Tasting Pub Social Riverside Inn, Chelmsford Pub

Medical History Walk + Old Operating Theatre Sailing Introductory Taster

Social/Preview Night Richmond

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16 Dorking Social and Meal Dorking Brasserie Unihoc - Central London

17 New Members Meal - Best Tapas in Town

18 Badminton – Herts Pub Social and Preview Night – Croydon Social and Preview night St Albans Spice U40 - Latin Krazy Salsa with Tapas

Sunday Lunch Jazz Ronnie Scotts Jive Aces Sunday Lunch at Skylon with Stunning Views

Thriller Live, Stage Spectacular + Lunch

19 Friday Social National Portrait Gallery

Zip World - Ultimate Zipline Experience Badminton Coaching Weekend Robin Hoods Bay Weekend - Whitby WAIT LIST Serenity + Discovery Weekend - Mid Wales 20 21 Brighton Big Wheel and 007 - Bond in Motion and Fish and Chips Lunch – London Historical Tea Tour at VA Museum + Tea

Keep Calm and Carry On Workshop

Meet + Eat Social Chelmsford – Olio

Mapledurham House + Watermill by River Boat

Saturday Night Funkynation at Ronnie Scotts

Sex & City Afternoon Tea

Spice Army Assault Course Spice U40 - Army Assaul

The Savoy Chocolate Master Class

Thai Dinner at Sucheera Tunbridge Wells

Wake Up the Dudley Zoo

Tandem Skydive

Waterski Wakeboarding Marrakech Photography Tour - 4 nights Chill Out Yoga and Pilates Weekend Pembroke Bluestone Luxury Resort W/E Sailing Weekend in Malta + Gozo Sea Kayaking with the Seals Walking Weekend - Banbury, Oxfordshire


Central London The Slug & Lettuce, 19 - 20 Hanover Street, W1S 1YR 1�� Friday of each month. 4�� Jul, 1�� Aug & 5�� Sep Spice are in the upstairs section of the pub. Arrive for 7:00pm. All about Spice presentation is between 7:00 & 8:00pm

Richmond, West London The Cricketers, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1LX 2nd Thursday of each month. 10th Jul, 14th Aug & 11th Sep Spice have a reserved area upstairs, look for the Spice signs. Arrive for 7:30pm. All about Spice presentation at 7.45pm

Croydon, South London The Spreadeagle Pub. Katherine St, Croydon CR0 1NX Every month. 24th Jul, 21st Aug & 18th Sep Spice have a reserved area, by the bar on right & look for the Spice signs. Arrive for 7:30pm. All about Spice presentation at 8:00pm

St Albans, Herts Slug & Lettuce, 13 Victoria Street, St Albans, AL1 3JJ 3rd Thursday of each month. 24th Jul, 14th Aug, 18th Sep Meet in the bar in a reserved area, look for the Spice sign. Arrive for 8:00pm. All about Spice presentation 8.15pm.

Guildford, Surrey The Boatman Pub, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3XJ Last Friday in the Month. 25th Jul, 29th Aug & 26th Sep Meet in the bar, look for the Spice sign. Arrive for 8.00pm. All about Spice presentation at 8.15pm

U40 Preview Night, Central London The Audley, 41 - 43 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 2RX 3rd or 4th Tuesday in the Month. 22nd Jul, 19th Aug & 23rd Sep Meet in the bar, look for the Spice table. Arrive for 7.00pm. All about Spice presentation at 7.15pm

Our regular Club/Preview nights are a great way for members to catch up with each other and socialise over a drink in relaxed surroundings. They are also a way for prospective members to come along, meet a few existing members and find out more about Spice & join on the night. A Spice coordinator will be there to welcome you & make some introductions and also give a short talk about how Spice works. These nights are always popular and its well worth dropping in. There is no need to book and there is no charge, you only pay for your own drinks on the night, bring a friend if you like.


Your Local Pub Socials Don't miss your local regular pub social. Pub socials are run regularly for you to have a relaxed social evening where you can meet-up with other members in your local area over a drink or two. In most cases there is no charge and no need to book, just come along (some socials include food, so there is a charge and these should be booked). If you are thinking of joining Spice, then our Preview/Club nights are recommended as a Spice co-coordinator is on-hand to help answer your questions.

The Three Moorhens (Hitchin, Herts) Meet & Eat & Pub Social Hitchin Hill. SG4 9AJ Tuesdays: 1st Jul, 5th Aug & 2nd Sep at 7:30pm

The Moat Pub (Wrotham, Kent)

Sports, come along keep fit & have fun! Our regular Sports nights are a great way to meet and socialise with other members as well as keeping fit, we usually have a drink in the bar or at a local pub afterwards! Usually there is no need to book just turn-up (please check the main website entry first) . A Spice member will be there to organise everyone so players are mixed & matched and that everyone gets a turn with other Spice members of their own ability. These regular events are great fun so do come along as we are always looking for new players. See the main website for more activities including Cycling Weekends / Tours, Guided Walks, Dancing, Sailing, Go-Ape, Rounder's & lots more.

London Road, Wrotham, TN15 7RR Tuesdays:

1st

Jul,

5th

Aug,

2nd

Badminton - Hertfordshire Welwyn Garden City

Sep at 7:00pm

Thursday night from 8pm to 10pm Gosling Sports Park, AL8 6XE Meet on courts 1 & 2 £6 - includes equipment hire

The Riverside Inn (Chelmsford, Essex) Victoria Rd, Chelmsford CM2 6LJ Thursdays: 10th Jul, 14th Aug, 11th Sep at 8:00pm

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st Jul 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Aug 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Sep

Getting the most from Spice - top tips ● Check the web site regularly, we update on a daily basis, make sure you don’t miss that “must do event” ● Booking early means you won’t be disappointed by an event selling out (most do come around again). ● Use any credit vouchers you received when you first joined, as these will expire after 3 months.

Unihoc - Central London University of London Union Malet St. WC1E 7HY Meet at 7:45pm - Sports Hall Reception £5 8th & 22nd Jul, 5th & 19th Aug 2nd, 16th & 30th Sep

● Try something different, you never know you may surprise yourself and love it! ● Use the transport share list if you find it difficult to get to an event, most Spice members are more than happy for a bit of company on a long trip.

U40 Club Night

● Go on the wait list, we do get members cancelling bookings and we can often arrange for extra slots. ● Don’t forget Spice UK has some brilliant holidays, check their web site. ● Remember Spice is a network, one big family, you can attend events organised by all the other Spice Groups. ● Call the office if you have any questions about an event, or are not sure about something, we are happy to help. ● Tell us what you thought, leave feedback on our web-site, email or Facebook, we can then make things even better!

at Kamique Since we now have over 300 U40 Spice members we thought you should have your own Club Night. We are at Kamique in St Martins Lane for this monthly get together it’s a great chance to meet other U40 Spicers! Kamique 63-66 St Martins Lane WC2N 4JS 25th Jul, 29th Aug & 26th Sep from 7:00pm

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Dining with a Spectacular View

Date: Tuesday 8th July 2014 Place: Duck & Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London (EC2N 4AY) Spice Table from 7pm Cost: £45, Includes: Sharing plates, Service, Spice Host Located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, the Duck and Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK, featuring unparalleled City views and a menu to match. A glass lift speeds you up to the 40th floor in 12 seconds flat and an incredible adrenalin rush develops as your ears pop and a vast swathe of London below turns Lilliputian. We’ll be taking dining to new heights from the inspired menu, and will be enjoying some good Spice company at the same time. Duck & Waffle places emphasis on local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable British ingredients, manifested in daily inspirations created from the market’s freshest offerings. Tonight we’ll indulge in some sharing plates. It’s a very social and convivial way of dining and bound to be a spectacular evening!

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting

Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014 Place: Laithwaites, 219 The Arch, Stoney Street (SE1 9AA) Laithwaites - Spice Sign 7pm Cost: £30 Includes: Laithwaites wine experts and Spice Host We are heading back to Laithwaites Wines for an exciting Champagne and Sparkling Wine tasting evening. There will be tastings of French Champagne, English Bubbly, Spanish Cava, Prosecco and more. Laithwaites trained wine advisors will take us through a journey of the history, methods and styles of these most celebratory of wines. They will explain the diversity and complexity of these decadent and aristocratic wines. The tasting lasts around 2 hours and there will be the opportunity to speak to the experts after the tasting and of course you can look around the Laithwaites wine shop to purchase wines on the night. The wine tasting session starts at 7.15pm prompt. All their tastings are relaxed and informal and no prior wine knowledge is required. So if you like Champagne and bubbly this event is for you!

Live Opera at Little Bay Croydon

Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014 Place: 32 Selsdon Rd, South Croydon (CR2 6PB) Little Bay Croydon - Ask for the Spice Table from 7:30pm Cost: £21 Includes: Live opera, 3 course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Nestled away down a side street in Croydon, Little Bay provides all the old world charm one could ask for in a dining experience. Once inside the discreet and somewhat unassuming entrance, diners are greeted with a lavish, Moroccan boudoir style setting with thick coloured drapes, gold painted brickwork and intimate opera boxes. It provides the perfect setting for an evening with talented opera singers and live music to make the dining experience unique. Tonight we’ll be enjoying a three course meal from an interesting menu that serves up what you might expect with a dash of the unexpected, offering guests an eclectic mix of meat and fish dishes.

Soho - Roots of the Swinging Sixties

Date: Thursday 10th July 2014 Place: St Anne's Church, Wardour St, London (WE1 6AF) In front of the churchyard from 6:45pm to 9pm Cost: £12.50 Member, £15.50 Guest Includes: 2 hour guided tour Our walk takes you around Soho visiting the important locations that played a big part in the roots of the swinging sixties. We'll take you to the birth place of British rock and roll, the street that turned the fashion world on its head and also to the sites of the various influential discotheques and clubs of the day. We'll be showing you some evocative and historic photos of the time and you'll hear many anecdotes, some personal to Barrie, about those amazing few years that helped shape the cultural landscape not only of London - but the rest of the world too. It'll take around two hours and we finish in Chinatown where we will stop at one of the many bars to have a drink to round off the evening. Date: Place: Cost:

Cycling Weekend - Bath

Fri 11th Jul 2014 - Sun 13th Jul 2014 Limpley Stoke, Lower Limpley, Stoke Bath (BA2 7FZ) Arrive from 4.00p.m. £198 Twin Share, £246 Member Single Includes two nights hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 1 evening meal (3 courses) on Saturday, 2 days fully guided cycling. Bike Hire £30 for the weekend We have linked up with Graham Hills from Bikers Delight for a great cycling weekend in Bath. We will spend two days exploring the fine cycleways around the World Heritage City of Bath. Enjoy this Roman spa town with fine Georgian architecture, flat canal towpaths, disused railway lines, and country roads which will take us through cultural sites and historic market towns. This is classy location to spend a weekend cycling and you can relax, indulge and have some fun. Over the weekend we will be covering a reasonable distance on mainly flat canal tow paths, traffic cycle paths and quiet roads. The cycling is classed as easy to moderate but you do need to be reasonable fit to take part and it is best if you have done some day rides before coming along. There will be about 4 hours cycling on Saturday and 2.5 hours on Sunday at a slow pace. We will be staying just outside Bath in the 3* Limpley Stoke (Best Western) hotel.


Murder on the Golden Arrow Steam Train

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Friday 11th July 2014 Bluebell Railway, East Sussex (TN22 3QL) Shefiled Park Station Ticket Office from 6:45pm £115, Includes: Murder Mystery, 3 Course Dinner with Coffee aboard the Steam Train, Service Charge, welcome drink and Spice Host Extras: Additional Drinks Join us for an exciting evening on the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex for a Murder Mystery on the famous original 1920’s Golden Arrow Pullman Steam Train. This “Murder in Writing” is set in the year 1935. Laurie Elliot a ghost writer from America has been invited to tell his life story. Join Bertie Beauchamp and his half-brothers Sebastian and Maurice as well as the House Keeper Eliza Darling, the cook Delia Darling and Alice Wood the maid as they become embroiled in this shocking murder!! On arrival at Sheffield Park Station at 18.30 meet in the Ticket Office then we will go to the Bessemer Arms on Platform 1 and enjoy a pre-murder drink before being invited to witness the events which lead up to and include the dastardly crime. Then......take your seat aboard the Golden Arrow Pullman Steam Train where detective packs, clues and your three course Dinner awaits you. During your steam journey through the Sussex countryside amid the splendour of your wood-inlaid Pullman Train Carriage, you will have the opportunity to cross-examine the surviving characters and decide who the murder was. But, remember to keep a look out for those tricky red herrings and the murderer will deliberately lie to protect themselves. The train will then return to Sheffield Park station where the conclusions will be acted out and the most successful detectives announced! The event begins at 18.30 and will finish at about 23.00- 23.15pm. Smart Attire - or costume in the era of the production.

National Dragon Boat Camping (Fri Night & Sat Night)

A Night (Or Two) Under the Stars

Date: Fri 11th Jul 2014 - Sat 12th Jul 2014 book one or two nights. Place: Pershore Rugby Club, Mill Lane (WR10 2JF) At Campsite from 5pm, Cost: £9 Member, £10.50 Guest Many members make a real weekend out of Dragon Boating by staying up at Pershore either in the local B&B’s or at our specially arranged campsite. Pershore Rugby Club at nearby Wyre Piddle Park are our hosts for your night (or two) under canvass. So why not dust off the tent (or go out and buy a new one) and enjoy some time in the great outdoors with lots of fellow SPICE members from all over the country.

National Dragon Boat Party

Warm Up For the Big Event...

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Saturday 12th July 2014 Pershore Working Mens Club, High St (WR10 1EU) Arrive for 8.00p.m. Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest Includes: Fish & Chip supper, DJ entertainment and venue hire A lot of people (rowers and spectators) traditionally stay over the night before to make a weekend of our Dragon Boating. Some camp at Pershore Rugby Club (see separate event) and others find accommodation nearby. The atmosphere is always great on Saturday night, with a DJ and bar, for a very special Spice exclusive party with fish & chips (served the proper way – out of the paper!).We can take around 150 people, but I suspect that the tickets will go fast! For those camping, the Rugby Club is around 2 miles up the road, there will be an optional minibus transfer at 7.45pm and 11.45pm at £1 each way.

National Dragon Boat Racing

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Date: Sunday 13 July 2014 Place: Pershore, Worcestershire (WR10 1AF) Meet: 9.15am for 9.30am Cost: £29 “No Spicer should miss a Dragon Boat Day. It really sums up what Spice is all about – fun, friendship, excitement & the chance to try an activity that anyone can enjoy!” Up to twenty people sitting side by side in a forty foot long boat, with a carved dragon's head and tail attached. A drummer in the prow beating time, a steerer in the stern keeping the boat on course with a giant paddle, the crew, ten each side speeding the boat down the river to the finish line! The atmosphere is brilliant, which is why this is one of the essential events in the Spice calendar! This is The Big One! A huge national Spice event organised for Spice by a great group of specialists. As it’s the Official Spice UK National Finals, all groups will be sending a team to compete. We have our own trophies and medals to go for, and the races will be run on a timed basis over the day. Don't worry if you've never been in a Dragon Boat before, we'll have plenty of time to practice before the racing begins in earnest (and as this is Spice, it’s all just for fun anyway!). It's great fun and totally unlike any other kind of canoeing with team work being the key, not strength. Get the start right and you can feel the boat lift out of the water and start to plane to give you a fast racing start, it's amazing how fast a 22 person canoe can travel!


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition + Supper

Date: Friday 11th July 2014 Place: Burlington House, London (W1J 0BD) Royal Academy - Main Entrance at 6:30pm Cost: £35 with Supper, £17 Ticket Only Includes: ticket to Royal Academy exhibition, 1-course meal, Service & Host What a lovely way to spend a summer’s evening, at the Royal Academy of Arts for their Summer Exhibition. This is the world’s largest open art exhibition, and many of the works are for sale, so come on all you budding collectors! This is an annual event which is an exhibition ’open to all artists of distinguished merit’ and is worth a visit. After looking through the exhibition we will go to Cicchetti in Piccadilly for a lovely 1 course meal, giving us time to chat about the exhibition. There are lovely choices on the Menu with various pastas and pizzas, Baby chicken, Saltimbocca and chargrilled calamari to name just a few of the choices. Date: Place: Cost:

Walking Weekend - Kings Lynn + Norfolk

Fri 11th Jul 2014 - Sun 13th Jul 2014 Quality Hotel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk (PE30 4NB) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £165 Twin Share, £205 Single Includes: 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 days of guided walking WalkWise Overview: The Norfolk Coast has long been on the WalkWise wish list and this year you are finally going to be able to explore it a Walkwise Walking Weekend. True there are no real hills here, but its beauty and wildlife value are well known. Indeed the North Norfolk coast is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and includes numerous nature reserves of international importance, stunning villages, picturesque seaside towns, regal country estates, stunning beaches, huge expansive saltmarshes and dune complexes which are all networked through a complex maze of footpaths! We will be based in the easy to get to Ramada Kings Lynn Hotel just 95 minutes from Kings Cross-by train! WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, so you can choose how you are feeling on the day and select the walk that suits you best! These walks will be led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On both days there will be a harder walk of 10 or more miles and a gentler walk of 6-9 miles. Accommodation: On the edge of Kings Lynn, easily accessible from the A47, A10 and A149 is the comfortable and friendly Quality Kings Lynn Hotel. It is ideally located for visiting the Norfolk Broads and Coast and Kings Lyn itself. This comfortable hotel in Kings Lynn offers 50 en-suite bedrooms, with modern facilities including flat screen TV with freeview TV, free WiFi connection, tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel restaurant and bar offers you something a little less typical than your average hotel restaurant with a modern, stylish design and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

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Walking Weekend - Llandudno Coast

Fri 11th Jul 2014 - Sun 13th Jul 2014 Ambassador Hotel, Llandudno, Wales (LL30 2NR) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 night's B&B accommodation, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 days of guided walks Walkwise Overview: Our visits to Llandudno allow us to recount the many tales of our times in this lively resort. It is situated where the Conwy valley and the sea meet the Cambrian Mountains on the northern edge of Snowdonia National Park. The WalkWise Walking Programme: Llandudno is a great location to get to know better. Based in its own impressive bay and defended by the two Ormes (large natural rock structures), this area is a total gem for walkers, offering a wealth of wonderful walking and great open coastal vistas. WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On each day there will be a harder walk of 10-12 miles with 2000+ft of ascent and a gentler walk of 8-9 miles with less ascent. Accommodation: This Independent Hotel is in a prime location on the sea-front, close to all the amenities of the town. It is relaxed and informal, with a commitment to high standards. The team of chefs provide interesting and varied menus catering for many tastes, whilst the Gronwen and Tegwell lounges offer a place to relax and unwind. All the bedrooms have a colour television, tea and coffee making facilities and are bath or shower en-suite. The friendly service, ideal location and popular cuisine coupled with a well-stocked bar make this a wonderful location.

Camping + Canoeing Weekend Solent, New Forest

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Sat 12th Jul 2014 - Sun 13th Jul 2014 Roundhills Campsite, Brockenhurst (SO42 7QL) £95 Member Includes: canoes, tuition and instructors Extras: Camping fees paid direct to the campsite. Snacks, drinks and pub meals. Fancy a weekend of fresh air and exercise and a great value, "get away from it all" experience? Of course you do - and we have the perfect opportunity! Enjoy a weekend of camping, canoeing, forest walks and soaking up some sunbeams on the south coast. We will staying in the heart of the tranquil New Forest in beautiful Hampshire. Expect improve your open canoe paddling skills and learn about open water crossings and rescue techniques.


Marylebone Historic Pubs Walk

Date: Saturday 12th July 2014 Place: Marylebone Road, London (NW1 5LT) On the steps of St Marylebone Church from 2pm to 5pm Cost: £13 Member, Includes: 3 hour Guided tour with Joanna Moncrieff and put stops along the way Tucked away from Marylebone's famous high street can be found some amazing historic pubs. So what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than taking a walk with City of Westminster Guide Joanna Moncrieff which includes visiting two pubs (spending half an hour in each) whilst hearing about some of the characters and events associated with the area ie how Grotto Passage got its name, where 100,000 bodies are said to be buried just off the high street and who London's most successful bare knuckle boxer was (who no-one has heard of today). We will visit a pub with a very unusual (and listed) interior and another pub hidden away in the mews. On our way we will also discover some of London's best food shops, bars and cafes. The walk finishes on the 15th floor of a hotel (with fantastic views but pub prices) that many Londoners don't know about. The walk finishes close to Oxford Circus tube.

Saturday Night Shuffle - London

Date: Saturday 12th July 2014 Place: Waterloo Bar Kitchen, 131 Waterloo Road (SE1 8UR) Ask for Spice Tables from 7:30pm Cost: £36 Member, Includes 3 three course meal, service & organised shuffle & Spice host. Next door to the Old Vic, the Waterloo Bar and Kitchen does a great job of providing the cosy ambience of a bistro combined with the fun of an open kitchen. For tonight’s Spice meal we bring you a chance to meet lots of new Spice members on this popular shuffle meal. We will make up a shuffle for the evening which means that we have you changing places after each course to help you socialise with ease. Our meal this evening will be 3 courses from a special menu being prepared just for Spice. Drinks are not included and you pay for these on the evening. A sample menu is on our website and the food is always very good. Why not join us.

Take Aim and Shoot - Hertfordshire

Date: Saturday 12th July 2014 Place: Westmill Farm, Ware, Hertfordshire (SG12 0ES) Top Events GB - Spice Sign at 1:45pm Cost: £35 Member, £37 Guest It’s a great day out where you find out how good your aim is as we ‘Take Aim and Shoot’ on this fun event. We’ll be spending some time with air rifles and then do some laser clay pigeon shooting (30 minutes on each activity). The air rifles are high quality scoped .22 rifles with targets set between 10 & 15m. The targets are spinners, knock down and traditional zoned paper - you keep the paper target as a memento and proof that you're as good as you say! For the laser clay pigeon shooting, we’ll be using Italian made genuine double barrel over and under shotguns with the firing mechanisms replaced by a load of electronic stuff - no danger to wildlife and no recoil! Up to 4 shooters can fire simultaneously at the same targets and hits are automatically scored on the large digital scoreboard - each shooter can see how they are ranked.

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Afternoon Tea at Claridges, Mayfair

Sunday 13th July 2014 Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair,London (W1K 4HR) Ask for Spice Table from 3pm £62.50 Afternoon Tea, £74.50 Tea + Champagne, Includes: Classic Afternoon Tea or Champagne Tea Option, Service, Spice Host Step into Claridge's, a luxury five star hotel in Mayfair and experience a world of stunning design and flawless service. This is the English afternoon tea of your wildest imagination. Situated in the Foyer and Reading Room, everything is perfect from the glamour of the Art Deco interior to the live music and quintessentially English menu. Tea is served on fine china in bold jade and white stripes and this utterly English meal is a mouth-watering experience. The tea consists of a selection of loose leaf teas and herbal infusions with a choice of almost 40 teas from all over the world, a delicious array of finger sandwiches, a selection of sweet pastries and cakes, freshly baked raisin and plain scones with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish clotted cream. Or choose the Champagne Afternoon Tea option which includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut, NV Champagne.

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Hyde Park Concert - Tom Jones, Boyzone

Sunday 13th July 2014 Cafe Nero, 1 Piccadilly, London (W1J 8HP) Final meet details will be emailed from 11am £43.50, Includes: General Admission Entry to British Summer Time Concert with Tom Jones, Boyzone, Little Mix and lots more, booking fee and Spice host. Enjoy the best of British Summer Time with music superstars and much-loved entertainers for a day everyone can enjoy. Join us today as we take in SIR TOM JONES, BOYZONE, LITTLE MIX, 10CC, THE BOOTLEG BEATLES and more! Hit after Hit is till be a great afternoon so why not join us.


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Wisley RHS Gardens and Afternoon Tea

Sunday 13th July 2014 Wisley Gardens, Woking, Surrey (GU23 6QB) Entrance to Gardens Spice Sign at 11:30am £37 Afternoon Tea, £17 Gardens Only, Includes: Entrance to Wisley Gardens, Optional Afternoon Tea, Service Charge and Spice Host Join us for a day out at RHS Wisley gardens, undoubtedly one of the great gardens of the world, and home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the globe. Our day will include a stroll around the gardens followed by an optional Afternoon Tea in the new Wisley Restaurant. View alpine plants at close quarters in the Alpine Display Houses, and glean planting, design and cultivation ideas for smaller gardens from the demonstration and model gardens. Our optional Afternoon Tea is a quintessential English meal which has always been popular at Wisley The Restaurant is a serene setting in which to enjoy tiered trays of pretty sandwiches, freshly baked sultana scones and cake selection, served with your choice of Tregothnan teas or Union hand-roasted coffee.

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Hampton Court Palace - Lucy Worsley Talk

Monday 14th July 2014 Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court (KT8 9AU) Meet: By Ticket Office Hampton Court at 6:15pm £24 Member, £26 Guest Includes: Drinks Reception and Ticketed Entry to Glorious Georgian Panel Debate at Hampton Court Palace in State Apartments, Spice Host Join us for a unique experience at Hampton Court Palace – A Talk on “Who was the most Glorious Georgian”. This exciting evening is being held at Hampton Court Palace in the State Apartments and on the panel is Lucy Worsley Television Presenter on Royal history and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. You will be part of the audience and this fascinating evening brings together the lead curators from recent Georgian exhibitions at the British Library (Moira Goff) , the Victoria and Albert Museum (Roisin Ingleby), The Royal Collection (Desom Shawe-Taylor) and Historic Royal Palaces ( Lucy Worsley and Chair of the Talk Michael Day).

Dorking Social + Supper - Punchbowl Inn

Date: Tuesday 15th July 2014 Place: Okewood Hill, Ockley, Dorking, Surrey (RH5 5PU) The Punchbowl Inn - Spice Table at 7:30pm Cost: £19.99 1 course, £25.99 2 courses, Includes: 2 Course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Join us tonight for a social and supper in Dorking at The Punchbowl Inn, a beautiful, traditional 16th century village inn set in the heart of the Surrey countryside. The menu is brimming with delicious dishes which are freshly produced, and produce is all sourced locally where possible. Tonight we’ll be having a two course meal with a main and dessert. Items on the menu include classic pub dishes and are very tasty. Date: Place: Cost:

Tuesday 15th July 2014 Absolut Ice Bar, 31-33 Heddon Street (W1B 4BN) Ask for Spice Group from 7pm £36 Member Includes entrance to ice bar, 1 cocktail, cape, gloves, Pizza/Pasta supper ABSOLUT Ice Bar London is the first permanent bar made out of ice in the UK. Experience the extreme as the bar is kept at minus 5 degrees all year round and everything is made out of crystal clear ice transported especially from Sweden. Step into an environment where the walls, bar, tables and even your own personal glass with a vodka cocktail is made out of the purest ice. You will be given a thermal cape with a hood to keep you warm during your 40 minute visit. We will then warm up and relax in a nearby restaurant where we can enjoy a delicious pizza, pasta or salad dish.

Ice Bar and Supper

Supper and Big Band Jazz - Central London

Date: Wednesday 16th July 2014 Place: Spice of Life, 6 Moor St, London (W1D 5NA) In the Bar - Spice sign at 7:30pm Cost: £24.50 Member, £26.50 Guest Includes: Jazz Ticket, Booking Fee, One course Meal, Service Charge, Spice Host The Spice of Life pub in Central London is one of the best little music venues in London. In the basement is the Backstage Bar which has been playing great live music since the 60’s. Tonight is ‘band night’ and features jazz in its broadest sense from straight-ahead swing, via guitar virtuosity, to high energy fusion. We thought this would be well worth a visit and we can have some supper and enjoy a relaxing evening listening to the music with other Spice members. For our supper, we are having a main course pub meal from the menu. Most importantly, our supper will be accompanied by the exquisite sound of live jazz. Our Spice host will meet you in the bar so look for the Spice sign on arrival.


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Theatre - The Commitments

Wednesday 16th July 2014 Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus, London (W1D 5AY) At entrance to foyer - Spice sign from 7pm £48.50 Member, £50.50 Guest Includes discounted ticket, booking fee and Spice host. Excellent seats in the Dress Circle, Row B & C, Public Price £62.50. (Sorry there can be no refunds on theatre tickets unless we can resell your slot. If you have not arrived by 7.10p.m. your ticket will be handed in at the box office for you to collect) Featuring soul classics "Night Train", "Try A Little Tenderness", "In The Midnight Hour", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "Save Me", "Mustang Sally" and many more – THE COMMITMENTS is live on stage and receiving excellent reviews. THE COMMITMENTS is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.

Archaeology By Twilight - Behind the Scenes

Date: Thursday 17th July 2014 Place: 46 Eagle Wharf, Hackney London (N1 7ED) Mortimer Wheeler House from 6:15pm to 9:30pm Cost: £13 Member, Includes: Ticket Entry to Archaeology by Twilight, booking fee, Spice Host Extras: Refreshments This popular one night only “Archaeology by twilight” behind the scenes event held at the Museum of London Archaeological Archive will uncover the secrets of life in medieval London. Highlights of the evening include behind-the-scenes tours and performances, an evening bar and a chance to see fascinating artefacts from patterned fabrics too delicate for regular display to pots and jewellery with a rather rude twist! Be sure to book early, as with limited spaces available, this unique experience is not to be missed. This is a fascinating insight and a rare opportunity to have access to the Archives which are normally closed to the general public. The evening lasts for a couple of hours.

Bjorn Again - Summer Swing at Kew

Date: Thursday 17th July 2014 Place: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey (TW9 3AB) meet details will be sent out 6:30pm Cost: £44 Member, £46 Guest Includes: ticket, booking fee, organiser, picnic, rugs & drinks Don’t miss this spectacular concert of Bjorn Again in the stunning grounds of Kew Gardens. Bjorn Again - Our four pseudo Swedes are back with a huge dose of fun for a night out you won’t forget. With ABBA-mania still in full swing and Mamma Mia raging strong, the imposters from the land of Fosters rock out the best soundtrack imaginable. This is sure to be a fantastic evening out in the beautiful setting of The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. We will provide a picnic to share, and will take along rugs for us to sit on. Date: Place: Cost:

Bristol Harbour Music Festival Weekend

Fri 18th Jul 2014 - Sun 20th Jul 2014 42-44 St Paul's Street, Bristol (BS1 3AD) Regency Hotel, Arrive from 4.00pm £185 Member Twin Share, £229 Member Single, Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, 3 Course Meal on Saturday Night at the Clifton Sausage. Harbour Festival + Spice Host throughout the weekend. The Harbour Festival is one of the UK’s largest public events and a chance for the city to showcase its rich musical and performance roots. Over 250,000 festival fans head down to the historic waterfront to party, dance and relax. Visitors will be entertained by a vibrant mix of live performance, artists, musicians, dancers, circus acts, markets and street stalls. On the water, hundreds of sailing vessels, from historic ships and boats to pleasure yachts and harbour ferries will provide a colourful backdrop to Bristol’s annual celebration of its maritime heritage. Musically, the festival always has an impressive line-up, drawing on the city’s vibrant music scene, covering a hugely diverse range from soul to folk, and from reggae to funk.

