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Hello and welcome to our Spring newsletter, and a special big warm friendly welcome to each and every one of the couple of thousand new members that have joined us in the last three months, as we have had a record couple of months. It must be the Hollywood factor perhaps – apparently when times get tough, it’s proven people go to the movies more often seeking that little extra fun and escape. So as we are experts in fun, and have plenty of ‘escapes’ every weekend, I guess it’s the Hollywood factor rubbing off!
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Presented within, is another huge batch of wonderful events and opportunities to meet people, make friends and have fun with a ready made bunch of like minded people, who joined Spice for all the same reasons you did! If you are new to Spice, the front and back coloured sections relate to the wider world network of Spice groups, while the black and white middle section from page 7 onwards relate to your many wonderful group holidays. However bear in mind that the printed word is out of date the day after it rolls off the printing press, as we are adding new events to the Programme every day, so do keep looking at the website. We also keep you up to date with weekly email updates featuring the coming weeks events, so make sure you are seeing those. This edition features two of our biggest events, Center Parcs in June – acting as our National Weekend, packed with fun and games, sports, parties – including a ‘Back to School’ themed Disco and a St Trinians style school Sports Day on the Sunday, which will be more laughs than Blackpool fun house. We also announce a brand new big weekend away to Butlins Skegness in October, for a ‘Back to the 70’s Weekend’, packed with the bands we remember so well, including Slade, The Three degrees, Alvin Stardust, and many others. I believe our local programme is better than its ever been, with a rich array of diverse, unusual, funky and fun events, sitting alongside all the standard socials, like Badminton,
Rambles, Theatre and Dining, so we do hope to see you on something very soon, be it Walking with Wolves or Dragon Boat Racing. There are some wonderful new holidays announced to – we have two groups already going off to the Arctic ‘Husky Mushing’ for 5 days early next year, where we head off into the remote frozen wilderness, spending the night sleeping under the northern lights in a hut, with the dogs – yes we like to bring you those once in a lifetime experiences. Our annual Turkey Chillout in October already has over 40 people booked, so no doubt that will be a cracking ‘party’ break if you prefer your holidays more ‘laid back’. Many of the Ski Holidays for next season are also announced, with more to come in the next couple of weeks. We have been pouring over all the statistics and feedback from our national wide Member Satisfaction Survey this past couple of weeks, and I am thrilled to announce we donated £1250 to Comic Relief, as for everyone who spent the 10 analysis will keep us busy for ages, but there are some quick wins, some great suggestions for new programme events, and some fascinating results. One statistic that gives me great comfort is that 93% of you said you always or generally get value for money from both your membership, or events! However rest assured, we will be working to narrow that gap even more for next time. Co-ordination of events was rated 67% Excellent, 32% Average, with less than 1% Poor – a great result we can be quite proud of, and its with huge thanks to all our Volunteer Co-ordinators up and down the country who do such a great job. So enjoy the Spring, take a good look at all the fun times ahead, take some action and I hope to see you on an event soon. Dave National co-ordinator
meet the t eam Lauren Fawkes Spice Manchester
Dominic Renshaw Spice Thames Valley & Solent
Neal Morris Spice Yorkshire
Dianne Livingstone Spice London and Spice Bristol / Cardiff
Richard Coulter Spice West Midlands
Steve Dell Spice East Midlands
Jamie Morris Spice Scotland
We are excited to put the spotlight on our greatest asset, the members and will be featuring two or three Member Proﬁles each edition.
Why did you join Spice ?
Why did you join Spice
Why did you join Spice
A few contributing factors here, a major change in my personal situation, and recovering from a couple of knee operations. I needed a new direction, I had looked at Spice when I left the TA in 1991 after 13yrs service but never did anything. Now I needed to re motivate myself in a new direction and try and get back into Badminton which I had missed for a few years and meet a whole new Social Group with other activities on offer.
Lots of my friends were settling down and I wanted to do a few new things with a group of people with similar interests
I joined Spice as I wanted to do something a bit different and also wanted to widen my social circle as most of my friends are married with kids so their lives are based around them. I initially booked 3 events to see what I thought of it and loved every minute of it
Group: Spice Manchester Member for: 6 years
What has been your favourite event ? Selecting a “favourite” event is very difﬁcult as I have done so many that stand out. The Centre Parcs / It’s a Knock Out, where Manchester came second has to be up there, Dragon Boating is another one, these events bring Spicers from all over the Country together for a week end of Fun, including the Fancy Dress evenings and refresh friendships. But I think my favourite has to be in Scotland for Hogmanay 2011/12 and the “Loony Dook”, which is a swim /paddle in the Firth of Forth at about 9.30am on New Years Day Morning!! Waiting for a bus at 8am in our Fancy Dress outﬁts and still dark was crazy but funny, but the actual Parade along the road with the Drummer and Piper playing and people cheering was fantastic, then of course the run into the water with hundreds of other nutters will stay with me for a long long time. What would be your advice for a new member ? Spice is a brilliant Social Group, from the moment I attended my ﬁrst Pub meet and Centre Parcs,everyone is friendly and welcoming and “Have been there “ so are really approachable, look at the list of events and what you think you may like and “book it “, go to New Members Welcome so you meet other newbies and get to know them and after that I promise you won’t look back, I haven’t.Have you been on a Spice UK Holiday? I have done several Spice Holidays, my ﬁrst one in Kos, was a water sports based and is one of the best Holidays I have ever had, I have also done the Ski Holidays which are brilliant, you again meet other “ likeminded people“ from all over the Country and have a great time, I have 2 more booked this Year, a Gulet Cruise in Turkey and Lake Garda in October and I know I will enjoy myself.There is so much choice. What is your life philosophy in one sentence.? Every day is precious, there is much to see and do,Spice can help you all you have to do is BOOK IT.
Group: Spice Scotland Member for:18 months
What has been your favourite event? I have to pick just one?! I've loved so many events for different reasons its really hard to choose - I think I'll go for the Edinburgh Festival Weekend - so much in one weekend - the tattoo was fab, the comedy shows excellent, street acts galore, the walk up Arthur's Seat with a spontaneous choir singing at the top made up of Spicers for a student ﬁlm, the delicious meal in Merchants and the super picnic in Princes Street Gardens - couldn't have asked for more- can't wait to do it all over again this Summer! What would be your advice for a new member? Give it a go! Go along to an event that you're interested in and there's bound to be someone with a similar interest that you'll get along with and once you've done a few events you're likely to see some familiar faces to do more fab things with! Have you been on a Spice UK Holiday? I went skiing for the ﬁrst time ever in January with Spice Scotland - it was fantastic and despite crashing into the Kindergarten, getting wiped out by a snowboarder and witnessing an avalanche, at the end of the week I was proud to say I could ski!! Had such a great time I couldn't wait till the next one so am all booked up for 2014! What is your life philosophy in one sentence? Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway Four people (alive or dead) you'd invite to your dream dinner party? Nelson Mandela - for his stories of leadership and courage, Joanna Lumley - for her tales of the northern lights (always wanted to see them) and her stories of campaigning, Billy Connelly - for his wit, wisdom and dry sense of humour. Robert the Bruce - for his tales of Scottish Independence back in the 1300's and what we could learn about this for today's debate
Joanne Loach Group: Spice Manchester Member for: 9 months
What has been your favourite event? My favourite event has to be the Bury Fire Station tour as I got to to sit in the ﬁre engine, tried out the cutting gear on a car and tried on the breathing apparatus etc - this is something I would never of have the opportunity to do.We really did go behind the scenes What has been your most challenging event? My most challenging event has to be Abseiling for the terriﬁed. The actual abseiling/ walking backwards off a cliff was not the problem, it was the height of the cliff as I am terriﬁed of heights and hadn`t taken this into account even though it wasn`t really high What is your funniest memory in Spice? My funniest Spice memory was when I was car sharing to an event and trying to convince the driver that the small dirt track off the main dual carriageway that we were on, really was the right way to go - you had to be there to see the funny side of it but we were on the right track What would be your advice for a new member? Just book a couple of events to see how you get on, I wish I had found Spice sooner. Everybody you meet is really friendly and the majority of people on the events do not know each other and hosts make sure that nobody is left out Have you been on a Spice UK Holiday? I have just booked my 1st holiday with Spice,I`m going on the Turkey Chill Out in Sept/Oct which incidently ﬂies on my birthday What is your life philosophy in one sentence? You can do anything you want, the only person stopping you is yourself............ Your favourite movie? I have 2 favourite movies,both oldies - An Ofﬁcer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman.Hmmm,maybe there`s a Richard Gere connection somewhere
Center Parcs Sherwood Weekend WHEN: Friday 21st - Monday 24th June 2013 WHERE: Sherwood Forest, Rufford, Newark, Nottingham COST: £139 (sharing)
‘Back to School’
* 2 Discos * Sports * Dance Classes
Our unmissable summer Center Parcs Weekend is now a Spice institution - a brilliant weekend break with TWO great exclusive parties and as much sport or relaxation as you can cope with! Special this year is the fun School Sports Day on the Sunday, adding a brilliant fun event into the weekend which will be another hi-lite. The sub tropical paradise is the centre of attraction with giant waves, water chutes, Jacuzzi’s, ﬂumes, a thrilling wild water rapids ride,and much more.You can spend all day in the tropically heated ‘dome’, or move outdoors - tennis, squash, sailing, bikes, canoeing, gym, badminton, bowls, archery, - the list is endless...(you pay extra for these). There a few extra Spice Events organised by your local Spice Group like our Welcome Drinks Reception, BBQs, Badminton and Volleyball group sessions, ten pin bowling games, etc, to provide some great group focal points during the weekend. Or you can just choose to chill! Full details in your joining pack. We also have a fantastic Friday Night Welcome Disco to get the party started. The Saturday has free Dance Classes– great for mixing and meeting people –this year we are running with 2 sessions each learning the dance steps of a different dance ready for your group ‘performance’ at the Disco in the evening. Sheena Brabazon is a regular dance leader for Spice and she will be showing you the moves for some wonderful great group (no partner needed) sessions, including Black Eyes Peas (Good, good, night) and the iconic Thriller! Go along to just one or both and laughs are guaranteed! Numbers are limited to max 100 per session and will be on a ﬁrst come basis. On Sunday we have a very special optional event with our own School Sports Day – starting at 1.00pm at the Golf Driving Range. All the traditional school sports, egg and spoon, sack race, bean bags, sprint, three legged races all in a thrilling atmosphere. Due to the additional cost to hire the Golf Range, PA System, and to provide kit in this event, there is an additional cost of £10 per person to take part.Book it separately.Limited slots at 200,ﬁrst come ﬁrst served.This is only available to those who have booked the weekend! Medals and trophies and Champagne showers to ﬁnish! Our accommodation is in beautifully located villas surrounded by woodland alive with cheeky not so ‘wild’ life. Fully ﬁtted bathroom and kitchens, lounge, TV (with video channels), central heating and even an open log ﬁre. The Villas are 3 & 4 bedroomed (6 or 8 people), each villa has one double room for couples (or can be booked for single occupancy), 1 twin or two Twins, some have a smaller bunk room! We will arrange members into Villas
- grouping people together - don’t worry if you’re on your own, so are many others booking, and with Spice you won’t be on your own for long, as soon as you meet your Villa mates! Please advise at the time of booking if you have rooming requests, we will do our best to accommodate these but due to the mix of rooms, and villa sizes, cannot be guaranteed. All bedding is provided, as is household equipment. Food is not included, so you can self cater or eat out at a variety of on-site restaurants. Friday Night sees our Welcome Disco and Saturday night a Spice Disco with a late bar.Both Parties are included in the price and a Spice wrist band will be included with your weekend joining pack, giving you entry to the parties and our events. The Saturday night party theme this visit ties in with our School Sports Day - ‘Back to School!’ which couldn’t be easier and adds a bit of Spice to the weekend! You get to use your costume twice! So this could be a relaxed, laid back break, or an energetic dash from one activity to another - you choose! You can check in from 12.00 noon on Friday (villa available from 3.00pm) and leave the Villa by 10.00am Monday morning. Many of us arrive Friday after work,and depart Sunday evening of course, but it’s your choice.You can remain on site all day on Monday if you wish,and many of us have a morning at The Spa as it’s quiet! We have 500 beds max., spread across all Spice Groups and this is always a sell out, so as usual it’s strictly ﬁrst come ﬁrst served. Deposit £50 non-refundable after 1st May, after which full fees are payable. Regret no doggies can come as we don’t have special doggie villas. Transport sharing via our website. Balances due 1st May, and no refund for cancellation - i.e. Villas still have to be paid for - unless we/you can replace you from a wait list. NB – Please ensure that you book your place on the School Sports Day if desired as well as booking for the weekend as slots are limited!
Useful websites at www.centerparcs.com
Standard Spice Weekend Terms and Conditions supplied with joining pack, and on Spice UK website.Your money protected via our Trust Accounts in accordance with Travel Package Regs..