Friday Lunch - HMP Brixton Restaurant

Date: Friday 18th July 2014 Place: Jebb Avenue, Brixton, London (SW2 5XP) Final details will be emailed at 11:15am Cost: £39.50 Includes: 3 course lunch, cocktail of the day, tea/coffee and Spice host Spice have a very unique dining experience for you as we are going for lunch at the Clink Restaurant inside HMP Brixton. The restaurant is run by The Clink Charity whose aim is to reduce re-offending rates of ex-offenders hence this new restaurant concept. Boasting fancy décor and an a la carte menu, from the inside, this looks like any other first – class restaurant. Clink Restaurant is proving very popular with visitors and this 120 seater restaurant provides a lovely menu for us to enjoy. We will be served by and eat food prepared by 28 trained inmates. There are no alcoholic drinks served but we are having the cocktail of the day and there are plenty other soft drinks we can have such as Sparkling Ginger & Lemongrass, Sparkling Pomegranate & Elderflower and Apple & Lulo juice as well as coke, fruit juices and water. Please see our web-site for a sample menu & also the important security procedures which will apply during your visit.


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Friday Night Late at the Transport Museum

Friday 18th July 2014 Covent Garden Piazza, London (WC2E 7BB) Entrance to Transport Museum £20 Member, £23 Guest Includes: Entrance Ticket to Friday Night Late and Museum, Glass of wine, beer or Soft drink, Service charge and Spice Host Experience London's most unique Friday night out at The London Transport Museum. Come and enjoy their exhibitions and galleries and enjoy the evenings’ entertainment. The Transport museum has one of the finest collections of vehicles in the world with vehicles dating from 1800 to present day. There are horsedrawn vehicles, trams, buses, trains, history of the underground, war and modern transport all a fascinating insight into travel through the ages. At the start of the evening we will meet for a drink (Wine, Beer or Soft drink included in event) at one of the bars within the Museum. This is a fun night with lots to see around the museum. Date: Place: Cost:

Hippodrome - Suspiciously Elvis + Dinner

Friday 18th July 2014 Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, London (WC2H 7JH) In bar on 1st floor - Spice sign at 6:30pm £65 Member Ticket and Meal Includes ticket to Suspiciously Elvis show, Stalls table seat, 2 course meal, service & Spice host. There can be no refunds on tickets unless we are able to re-sell your ticket. While singing in California, Ivor Potter was told by Cher that he sounded just like Elvis… and so SUSPICIOUSLY ELVIS was born! He is back at the Hippodrome following a sell-out evening last time so why not join us for this great night out. Now respected around the word for his vocal talent, and with his highly accomplished band and brass section, and with the beautiful Feather Girl Dancers, SUSPICIOUSLY ELVIS faithfully recreates those classic Vegas nights of rock’n'roll when the King was at the height of his powers. “Sheer Brilliance” The Sun. “You will be dancing in the aisles”

Surfing Weekend - Croyde Bay, Devon

Dates: Fri 18th July - Sun 20th July 2014 Fri 15th Aug 2014 - Sun 17th Aug 2014 Place: Croyde Bay, Devon (EX33 1YP) At B&B's Arrive from 4.00p.m. Cost: £189 Twin Share, Singles on request only, Includes 3 surf sessions, wet suit, use of surfboard, 2 nights B&B accommodation in local B&B, Light Lunch on Saturday is included. EXTRAS: Meals & drinks Single room subject to availability and supplement will apply Are you ready to take the plunge and head down to Croyde Bay for some Surfing! North Devon is renowned for its spectacular coastlines and golden beaches and Croyde Bay has beautiful and stunning scenery. The sandy beach at Croyde Bay draws surfers from all over the world and this is where we are heading for our Surfing Weekend. Croyde Bay faces west into the Atlantic and enjoys a famed reputation for its consistent waves! Our surf school is situated in the beach car park at Croyde, just a few metres from the sand. Over the weekend we will have 3 lessons where you will learn about surfboards, the techniques for standing up and of course how to surf! The surf school includes a changing facility and safe storage for your gear. Surf South West is a British Surfing Association Approved Centre offering a full range of courses, but specialising in absolute beginners, introducing people to the sport with qualified instruction and specialist equipment. They tell us that most participants are amazed that after a weekend course of three sessions they are up and standing, hopelessly addicted to the sheer exhilaration of riding the waves! Date: Place: Cost:

Fortnum and Mason Wine + Cheese Tasting

Saturday 19th July 2014 Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly, Londo (W1A 1ER) 1707 Wine Bar, in the lower Foodhall at 12pm £32 Member, £35 Guest Includes: 3 x 125ml Glass Flight of either White, Rose, Red Wine or and selection of Cheese and breads, Service Charge and Spice Host Today we have organised a special treat at the ionic store that is Fortnum & Masons. Founded on the site in 1707, Fortnum Mason is a unique and beautiful store, renowned as purveyors of fine foods, hampers, teas and wine. It has five restaurants, from an award-winning wine bar to the wonderful ice cream parlour. Join us on the lower ground Food Hall in the 1707 Wine Bar at Fortnum and Masons for a cheese and wine tasting. You can choose one 3 glass Flight from a selection 4 different 3 x 125ml glass Flights, Rose, South African, Red or White wine. We will also share a selection of different cheeses and breads from their delicatessen. After the tasting we will split into small groups so we can experience the different floors and departments in the store.


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Guided Climb Up and Over the O2

Saturday 19th July 2014 The O2, Peninsula Square, London (SE10 0DX) Base Camp at the O2 - Spice Sign 11:15am £51 Climb + Lunch, £38 Climb Only Included: 90 Minute Guided Climbing Expedition, Buffet Lunch, Service, Spice Host Get ready for an exhilarating active outdoor challenge with a completely unique perspective on London! Join Spice today as we go on the adventure of a lifetime! Taking up to 90 minutes, Up at The O2 is an exhilarating experience which takes you on a guided expedition over the roof of The O2 via a fabric walkway. Suspended 2m above the surface of The O2 arena's tent canvas, the walkway is 53m above ground level and 320m long. Before our climb, we’ll meet the Climb Guide at Base Camp who'll take us through everything we need to know and will kit us out with a climb suit, shoes (if necessary) and a safety harness. We’ll then make our way onto the walkway, attached to a climb system, and our guide will be nearby to help and answer any questions. At the summit we can move around freely on the observation platform where we will take in the spectacular 360° views of London and its many landmarks before we begin our descent. After the thrilling morning we’ll go to Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar in the O2, Millenium Way and will enjoy a buffet lunch where we can pick from a variety of world foods ranging from Chinese to Italian.

Saturday Veggie Night at Mildreds, Soho

Date: Saturday 19th July 2014 Place: 45 Lexington St, London (W1F 9AN) ask for Spice table upstairs at 7pm Cost: £33 Member, £36 Guest Includes 3 course meal, service/admin charge & Spice Host. Drinks not included. Many members of Spice are Vegetarians, and tonight we have a treat for you – by special request, we are visiting a restaurant where the kitchens are used to prepare tasty vegetarian dishes. Mildreds was established in 1988 and has an excellent reputation for serving internationally inspired vegetarian food, all of which is made daily on the premises, using organic ingredients wherever possible and endeavouring to source small businesses for their supplies. We have a private dining area just for Spice and the maximum we can take is 12 persons so if you want to go you really have to book now! The 3 course menu is designed to appeal to omnivores as well as veggies Don’t miss this great night out!

Shuffle Meal - La Buvette, Richmond

Date: Saturday 19th July 2014 Place: La Buvette, 6 Church Walk, Richmond (TW9 1SN) - Ask for the Spice Table from 7:30pm Cost: £31.50 Member, £33.50 Guest Includes: 3 Course Shuffle Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Tonight we bring you a chance to meet lots of new Spice friends whilst dining French style. Our ‘shuffle’ meals are a very popular way of dining and this promises to be another fun evening. We help you socialise with ease by ‘shuffling’ you round the table after each course of the meal. Our meal is at La Buvette, which is a lovely fashionable and charming bistro in Richmond Town. We’ll be enjoying a 3 course meal while taking the great opportunity to meet local members to Guildford

Spice U40 - Pizza + Social at the Dickens Inn

Date: Saturday 19th July 2014 Place: Marble Quay, St Katherine's Docks (E1W 1UH) Pizzeria 2nd Floor - Spice Sign at 7pm Cost: £18 Member, £21 Guest Includes: Variety of Giant Pizza to share, Service Charge, Spice Host Extras: Drinks The summer evenings are here so we are heading to a lovely old traditional pub with a big outdoor Beer Garden! Situated at picturesque St Katharine Docks, The Dickens Inn overlooks Tower Bridge, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the boats nd and harbour. When you arrive, look out for the Spice signs - we have reserved an area in the Pizzeria on the 2 floor and will be starting the evening with some delicious giant Pizzas which we share. After our meal we will head to the bar for a drink and socialise with the group. U40 Information: The Spice London programme includes a few events each month for members under the age of 40, with the aim of helping younger members to meet, socialise and attend other Spice events together.

Big Butterfly Count + Walk - West Sussex

Date: Sunday 20th July 2014 Place: Wiggonholt, West Sussex (RH20 2EL) RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve from 1:45pm to 4pm Cost: £18 Member, £14 Member RSPB Member, Includes: RSPB Guided Bird Walk, Tea/Coffee and Slice of Cake As part of the national big butterfly count, join us today for a guided walk to search for beautiful butterflies and other incredible insects. We’ll be going to Pulborough Brooks, set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park. Pulborough Brooks is a haven for a wide range of wildlife, and walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where our guide will be on hand to help point out the wildlife. On the way round we’ll pause to conduct a big butterfly count and you can find out how to attract wildlife like butterflies and moths to your garden.


Implementing the Secret Law of Attraction!

Date: Sunday 20th July 2014 Place: 9 Gracechurch Street, London (EC3V 0DR) The Cross Keys pub - downstairs room 11:30am to 5pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest Includes: 1 day workshop The Secret is all about challenging ourselves to develop the deep reservoirs of talent and ability that often lie dormant within us. Richard Bisiker, trained by Bob Proctor (teacher from ‘The Secret’) has over the last 15 years led 1000s of people through his amazing 1-day workshop. He will walk you through the practical steps of developing your skills to achieve the results that YOU really want. Do you want to boost your energy level, confidence, trust or belief in yourself? Then, this could be the workshop for you. We explore the most important part of the secret…You! How your self-esteem and your inner dialogue begins the chain-reaction of events that create your results in life. We conjure up a picture of ourselves in basically either a state of success or failure in the pursuit we are about to take. Should you be on this workshop? At the end of the workshop you will have the fantastic opportunity to perform a metaphor of mind over matter and put what you have learnt straight into action. You will have the opportunity to perform the amazing feat of punching through a solid block of wood with just your belief. This feat requires a level of mental focus that you will develop during the day and some personal coaching from Richard.

Sunday Lunch at The Roof Gardens Babylon

Date: Sunday 20th July 2014 Place: 99 Kensington High Street, London (W8 5SA) Babylon Restaurant - Spice Table from 1pm Cost: £42 Member 3 Course Meal, £38 Member 2 Course Meal, Includes: 2 or 3 Course Sunday Lunch, Service, Located one hundred feet above Kensington High Street in central London, The Roof Gardens and Babylon Restaurant are truly spectacular. There are three themed gardens, with over 70 full size trees, a flowing stream stocked with fish and our resident flamingos Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks. If we’re very lucky we might be able to stroll through the gardens (subject to outdoor functions) but if not, we will still have lovely views from the Terrace at the restaurant. With amazing views of London’s skyline and mouth-watering cuisine, this spectacular venue offers style and sophistication to all who visit. Today we’ll be enjoying a 2 or 3 course meal from a fabulous modern European food menu served with unique Virgin-style service, and those little touches that are sure to complete your afternoon.

Walk along the Thames + Beach Combing

Date: Sunday 20th July 2014 Place: Blackheath Railway Station, South London (SE3 9LE) Front of Station - Spice Sign at 10am Cost: £7 Today we will walk 8 miles, mainly with a selection of views over the Thames and London from numerous vantage points. We'll straddle the Greenwich time line, have lunch in The Ship & Whale pub, built in 1880 but dating from 1767 (at your own cost), visit the rather unique Surrey Docks Farm and do some beach combing for historical treasures at low tide. Apparently the 2014 storms have unsettled the Thames bed and many old clay pipes and interesting articles of historical interest are currently being found on the Thames beaches at low tide times and we will see if we too can find some treasures! We’ll finish the day no later than 5pm at the London Bridge Rail Station. Walk Leader: Linda Richardson 07917 424622, please let her know if you are late, lost or not able to attend.

New Members Dining by St Pauls -Madisons

Date: Monday 21st July 2014 Place: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls (EC4M 9AF) Madisons - Ask for the Spice Table at 7pm Cost: £26 Member, £29 Guest Includes: 1 Course Dinner, views of St Pauls, Service charge and Spice Host Tonight we are having a New Members dinner at Madison Restaurant which is on the Rooftop Shopping Mall of 1 New Change by St Pauls. The terrace and restaurant are directly overlooking the iconic dome of St Paul's Cathedral, with views that are as inspiring as they are breathtaking. You feel like you can reach out and touch the Dome it’s so close. Before dinner we can take a stroll on the Rooftop Terrace where you can wander around and take in the wonderful views across London and St Pauls then we will make our way into the Restaurant for dinner.

Spice London Book Club - July - London

Date: Tuesday 22nd July 2014 Place: 22 Fleet Street, London (EC4Y 1AA) Ye Old Cock Tavern - Upstairs Room at 7pm to 9pm Cost: £9.99 Member, £11.99 Guest Includes: Spice host, sandwich or baguette Do you enjoy a good read? The idea is that each month you discuss a set book that you have read in preparation for the event. The evening will be very informal and you will have the opportunity to discuss the book and express your opinions. During the evening there will be a choice of baguette or sandwich. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. From Subhash’s earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother’s sight. As the two brothers grow older their lives, once so united, begin to diverge........


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Kensington Palace Bohemians + Royals Talk

Wednesday 23rd July 2014 Kensington Gardens, London, (W8 4PX) Kensington Palace Tours Entrance at 6:15pm £17 Member, £19 Guest Includes: Drinks Reception, Ticketed entrance to Bohemians and Royals taking place in the State Apartments, Spice Host Join us for a unique experience at Kensington Palace – “Bohemians and Royals” This exciting evening is being held at Kensington Palace in the State Apartments with Author Vic Gatrell and Historian Matthew Green. We will start the evening with a drinks reception followed by the talk. You will be part of the audience as our hosts discuss 18th-century London and how it was a tribal city of different districts, each with their own unique style and secrets. Author Vic Gatrell discusses the teeming, artistic Covent Garden, while historian Matthew Green leads us into the intriguing world of royal St James’ and Kensington. Sorry we cannot refund unless we can resell your ticket.

On the Kray Twins Trail

Date: Wednesday 23rd July 2014 Place: Whitechapel Tube Station, London (E1 1DB) Look for Spice sign at 7pm Cost: £15 Member, £18 Guest Includes: 2 hour guided walk with Blue Badge Guide, Ian Jelf Join London Blue Badge Guide Ian Jelf for a couple of hours around the old East End haunts of two of the most notorious criminal figures in London’s past: The Kray Twins. In the fifties and sixties, these identical twin brothers ruled a business empire throughout London with a rod of iron. But their birthplace of Bethnal Green remained the heart of that empire for all their active lives and this walk takes us on a journey of discovery through streets where they lived, played, first encountered the law, married and which – in time – saw their funerals.

Regent Canal Stroll/Floating Chinese Dinner

Date: Thursday 24th July 2014 Place: Warwick Avenue Tube Station (W9 1AL) At Warwick Avenue Tube - Spice Sign at 7pm Cost: £32, Includes: Stroll from Little Venice to Camden, 2 Course Meal, Service Charge and Spice Host This is a gentle stroll from Little Venice along the Regent's Canal finishing off in Camden. Along the way we will be stopping for a meal at the picturesque Chinese floating Restaurant, The Feng Shang Princess, set in the splendour of London's Regents Park. Over the years it has been a favourite Chinese eatery for many, including celebrities from the world of film, music and TV. After our meal we will make our way to Little Venice then follow the scenic paved tow-path along the canal towards Regents Park and London Zoo. Following our meal we will continue to stroll (10 mins) along the canal tow-path and make our way to Camden Lock where we can head for a café or pub to relax over a coffee or glass of wine. A chill-out time!

Friday Night at London Zoo

Date: Friday 25th July 2014 Place: Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London (NW1 4RY) Opposite Main Entrance by Boris Bikes – Sign 6:30pm Cost: £19.99 Member, £22.99 Guest Includes: entrance ticket, charity donation and Spice host This is a unique opportunity to enjoy an evening stroll through London Zoo after hours. London Zoo are opening their doors on Friday evenings just for the summer months and we have managed to secure some tickets. You have the amazing opportunity to spend a summer evening with some of the world’s most incredible animals. There are 750 species of animals at London Zoo so this is a brilliant opportunity to immerse yourself into the animal kingdom. Comfy shoes are a must for this event! It is a party night at the zoo so there will be Pimms, Mojitos and Champagne to buy at the various drink outlets. You can grab a bite to eat at the street food festival or indulge at the seafood bar along the way.

4x4 Vehicle Off Roading in Kent

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014 Place: Ashtree Farm, Teston Road, West Malling (ME19 5RL) final details will be emailed at 10:45am Cost: £87 Member, £92 Guest Includes: 4x4 Off Roading instruction, Safety Briefing We are heading off to the Kent countryside near Maidstone so you can test your driving skills to the limit and try out this adrenaline pumping 4x4 vehicle serious Off Roading experience. In teams of either two or three people per 4x4 vehicle, you will have an initial safety briefing and be given practical instruction by a qualified instructor in the skills and awareness you need to have to drive a 4x4 vehicle across different terrains. Then you are off! Under expert guidance each of you will take the wheel and as you gain experience and confidence will negotiate the bumpy and uneven terrain. There will be slopes, drops, water and gullies around a purpose built Off Roading course. This event is suitable for beginners and can also challenge even the most daring of drivers. So take the plunge and have a go!


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Walking Weekend Chilterns + Thames Path

Fri 25th Jul 2014 - Sun 27th Jul 2014 Milton Hill House Hotel, Steventon, Abin (OX13 6AF) Arrive from 4.00p.m. meal is at 8.00p.m. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 nights hotel B&B accommodation, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals 2 days of guided walks on each day

Walkwise Overview: The Milton Hill House Hotel is a wonderful venue set it its 22acres of secluded sublime parkland just south of Oxford. This charming whitewashed Georgian country house simply oozes charm and character, it also offers quality cuisine, service, a lovely swimming pool and quality leisure facilities. In fact this is quite simply, just a great place to get away for a weekend. But the location is also superb for us walkers, in that it provides us with easy access to a wide variety of walking country, from the Thames Path to Goring and Streatley, the beautiful Berkshire Downs, the rolling Chilterns and the Vale of the White Horse. The WalkWise Walking Programme: Although staying in Oxfordshire this new walking programme seeks to bring out the best of the nearby Berkshire countryside. To allow you to choose a walk that suits you best, WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On both days there will be a harder walk of 10-12 miles with 1500ft of ascent, and a gentler walk of 7-9 miles with less ascent. Accommodation: Just approaching the hotel drive you can feel the stresses of the world drifting away. The setting is quite simply beautiful. Entering the hotel you are grabbed by its salubrious décor and your weekend break away has begun. There are spacious lounges that open up to the parklands beyond and a well-stocked bar to relax in, oh and a lovely restaurant. Equally the bedrooms are all of a new stylish design, en-suite and very well equipped with LCD TVs, Sky, teas coffees etc.

Brixton - Reggae, Riots and Biba Boots

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014 Place: Brixton tube station, London (SW9 8HE) Outside Starbucks at 1:50pm Cost: £29.50 Member Tour + Pizza, £13 Member Tour only, Includes: guided tour, pizza, drink + Spice host On this walk around London’s most cosmopolitan “village” you'll hear all about Brixton's rich history - from its time as London's premier suburban shopping centre, to its transformation to one of London's great Caribbean and ethnic centres and onto its current resurgence as a cool place to live, work and spend an evening. Our guide Barrie will give you new insights on the infamous Brixton riots, and also tell you of the area's "golden days". You'll visit a street that was immortalised in a number one hit single and a building that featured in Barrie's early years that certainly wasn't number one with him! You'll also hear the histories of Brixton's many famous music venues - where they were and what they are now. After our walk we thought we would extend our visit to Brixton and head to Franco Manca for a pizza and a drink. Franco’s pizzas have a great reputation as they are made in a specialist oven known as a Tuff. After our pizzas we can then wander round the market.

Dinner Shuffle L'Italiana - St Albans

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014 Place: 3 French Row, St Albans (AL3 5DU) L'Italiana - Ask for the Spice Table from 7:30pm Cost: £31.50 3 courses, £26.50 2 courses, Includes: 3 Course Dinner Shuffle Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Since L'Italiana Restaurant was established, it has built up the enviable reputation of being not just the finest Italian restaurant in St. Albans, but being one of the finest restaurants in St. Albans. So much so, it has been voted Restaurant of the year a number of times by local diners. It’s a lovely place for a dinner and for tonight’s Spice meal we bring you a chance to meet lots of new Spice members as we’re having a ‘Dinner Shuffle’ which is our most popular way of Spice dining. We will make up a shuffle for the evening which means that we have you changing places after each course to help you socialise with ease.

Gordons Wine Bar Saturday Social

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014 Place: Gordon's, 47 Villiers Street, London (WC2N 6NE) Ask for Spice table-Winevault downstairs from 12pm Cost: £16, Includes: Selection of cheeses/pate and salad platters to share, service charge and Spice Host Today we are heading to Gordon’s Wine Bar near Embankment which is thought to be the oldest Wine Bar in London and has been established in its present form since 1890. We have booked an area downstairs in the original atmospheric candlelit wine vault cellar where we can socialise without the blare of loud music. We will be sharing a delicious selection of platters of English and Continental cheeses, pate, homemade salads with French bread. The wine bar has a great selection of wines to choose from. The building in which the bar and vault is situated was originally home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680’s then home to Rudyard Kipling in the 1890’s and the building is now named Kipling House. As you enter this historic building and make your way downstairs to the bar you will find yourself in a room with old wooden walls covered in historical newspaper cuttings and memorabilia faded with age and a very old wine vault cellar which is lit by candle light. Please arrive on time so we can retain our reserved area in the wine vault as the wine bar is very popular (you have to book 6 months in advance).


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Saatchi Art Gallery and Prosecco Tea

Saturday 26th July 2014 Duke of Yorks HQ, Kings Road, London (SW3 4RY) Entrance to Gallery from 2pm £28 Member + Prosecco Tea, £20 Member Afternoon Tea, Includes: Entry to Gallery, Afternoon Tea & optional Afternoon Tea with glass of Prosecco, Service Charge and Spice Host Join us for a delightful afternoon at The Saatchi Gallery near Sloane Square which exhibits contemporary art with works mainly by up and coming young artists or international artists whose work has been rarely or never been exhibited in the UK. Many artists are subsequently offered shows by galleries and museums after exhibiting in the Saatchi Gallery. After viewing the art and exhibitions we will make our way to The Gallery Mess Restaurant for a delicious Afternoon Tea with an optional glass of Prosecco. This light and airy restaurant has exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings and a great display of art.

Saturday Night Funkynation at Ronnie Scotts

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014 Place: 47 Frith Street, Soho, London (W1D 4HT) Upstairs Ronnie Scotts Bar from 7:30pm Cost: £16, Includes: Reserved area, DJ Music, Sharing Platters, Service charge and Spice Host Tonight we are heading to the popular venue of Ronnie Scotts for their Saturday Funkynation disco night with the very best DJ’s playing jazz, funk, soul, 80’s boogie and vintage grooves. We will have a reserved area so you can keep your toes tapping, or maybe have a boogie on the dance floor. We will be having some sharing platters such as meat, cheese or deliboards at 8.15 so please arrive before this so you don’t miss out. This is a great way to meet other members and have a fun night. The music kicks off at 8.00pm.

Horse Riding - Intermediate - Surrey

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014 Place: Higher Park Farm, Woking, Surrey (GU24 8SL) Chobham Equestrian Centre from 10:45am to 1pm Cost: £38 Member, £40 Guest Includes: 2 hour session, 1 hour stable management and 1 hour riding lesson This is a horse riding lesson organised for Spice at the friendly riding stables in Woking. You need to arrive promptly to get sorted out with hats and horses. This is a lesson for intermediate riders who can trot and can either canter or learning to canter on their own. The lesson is split into two sections, 1 hour stable management and 1 hour riding lesson. Under the eye of an instructor, for the first part of the session you will be introduced to your horse then be involved in grooming and tacking up your horse. Then you will spend an hour in the saddle under instruction where you will be trotting and cantering according to your riding level.

Jazz Brunch La Porte Des Indes - London

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014 Place: 32 Bryanston Street, London (W1H 7EG) La Porte des Indes - Ask for Spice Table from 1pm Cost: £45.50, Includes: Live jazz, Unlimited servings of Indian Cuisine, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Today we’re off to La Porte des Indes for a scrumptious Sunday Jazz Brunch. Established in 1996, La Porte des Indes literally means Gateway to India and is housed in a former Edwardian ballroom. The restaurant spans two floors, is adorned with antique Indian artifacts, and boasts a stunning white marble staircase, 40ft Mogul waterfall and Jungle Bar. Exotic plants and flowers fill the light and airy interior with their alluring scent and provide a visually stunning display. The brunch involves unlimited servings of Indian cuisine and you will be selecting from over twenty dishes with a fantastic array of starters, main courses, salads, soups and sumptuous desserts.

The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Straight Down

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014 Place: Avon Gorge, Portway, Bristol (ST56 1745) 1.15p.m. at layby on the Portway Cost: £35 Member, £37 Guest Bristol has the amazing Avon Gorge with the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge symbolising this great city. But it’s not just a beautiful landmark – it’s also the setting for one of our greatest and most challenging events – The Big Abseil. What a great shot for your photo album! You will start off by literally ‘getting to know the ropes’ and receive full instruction on the techniques needed for your descent. Your instructor will build up your confidence and calm your nerves before you progress onto the impressive 200-foot descent. Don’t forget to admire the impressive views whilst you’re up there.

Tidal Thames Lazy Sunday Afternoon Paddle

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014 Place: Putney, London Final meet/directions will be emailed from 1:05pm to 6pm Cost: £48 Member, £53 Guest Includes: open canoe paddle with full instruction and equipment We have a fantastic opportunity to explore the River Thames on this classic tidal Thames trip by Canadian Canoe! Don't worry if you haven't done this before, all instruction and equipment is provided. We follow the course of the famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race and see the sights of riverside west London from a completely different perspective. You will be on the water for approx 3hrs.


Wolf Experience and Walk - Bedford

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014 Place: A428 between Bromham and Turvey Directions will be emailed from 10:15am to 1:30pm Cost: £47 Member, £52 Guest Includes exclusive Spice visit with opportunity to walk and feed the wolves. Walk and feed the wolves - another unusual and truly amazing experience and one of our most popular events. We have run this event many times and always receive excellent feedback. Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf - probably, so now is a chance to confront your fears and dispel those childhood myths. The Anglian Wolf Society is a small private sanctuary for 4 wolves and they support and raise funds for wolf conservation. They are not open to the public but have kindly agreed to allow Spice members to visit the centre to learn more about the wolves, feed them and have some hands on experience.

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Cook Your Own Curry Preem and Prithi

Monday 28th July 2014 Preem & Prithi, 124 Brick Lane, London (E1 6SE) Meet Inside at 7pm £32 Member, £34 Guest Includes: Tuition and recipes, 2 course meal and 2 drinks Extras: Additional drinks We have found a wonderful Indian Restaurant in Brick Lane who host Cook Your Own Curry Nights! Curry being a very popular dish amongst Spice members we thought you might like to learn how to cook a real curry and then enjoy tasting the results. You need to arrive promptly for 7.00p.m as at 7.15p.m. the first stage of your cooking will begin. You will learn how to make a tasty Indian starter and a main course dish of curry. In between testing your cooking skills you will of course be eating the tasty dishes you have created. Included in the price of the evening is your meal, poppadoms and 2 complimentary drinks. There are only 8 slots per evening so you need to book your slot real quick!

Hampton Court Palace-Trevor McDonald talk

Monday 28th July 2014 Hampton Court, EastMolesey, Surrey (KT8 9AU) Outside Ticket Office Hampton Court from 6:15pm to 8:15pm £19 Member, Includes: Drinks Reception, Ticketed Entrance to Hampton Court Palace debate with Trevor McDonald, Spice host Join us for a unique experience at Hampton Court Palace – “Georgian Question Time”. This exciting evening is being held at Hampton Court Palace in the State Apartments and hosting the Question Time is Television Broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald. th You will be part of the audience, and at this fascinating evening Sir Trevor McDonald will be pitting the key characters of 18 Century politics against each other. What was Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, really like? What does it mean to be Whig or Tory? And what will “The Duchess, Georgiana Cavendish”, have to say about it all. Come along and find out this and more in this heated and highly entertaining debate.

Italian Dinner - Sutton - Spaghetti Tree

Date: Tuesday 29th July 2014 Place: 8a Station Parade, Brighton Road, Sutton (SM2 5AD) Ask for Spice Table from 7:30pm Cost: £27 Member, £29 Guest Includes: Three course dinner, service charge, Spice Host Extras: Drinks We are going to a traditional Italian family run Trattoria this evening, The Spaghetti Tree in Sutton. The restaurant offers home cooked Italian cuisine in an intimate, rustic environment and is very close to Sutton rail station. We will be having their popular three course set dinner menu which has a choice of starters, main dishes and desserts which vary according to the season.

Poets Prose Painters + Pubs - Mayfair Walk

Date: Tuesday 29th July 2014 Place: Royal Academy, Piccadilly London (W1J 0BD) by statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest Includes: 2 hour tour with City of Westminster Guide and visit to historic put en-route Mayfair is the setting for many novels and plays such as A School for Scandal, The Picture of Dorian Gray and A Handful of Dust. It is also home to the world's largest open submission contemporary art exhibition together with many small galleries tucked away in the back streets. City of Westminster Guide Joanna Moncrieff will take you on a tour of Mayfair focusing on the lives of the artists, authors and poets who have lived in the area. We will discover the most exclusive bachelor apartments in town (tucked away off Piccadilly), an exclusive club where a famous cocktail was invented and a church that featured in the musical My Fair Lady and was also Handel's local place of worship. For lovers of book buying/browsing we will see some tucked away bookshops including the oldest in London, the longest established antiquarian bookshop in the world and the birthplace of the very first paperback book not to mention the place where a single book was sold for £8m in 1983. Like all Joanna's walks the walk includes a half hour halfway stop in an historic pub and finishes in a pub close to Green Park tube where food is available. The walk lasts approximately 2 hours.