Free Info pack – Spice Rack: SPICE UK (Head Office) National Co-ordinator: Dave Smith 13,Thorpe Street, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 9PR Tel: 0161 873 8788 Fax: 0161 848 9465 Website: www.spiceuk.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SPICE (West Midlands) Co-ordinator: Richard Coulter 6a, Burnett Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldﬁeld West Midlands, B74 3EJ Tel: 0121 353 6161 email@example.com www.spicebham.com SPICE (Bristol & Cardiff ) Co-ordinator: Dianne Livingstone 130 Aztec Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4UB Tel: 0742 959 8414 firstname.lastname@example.org www.spicebristolcardiff.com SPICE (East Midlands) Co-ordinator: Steve Dell Foxhall Business Center, 2 King Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AS Tel: 0845 017 1031 email@example.com www.spiceeastmids.com
SPICE (London) Co-ordinator: Dianne Livingstone 330 High Holborn London,WC1V 7QT Tel: 0845 604 8041 firstname.lastname@example.org www.spicelondon.co.uk SPICE (Manchester) Co-ordinator: Lauren Fawkes The Stables, 11 Poplar Road Stretford, Manchester, M32 9AN Tel: 0161 864 3849 email@example.com www.spicemcr.com SPICE (Scotland) Co-ordinator: Jamie Morris Suite 2, 81-85 Portland Street Edinburgh, EH6 4AY Tel: 0131 553 0026 firstname.lastname@example.org www.spicescotland.com
SPICE (Thames Valley & Solent) Co-ordinator: Dominic Renshaw 118, Shiplake Bottom, Peppard Common, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 5HR Tel: 0118 972 4810 email@example.com www.thamesvalleyspice.co.uk SPICE (Yorkshire) Co-ordinator: Neal Morris, 33 Great Gorge Street Leeds, LS1 3AJ, Tel: 0845 094 22 00 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Finding events in your local area Do you want to ﬁnd a type of event (e.g. walking, meals out etc.) or events in your local area. You can do this quickly and simply on your local Spice web site. From the home page click the Event button. In the Search events block you can search for a type of event by clicking on the dropdown on Category for example walking,parties,Weekend breaks etc. You can ﬁnd an event in your area by selecting Subcategory and selecting your area for example Essex, Kent, Surrey etc. You can also search on Words, by using Words When done click search to ﬁnd what you want.
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Manchester Ramblers at Dunham Massey
Spice West Mids Zermatt Skiers
Behind the Scenes at the Hipporome
New Years Sleepover
Best of the West Tour with Dianne
Richard’s Roundup Well the first quarter of 2013 has raced past. And what fun we had! In particular the appetite for Spice partying has been insatiable, with parties such as our forthcoming Diamonds are Forever Sleepover filling up 6 weeks in advance! Then again, the atmosphere at our Caribbean Beach Party at New Year really was “electric” and this is just the sort of electricity we all need to recharge our batteries with friends! If you were too late to get a place for Diamonds are Forever, we have lots more opportunities to party with us including our Summer Ball (page 8), Riverboat Party (page 8 ) and of course our Center Parcs Break (page 96). Oh, and if you want the ultimate party experience, why not join us in Ostende for Europe’s largest fancy dress party, “The Dead Rat Ball” (page 101). Of course there’s more to Spice than parties. Back in January many of you joined us at The Arden Hotel to launch our 2013 – Spice Year of Sport! Mark Phillips, our Sport and Fitness Coordinator has done his best to respond to all your sporting requests. He has now established a number of regional centres so that we can bring sport and fitness closer to where you live. He is also experimenting with new ideas all the time and the most successful are gradually becoming a regular part of our programme. Do let Mark know if you have any feedback or ideas – email email@example.com I have just returned from an amazing trip to Iceland with 29 Spice explorers (and Bill Oddie – but that’s another story!). We were very lucky to have some glorious sunny weather and to witness the Northern Lights. What Iceland teaches me is the need to relax and “wait for nature”. Whether we were waiting for a Geysir to spout, for a Minke Whale to surface or for the Northern Lights to decorate the sky, we could only wait in rapt anticipation, realising that the best things in life do not perform to order. And that is, of course, what makes these types of experience so very special! I do hope you all enjoy the events we’ve found for you over the coming months. Please bear in mind that The Spice Newsletter is just a snapshot in time and that new events and opportunities are coming onto our website all the time. Please watch our website, our Facebook Page and the Weekly Email Bulletins to get the very latest on the fun that we are finding for you.
See you on the events ..
Coming Events April 2013 Monday 1 April
Badminton at Barr Beacon Moseley Village Walk Spend a Day with Birmingham's Fashion Police
Run in the Park
Wednesday 3 Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Earlswood Twilight Ramble & Supper Tamworth & Lichfield Pub Night
Belly Dancing for Fun Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night
Singapore Dining Experience (Replaced Viet Moon)
Badminton For Fun - Worcester Speedway Evening & Tour in Wolverhampton Spice Book Club
Preview Evening (Arden) Solihull Pub Night Ten Pin Bowling
Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA* Jogging Evening in Solihull Sutton Pub Night
Badminton For Fun - Worcester Bromsgrove Pub Night Rec Skiing Ski Lesson Beginners
Drumming Experience for Beginners* Kings Heath Pub Night Run in the Park
Astronomy Evening Badminton For Fun - Worcester Preview Evening (MAC)
Indoor Bouldering Taster Session Lasan Indian Banquet Run in the Park
Badminton For Fun - Worcester
Curry & Quiz Harborne* Merchants Dinner Shuffle Run in the Park The Real Thing at Jam House Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)
Dinner at Wolves Races Eton College Tour* Hippodrome Back Stage Kayak River Adventure Scuba Taster Morning Experience Ukulele for Fun
Swarthghyll Farm W’end*
Bakewell Pudding Ramble Chaddesley Corbett Ramble Climb Longstone Pinnacle Crossbow & Pistol Shooting at Garlands Dry Stone Walling Day in Yorkshire Made in Birmingham Walk Private Dining with a Celebrity Chef
Abseiling for the Terrified* Badminton for Beginners Charity Spring Cake Club Compton Verney Visit Coughton Court Ramble Hattersall Hill Ramble Hoola Hooping* London Live Monopoly Singing for Beginners Tank Battle Experience Walk with Wolves World's Wackiest Racers*
Branston Water Park Ramb Chocolate Cupcakes* Cinema Night Golf - The Next Stage Mountain Biking New Members Mix/ Mingle Tandem Skydive* Tipton Walk (& Pie) Volleyball for Beginners Wing Walking Experience
Acrylic Painting W’end Banbury Cross Walking W'end Fly Fishing W’end Source to Sea W'end 3
Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Curry & Quiz Sutton C’field Ice Skating Jogging Ev in Solihull Rodizio Rico Dining Exp
Nine Steps to Happiness Warwick / Leamington Pub Night
Barn Dance & Supper Spice Hits Town at the Jam House
Ballroom Dance Masterclass - Tango Birmingham By Boat Cannock Chase to Abbots Bromley Cycle Ride Indoor Skydiving Monyash 50km Mountain Biking Rugby Match Day Exp Wing Walking Experience Zombie attack
Alvechurch Easy Ramble Badminton for Beginners Beginners Horse Trek Burlesque Dance Come & Try M’tain Bike Cromford Canal Ramble Flyboarding* Ladies Football Training Solihull Town Walk The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Straight Down
Canterbury Walking W'end Glen Shiel Walking W'end Outdoor Photography W’end Sailing W’end around the Solent
Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Jogging Evening in Solihull Quiz
Boathouse at Bracebridge Golf Driving Range Experience Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)
An Ideal Husband Diamonds are Forever Sleepover Party Village Inn Dinner Shuffle
Abseiling for the Terrified* Blithfield, Reservoir & Bagot Forest Ramble Colour U Confident Mind Management W’shop Spring Wildlife Tour Swimming for the Terrified
Skills for the Hills (Navigation Awards)
Badminton at Bournville Beekeeping Afternoon Charity Duck Race Hangliding - Tandem Indian Head Massage Microlighting Experience Napton to Flecknow Ramb. Paragliding Experiences Pizza & Cinema Evening Rock Climb for Terrified Views of Vyrnwy Ramble
Blacksmithing Ordnance Survey Evening Run in the Park Shakespeare's Hidden Treasures
Spice Birmingham, 6A Burnett Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3EJ Tel: 0121 353 6161
Fax: 0121 353 6861 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org * Denotes event is full – wait list only
Coming Events May 2013 Monday
Wednesday 1 May
Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Forhill Ramble Jogging Ev in Solihull Tamworth & Lichfield Pub
Circus Skills Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night Jaki Graham at the Jam House Pizza Making & Meal at The Radisson
Fine Dining Experience at Drayton Park
Celebrate Natures Dawn Chorus Symonds Yat Adventure Mission Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon
Badminton at Bournville Colour Therapy Workshop Helicopter Lesson Llama & Wolf Experience Spice Choir - Develop your Singing Ability Tanworth in Arden Ramble Zumba for Fun
Hadrian's Wall Walking Break North Devon Coast Walking Break Sailing: Cross Channel Seven Stanes Mountain Bike Break Sussex Heritage Coast Break Welsh Camping Long W’end Whitby Bank Holiday Walking & Social W’end Camping & Canoeing W’end
Own a Horse for the Day Spice Book Club Sutton Park Discovery Walk Warwick VIP Race Day with Meal & Tour
My life with the Corgis & other Royals! Ten Pin Bowling (Broadway Plaza)
Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Jog Ev Solihull Only Spice on Horses! (Starts) Run in the Park Skateboarding Sutton Pub Nt. Syriana Dinner The Zombies
Curry & Quiz Wolverhampton Kingsbury Evening Cycle Preview Evening (Dudley) Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)
Shenstone Evening Ramble Solihull Pub Night Wine Tasting Classic Grapes
Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Gliding at Needwood Jogging in Solihull Karting Evening La Scala Dining Magic for Beginners
BBC Behind the Scenes Gliding at Stratford Knowle Beer, Skittles & Supper Rounders & Social Night Warwick/ Leam Pub Night
Fire Station Fire Experience Kings Heath Pub Night Run in the Park
Abseiling for the Terrified Barston & Hampton Easy Ramble & Lunch Caving at Symonds Yat Dogs Home Visit Saturday Night with Shakespeare Stonehenge Sunset Tour Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience Wing Walking Experience
Adventure Trekking Day Badminton at Bournville Cinema Night (Cineworld) Discover Gourmet Living Food Forest Segway at Cannock Go Ape in Cannock Golf - Play in a Day Jetovator Kayaking for Fun Ten in a Tutu Charity Walk Tug of War Championships
Creative Clay W’end Drawing & Watercolour W’end Hathersage YHA W’end Langdales Ultimate Challenge W'end Sailing from Poole Tennis W’end
Badminton For Fun - Worcester Run in the Park
Badminton For Fun - Worcester Bromsgrove Pub Night
Sean Lock Live
Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Hairspray Has Spice Got Talent Jog in Solihull La Banca Italian Shuffle
Blacksmithing Evening Secrets of the Holy Grail Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)
Beeches Bar & Grill Dinner Shuffle Spice Hits Town at the Jam House
Casino & Party Night on the River Thames Caving for the Terrified Lickey Hills to Dodford Moderate Cycle Ride Makeover or Boudoir Photography Session Owl Handling Experience Pole Dancing with Pure Joy Stock Car Racing
Camping Afloat - The Droitwich Challenge!*
Bill Bailey Quampeddler Salsa Dance Workshop
Bewdley Country Ramble Dragon Boat Afternoon A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum Ladybower Mountain Bike Ride White Water Kayaks White Water Rafting Wing Walking Experience
Alcester & Arden Ramble Badminton at Bournville Bilston Walk Bodlian Library Tour Bridge Abseil & Ladders Cadburys 'Bean to Bar' Calke Abbey Easy Ramble Circuit Training with Mark Crown Green Bowling Golf - Play in a Day Medieval Jousting New Members Ramble New Members Lunch
Aerobics for the Terrified Badminton at Bournville Bredon Hill Ramble Croquet Party Cupcake Decorating Learn to Horse Ride in Day Lightning Cockpit Experience & Open Day Sherwood Mountain Biking Studley Easy Ramble
Arrochar Alps W'end Brighton Walking/Social W'end Ennerdale Walking Break Pembrokeshire Walking Break Sailing Cross Channel Welsh 3000's Welshpool Music Festival Break Western & Central Cotswold Walking Break Fort William Walking Break
Terracotta Birmingham Walk & Afternoon Tea
Dinner & Play Private Dining Badminton NIA at Genting with a Celebrity Jog in Solihull Casino Chef Margaret Thatcher & Supper Quiz Reginald D Hunter Crianlarich, Gateway to the Highlands Walking Break Sail Round The Island Yacht Race
Indoor Climbing at Redpoint Run in the Park
Spice Birmingham, 6A Burnett Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3EJ Tel: 0121 353 6161
Fax: 0121 353 6861 Email: email@example.com * Denotes event is full – wait list only
Coming Events June 2013 Monday
Saturday 1 June
Bat Appreciation Walk Chocolate Experience Colour U Confident Edgbaston Walk Himley Hall & Baggeridge Park Easy Ramble Jimmy Carr Gagging Order Kenilworth to Warwick via Hatton Locks Ramble Lamborghini Thrill Scuba Taster Morning Experience
Badminton For Fun - Worcester Spice Book Club
Much Ado About Nothing Preview Evening (MAC) Ten Pin Bowling
BMX Taster Session Badminton NIA Chinese Meal & Quiz - Sutton Tamworth & Lichfield Pub Night
Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night Rounders & Social Night Shuttington Evening Ramble
Gliding Evening at Stratford New Members Mix & Mingle Solihull Pub Night
Adventure Golf at Star City! Badminton NIA Ghost (the Musical) Sutton Pub Night
Blacksmithing Evening Saxon Mill Dinner Shuffle Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)
Cycling with a Difference Gorge Walking Adventure Itihaas Contemporary Indian Dinner Shuffle Walk with Wolves World's Wackiest Racers
Badminton at Bournville Boogie Bounce Foxton Locks Ramb/ Lunch Great Midlands Fun Run Ironbridge Gorge Ramble NLP for Beginners Offchurch Circular Walk Singing for Beginners Spice Choir - Develop your Singing Ability Tank Battle Experience Wolverhampton Wander
Barton Easy Ramble Beginners Horse Trek Cinema Night (Cineworld) Cosford Airshow & Insider Dog Walk in The Lickies Dovedale Moderate Ramble Drayton Manor Park Day Five a Side Mixed Football Grease Dance Workshop Raft Building for Fun SWAT Training Mission Sunday Lunch on SVR
Croatia Discovery Break Beverley Friary YHA W’end Away Essex Coast & Constable Country Walking W'end Pembrokeshire Luxury Resort W’end Sea Kayaking with the Seals
Badminton For Fun - Worcester
Badminton For Fun - Worcester Bromsgrove Pub Night Gliding Evening at Needwood
Cafe Ceramica Experience Hopwood & Barnt Green Ev’ng Ramble Kings Heath Pub Night Preview Evening (Sutton)
Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)
Badminton NIA Breadmaking Workshop at Hindleys Fencing for Beginners Pets As Therapy Charity Talk
Personal Safety for Women Quiz
Blithe Spirit Greek Dance Workshop Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre Visit Poker Night at Lea Marston
BBC Behind the Scenes Carriage Driving Day Chocolate Experience Cleobury Ramble Flirting for Fun Indoor Skydiving Leicester Villages Cycle Makeover Photo Session Off Road Karting StageSide Dinner Shuffle
Balloon Flight Clay Pigeon Shooting Disc Golf Experience Hovercraft Driving Llama & Wolf Experience Llangollen Canals Experience Day Ludlow & Castle Ramble Maxstoke Castle Visit & Easy Ramble
Sailing W’end around the Solent Wiltshire Luxury Walking & Social W’end
Spice Hits Curry & Quiz Abseiling for the Terrified Center Parcs School Sports Ballroom Dance - Rumba Croquet Party Town at the Solihull Barber Institute Tour Cupcake Decorating Taster Jam House Peninsular Climb Longstone Pinnacle Hangliding - Tandem Cantonese Meal Knowle Stroll & After’ Tea Microlighting Experience Ten Top Tips Snowdon Summer Solstice Paragliding from a Sleepover Pen & Wash Day Chiropractor Ten Things About DIY Warwick / Warwick Easy Ramble Leamington Pub Night Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Source to Sea W'end 4 - Hay on Wye-Hereford
Printmaking & Pattern Evening Rounders & Social Night
Bournemouth & Hampshire Coast Walking W'end Patterdale Lakes Walking W’end
In Search of Snakes Kayak River Adventure Max ATV, Off Road Mud Buggies & Blind Driving* Pottery Workshop Quad Bike Trekking Ryton Pools Easy Ramble White Water Rafting
Clun & Offas Dyke Ramble Crown Green Bowling Hotel Du Vin Ultimate Sunday Brunch Rock Climb for Terrified Steam Train to Stratford Stratford as you've never seen it before
Spice Birmingham, 6A Burnett Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3EJ Tel: 0121 353 6161
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Honda Accord 2.0 se 5 Door in dark blue. 2002 51 plate, 81000 miles, MOT August 2012. FSH, A/C, C/C, remote CDL, Alloys, upgraded CD player, Nokia HF car kit.Nice comfortable high spec car. Not owned for long but never let me down since bought in May. £895 ono. Phone Pete on 0121 313 0453 or 07971 038843. Email firstname.lastname@example.org//
Sicily, Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment, with wonderful views, seperate lounge and well fitted kitchen. Just 10mins from beach near Taormina, Sicily. Decorated to high standard with all modern amenities. See property ref IT1470 on Owners Direct. 10% discount against advertised rates for Spice members. Just mention Spice in your enquiry email from website// Interested in Crewing a 55ft Yacht in Croatia? Costs shared between group. Professional skipper. May & August dates available. Call Malcolm Hunt on 07966 204289 or email@example.com // Ellie’s Place, dog friendly chalet by beach in N E Lincolnshire. Secure enclosed garden; Dog friendly beach; 2 Bedrooms, en suite & sofa bed (can sleep 6); No limit on dogs!; Prices to suit. Visit: www.elliesplacecleethopres.co.uk or Contact firstname.lastname@example.org // Lake District, 3 bed/ 2 bath modern house on holiday village near Keswick. Pool/ gym & restaurant on site. contact Mike 079676 38989// Auvergne Region of France - 2 gites/studios for rental in this beautiful region. Two one bedroom studios,each with kitchen, lounge and bathroom, each sleeping 4 people. Wonderful views & perfect for walking and site seeing. Cost £300 per week per studio. For details visit https://sites.google.com/site/rocheenregnier/ or contact Andrew Dare 07757467115 e-mail email@example.com // B&B in Blackpool - ensuite rooms, conveniently situated near the Central Pier, 2 mins from the Promenade & 10 mins from the centre and all its attractions. Contact 01253 622735 and mention Spice for 10% discount, www.midlandhotel.co.uk// Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira, Portugal, Ground floor 1 bed apartment, sleeps 4. Facilities include pool, childrens pool, tennis courts & air con. 5 mins to beach, rates from £175 - £395pw. Email firstname.lastname@example.org// Villa Southern Dunes - 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with private pool in golf community near Disney, Florida. Quote 'Spice' for 10% off when booking via www.villasoutherndunes.com or call Di Gorton on 07952 408964// Holiday Cottage to let right on the beach in Cornwall between Newquay & St Ives. Sleeps 6 comfortably, all mod cons, own garage, school holiday dates now available due to cancellations. Call Jayne 01827 706524 or 07952 863803// Antigua, Caribbean; Luxury apartment on beach., 4 poster bed. Sleeps upto 4 call Sheila 07958 930598. Other Antigua properties available// La Manga Spain, 2 bed apartment, sleeps 4-6. 50m from beach. For details, visit www.spainlamanga.com. Discount for Spice// Apartment in Sta Eulalia area of Albufeira, Portugal Sleeps 4-6. Excellent facilities inc pool & children's pool. Short walk to beach/ old town. Easy access from airports. £250/week. Email Keith: email@example.com// Padstow, Cornwall, luxury holiday cottage, sleeps 4. Visit www.padstowpad.co.uk. 10% discount//
Residential Accommodation Offered:
Warwickshire, large furnished room to let in a cottage between Leamington & Kenilworth, close to the A46, with easy accesss to Coventry, Warwick, Stratford. 30 mins from Birmingham. “I’m ideally looking for another lady to share with me, and I have grandchildren who visit some weekends, so may suit someone who wants Monday to Friday” This is quirky accommodation - C16th beams etc. wifi, etc. Call or text 07796 448153 for further details// Sutton Coldfield, Double room available to rent, beside Sutton Park and near Railway station, only £70 per week plus bills, suit professional non-smoker, call 07799 791537//
Personal Announcements, Employment, Charities & Opportunities:
Divorce Recovery Workshop Is a charitable organization that many Spice members have recommended to us. It offers anyone at any stage of divorce or separation a way forward. It enables participants to gain a better understanding of what they are going through and also seeks to provide them with support from others in the same situation and assists in the process of readjustment in their lives. There are no experts just people who have experienced divorce or relationship breakdown and have themselves completed the workshop. There are 2 groups in our area: Barnt Green contact Heidi Twilley 0121 445 4396 or Sutton Coldfield contact David & Helen Bennett 0121 308 0739 email: SuttonC@drw.org.uk National Enquiry line 07000 781889 - web www.drw.org.uk
National Spice Cancellation Policy Evening and one day events: Providing you give us more than 7 days (includes weekends and bank holidays) notice you will receive a full refund as a Credit Note, less a Cancellation Fee of 20% (minimum charge £3). Except where stated otherwise in the event description. Ticketed events: Note: Theatre, Concerts, etc. These are non-refundable unless we can resell your place, as tickets will have been purchased (but please talk to us as we can often re sell tickets for you). Overnight events and events costing over £100: Note: This excludes overseas trips which have a separate Holiday Cancellation Policy. Providing you give us more than 28 days (includes weekends and bank holidays) notice you will receive a full refund as a Credit Note, less a Cancellation Fee of 20% of the cost of the event or loss of the deposit paid (where applicable). Except where stated otherwise in event description. Holidays and Overseas trips: Note: More than three overnights or outside UK. Cancellation is as per the Tour Operators Terms and Conditions as supplied with Holiday Information Packs. Cancellation must be in writing. A back up phone call is recommended. You should assume you are still booked until you have written confirmation of your cancellation. General: Where cancellation is received within the cancellation period prior to an event, you will lose all monies paid (and also be liable for any balance) unless we can replace you. If you simply do not turn up for an event without contacting us you will automatically forfeit any monies paid, and will be liable for any balance. Should Spice Cancel an event: Should Spice cancel any event you will be refunded directly back by the payment method used or credit note (as preferred). Our policy is that wherever possible we will always issue a refund. Credit Notes: Should be used within 12 months of issue and can be refunded (in the way you paid) at any time.
Spicers on a Pottery Workshop
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Spicers Hoola Hooping!
Spicers on our Iceland Trip
Meals and Party Nights Party Nights are a big part of our programme. Throughout the year we alternate between posh affairs & simple disco’s to try and cater for every taste and pocket. As some of our party’s have around 500 capacity, they can be a little daunting if you don’t already know a few people and it’s difficult for us all to look after people individually. That’s why we don’t recommend them as good ‘first events’ to go to on your own unless you are very confident and outgoing. Dining with Spice is always an experience, and we seek to provide you with experiences that are unusual, and, where possible absolutely unique and exclusive to Spice. All our meals are very sociable, so don’t worry if you don’t know many people – most of us are in exactly the same boat - but the group soon develops into one ‘happy family’. If you are brand new to Spice, however, let the office know and we’ll try to introduce you to some new friends on the night. F
Pizza Making & Meal at The Radisson .. learn how to make the perfect pizza (& eat it)
Date: Thursday 2nd May 2013 Place: Fellini, Radisson SAS Hotel, Birmingham (B1 1BT) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £21 (£25 Guest) includes a 2 course meal, glass of wine & pizza making The Radisson SAS Hotel, Birmingham is a 39-storey glass structure that offers a stylish twist. We meet in the hotel bar before moving up to Filini Birmingham’s award-winning Italian concept restaurant where the Chef will show you how to make the perfect pizza. You will then make your own bespoke pizza from all the delectable ingredients from Chef’s kitchen. After all your hard work, sit back and enjoy your well earned Pizza which is served with delicious fresh salads. Don’t worry; you don’t need to lift your finger to get your dessert, the chef will create a mouth watering delight.
Barn Dance & Supper
.. a cracking night in a the barn with Fiddler's Elbow!
Date: Fri 19 April or Sat 6th July or Fri 13th September 2013 Place: Wishaw Country Sports, just off the A446 near The Belfry Hotel Easy access from Sutton, Solihull & Tamworth via M42 (B76 9PQ) # Meet: Arrive from 7.30pm, Band 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Food 9.00pm Cost: £20 (£23 Guest) includes hot buffet or bbq supper (depending on weather) We've had so many requests to run this night again, again & again! The same successful formula of great music, an authentic rural location and great food has been arranged. Music is provided live by 4 piece band Fiddlers Elbow, who bring us the best jigs and country sounds from Irish and Scottish roots. They’ll explain all the moves – which we all get wrong – and it's a great opportunity to mix, as you are never with one partner for long. Don't worry if you can't dance, none of us can … and it’s great fun trying! There are even fine country ales on tap. All in all, it's about as much fun as you can have in a barn with your clothes on!