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Live Music + Supper - Dion Bar, St Pauls

Wednesday 30th July 2014 Paternoster House, 65 St Pauls Churchyard (EC4M 8AB) Ground Floor Bar - Spice Sign at 7pm £24 Member, £27 Guest Includes: Welcome drink, Glass of wine, beer or soft drink, 1 Course light supper, Live music and service charge. Dion St Paul’s runs parallel with St Paul’s cathedral and has stunning views overlooking the cathedral and grounds. Meet in the bar from 7pm and enjoy a welcome drink of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. You can choose a supper dish from a Spice menu such as Club Sandwich with thick chips, Homemade Beef Burger and thick chips, Goujons of fish with fries, Cheese Platter, Jerk Chicken skewers with fries, Halloumi skewers with fries or Crispy duck pancakes with fries. Wednesday nights are when the All Stars band play at Dion St. Paul’s. They start early, with mellow sets to wind you down after work and then build the mood and the tempo through the evening, finishing with some of the finest funk, soul and dance floor classics ever written.

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Sandown Live Music - Racing + Tom Jones

Wednesday 30th July 2014 Sandown Park, Surrey (KT10 9AJ) Final info will be emailed on meet at 6pm £46.50 Member, £48.50 Guest Includes ticket to the racing in Grandstand Enclosure and live entertainment from Tom Jones + booking fee. We have a limited amount of tickets available so you need to real soon if you want to join us for this fun evening. Enjoy a fabulous night out at Sandown race course where the legendry Tom Jones, will be performing live after the racing. We will be able to enjoy his classic hits as the sun goes down over the racecourse. Tom Jones started his singing career very young when his first single ‘It’s Not Unusual’ shot to No 1 and propelled Tom to super star status when the hits kept on coming. Tom’s powerful voice has sold over 100 million records and will once again pack out the racecourse. He has been back in the spotlight appearing as a Judge on The Voice with one of his artists winning the competition. Tickets include access to an evening of thrilling racing after which the concert will start from 8:45pm. There will be large screens around the racecourse beaming out what is happening on stage so no matter where we are we will have great views and the atmosphere will be fantastic.

Epsom Downs Live - Racing and Boyzone

Date: Thursday 31st July 2014 Place: Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey (KT18 5LQ) Details will be emailed at 6pm Cost: £39.99 Member Includes entrance to The Stands area, booking fee, live music from Boyzone after the racing Legendary Irish boy-band Boyzone will take to the stage after evening racing to entertain the crowd with a selection of their very best hits, which include ‘No Matter What’ and ‘When You Say Nothing At All’, as part of the summer Epsom Live nights. Twenty-one singles, seven albums, twenty-five million record sales, hundreds of gigs and five number one UK albums later, their place in history has been confirmed. The band will take to the stage shortly after the last race, at approximately 9pm. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a lovely summer evening with racing and live music.

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Parisiene Dining-Zedel Brasserie, Piccadilly

Thursday 31st July 2014 20 Sherwood Street, Piccadilly, London (W1F 7ED) Ask for the Spice Table from 7pm £28 Member, £30 Guest Includes: 2 Course Dinner, Service charge and Spice host Extras: Drinks

Join us for a delightful evening at the Parisian Brasserie Zedel near Piccadilly. This Art Decor Brasserie offers a French style dining which will transport you back to the opulent days of the 1920’s and 30’s. The Brasserie was once part of The Regent Palace Hotel which was built in 1915 and has the opulence and scale of a transatlantic liner. Tonight we will be dining from a two course menu offering some traditional French favourites.

Spice U40 - Latin Krazy Salsa with Tapas

Date: Thursday 31st July 2014 Place: Bar Salsa, 96 Charing Cross Rd, London (WC2H 0JG) ask for Spice table from 7pm Cost: £22 Member Class + Tapas, Includes: a share of some Tapas Platters, 1 hour Salsa Lesson and entry to Salsa Club Tonight Spice Under 40’s are visiting “London’s Number 1 Latin Live Music Venue” for an evening of Tapas and Salsa with Latin Krazy! We are meeting at 7pm for a drink in the bar and to take advantage of the happy hour. From 7.30-8.30pm we will be taking part in a Salsa class – choose from Beginners, Improvers or Intermediates. After the class we will be sharing some platters of Tapas.


Walking Weekend - The Peak District

Date: Fri 1st Aug 2014 - Sun 3rd Aug 2014 Place: Hollin hall Country House Hotel, Bolling (SK10 5BG) Arrive from 4.00pm Meal at 8.00pm Cost: £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 night's B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 days guided walking Walkwise Overview: During this weekend we will be exploring the extreme western edge of the Peak District National Park which accentuates the exciting and beautiful scenery of what is known as the ‘Dark Peak’ area. This fascinating area is typified by a large area of sparsely settled undulating high grit-stone plateaus and edges rising to nearly 2000ft . These edges, in turn give way to transitional habitats such as scrub and rush pastures which form mosaics connecting the open moors to steep-sided wooded clough’s lined with oak-birch woodland down to the valleys and farmland. With excellent walks and a good standard of accommodation we shall enjoy another memorable weekend. The WalkWise Walking Programme: An excellent centre for accessing the quieter western side of the Peaks. The highlights are limitless and you’ll encounter a patchwork of brooks, valleys, farmsteads and hills overlooked by a myriad of steep sided Gritstone edges that are part of the makeup of the Peak District National Park. WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides Accommodation: Hollin Hall is an elegant three star Country House Hotel and restaurant, set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, nestling in the foothills of the Peak District.

Archaeological Zoo - Behind the Scenes

Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014 Place: 46 Eagle Wharf Road, Hackney, London (N1 7ED) Mortimer Wheeler House Entrance at 1:45pm Cost: £12 Includes: Ticket Entry to Archaeology Archive, booking Fee and Spice Host Join us for a “Behind the Scenes” tour at the Museum of London Archaeological Archive in Hackney. The theme of the Tour is the Archaeological Zoo where the behind the scenes tours looks at lions, tigers and bears!! Discover some of the wild and wonderful zoological items in store at the archaeological archive, from beastly bones and skulls to ceramics, metals and mammalian miscellanea. This is a fascinating insight and a rare opportunity to have access to the Archives which are normally closed to the general public. The tour lasts for an hour and a half.

Dinner Shuffle Guildford-Angel Dining Rooms

Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014 Place: 91 High Street, Guildford (GU1 3DP) Angel Dining Rooms - Spice Table at 7:30pm Cost: £36.50 Includes: 3 Course Shuffle Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Join us tonight at the Angel Dining Rooms in Guildford, housed in what was once the ballroom of one of Guildford’s many historical buildings. The rooms make the most of the period features of what is a stunning building, accentuating the glorious coving and opulent high ceilings, typical for a building of this age. At the same time the contemporary furnishings, intelligent lighting and modern cuisine demonstrates their love of the 21st century too. Here we’ll be having a three course shuffle meal and will move around after each course to help you socialise with ease. It’s a great way to really get to know other Spice members so do join us!

Spice Dines San Lorenzo Wimbledon

Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014 Place: 38 Wimbledon Hill, Wimbledon (SW19 7PA) Spice Table 7:30pm Cost: £26.50 Includes: 2 Course Set Menu, Service Charge and Spice Host Extras: Drinks Tonight we are dining at the popular San Lorenzo restaurant in Wimbledon. San Lorenzo’s is a family run restaurant and has become one of the restaurants in Wimbledon frequented by many tennis stars! The San Lorenzo style of cuisine is Tuscan and we are having a two course meal offering us some tasty Italian Pasta and Pizza dishes. For the main courses there is a selection of Classico Italian Pasta and Pizza dishes which San Lorenzo’s have been serving for many years and are popular favourites. All sauces, breads and the yummy desserts are hand-made on the premises so we are in for a treat. As this is a very popular busy restaurant early bookings are recommended as we have to secure our table many weeks in advance.

Supper and Social in Soho at Carom

Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014 Place: 100 Wardour Street, London (W1F 0TN) Spice Table at 7pm Cost: £23 Member, £26 Guest Includes: Glass of Wine, 2 Course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks In the heart of Soho, Carom is a fabulous venue that serves authentic pan-Indian cuisine and has an exciting and innovative cocktail list. Tonight we have a fabulous deal where we’ll be enjoying a 2 course meal and a glass of wine. It’s a great evening to get together with other Spice members in the area and socialise in relaxed surrounding while enjoying a good meal.


Tour of Wimbledon Tennis / Museum

Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014 Place: LTA, Church Road, Wimbledon (SW19) Gate 4, Wimbledon LTA at 1pm Cost: £27 Includes: tour with Wimbledon guide + booking fee Join us today at this fascinating tour which takes us behinds the scenes of the world famous Wimbledon. The Tour begins by passing through the Tea Lawn on the way to the statue honouring Fred Perry, the last British player to win the Gentleman’s Singles Championship. Next is No. 1 Court, which is one of Wimbledon’s show courts, it is the perfect complement to historic Centre Court and provides the ultimate experience for players and spectators alike. Walk up the affectionately named ‘Henman Hill’ or “Murray Mount” to the spectacular Water Gardens, which feature a breathtaking view of Central London. The Millennium Building is reserved for players and members of the press during the tournament, and Club Members year round. The tour enters through the Players’ Entrance and features the International Press Room, a perfect photo opportunity where participants can sit behind the players’ table and imagine being interviewed by the awaiting media. The tour finishes at the world-famous Centre Court which gives a splendid vantage point from which to absorb that special Wimbledon atmosphere.

Live Flamenco Music at Ronnie Scotts

Date: Sunday 3rd August 2014 Place: 47 Frith Street, Soho, London (W1D4HT) Ronnies Bar Upstairs at 7:45pm Cost: £22 Member, £25 Guest Includes: Music Ticket, Sharing Platters, Service Charge and Spice Host Extras: Drinks Join us for a Sunday night at Ronnie’s Bar for London’s hottest night of flamenco inspired live music and dancing. Scheduled to play are Espana on Fire. They will immerse you in the Spanish culture with the raw power of Flamenco dance, intensity of music, powerful guitar sound and the rhythm of the footwork and castanets. There will be sharing platters served around 8.00pm. This is Flamenco music at its best so sit back and chill. After the main show you are very welcome to have a go at flamenco dancing, no previous experience required.

Secrets of the Southbank with Ian Jelf

Date: Sunday 3rd August 2014 Place: 110 Westminster Bridge Rd, London (SE1 7XG) Outside Lambeth North Underground from 2pm to 4pm Cost: £15 Member, £18 Guest Includes: 2 hour tour with Ian Jelf The South Bank has really become famous and well-visited in the last few years but there are still some parts of it which are secret and off the beaten track and this is the walk to find out just where! Pottery, stone, sheep and even funerals all get a look in and we’ll be getting some of the best views of the Thames and “iconic London” from time to time as well. We begin outside Lambeth North station and finish nearby a couple of hours later where we can head off for some.

Sunday Brunch & Jazz - The Wharf

Date: Sunday 3rd August 2014 Place: 22 Manor Road, Teddington, Middlesex (TW11 8BG) Spice Table at 12:30pm Cost: £32 2 courses, £35 3 courses Includes 2 or 3 course meal + service + jazz The Wharf is a contemporary restaurant in Teddington offering an eclectic mix of modern European cuisine with some vibrant Asian influences, in a stunning location overlooking the River Thames. Today we are going to be enjoying great food and we can relax to the sounds of Tracy Ray & the Mojos. They play a vibrant mixture of blues and jazz – drawing on songs from Nina Simone, Memphis Minnie, Ruth Brown and other great artists. Tracy is a regular on the London jazz scene.

Sunday Lunch & stroll Belvedere Holland Park

Date: Sunday 3rd August 2014 Place: Holland Park Cafe, Holland Park, London (W8 6LU) Inside Café from 12:45pm Cost: £37 Member, Includes: Stroll around Holland Park and three Course Lunch Extras: Drinks Join us for a delightful morning stroll around Holland Park then a delicious three course lunch at the historic Belvedere Restaurant in the Park. Dating back to 17th century, The Belvedere Restaurant was once the Summer Ballroom to the Jacobsen mansion that was Holland House. It stands, not only in the middle of London's most beautiful park, Holland Park, but in one of the capital's most fashionable areas. It offers an oasis of tranquillity, surrounded by lawns, stunning flower gardens, and a picturesque fountain, yet is conveniently located only minutes away from the buzz of High street Kensington and Notting Hill. After a dramatic redesign by David Collins, The Belvedere has been re-launched to much acclaim and now offers superb cuisine in a unique location. We will start with an easy stroll around Holland Park where you can see the Japanese Kyoto garden, shrubberies and lawns (about 1 hr long). We will end our stroll at the Belvedere Restaurant for a three course Sunday lunch on the late sitting at 14.30 and enjoy a relaxed lunch.


Italian Vermouth Tasting Masterclass

Date: Tuesday 5th August 2014 Place: Mele e Pere, 46 Brewer Street, London (W1F 9TF) Ask for Spice group on arrival meet at 6:30pm Cost: £20 Member Includes: vermouth tasting master class, sharing plates and Spice host Mele e Pere is a family owned Italian Trattoria with a difference. Not only do they have a vermouth bar but they make their own vermouths too. Usually associated with the 1970s vermouths are suddenly back in fashion. Ed Scothern, vermouthier and sommellier at Mele e Pere will host this tasting revealing some of the secrets to their homemade vermouths. See how they blend the dry citrus-based white, herbaceous bitter red and their sweet apricot and peach dessert varieties. Taste and compare them to a selection of branded vermouths and enjoy them in the original cocktail recipes. There is also the opportunity to have a go at making your own vermouth. The cost includes sharing plates such as spicy Ascolana olives, deep fried squid with smoked aioli and San Daniele ham. Date: Place: Cost:

Regents Park Theatre - Porgy and Bess

Wednesday 6th August 2014 Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, London (NW1 4NR) At entrance - Spice sign 7pm £47 Includes: Ticket in excellent seats in the lower tier row D, booking fee & Spice Host. Meet your Spice host at the entrance as we go to the bar for a pre-show drink before going to our seats. A powerful story of love and betrayal, the Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS is celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre. Last few tickets.

Croydon Beginners Wine Tasting-Laithwaites

Date: Thursday 7th August 2014 Place: 417 Brighton Road, South Croydon (CR2 6EU) Laithwaites inside shop at 7pm Cost: £15 Includes: Tutored Beginners Wine Tasting New to wine; or keen to learn more? Laithwaites friendly trained wine advisors will take you through a range of red and white wines from around the world that will help you learn all about the basics and differences between each grape variety and regions. Why is DOCG so significant? What does the label tell me about the wine I am about to drink? Who says I can't drink port with Dover Sole? If you can understand the symbols and information on a wine bottle then you're half way to ensuring you'll choose the right wine to go with your evening meal and that you'll never have a bad bottle again.

Swing, Motown and Dinner at Sarastros

Date: Thursday 7th August 2014 Place: Sarastros, 126 Drury Lane, London (WC2B 5SU) Spice Table at 7:30pm Cost: £42.50 Includes: 3 Course Dinner, Live Music and Spice Host Extras: Drinks Sarastro, named for a character in Mozart’s Magic Flute is known as ‘the show after the show’. The restaurant in Drury Lane is a rich tapestry of flamboyant artwork, gilt furniture and wall mounted opera boxes which provide a spectacular view of the interior. On Thursday evenings Sarastro’s has a live Swing and Motown evening performed by Colin Roy singing classics by legends such as Frank Sinatra, the Drifters, The Temptations and Lionel Richie. This is a great evening so come and join us. We will be having a special Cabaret menu. Why not treat yourself – you know you deserve it.

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Ascot - Shergar Cup AND Live Concert

Saturday 9th August 2014 Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire (SL5 7JX) Final details will be sent out from 12:30pm to 8:15pm £49.40 Ticket + Afternoon tea, £27.50 Ticket only, Includes Entrance to Grandstand, Horse Racing followed by live Music Concert, afternoon tea Spice Host. We cannot issue refunds unless we are able to resell your ticket. If you arrive late we will leave your ticket at the box office for collection. Host details and contact number will be emailed out prior to the event. EXCITING, EXHILARATING, UNIQUE - just three of the words used to describe our day out at Ascot. The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is the only team competition in horse racing and promises to set the pulses racing once again this year as the very best jockeys from all over the world compete over 6 races for the trophy. The horse racing is followed by a live concert in the Old Paddock, with a “poptastic” line up of original acts. The concert this year is being hosted by Vernon Kaye and the acts are Stars of the Commitments, Scouting for Girls, Chesney Hawkes, B*witched and Bjorn Again so a great end to the day’s racing is guaranteed. We have an optional afternoon tea in a private room with a selection of sandwiches and cakes. Our Afternoon tea will be served at 3.45pm and we will have access to our room from 3.30pm until 5.30pm. There will be a bar and tote betting facilities whilst we are having our afternoon tea.


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Ascot Races Live Concert + 1 or 2 nights Hotel

2 nights: Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 1 night: Sat 9th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 Hilton Hotel, Bagshot Road, Bracknell (RG12 0QJ) from 10:30am 2 nights: £209 Twin Share, £265 Single 1 night: £159 Twin Share, £189 Single Hilton Hotel Bagshot Road, Bracknell (RG12 0QJ) Arrive from 3.00p.m.

Includes: 1 or 2 nights Luxury Hotel Accommodation, Welcome Drink, 1 or 2 breakfasts including Bucks Fizz on day of Races, Evening Meal on Saturday, Grandstand ticket to Ascot Dubai Shergar Cup and Live Concert, Transfer to Ascot from hotel (return), Use of leisure facilities at hotel (indoor pool, sauna & gym) Guided walk in Windsor Park on Sunday services of Spice Host throughout This is an exciting social weekend incorporating two classic days out. On the Saturday we have a day at Ascot Races followed by a concert on the Old Paddock Lawns and on the Sunday a day in Windsor including a guided walk. We stay at a lovely Hilton Bracknell Hotel situated just 4 miles from Ascot and a short drive from Windsor. The itinerary for the weekend is. For those booking 2 nights arrive on Friday anytime from 3.00pm. We will meet for drinks in the hotel bar and we will go for a short stroll to a local pub for some supper. Our table is booked for 8.00p.m. Saturday Enjoy a Bucks Fizz breakfast at the hotel before we leave for Ascot (transfer to and from Ascot included in our price). For those booking 1 night join us after breakfast (10:30am) leave your bags and meet the other Spice members before our transfer to Ascot. This is a popular day at Ascot and the race meeting is The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. After our day at the races we will be picked up and transferred back to our hotel. We will meet again in the bar for a drink before we sit down to a 3 course (buffet or plated) dinner. On Sunday you have the choice of discovering Windsor, a great town in its own right and of course the castle is always worth a visit. Alternatively you can join us on a guided walk taking you around Windsor and heading into the Park. Accommodation: The Hilton Bracknell Hotel has rooms decorated in cool tones and comes with bathroom amenities, tea/coffee making facilities and TV. Our package includes use of all the leisure facilities at the hotel such as the indoor pool, sauna and gym. There is also free car parking. Date: Place: Cost:

Bristol Balloon Fiesta Weekend

Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 Regency Hotel, St Paul's Rd, Bristol (BS8 1LR) Arrive from 4.00pm £175 Twin Share, £216 Single, Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, 2 Course lunch on Saturday, International Balloon Fiesta, City Docks Packet Boat Cruise + Spice Host throughout the weekend. th This year, Bristol will play host to Europe’s largest ballooning event for the 36 time. In this amazing spectacle over 150 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and light up the skies at night with evening glows. It’s something everyone has to see at least once in a lifetime! The event features colourful hot-air balloon displays, attracting over half a million visitors to the scenic grounds of Ashton Court. Balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the City of Bristol as well as taking part in various ballooning competitions including who can reach the furthest point in a set time or landing challenges. Famous for its Balloon Ascents and Nightglows, each morning and evening at 6.00am the hot air balloons take to the sky in a riot of colour as the sun rises. Accommodation: We stay in the lovely Regency Hotel, ideally situated in Clifton and is within walking distance of the City's main attractions. All rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, free WiFi and Freeview TV. Itinerary for the Weekend can be found on our website.

VIP Dinner, Cinema at Kensington Palace

Date: Friday 8th August 2014 Place: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens (W8 4PX) At the Entrance to the Orangery at 6:45pm Cost: £52 Includes: VIP 2 Course Dinner in the Orangery, glass of bubbly, luxury seat on Terrace of Orangery to watch The Great Gatsby, service charge, booking fee and Spice Host Extras: Additional drinks We have a great summer night planned - we have VIP tickets for Dinner and the Open Air Cinema at Kensington Palace. Our VIP Kensington Palace package includes a delicious two course Dinner with a glass of bubbly in the Kensington Palace Orangery Restaurant then you will watch The Great Gatsby movie from the comfort of your luxury outdoor seating on the Orangery Terrace with a wonderful view of the Screen. The Great Gatsby is the perfect film to watch against the Backdrop of Kensington Palace. The film is set at the height of the “Roaring Twenties” and it follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the Spring of 1922 in New York. It shows the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.........The film won both Best Production design and Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards. The immaculate gardens, in front of the famous Orangery of Kensington Palace, make the ultimate setting for cinema under the stars. Set in Kensington Gardens in the heart of London, the palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th Century


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Cycling Weekend - New Forest

Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire (SO43 7NL) Lyndhurst Park Hotel £195 Twin Share, £240 Single, £35 Bike Hire Includes two nights hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 1 evening meal (3 courses) on Saturday, 2 days fully guided cycling We have linked up with Graham Hills who organises our Bike day rides for a cycling weekend in the New Forest. We will spend two days and nights in this historic National Park. We will cycle through unenclosed pasture land amongst the iconic miniature ponies. Take in the forest, rivers and the coast on this varied and beautiful part of the country. This will be a great weekend to relax, indulge and have some fun. Over the weekend we will be covering a reasonable distance on mainly flat forest gravel track and quiet country roads. There will be about 3 hours cycling each day at a slow pace. We will be staying in the town of Lyndhurst, in the highly rated Lyndhurst Park Hotel. Cross the road and you are straight into the New Forest, take a stroll up the road to Lyndhurst village where you will find the New Forest Museum and Visitor Centre as well as a variety of shops. The restaurant serves dishes sourced from local produce wherever possible. The price is based on a twin share room and we also have a couple of single rooms (subject to availability.

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Edinburgh Festival Weekend 1

Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Rd, Edin (EH16 5BQ) Arrive from 2.00p.m. £170 Member Twin Share, £245 Member Single, Includes: 2 Nights’ Accommodation in Single/Twin/Double ensuite rooms, (well furnished with spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat) in the excellent Chancellors Court or John Burnett House.2 Fantastic Full Scottish Buffet Breakfasts, Saturday 1.5 Hour Guided Tour of the Royal Mile (Castle to John Knox House, Spectacular Arthur’s Seat Walk, Coordinators Throughout, Friday Night Welcome followed by Fringe Act Ticket, Option to purchase a Saturday night Ticket for the astonishing Edinburgh International Military Tattoo with spectacular end of show fireworks – the hottest ticket in town! An opportunity to book superb extras such as Merv Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe, Saturday Dinner at Merchants, the Festival Farewell Lunch plus lots more…. It’s that time of year when the world’s biggest and best comedy, music and arts festival takes place in Edinburgh making the city the most vibrant venue on the planet. This is one of the world’s great spectacles and should be on every ones ‘to do before I die list’. It’s so good you’ll want to come back again and again. The Edinburgh Fringe promises to be bigger and better than ever with star names appearing for your enjoyment along with some new undiscovered talent. Walk the Royal Mile absorbing the atmosphere with music and song all around you, it’s a real carnival.

Vintage Soho Walk + Supper - The 1950's

Date: Friday 8th August 2014 Place: Corner Great Newport Street & St Martin's Lane (WC2H 7AB) Agatha Christie Memorial - Spice Sign at 6:30pm Cost: £28 Includes: Guided 1950's Soho Walk, Main Course, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks In 1950's Soho, before the start of the "swinging sixties", there were creative forces at work building the foundations for the decade that followed. If you weren't aware before, then by the end of this walk Barrie is sure you'll agree that to have been part of the "Soho crowd" in the 1950's must have been very intoxicating in those austere times. On the walk, Barrie will tell you about the first jazz clubs and coffee bars, the strip joints and the drinking dens. After our walk, we’ll head off to Bella Italia here we’ll have a main course with crisp traditional pizzas or generous bowls of steaming hot pasta on offer, giving us a lovely opportunity to socialise over a meal.

Aerial Adventure Park and Zip Wires - Herts

Date: Saturday 9th August 2014 Place: Westmill Farm, Ware, Herts (SG12 0ES) Top Events GB - Spice Sign from 12:45pm to 3pm Cost: £32 Member, £34 Guest Join us today at Wesmill Farm in Ware, Herts for an exciting aerial adventure! This aerial adventure park is a mightily impressive construction. It overlooks the river Rib valley and has over 50 individual elements on 3 levels of difficulty and 5 zips (including the region's longest zip ride - the BIG ZIP). Face the challenge of either the North or South course! Everyone wears a full body harness and helmet and has to complete the lower level induction to ensure safety competence before venturing upwards. In order to offer a really challenging and involving experience everyone has to clip on and clip off at the junction between each element. However, the innovative Klipa safety system used, ensures that this is done in safety by preventing detachment first!


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Malvern Hills Easy Walking Weekend

Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 Great Malvern, Worcestershire (WR14 3ET) The Abbey Hotel - Arrive from 4.00p.m. £199 Twin Share, £239 Single Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 days of guided walking The area: The Malvern Hills dramatically rise out of the landscape dividing the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire with the rolling hills and fields of Herefordshire to the West and the flatter plains of the Severn Valley to the East. The Malvern Hills have many springs and fountains flowing from outlets all around them, and we visit St Ann's Well on one of our walks. The Malverns offer excellent opportunities for walking over undulating countryside with pretty hamlets and villages. Accommodation: We will be staying in the Abbey Hotel, a three star Sarova hotel right in the centre of Great Malvern All rooms are en suite and the hotel has a bar and comfortable lounge with great views and beautiful gardens. Walking: The walks on each day will be around 7-9 miles rewarded with great views over the Worcestershire countryside and beyond. The walks led by Jackie from Ventura are at a relaxed pace to take in the fantastic views and probably take in a teashop. The weekend is designed to be flexible and fun and rest assured we would tailor the programme to suit the conditions and the group.

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Malvern Hills Luxury Photography Weekend

Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 Great Malvern, Worcestershire (WR14 3ET) The Abbey Hotel - Arrive from 2.00p.m £215 Twin Share, £259 Single Includes: 2 night's dinner, bed and breakfast, 2 picnic lunches, 2 days of photographic tuition The area: The Malvern Hills are a range of ancient rocks of pre-Cambrian age (at least 650 million years old). The hills dramatically rise out of the landscape dividing the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire with the rolling hills and fields of Herefordshire to the West and the flatter plains of the Severn Valley to the East. Accommodation: We will be staying in the Abbey Hotel, a three star Sarova hotel right in the centre of Great Malvern all rooms are en suite and have the usual facilities. The hotel has a bar and comfortable lounge with great views and beautiful gardens. Photography: The trip is open to all photographers however it is particularly designed for those just starting out with their digital or film SLR camera or those wanting to improve their skills with their SLR or compact camera. We will make the most of the numerous photographic opportunities that the Malvern Hills have to offer. Note; this trip does involve some walking.

Walking Weekend - South Devon Coast

Date: Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Mon 11th Aug 2014 Place: Passage House Hotel, Newton Abbot (TQ12 3QH) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00pm. Cost: £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 night's B&B, picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 days guided walking Walkwise Overview: The stunningly rugged and beautiful South Devon coastline is some of England’s finest and this alone is more than enough reason to visit. Hidden along the coast are secluded sandy bays, rocky headlands, quaint fishing hamlets, towering cliffs all lapped by the inviting Mediterranean blue waters. We will visit picturesque villages, enjoy the hospitality of the inviting cafes and country inns! WalkWise Walking Programme: With over 130 miles of coastline, most of which either faces the sun or is sheltered from prevailing winds by the great shoulder of Dartmoor, South Devon has one of the finest coasts in England. Scattered along the coast are towering cliffs, broad sandy bays, craggy coves, rock stacks, sea arches, deep wooded estuaries, Accommodation: Passage house hotel blends modern facilities with old world charm to offer everything you would expect from a modern hotel in a simply stunning setting. The hotel has its very own 17th Century Inn in its own its idlyic riverside setting.

Walking Weekend Snowdon Summit

Date: Fri 8th Aug 2014 - Sun 10th Aug 2014 Place: Royal Goat Hotel. Beddgelert, Wales (LL55 4YE) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. Cost: £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 night's B&B hotel, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals, 2 days guided walks Walkwise Overview: The Royal Goat, a cracking hotel, located in the charming village of Beddgelert and set in the heart of Snowdonia! The WalkWise Walking Programme: The proliferation of perfect routes centered in this area is unilaterally unsurpassed. There are so many amazing mountains to attain and each one has numerous routes up and around them. The area is stunning for absolutely all levels of walks too! Accommodation: The enchanting village of Beddgelert is just a perfect location to set out on a walking weekend. Set around a delightful stone bridge and a rousing river it has an eclectic range of bars, tea and interesting craft shops. Located literally just a minute’s walk from the centre of Beddgelert is our excellent 3 star hotel the Royal Goat.


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British Music Experience + Lunch at the O2

Saturday 9th August 2014 The O2 Bubble, Peninsula Square, London (SE10 0DX) Entrance to The British Music Experience at 11am £32 Ticket & Lunch, £18 Ticket Only Includes: Entrance to the British Music Experience, All You Can Eat Buffet, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks If you’re looking for a way to impress your friends with your music knowledge, then look no further than The British Music Experience. It’s an innovative slice of British contemporary music history with everything you could want to know about our music from the past 60 years and how we’ll be listening to music in the future. If you can’t get enough of the likes of Guitar Hero or The Beatles: Rock Band then this could be the exhibition for you. It's all very interactive and your ticket is a 'smart ticket'. This means you touch it on sensor points to access information about the exhibits and you can choose to download the information to view later via your personal space on the BME website. After visiting the experience, we’ll go to Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar in the O2, Millenium Way and will enjoy a buffet lunch where we can pick from a variety of world foods ranging from Chinese to Italian. It’s a great opportunity to chat about the experience and cringe/gloat over the various videos you’ve made.

Buckingham Palace Tour + Afternoon Tea

Date: Saturday 9th August 2014 Place: Buckingham Palace Road, London (SW1A 1AA) Tour entrance on Buckingham Palace Rd from 12:15pm Cost: £48.50 Entrance + Tea Includes: tour audio guide & afternoon tea at the 5 star Royal Horseguards Hotel Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham. Today the State Rooms are used extensively by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. During August and September when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace’s nineteen State Rooms are open to visitors. The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection – paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude; sculpture by Canova and Chantrey; exquisite examples of Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

Fabulous Roof Garden Social and Disco

Date: Saturday 9th August 2014 Place: 13 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London (W1T 1DP) Elysee Roof Garden Spice Table at 7pm Cost: £29.99 Includes: Sharing Meza, supper Service, Spice Host at Extras: Drinks In London’s fashionable Fitzrovia, where outside spaces come at a premium, the Elysee roof garden is the pièce de résistance and one of London’s best party venues. This is not only London’s oldest Greek restaurant, it also has the reputation of being the ‘place to party’ attracting big screen stars, artists, writers and members of the British and Greek royal families back in the 1930’s and 40’s. Since its re-opening in 2010, the Elysée is proving it’s still a favourite haunt for those who enjoy the finer things in life. In The sheer decadence of the 700 square foot garden we’ll be enjoying some sharing mezes from the Greekinspired Mediterranean menu while chilling out on the roof. After 11.00 it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away as the resident DJ takes over the night. Please note you must arrive at the time stated and certainly before 10pm otherwise there is a cover charge on the door.