Private Dining with a Celebrity Chef .. an exclusive evening including private cooking demo
Date: Saturday 13th April or Friday 31st May 2013 (Check for future dates online) Place: Shortbutts Lane, Lichfield (WS14 9BU) # Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £49 (£52 Guest) Includes: demonstration, four course dinner & wine Your invitation to join the ultimate dinner party, hosted by celebrity chef Simon Smith. This intimate evening for just 8 people is at a private address in Lichfield and will start with a drink on arrival and canapés. We’ll then enjoy a one hour light-hearted cookery demonstration of dishes for easy entertaining and food presentation. This includes wine and tastings. This is followed by a 4 course dinner with wine either served in the dining room or outside on the dining terrace (if warm). Menu: To see the menu for each date, see the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com Simon Smith has had a varied worldwide culinary career over the past 40 years. He trained in Switzerland and then Paris before becoming chef saucier at the exclusive “Inn on the Park” on Park Lane. He has worked at the British embassies in Paris and Vienna. He has appeared on several TV shows including This Morning and Market Kitchen. Simon can also entertain you with stories and photos from his assignments on yachts of the rich and famous or of his legendary margarine sculptures! For more information on Simon visit: http://www.simonsmith-chef.com/
Lasan Indian Banquet
.. experience one of the UK's Top 10 Indian Restaurants
Date: Tuesday 23rd April 2013 Place: James Street, St. Pauls Sq, Birmingham (B3 1SD) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £29.50 (£32 Guest) includes two courses & service £30 for an Indian! Sounds a lot, but trust us. This is not just any other Indian restaurant. Voted one of the Top 10 Indian Restaurants in the UK by The Independent & The Times, Lasan’s success is further reinforced by the restaurants inclusion in the Michelin Guide and glowing praise from many food critics and journalists. Lasan has also recently won the prestigious Gordon Ramsey F Word title. So we thought it was time that Spice experienced Birmingham’s ultimate Indian night! They seeks to offer Indian food with a light contemporary edge. No need to pre order, as we get the lot! All items on a long menu are presented across the table, so that we’re able to share and taste each and every dish. The menu that we will enjoy is too extensive to print here but may be found at www.spicebham.com.
Rodizio Rico Dining Experience at The Cube .. sociable, brazillian dining
Wednesday 17th April 2013 The Cube, Birmingham (B1 1RS) 7.30pm £25 (£27 Guest) includes all you can eat package as described (£23.50) plus 10% Service charge and Spice Coordinator. Extras: Dessert if required Welcome to a truly unique dining experience at Rodizio Rico, Birmingham’s first and only authentic Brazilian Churrascaria (pron. shoe-hass-korea). Here, an extensive selection of grilled meat is served directly from the charcoal grill by experienced passadors (meat carvers) passing from table to table slicing grilled meat from their skewers right into your plate. You choose what you would like from a wide selection of grilled meats, including Leg of lamb, variety of cuts of Beef, from Picanha (Cap of Rump steak), rump steak, ribs, Pork (ribs, leg of pork steak), Chicken (Legs, wings, hearts), homemade pork or chicken Sausages and many more! The waiters will gladly continue to slice up their freshly grilled meats until you can eat no more. A pure carnivore’s delight – all you need is a hearty appetite! How it works: (1) Take a plate to the gourmet salad and sides bar, enjoy many items from Brazilian street food, to fresh cut vegetables and varied Brazilian side dishes (2) Once back at your table and ready for meat, turn your card green side up, to let the Passadores know you are ready to begin tableside service. Choose from the many different cuts of delicious charcoal fire roasted meats, brought straight to your table, sliced, and served by the Passadores. (3) When you are satisfied or need a break, flip the card to the red side until you are ready for more. Optional Dessert: We haven’t included dessert, liquors or espresso but you can order these and pay directly on night. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Dinner at Wolverhampton Races Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. a great evening of food, flutter & partying
Saturday 6 April 2013 Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton (WV6 OPE) # 5.00pm - First Race 6.20pm £29.50 (£32 Guest) incl: Racecourse admission, Racecards, 3 course meal & guaranteed seating for the live band (Big Up The 90’s) & disco A special night at the races! Tonight we will be we will be dining in the Ringside Restaurant a traditional carvery restaurant situated between the track and the parade ring, the racing is projected live into three large screens. After the racing there will be a Party Night with a live music from Big Up The 90’s to enjoy plus a disco. Horse racing has had a home in Wolverhampton for over 100 years, and Wolverhampton Racecourse is proud to carry on this tradition. The racecourse, Britain's first floodlit horse racing track, brings you the thrills of racing day and night. They are also the UK's busiest racetrack, hosting over 101 fixtures in 2012. The atmosphere and excitement of racing under the floodlights is a tradition that is hard to beat and has been drawing appreciative crowds for many years. A superb Midlands venue, set in 22 acres of beautiful parkland, Wolverhampton Racecourse has a renowned reputation for year round racing.
A Spice Newsletter is just a Snapshot in Time
We are booking new events into the Spice programme all the time as new opportunities occur. Please make sure that you also check our schedules on line at www,spicebham.com so you don’t miss a thing. We also update members on a weekly basis with out “Weekly Bulletin” by email and via our Facebook Page.
Merchants Dinner Shuffle
.. enjoy this fun restaurant in Warwick centre
Date: Thursday 11th April 2013 Place: Merchants, Swan Street, Warwick (CV34 4BJ) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £25 Member, £27.50 Guest At this fun contemporary restaurant, there’s always an excuse for a gathering and by golly they love a good party! The restaurant serves great local food, cooked with flair and a flavour of “Britishness”. All dishes are freshly prepared using local ingredients wherever possible. This is a “dinner shuffle”, so we will be moving around during courses so that we get to talk to as many people as possible during the evening. Menu: Awaited – please check back online at www.spicebham.com
Boathouse at Bracebridge
.. exquisite lakeside dining in Sutton Park
Date: Thursday 4 July 2013 (Sorry, 25th April already full) Place: Four Oaks Gate, Sutton Park (B74 2YR) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £22.50 (£24 Guest) Inc 3 course meal, teas/coffees &10% service charge This restaurant must have one of the most fantastic settings in our area. We’ll dine overlooking Bracebridge Pool in Sutton Park in a great restaurant that boasts well cooked, well presented modern English food in a simple yet rustic décor. Fish dishes are a speciality and there’s a good wine list and friendly efficient service. Menu: The August menu has not been finalised, but expect a choice of at least 3 starters, 3 main courses (including, fish, meat and vegetarian options), 3 dessert options and coffees to finish. If you need the exact menu, please call nearer time. Cost Note: The Boathouse do not make any allowances for groups, so as well as the coffees and service, we have had to allow a small “admin fee” to cover our costs such as the coordinator place. Directions: Please see the detailed directions at our website www.spicebham.com
Singapore Dining Experience Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. discover this authentic Oriental brasserie
Friday 5 April 2013 Bugis Street Brasserie, Copthorne Hotel, Paradise Circus, B'ham (B3 3HJ) 7.30pm £23 (£25 Guest) incl: 3 courses, service, Singapore Sling cocktail*, coffees
NOTE – THIS MEAL REPLACES OUR VIETNAMESE MEAL PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED
Bugis Street Brasserie, is an authentic Oriental brasserie featuring traditional Singaporean, Malay and Chinese cuisine. Named after the famed area in Singapore which has recently been transformed boasting boutiques, market stalls and open air bars and restaurants. The brasserie opened at the Copthorne Birmingham Hotel in March, following on from the success of the Bugis Street brasseries at the Millennium Gloucester road hotel and Copthorne Tara hotel both in Kensington London. This evening we can experience a wonderful 3 course banquet of a wide range of Singapore delights. Menu: Please see with the online version on this writeup at www.spicebham.com. *Or non alcoholic alternative on request
Diamonds are Forever Sleepover Party th
.. another chance to eat, drink, dance & sleepover!
Date: Friday 26 to Saturday 27th April 2013 Place: Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill (DY5 1UR) Meet: Check in from 2pm – meet for party at 7.15pm Cost: £59 (Guest £69) sharing twin or double or £75 (Guest £85) for Single Occ. Incl: Party, buffet meal, bed, breakfast, casino/ theming & use of leisure facilities Spice party nights are quite an experience and this 007 Party extravaganza will be no exception! We’re back at this sophisticated 4 star hotel, where James wouldn’t look out of place sipping his vodka martini! These events are always popular - and I'm not surprised! For a very reasonable price we get a buffet, disco and overnight accommodation with breakfast the next morning. Expect a lot of fun as we get shaken .. but not stirred! At time of writing, only 7 places remain for this event. Please call 0121 353 6161 for possible late availability This is an edited writeup – see full details on our website: www.spicebham.com 3
Village Inn Dinner Shuffle
.. hearty home cooking at a classic village pub!
Date: Friday 26 April 2013 Place: Holt Hill, Beoley near Redditch (B98 9AT) Meet: 7.30pm for 8pm Cost: £22.50 (£25 Guest) Incl: 3 courses, teas/ coffees & service charges The Village Inn is a fantastic public house situated in the quaint village of Beoley on the outskirts of Redditch. It offers a mixture of traditional pub values, serving pub classics, catering for both the local residents as well as business customers from nearby Redditch, Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Solihull and Worcester. The pub has an intimate and informal atmosphere and a large selection of real ales. This is our first visit and we have high hopes of a lovely Spice evening of good food and great company. Menu: please see the menu with the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com
Fine Dining Experience at Drayton Park rd
.. discover exquisite cuisine near Tamworth
Date: Friday 3 May 2013 Place: Drayton Park Golf Club near Tamworth (B78 3TN) Meet: 7.15pm Cost: £27.50 (£30 Guest) Incl: Spice exclusive event. 5 courses & coffees Extra: Tips discretionary on night Situated in parkland formerly part of the Drayton Manor estate, the seat of the Peel family - of which Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the police force, was the most famous – the course was designed and set out by James Braid, five times winner of the British Open Golf Championship. For those who have visited Drayton Manor Theme Park the entrance to the club is half way along the main entrance drive to the Theme Park. This evening though is more about the talents of resident Chef, Paul and his team than the golf course. Paul worked for De Vere hotels from 1979 to 1993, Training at The Belfry and The Grand Hotel Brighton. Paul - became Food & Beverage Manager at The Belfry and was responsible for feeding players for 3 Ryder Cups. Paul then Managed The Old School house at Weeford, before purchasing a Pub/Resaturant in Whittington in 2002 for 8 years during which time the Pub was awarded The Punch Pub Company award for their best Venue in the country, beating competition from over 800 other pubs. Paul is now Co Director of Two Peas Catering operating the catering for Drayton Park Golf Club and provides a Food & Beverage consultancy service and outside catering for special events. This is our second evening at this venue, and has been arranged by one of our Spice members Adrian Rake. A menu of a very high quality has been put together, which would not look out of place in a top city restaurant. As there are many foodies in Spice, who appreciate quality fare, this is a great opportunity to experience fine dining without paying City Centre prices. The evening is limited to 24 people and we are being asked to respect the club dress code of no jeans, trainers and t-shirts in the dining room. There is secure parking and the club has a well-stocked bar, obviously, as it’s apparently thirsty work, playing golf! Our Fine Dining Taster Menu: please see the menu with the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com
La Scala Italian Dining Experience .. the real Italian Experience
Date: Wednesday 15th May 2013 Place: 2, Maney Corner, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QL) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £29 (£32 Guest) includes 3 courses, tea or coffee Extra: Service not included (tips on night please) Named after the famous opera house Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, La Scala is a genuine Italian Restaurant which offers the simple flavours of Italian Cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant prides itself on using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Tonight we can enjoy a delicious three course dinner including tea or coffee. We will need menu choices beforehand for pre orders. Menu: Menu awaited, Check for updates on the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com
A Spice Newsletter is just a Snapshot in Time
We are booking new events into the Spice programme all the time as new opportunities occur. Please make sure that you also check our schedules on line at www,spicebham.com so you don’t miss a thing. We also update members on a weekly basis with out “Weekly Bulletin” by email and via our Facebook Page.
Syriana Syrian/ Lebanese Dinner Shuffle th
.. experience a true taste of Arabia
Date: Wednesday 8 May 2013 Place: Syriana, 1 Constitution Hill, Birmingham (B19 3LG) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm Cost: £19.50 (£23.50 Guest) Includes: 3 course meal, service charges & visit by Belly Dancer! Extra: Take your own alcohol (no corkage charge) or buy soft drinks there Syrian-Lebanese cuisine in general is regarded as one of the healthiest due to the abundance of fruits, vegatables, cereals, legumes and nuts. It combines the sophistication of European cuisine with the excitement of Eastern spices. But dining is also a social occasion when friends and family gather to enjoy the rituals of good food and great company. Syriana has been recommended to us by several Spice members, and we certainly enjoyed our visits in 2010 & 2011! During our meal we have also booked a visit from a belly dancer. We start with a huge selection of Mezza starters (such as a variety of hummus specialities, sesame paste, stuffed vine leaves, fried aubergines, toasted Lebanese bread, salads, cucumber with yoghurt, Mediterranean pickles, falafel, meatballs, spring rolls etc). We will then have a choice of main courses (choose on the night) from the charcoal grill including chicken, meat, fish and vegetarian specialities of the Middle East. We will finish with a choice of teas (mint is traditional) accompanied by traditional home made sweets (baklava). Location: See full directions and parking tips at www.spicebham.com.
Peninsular Cantonese Meal th
.. join us at our favourite Cantonese
Date: Thursday 20 June 2013 Place: 336 Chester Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield (WS9 0PP) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £24.50 (£27.50 Guest) includes service charge tea or coffee We’re back at this restaurant that is right on the doorstep of the Spice Office – but this isn’t the reason it has been earmarked for yet another special Spice visit. It’s because we reckon this to be one of the very best restaurants we have found anywhere – quite a ‘hidden gem’. Some of you ‘locals’ will already know this restaurant, which was formerly The Ruby, and will know why its car park is full literally every day of the week! Tonight we have arranged a mixed menu that will be served ‘banquet style’, which means lots of variety to choose from. We will start with Yuk Sung, followed by a Mixed Dim Sum Combination and then five main courses to chose from with rice. This will mean there will be lots of different Cantonese styles to try. Finish with tea/coffee or a scoop of ice cream. No need to pre order. We’ll be interested to find out if you agree that The Peninsular is well worth a visit. Location: See full directions with the event writeup at www.spicebham.com.