Spice U40 Jamie Olivers - Piccadilly

Date: Saturday 9th August 2014 Place: 17-19 Denman Street, Piccadilly, London (WC1D 7HW) Ask for the Spice Table from 7:30pm Cost: £27 Includes: 2 Course menu (Starter and main course), Service Charge, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Inspired by his passion for Italy, Jamie’s offers authentic, affordable and great quality Italian food. We will be having a two course meal, which includes a starter and main course. Why not join us?

Blast along Beachy Head on a RIB

Date: Sunday 10th August 2014 Place: Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, Sussex (BN23 6JH) Final details will be emailed 12.00start Cost: £28.50 Includes: 2 hour RIB boat ride round Beachy Head & Seven Sisters + booking fee This boat trip is wild, fantastic fun and an extravaganza not to be forgotten. Why not treat yourself, you know you deserve it! Our interactive cruise is onboard a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (R.H.I.B.), designed to allow us to get close to the stunning coastal scenery of the South Downs National Park. The professionally guided voyage will stop at points of interest and your guide will talk to you about the maritime heritage and geology of this fascinating coast.


Guided Stroll South Hanningfield, Essex

Date: Sunday 10th August 2014 Place: South Hanningfield, Rd, Sth Hanningfield (CM3 8HT) The Old Windmill Pub Car Park at 11:30am Cost: £7.50 Includes: Guided Stroll This is an easy 4 mile circular stroll starting in South Hanningfield not far from Chelmsford. The walk passes through varied wood, fields and lovely countryside and passes by the Hanningfield Reservoir. The walk is mainly flat with some very gradual climbs and descents. We will be starting and finishing at The Old Windmill Pub where we have been given permission to park cars in the pub car park. This is a delightful area for this leisurely walk returning to the pub for a late Sunday Lunch (members own cost).

Outdoor Archery - Hertfordshire

Date: Sunday 10th August 2014 Place: Westmill Farm, Westmill Road, Ware (SG12 0ES) Top Events - Spice Sign at 2:15pm Cost: £30 Includes: 1 Hour Archery Experience, All Equipment, Spice Host If you’ve ever fancied being William Tell or Robin Hood then this is the place to start! This target archery session is a great introduction to archery and may set you on the path to more serious involvement in the sport. There is absolutely no experience needed at all as our instructors will do a great job of teaching you all you need to know in order to hit the target! We’ll be shooting ‘bare bow style’ (no sights), with modern recurve bows and alloy arrows, which will be appropriately matched to your height and size. The session will start with a beginner’s safety briefing so everyone is fully aware of the environment and how to behave on the archery range.

Photographic Walk - Bermondsey

Date: Sunday 10th August 2014 Place: Outside Canada Water Tube Station, London (SE16 7BB) Outside Circular exit Canada Water at 1:30pm Cost: £39 Includes: Photographic Walk with tutor Ian Hardy We have organised another photographic walking tour with Ian Hardy from Photo Walks of London. On this tour we are heading off to explore Bermondsey and Rotherhithe on the South side of the Thames. This photographic tour is a great way to see this beautiful, vibrant part of East London with the opportunity to practice creating great shots. The walk covers a variety of Britain and American History. This tour is gauged for photographers who have a basic understanding of their camera and use a camera that can shoot in the manual mode.

Pub + Food Themed Walthamstow Wander

Date: Sunday 10th August 2014 Place: Walthamstow Libary, High Street, London (E17 7JN) At entrance - Spice sign from 12pm to 2pm Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest Includes: 2 hour guided tour with Jo Moncrieff There’s so much more to Walthamstow than just the Market. Its history is not what you might think either but the grand tombs in St Mary's Church offer a bit of a clue! Professional guide and lifelong Waltham Forest resident Joanna Moncrieff will take you on an exploration of 3 distinct areas of Walthamstow on this mainly food & drink themed walk. Hear how Walthamstow’s pubs have evolved over time & discover traces of food shops & off licences which used to pepper the neighbourhood. See what impact the coming of the railway had on what was originally a sleepy country town and where commuter houses were built on former watercress beds. Joanna will also be pointing out hidden cafes etc to which you may want to return and the walk will finish in a pub in the picturesque Village area 10 minutes' walk from the tube.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition + Tea

Date: Sunday 10th August 2014 Place: Burlington House, London (W1J 0BD) Royal Academy entrance at 12:45pm Cost: £47 Member with afternoon tea, £17 Exhibition only Includes ticket to Royal Academy exhibition, Afternoon Tea at Fortnum’s and Spice Host What a lovely way to spend a summer’s afternoon, at the Royal Academy of Arts for their Summer Exhibition. This is the world’s largest open art exhibition, and many of the works are for sale, so come on all you budding collectors! This is an annual event which has been held since 1769 as an exhibition ’open to all artists of distinguished merit’ to finance the training of young artists in the Academy Schools. The exhibition attracts around 10,000 works many of which are for sale. We will then go for a delicious Afternoon Tea in the Gallery Restaurant at Fortnum and Mason which includes a selection of sandwiches, cakes, a duo of scones with strawberry preserve and Somerset clotted cream and a pot of Classic Tea. After Tea there will be time to wander around Fortnum’s food halls and floors, a delightful way to round off an afternoon.


Supper + Social - Leatherhead, Surrey

Date: Tuesday 12th August 2014 Place: 38 Bridge Street., Leatherhead, Surrey (KT22 8BZ) The Running Horse - Spice Table at 7:30pm Cost: £15 Member, £17 Guest Includes: 1 Course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks The Running Horse, is one of the oldest buildings and public houses in Leatherhead, Surrey, being built on land owned by the church. It has a characteristic interior, with oak beams and a real fireplace. Situated next to Leatherhead bridge and the river Mole, it is very popular and offers six real ales as well as homemade and locally sourced food. Tonight we’ll be having a one course meal, giving us a chance to catch up with other Spice members in the area and to socialise in relaxed surroundings.

Wine Tasting in St Albans Town Hall

Date: Wednesday 13th August 2014 Place: Town Hall, St Albans, Herts (AL3 5DJ) Entrance to Laithwaites Tasting 6:15pm Cost: £20 Includes: Ticket for Wine Tasting, Spice Host Join us for an informal Wine Tasting hosted by Laithwaites and held at the historic St Albans How Hall in St Albans. This beautiful Grade II listed building in the centre of St Albans is a fantastic setting for a summer evening sampling delicious wine. For the tasting there will be over 30 of Laithwaites favourite wines on show for you to taste in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. You can start with a drop of sparkling wine in a free exclusive tasting glass – which is yours to keep as a souvenir of the evening, then simply pass from table to table at your own pace, enjoying the wines.

Wine Tasting with a difference - Blind Tasting

Date: Wednesday 13th August 2014 Place: Laithwaites, 219 Stoney Street, London (SE1 9AA) Inside Laithwaites shop at 7pm Cost: £25 Includes: Laithwaites tutored Blind Wine Tasting, Selection of nibbles, Spice Host Blind tasting is where you really learn, not only about the defining characteristics of particular wines and grapes, but also your own palette and tastes. You'll be surprised how much you will learn as well as having lots of fun. The last round of wines on the night will be tasted from black glasses, think you can guess the colour? It's not one to be missed. As usual there will be a selection of red and white wines to taste and a blind tasting really gives you the opportunity to taste the different flavours and understand more about the wines you like. A selection of nibbles will be provided.

Kew Palace - Georgian Royal Dining Talk

Date: Thursday 14th August 2014 Place: Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, Richmond (TW9 3AB) Kew Palace details to be emailed at 6:15pm Cost: £17 Member, £20 Guest Includes: Drinks Reception, Ticketed Evening talk at Kew Palace, Spice Host Join us for a unique experience at Kew Palace – “At the Kings Table - Georgian Royal Dining” This exciting evening is being held at Kew Palace in the Royal Kitchens and hosting the talk is Susanne Groom, author of “At the Kings Table”. You will be part of the audience, and at this fascinating evening Susanne Groom will take you into the Royal Kitchens at Kew for a look at lavish royal dining and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the servants who made it all happen.

Friday Night Jazz, Dining + Cocktail Dover St

Date: Friday 15th August 2014 Place: 8-10 Dover Street, Mayfair, London (W1X 3PJ) Ask for Spice Table form 7:10pm Cost: £54 Includes: 4 course meal, Service charge, Sparkling cocktail, Live Music, DJ, Dancing & Spice Host The Dover Street Wine Bar is a feast for all the senses! It is very rare for us to be able to go on a Friday night as it is hugely expensive but we have a special deal for this evening so you need to book very early to secure a place! Dover Street is an up market venue which offers a combination of fine French/European cuisine and nightly live music ranging from Jazz & Blues to Latin & Soul with dancing to a resident DJ until 3.00 am. With a unique atmosphere and excellent restaurant cuisine, it’s a great night out! We start the evening with a lovely 4 course meal with a sparkling cocktail. The Jazz Trio starts at 7.45 so we can enjoy some Jazz as we dine. We have the Spice table from 7.15 to 22.00p.m. and then we will adjourn to the bar and the dance floor.

Spice U40 Comedy Evening London

Date: Friday 15th August 2014 Place: Lulivo, 23 Villiers Street, London (WC2H 7AU) Ask for Spice table from 6:30pm Cost: £26 Includes: Sharing Platters, Service, Comedy Evening Ticket, Booking Fee, Spice Host Extras: Drinks The Spice comedy nights are fun evenings and for this evening we meet beforehand for some Italian sharing platters and get together before heading off to the comedy. We do the supper first so that we can mix and socialise before the comedy to make the evening more fun as a Spice event.


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National Theatre - A Small Family Business

Friday 15th August 2014 Southbank, London (SE1 9PX) Terrace Bar - Level 2 at 6pm £54 Ticket + Meal, £31.50 Ticket only, Includes Ticket, booking fee and Spice host. Early meet for a pre-show supper (optional) We can’t refund on tickets unless we are able to re-sell your ticket for you. Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, is a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed. What if all your in-laws are outlaws? Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-inlaw’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. We are meeting in the Terrace Bar which overlooks the Thames for a pre-show supper.

Welsh Ridge Walking Weekend - Rhinogs

Date: Fri 15th Aug 2014 - Sun 17th Aug 2014 Place: Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) Arrive from 6.00pm Supper at 8.30pm Cost: £135 Sharing, Includes: Friday supper, two nights B&B, packed lunches, 4 course dinner party and guided walks The ridges on our Welsh Ridge Walking are always wide and far from scary so you can concentrate on the views rather than the drops. The Rhinogs include some of the most remote and exhilarating ridge walking available in southern Snowdonia. You won’t find any well-trodden paths or signposts here, this is real wild country. The walk on Saturday will be a full day being about 12 miles in length and rising to a height of 2500 feet at the summit of Y Liethr, which is the highest peak in the Rhinog range. On Sunday we plan to tackle the magnificent Cadair Idris returning via the north east ridge which, at just shy of 3000 feet, is higher than Saturdays climb but is a shorter 6 miles. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this weekend as both days walks will involve ascents with most of the altitude gained in the early part of each day to reach the chosen ridge and hopefully long wonderful traverses with fantastic views until we descend again at the end of the walk. Barry, your guide for both days, is a qualified mountain leader and has walked regularly in this area for over 20years.

Biddenden Vineyard, Lunch and Stroll - Kent

Date: Saturday 16th August 2014 Place: 14 High Street, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent (TN27 8AH) Meet outside Red Lion pub at 11:30am Cost: £18 Includes guided walk, pub lunch, walk in Biddeneden vineyard and wine tasting We are meeting in the lovely village of Biddenden, near Ashford in Kent. The High Street is flanked by half-timbered houses once used for the weaving of cloth and its 13th century grey stone church. We are then going for a 2/3 mile stroll taking us off road on an easy route through the countryside to the north and west of the large village church. We will then stop for a pub lunch in the Red Lion in the village. After lunch we will make our way (car share) to Biddenden Vineyards where we will have a short stroll around the vineyards then sample some of the different wines they produce.

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Shakespeare in London with Ian Jelf

Saturday 16th August 2014 Tower Hill Underground station, London (EC3N 4DJ) At the exit - look for Spice sign from 2pm £15 Member Includes: 2 hour guided tour with Ian Jelf, Blue Badge Guide Millions of people from all over the world associate William Shakespeare with Stratford-uponAvon. Few of them realise, though, that the “Bard of Avon” actually wrote all his plays and achieved his fame and fortune right here in London. Yet apart from the reconstructed Globe Theatre, few Shakespeare sights come to mind here in the capital. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any! This afternoon, we’ll spent about 2 - 2 ½ hours in the company of Ian Jelf finding out many of the more obscure places where Shakespeare lived, played, was inspired and where he managed to get into trouble! Where was the real Globe? What about his lesser-known brother? Did you know that Shakespeare lived in what was effectively a police state? It’s not just “Shakespeare slept here”!

The Beatles, Parklands+ Waterways Walk

Date: Saturday 16th August 2014 Place: Paddington Station, London (W2 1HB) Outside The Mad Bishop + Bear Pub at 12:30pm Cost: £7 Includes: guided 5 mile walk Extras: Cash for drinks at the pub afterwards If you’ve ever wanted to visit the pedestrian crossing made famous by the Beetles, then this is the walk for you. Apart from the Beatles connection, this walk passes Paddington Basin, the Regent’s Canal, Primrose Hill and the adjacent Regents Park. From the view point at the summit of Primrose Hill you see a fantastic view of the ever changing London skyline. The walk is 5 miles long and ends at Great Portland Street Station.


Sizzling Summer BBQ Thames Cruise Party

Date: Saturday 16th August 2014 Place: Central London Pier Westminster Pier 7:30pm to 11:59pm Cost: £42 Includes: hire of King Edward for 4 hour cruise, disco, BBQ supper served on the deck One of our favourite party nights is here again! It’s Summer and time for a great big party and as we have booked one of the most popular boats on the Thames, the King Edward, this is guaranteed to be a fantastic night out. The King Edward is a 5 star cruise boat, spacious and most importantly has 2 large open deck areas. The deck is so big that apparently we can all be on the deck at the same time!! The Spice Summer Party, as a social event, is a MUST DO!. This is a super way to meet up with all the people you have met during the year whether you were eating fire, jumping out of a plane or charging round Center Parcs with them. The King Edward will leave the Pier at 8.00p.m. We will head off on a cruise down the Thames and then it’s your choice what you do – you can watch the London sights go by, boogie the night away to the sounds of the disco or just chat to your friends and enjoy a few drinks. The atmosphere should be brilliant but to help the evening along the theme for this party is BEACHWEAR. Anything goes as long as you think you would wear the outfit on the beach! Summer dresses, Sunglasses, shorts, t-shirts, Hawaiian shirts, baseball caps, flip-flops – absolutely anything will do but the louder and more colourful the better. (The beachwear theme is of course optional). Half way through the evening our BBQ supper will be served on the deck. Our party finishes at midnight returning to the same pier.

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Sizzling Summer Boat Party + 1 night hotel

Sat 16th Aug 2014 - Sun 17th Aug 2014 Grange Strathmore Hotel, 41 Queen's Gate Gardens, London (SW7 5NB) Arrive from 2.00p.m. £110 Party + Twin share, £175 Party + Single, (Deposit £25) Includes: sizzling summer BBQ party and cruise on the River Thames, 1 night stay in 4 star luxury hotel with continental breakfast, Spice host throughout We have added an optional one night stay in a luxury 4 star hotel in London at the Grange Strathmore Hotel for anyone wanting to extend their stay for the Sizzling Summer Boat Party. You can opt for a twin share or a single room and you can arrive from 2.00p.m. The hotel is a fully restored Victorian mansion located a few minutes from South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations.

Tour of Freemason's Hall + Museum + Lunch

Date: Saturday 16th August 2014 Place: 60 Great Queen Street, London (WC2B 5AZ) Entrance to Freemasons Hall - Spice Sign at 10:15am Cost: £23.50 Includes: Tour of the Freemason's Hall, 2 Course Lunch, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Today we’re going on a guided tour of this interesting building and it will last from one a half to two hours. The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII are on display together with examples from the Museum’s extensive collection of prints and engravings, photographs and ephemera. There is also a large collection of items relating to non-Masonic fraternal societies such as the Oddfellows and the Sons of the Phoenix. After our tour we’ll head off to Brasserie Blanc in Covent Garden to enjoy a 2 course meal.

Introduction to NLP

Date: Sunday 17th August 2014 Place: 54 Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith (W6 0LA) Stonemasons Arms - upstairs room 11:30am to 5:30pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest Introduction to NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Develop your communication skills! Ever wanted to achieve rapport really, really quickly….then go onto to influence them? Well NLP gives you the skills to improve the way you talk, behave and use your body language to interact with others successfully. You’ve heard the name – you may have seen the results in someone you know, now is your chance to feel what it’s like! NLP is about modeling excellence, about understanding how to integrate whatever you want to into your life. Come with a characteristic or behaviour of someone that you admire to play with and model during the day. The results can be truly amazing!

Painshill Park stroll + Birds of Prey Display

Date: Sunday 17th August 2014 Place: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey (KT11 1JE) Outside Visitor Centre/shop 11:30am Cost: £14 Includes: Entry Fee to Painshill Park, stroll around the park, Bird of Prey display and Spice Host th This morning we will be taking a leisurely stroll around the stunning Painshill Park set in the beautiful 18 century landscaped gardens. We can visit the restored Follies and Crystal Grotto and enjoy the summer vistas across the lake, shrubberies and parkland. Then between 14.00 and 16.00 we can watch the fantastic Henfield Birds of Prey flying display and discover more about the wonderful world of falconry. This is a great opportunity to see owls, hawks and falcons. We will stop for refreshments during the day at the Painshill Cafe (members own cost). This is a great day out in a beautiful park.


Visit to Chelsea Physic Garden and Lunch

Date: Sunday 17th August 2014 Place: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London (SW3 4HS) Entrance to Chelsea Physic Garden at Time:11:30am Cost: £26 Includes: Entry to Chelsea Physic Garden, 1 Course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Situated in the heart of London, Chelsea Physic Garden has a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. Celebrating the beauty and importance of plants, this ‘hidden gem’ is also a peaceful green oasis in which to enjoy a relaxing stroll and lunch at the Tangerine Dream Café. The Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London and has subsequently became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. After our walk through the garden we will head off to The Tangerine Dream Café which serves a varied menu of seasonal food. Here we will be enjoying a one course meal while taking some time relax and enjoy our day out with Spice members.

Dining with a view of St Pauls - Madisons

Date: Monday 18th August 2014 Place: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls (EC4M 9AF) Madisons - Ask for the Spice Table at 7pm Cost: £26 Includes: 1 Course Dinner, views of St Pauls, Service charge and Spice Host Tonight we are having dinner at Madison Restaurant which is on the Rooftop Shopping Mall of 1 New Change by St Pauls. The terrace and restaurant are directly overlooking the iconic dome of St Paul's Cathedral, with views that are inspiring as they are breathtaking. You feel like you can reach out and touch the Dome it’s so close. Before dinner we can take a stroll on the Rooftop Terrace where you can wander around and take in the wonderful views across London and St Pauls then we will make our way into the Restaurant for dinner. Our one course sample set menu may include dishes such as Fish and Chips, Madison Cheese Burger, Chicken Caesar Salad, Risotto or Wild Mushroom Pasta.

Supper + Social Reigate - Clove Restaurant

Date: Tuesday 19th August 2014 Place: 3 Cage Yard, High Street, Reigate (RH2 9AB) The Cage Wine Bar at 7:30pm Cost: £24.50 Member, £26.50 Guest Includes: 2 Course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Our last Reigate pub social was a great success so we have another evening planned. This social is aimed at anyone in this area to get together for a relaxing social evening. The evening is open to new and long-standing members alike and our host will be there to meet you on arrival. Please try and arrive on time as we are only staying at the Cage Wine Bar till 8.15p.m. before going to the Clove Indian restaurant for supper. We will be having a 2 course Indian meal with a choice of starters and main courses.

Dinner Shuffle - On the River

Date: Wednesday 20th August 2014 Place: Floating Restaurant, Richmond Bridge (TW9 1TM) The Boat - At the Spice tables at 7:15pm Cost: £34 Includes three course shuffle meal + service + Spice host Drinks will be separate and paid for on the night Tonight we are dining out on a 500 year old barge. This is an exciting restaurant nestled on the river just beneath Richmond Bridge and is the perfect spot for watching the world go by. The restaurant is called The Boat and should be easy to spot when you arrive at the river as it is the only floating restaurant on the river. This is a popular restaurant and our numbers are limited due to the size of the boat. Included in the cost of the event, is a 3 course meal with sharing starters, choices of main course and dessert, as well as the service charge, so that you only have to purchase your drinks. We will organise a shuffle so that you can change places after each course to mix and socialise with ease.

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Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Wednesday 20th August 2014 31 Coventry Street, London (W1D 6AS) Prince of Wales Theatre - Main Entrance at 7pm £58 Member Includes: Discounted Ticket in excellent seats in the Stalls row D & E, booking fee & Spice Host. Meet your Spice host at the entrance to the foyer as we go to the bar for a pre-show drink before going to our seats. If you have not arrived by 7.10p.m. your ticket will be at the box office for collection. Sorry we cannot give refunds on tickets unless we can resell your slot. Public Price £72.50 Nine Tony Awards say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, "It's the funniest musical of all time." And The New York Times says, "It's the best musical of this century." The Book of Mormon tells the story of two earnest young Mormon missionaries, Elder Kevin Price and Elder Arnold Cunningham. Dispatched to a small town in Uganda to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints, they’re walloped by culture shock and end up in a showdown with a tyrannical warlord. The duo are forced to confront their own beliefs before they can win the day, not to mention facing off with famine, poverty and AIDS. It may not sound like the stuff of uproarious comedy, but in the hands of spectacularly snarky South Parkers Parker and Stone, that’s exactly what it is.


Bat Walk at Wetlands Centre in London

Date: Thursday 21st August 2014 Place: Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London (SW13 9WT) Car Park of Wetlands Centre from 7:10pm to 10pm Cost: £14 Includes: Admission to Wetlands and Batwalk and Spice Host Join us for a fabulous and unique experience on a Bat walk at the Wildlife London Wetland Centre near Barnes. This is one of the best places to watch bats in London as there are around seven species of bats that hunt across the wetlands. This Guided bat walk gives you the chance not only to see these amazing flying mammals and their astonishing aerial acrobatics, but also learn more about them with a talk by one of the bat experts in the Wetlands theatre before heading out to the reserve. The guide will have some bat detectors to help you identify the species that are swooping around and to listen to them ‘chattering’ as they hunt for food.

Chinese Buffet + Disco, Brentwood, Essex

Date: Friday 22nd August 2014 Place: Ongar Rd, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex (CM15 9SS) Joy Fook Restaurant at 7:30pm Cost: £25 Includes: All you can eat Oriental Buffet, Service charge Spice Host Extras: Drinks Situated in the heart of Essex adjacent to the Bentley golf course, we are told that Joy Fook Chinese Restaurant is the premier Oriental Restaurant in the county! Combining contemporary and traditional Chinese designs, guests can enjoy a wide variety of cuisines from the Far East in the most comfortable surroundings. For this Spice night out, you will be enjoying food from their Oriental Buffet Feast of Far Eastern cuisines with over 50 dishes to choose from. After dinner the DJ will help get the party going playing many popular disco sounds until 12.30am.

Edinburgh Festival Weekend II-Bank Holiday

Date: Fri 22nd Aug 2014 - Mon 25th Aug 2014 Place: Pollock Halls, Holyrood PK Rd, Edinburgh (EH16 5BQ) Arrive from 2.00p.m. Cost: £229 Twin Share, £329 Single, (Deposit £50 Twin Share, £50 Single) It's that time of year when the world's biggest and best comedy, music and arts festival takes place in Edinburgh making the city the most vibrant venue on the planet. This is one of the world's great spectacles and should be on every ones 'to do before I die list'. It's so good you'll want to come back again and again. The Edinburgh Fringe promises to be bigger and better than ever with star names appearing for your enjoyment along with some new undiscovered talent. Walk the Royal Mile absorbing the atmosphere with music and song all around you, it's a real carnival. Visit one of the many whiskey outlets for a taster session from the experts or sit back and relax at one of the many, many Fringe venues scattered throughout the city. In the past 11 years over 1500 Spice members have attended these fantastic weekends, they are, without doubt, one of the highlights of the Spice Year, please book your place NOW! This is a Spice National Event organised and co-ordinated by Spice Scotland Date: Place: Cost:

Walking Weekend Western Cotswolds

Fri 22nd Aug 2014 - Mon 25th Aug 2014 Holiday Inn, Gloucester (GL4 3RX) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £235 Twin Share, £295 Single Includes: 3 night's B&B accommodation, 3 picnic lunches, 3 evening meals, 3 days of guided walking

Walkwise Overview: The Cotswolds Way stretches from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north and the Holiday Inn in Gloucester is ideally placed to allow us to access the central section of this long distance path. Our walks will concentrate on the area north of Stroud and South of Leckhampton. This part of the walk includes some of the most diverse and beautiful countryside in the whole of the Cotswold’s. There is so much to enjoy in its sleepy vales, rolling downlands, hills crowned with ancient hill forts that command enviable views over the surrounding valleys, fairytale woodlands with enchanting glades, not to mention picture perfect villages with welcoming traditional Inns! The WalkWise Walking Programme: The WalkWise guides have been further exploring the area and have found some superb walks for you to enjoy. To allow you to choose a walk that suits you best, WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides Accommodation: The Gloucester-Cheltenham Holiday Inn Hotel has all the facilities you would expect from a modern hotel and the bedrooms are furnished to high standards, with satellite TV, trouser press, air conditioning, hairdryer plus tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a relaxing café-bar and a very comfortable lounge. Should you have any excess energy, or just like to relax and be pampered there is also a leisure club on site. The Leisure Club comes complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna ideal for just relaxing and fully equipped gymnasium in case you have any spare energy!


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Easy Coastal Walking and Chill Out W/e

Fri 22nd Aug 2014 - Mon 25th Aug 2014 Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk (PE31 8DD) Arrive from 4.00p.m £165 Member, £185 Guest Includes 3 Nights’ accommodation in comfortable Spice exclusive hostel, 2 breakfasts (with hot items), 1 Continental breakfast on Monday, option for long or short guided walks on Saturday and Seal Boat trip on Sunday. Fish & Chip lunch & evening supper on Saturday, (BBQ weather permitting) and Sunday evening meal We are returning to Norfolk where we have had some brilliant Bank Holiday weekends. This is a beautiful part of Norfolk and if you have never visited this area you are in for a treat. This weekend is aimed at relaxing, chilling out with some walking, exploring, BBQ’s and socialising thrown in for a great weekend. One of the highlights of the weekend is a boat trip to see the seals and wildlife at Blakeney Point You are guaranteed to see some seals basking on the sandbank, we just don’t know how many! It is worth a visit to Holkham Stately home where you can enjoy afternoon tea and a wander round the grounds. You can stretch your legs along the beautiful Holkham beach where ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was filmed. On Saturday there is a choice of walks, with the option of a long or a short walk, one starting at Burnham Overy Windmill. There is a fun ride on a miniature train, which takes you from the beach into Wells-Next-the-Sea. A visit to Burnham Market is a must with its lovely village green, variety of shops and pubs. We are based at Deepdale Granary, which is a converted 17th Century barn that has been restored in the Norfolk style with exposed beams and wooden floors. There is a large lounge with tea/coffee, biscuits & fruit available throughout the weekend. Upstairs are the themed bedrooms such as Green Moorings, Orange Cockle, Yellow Sea and Nod, which have all been named after buoys in the harbour. There are a total of 18 beds, there are two good sized rooms which hold 6 people then there is one room of 4 and one twin room. The rooming will be allocated on a pot luck basis depending on sex mix and sharing requests. We also have the option to book additional beds in the adjoining hostel. . Date: Place: Cost:

Unique Yurt Experience Weekend - Norfolk

Fri 22nd Aug 2014 - Mon 25th Aug 2014 Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk (PE31 8DD) Directions/Meet details will be emailed £165 Includes 3 Nights’ accommodation in Mongolian Yurt, 2 breakfasts (with hot items), 1 Continental breakfast on Monday, option for long or short guided walks on Saturday and Seal Boat trip on Sunday. Fish & Chip lunch & evening supper on Saturday, (BBQ weather permitting) & Sunday evening meal. We are returning to Norfolk where we have had some st brilliant Bank Holiday weekends. This year for the 1 time we have booked a couple of Yurts which are located on Deepdale Farm. We also have the Granary bunkhouse booked for Spice so although you have the unique experience of staying in a Yurt for the rest of the weekend you will be with the rest of the Spice gang for meals, socialising, walking, BBQ’s and our seal boat trip. This is a beautiful part of Norfolk and if you have never visited this area before you are in for a treat. About the Yurts: When you think of camping what images are conjured up in your mind? Do you see muddy fields, wet clothes, soggy tents and hearty folk with shorts, socks and boots? It doesn't have to be this way with the new genre in luxury, comfortable camping and campsites. There are many new types of posh camping holidays (glamping) and the Authentic Mongolian Yurts are one of them. A yurt, or a Ger as it is known in Mongolia (yurt is a Russian word meaning shanty, so not considered polite!), is a domed home made up of a wooden frame formed by a number of joined wooden lattice walls with a roof made of a central crown with roof poles radiating out and sitting on the top of the walls. The frame is covered in fabric or skins. Our Yurt for the weekend includes a wood burner with fuel and kindling, 4 futons with mattresses (but you need to bring sleeping bags or a duvet and pillow), cushions and throw covers, foldaway chairs and for when it gets dark, a lantern. One of the highlights of the weekend is a boat trip to see the seals and wildlife at Blakeney Point You are guaranteed to see some seals basking on the sandbank, we just don’t know how many! The seal colony is made up of Common and Grey seals. There will be plenty opportunities for photographs before you head back to shore. It is worth a visit to Holkham Stately home where you can enjoy afternoon tea and a wander round the grounds. You can stretch your legs along the beautiful Holkham beach where ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was filmed. On Saturday there is a choice of walks, with the option of a long or a short walk, one starting at Burnham Overy Windmill. There is a fun ride on a miniature train, which takes you from the beach into Wells-Next-the-Sea. A visit to Burnham Market is a must with its lovely village green, variety of shops and pubs.


Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit + Friday Social

Date: Friday 22nd August 2014 Place: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London (EC2 8DS) The Lounge - Ask for the Spice Table at 6:45pm Cost: £34 Includes: Entrance to Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition, Welcome Drinks, Sharing Snacks, Spice Host In the first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, we’re invited to explore Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion world. With his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 40 years. His reputation for witty and daring designs and a ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference has earned him a place in fashion history. This theatrically-staged exhibition brings together more than 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day. We’ll start the evening by meeting in the lounge for a welcome drink and some sharing platters at 6.45pm. Our timed tickets for the exhibition are for 7.30pm, giving us plenty of time to peruse the exhibition. After the exhibition we can meet up at the new pop-up bar, Bar Gaultier decorated with Gaultier furniture by Roche Bobois and enjoy some cocktails together (not included in the price and payable on the night).

Walking Weekend - Llanelli, The Gower

Date: Fri 22nd Aug 2014 - Mon 25th Aug 2014 Place: Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire (SA15 3PJ) rrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m Cost: £235 Twin Share, £295 Single Includes: 3 night's B&B, 3 evening meals, 3 picnic lunches, 3 days of guided walking WalkWise Overview: The spectacular Gower Peninsula has some of the finest coastal scenery in Britain. Indeed the Gower itself is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and with such magnificent sandy bays and picturesque rocky headlands it’s easy to see why. Needless to say we will be walking along this stunning coastline and exploring its many bays, villages and headlands, and if this is not enough we will, be based at the luxurious Diplomat Hotel, with its excellent leisure facilities including saunas, gym, solarium and indoor pool! Plus if you want a relaxing start or end to the trip you could add an extra night and drive home after the rush. The WalkWise Walking Programme: There are no best walks this weekend so whether you head out on the harder or the easier walks you will have a great day ahead WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On each day there will be a harder walk of 10-12 miles and a gentler walk of 7-9 miles. Accommodation: We will be staying in the superbly appointed Best Western Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli, which manages to combine the charm and character of the original building with all the mod cons one would expect today. Date: Place: Cost:

A Night of Terror at Woodchester Mansion

Sat 23rd Aug 2014 - Sun 24th Aug 2014 Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire (GL10 3TS) Woodchester Mansion from 9pm to 4am £59 Includes: Workshop on sensitivity & skills for a successful ghost hunt, Mediumship walk-around with Ian Lawman, Ghost hunting vigils and séances, Refreshments. If you like the idea of spending a night in a haunted house this location is definitely for you... be prepared to encounter the unexpected, unexplained and bizarre! As night falls you will be led down a lonely dirt track, which winds its way through the woods like a black viper searching for its prey. Suddenly! From the mist there appears a mansion that wouldn’t be out of place in a horror film, in fact this Gothic style mansion has been used on a number of occasions for the Hammer House of Horror TV series back in the 40s & 50s. Woodchester Mansion has gained the reputation of being one of the most haunted locations in the UK; on numerous occasions ghostly shadows have been seen walking down the dark intimating corridors. Reports of Poltergeists activity & full apparitions are often reported. The television programme “Most Haunted” featured the house in 2003 & again in 2005 & is one of the favourite locations for the paranormal research & ghost hunting community.

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Bank Holiday Shuffle Meal - London

Saturday 23rd August 2014 Waterloo Bar/Kitchen, 131 Waterloo Road (SE1 8UR) Ask for Spice table from 7:30pm £36.50 Includes 3 three course meal, organised shuffle & service charge Drinks will be separate and paid for on the night Please do not arrive at the restaurant before 7.30p.m. Next door to the Old Vic, the Waterloo Bar and Kitchen is a very popular restaurant with Spice members. For tonight’s Spice meal we bring you a chance to meet lots of new Spice members. There is a twist to evening as we are also having a ‘Dinner Shuffle’ which is our most popular way of Spice dining. We will make up a shuffle for the evening which means that we have you changing places after each course to help you socialise with ease. Our meal this evening will be 3 courses from a special menu being prepared just for Spice. The menu changes each visit but a sample menu is below. Drinks are not included and you pay for these on the evening.


Cocktails + Dinner Thai Square St Albans

Date: Saturday 23rd August 2014 Place: 27 St George Street, St Albans, Herts (AL3 4ES) Thai Square - Meet in Bar at 7pm Cost: £26.95 Includes: 2 course meal, service and Spice host Extras: Drinks and Desserts Tonight we are trying a new restaurant for Spice in St Albans. The 15th century building, formerly the Tudor Tavern has been beautifully restored and features all of the original features. We have a private dining area with round tables which is ideal to socialise with everybody. We will meet first in the bar for a drink or cocktail before dinner, which is optional but I would recommend them as they are delicious! Thai food has become one of the most popular dishes in the UK. The wide selection of exotic dishes are not only very appetizing but highly nutritious. Choose your favourite starter and main course from a wide selection from the menu. Date: Place: Cost:

Houses of Parliament National Gallery Afternoon Tea

Saturday 23rd August 2014 Westminster, London (SW1A 0AA) Tours Entrance from 12:20pm to 5pm £46.50 Entrance + Afternoon tea Includes Blue Badge guided tour and afternoon tea at the National Gallery Dining Rooms An amazing opportunity to visit the most well-known and influential building in Britain! This is an excellent tour led by a Blue Badge guide round the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The tour goes through The Queen’s Robing Room and into the spectacular Royal Gallery and onto The Prince’s Chamber. We then walk into the fascinating House of Lords where you will be able to see the Throne. You leave the House of Lords through Central Lobby and into the House of Commons where you will see the Members Lobby, the Division Lobby and Chamber of the House of Commons. Returning to Central Lobby you will leave the Palace through St Stephens Hall & Westminster Hall. The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes. After our tour is finished we will stroll to the National Gallery for our scrumptious afternoon tea. This includes a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, a selection of freshly made mini pastries, warm fruit scones with Devonshire clotted cream, Peyton and Byrne preserves & freshly brewed tea/coffee of your choice

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Treasure Trail around St Katherines Dock

Saturday 23rd August 2014 Refreshment Van outside Tower Hill Tube (EC3N 4DJ) By Refreshment Van exit Tower Hill Tube at 11am £10 Member, £12 Guest Includes: Organised Treasure Trail and Spice Host Extras: Refreshments

Legend has it that in 1838 the schooner 'Johanna B' went missing en route to London from Africa, laden with gold and precious gems as a gift for the new Queen Victoria. Clues to the whereabouts of the treasure of the Johanna B are scattered in the area around St Katharine Dock and the Tower of London. Your team’s job will be to find the clues, solve them and learn where the cargo was taken? The trail is about 1.5 miles long and you will be in teams of 3 or 4 people. You can stop for refreshments en-route and the trail will end at a pub close to the Tower of London.

Visit to Magnificent Marble Temple + Lunch

Date: Saturday 23rd August 2014 Place: 105 - 119 Brentfield Rd, Neasden, London (NW10 8LD) Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Main Entrance at 11am Cost: £24 Includes: Tour of Temple and Exhibition, 1 Course Meal, Service, Spice Host Join Spice today in a fascinating and interesting visit to Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a beautiful Hindu Temple located in Neasden, north London, popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’. The Mandir is a masterpiece of Indian stonework and craftsmanship, replete with its towering white pinnacles, smooth domes and intricate marble pillars, all based on ancient Vedic principles of art and architecture. Here we will spend some time viewing the exhibition ‘Understanding Hinduism’ which presents the origin, beliefs and contribution of Hindu seers and scholars in the field of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, education and religion. Then, at 11.45am we will proceed into the temple for Murti Darshan, a Hindu religious ceremony wherein lighted lamps are waved before the sacred images in a spirit of humility and gratitude. After the ceremony we head off to the Shayona restaurant within the complex, a contemporary and authentic Indian vegetarian restaurant. We will be having a one course meal and will be choosing between a variety of vegetable curries and other vegetarian delicacies. It’s a great day to immerse yourself in a complete cultural experience.


Figure of Eight Walk, Cudham, Kent

Date: Sunday 24th August 2014 Place: Cudham Lane South, Cudham, Kent (TN14 7QB) Car Park by playing fields (free) at 10am Cost: £5 Includes: guided figure of eight walk Extras: drinks and lunch money at the pub Meet in the free public car park for the playing fields, Cudham Lane South, Cudham, Kent, TN14 7QB (OS Explorer map 147, grid reference TQ 446597), close to the Blacksmiths Arms Pub. Cudham is just east of Biggin Hill. We will depart the walk at 1000 hrs, walking 5.5 miles in the morning via beautiful countryside and Knockholt village, returning to the Blacksmiths Arms Pub (built in 1628) for lunch (at your own cost), or if you prefer, you can bring a picnic to have in the playing fields. The afternoon walk will be 4.5 miles taking in more lovely countryside and the villages of Downe and Luxted. Leader: Linda Richardson Mobile 07917 424622.

Flying Taster Lesson - Elstree, Herts

Date: Sunday 24th August 2014 Place: Elstree Aerodrome, Hoggs Lane, Elstree (WD6 3AW) Flight Training London 10:45am Cost: £105 Pre-Flight Briefing, 30 Minutes Flying Time per person at the controls, Certificate Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered what it was like to weave in-between the clouds? Well now you can, taking the controls of an aeroplane yourself! This is a once in a lifetime experience, not to be missed. After a 20 to 30 minute pre-flight briefing, you’ll take to the sky and the instructors will provide the feeling of complete freedom that flying delivers, while giving you a bird’s eye view on the world around. To top all this up, after expert tuition and under the guidance of the instructors you will take control of the aircraft through a range of manoeuvres that will challenge you both mentally and physically for about 30 minutes. It is a magnificent experience that will leave you yearning for more.

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Leeds Castle Tour + Medieval Festival - Kent

Sunday 24th August 2014 Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent (ME17 1PL) Outside Gift Shop-main entrance – Sign at 11am £28.25 Day Ticket, £33.25 Annual Ticket, Includes: Entrance Fee & Audio Tour of the Castle, Entrance to Medieval Festival, Entrance to Maze & Gardens, Spice Host Extras: Refreshments There's only one way to discover why Lord Conway described Leeds Castle as 'The Loveliest Castle in the World' - and that's to visit it for yourself! Step back in time to view Leeds Castle and have a look at the attractions within the 500 acres of glorious grounds surrounding the castle and its magnificent moat. We will take a self guided audio tour of the Castle and state rooms first built in 1278 and later became the private property of six of England’s medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon! The Medieval Festival is also taking place this weekend staged in the beautiful grounds of the 900-year-old Castle. Then we can take a stroll around the gardens and lake with flowers and foliage abound in the formal gardens This is a delightful way to spend a leisurely day visiting one of the most spectacular castles in the UK.

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Prosecco Brunch - Indigo-One Aldwych Hotel

Sunday 24th August 2014 One Aldwych, Covent Garden, London (WC2B 4BZ) Indigo Restaurant - Ask for Spice table from 12:30pm £56.50 3 Course + Prosecco, £40, 3 Courses only, £50.50 2 Course + Prosecco, £34 2 Courses only Includes: 3 or 2 course menu, Unlimited Prosecco, Service Charge and Spice Host Join us for a delightful Sunday Brunch at Indigo Restaurant at the award winning contemporary luxury five star hotel, One Aldwych near Covent Garden. This hotel is one of The Leading Hotels of the World with five star service with 105 luxurious bedrooms and suites. There is a choice of either a two or three course Brunch from a set Brunch Menu created by Tony Fleming their Executive Chef. His menus are inspired by the best seasonal ingredients, so whether it’s squeezed, seared or steamed, your taste buds will be sizzling.

Fiendish, Fun Tube Map Trail Day - Ian Jelf

Date: Monday 25th August 2014 Place: Lisle Street, Leicester Square, London (WC2H 7BG) Slug & Lettuce - Spice sign on table from 11am to 4:30pm Cost: £29 Includes: full day out with Ian Jelf on organised trail, buffet, clues, prizes Ian Jelf has concocted another fiendish but fun trail around the heart of London, this time inspired by the world-famous London Underground map. With a series of clues to find and a prize to be won, this is how the day works. We meet at 11.00am, to give you a chance to socialise before being put into teams of 3 – 5 people and for Ian to explain what you have to do. Then we set off to find as many clues near (but not in) Tube stations as possible. As ever with Ian’s days out, there’s more to it than that, but all will become apparent on the day! Later, at a predetermined time, you return to our meeting point for a bite to eat, the results and – most important – prize giving before setting off for home. The day includes the organised treasure hunt, a buffet and the clues. Extras include a London Bus/Tube Travelcard (for Zones 1 and 2) which will cover all the clues: we’re not sending you to Hounslow or Upminster!) and you might find a London A-Z or map a distinct advantage!


Spice London Book CLub - August - London

Date: Tuesday 26th August 2014 Place: 22 Fleet Street London (ED4Y 1AA) Ye Old Cock Tavern, Upstairs room from 7pm to 9pm Cost: £9.99 Member, £11.99 Guest Includes: Spice host, choice of sandwich or baguette Do you enjoy a good read? Then come along tonight for our Book Club event kindly hosted by Cherry Trott. The idea is that each month you discuss a set book that you have read in preparation for the event. The evening will be very informal and you will have the opportunity to discuss the book and express your opinions. During the evening there will be a choice of baguette or sandwich.

Spice Dines at Istanbul in Colliers Wood

Date: Wednesday 27th August 2014 Place: 22 High Street, Colliers Wood, London (SW19 2BH) Istanbul Restaurant at 7:30pm Cost: £28 Includes: Three Course Meze dinner, Service Charge and Spice Host Extras: Drinks Istanbul Meze Mangal Restaurant brings you the authentic taste of traditional Turkish food inspired by the Mediterranean and the Middle East to South West London. Experience genuine Turkish food as it is regarded as one of the world's great cuisines, and your taste buds will be very grateful. Their dishes are made from good fresh ingredients and tonight you will be dining on their three course Meze style Dinner with a selection of hot and cold starters to share, followed by your choice of main course and dessert. .

Live Soul, Funk and Blues at Ronnie Scotts

Date: Thursday 28th August 2014 Place: 47 Frith Street, Soho, London (W1D 4HT) Ronnies Bar Upstairs at 7:30pm Cost: £22 Includes: Music ticket, Sharing Platters, Service charge and Spice Host Extras: Drinks Get on down to live Soul, Funk and Blues at Ronnie Scotts where some of the finest emerging singer-songwriters on the acoustic scene take to the floor for the first set of the evening. Then in the second half of the evening The house band take to the stage to perform a killer set of funky soul & blues, featuring some on the best musicians on the London scene, with a someee guests musicians dropping by along the way. This is a truly fantastic night of music, not to be missed. Included in the evening are some sharing platters which will be served around 8.00pm. The music kicks off around 8.30.

Chinese Meal - Maidstone, Kent

Date: Friday 29th August 2014 Place: Kala Red, 83/84 Bank Street, Maidstone (ME14 1SD) Ask for Spice table from 7:30pm Cost: £28 Member, £30 Guest Includes: Chinese meal, service charge and Spice Host Extras: Drinks Tonight we are heading to a Chinese restaurant in Maidstone called Kalared. Our Spice Dinner Shuffle evenings are always st very enjoyable and social evenings! Half the people move after the 1 course, and the other half move after their 2nd course, so you get to sit next to lots of different people throughout the meal! We will be having a special Spice menu, which is suitable for a group and so there will be lots of dishes on offer for us to share.

Steak, Lobster + Bubbles - City of London

Date: Friday 29th August 2014 Place: The Folly, 41 Gracechurch St, London (EC3V 0BT) In bar downstairs at Spice table at 7pm Cost: £24.95 Includes: 4 oz steak, half lobster, fries and glass of Prosecco on arrival in the bar Extras: Drinks & Desserts The Folly is a large buzzy city restaurant and bar. There is a great after work crowd here so well worth a visit. We are meeting in the bar for a lovely chilled Glass of Prosecco before heading up to our table in the candlelit restaurant for our 4oz steak and half lobster dinner with fries. Desserts can be ordered as optional extra on the night. The bar has a DJ and it is open until midnight so we can party the night away. This is the perfect place to start the weekend off.

Beginners Digital Photography Course

Date: Saturday 30th August 2014 Place: EAT Cafe, The South Bank, Belvedere Rd (SE1 8XX) Inside EAT Cafe - Spice Sign from 10:45am to 3pm Cost: £45 Includes: Beginners Digital Photography Course with Tutor Have you just bought a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera but unsure how to use it? Or perhaps you are going away on holiday soon and wish you could use your camera to its full potential? Have you heard of aperture, shutter speed and ISO but wonder how they involve taking good photos? On this half day (4 hours) course you will learn how to take control of your DSLR camera. We will start with some tuition to explain how your camera relates to the exposure triangle (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO) and how they work together to create a photo. We will then practice our new skills outdoors followed by another tuition session then more practical experience outside. This is a fun and great way to learn more about your camera and set you up on your venture into the photography world.


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Cambridge Sightseeing + Punting - 1 night

Sat 30th Aug 2014 - Sun 31st Aug 2014 Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (CB2 3HU) Arrive for 12.00 noon to check in . £144 (Deposit £30) Includes: 1 night en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation (single occupancy), Picnic lunch with Pimms, Guided walking tour, Chauffeur punted tour of Cambridge, Visit to King’s Chapel & Spice host throughout Ever thought that you would like to visit the sights of Cambridge for a weekend but have never had the opportunity!? Well now is your chance!! This one night weekend break has been tailor made to allow you to visit the beautiful city of Cambridge. Organised by a Spice host, the weekend will allow you to take in all of the sights of the Cambridge colleges, be inspired by the local history, take advantage of punting along the River Cam as well as venturing out of the city to visit some famous sights. You will stay in the beautiful setting of Sidney Sussex College in the centre of Cambridge, famed for its Elizabethan brickwork, charming Cloister Court, the haunting Chapel, medieval cellars and beautiful ancient gardens. This action packed weekend will include a charming picnic lunch with Pimms sitting along the grassy ‘Cambridge Backs’ plus a special chauffeur punted tour along the Cam, taking in history of some of Cambridge’s finest buildings, the Bridge of Sighs and the Wren Library. Following our afternoon on the punts we have included a visit to wonderful King’s College Chapel. On the Saturday night we will dine at a local pub or riverside restaurant (own cost). On Sunday morning, we have a walking tour of Cambridge, led by a local tour guide, where you will be shown some of the most important and impressive sights the city has to offer.

Devils Dyke Walk and Pub Lunch, Sussex

Date: Saturday 30th August 2014 Place: Brighton Central Railway Station, Bright (BN1 3XP) Outside station Spice Sign at 11:10am Cost: £14 Includes: Devils Dyke Walk and Return Bus from Brighton Station to Devils Dyke Extras: Pub Lunch and Drinks We are off to take in the sea air at Brighton where we will take the “Breeze up to the Downs” Bus (return bus fare included in price of event) from Brighton Train Station up to Devils Dyke for an easy leisurely walk with great views over the downs. After the stroll we will stop for lunch (own cost) at The Devils Dyke Pub which does a very good value lunch then take the bus back down into Brighton where you can either get off at the train station or take the bus to Brighton Pier and the shops.

Punting, Pimms + Picnic - Cambridge

Date: Saturday 30th August 2014 Place: Sidney Sussex College, (CB2 3HU) inside in reception at 12:15pm Cost: £29.99 Includes: Guided 1 hour punt tour, Picnic, Pimms + Spice host Punting, Pimms and Picnics are well known in Cambridge and along the way you can take in some famous sights including the glorious colleges, historic buildings and the celebrated architecture. You will be treated to a welcoming Picnic & Pimms lunch sitting along the grassy ‘Cambridge Backs’, whilst getting to know the other Spice members. Then we head off on a special 1 hour chauffeured punt tour. Along the way we will be able to take in the history of some of Cambridge’s finest buildings, including the King’s College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs and the Wren Library. If you would like to extend your stay in Cambridge we have a Spice group there for the weekend staying overnight.

Spice Dines Turkish at Hazev, Canary Wharf

Date: Saturday 30th August 2014 Place: 2 South Quay Square, Canary Wharf (E14 9RT) Spice Table at 7pm Cost: £32 Includes: Two course Meze style Dinner, Service Charge and Spice host Extras: Drinks Hazev Restaurant brings you the authentic taste of traditional Turkish food inspired by the Mediterranean and the Middle East to this waterside restaurant at Canary Wharf. With its waterfront aspect and olive trees it overlooks the beautiful City Canal and South Dock at Canary Wharf and you can imagine you are sitting at an outdoor restaurant in Istanbul overlooking the Bhosphorus. Experience genuine Turkish food as it is regarded as one of the world's great cuisines, and your taste buds will be very grateful. Their dishes are made from good fresh ingredients and tonight you will be dining on their two course Meze style Dinner with a selection of hot and cold starters to share, followed by your choice of main course. This two course Turkish Meal allows us to taste many different flavours and this event is a wonderful opportunity to try Hazev’s authentic Turkish cuisine, as well as a chance to get together with other Spice members for a lovely, relaxed social with a wonderful view. Sample seasonal menu on our website


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Clarence House and Garden Guided Tour

Sunday 31st August 2014 St James Palace, The Mall, London (SW1 1BA) Ticket Entrance to Clarence House at 1:45pm £36 Tour + Afternoon tea, £14 Tour Only Includes: Guided Tour of Clarence House & Gardens, Afternoon Tea at Richoux Spice Host Join us for a Guided Tour of Clarence House, former home to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. This one hour guided tour of Clarence House begins in the garden. Our Guide will show us the formal planting added at the front of the house in 2004-5 by The Prince of Wales in memory of his grandmother. It was laid out to His Royal Highness’s own design by members of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. The tour then takes us around the ground floor rooms of Clarence House including The Lancaster Room, Morning Room, The Library, the Dining Room and the Garden room – where The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall undertake official engagements and receive guests from around the world. Clarence House displays much of Queen Elizabeth's famous art collection, English porcelain and silver.

Spice U40 Crack the Code Walk + Quiz

Date: Sunday 31st August 2014 Place: 2 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London (W1K 1QN) Rose and Crown - Spice Table at 11:30am Cost: £9.99 Member, £11.99 Guest Includes: Guided Walk and Quiz, Spice Host Today we challenge your minds and ability to solve the clues on our ‘Crack the Code’ Walk and Quiz. We’ll be splitting up into teams with each team receiving an easy to follow route and a series of clues to solve. A prize will be awarded to the best team at the end. This is your chance to explore London's fashionable Knightsbridge back streets and glorious tree-lined Hyde Park. This is a circular Trail which starts and finishes at Hyde Park Corner. It is two miles long and should take two hours to complete. After our walk we’ll meet back at the Rose and Crown to see how everyone’s done and give a prize to the winning team.

Sunday Brunch Jazz + Tour Royal Albert Hall

Date: Sunday 31st August 2014 Place: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore (SW7 2AP) Door 12 - Spice Sign from 11am to 2pm Cost: £43.50 Brunch & Tour, £37.50 Brunch Only Includes behind scenes tour, brunch, live entertainment & booking fee Spend a lazy Sunday listening to music by exceptional musicians whilst enjoying the Royal Albert Hall’s exclusive brunch. Brunch takes place in the Royal Albert Hall’s Italian Kitchen, Verdi, which offers casual dining and great music in one of London’s most iconic settings. We have included a short tour of the Royal Albert Hall as part of our package. You will meet one of the knowledgeable guides who will take you on a 30 minute tour. Today we’ll be entertained by one of the UK’s most charismatic jazz and blues singers, TJ Johnson, backed by his group of top London-based musicians.

Cinema Film Night - Leicester Square

Date: Wednesday 3rd September 2014 Place: Odeon, 40 Leicester Square, London (WC2H 7LQ) Details will be emailed at 6:30pm Cost: £2 secures your place for our cinema evening, Extras: Pay as You go event for cinema ticket drinks & food This is a great way to socialise for Spice members who enjoy the cinema. Fancy going to see the latest blockbuster but don’t want to go alone! Well why not visit the cinema with other Spice members on our monthly film night. Full details of how the cinema night works is on our website. You sign up and then we contact you to let you know what films are showing. Our Spice host will be there to meet you on arrival. If you love going to the cinema to see the latest film releases then why not join us.

Magic Night at Madame Jojo's and Supper

Date: Friday 5th September 2014 Place: 29-31 Old Compton Street, Soho (W1D 5JR) Amalfi's - Ask for the Spice Table at 6pm Cost: £34.50 Ticket + Meal Includes: 1 Course Early Dining Meal, Magic Show Club Entry, Service, Host Extras: Drinks Join us tonight for an early dinner and a rather unusual magic show. We’ll start the evening by meeting at Amalfi, a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Soho. Here we’ll have a one course meal with a variety of pastas, pizzas and risottos to choose from, all from a seasonal menu prepared with the freshest and finest ingredients. After our dinner we’ll head off to Madame Jojo’s for their electrifying magic night. This dynamic show has a different line-up every date with sharp contemporary humour, incredible cutting-edge magic acts and some of the best variety in town. It's a regular Critic's Choice! From a world of freaky illusions with bird producing, bread shuffling, coin appearing, some needle cocktails and dreams where you become the star of the spectacle, these shows have all the tricks. Don’t miss the fun!


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Narrow Boat Weekend - Aldermaston

Fri 5th Sep 2014 - Sun 7th Sep 2014 Padworth, Reading - 2 nights (RG7 4JS) Arrive between 2.30pm & 4.30pm £169 Member Includes hire of Narrow boat for Spice exclusive 2 night weekend, Spice host, 2 x breakfast,2 sandwich/picnic lunches. Extras: drinks, evening meals It’s a great life afloat and this is a great way of spending a lazy, long weekend away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For this weekend we are heading to Aldermaston which is ideally situated just off the M4 at junction 12 and on the outskirts of Reading. We will leave from Aldermaston and head west on the Kennet & Avon canal towards the picturesque market town of Newbury. Day two will take us towards the village of Kintbury where there are some nice canalside pubs for us to enjoy. On Sunday we will spend the day travelling back to Aldermaston. We have booked two narrow boats which take 6 people per boat. They are very well equipped with central heating, showers, cooker, fridge and flushing toilets. The boats have diesel engines on board and instructions in navigation will be given to us prior to our departure onto the waterways. We have the boats from 2.30pm on Friday (departing 4.30p.m.) until Sunday evening.

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Sailing Weekend around the Solent

Fri 5th Sep 2014 - Sun 7th Sep 2014 Haslar Marina, Gosport (PO12 1AH) Friday evening 8pm to 4pm £238 Shared Cabin (Deposit £50) Includes: cabin share, diesel, wet weather gear, life harnesses, breakfasts, lunches and teas. Extras: Marina fees are shared amongst the group and evening meals are taken ashore The Solent is an ideal location for a weekend sailing cruise. There is so much to see, the beautiful Isle of Wight, many boats and ships passing by and many historic harbours from which to choose our Saturday night stop. With sheltered sailing, we normally sail for the whole day (after a hearty breakfast) and lunch is often eaten underway. Teas/coffees, soft drinks and snacks are available throughout the day. We aim to moor before dark for time to relax, then set off to a restaurant or pub for the evening meal there are excellent eating places at all the overnight stops. On Sunday, after breakfast we return to Gosport, possibly mooring or anchoring for lunch en route. Further details of this weekend can be found on our website.

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Walking Bournemouth + Hampshire Coast

Fri 5th Sep 2014 - Sun 7th Sep 2014 Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth (BH1 3QQ) Arrive from 4.00pm Meal is at 8.00pm £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinners, 2 days of guided walking Bournemouth is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the south coast of England mainly due to the magnificent World Heritage Coastline. Therefore what better way is there but to enjoy yourself residing at the lovely Hotel Carrington House Hotel with its heated indoor swimming pool on Bournemouth’s exclusive and tranquil East Cliff. The diverse mix of fascinating heritage, beautiful coastline and countryside with a wide variety of attractions afford all the ingredients to make your holiday extra special. This year we will spend one day exploring the stunning area around Studland, Old Harrys Rocks and the Isle of Purbeck and for our other day we will head east towards Christchurch and Lymington with stunning sea vistas and the Isle of Wight forming their backdrop. Accommodation: The Carrington House Hotel, close to the town centre, is situated on a quiet pine tree lined avenue on the East Cliff side of Bournemouth perfect for a walking weekend. The hotel is close to both the railway and coach station. The hotel has all en-suite bedrooms, a heated indoor swimming pool, table tennis, pool, table football and free parking for 85 cars. Bedrooms include everything you need for a good night’s sleep - and more! Date: Place: Cost:

Walking Weekend Coniston Falls The Lakes

Fri 5th Sep 2014 - Sun 7th Sep 2014 Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Lake District (LA22 0HP) Arrive from 4.00pm Meal at 8.00pm. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 night's B&B accommodation, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 choices of guided walks each day This event has been created to get the very best walking the region has to offer. The beauty of this centre is its prime location at the northern head of Lake Windermere which allows us to access the Coniston and Ambleside Fells with ease. Combining Lakeland fells such a Swirl How and Wetherlam on one day and Crinkle Crags and Bowfell on the next it allows us to see the beauty of the Lake District from almost every angle. Views will abound down towards the long lost Duddon Valley, through the Wrynose Pass to the coast at Ravenscale and also onto the Scafells. This Outward Bound style accommodation makes a perfect base for hearty walkers to strike out into Ambleside and enjoy the revelries by night. Accommodation: is in Brathay Hall; a historic building and an outdoor centre and is located in a commanding position at the head of Windermere which frames its view across the lawns. The centre has a mixture of in house or very nearby single (small single chalets actually), double and twin-bedded rooms.


Cable Car Spy Mission Challenge + Quiz

Date: Saturday 6th September 2014 Place: North Greenwich and Royal Victoria Docks (SE10 0PH) North Greenwich Tube Station at 12pm Cost: £9.99 Member, £11.99 Guest Includes: organised Spy mission Spice host Extras: drinks food at the pub afterwards The earth has been threatened and your mission is clear. Will you dare to accept it?? Special forces in London have learnt that aliens are planning an attack on the Earth. Their primary method of control will be to transmit supersonic radiowaves using the spikes of the O2 dome in North Greenwich as a broadcast relay. Your job is to get the code to jam their signal! You just need to follow the trail and work it out” This is your chance to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Craig in Skyfall, Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible and Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, as you take to the skies in London's cable car across the Thames.

Canal Cruise, Jazz + Ploughmans lunch-Essex

Date: Saturday 6th September 2014 Place: North Hill, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, (CM3 4BS) Paper Mill Lock Tea Room at 11:45am Cost: £21 Member Includes: 1 hour Canal Cruise and Ploughmans Lunch, Spice Host Join us for a tranquil cruise along the canal from Paper Mill Lock to Rush near Chelmsford. Before we board our boat we will enjoy a ploughmans lunch in the quaint Tea Rooms by the lock and they will have some live jazz playing on this day. Our boat ride will be about one hour long and will take us along the canal to Rush Lock then back along the canal to the Tea Rooms. This is a relaxing cruise where you can take in the wonderful scenery then after your canal trip you can stroll along the canalside or stop for a cup of tea and watch the world go by.