New Members Kababish Sunday Lunch Buffet .. enjoy an authentic Punjabi buffet with new friends
Date: Sunday 19th May 2013 Place: Jockey Rd, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield (B73 5XP) Meet: 1.30pm prompt Cost: £12.50 (£15 Guest) Incl: Buffet & glass of wine, beer or soft drink An opportunity for those who have recently joined the group to socialise with other newbies (although established members are also more than welcome to book). This event also ties in with the end of our New Members Ramble so we hope that some of the ramblers will be joining us for lunch. A Spice favourite, The Kababish is a family run restaurant, famous for offering authentic, traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine. The food has been created with an exotic collection of herbs & spices distinctively blended in the traditional ways of the Punjab and North West Frontier of Pakistan. We will enjoy an exquisite lunch banquet with an array of fine food in an unlimited taster menu. The chefs will be creating weekly new innovative dishes as well as offering a selection of the classic favourites. Tips at your discretion.
Important Note about Dinner Shuffles Some of our meals are run as “dinner shuffles”. On these occasions we move people around between courses so we all get to meet and talk to lots of people. It works really well. However, I just wanted to stress that you should only book one of these events if you are prepared to enter into the spirit and move when asked to by the coordinator. These nights will not work otherwise. We do understand that you may be in an interesting conversation or click with someone. But it spoils the night for everyone if you let this get in the way of the shuffle. If you think this may be a problem to you, please don’t book a meal with “shuffle” in the title.
Beeches Bar & Grill Dinner Shuffle .. enjoy this excellent restaurant in Hampton-in-Arden
Date: Friday 17th May 2013 Place: Marsh Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull (B92 0AH) Meet: 7. 30pm Cost: £23.50 (£27 Guest) inclusive of 3 course meal, coffees & service We had very good feedback from our visits here. Located on the hill in the picturesque village of Hampton in Arden, it has an excellent reputation for serving modern British and tapas-style cuisine. As well as great food, it has fine views from its long line of handsome sash windows, rather like the stern of a massive man o'war looking out over the Warwickshire countryside. Probably the best view from anywhere in the Solihull area! We have hired a private area that takes around 25 people and we will make it more sociable by shuffling between courses. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please check for menu at www.spicebham.com
La Banca Italian Dinner Shuffle .. discover this superb new restaurant in Cotteridge
Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2013 Place: 1896 Pershore Road, Cotteridge, B'ham (B30 3AS) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £27.50 (£30 Guest) includes service charge & coffees A return visit to this new restaurant, whose owner has taught many top chef’s (as well as Spice members on our cookery courses) how to achieve perfection! Italians are renowned for their joyous approach to celebrations. This new restaurant in Cotteridge village was formerly a bank and retains features such as the safe’s to create an unusual ambiance. They offers a range of inspirational Italian cuisine and a great atmosphere. There will be a shuffle between courses. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please see the full menu at www.spicebham.com. Directions: La Banca is opposite the corner of Pershore Road and Watford Road. Good parking nearby
Dinner & Play at Genting Casino .. a great meal plus an introduction to the casino
Date: Place: Meet: Cost: Incl:
Thursday 30 May 2013 Genting Casino, 1 Norfolk Rd, Edgbaston (B15 3PS) Arrive 7.30pm £23.50 Member, £26.50 Guest 3 course meal, a drink (pint of beer, glass of wine or house spirit/ mixer) and a fun 'Learn to Play' session and a FREE £10 table bet Here’s a unique Spice opportunity to soak up the excitement and glamour of this well known casino in leafy Edgbaston, formerly known as Maxims (or if you’re very, very old, as Midland Wheel Club). This casino has a great reputation for it’s restaurant cuisine, and we will be served a 3 course menu in an environment similar to dining at a gentleman’s club. For those interested in trying their luck in the casino, a training session has been arranged to fully explain the rules and etiquette of the gaming tables, slots or electronic terminals. Afterwards you can try your luck with real money if you wish, but there is absolutely no pressure to do so. The casino have also included a voucher for a free £10 bet, so you stand a chance of winning the cost of your meal (and more!) back at the end. Menu: Please see a sample menu online at www.spicebham.com. Important: Dress code is ‘smart casual’ - no jeans-style trousers & no trainers. Current legislation requires that all entrants into the club are aged 18 or over and have photo ID if you are planning to spend over £1500 on the tables (unlikely I would think, but Maggie and Claire do get carried away sometimes!!).
Important Note about Dinner Shuffles Some of our meals are run as “dinner shuffles”. On these occasions we move people around between courses so we all get to meet and talk to lots of people. It works really well. However, I just wanted to stress that you should only book one of these events if you are prepared to enter into the spirit and move when asked to by the coordinator. These nights will not work otherwise. We do understand that you may be in an interesting conversation or click with someone. But it spoils the night for everyone if you let this get in the way of the shuffle. If you think this may be a problem to you, please don’t book a meal with “shuffle” in the title.
Itihaas Contemporary Indian Dinner Shuffle .. exquisite Indian cuisine for a Saturday night
Date: Saturday 8th June 2013 Place: 18 Fleet Street, Birmingham (B3 1JL) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £28.50 (£32 Guest) includes 3 course set meal & service charges Itihaas is widely recongised as the pioneer of exquisite Indian cuisine in the Midlands. It has won numerous accolades for its food, service and decor including The Cobra Good Curry Awards for the Best UK Restaurant and The British Curry Awards 2012 for Best Restaurant in the Midlands. Itihaas is a stunning restaurant where contemporary meets traditional. No expense has been spared in achieving this, and as you step into this £2m restaurant, you will certainly see just that. The decor is clean and crisp with plate glass and slate finished walls. This smart and sophisticated interior is complimented by the 18th and 19th century Indian artefacts, including original paintings, carved stone elephants and 300 year old doors. Downstairs, the Maharaja Suite is luxurious with opulent mood lighting and decorated with more Indian treasures. Behind 300 year old Indian wooden doors is the Tiffin Room which seats 12, complete with a bar, library and your very own dedicated butler! Cuisine in this fine establishment is created by award winning chefs and staff who come from Indian Five-Star Hotel backgrounds. They have a single aim - to be able to deliver authentic Royal Indian dining with utmost courtesy and hospitality. The menu will take you on a culinary journey through the North of India with a couple of stops through Kenya and vibrant Mumbai. At this royal eatery, indulgence is paramount. Menu: please see the menu with the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com Car Parking: On street car parking available on Newhall Street & Fleet Street (free parking in evening – but check payment times when parking as they do change). Also NCP Car Parking available on Newhall Street
Sunday Lunch on Severn Valley Railway th
step back to the golden age of dining under steam!
Date: Sunday 9 June 2013 Place: Kidderminster SVR Station (DY10 1QX) # Meet: 12.45pm for 1pm departure Cost: £48 (£52 Guest) includes travel, four courses & service We love The Severn Valley Railway. It recreates an age when people had time to stop and look. Each of its six stations is an architectural delight, surrounded by carefully tended gardens against a background of unsurpassed rural scenery. From your carriage window you glimpse the ancient Wyre Forest, home of myriads of species of flora and fauna, travel through ancient coppices and water meadows, banks and hedgerows. The Sunday Lunch menu will be a choice of three starters, two roasts or Lightly Poached Salmon or Vegetarian Option, dessert and coffee. Please state if you would like the salmon or vegetarian option. The Journey: The route takes us through Bewdley with its quaysides, gardens and Restoration and Georgian houses; past the timeless village of Arley slumbering on the river bank; through Highley & Hampton Loade to the medieval market town of Bridgnorth. If train times permit, we’ll spend time in Bridgnorth before returning on a later train to Kidderminster.
Saxon Mill Dinner Shuffle
.. glorious "gastropub" dining by the river! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Thursday 13th June 2013 Guys Cliffe, Warwick (CV34 5YN) 7.30pm £29.50 (£33 Guest) Incl: 3 course meal and 10% service
There can’t be a more spectacular location for a pub, as The Saxon Mill. It enjoys unrivalled views over the river and Guys Cliffe. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and informal, yet they have put a lot of thought and effort into the complete re-design creating a totally new interior, featuring open kitchens, stone fired ovens and log burning fires, offset by beautifully landscaped decking for alfresco dining. They are busy virtually every night and have a great reputation for imaginative cuisine from the freshest ingredients. Tonight, we shall enjoy dinner at the mill. We will need menu choices beforehand for pre orders Menu: please see the menu with the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com
Directions: From the M40 J15, choose the A46 towards Coventry. Take the second exit, signposted for Leek Wootton (A429). Follow the roundabout all the way round, take 4th exit A429 and the Saxon Mill is on the left. 7
StageSide Dinner Shuffle
.. a Saturday night stage door dining experience!
Date: Saturday 15 June 2013 Place: StageSide Brasserie. Thorpe Street by Birmingham Hippodrome (B5 4TB) Meet: 7.45pm for 8.00pm Cost: £26 (£28 Guest) includes 3 courses, service & coffees Just over the road from the Hippodrome Theatre stage door on Thorp Street is the StageSide brasserie, a casual dining experience with a lively bar. Tonight we have exclusive use of the restaurant between 8.00pm and 8.30pm. The restaurant will then open to the public. You might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please see the full menu at www.spicebham.com
Hotel Du Vin Ultimate Sunday Brunch .. 4 course private dining in victorian splendour
Date: Sunday 30 June 2013 Place: Hotel du Vin, Church St, Bham (B3 2NR) Meet: 12.45 for 1pm Cost: £26.50 (£28.50 Guest) incl: 4 courses, service, private room & coordinator Yes, we know it’s pricey for a Sunday lunch, but we think this is the best Sunday lunch in Birmingham and we think you’re worth it! We have booked a stunning private dining room in this gorgeous Victorian property where we can settle back and enjoy a culinary journey offering 4 fabulous courses at a relaxed and sociable pace. Menu: After a heart warming soup, the lavish French Market Table is the centrepiece of Sunday Brunch at Hotel du Vin. This table offers an exciting choice of fresh seafood, crustacea, charcuterie, pâtés, rilletes and a selection of salads, vegetables and freshly baked artisan breads. After this we have a main course of Sunday lunch favourites including traditional roasts. Delectable delights to finish include traditional apple crumble, profiteroles and an artisan cheese board. Being a City Centre venue, there is the opportunity to combine this event with Sunday shopping and other attractions.
Summer Ball 2013
.. don't miss out on our legendary annual Ball!
Date: Saturday 13 July 2013 Place: Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham (B15 3TR) Meet: Reception 7pm meal called at 8pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest (Deposit £10) Always a fabulous night, we are again in the beautiful setting of the Victorian glasshouses at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Expect beautiful food, dancing and lots of lovely members dressed in their finery! At time of writing we have not finalised the menu and entertainment, so please check at www.spicebham.com
Riverboat Party Night
.. enjoy a Summer evening cruise with dancing
Date: Saturday 10 August 2013 Place: MV Conway Castle, Upton upon Severn # (WR8 0JD) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm until 11.30pm Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) Direct – add £14 if you require coach travel (see below) We have some great parties on the river, so this year we’ve come up with something even better! Once again we’ve chartered the largest passenger carrying vessel which cruises the tranquil River Severn. Our brilliant Summer package includes a well stocked bar below, a light supper of a pork bap with salads (vegetarian option available) and disco entertainment. There is ample indoor and outdoor space for up to 160 Spice revellers. Boat returns at around 11.30pm. Expect a great party atmosphere and a really fun party night on the river! Coach Travel: A coach or private double decker (depending on demand) can be booked also. Pickups are: ● Tamworth 1700 – Ventura Park (bus stops between Asda & Matalan) ● Mere Green 1720 – Mere Green Road outside Sainsburys ● Sutton Parade 1730 – Outside Macdonalds ● Erdington 1740 – 6 Ways Island (meet by opposite petrol station, Birmingham Road – city side of roundabout) ● Colmore Row 1755 – bus stops on Colmore Row by Cathedral ● Rubery 1830 – Great Park – Bus stops between Chiquito Restaurant & Greens Health Club ______________________________ 8
Airborne Adventures A collection of events all connected with flying and flying machines!
Helicopter Lesson .. you've got to try this one!
Date: Sundays: 5th May or 11th August 2013 Place: Wellesbourne Airfield near Stratford on Avon (CV35 9EU) # Meet: 12.45pm for 1pm Briefing Cost: £99 (£105 Guest) Paid as £9 (£15 Guest) deposit to Spice, plus £90 balance paid on the day This is a classic Spice event - you've just got to fly a helicopter one time in your life! We're just sorry we can't make it cheaper, but helicopters are extraordinarily costly to run! This isn't a pleasure flight, it's a lesson - and real occasion. Your session starts with a briefing on helicopters in general and the controls of the Robinson R22 you’ll be flying. These machines are touch sensitive and challenging. You’ll be in the air for approx. 15 memorable minutes. Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 15½ stone (98kg).
Tandem Skydive from 12,000ft .. treat yourself to the ultimate adventure!
Date: Sunday 8th September 2013 (Sorry, 14th April now full) Place: Hinton Skydive Centre, Oxfordshire/ Northants border (NN13 5NS) # Meet: 12 for 12.30pm Cost: £239 (£245 Guests) inc BPA membership To get the full freefall experience on your very first jump, and with maximum safety, a Tandem Skydive is just the thing! Following a short pre-jump briefing, you will experience the thrill of freefall and even learn the basics of steering and landing a modern 'square' gliding parachute, while securely attached to a highly experienced Instructor. Tandem Skydives normally take place from 10,000 to 12,000 feet - and sometimes even higher! After exiting the aircraft - securely attached to your Instructor! - you will freefall until the Instructor opens the main parachute at about 5000 feet. You will spend about 30 seconds in freefall (depending on exit altitude) and reach a speed of around 120 miles per hour! The descent under the large square parachute will take several minutes, during which time you will help to steer it down to the landing area. Please Note: Your weight must not exceed 15 stone (95kg). You will need to complete the BPA “Student Tandem Parachutist Declaration of Fitness” (download from online event writeup). If you’re over 40, or suffer from any of the conditions listed, the form will need signing by your GP. Video and stills of your jump can usually be arranged on day
.. the altogether more civilised way to fly!
Date: Sunday 16 June 2013 (other dates can be arranged on request) Place: Choose: ● Tissington, Derbyshire or ● Shugborough Hall, Staffs # Meet: Early morning - to be confirmed with joining details Cost: £139 Member, £145 Guest An experience of a lifetime! You arrive at the launch site. Nothing is happening. A van arrives, towing a huge wicker basket. People gather in groups, look skywards mutter about clouds & met reports. Then suddenly it’s all action with people running everywhere as our pilots decide we're going for it! Checks are made, you hop in and are away, rising majestically, with an eagles view of the fields & hills spread in a tapestry below. Your memorable flight lasts 30-60 mins. Location: Choose from 2 beautiful locations: Either Staffordshire (Shugborough Hall), or Derbyshire (Tissington Hall). Please note: flights are weather dependent, so dates cannot be guaranteed. If you’re unable to fly on the date chosen, our supplier Wickers World will offer another date that is mutually convenient. Their special terms & conditions will be sent.
What’s is a “Guest”?
Some events have a separate price that applies if you want to bring a “guest” along to an event. The “guest” option is there for members to use to introduce new people to the group and for friends/ family for whom membership is not practical (eg visiting from another area). The Guest arrangements are offered at our discretion and cannot be used to avoid membership (eg by lapsed members). A “guest” must come along to the event with you (unless specifically agreed otherwise) and you are responsible for their good conduct. A “Guest” may accompany you at up to 3 events – after which we consider it fair to expect them to join themselves.
.. a fabulous new adrenaline event
Date: Saturdays: 20 April or 15th June 2013 Place: Xscape, Milton Keynes (MK9 3XA) # Meet: 12.30pm session Cost: £100 (£120 Guest) includes DVD (see full package details below) Imagine a wind tunnel that can be used for testing the aerodynamics of an F1 racing car, turn it upright, step into the airflow and you’re skydiving. It's a proven concept operating in several countries to the benefit of the skydiving community and anyone else who wishes to taste the thrill of freefall in a safe environment. The Package Includes: flying instruction, equipment hire, Flight Certificate, access to the tunnel viewing gallery (for family and friends), high quality DVD of your flight & 6 minutes total tunnel time – enough time to learned a broad range of freefall skills. The overall experience lasts approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. For more details visit www.airkix.co.uk This is an edited writeup: Please read full details on line at www.spicebham.com
Microlighting Experience Flight .. enjoy a 20 minute flight above Ashbourne!
Sundays: 28 April, 23rd June or 1st September 2013 Darley Moor Airfield near Ashbourne (DE6 2ET) # Timeslots to be allocated Total cost is £49 (£54 Guests) PAID AS £5 (£10 Guest) deposit to Spice when booking PLUS a balance of £44 directly to the supplier on arrival. These flights are with an instructor, in a dual controlled microlight, so you can have a go with the controls if you wish or just sit back and enjoy the experience! We start with a full briefing on safety procedures & equipment. The flight counts as a training flight, so if you want to continue flying by taking up a full course you already have some time which will count towards your full qualification. Unless you state otherwise we book a “flexwing” flight. They do have “3 axis” microlights as well if you prefer, which look more like a conventional aircraft but still have all the benefits of ultra light flight! Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 17stone (110kg). Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Paragliding Day Course
.. a perfect days introduction to the sport!
Sundays: 28 April, 23rd June or 1st September 2013 Darley Moor Airfield near Ashbourne (DE6 2ET) # 9am to 5pm Total cost is £199 (£204 Guests) but this is paid as £20 (£25 guests) deposit when booking PLUS the balance direct to the supplier on arrival Paragliding is a fabulous experience. Technology now allows packs so compact and light that it is possible for experts to climb a mountain then jump from the top – gliding serenely back to earth! This day is designed to provide all the info you need to decide if flying is for you and they are normally able to get students flying low solo flights by the end of the day. This is also the way to start if you’re interested in Paramotoring, as you need to be able to paraglide before you can progress to motors. If this interests you, let the team know and they’ll show you some motor units and let you try them on! Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 15 stone (95kg).
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Paragliding - Tandem Experience .. experience a short but dramatic paraglide!
Sundays: 28 April, 23rd June or 1st September 2013 Darley Moor Airfield near Ashbourne (DE6 2ET) # Timeslots to be allocated Cost is £55 (£59 Guests) PAID AS £5.50 (£9.50 Guest) deposit to Spice when booking PLUS a balance of £49.50 directly to the supplier on arrival Get the closest feeling to everyone’s dream of truly free flight. Flying with an instructor and towed up by a winch to around 500 -700 feet, you can either help to pilot the paraglider, or just sit back and admire the views of the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The experience starts with a full briefing then a 5-10 minute flight depending on conditions. Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 15 stone (95kg). Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Hangliding - Tandem Experience by Air Tow th
.. an awesome experience at 3000 feet!
Sundays: 28 April, 23rd June or 1st September 2013 Darley Moor Airfield near Ashbourne (DE6 2ET) # Timeslots to be allocated Cost is £199 (£204 Guests) PAID AS £20 (£25 Guest) deposit to Spice when booking PLUS a balance of £179 directly to the supplier on arrival Fly with the birds in a specially designed tandem hang glider. The Spice flights are designed to take you to a height of 3000ft (or cloudbase – whichever comes first) towed behind a microlight in the company of an experienced BHPA instructor. After an introduction to the equipment and a pre flight briefing, you’ll be harnessed into the hang glider. Once the towline is jettisoned you’ll glide free and silent in complete awe of the spectacular views overlooking the beautiful Peak District. You may even take the controls and fly the hang glider yourself or enjoy the thrill of limited aerobatics. As one member said, it’s “rather like flying with Superman”! The hang glider is equipped with its own undercarriage which eliminates the need for running on take off and landing. Total flight time is approx. 20-40mins depending upon conditions. Notes: Cost reflects the need for both a crewed hanglider and a crewed microlight. There is a weight limit of 95kg. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Wing Walking Experience .. a 'once in a lifetime' Spice experience
Date: Sunday 14th April 2013 Place: Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Essex (RM14 2TN) # Meet: Details to be advised Cost: Total cost is £435, paid as £50 deposit to Spice & balance paid on the day This is one of the most requested Spice events ever and it is back in the programme! Why not come and take a walk with us on top of a Boeing Stearman Biplane. You will take part in display training, with you as the wing walker, on top of the plane, smiling and waving to your friends below. After a full safety brief and training session you will be strapped into the 5 point safety harness on top of the biplane. You will then be taken skywards on an aerial adventure of a lifetime lasting approximately 10 minutes. You will take part in a display practice including fly pasts at various angles of bank and finish with a zoom climb from 135 mph. You even get a certificate confirming you are a trained wing walker. Special Notes: Please read the full writeup at www.spicebham.com before booking as there are height/ weight restrictions.
Gliding Evenings at Needwood th
.. see rural Staffordshire by glider!
Date: Wed 15 May or Mon 17th June or Wed 17th July 2013 Place: Needwood Forest Gliding Club, between Lichfield & Burton # Meet: 6.30pm Cost: £35 (£37 Gst): paid as £5 (£7) deposit + £30 on arrival by cash or cheque Brilliant, Superb, Tremendous, no one forgets their first flight in a glider! Accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds as you experience the thrill of being launched by Winch to around 1500’. From there you can gaze down upon the beautiful Staffordshire landscape as the glider gently slips through the air. Your instructor will demonstrate the use of the controls and give you the chance to fly. Alternatively you can just relax and enjoy the view – you choose! If time allows, there may ne time for a second flight at a reduced price if you wish. Due to cockpit restrictions, maximum weight is 16 stone.
Gliding Evenings at Stratford .. see Stratford by glider!
Date: Thur 16th May, Tue 11th June,Thur 11th July or Tue 13th August 2013 Place: Stratford on Avon Gliding Club, Snitterfield (CV37 0EX) # Meet: From 6.00pm onwards Cost: £35 (£37 Gst): paid as £5 (£7) deposit + £30 on arrival by cash/ cheque Gliding is one of the adventures which Spice members rave about most. Flying gracefully and quietly, you are at one with your environment, following the air currents and thermals which nature provides - quite a contrast to powered flight. The pilot will offer you a go at the controls which provides a great sense of achievement. They also offer a second flight (time permitting) at a reduced price for those who want to get back up again. You can choose to have this second flight as an even more exciting demonstration of what a glider can do! Due to cockpit restrictions, maximum weight is 16 stone. ______________________________ 11
Animal Encounters & Equestrian Lots of fun in the animal kingdom
Beginners Horse Trek
.. a 2 hour beginners trek experience
Date: Sundays: 21 April or 9th June 2013 Place: Bagginswood Stables, Shropshire (DY14 8NB) # Meet: 1pm for 1.30pm – 3.30pm trek Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest (Optional pub lunch afterwards) A 2 hour trek organised by a quality, family run stables on the Shropshire/Worcestershire Countryside and is designed for beginners or novice riders. This will be a very gentle ride on kind easy horses with fully trained escorts on foot for those that wish. After the ride we will go to the pub for a drink. Absolute beginners are welcome.
Adventure Trekking Day th
.. a day's trekking for confident riders
Date: Sunday 12 May 2013 Place: Bagginswood Stables, Shropshire (DY14 8NB) # Meet: 9.30am -10am - 4pm Cost: £89 Member, £95 Guest (pub lunch is extra) A day's trekking organised by a quality, family run stables on the Shropshire/Worcestershire border. This is a fantastic opportunity to ride through herds of wild ponies in the Beautiful South Shropshire Hills across common land and spectacular ridges with magnificent views. We will stop at a pub which serves food (not included) around lunchtime. This day trek is restricted to confident riders who are prepared to canter as the instructor will be on horseback and the terrain is sometimes steep. Riding hats are provided but please wear sensible footwear and comfy, old warm clothes.
Polo Indoor Lesson at Rugby rd
.. another exciting opportunity to play polo
Date: Saturday 3 August 2013 Place: Willoughby, Rugby (CV23 8AJ) # Meet: 10.45am for 11am to 12noon Cost: £52 Member, £55 Guest Polo is becoming more and more accessible (which means you don’t have to be related to The Queen to play any more .. although of course it helps!). Be warned though – Spice members tell me it’s highly addictive! Polo demands a different type of skill to any riding you may have tried before and the horses can accommodate any standard of horsemanship. We get a 1 hour lesson at an indoor school by polo professional Philip Baker on easy to ride ponies. The lesson is more suited to those with basic horse riding skills than absolute beginners.
Own a Horse for the Day th
.. spend the day with your own horse
Date: Monday 6 May 2013 Place: Middleton Equestrian Centre (B78 2AT) Meet: 9.45am for 10am - 4pm session Cost: £95 (£99 Guest) Incl: 2 riding lessons, stable management lessons & lunch Whether you’re an experienced horse person or want to learn more about what being around horses is all about or don't have a clue about horses but would like to have a fun day out, this is a day for you. Typical Agenda for the day: ● 10am - Meet the horses ● 10.15am - Lesson in grooming and tacking up ● 10.45am - 45 minute riding lesson ● 12noon - Untack the Horses ● 12.30pm – Lunch is served ● 1.30pm - Skip horses out, re groom tack up ● 2pm - 30 minute riding lesson ● 2.30pm - Untack, groom, set beds fair, rug up, prepare feeds and evening hay nets, sweep up ● 3.30pm - Group discussion & feedback - rosettes and certificates. Directions to Middleton Equestrian Centre: J9 head north Events on the A446 (Lichfield/ Tamworth). At the ForFrom All M42, Horse Riding island, take the second onto heel/ the A4091 Continue along road takehands. a left, just before road Wear footwear withexit a small ankle(Tamworth). support & gloves as reigns rub & your Riding hatsthe are provided and becomes dualworn. carriageway (sign for Ash End House Farm). Take 2nd turn on right andStottesdon look for centre the right. must be Max rider weight: Middleton 13st, Warwick International 20st, 15st.on Rugby not stated. 12
Only Spice on Horses!