Midhurst Town Stroll and Cowdray Ruins

Date: Saturday 6th September 2014 Place: The Angel Hotel, North Street, Midhurst (GU29 9DN) Outside Angel Hotel - Spice Sign at 11am Cost: £14 Member Includes: Midhurst Town Stroll and Cowdray Ruins with Audio, Spice Host Join us for a delightful day out in the quaint town of Midhurst nestled in the heart of the South Downs. During the day we will stroll around the town with its narrow streets and many historic pubs, houses and buildings dating back to Tudor Times with over 100 of them being listed properties. We will cross the causeway over the water meadows to the ruins of Cowdray Castle where we will follow a self-guided audio tour (included in price) around the ruins. The Castle dates back to 1550 and was visited by Henry VIII and Elizabeth 1st and destroyed by fire in 1793. We will visit the Cowdray Farm Shop and the famous Cowdray Park Polo Club where there may be a polo match in progress.

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Roof Gardens Kensington Summer BBQ

Saturday 6th September 2014 99 Kensington Highstreet, Kensington (W8 5SA) Roof Garden Reception at 7pm £69.50 Member Includes: Selected Roof Garden Cocktail, 3 Course BBQ dinner, Tea or Coffee, Live Band, Entrance to Roof Gardens and Complimentary Entrance to the Roof Gardens Exclusive Club Service Charge and Spice Host Join us for a fabulous Summer BBQ at the Kensington Roof Gardens where you will be treated to a cocktail on arrival then a delicious three course BBQ dinner, live entertainment from 7:30pm - 10pm, access to the beautiful Roof Gardens and complimentary access to London’s only rooftop Private Members Club, “The Club” from 10pm until 3am where you can boogie the night away. The Spanish Garden will be open from 7pm where we can enjoy our welcome Roof Garden Cocktail before moving through to the Tudor Garden for the delicious three course BBQ Dinner. Should there be a spot of rain the dining tables are under cover and heaters can be provided. Dining tables will start to be removed at 10.30 to make way for the party to begin.

Saturday Markets Easy Cycling Tour

Date: Saturday 6th September 2014 Place: The Vaults, Montague Close, London (SE1 9DA) Outside "On your Bike" Bike Shop from 9:50am to 4pm Cost: £42 + bike, £23 own bike Includes: guided full day bike tour & bike hire. Spice are linking up with a new biking company called Bikers Delights and today we are heading off on a big loop taking in the best Saturday sites in the East of London. We will start at Borough Market with tastes and smells from the finest food producers in the land. Then a rare treat, your chance to enjoy the city with not a suit in sight! We’ll glide round the empty streets and find out if the streets are paved with gold. Leaving the city we’ll take to the canal paths and head Broadway market with its food, fashion, crafts and buskers. Another relaxing canal ride takes us through Docklands where you can marvel at the towers above you before you descend under the Thames. Bet you didn’t even know there was a foot tunnel! Greenwich market provides a perfect balance to your day with its array of arts and crafts. We ride back along the river and cycle paths to London Bridge. The terrain is flat and the route is on quiet roads, cycle routes and canal paths. It is relatively easy cycling but you will be on the saddle for a few hours. Full details are on our website at www.spicelondon.co.uk


The Real West End Pub Walk

Date: Saturday 6th September 2014 Place: Westminster Library, 25 St Martin's St (WC2H 7HP) Outside - Spice sign from 2pm to 4:15pm Cost: £12 Includes: guided tour with Jo Moncrieff Extras: Drinks at the pub Leicester Square and Covent Garden aren't just modern day entertainment centres. Come on this walk with City of Westminster Guide Joanna Moncrieff and learn about the music halls, the amazing shows at the Hippodrome and what was known as the People's Palace. Hear about the less salubrious places of entertainment too tucked away in the alleyways of Covent Garden. The walk slightly ventures out of Westminster and into the borough of Camden where we will search for Mercers' Maidens, hear about the pubs allegedly linked by their cellars and visit a secret oasis yards from two busy roads. Like all Joanna's walks the walk will include a half hour stop in an historic pub and will finish in a pub close to Tottenham Court Road tube. The walk lasts around 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Ain't Nothin But the Blues & Lunch

Date: Sunday 7th September 2014 Place: Strada, 8 Heddon Street, London (W1B 4BU) Ask for Spice table from 1pm to 8pm Cost: £24.50 Includes: 2 Course Lunch, live Blues music, service charge and Spice Host Extras: Drinks We have discovered two great venues in Soho to combine a two course lunch and then an afternoon of live blues music. We are meeting in Strada in Heddon Street for some lunch. We are having a two course lunch which includes a starter and main course or main course and dessert from a group menu. After lunch we are heading to the Ain’t Nothing but the Blues bar also in Kingly Street which is London’s original Blues Bar where there is a blue jams session with Barry Jackson and Blue Jack which is on from 4.00 – 8.00p.m. All in all this should be a relaxing and enjoyable Sunday event to add to our programme. Your Spice host will meet you at the Spice table in the Strada Restaurant and you will go to the Blues Bar together as a group.

Brooklands Classic American Car Day

Date: Sunday 7th September 2014 Place: Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey (KT13 0QN) Visitor Shop Entrance - Spice Sign at 10:30am Cost: £17 Includes: Entrance to Brooklands Museum and American Car Day, Spice Host Extras: Refreshments Brooklands was the world’s first purpose built motor racing circuit constructed in 1907 and the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation. The museum displays a wide range of motor and aviation exhibits from racing cars and motorcycles, to a collection of Hawker and Vickers aircraft including a Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Vicount, VC10 and Concorde. Today is the Classic American Car Day and there will also be a feast of pick-ups, Convertibles, Chevys, Hard Tops, Soft Tops and Roadsters representing the best American cars around. The Paddock and Motoring Village will be adorned with these larger than life cars in a blaze of colour and chrome.

Clay Pigeon Shooting in Dartford, Kent

Date: Sunday 7th September 2014 Place: Badgers Mount, Darenth Woods, nr Bean (DA2 8DA) at JJ's Clay Shooting Club at 11:15am Cost: £33.50 - 25 Clays, £55.50 - 50 Clays Includes tuition, all equipment and either 25 or 50 Clays If you’ve always wanted to have a go at shooting a gun, then this is an ideal event for you! Experience the thrill of pulling the trigger and get a buzz when your clay target shatters! We have booked a clay target shooting experience at JJ’s Clay Shooting Club. We will be informally and safely coached to enjoy shot gun shooting by our friendly instructors in pleasant country surroundings. Depending on numbers, we may have a bit of a competition to make things a bit more exciting, with a trophy for the winner! JJ’s Clay Shooting Club is a well-established club, set in a lovely location in 16 acres of the natural woodlands of Darenth Woods.

Free flowing Bubbly Afternoon Tea

Date: Sunday 7th September 2014 Place: London County Hall,Westminster Bridge Rd (SE1 7PB) Marriott Hotel-Library Lounge Spice table at 3:15pm Cost: £44.50 Includes: Afternoon Tea Free Flowing Bubbly for an hour and a half, Service, Host Tea at County Hall is a truly magnificent experience and quintessentially English. Our tea will be served in the Library Lounge with spectacular views across the Thames to Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament. Our Bubbly afternoon tea includes free flowing bubbly with a choice of several varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, a range of delicate homemade cakes combined to make for an unforgettable afternoon.


Regent Canal Stroll/Floating Chinese Lunch

Date: Sunday 7th September 2014 Place: Warwick Avenue Tube Station (W9 1AL) At Warwick Avenue Tube - Spice Sign 11:30am Cost: £32 Includes: Stroll from Little Venice to Camden, 2 Course Lunch, Service Charge Spice Host This is a gentle stroll from Little Venice along the Regent's Canal finishing in Camden. Along the way we will be stopping for a leisurely lunch at the picturesque Chinese floating Restaurant moored in Cumberland Basin. We will make our way to Little Venice with an opportunity to look around this cosmopolitan area which has a laid back vibe. When Robert Browning coined the term Little Venice he was describing the point where the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal meets the Regents Canal, however it now refers to the whole area at the south of Maida Vale. We will then follow the scenic paved tow-path along the canal and make our way towards Regents Park and London Zoo.

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Narrowboat Break 4 nights - Aldermaston

Mon 8th Sep 2014 - Fri 12th Sep 2014 Padworth, Reading (RG7 4JB) Arrive Monday 10.00am £295 Includes hire of Narrow boat, Spice host, 4 breakfasts, 2 sandwich/picnic lunches, 2 evening BBQ evening meals, fuel, water, canal licence fees Extras: 2 lunches and 2 evening meals at pubs along the route, drinks (wine/beer) We have a full 4 days on the river as you can arrive from Monday morning from 10.00a.m. ready to leave at 11.00a.m. We hand the boat back on Friday morning. If you would like to extend your th break we have a weekend starting on Friday 5 so you can link them up and do Friday to Friday. As our narrow boat weekends are very popular in Spice we have taken the plunge and booked a fabulous 4 night break so if you are up for some fresh air and exercise and a cheaper holiday in the UK then this could be for you! We’ve reserved two narrow boats which take 6 persons each so a maximum of 12 people and the Spice spirit of adventure, enjoyment and fun will be available in ample measures. This is a great way of spending a lazy week away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. Just imagine - drifting along slowly, glass in hand with a fine group of Spicers, journeying to a new sight and a restful night time mooring. The essence of our week will be very much on the unwinding theme. Please do note that this is a relaxing holiday where we are chilling out and stopping along the route to explore the pubs, villages or towns that we are passing through and we are not rushing anywhere! Our narrow boats may be traditional in shape, but they include central heating, showers, cooker, fridge and flushing toilets. The boats have diesel engines on board and instructions in navigation will be given to us prior to our departure onto the waterways.

Supper + Blue Jams Night Spice of Life

Date: Tuesday 9th September 2014 Place: 6 Moor Street, Cambridge Circus, London (W1D 5NA) Spice of Life Pub - Meet in bar at 7pm Cost: £24.50 Includes: 2 Course supper, Spice host and blues jam night Extras: Drinks The Spice of Life pub in Central London is one of the best little music venues in London. In the basement is the Backstage Bar which has been playing great live music since the 60’s. There is a Blue Jams night on Tuesday evenings so we thought it was worth a visit. Dove Jones hosts this and various people bring along their instruments and express themselves. We can have some supper and enjoy a relaxing evening listening to the music. Our Spice host will meet you in the bar so look for the Spice sign on arrival. Date: Place: Cost:

Theatre - Pajama Game Musical Comedy

Tuesday 9th September 2014 Shaftesbury Theatre, London (WC2H 8DP) At entrance to foyer - Spice sign 7pm £39.50 Includes: Discounted Ticket booking fee & Spice Host. Meet your Spice host at the entrance to the foyer as we go to the bar for a pre-show drink before going to our seats. THE PAJAMA GAME will be at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End for a limited season. Romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels for feisty Union rep, Babe Williams. But when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents an hour raise, the pair find themselves riotously at odds in this joyous musical comedy. Will love, eventually, conquer all?

Laithwaites Light + Elegant Red Wine Tasting

Date: Wednesday 10th September 2014 Place: The Arch, 219-221 Stoney Street, London (SE1 9AA) Meet inside Laithwaites from 7pm to 9:30pm Cost: £25 Includes: Laithwaites Wine Tasting Experts, nibbles and Spice Host Not a fan of those big, powerful full bodied reds? Some people often put off drinking reds altogether due to bitter tannins or high alcohol, but not all reds are built like this! Join us as the Laithwaites experts guide us through some wonderful light, elegant reds perfect for refined summer drinking. A selection of nibbles will be provided.


Interactive Oriental Dining at Inamo

Date: Thursday 11th September 2014 Place: 4-12 Lower Regent St, London (SW1Y 4PE) Inamo Restaurant - Spice Table at 7pm Cost: £39 Includes: 3 Course Oriental Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Dining at Inamo St James is a unique experience as they use an E-Table™, the world's first interactive food ordering system with overhead projection technology to give us complete complete control over our dining experience. In addition to ordering food from the interactive table, we can are spy on the Inamo chefs working in the kitchen. The Oriental fusion menu has influences from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea and beyond, and tonight we will be selecting from a menu with many tasty delicacies on it. We will be choosing a number of smaller & larger dishes which we can share at the table. The dishes arrive at the table as they are ready so they might not arrive in a typically 'starter & main course' style. It’s an unusual and fun night out, so book now to ensure a space!

British Museum Visit and Supper at Tas

Date: Friday 12th September 2014 Place: Great Russell Street, London (WC1B 3DG) British Museum - Main Entrance at 6:30pm Cost: £21.50 Includes: Visit to Museum, Multimedia Guide, Two course Turkish Meal, Service and Spice host In a collection of more than seven million objects, the British Museum narrates two million years of world history and culture. Celebrated for such treasures as the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and the Parthenon sculptures, its collections cover archaeology, world cultures, science, decorative and applied arts, and prints and drawings. Tonight we’ll be exploring some of the museum highlights with the aid of a multimedia guide which provides audio commentary and images, giving a detailed insight into over 200 objects. After our visit to the museum, we will take a short stroll to Tas in Bloomsbury where we will enjoy a 2 course Turkish Meal.

Serenity + Discovery Weekend - Mid Wales

Date: Fri 12th Sep 2014 - Sun 14th Sep 2014 Place: Lluest Fach, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) Arrive from 6.00p.m. Supper at 8.30p.m. Cost: £155 Sharing Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet lunches, 4 course evening meal, all instruction This is a weekend of gentle personal exploration for those intrigued by alternative spiritual and holistic practices. The holistic approach deals with the mind, body and spirit as an interactive whole and can help deal with the stresses and pressure of modern day living. Through the use of healing touch, energy therapies, chakra work, sound, dowsing, movement and meditation you will discover and explore hidden elements of yourself. Learning to connect with your hidden self can help promote greater self-confidence which can lead to a more balanced and harmonious lifestyle. Participation will be the keyword during this weekend. Your guide and instructor on this gentle break is Suzanne, holistic therapist working in many different fields. As well as being trained in several massage techniques, Suzanne is also a Reiki Master, Seichim Master, Reflexologist, and Meditation Teacher. She will introduce you to Chakras, grounding, simple energy work, looking at the balance of body and spirit, meditation and pathworking. Join her at this beautiful secluded country setting, the perfect spot to reflect and discover an alternative you. Further details for this weekend can be found on our website.

Ten Pin Bowling - Maidstone, Kent

Date: Friday 12th September 2014 Place: Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre, Barker Rd (ME16 8SF) In foyer or at Lanes at 7:15pm Cost: £15 Includes: 2 games bowling, hire of shoes and Spice Host This is a fun and enjoyable social evening and it doesn’t matter if you have not bowled before just come along and join in the fun. We will have two games during the evening and our Spice host will help with introductions and sort out the teams. There are computerised lanes with automatic scoring – which keeps all the scores for you. There is a bar available so bring some cash for drinks.

4x4 Vehicle Off Roading in Kent

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014 Place: Ashtree Farm, Teston Road, West Malling (ME19 5RL) final details will be emailed at 12:45pm Cost: £87 Includes: 4x4 Off Roading instruction, Safety Briefing We are heading off to the Kent countryside near Maidstone so you can test your driving skills to the limit and try out this adrenaline pumping 4x4 vehicle serious Off Roading experience. In teams of either two or three people per 4x4 vehicle (see below) you will have an initial safety briefing and be given practical instruction by a qualified instructor in the skills and awareness you need to have to drive a 4x4 vehicle across different terrains. Then you are off! Under expert guidance each of you will take the wheel and as you gain experience and confidence will negotiate the bumpy and uneven terrain. There will be slopes, drops, water and gullies around a purpose built Off Roading course. This event is suitable for beginners and can also challenge even the most daring of drivers. So take the plunge and have a go!


Floating Chinese Dinner Shuffle - The Lotus

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014 Place: 9 Oakland Quay, Inner Millwill Dock, Ldn (E14 9EA) Lotus Chinese Restaurant Spice Table at 7pm Cost: £33 Includes: Three Course Dinner, Shuffle, Service Charge and Spice Host Our Spice Dinner Shuffle evenings are fun, and a very popular way of dining in Spice. We are heading to East London to the floating Chinese Restaurant which has built its cuisine around the classic cuisine of the Canton, Szechuan and Peking provinces of china. The menus have been designed to provide the widest choice of options. We will be having a special Spice menu, which is suitable for a group and so there will be lots of dishes on offer for us to share. For anyone new to Spice our shuffles are where you change places after each course. This way you can meet lots more members in one evening! All in all a great evening is planned so why not come along and join in the fun.

Italian Prosecco and Bellini Brunch

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014 Place: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London (SW11 3BA) Bunga Bunga Spice Table at 11:30am Cost: £49 Includes: 2 hour Prosecco/Bellinis, Italian Brunch, Service Charge and Spice host Join us for a Brunch with a difference “ The Italian BungaBunga Brunch” at the famous BungaBunga Restaurant near Battersea. This two hour brunch kicks off with a free flowing Prosecco and Bellini Kit, so either just sip Prosecco or try a fruit Bellini – (made famous at Harry’s Bar in Venice) with flavours such as Red Berry, Mandarin and Vanilla, Orange juice or fresh Grapefruit and Pomegranate juice. Then tuck into a delicious selection of pastries and Antipasti followed by a selection of pizza and fruit salad and cream to round off the Brunch. After our 2 hour Brunch we will need to leave our table, however you are very welcome to stay in the Bar. This is a Brunch with a difference so book early to reserve your place!

Italian Wine Tasting - St James, London

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014 Place: 6/8 Royal Opera Arcade, London (SW1Y 4UY) Pall Mall Fine Wine Bar - in bar at 7pm Cost: £27.50 Includes: Wine Tasting of 3 whites, 2 reds and a prosecco plus nibble of cheese, hams and olives This lovely wine shop & bar is tucked away in Pall Mall Arcade which dates back to 1818. This is a perfect place to socialise and try some wonderful Italian wines. And included in our Italian wine tasting are 3 white wines, 2 reds and a Prosecco all served with some nibbles of cheese, ham and olives Pall Mall Fine Wine pride themselves on hosting an eclectic range of wines from both established and lesser-known regions, all of which are selected by their staff for their quality. They take pride in their knowledge and passion for the world of wine, marvelling at the craft, stimulated by its long history, and delighted by its powerful sensual qualities of sight, smell, and taste.

Medical History Walk & Old Operating Theatre

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014 Place: 9a St Thomas's Street, London (SE1 9RY) The Old Operating Theatre Entrance from 10:45am to 1pm Cost: £17.99 Includes: Spice Exclusive Medical History Walk, Entrance & Spice Host From the herbal medical practices of the Medieval Cathedral through to the modern Guy’s Hospital this walk trails the rich and extensive medical history of the London Bridge area. The guide tells of the health, social and working conditions as suffered by the Victorian poor. A particular feature of the story is how cholera was thought to be spread by ‘miasma’ and not by the sewage pollution from the Thames. After our walk, we will visit the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret found in the roof space of an English Baroque Church. The Old Operating Theatre Museum is one of the most unusual museums in London - a building lost in the past. Britain's oldest surviving Operating Theatre has been restored with original furniture, including a 19th Century operating table. Date: Place: Cost:

Thriller Live, Stage Spectacular + Lunch

Saturday 13th September 2014 Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London (W1D 7ES) Meet: At entrance to foyer - Spice sign Time: 1:30pm £49.50 Member Tkt + Lunch, Includes: Discounted Ticket with seats in the Stalls Rows M, 2 course lunch at Bella Italia, booking fee & Spice Host. Meet your Spice host at the restaurant ask for Spice table. We cannot give refunds on tickets unless we can resell your slot. It has been over 25 years since the release of Michael Jackson's album ‘Bad’, so come and celebrate with the West End blockbuster: THRILLER LIVE, a stage & video spectacular celebrating the wonderful career of the World's Greatest Entertainer - Michael Jackson. This amazing show, featuring over 20 performers with a full company of singers, dancers and live band celebrates the King of Pop like never before! Take your seats and boogie on down as the cast belts out song after wonderful song.


British Library Tour and Lunch

Date: Sunday 14th September 2014 Place: 96 Euston Road, London (NW1 2DB) Entrance Hall British Library at 11:15am Cost: £26.99 Includes: British Library Tour, 2 Course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks The British Library houses a vast collection of archives going back to around 600 AD. They have the original Gutenberg Bible and one of the four original existing copies of the Magna Carta. They also have signed letters and documents from Henry VIII, Napoleon, Cromwell, Sir Isaac Newton and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia); original music scores by all the great composers (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven,Chopin and yes, the Beatles); invention designs by Michelangelo and Leonardo deVinci;. Join Spice today as we discover more about the history, collections and architecture on this tour of the public areas of the Library which includes a visit to the Viewing Gallery where you can see some of the Reading Rooms and find out how books are stored, accessed and delivered. The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes after which we’ll head off to Carluccio’s in St Pancras for a 2 course meal.

Llama Trekking - Ashdown Forest

Date: Sunday 14th September 2014 Place: Wych Cross, Forest Row, E. Sussex (RH18 5JN) The Llama Park – Reception at 10:30am Cost: £39 Includes: llama trek, entrance to the Llama Park, It is not every day that you get the opportunity to go out into the countryside with a Llama for company! Discover this beautiful part of Ashdown Forest by trekking with these delightful creatures. Llama trekking is great fun and has always been popular with Spice members. The Llamas are by nature very gentle and trustworthy, but very willing and inquisitive. The llamas wear colourful halters and you lead the llama at a leisurely pace. We will be sharing the llamas between the Spice group and if we receive sufficient bookings then we will have a Spice exclusive llama trek! Although the walk is leisurely you need to be capable of walking for an hour at a steady pace and on uneven terrain. After our trek we can have lunch in the coffee shop as they do some lovely food.

Sunday Lunch Jazz Ronnie Scotts Jive Aces

Date: Sunday 14th September 2014 Place: Ronnie Scotts, 47 Frith Street, London (W1D 4HT) Ask for the Spice Table from 12pm to 4pm Cost: £47 Includes: Sunday Jazz ticket, 1 course lunch, service charge, Host Today we are visiting one of the oldest and most iconic jazz clubs in the world – Ronnie Scotts. This will be a lazy Sunday afternoon, chilling out and eating, whilst listening to the cool sounds of the Jazz musicians. Scheduled to play are The Jive Aces who are the UK’s top Jive and Swing Band. This is high energy music where swing meets Rock ‘n Roll, not to be missed! This very popular six piece group have performed at thousands of festivals throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and The Caribbean, 30 countries in all. The were Semi Finalists on Britain’s got Talent!

Sunday Lunch at Skylon with Stunning Views

Date: Sunday 14th September 2014 Place: Royal Festival Hall, London (SE1 8XX) Skylon Restaurant - Spice Table 12:30pm Cost: £42 Three Courses, £36.50 Two Courses Includes: 2 or 3 course Meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Skylon is situated on the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre and offers stunning views from huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Skylon takes its name from the original iconic structure that was built for the 1951 Festival of Britain and the restaurant’s design echoes the style of the Royal Festival Hall during the same period, with unique contemporary touches. Today we’ll be indulging in a two or three course meal while taking in the expansive views and enjoying some good ‘Spice’ company. It’s a great opportunity to get out and socialise in a beautiful environment. Sample menu on our website.

Dorking Social and Meal - Dorking Brasserie

Date: Tuesday 16th September 2014 Place: 43 South St, Dorking, Surrey (RH4 2JX) The South Street Wine Bar - Meet in Bar at 7:30pm Cost: £22.50 Includes: 1 Course Indian meal, Service, Spice Host Extras: Drinks Tonight we’re heading off the Dorking Brasserie for some fine Indian cuisine. Frequently recommended as being the best Indian restaurant in Dorking, and serving possibly the best curry in Surrey, the Dorking Brasserie has been serving fine Indian cuisine with a modern twist for many years. Tonight we’ll be having a 1 course meal with sharing nan and rice and choices on the menu with different meats in the Korma, Biryani, Tandoori and Madras style amongst others. It’s a good way to get together with other Spice members in the area and have a relaxed evening with good food and pleasant company. We’ll first meet at the South Street Wine Bar for a drink and a chat and will then head off to the Dorking Brasserie for supper.


New Members Meal - Best Tapas in Town

Date: Wednesday 17th September 2014 Place: Navarro's, 67 Charlotte Street (W1T 4PH) Ask for Spice table at 7pm Cost: £28.50 Includes: Shared tapas meal, service and Spice host There are lots of new members joining the Club each month and this is an evening especially for you! This has always been a very popular event and a great way to get you involved in Spice. The first event is always a bit daunting, but this is an easy one, and you will meet other people in the same boat as you who don’t know anyone else. When you arrive at the restaurant just say you are with Spice and our Spice host for the evening will be there to meet you and introduce you to the others attending. Although this evening is not a ‘dinner shuffle’ we can move you round to help with the socialising. The meal is a shared tapas meal and the food is really very, very good and definitely worth a visit. Although this evening is designed with new members to Spice in mind it is open to anyone who would like to come along.

Spice U40 - Latin Krazy Salsa with Tapas

Date: Thursday 18th September 2014 Place: Bar Salsa, 96 Charing Cross Rd, London (WC2H 0JG) ask for Spice table at 7pm Cost: £22 Class + Tapas, Includes: a share of some Tapas Platters, 1 hour Salsa Lesson entry to Salsa Club Extras: Drinks Tonight Spice Under 40’s are visiting “London’s Number 1 Latin Live Music Venue” for an evening of Tapas and Salsa with Latin Krazy! We are meeting at 7pm for a drink in the bar and to take advantage of the happy hour. From 7.30-8.30pm we will be taking part in a Salsa class – choose from Beginners, Improvers or Intermediates. You don’t need to have danced Salsa before to attend this event - Salsa dancing is easy to pick up and it’s great fun! After the class we will be sharing some platters of Tapas.

Chill Out Yoga and Pilates Weekend

Date: Fri 19th Sep 2014 - Sun 21st Sep 2014 Place: Horsley Park Hotel, East Horsley, Surrey (KT24 6DU) Arrive from Friday afternoon Cost: £320 Double/Sole Includes: 2 nights luxury hotel accommodation (single use of double bedded rooms), Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Unlimited and always available tea and coffee, fruit and snacks. This luxury yoga, pilates and relaxation weekend provides the perfect break from your hectic life. Yoga and Pilates are known to improve your fitness, flexibility, concentration and ability to cope with stress. Popular yoga advocates are Andy Murray, Ryan Giggs, Johnny Wilkinson and Bon Jovi – to name just a few. Yoga and Pilates are truly for everyone. Yoga practices include physical postures (asanas) that stretch and challenge the body and mind, but also breathing and relaxation techniques. Six yoga and Pilates sessions are on offer over the weekend. These range from gentle morning stretching, to beginner and intermediate poses adapted for the individual ability, and refreshing relaxation. You can do as many of the sessions as you want, but also pamper yourself with a swim in the pool, explore the grounds or relax in the lounge. All sessions are fun and informal. All abilities are welcome, particularly those new to yoga. Equipment will be provided. Horsley Park Hotel Set in 70 acres of stunning parkland, it has wonderful grounds to explore. There is a lovely pool and small gym and an award winning restaurant. We use the Management Centre and Horsley Court as they offer the best single use double bedded accommodation at no supplement. But you are welcome to explore the old Horsley Towers, steeped in history with a guided walk. What to bring and what to wear and an Itinerary can be found on our website.

Friday Social - National Portrait Gallery

Date: Friday 19th September 2014 Place: St Martins Place, Trafalgar Square, London (WC2N 5DN) National Gallery Cafe Bar - Spice Area at 6:45pm Cost: £19.99 Includes: Entry to Portrait Gallery, Complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink, sharing platters Host This is a Friday night out with a difference as we are meeting at the National Gallery Cafe and Bar for a drink and sharing platters then visiting the Portrait Gallery next Door. Please meet in the National Gallery Cafe/Bar where we will start the evening at 18.45 in the bar with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink then at 19.00 will enjoy some delicious sharing platters and tapas nibbles, so please make sure you are there for the food. After the food if you wish you can take a wander into the Portrait Gallery next door as the Gallery is open until 21.00 on a Friday and has over 195,000 portraits. After the Gallery you can come back to the National Gallery bar next door which is open until 11pm.


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Pembroke Bluestone Luxury Resort Weekend

Fri 19th Sep 2014 - Mon 22nd Sep 2014 Bluestone, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire (SA67 8DE) Check in from 12pm on Friday £149 Twin Share £199 Single

Included: a fabulous 3 night, 5 star break at Bluestone National Park Resort with accommodation in luxury lodges (either Skomer or Ramsey lodges), use of the Blue Lagoon, Welcome drink, Friday night supper and Saturday night BBQ meal (weather permitting) guided walk on Saturday and Spice host throughout the weekend. Lots of options on and off the site and we will have a great programme of things to do so you can have a jam packed weekend or a chill out one – the choice is yours! Extras: Food for your breakfasts & Lunches and drinks (you can self-cater and there is a shop on site), activities on or off site, spa treatments It's back...!! After 5 excellent weekends here we are heading down the M4 to beautiful Pembrokeshire again, for our annual visit to the fabulous Bluestone Resort. Bluestone: We’ve found a place where you can go for a few days all year round to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Bluestone really has something to suit everyone. Whether you simply just want to relax, unwind and use the on-site spa facilities, or you want to go out explore and sample the array of on/off site activities, Bluestone is for you. This village has a range of quaint shops, including a bakery, clothes store and general store. A range of restaurants are also available from a traditional village pub to a 5 star fine dining restaurant. The village and all accommodation is nestled into the hillside and surrounded by a forested haven of tranquillity entirely within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This valley also features woodland walks, nature trails, picnic areas, cycle routes and trim trails. Accommodation: With a 5 star status, the accommodation at Bluestone is unique and finished to an extremely high standard and for our visit we will be using two specific executive style lodges as we aim to provide you with the best that the village can offer at an incredible price. We are allocating the lodges on a pot luck basis depending on sharing requests/sex mix etc. Itinerary for the weekend: Arrive on Friday afternoon/evening and meet up at Spice host’s lodge for welcome drink and 1 course hot supper. Meet the rest of the Spice gang and plan the rest of the weekend. On Saturday morning there will be the option to car share so that we can go on an easy ramble to take in the local scenery, the lily ponds and stroll along the beach. We will stop for refreshments and perhaps some lunch along the way. The walk is about 5 miles and we will be away most of the day. There are plenty of other places to visit in this area if you want to do something else instead and our Spice host will have some ideas for you. There is also lots to do on site with orienteering, archery, laser clay shooting and tennis (these can be pre-booked before the weekend) On Saturday evening we will meet again for a pre-dinner drink and BBQ meal in the garden (weather permitting) We can then either relax at the lodges or head to the village pub to continue socialising. Sunday is a free day to relax, go for a walk or explore the area. We will eat in the pub or restaurant on site or do a BYOB type meal at one of the lodges. The Well Spa: Pamper yourself in the elegant and tranquil environment of this exclusive health-spa situated in the centre of the village. Ease your soul and let the pleasant heat relieve any muscular aches, detoxify the skin and rejuvenate you. Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy! Treatments are individually priced.