.. learn to ride in 6 weeks at an indoor school!
Date: Every Wednesday from 8th May 2013 - 12th Jun 2013 Place: Middleton Equestrian Centre see below (B78 2AT) Meet: 6.45pm for 7pm to 8pm session each week Cost: £156 Member, £166 Guest (Deposit £50) Incl: Lessons: 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th May and 5th & 12th June Can you learn to ride in 6 weeks? These hour lessons will be on consecutive Thursdays. No experience is necessary to take part and the school is indoors. It’s a great opportunity to learn a skill pretty thoroughly with the support of a group of friends (8 max) who will go through the whole experience with you and no doubt “debrief” afterwards at the pub! Directions to Middleton Equestrian Centre: See detailed directions with writeup at www.spicebham.com.
.. join the special few who have tried this event!
Date: Sunday 19 May 2013 Place: Warwick International, Guys Cliff (CV34 5YD) # Meet: 9.15am - 5.00pm Cost: £175 Member, £185 Guest A unique opportunity to learn the ultimate medieval art, with The Knights of Middle England. Our day is run by Karl Ude-Martinez who has years of experience performing live jousting shows all over Europe. For obvious safety reasons, we’re not allowed to actually hit each other as death often results from that – and such bravery is not deemed culturally appropriate to the modern age! However, they use a quitaine (or dummy) to take the impact. On arrival we’ll be given a safety briefing and your riding will be assessed. You’ll learn basic jousting skills such as hitting the quintaine and learn basic sword and staff fighting. Being a knight also involves being dressed in medieval costume. No real riding experience is needed, but would be an advantage. For safety, if the instructor feels your riding is not strong enough for certain tasks, you’ll make it up in other activities. Reasonable fitness is required as you’ll be in the saddle for most of the day.
Learn to Horse Ride in a Day .. a beginners fun day
Date: Sundays: 26th May or 7th July 2013 Place: Warwick International, Guys Cliff (CV34 5YD) Meet: 10am to approx 2.30pm Cost: £57 Member, £65 Guest Set in the heart of Shakespeare’s county Warwick International School of Riding prides itself in its professional attitude, with a friendly atmosphere. Today is a great opportunity to be introduced to the wonderful new skill of horse riding. The day is based at complete beginners with plenty of fun. There will even be a chance to win a rosette at the end of the day. The full writeup for this event can be found on our website including detailed directions (or call us for more).
Carriage Driving Experience Day th
.. let the experts show you how!
Date: Saturday 15 June 2013 Place: Darley Dale near Matlock (DE4 2ER) # Meet: 10.30am for 11am to 3pm session Cost: £79 Member, £85 Guest Today we have a wonderful opportunity to experience the world of carriage driving at Redhouse Stables Working Carriage museum nr Matlock, Derbyshire. On arrival take a good look around the unique collection of horse drawn carriages and memorabilia in the carriage museum. There will then be a coffee and an introduction to the day followed by a demonstration of harnessing up and ‘putting to’ with a Single pony. Following a lunch break we will then enjoy a hands on carriage drive with a selection of single turnouts and your instructors. This will be followed by a drive out with a pair and watch them working in harness. After a well deserved cup of tea there will be a presentation of individual certificates.
For All Horse Riding Events Wear footwear with a small heel/ ankle support & gloves as reigns rub your hands. Riding hats are provided and must be worn. Max rider weight: Middleton 13st, Warwick International 20st, Stottesdon 15st. Rugby not stated.
Walk with Wolves - Bedford
.. exclusive Spice visit with opportunity to feed wolves
Dates: Sun 7th April, Sat 8th June, Sun 8th Sept or Sat 23rd Nov 2013 Place: A428 between Bromham & Turvery # Meet: 10.15am (ends 1.30pm) Cost: £47 Member, £52 Guest This event and the introduction to wolves will allay any pre-conceived ideas we may have about these beautiful animals! We meet the wolves and their handlers at the Anglian Wolf Society which is a private sanctuary for wolves and they support and raise funds for wolf conservation. They are not open to the public but have agreed to allow Spice members to accompany the wolves on their walk and to have a wolf experience where you can help feed them. You will be introduced to the wolves before setting off on the walk. We’ll feed the wolves and have some hands on experience.
Llama & Wolf Experience Day
.. exclusive Spice visit with llama walk & wolf experience
Date: Sundays: 5th May or 16th June 2013 Place: A428 between Bromham & Turvery, Bedfordshire # Meet: 10am to 4pm Cost: £50 Member, £53 Guest We are joining Spice London and our friends from the Anglian Wolf Society on a combined day out where you visit the wolf sanctuary with the opportunity to take photographs and ask as many questions as you like. Then there will be talk from a knowledgeable member of staff about the wolves and about the conservation projects that the Anglian Wolf Society are involved with. The wolves will then be fed and you will soon understand where the saying ‘wolf it down’ comes from! About 1.00p.m. some sandwiches, nibble and refreshments will be served then at 13.45 we will head off for the Llama/Alpaca Walk. These pack animals have a natural curiosity and interest in humans making them ideal walking companions. The walk lasts about 1hour 30 mins and is in beautiful countryside. Two people share one Llama/Alpaca and there will be plenty stops for photos along the way.
Beekeeping Afternoon .. learn all about bees & honey!
Date: Sunday 28 April 2013 Place: Finchfield, Wolverhampton (WV3 8EN) # Meet: 2pm to approx 4.30pm Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest Bees are fascinating creatures who inhabit an amazing ‘society’ all of their own – complete with organised labour, nursery system and even their own monarchy! Today you will get a chance to enter that world with Phil, who is a retired lecturer also a keen bee keeper in his own right. We will meet Phil at his home address (supplied to those who book), just 3 miles from Wolverhampton City Centre where we will have an introductory chat before sharing cars to the hive location about a mile away. You will get to see a busy hive opened up with a full explanation of what it’s all about (and with all necessary safety kit provided!). Exactly what will be covered will depend on what there is to see on the day, but we’re likely to learn the basics of how to build your own hive and how to extract and bottle honey (in case you get hooked and want to take up the hobby!). After that, we return to Phil's house, where he will put the kettle on (and may even treat you to some honey!). Note: Please avoid wearing makeup (perfumes/ aftershaves in particular) as it effects the behaviour of the bees
Spring Wildlife Tour
.. discover how nature adapts to the Season!
Date: Saturday 27 April 2013 Place: RSPB Middleton, Nr Tamworth (B78 2AE) see detailed directions online Meet: 10.30am - 12.30pm Cost: £11.50 Member, £13.50 Guest Includes: A guided walk, drink and cake We'll join naturalist Nick Martin as he gives us a personal tour of the beautiful Middleton Lakes where he is Site Manager. We'll see spring birds, butterflies, wild flowers and no doubt Nick will manage some surprises along the way. We'll also indulge in some alfresco hot drinks and cake! This walk will be about 2 miles across different terrains. Though the route will be flat with no steps or styles some areas could be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear. 14
Celebrate Natures Dawn Chorus .. discover the beauty of the dawn chorus
Date: Saturday 4 May 2013 Place: Earlswood Lakes, Nr Solihull (B78 2AE) # Meet: 5am (yes really!) to approx 7am Cost: £11.50 (£13.50 Guest) Includes guided walk, drink & cake Join local Nature enthusiast and wildlife photographer Ashley Grove as he helps bring to life wildlife's own orchestra. As we soak in the unique atmosphere Ashley will explain the mystery of the dawn chorus and identify its main characters. Finishing with hot drinks and pastries it will be an unforgettable experience and you'll be pleased you made the effort. This walk will be about 1.5 miles across different terrains, some areas could be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear
Owl Handling Experience
.. intensive small group instruction with these fascinating birds
Date: Saturday 18th May 2013 Place: Blakedown, Nr Hagley (DY9 0JB) see detailed directions online Meet: Arrive 4.45pm – ends around 7.00pm Cost: £52 (£55 Guest) Note max 6 students An intensive owl encounter at this excellent centre. With a group of 6 we can expect very personal attention. We’ll get an introduction to the owls and the centre before learning how to handle, and fly these amazing birds. This is a very "hands on" practical session and you’ll get to know some remarkable birds during your stay including hopefully: Bruno a Little Owl, Woody an Asian Brown Wood Owl, Grumpy an African Spotted Eagle Owl, Basil a Bengal Eagle Owl, and Cash a Turkmanian Eagle Owl
Bat Appreciation Walk at Wolseley .. discover these secret creatures of the night!
Date: Saturday 1st June 2013 Place: Wolseley Estate A51 near Shugborough (ST17 0WT) Meet: 8.15pm at gatehouse Cost: £2 (£3 Guest) plus a £3 donation on night to Staffordshire Bat Group for loan of Bat Detectors Tonight we’re guests of Ron Rock and the Staffordshire Bat Group who have promised to show us these wonderful animals and help us to understand why they get so excited about them. We’re at the atmospheric setting of the former Wolseley Estate on the edge of Cannock Chase. It comprises 26 acres of former landscape gardens, and for nearly 1000 years this estate was the ancestral home of the Wolseley family. It is the perfect environment to find bats. We will enjoy a walk and talk with Ron and we will be equipped with bat detectors to help us find some. Ron also hopes to bring some captive bats so that everyone sees a bat no matter what. At the end we look for an endangered species of British wildlife as well, all I am saying is, it isn't a bat! I’m sure it will be an enjoyable and enlightening evening! The full writeup for this event can be found on our website including detailed directions (or call us for more).
In Search of Snakes
.. join a hunt for the shy and elusive grass snake
Date: Saturday 16 July 2011 Place: RSPB Middleton, Nr Tamworth (B78 2AE) see detailed directions online Meet: 10.30am (ends 12.30pm) Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Naturalist Nick Martin will be leading us on a hunt for the shy and elusive grass snake. We will be wondering the Middleton Lakes Nature reserve in search of these fascinating creatures and learning all about them and the other wildlife that lives there. We also hope to get great views of frogs, toad and newts! Wear stout shoes or wellies.
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Ash End House Farm Experience
.. wake up the animals with a tour, breakfast & lots of extra treats!
Sunday 14th July 2013 Middleton Lane, Tamworth (B78 2BL) 9am start (breakfast at around 10am) £18.50 (£22 Guest) Incl: Guided tour of farm (with animal feed), shire horse experience, falconry experience, tractor ride & their 'big breakfast' in the cafe Here’s a wonderful opportunity to wake up the farm animals at Ash End House Farm! Arriving at the farm for 9am (before the farm opens at 10am) we get our very own guided tour when we can feed and cuddle their goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits pigs etc. We will hear the history of the farm and lots of interesting facts. We will visit their Falconry Centre and meet Craig who will chat about the birds followed by a display. If not flying, the birds are on static display, giving you the chance to enjoy the close up beauty and elegance of these wonderful birds. After feeding the animals we will be getting hungry as well, so we’re off to the café for a full English breakfast (included). We will then go onto meet the Shires which will include sitting on a shire horse as well as long reining, and helping harness up. Ash End House Shire Horse Centre is a purpose built busy working yard, although it is part of the children's farm it is now becoming popular with visitors in it's own right. For those of you that fancy it we can then enjoy a bumpy tractor trailer tide around their paddock. You are then free to spend the rest of the day at the farm at your leisure.
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Marvellous Mammals Tour
.. find out about some of our more secretive wildlife
Date: Saturday 7 September 2013 Place: RSPB Middleton, Nr Tamworth (B78 2AE) see detailed directions online Meet: 10.30am - 12.30pm Cost: £11.50 (£13.50 Guest) Includes guided walk, drink & cake Join Nick Martin as he surveys this beautiful and wildlife rich part of the Tame Valley. We will be looking for signs of animals from deer to badgers and foxes to voles. Using a variety of methods we’ll have a great chance to find out about some of the secretive wildlife that lives all around us but is so seldom seen. Nick also promises a special wildlife treat! And if that’s not enough there will be a chance to relax with a welcome al fresco drink and cake. This walk will be about 1.5 miles across different terrains. Though the route will be flat with no steps or styles some areas could be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear. ______________________________
From our Files A proud mother – taken by Richard at our visit to The Pig Pen in Hereford back in June 2000
Spice Makes a Difference Spice members love supporting the community – either in practical help (like on litter picking walks) or by raising huge amounts of cash for good causes. Our involvement with charities also enables us to offer some absolutely unique experiences – so with these events everyone wins! As well as these, you will find other events under other categories which promote social awareness and support selected charities, including some of our Behind the Scenes visits.
Spice Book Club
.. discuss a book each month over tea & cakes!