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Sailing Weekend in Malta + Gozo

Fri 19th Sep 2014 - Mon 22nd Sep 2014 Valletta Harbour, Malta £354 Member Sharing, £374 Guest Sharing (Deposit £70) Extras: Your flights to Malta and back Includes: cabin share aboard, diesel, life harnesses, lunch and breakfast, snacks and coffee/tea. You MUST book your flights separately – book early to get the best price as the trip is guaranteed to run.

This popular event gives you the opportunity to spend a long weekend sailing around Malta and Gozo. The Maltese people are renowned for their hospitality. The water is clear and warm. The weather is hot, predictable and mainly dry from May to September. EnCompass Sailing and yacht Delphini have been hosting Spice weekends in Malta for the past three years. There are three main islands in the archipelago. Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is about 73 miles around; Gozo is about one third the size and Comino is only 5 miles in circumference. This means that we can cover a lot of territory in a weekend. There are some beautiful lagoons and beaches, many of which can only be reached by boat.

You join the yacht Delphini on Friday morning. She is based in Kalkara marina, Valetta harbour, which is about 15 minutes from the airport. Once everyone has arrived we have lunch aboard then set sail for one of many beautiful anchorages for a swim. In the evenings we go to a marina with showering facilities before enjoying some of the excellent food available in the many restaurants. On Saturday and Sunday it is quite feasible to circumnavigate the main islands as well as anchoring in some of the bays or off the golden beaches. We return to base on Sunday night in time to ensure that you catch your plane back on Monday.

 Cancellations: As per the terms and conditions of the supplier, in the event of cancellation more than six weeks before the commencement date of the event, any amounts paid, less £50 will be refunded.


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Walking Weekend - Banbury, Oxfordshire

Fri 19th Sep 2014 - Sun 21st Sep 2014 Banbury, Oxfordshire (OX16 0AH) Arrive from 2.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £169 Member Twin Share, £209 Member Single Includes: 2 nights B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals, 2 days of guided walking WalkWise Overview: Banbury is very easy to get to by train or car, lying in the heart of Oxfordshire. It is a beautiful market town and the Banbury House hotel, a tastefully modernised Georgian hotel, will be our base for the weekend. From here we will be able to stroll into town on an evening and seek out some quiet traditional inns or if you wish we can seek out some live music. The hotel is also well placed to explore the beautiful Oxfordshire and Wakwickshire countryside. In the past we have enjoyed walks around Rollright Stones and the surrounding cotswoldsie villages of Fenny Compton, Hook Norton and Chipping Norton. There are innumerable lovely walks in the area and so this time we have some totally new walks around the Dassett Hills and Fenny Compton area and some new variations around Chipping Norton area! WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On both days there will be a harder walk of 10-12 miles with up to 2000ft of ascent, and a gentler walk of 6-9 miles with less ascent. Accommodation: The Best Western Banbury House Hotel is a Georgian style hotel whose long serving and professional management team focus on great service. Every bedroom has complimentary, coffee and tea making facilities, free wi-fi, hair dryers, complimentary shower gel, soaps, shampoo and shower lotions, flat screen tv’s, desk fans, clock and telephones.

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Brighton Big Wheel and Fish and Chips

Saturday 20th September 2014 Madera Drive, Brighton (BN2 1TB) Meet: By the big Wheel - Spice Sign Time: 11:30am £23 Member Wheel + Lunch, £15 Member Lunch Only, Includes: Fish and Chip Lunch and optional ticket for Big Wheel Ride, Service Charge and Spice Host Join us for a great day out in Brighton where you can take an optional flight on the new Brighton Big Wheel followed by a Fish and Chip lunch overlooking the seafront. After lunch at the Regency Restaurant you can stroll along the prom or wander around the quaint shops in Historic Lanes in the town Centre.

Historical Tea Tour at VA Museum + Tea

Date: Saturday 20th September 2014 Place: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Roa (SW7 2RL) Meet: Entrance by Coat Hand -in Area Time:10:15am Cost: £42 Member, £45 Guest Includes: Guided Tea Tour in V&A, Tea and Cake, Service Charge and Spice Host Discover the magical world of Tea through the ages with our Guided Tea Tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the history of tea drinking from its origins in China and East India to the height of its popularity in Georgian Britain, where it touched the English interior and forever shaped British culture. The tour finishes in the museum Tea Room, where we enjoy a wonderful selection of English tea and cakes. There are only 8 places on this fascinating tour so book early to secure your place.

Meet + Eat Social Chelmsford - Olio

Date: Saturday 20th September 2014 Place: Olio Restaurant, 37 New London Rd, Chelmsford (CM2 0ND) Time: 7:30pm Cost: £2 Member, £4 Guest Join us in the Chelmsford area tonight for a meet and eat social at the Olio Restaurant in New London Road. At Olio, their passion is to ensure that customers enjoy the real taste of Italian food which is prepared with the finest natural ingredients and cooked in the traditional way. Every meal is prepared with the spirit of authentic Italian soul and is guaranteed to awaken the taste buds with every bite. A Spice host will be there to meet you and on the night you just pay for your drinks, food and service charge for your chosen dishes. You will need to book for this event and we have charged a small booking fee for organising the event and providing a Spice Host.

Saturday Night Funkynation at Ronnie Scotts

Date: Saturday 20th September 2014 Place: Ronnie Scotts, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London (W1D 4HT) Upstairs 7:30pm Cost: £16 Member, £19 Guest Includes: Reserved area, DJ Music, Sharing Platters, Service charge and Spice Host Tonight we are heading to the popular venue of Ronnie Scotts for their Saturday Funkynation disco night with the very best DJ’s playing jazz, funk, soul, 80’s boogie and vintage grooves. We will have a reserved area so you can keep your toes tapping, or maybe have a boogie on the dance floor. We will be having some sharing platters such as meat, cheese or deliboards at 8.15 so please arrive before this so you don’t miss out. This is a great way to meet other members and have a fun night. The music kicks off at 8.00pm.


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Spice Army Assault Course - Surrey

Saturday 20th September 2014 Henfold Lakes, Henfold Lane, Dorking, (RH5 4RW) Report to Reception say with SPICE Time: 11:30am to 2pm £34 Member, £37 Guest Includes: Sole SPICE use of Army Assault Course for 2 hours, Spice Host Back by popular demand! Today we are heading to Dorking in Surrey to a fantastic purpose built Army Assault Course. So for all you competitive G.I Joes (or Jane’s) out there, this course will test your mental and physical abilities to the limit. You will be faced with adrenalin fuelled obstacles such as tunnels, rope swings, high walls, water obstacles and barbed wire. Working together is key to this event. You will need to encourage your team as you tackle each obstacle. Times are recorded as you make your way around the course. This is now your big chance to give it a go!!!! We will meet at the centre and in teams we will battle our way across the various assault course obstacles which are set out across woodland. Be prepared to get wet and muddy!!

Thai Dinner at Sucheera - Tunbridge Wells

Date: Saturday 20th September 2014 Place: 71 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (TN1 2UY) Ask for the Spice Table Time: 7:30pm Cost: £24.50 Member, £27.50 Guest Includes: 2 Course Thai dinner, service charge and Spice Host Tonight we are heading off to Sucheeera for a stylish Thai dinner. The menu is crammed full of wonderful dishes so why not treat yourself to a lovely meal out! We are having a 2 course meal where you choose a starter and a main course. We will then order a number of rice, noodles and vegetable dishes to share amongst us giving more choice. The chef uses authentic fresh Thai produce and caters for all tastes. Date: Place: Cost:

007 - Bond in Motion and Lunch - London

Sunday 21st September 2014 Gordons Wine Bar, 47 Villiers Street, (WC2N 6NE) Meet: Wine Vault in Bar - Spice Table Time: 12pm £33 Member Lunch + 007 Ticket, £18 Member Lunch only, Includes: 1 Course lunch at Gordons Wine bar and optional ticket to 007 Bond in Motion, Service Charge and Spice Host Extras: Audio Tour Today we are heading to Gordon’s Wine Bar for lunch then off to Covent Garden to the London Film Museum to see “007 Bond in Motion”, the largest display and exhibition of Original James Bond Cars and memorabilia from different Bond Films. In the main exhibition space the numerous vehicles on display include the archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s majestic Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me. Displayed alongside less predictable 007 modes of transport such as the Citroën 2CV and the Crocodile Submarine the exhibit also includes a variety of aircraft, boats and motorcycles. Date: Place: Cost:

Keep Calm and Carry On Workshop

Sunday 21st September 2014 Stonemasons Arms, 54 Cambridge Gr, Hammersmith, London (W6 0LA) Time: 11:30am to 4:30pm £49 Member, £53 Guest Includes: one day workshop for Spice members with Sheila McMahon

If you are ready to make empowering, inspiring changes to your life then book your seat on this course and get ready to see how fantastic your life can be! There is more pressure than ever from the outside world and the reality is you can’t change things that are out of your control. BUT you can change how you feel about them and how they affect you. This workshop is all about maintaining your Mental Health regardless of what is going on around you! This workshop will give you tips and techniques towards handling stress, self confidence, managing your thoughts, mindfulness and work/life balance and of course having fun. For those have been on a Mind Management Workshop with Sheila this workshop has new tools and techniques to help you achieve and maintain the life you want. Sheila is a Qualified Counsellor has a private practice in Birmingham. During her counselling training she realized that the only thing stopping her from achieving her goals was her own negative thoughts. She has broken through this cycle and is ready to pass on her techniques to others who want to make changes to their life.

Sex and the City Afternoon Tea

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014 Place: Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, London (W1H 7BH) Time: 3:15pm Cost: £49 Member, £52 Guest Includes: Afternoon Tea, Service, Spice Host Experience a fashionable afternoon tea in London with this fabulous Sex and the City Afternoon Tea. The Tea includes savoury dishes inspired by the city of New York and include Waldorf Salad sandwiches, New York bagels with pastrami, mustard and mayonnaise and a carbohydrate free smoked salmon and dill cream cheese ball amongst others, while on the sweet end of the spectrum, a selection of pastries has been created with each of the girls in mind. A selection of teas has also been highlighted for each of the girls. It’s a great afternoon out and not to be missed!


The Savoy Chocolate Master Class

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Sunday 21st September 2014 The Savoy, The Strand, London (WC2R 0EU) Meet: Upper Thames foyer Reception Area Time: 9:45am £115 Member, £118 Guest Includes: Two hour Chocolate Masterclass at Savoy, three course chocolate themed lunch, service charge and Spice Host Join us for an exclusive Valrhona Chocolate Master Class and lunch at The Savoy Hotel. This two hour Chocolate Master Class is with one of the Pastry Chefs where they will teach you the preparation of Chocolates, with recipes for the home chef! Participants will also get to take away a Savoy Apron and indulge in the Savoy’s three course chocolate based menu. The Course starts at 10.am and will finish at 12.00am followed by the three course lunch. No previous experience required. Limited places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. Sorry we cannot give refunds on tickets unless we can resell your slot. This is a great price as other hotels are offering a similar event for over £200.

Funky Motown Night and Supper - Soho

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Tuesday 23rd September 2014 Barrio Central, 6 Poland Street, Soho, London (W1F8PS) Time: 6:45pm £22.50 Member, £24.50 Guest Includes a supper of shared platters, a welcome drink of a cocktail, beer or wine, service and Spice host. This is a great, small venue in the heart of Soho which is a cocktail bar with a warm and welcoming feel, a bit retro and funky and worth a visit. We have booked ourselves a quirky corner where we can chill out, soak up the atmosphere and listen to the music. Every Tuesday, from 7pm, Joe Chiari and his gang of merry men kick off the DJ and kick on the drum kit bringing you the best of funky Motown takes on your favourite modern and classic tunes. Their glorious platters provide a selection of dishes cooked from fresh ingredients with a respect for authentic recipes but with the Barrio added twist.

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Live Music + Supper - Dion Bar, St Pauls

Wednesday 24th September 2014 Paternoster Hse, 65 St Pauls Churchyard (EC4M 8AB) Meet: Ground Floor Bar - Spice Sign Time: 7pm £24 Member, £27 Guest Includes: Welcome drink, Glass of wine, beer or soft drink, 1 Course light supper, Live music and service charge.

Dion St Paul’s runs parallel with St Paul’s cathedral and has stunning views overlooking the cathedral and grounds. Wednesday nights are when the All Stars band play at dion St. Paul’s. A key date in the City diary, with the opportunity to experience some of the finest session musicians in the world playing in the comfort and luxury of the City’s best champagne and wine bar. They start early, with mellow sets to wind you down after work and then build the mood and the tempo through the evening, finishing with some of the finest funk, soul and dance floor classics ever written. dion is the only bar in the City to have a top band perform weekly, offering the same quality of entertainment that would be found in a West End Jazz club.

Theatre - Les Miserables

celebrating 27 years in the West End Wednesday 24th September 2014 Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London (W1D 6BA) Meet: At Entrance - Spice Sign Time: 7pm £52.50 Members, £55.50 Guests Includes discounted ticket and booking fee (Sorry we cannot refund on tickets unless we are able to re-sell) If you have not arrived by 7.10p.m. your ticket will be left at the box office for you to collect. Fabulous seats in the Stalls Row N. Public Price £65 Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg's Les Miserables is celebrating 27 years in London’s West End and is now the World's longest running musical. This international award-winning musical sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. Seen by more than 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, this spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece continues to thrill audiences night after night.

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Cotes Bistro Dining - St Albans

Date: Friday 26th September 2014 Place: Cotes, 3 High Street, St Albans (AL3 4ED) Ask for the Spice table Time: 6:45pm Cost: £23.95 MemberIncludes: 3 Courses meal, Coffee & Service Charge Includes: 3 Courses meal, Coffee Tonight we are going to a new restaurant for us in St Albans. A lovely French Bistro with a wonderful ambience & superb service. The inspiration for the food and design came from a modern interpretation of the many famous bistros that populate Paris. We are taking advantage of an early menu which is excellent value so we need to be seated by 7.00pm at the latest.


Casino Evening and Supper

Have a go at Roulette ......................... Friday 26th September 2014 The Palm Beach Casino, 30 Berkeley St (W1J 8EH) Meet: In the White Bar - Spice Sign Time: 6:15pm £23 Member, £26 Guest Includes: 1 Course Supper and Service, Spice Host. We have arranged an exciting evening out at the Palm Beach Casino in Berkeley Square in the heart of London’s fashionable Mayfair. This fun evening includes a one course Supper and if you want to you can try your hand at Roulette or Black Jack. We will meet in the White Bar as we need to then enter the Casino as a group and go to our table in the Restaurant. Included in the event is a one course supper at the start of the evening. with dishes such as, Curry, Vegetable Risotto, Fish and chips, The Beach Beef Burger or After supper we will move to the gaming area. You don’t have to have been to a Casino before so it doesn’t matter whether you’ve played before or an absolute beginner as everyone can have some fun. Date: Place: Cost:

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Sailing Weekend Poole - Jurassic Coast

Fri 26th Sep 2014 - Sun 28th Sep 2014 Poole Quay, Town Quay, Poole (BH15 1BT) Meet: 8.00 Friday Evening £280 Member, £300 Guest (Deposit £65) We start this weekend cruise from the Poole Town Quay Marina. On Friday evening we get to know each other over a meal in one of the Town Quay restaurants. On Saturday morning we sail through beautiful Poole Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in Europe, past Brownsea Island (home of the original Scout camp and red squirrels) and out into Poole Bay where we sail south for a few miles past a coast of rolling chalk downland, punctuated midway by the famous “Old Harry” chalk stack, before turning west around Durlston Head. The coastline between Poole and Weymouth, the Jurassic coast, takes in Swanage and a number of beautiful coves and bays such as Worbarrow and Lulworth. En route you also get to sail close to the majestic St Alban’s Head and see Portland Bill. Weymouth is a traditional harbour and is a favourite amongst sailors for its ready access to many pubs and restaurants. Lunchtime meals are taken underway and are normally of the type that can be eaten al fresco. Throughout the sailing day snacks and biscuits are made available. Hot and cold drinks are provided as suits the conditions. We are able to cater for special diets. On Sunday we return to Poole. If time and conditions suit, we may anchor for lunch in Studland Bay, a beautiful anchorage a few miles south of Poole Harbour. We arrive back at Poole town quay at approximately 4.30pm.

Your yacht is “Kelana”, a Dehler 39CWS. She is a fast cruising yacht designed to be rewarding to sail and comfortable to be aboard. We ensure that you have the opportunity to helm, adjust the sails and take part in the many tasks that make up a day under sail. You are encouraged to take part in the pilotage and navigation of the boat if you so wish. The extent to which you wish to be hands-on or relax is up to you. Your skipper will take your wishes into account. We want you to enjoy your weekend. Cancellations: In the event of cancellation more than six weeks before the commencement date of the event, any amounts paid, less £50 will be refunded. No amounts will be refunded in the event of cancellation less than six weeks before the commencement date of the event unless your place is resold

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Spice U40 Bunkbarn Weekend Derbyshire

Fri 26th Sep 2014 - Sun 28th Sep 2014 The Stables, Ollerbrook Farm, Edale (S33 7ZG) Arrive from 4.00pm £69 Member Bunk Room Share Includes: 2 nights bunkbarn accommodation, 1 cooked breakfast, 1 continental style breakfast, a welcome drink, a packed lunch on the Saturday and the services of a Spice host Join us for a great value weekend in the beautiful Hope Valley area of Derbyshire. We will be staying in The Stables; a centrally heated bunk house near the start of the Pennine Way with easy access to Kinder Scout. The Stables is a recently converted barn situated on a working hill farm 10 minute’s walk away from the village of Edale. Accommodation: The bunkhouse sleeps 16 in 4 x 4 bedded bunk rooms. Each bunk has a mattress with fitted sheet and a pillow with pillow case. Please bring your own sleeping bag or duvet. There are three newly refurbished showers and toilets situated both up and downstairs. Breakfast is included in this weekend and as is usual with these weekends you will be expected to muck in to help cook and clean – it is all part of the fun of the weekend. Arrival on Friday can be any time after 4pm Then it will be a case of getting to know everyone on the weekend and honing our plans for the 2 days. On Saturday night we will book a meal in a local pub/restaurant (not included in price) so we can all sit down and eat together as a group.


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Walking Weekend - Ennerdale + The Lakes

Fri 26th Sep 2014 - Sun 28th Sep 2014 Ennerdale Country House Hotel, (CA23 3DT) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal is at 8.00p.m. £169 Member Twin Share, £209 Member Single Includes: 2 night's B&B accommodation, 2 evening meals, 2 picnic lunches, 2 days of guided walking with a choice of walks WalkWise Overview: The Lake District needs no introduction, it is quite simply one of the most picturesque parts of Britain and a true walkers’ paradise. There are imposing mountains, friendly fells and hills, stunning attractive valleys, peaceful lakes and tumbling waterfalls; all of which seamlessly blend together to create a landscape of unrivalled beauty. The three star, Grade II listed Ennerdale Country House is our venue. It lies nestled in 5 acres of tranquil gardens which are overlooked by many of the bedrooms and the beautiful fountain restaurant where the new management team will look after your every need. The Walkwise Walking Programme: On our first day we will be walking in the fantastic valley of Ennerdale, arguably the quietest and most peaceful in the whole of the Lake District. Our second day will be in the Loweswater and Crummock Water area, another hidden treasure of the Lakes! WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On both days there will be a harder walk of around 9-12 miles with 2500+ft of ascent, and a gentler walk of 7-9 miles with less ascent. Accommodation: The Ennerdale Country House Hotel has ensuite bedrooms, all are individually designed and very well equipped with tea/coffee maker, telephone, shower, bath CD player, video recorder and satellite TV! You can relax in the Muncaster Lounge after a day on the hills, or enjoy the lounge bar with traditional ales. The fountain restaurant really is dining in style, spacious, ornately decorated yet with airy views to the garden and it is a great setting in which to enjoy your meal.

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Walking Weekend Hastings + Sussex Coast

Fri 26th Sep 2014 - Sun 28th Sep 2014 Royal Victoria Hotel, Hastings, Sussex (TN38 0BD) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £169 Member Twin Share, £209 Member Single Includes: 2 nights B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 guided walks each day Basing ourselves in the seaside town of Hastings allows us to explore all the delights that East Sussex has to offer. There is a sublime coastline to discover which is also home to some amazing nature reserves such as at Rye Harbour and of course this is adjacent to the picture perfect town of Rye. Slightly inland lies the lovely Winchelsea and the historic Battle with its famous Abbey and Castle is a definite must see too! Our base for the event is the 3 star Best Western Royal Victoria Hotel, which occupies a stunning position on the seafront, you may even remember it from Foyles War! The hotel was built in 1828 and blends impressive period features such as the listed marble staircase with antique furnishings and modern elegance. There is also a welcoming piano lounge and friendly bar, and some of the spacious bedrooms are more like suites! It’s also only a short stroll into the old town where old shops and traditional inns hosting live music on an evening. So to summarise a lovely location, an historic hotel and some great walking… see you there! To allow you to choose a walk that suits you best, WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On each day there will be a harder walk of 10-12 miles with up to 1000ft of ascent, and a gentler walk of 7-9 miles with less ascent. Accommodation: The Royal Victoria Hotel is situated on the seafront in the heart of St Leonards. They have en suite bedrooms, some of which have stunning sea views. The bedrooms are en-suite and they are all individually styled and decorated in a manner which complements the historic nature of the hotel.

Canary Wharf Walk + Turkish Lunch - Hazev

Date: Saturday 27th September 2014 Place: Outside Canary Wharf Underground Station (E14 9RT) Meet: Top of escalators Canary Wharf Tube Time: 11am Cost: £34 Member Includes: Guided walk around Canary Wharf Docks and lunch at Turkish Restaurant Hazev Join us for an easy two and a half mile walk around the docks in Canary Wharf then a wonderful Turkish meal at the waterside restaurant Hazev. This is a wonderful area which has undergone some extraordinary changes in its history. Once marshland, it was reclaimed by trading companies to build secure docks. From these beginnings grew the Docklands, which during its heyday had as many as 50,000 people working there. Heavily bombed during the war, the area enjoyed a brief resurgence in the 1950s but, with containerization, the Docklands gradually fell into decline. By 1980 the docks were closed with the loss of thousands of jobs. After our walk we will make our way to Hazev Restaurant which brings you the authentic taste of traditional Turkish food inspired by the Mediterranean and the Middle East to this waterside restaurant at Canary Wharf. With its waterfront aspect and olive trees it overlooks the beautiful City Canal and South Dock at Canary Wharf and you can imagine you are sitting at an outdoor restaurant in Istanbul overlooking the Bhosphorus...............an oasis of Anatolian cuisine.


Fire Eating + Breathing Workshop

Date: Saturday 27th September 2014 Place: All Hallows Church Hall, 138 Chertsey Rd, Twickenham (TW1 1EW) Time: 11am to 3:30pm Cost: £49 Member Early Booking, £55 Guest Early Booking Fire Eating & Breathing: This has got to be one of the Spice Classic Events. Go on, It Must Be On Your List of "Got to do's". If you are not sure about doing it then ask around and find out what a great day it is! Over 2000 Spice members have faced the challenge and swallowed fire - and the feedback forms tell us it's crazy - thrilling - adrenaline pumping and more - fire eating is one of our Classic Events that sets Spice and its members far above the mundane and gives you the chance to leave mediocrity behind and become extraordinary. The morning session comprises a thorough programme of games and exercises done as a group, designed to boost confidence and team spirit, and to prepare members for the challenge of safely learning this dangerous and esoteric skill. Its lots of fun but never the less taken seriously as danger is ever present, so no messing about on this one. The day culminates in the incredible sight of all the team swallowing firebrands and for the grand finale - a team photo of everyone flame throwing! Are we mad - not when you know how! The day doesn't just teach you a new party trick, but gives a mega boost to your confidence and self esteem, which lasts long after the event. A great event for new members to meet and 'bond' with others, and discover what Spice is all about. We are also justifiably proud that we achieve an almost 100% success rate with members young and old! Because a lot of Spicers make Fire Eating their party piece, firebrands are for sale at a modest extra cost, so bring some cash!

Northern Line Tube Walk via Charing Cross

Date: Saturday 27th September 2014 Place: London Bridge Tube Staton, London (SE1 9SP) Time: 10:30am Cost: £7 Member, £9 Guest Includes: guded 6 mile walk Have you ever wondered what you would see if the tube trains were ground level? Well now's your chance, find out today as we walk another tube line, this time from London Bridge to Camden Town via Charing Cross, all following as close as we can to the route of the Northern Line as streets will allow and passing each underground station along the route, the walk is approximately 6 miles long and as always will visit a pub along the way

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On The Trail of Jack the Ripper - Ian Jelf

Saturday 27th September 2014 Whitechapel Tube Station, London (E1 1BY) Outside - Spice sign Time: 4pm £15 Member Tour Only, £18 Guest Tour Only, £34 Member Tour + 2 courses, £36 Guest Tour + 2 courses Includes: guided tour with Ian Jelf, Blue Badge Guide, option of 2 course Turkish meal, Service and Spice Host In the Autumn of 1888, the East End of London was seized with fear as one by one a series of prostitutes working in the area was brutally murdered. Those murders were never solved…….but today they have gone down in history as the work of the infamous Jack the Ripper! Today, interest in the Ripper and his evil deeds has never been greater; but that means that the walking tours of the sites can attract vast numbers (sometimes in the hundreds!) for the worst sort of “conveyor belt” tourism. So - in the company of Blue Badge Guide Ian Jelf - we’ve decided to give members the chance to discover the Ripper trail in a more ordered way. No fancy dress, no fooling about with a serious subject and – unlike the “mass market” tours – the chance to visit each of the confirmed “Ripper” murder sites. You won’t learn who the Ripper was…….but you will hear plenty of theories and might want to make up your own mind. We’re doing the walk in the afternoon so as to avoid the worst of the crowds that flock to some of the easier-to-reach sites. We meet outside Whitechapel Underground station for a prompt start and we’ll finish near Aldgate.

Tropical Island Bar Social and Supper

Date: Saturday 27th September 2014 Place: Kanola Bar, 18 Lime Office Court, Hill House, Shoe Lane (EC4A 3BQ) Time: 8pm Cost: £19 Member, £22 Guest Includes: Sharing Platters, Service, Spice Host Join us tonight at the Kanola Tropical Island Bar and Grill for a social evening including some supper. The bar area of Kanaloa consists of a long black bamboo bar front, surrounded by carved wooden pillars and attractively lit with lampshades made from exotic shells. Moving through the venue, the lounge is the most traditionally tiki styled area, with crazy paving stone floor and rattan screens providing discreet alcoves placed at intervals throughout. For those who want to hit the dance floor to the eclectic music played by Kanaloa’s resident DJs Tommy Crane and Chris Anderson can head to the club area, featuring large elevated booths looking out over revellers and a colour changing ceiling to reflect every mood. Towards the rear of Kanaloa is the Treetops, a rainforest styled retreat with giant palm trees, tropical leaf patterned walls, and rustic wooden planking. Guests can hide away in the branches at the top or sit in the shade of the palms on the beach underneath.


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Wolf Experience and Walk - Bedford

Saturday 27th September 2014 A428 between Bromham and Turvey Directions will be emailed Time: 10:15am to 1:30pm £47 Member, £52 Guest Includes exclusive Spice visit with opportunity to walk and feed the wolves.

Walk and feed the wolves - another unusual and truly amazing experience and one of our most popular events. We have run this event many times and always receive excellent feedback. Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf - probably, so now is a chance to confront your fears and dispel those childhood myths. The Anglian Wolf Society is a small private sanctuary for 4 wolves and they support and raise funds for wolf conservation. They are not open to the public but have kindly agreed to allow Spice members to visit the centre to learn more about the wolves, feed them and have some hands on experience. We also accompany one of the wolves on a walk around the adjacent land. It is very much the wolves who are in charge on the day and they will decide if they are going to be friendly to any visitors! There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs. The handlers will make you very welcome and chat to you throughout the whole wolf experience and answer any of your questions. On this experience you will have the opportunity to feed the wolves and have some hands on experience. This event and the introduction to wolves will allay any pre-conceived ideas we may have about these beautiful animals! We will apologise in advance for our next line!! Why don’t you come along and make this a “howling” success!

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Build A Winning Attitude and Self Esteem

Sunday 28th September 2014 Cross Keys Pub, 9 Gracechurch St, London (EC3V 0DR) Function room 11:30am to 5pm £49 Member, £55 Guest

Spice is all about challenging ourselves - and what better than the ultimate challenge, our own true self! Has your energy level, confidence, trust or belief in yourself ever let you down? Then, this could be the workshop for you. Self esteem is the way you see you. It’s the way you talk to yourself, react to people and situations around you. We conjure up a picture of ourselves in basically either a state of success or failure in the pursuit we are about to take. This workshop: * * * * * * * *

Shows how to build your own confidence and self-esteem Explains what self-esteem is and how it works Shows how your self-image affects your attitude How to believe in yourself Explains methods for controlling your thinking Learn how to uncover and smash your own self-made obstacles, limiting values, and beliefs Discover why good people can fail Uncover the history of your self-image

However, the real challenge of the day is at the end when you have the chance of ‘Board Breaking’. This is a one inch thick 8” x 10” block of wood, which after careful coaching is broken using only your hand. This is mainly a mental challenge rather than a pure physical challenge and sums up the day giving you a chance to put into practice what you have learnt. This is the first in a series of self-development workshops designed exclusively for Spice by Richard Bisiker, a management trainer, coach and author of the book “More of What You Want”. His wide experience is the culmination of working with people in a wide variety of businesses over the last ten years. His approach is highly practical, experimental and entertaining. It should prove a valuable investment in your future.

The Savoy Cookery Seafood Class + Lunch

Date: Sunday 28th September 2014 Place: Savoy Hotel, The Strand, London (WC2R 0EU) Upper Thames Foyer Reception area at 9:45am Cost: £115 Includes: 2 Hour Seafood Cookery Class three course Lunch, service charge Spice Host Join us for an exclusive Seafood Cookery Class and lunch at the Savoy Hotel. This two hour Seafood Cookery Class is with one of the Savoy’s chefs from Kaspar’s Seafood Restaurant in the Savoy. Learn how to cook and prepare seafood such as Scottish Lobsters, hand dived scallops and Cornish Crab. The class will finish with a three course meal in one of The Savoy’s Restaurants. This is a great opportunity to get behind the scenes at The Savoy and gain hands on experience in the kitchen. This Seafood, “Fruit de Mer” Cookery Course starts at 10.am and will finish at 12.00am followed by the three course lunch. No previous experience required. Limited places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. Sorry we cannot give refunds on tickets unless we can resell your slot.


Savoy Hotel - Sunday Afternoon Tea

Date: Sunday 28th September 2014 Place: Savoy Hotel, The Strand, London (WC2R 0EU) Ask for the Spice table in Thames Foyer Time: 2:45pm Cost: £59.50 Member Tea Only, £72.50 Member Tea+Champagne, Includes: Afternoon Tea, Service charge, Spice Host Experience a quintessential Afternoon Tea at the newly restored Savoy Hotel on the Strand. Meet in the Thames Foyer with its original Art Decor mirrors and enjoy a Traditional English Afternoon Tea which includes finger sandwiches, homemade scones with preserve and clotted cream, mouth watering Savoy signature cakes and pastries with a choice of fine teas. Afternoon Tea in London has been fashionable for the last 150 years. So don’t miss out on this great opportunity to experience the glamour, luxuriousness and timeless elegance of this opulent iconic hotel which has just undergone a £100 million restoration. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Dress code – Smart casual

Silent Tour - Dennis Severs House

Date: Sunday 28th September 2014 Place: 18 Folgate Street, London (E1 6BX) Meet at entrance Time: 12pm Cost: £29 Member tour + Lunch, £32 Guest tour + Lunch Includes: Severs House Tour, 1 Course Meal, Service Charge Spice London are delighted to have organised a very unusual experience for our members with a visit to Dennis Severs’ th House where you tour around the different rooms in the house dating from 18 Century to the Victorian period. Following our visit we will then head off for a 1 course lunch at Pizza Express. The game is that you interrupt a family of silk-weavers named Jervis. They can still sometimes be heard but seem always to be just out of sight. As you journey off in this SILENT tour through the ten rooms, each lit by candlelight you receive a number of stimulations to your senses. It is the smell of food that first aligns your imagination with the faces around you in portraits then.... Mr Jervis’s wig surely not the very same one that hangs over the back of his chair? His meal is only half eaten, did he abandon it when he heard us arrive? The warm candlelit rooms captures the old masters, the creak of footsteps, whispers and opening doors, texture, different smells and the ticking and chiming of clocks – its spellbinding but the motto of the house is that you either see it or you don’t! Important Note: after our introduction, the tour takes place in silence, giving you a rare opportunity to become lost in another time. The visit will last approximately one hour. We need to confirm numbers for this tour, well in advance, so early bookings are recommended.

Totally Thames Sunday Stroll in Essex

Date: Sunday 28th September 2014 Place: New Tank Road, Purfleet, Essex (RM19 1SZ) Visitor Centre - Spice Sign 12:15pm to 4pm Cost: £12 Includes: Guided Totally Thames Stroll, Entry into Nature Reserve, Spice Host Extras: Refreshments We have a fascinating event planned for wildlife and nature lovers! The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) guide will be taking a leisurely stroll around the paths and boardwalks of the Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve. This post lunch amble around the trails will take in the sights and sounds of the denizens of the marsh. Some of the wildlife will only be visiting from far flung places while others are local residents. The River Thames provide a vital habitat and a gateway for migrating birds (and other creatures), and Rainham is the perfect stop off to rest and feed up before continuing on their journey. This is the perfect opportunity to improve your identification skills, meet like-minded people and walk off that Sunday lunch!

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Walking Weekend, Shropshire Hills + Gorge

Fri 3rd Oct 2014 - Sun 5th Oct 2014 Buckatree Hall Hotel, Wrekin, Shropshire (TF6 5AL) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single (Deposit £35 Twin Share, £40 Single) Includes: 2 night's B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals, 2 guided walk each day Extras: Combining a well-appointed 3 star hotel with a terrific set of walks in two of the most engaging parts of Shropshire. With its variety of habitats including the wild uplands, isolated broad ridges and delightful woodlands the area caters very easily for all levels of walker. For the hard walkers there is the opportunity to stride out and attain summits that view 15 counties at once. For the more moderate walkers, they too will sit aloft on landmarks such as Long Mynd, but these will be attained by a more gradual route. Known locally and for good reason as the “Secret Hills”– the landscapes with high moors truncated by meandering rivers, narrow and secluded ‘batches’, not to mention the panoramic views and historical attractions, make this a “walkers paradise”… but don’t tell everyone! Please see our Web-Site for full details.


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Florence Photography Break

Thu 9th Oct 2014 - Sun 12th Oct 2014 Hotel Machiavelli Palace, Florence Cost: £679 Twin Share, £869 Single (Deposit £200) Includes: flights, transfers, 3 nights B&B in 3 star hotel, photographic tuition Extras: Travel Insurance is compulsory. Local payment of 30 euro. Lunches and evening meals not included This is the perfect weekend to experience the culture and magic of Florence. Famous for its magnificent art and architecture, Florence is often considered to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The city has photographic opportunities galore, the Duomo, with amazing facades and details, Piazza della Signoria, the central point in Florence with Palazzo Vecchio, the fortress-like city hall, the huge fountain of Neptune and array of statues like Michelangelo’s David, make it a fascinating outdoor gallery. The views from Piazza Michelangelo across the river to the rooftops of the city and the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, piazzas, street life, cafes and many street entertainers provide us with endless images. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

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Fly Fishing Weekend - Mid Wales

Fri 10th Oct 2014 - Sun 12th Oct 2014 Luest Fach, Foel, Mid Wales (SY21 0YB) From 6.00pm on Friday £199 Sharing, (Deposit £35) Includes: Friday night light supper, Two nights B&B, lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction, equipment and licences You’ll soon be hooked on the popular and fascinating sport of fly fishing on this weekend rural escape. As a group activity it can be great fun, and over the weekend you will learn all the basics, including the opportunity to catch your first trout and take it home. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

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Outdoor Digital Photography Weekend

Fri 10th Oct 2014 - Sun 12th Oct 2014 Lluest Fach, Mid Wales (SY21 OPB) Arrive from 6.00p.m. Buffet 8.30p.m. £177 Sharing, (Deposit £35) Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet/picnic lunches, 4 course evening dinner party and all instructions Do you own a digital camera? Do you look at the pictures on the screen and your prints and think they’re ok, but they’re not really as you remember when you took the shot. Well this weekend aims to change all that and will allow you to get to grips with how your digital camera really works amidst the stunning and varied scenery that Mid-Wales has to offer. Your instructor for the weekend is Mark Sisson, a full-time professional wildlife photographer and experienced workshop leader. This is a great opportunity to learn from an experienced professional at a price well below his usual rates. We’ll focus on a th number of the superb outdoor locations near the secluded 16 Century stone farmhouse that will be our base for the weekend. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

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Walking Weekend - Cairngorms, Scotland

Fri 10th Oct 2014 - Sun 12th Oct 2014 Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge, Inverness (PH23 3AB) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single (Deposit £35 Twin Share, £40 Single) Includes: 2 night's accommodation, 2 evening meals, 2 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 days of guided walks with a choice of walks each day Walkwise Overview: Well it’s time for us to revisit the Cairngorms which is Scotland’s 2nd National Park. it is also the largest National Park in the UK. The area features the highest, coldest & snowiest plateau & is also home to five of the nine highest mountains in the UK. One of the outstanding joys of this precious area is the wildlife and its habitats. The Cairngorms National Park is home to a diverse & spectacular range of species that either make this their home all year round, or return annually after seasonal migration. The area has high arctic mountain plateaus, ancient Caledonian pine forests, lochs and rivers all of which have thriving and various species breeding throughout the year. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

Walking Weekend - Chippenham Wiltshire

Date: Fri 10th Oct 2014 - Sun 12th Oct 2014 Place: Angel Hotel, Chippenham, Wiltshire (SN15 3BW) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. Cost: £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Includes: 2 night's B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals, 2 guided walks each day On Saturday we will walk the White Horse Way and the Wessex Ridgeway to conclude in the famous village of Avebury, famed as the second largest prehistoric site in Britain, (but possibly the most interesting!!) On Sunday we may choose to reacquaint ourselves with Harry Potter’s pretty village of Lacock Abbey which has lovely walks and some cracking afternoon teas. However there is also some beautiful countryside walks around Slaughterford, Castle Combe and the Macmillan Way, which may yet tempt us! Please see our Web-Site for full details.


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Canadian Canoe Trail + 1 night camp Kent

Sat 11th Oct 2014 - Sun 12th Oct 2014 Hop Farm, Campsite, Paddock Wood, Kent (TN12 6PY) Final info will be emailed from 10am £95 Includes: all equipment needed for canoeing, coaching and safety cover but not campsite fees, food and meals which are all payable separately Why not join us on a leisurely and unhurried cruise on the River Medway. This easy going trip makes a perfect introduction to journeying by Canadian canoe. It also provides an opportunity for those with some experience to develop and consolidate their skills and knowledge of open canoeing. The cruise follows part of the newly opened Medway canoe trail from Tonbridge to Teston Bridge a distance of around 12 miles over two days. We will camp at the halfway point, by the riverside, at the Hop Farm Campsite near East Peckham and drop off our camping gear there on the Saturday morning, so that all is ready when we arrive by canoe in the early evening. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

Pit Firing Pottery 3 day Workshop - Surrey

Date: Sat 11th Oct 2014 - Sun 19th Oct 2014 Place: Painshill Park,Portsmouth Rd,Cobham, Surrey (KT11 1JE) Visitor Centre/shop 10am Cost: £78 Includes: Entry to Painshill, Pit Firing Pottery Workshop over three days Spice Host Extras: Refreshments Join us for a Pottery Workshop where you get the opportunity of hand-building ceramic pots and the unique method of pitth th th firing pottery (the workshop is takes place across 3 days over two weekends 11 , 18 , 19 October 2014 (see below for anticipated timings) This course is suitable for both for complete beginners and intermediate potters. The workshop will be led by Mary Kaun-English a well known and leading ceramic artist. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

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Dance Weekend Extravaganza - 2 nights

Fri 17th Oct 2014 - Sun 19th Oct 2014 Mercure, Two Mile Ash, MIlton Keynes (MK8 8LY) Arrive from 2.00p.m. £175 twin share, £245 single room (Deposit £35 twin share, £50 single room) Includes: Professionally run Dance Workshops on Saturday and Sunday with Sheena Brabazon, Disco Party on Saturday Night, 2 nights Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in luxury Hotel with lunches and evening meals

Spicers love to dance and we have had lots of requests for another Dance Weekend so here it is – a whole weekend of Dancing, run by the fabulous Sheena Brabazon. Our current plan is to run 3 hours of dance workshops during the day on Saturday and Sunday with a party night on Saturday night for you to practise your new moves and join in the theme of a 70’s disco.

Dance Itinerary - Saturday 10.00 – 12.00 Fat Sam’s Speakeasy (1920’s). The 1920’s is always a hugely popular dance routine and easy to learn 12.00 – 13.30 Break for lunch 13.30 – 14.30 Disco Inferno An easy dance to learn and in keeping with our theme for Saturday night’s 70’s disco. Dance Itinerary – Sunday 10.00 – 11.00 Cajun Country Waltz is a thousand times easier than a ballroom waltz, a lot more fun and something quite different from classes you usually come across. 12.00 -13.00 Break for lunch 13.15 – 15.15 New Broom Boogie. A unique dance class where you dance with brooms (supplied by Sheena). Saturday Night - we will have a party night where Sheena will lead us, performing the dance routines we have learnt during the day. All just for fun and to get the party started. The Saturday night party is shared with Spice members staying in the same hotel for a Murder Mystery weekend. So there will lots of other Spicers for you to meet and mingle with on the Saturday night and over the weekend. A 3 course dinner is served on Saturday night, followed the 70’s Disco so get your dancing shoes on so you can hit the dance floor to boogie the night away till midnight. Our hotel for this weekend is the Mercure Abbey Hill hotel in Milton Keynes. With elegant comfortable en-suite rooms it is the perfect location for a Spice weekend. All rooms have flat-screen TV’s Wi-Fi, power showers, tea/coffee making facilities, and air-conditioning. The hotel has a tranquil garden overlooking the golf course and there is a restaurant, bar and gym.


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National Murder Mystery + Disco Weekend

Fri 17th Oct 2014 - Sun 19th Oct 2014 Mercure Abbey HIll, MIlton Keynes (MK8 8LY) Arrive from 4.00pm. £175 Twin Share, £245 Single (Deposit £35 Twin Share, £45 Single) Includes: 2 nights Luxury Hotel Accommodation, 2 x Breakfast, 2 x 3 course evening meals, Twin, double or single en-suite rooms, Professional Murder Mystery Party Organiser with a NEW plot A Cruise to Die for... Free time to explore the area use the outdoor swimming pool, Saturday Night Party with 70’s Disco to midnight.

An absolute classic Spice weekend that embodies the spirit of the club! Are you a budding Agatha Christie or Hercule Poirot? Warning - our plot will have you guessing and working with you team to find out who dunnit! If you have joined us on one of these weekends before we have another brand new excellent plot! The theme of our weekend is A Cruise…To Die For Dig out those flares and flowery shirts! It is 1974. Guests are on a luxury cruise around the Caribbean Islands. The cruise liner is stranded at sea as the incompetent Engineer struggles to restart the failing engines. As they drift in the ocean the situation takes a sinister turn when the 1st class passengers start being bumped off. A man overboard is shortly followed by a mysterious ‘locked room’ death in one of the cabins. Passengers start to fear for their own lives… The 'Love Boat' this ain’t! We meet on Friday night in the Bar from 7pm onwards, with a 3 course dinner served from 8pm onwards. You’ll meet your team but don’t get too friendly with your team mates – one of them is a murderer! The serious business starts on Saturday morning, when you come down to breakfast and discover that a gruesome murder has taken place! You will be searching for clues in the hotel and grounds, gradually building up a picture of what might have taken place.....? Saturday afternoon is free to chill out and explore the area. We resume our search for more clues later in the afternoon. A 3 course dinner is served on Saturday night, followed by a 70’s Disco so get your dancing shoes on so you can hit the dance floor to boogie the night away. We conclude our investigations on Sunday morning – everyone has a different theory, who did it and why? Only one team can win the coveted prize – so “who dunnit”?! Our hotel for this weekend is the Mecure Abbey Hill hotel in Milton Keynes. With elegant comfortable en-suite rooms it is the perfect location for a Spice weekend. As the weekend approaches we will be in touch with everyone as we need you to play a character over the weekend. Everyone is in a team, which will be allocated to you and within the team everyone is playing a character. No acting is required unless you want to as you are given a booklet which gives you all the information about your character.

Skills for Walking the Hills

Date: Fri 17th Oct 2014 - Sun 19th Oct 2014 Place: Lluest Fach Farm, Foel, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) Arrive from 6.00p.m. Buffet Supper 8.30p Cost: £138 Sharing, Includes: Two nights B&B, Friday evening light supper, lunches, evening meal and instruction If you're interested in hill walking, but want to learn more about the practical skills and techniques needed to venture safely out to the hills and mountains of Britain, or you may already have some of these skills but want to increase your level of competence, then this weekend is for you. Anyone who has been out walking on the hills will appreciate the problems that may arise if you are not prepared and this weekend is designed to make sure you're aware of what can happen and what to do about it. The majority of the weekend is practical so you will be out walking in the breathtaking scenery of the Welsh Hills. The emphasis for the weekend is on enjoying the walks and the instruction will be given on the hoof with the each person having the opportunity to develop their own level of confidence. Both day's walks are not too demanding and the pace is leisurely so you don't need to be superfit to take part. The topics you will cover include use of map and compass, navigation, risk assessment, safety procedures on steep ground and emergency situations. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

Walking Weekend - Dorset Coastal Path

Date: Fri 17th Oct 2014 - Sun 19th Oct 2014 Place: Prince Regent Hotel, Weymouth, Dorset (DT4 7NR) Arrive from 4.00p.m Evening meal 7.30p.m Cost: £159 Twin Share, £199 Single Includes: 2 night's B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals,2 guided walks each day Walkwise Overview: The Prince Regent Hotel in Weymouth provides an excellent base from which to explore some of the most beautiful and dramatic coastal walking in the UK, including the delights of Dorset’s South West Coastal Path near Weymouth. Everybody loves walking on the coast so this year we shall spend both days on the coast. On one day we shall aim to maximise the pleasure by walking to the east of Weymouth, in the sensational area around Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. The other day will see us walking the stunning stretch of coast to the west of Weymouth. WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. Please see our Web-Site for full details.


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Rome Photography Tour

Thu 23rd Oct 2014 - Sun 26th Oct 2014 Rome Italy Cost: £789 Twin Share, £929 Single (Deposit £200) Includes flights, transfers, transport during tour, 3 nights B&B in the 3 star Hotel, photographic tuition. Extras: Insurance. There is also a local payment of €35 euro. Lunches, evening meals and drinks are not included. See the Eternal City thru the lens. This is the perfect photo break to experience Rome, Italy’s capitol, largest city and one of the world’s most seductive and thrilling cities. Known as the Eternal city, Rome is full of artistic grandeur, historical legacies, great food… and wine! Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Rome is also the political and religious heartbeat of Italy. Rome offers photographic opportunities galore with its historic landmarks and vista. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Castel Sant’Angelo and Trevi Fountains are just a few must see sights, bridges, statues, monuments, obelisks and columns, there’s so much to see in Rome and more!. Please see our WebSite for full details. Date: Place: Cost:

Walking Weekend Llangollen's Hills + Dales

Fri 24th Oct 2014 - Sun 26th Oct 2014 Wild Pheasant Hotel, Llangollen, Wales (LL20 8AD) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal at 8.00p.m. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single (Deposit £35 Twin Share, £40 Single) Includes: 2 nights B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 guided walks each day Extras: Transport to walk starts is used Our annual pilgrimage to the Wonderful Wild Pheasant Hotel is here again and we can’t wait to get back. Their food, hospitality and relaxing spa facilities make it far too alluring for us not to return. This year we are going back to our original walks which you have spoken so fondly of. The lush Vale of Llangollen has some remarkable scenery from the colourful deciduous woodlands that line the meandering river banks to miles of peaceful canals and all with a backdrop of towering limestone escarpments which lead out to the open ridges, hills and moorlands beyond. With so many variants of the walks it means we never do exactly the same version as the previous year. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

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Walking Weekend Winchester + South Downs

Fri 24th Oct 2014 - Sun 26th Oct 2014 Winchester Royal Hotel, Winchester (SO23 8BS) Arrive from 4.00p.m. Meal lat 8.00p.m. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single (Deposit £35 Twin Share, £40 Single) Includes: 2 nights B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals and 2 days of guided walking Extras: Transport to walk starts if used The western end of the South Downs National Park is a fabulous stretch of countryside typified by open meadows and rolling downs, idyllic towns and villages, and peaceful meandering chalk streams flowing through sun-drenched valleys and views that stretch all the way to the coast! We will be staying in the perfect medieval City of Winchester in the wonderful Winchester Royal Hotel. We will take the Saturdays walks to one of the most shapely and interesting section of the Downs where beautiful countryside surrounds the picture perfect villages of East and West Meon. We shall wander over Winchester Hill, Salt Hill and Butser Hill. Then by contrast the Sunday walks will be a little closer to Winchester and include the pretty Hampshire villages like Cheriton and historic houses of Hinton Ampner. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

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Magic of Venice Photography Break

Thu 6th Nov 2014 - Sun 9th Nov 2014 Venice, Italy Joining instructions will be emailed £729 Twin Share, £869 Single (Deposit £200) Includes flights, transfers, 3 day pass for the Vaporetto bus, 3 nights B&B in the 3 star Hotel Abbazia, 3 days photographic tuition. Extras: Insurance. There is also a local payment of €50 euro. Lunches, evening meals and drinks are not included. Flights are from London Gatwick to Venice Marco Polo Now in our eighth year we return to experience the magic of Venice; everyone should see Venice at least once in his or her lives… it’s just made for photography… To stand on the Rialto Bridge as the warm glow of the setting sun radiates across the water onto an array of passing gondolas, the amazing architecture of San Marco Piazza, the canals and bridges, the bustling Rialto market, the gondolas bobbing provides our backdrops to give you breathtaking images. Away from the grandeur of Venice, nowhere could be more contrasting than Burano, a lagoon island with its brightly coloured houses spilling shimmering reflections into the canals providing a rich colourful palette. Some of the best images you will ever capture will be in Burano and Venice. The weekend break is designed to give beginners or those looking to get more from their digital camera the confidence to use their camera to its full potential.


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Walking Weekend - Sidmouth, Devon

Fri 7th Nov 2014 - Sun 9th Nov 2014 West Cliff Hotel, Sidmouth (EX10 8RU) Arrive from 4.00pm. Meal at 8.00pm. £169 Twin Share, £209 Single Room (Deposit £35 Twin Share, £45 Single Room) Includes: 2 nights hotel B&B, 2 evening meals, 2 picnic lunches, 2 guided walks each day Extras: drinks and transport to start of walks The South East Coast of Devon around Sidmouth is a quite simply a stunning stretch of coastline and a personal favourite of the many of the Walkwise guides. We have negotiated a weekend at the excellent West Cliff Hotel, which is one of the nicest hotels that Walkwise use, lying in its own grounds overlooking the sea and is just a stroll from the sea front of Sidmouth, The walking, is superb! Red sandstone or brilliant white limestone cliffs tower above Mediterranean blue waters in the peaceful bays and estuaries and there are numerous picture perfect villages to visit too. Please see our Web-Site for full details.

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Walking Weekend - Lyndhurst + New Forest

Fri 14th Nov 2014 - Sun 16th Nov 2014 Lyndhurst Park Hotel, Lyndhurst, (SO43 7NL) Arrive from 4.00pm. Meal at 8.00pm £169 Twin share, £209 Single (Deposit £35 Twin share, £40 Single) Includes: 2 nights B&B, 2 picnic lunches, 2 evening meals, and 2 days of guided walking Extras: Transport to walk starts if used The New Forest in autumn is simply spectacular, we have missed the amazing splendour of colours the last couple of years so this year we have booked it a little later in a bid to catch it at its best!!! So this year the heaths and woodlands should be a blazing with a mix of wonderful golden colours. Lazy streams and rivers criss-cross the unique and ancient pasturelands that are also a home to the rare wildlife including the much-loved wild ponies and the Dartford Warbler. The heaths and the woodlands offer a delightful mix of sheltered walking and open vistas which make walking in this area such a pleasure. WalkWise have chosen the excellent Lyndhurst Park Hotel as our base, which is ideally located on the edge of the village and heath therefore being superb as a walking centre and within walking distance of the pubs too! Please see our Web-Site for full details. Date: Place: Cost:

Spice London Ski Trip 1 - St Anton, Austria

Sun 25th Jan 2015 - Sun 1st Feb 2015 Chalethotel Rosanna, St Anton, Austria - Full pack available on request £795 Twin (Deposit £150) Includes: Flights, Transfers, Welcome drink, 7 breakfasts, 6 evening meals, afternoon tea, wine to accompany evening meal, ski hosting on 2 days. Extras: Travel Insurance (Compulsory for this trip) Drinks, some meals, optional extras.

Spice London are very excited to been returning to St Anton st in Austria for the 1 of our ski trips for the 2015 season. We are expecting demand to be high so early bookings to secure your place are highly recommended. Perched high in the Arlberg region of Austria, St. Anton is a wonderful mix of old and new! Renowned for its excellent après-ski and fantastic nightlife, St Anton also has the some of the most sensational skiing in Austria. Magnificent bowls and gullies are guaranteed to get your heart racing whatever the snow conditions. Although St. Anton is probably best known as a resort for experienced skiers, beginners should not be deterred as the nursery slopes on the outskirts of the village are wide and welcoming and there are 34 easier runs to conquer. More accomplished skiers can enjoy luxurious powder slopes on the scenic runs to Stuben from Grampen, Rendl and St Christoph; while for those wanting adventure there are plenty of further opportunities for you to take on! St. Anton comes into its own at night. The party starts early at the infamous Mooserwirt bar. Nestled on the mountain just above the village; it's in a spectacular location. Chalethotel Rosanna If you want to be where the action is, this is the place for you. Right in the centre of town, the bars, restaurants, ski schools and main lifts are right on your doorstep. From the outside, this Chalethotel is traditional and attractive. Inside, it's decorated in dark wood and has some ornate carvings and rich coloured fabrics. The finished look and feel of this place is warm, welcoming and traditional - It's also very lively. NB – rooms vary in size, outlook and facilities and allocation of rooms is on a pot luck basis. The Tour Operator is Mark Warner (Atol 1176), for whom we act as an agent and their terms and Conditions of booking apply as per their brochure. Your money is protected via our Trust Account, in accordance with EC travel regulations.


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Spice London Ski Trip 2, Cortina, Italy

Sat 21st Mar 2015 - Sat 28th Mar 2015 Dolomites, Italy - Ski pack available by request £730 (Deposit £150) Includes: Flights, transfers, chalet accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 evening meals with choice of menu, including pre-dinner apèritif, choice of complimentary wines with dinner followed by tea/coffee & chocolates, 6 afternoon teas. Wi-Fi (public areas) Extras: Insurance available through Spice UK if required. Drinks, some meals, optional extras. Ski Requirements (Last season's prices as a guide) - Area Lift Pass £229; Ski hire from £59; Ski Boot hire from £35; Snowboard hire from £85; Snowboard Boot hire from £35; Ski Saver Pack £355 (area lift pass, red ski hire, 3 days tuition) ; Ski Tuition £239; Snowboard tuition £239. Ski Carriage £35 per skis/board nd For our Spice London 2 ski trip of the 2015 season we are off to a brand new resort in the Dolomites in Italy to Cortina. For those who have never seen these extraordinarily beautiful mountains before – stand by to be utterly enchanted. The Dolomites provide delightful skiing, there is plenty of sunshine at this time of year and the food combines the best of the Ladin, Austrian and Italian cultures.

Skiing - Beginners - The Socrepes area of the mountain has wonderful nursery slopes and is one of the best beginner's areas in the Dolomities with some great progression slopes. Intermediates - The runs at Tofana are short but great for cruising. You will want to ski a few runs a couple of times as the scenery is breathtaking and this area normally has the best snow. Advanced - Enjoy the Lagazuoi Cinque Torri area where you will find a large selection of red runs and some challenging blacks with great north-facing snow. Another great area to head for is the hidden valley red run from the Passo Falzarego cable-car, and of course you have to try the famous Sella Ronda. There’s steep skiing (Arabba has plenty - as does Selva Gardena and Cortina). If you’ve not done it before and like the idea of getting some ski miles under your belt, you’ll be keen to try the celebrated Sella Ronda circular tour. You can start anywhere on the circuit and ski it in either direction. At the centre are the gigantic, craggy peaks of the Gruppo Sella. The 25 mile tour (16 miles of actual skiing) can be achieved fairly easily in a day. The tour negotiates four mountain passes: Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Campolongo as you cruise through the picturesque towns and villages of Colfosco, Corvara and San Cassiano, and the wooded slopes of Canazei. Cortina d’Ampezzo - The most fashionable ski resort in Italy with stunning scenery and great skiing. Cortina is one of the most filmed, photographed, skied and visited resorts in the Italian Alps. Set to the east of the Sella Ronda circuit, it is called the 'Queen of the Dolomites' and is renowned for the excellent selection of skiing as well as superb accommodation, bars, restaurants and shopping. The main skiing areas are the Cortina Cube (Crystal, Faloria and Mietres), Tofana, and Lagazuoi-5 Torri, with plenty of challenging runs as well as some of the most amazing views. All the areas are either linked by the great network of lifts or local skis buses. The Tofanas Ski Area's accolade is the famous women's downhill world cup run. Cortina hosts this famous event in January and has done for the past 18 years. Accommodation: The Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria is one of the most iconic hotels of Cortina and has been since 1892 when the original 'Villa Vittoria' was transformed into one of the resort's first hotels. This elegant hotel is located in the centre of Cortina and holds the most sought after address, No. 1 Corso Italia, which is the main pedestrianised street that runs through the centre of the town where people go to see and be seen! With superb facilities such as the attractive and spacious bar/lounge with its roaring fireplace the hotel provides a cosy and pleasant ambience. Take time to admire the old photographs of the original hotel and Cortina which are displayed with pride throughout the hotel. At the end of the day head for the spa area with its sauna, steam room, 'experience' showers and whirlpool, perfect for reviving those tired muscles. Apéritifs and canapés are served in the lounge bar and once suitably refreshed you can make your way down to the restaurant with its antique wooden beams and wood-panelling which create intimate surroundings to enjoy your evening meal. All meals are meticulously prepared and served by the friendly Inghams Chalet Hotel team. The Tour Operator is Inghams (Atol 0025), for whom we act as an agent and their terms and Conditions of booking apply as per their brochure. Your money is protected via our Trust Account, in accordance with EC travel regulations.


fun summer weekends with Spice Narrow Boat Weekend or Mid-week - Aldermaston from 5th or 8th September

Bristol Harbour Music Festival from 18th July

Feeling stressed? There is no better way than to relax and unwind on a narrow boat and just watch the world go by. On Friday we leave Aldermaston & head West through Newbury towards the pretty village of Kintbury where there is a lovely pub for us to enjoy, on Sunday we head back to Aldermaston. For those wanting a longer break join us on Monday 8�� through to Friday for a relaxing break, this time we head towards Reading and then into the Thames where we have the option of heading either upstream towards Abingdon or downstream towards Henley. Or join us for the whole week!

The Bristol Harbour festival is one on the countries largest public events with a 2 mile stretch of harbour filled with musicians, dancers, circus acts, markets and street stalls. On the water is a colourful mix of sailing vessels including historic ships. Musically there is an amazing line-up with a diverse range from soul to folk from reggae to funk, with the Queen Square stage having some of the best acts. We are staying at the Regency Hotel which is centrally located for all the main attractions.

Surfing Weekends in Croyde Bay - N. Devon two weekends 18th July & 15th August Surf’s up in Croyde bay and Spice are off to learn this exhilarating sport. We have run this weekend for several years now and it’s always very popular with a great activity & social mix. Croyde bay with it’s stunning sandy beach and Atlantic waves is a great place to learn. Over the weekend you will have 3 lessons arranged which are suitable for beginners and those who have surfed before. We are staying at a number of B&B’s in the village and as usual we will socialise in the evening, we meet up on Friday evening, so why not join us.

Ascot races & live concert 8th August

Last year this proved to be one of our most popular summer weekends with a great mix of excitement and a chance to socialise with other Spice members. There is a 1 or 2 night option or come for the day. On Saturday we are off to the Ascot Dubai Shergar Cup where you can have a small flutter on the horses, in the evening after the racing we head for the old Paddock for a brilliant pop concert. On Sunday we have the option to explore the historic town of Windsor which includes a guided walk along the river and through Eton, passing Windsor Castle and onto the long walk. We are staying at the Hilton Bracknell, a modern comfortable hotel just a few miles from Ascot & Windsor and meet on Friday for a few drinks and a meal. This is a fun social weekend with a chance to try your luck at the races!

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Ok it may be fairly flat but the North Norfolk coast is simply stunning, the beaches stretch with golden sand almost as far as the eye can see, there are tiny villages with pretty flint-napped cottages plus some great pubs and of course the Mongolian Yurts! Yes that's right, we are heading to Burnham Deepdale where we have had some great weekends at Deepdale Granary but this year we have the additional option to stay in a comfortable Yurt. Other highlights of this weekend include a boat trip to spot the seals at Blakeney point, a stroll along Holkham beach ‘Shakespeare in Love’, explore beautiful Holkham Hall, potter about the smart Burnham Market shops, a miniature train ride plus fish & chips & crabbing at Well Next the Sea. All in all this is one of our favourite weekends.

Unique Yurt experience weekend - Norfolk, Fri 22nd August

Wells next the sea


SUMMER 2014

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