Dates: Mondays: ● 8 Apr ● 6 May ● 3 Jun ● 1 Jul 2013 Place: Meet inside The Spice Office – see below (B74 3EJ) Meet: 8pm Start (ends around 9.30pm) Cost: FREE, but collection for Book Aid on day. In order to have a sociable literary evening each month and raise money for Book Aid International (www.bookaid.org) we have a monthly meet up at the Spice office. The idea is that each month we discuss a set book that we have read in preparation. The conversation will be lead by our volunteer, Kate Coulter, but is very informal. Kate will provide teas/ coffees/mineral water and some home baked treats. A voluntary collection will be taken each month which we will send to Book Aid International who send books to schools and libraries in third world countries and are endorsed by celebrity writers such as Michael Palin and their patron is The Duke of Edinburgh. It costs just £2 to send one book to readers in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond so every penny we raise can make a difference. Preparation: You will need to have read each book beforehand. You can buy or try your local library. The Venue: The Spice Office is above Boots Chemist at 6a Burnett Road in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield B74 3EJ. Press the buzzer on the green door which is to the side of Boots. There is parking on the road, and around the back. The Books (there is a précis of each book on the on line version of this write up at www.spicebham.com): ● April: The House of Silk – Anthony Horowitz ● May: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce ● June: Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel ● July: Florence and Giles – John Harding.
Charity Spice Spring Cake Club
.. where we chat about cakes .. oh and eat them too!
Date: Sunday 7 April 2013 Place: Walsall (details to be sent) # Meet: 4pm - 6pm (note later time than September date) Cost: Free to book but charity collection on night. Incl: Tea or Coffee. Please bring along a homemade cake or some cupcakes to share! Baking is becoming extremely popular – trendy even! And we were surprised that it was mainly younger members that came to our last Cake Club and that a fair number were men! Spice members Helen & Gary have invited us again to be guests at their lovely home in Walsall. Helen helps the group enjoy a relaxed sociable afternoon sharing and chatting about homemade cakes, drinking tea and hopefully playing sociable games in their garden (they have trampoline, lawn darts, inflatable scrabble and a giant Jenga). If the weather is poor we’ll enjoy their indoor entertainment (a games room with a pub sized pool table, bar football table, table tennis, and arcade machine). There is no charge to attend, but there will be a collection during the afternoon to support the work ‘Disability Snowsport UK’, (Helen & Gary’s favourite charity). Note: This isn’a competition, no judging, just a lot of fun. And you get to try lots of cake, and maybe take some home!
Dog Walk in The Lickeys th
.. a gentle walk with our dogs!
Date: Sunday 9 June 2013 Place: Warren Lane Car Park/Visitor Centre, Lickey Hills (B45 8ER) Meet: 10.30am FREE but collection for The Cancer Support Centre on day Just for fun we’re having a different type of walk today – one were dogs are included. We’ll meet by the Visitor Centre and take a walk for around 1½ hours at the pace of the slowest canine. There will be hills and varied terrain. Richard will give a few bits of info along the way if his 2 naughty Yorkies let him share his attention! To read more about this event, please visit www.spicebham.com 17
Has Spice Got Talent 2013 nd
.. a huge charity night of fun!
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013 Just 2 performer places Place: Jam House, St.Pauls Square, & 50% of audience places Birmingham (B3 1QU) remain – book now! Meet: 7.30pm Extra: No charge to book, but donation of at least £5 on door Has Spice Got Talent? Who knows, but it will be fun finding out again! Last time we had a brilliant night, with 8 acts, 4 celebrity judges and 220 members We will give a lot more information shortly, but in the meantime please either: 1) Book your audience place as we have max 220 places. There is no cost to book, but we ask for £5 in the collecting bucket on arrival in return for your programme & voting slip. Or 2) Please let us know if you think you have talent and are prepared to perform. It is a very “supportive” atmosphere (no one was admitted to The Priory after the last one anyway!) and a tremendous experience to perform on the same stage used by the top names in the business! We just need to know in advance what you are planning to do and anything special that you will need (including supplying any backing tracks to be used). Obviously we need to ensure that your act is also safe and legal! Also, let us know if you need any rehearsal time before the show. If we end up with too many offers, we will have to make a choice in advance of who is selected, based upon presenting a balanced range of acts for the night. If we are short of an act, then Richard will have to sing a duet with Maggie! So don’t delay - get registered. Or 3) Could you or your company provide a raffle prize, sponsor a piece of kit that we have to hire in or sponsor the professional pianist who we offer to the acts? Such support will be fully recognised on the night and listed in the programme and in any other communication (inc website) relating to the event. Our Charity tonight: We try to support a range of local charities each year and have tonight chosen to support Edwards Trust for a second year. They support families suffering the death of their child and countless children and teenagers when a parent, significant carer, or a sibling dies.
Run in the Park
.. some easy excercise in the evening! Dates: ● Tue 2 Apr ● Thu 11 Apr ● Tue 16 Apr ● Tue 23 Apr ● Tue 30 Apr ● Wed 8 May ● Mon 13 May ● Tue 21 May ● Tue 28 May Place: Meet inside The Spice Office, 6a Burnett Road, Streetly (B74 3EJ) Meet: 7pm Start (ends around 8pm) Cost: Free*, but please book so we can contact you if anything changes Incl: Drinks & biscuits at the Spice Office An opportunity to get fit for the Great Midlands Fun Run, or just join us anyway to enjoy an easy run, jog or fast walk with us in the evening. We meet at the Spice Office before walking to the Streetly Gate entrance to Sutton Park (just 2 mins). After some advise on stretching, we will set off on a route of around 45 mins duration. So that everyone can go at their own pace, we intend to use a simple “easy to follow” route on the quiet roads towards Powells Pool and back and we put a faster runner at the front and someone slow (probably Richard!) at the back who will move at the pace of the slowest runner or walker. We will then reconvene at the Spice Office to collect our things and have a drink/ socialize if anyone has the energy! These evenings are appropriate to anyone who wants to increase their fitness in a sociable group. As a minimum, you should be capable of a fast walk as this is probably what the “back marker” will be doing. *The evenings are free, but there will be a voluntary collection for our 2013 Fun Run Charity.
Jogging Evening in Solihull .. some easy excercise in the evening!
Date: Weds: ● 10 Apr ● 17 Apr ● 24 Apr ● 1 May ● 8 May ● 15 May ● 22 May ● 29 May Place: By entrance to Tudor Grange Leisure Centre (B91 1NB) Meet: 7pm Start (ends around 8pm) Cost: Free*, but please book so we can contact you if anything changes An opportunity to get fit for the Great Midlands Fun Run, or just join us anyway to enjoy an easy run, jog or fast walk with us in the evening. We already run these types of event in Sutton Park, but here is an opportunity for our Southern members to have their run as well! We are indebted to Mark Thursfield who has offered to run these evenings as a volunteer. So that everyone can go at their own pace, we intend to use a simple “easy to follow” route on quiet roads. NB. Our 2013 Fun Run Charity is the These evenings are appropriate to anyone who wants to increase their fitness in a sociable group. Young Persons *The evenings are free, but there will be a collection for our 2013 Fun Run Charity if you wish to donate. (Cancer) Unit at The QE Hospital Any questions, please contact Mark on 07943 944514 firstname.lastname@example.org 18
Charity Duck Race
Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. sponsor a duck .. you know you want to!
Sunday 28 April 2013 New Hall Valley Country Park (B76 1QT) see below 10.30am (1) Nothing to watch or help (2) £5 to sponsor a duck (3) Walk is FREE to book but donations on day In our attempt to find unusual ways to raise money for local charities (that are also lots of fun!) we have our 3rd annual Duck Race. We are supporting the work of The Cancer Center who serve people with cancer and their families from all over the West Midlands. This is our third Duck Race and our first at a great new venue. The Event: We will meet at the entrance to the park (by Bishop Walsh School who are kindly al;lowing us to park in theie car park as the park car park is small) and walk together upstream (5 mins walk) to the start line where we release hundreds of numbered rubber ducks. Our plucky ducks will swim to a finish line and we can follow them cheering all the way home! The first ducks home will win prizes for their sponsors. Afterwards, there will be an optional guided walk of around 90 mins duration to discover a little more of this wonderful park. How you can be involved: 1) Sponsor a duck for £5. It could win you a prize. No need to attend in person as we’ll inform you if you win. 2) Attend the Guided Walk. There is no charge to book this, but a collection will be taken for the Cancer Centre. 3) Help with the Duck Race. We need some “marshals” with wellies and sticks to follow the ducks and prod any that become stuck (as we have to ensure that we leave the stream as we find it and return all the ducks to the safety of their duck house to swim another year!) Big Thanks: to the wonderful John Carroll of Bishop Walsh School who has been our consultant advisor and is providing us with car parking and nets on the day. Meet: If driving, please park in Bishop Walsh School, Wylde Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1QT. Then walk down the road approx 30 yards (downhill, to just beyond the stone cottage) to meet at the park entrance. There are a few parking spaces at the meet point but please leave these for those who most need them. If you can’t find us, dial 07899 950109.
Pets As Therapy - Charity Talk
.. learn more about the wonderful work of the PAT dogs & cats
Date: Wednesday 19th June 2013 Place: Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) Meet: 7.30pm Extras: a voluntary donation suggested minimum of £5 to PAT Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983. It is unique in that it provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats. Since it’s beginning over 22,000 PAT dogs have been registered into the Pets As Therapy scheme. Every year some of these retire and new dogs, having first been examined and passed on health, temperament, suitability and stability grounds, join Pets As Therapy. Today there are currently around 4,500 active PAT visiting dogs and 108 PAT cats at work in the UK. Every week these calm friendly dogs and cats give more than 130,000 people, both young and old, the pleasure and chance to cuddle and talk to them. The bedsides that are visited each year number a staggering half million. This evening we are delighted to be joined by Jane Neary and her PAT dog 'Roo'. Jane will be talking about the charity and its history with an insight into their voluble work. Roo currently visits a busy stroke unit at a local NHS hospital working alongside a team of medical professionals including physios, nurses, speech and language and doctors and also visits the Acorn children's hospice. We will also learn more on this special dogs back ground Crufts appearances, auditions, his daily photo blip and the celebrities he has met. Roo will love to sit on as many laps as possible! ______________________________
Cycling & Mountain Biking Biking is great fun and our instructors, will ensure you have fun whether you're peddling along a country lane, or trying to reach the summit of a craggy peak! The rides are lead by experienced guides (unless otherwise stated) who also act as bike doctors should anybody's bike fall poorly. If you use your own bike it must be in reasonable condition and suitable for the type of event described. Also, you MUST bring & wear a helmet (usually provided with hire bikes, but check).
Mountain Biking - Follow the Dog Trail .. a ride for those with some off road experience
Date: Sunday 14 April 2013 Place: Birches Valley Forest Ctr nr Rugeley (WS15 2UQ) # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £12 (£15 Guest) Extra: Bring mountain bike & helmet or hire with Swinnertons 01889 575170 Simon has received brilliant feedback from his “Beginners” events, so we’ve asked him to run an “Improvers” ride this time. We’re looking to conquer one of the UK’s foremost off road cycle trails. Simon is a qualified and experienced Mountain Bike Instructor and will help you improve your riding technique and to get the very best out of your biking.
Cannock Chase to Abbots Bromley Cycle Ride th
.. enjoy 30 miles with Trevor & Peter
Date: Saturday 20 April 2013 Place: Little Haywood, Nr Rugeley (ST18 0TS) # Meet: 10.00am for 10.30am Cost: £15 (£18 Guest) Extra: Please bring your own bike & helmet or to hire please call Peter on 07952 302 485 A days cycle of approximately 30 miles with Trevor & Peter through Abbotts Bromley, noted for its Horn Dance (we cannot guarantee you’ll see this!) skirting remnants of Needham Forest. From Blithfield Reservoir we wend our way back to our start point through the heaths and plantations of Cannock Chase. A lovely route of varied scenery and terrain.
Kingsbury Evening Cycle Ride th
.. another classic route with Trevor & Peter
Date: Thursday 9 May 2013 Place: Dog & Doublet, Bodymoor Heath (B76 9JD) # Meet: 6.45pm for 7pm Start Cost: £8.50 (£10.50 Guest) Extra: Please bring your own bike & helmet or to hire please call Peter on 07952 302 485 This lovely gentle meander along the Canal with Peter & Trevor will take us through Kingsbury Water Park, calling in at a few Warwickshire villages along the way. The route is approximately 12-15 miles. We expect to arrive back for refreshments at approximately 8.30 - 9pm. We’re riding the canal towpath and so a very light road bike may not be ideal.
Lickey Hills to Dodford Moderate Cycle Ride th
.. a full days ride with wonderful views
Date: Saturday 18 May 2013 Place: Lickey Hills Visitor Centre, Rednal (B45 8ER) # Meet: 10am for 10.30am Start Cost: £15 (£18 Guest) Extra: Please bring your own bike & helmet or to hire please call Peter on 07952 302 485 A moderate/strenuous 30 mile ride with Peter and Trevor but we have plenty of time and will be in no rush! The route over the Lickeys offers superb views over the Malverns. Later in the day, we see the Clent Hills. Narrow, often sunken, lanes make their way up and down delightful valleys. It’s an exceptionally beautiful ride with excellent pubs and villages.
Monyash 50km Mountain Bike ride .. ride this classic route
Date: Saturday 20th April 2013 Place: Monyash, Derbyshire # Meet: 10am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest) Sorry, no bike hire option for this ride Today’s ride uses a combination of gravel tracks, bridleways and quiet lanes to the north of the delightful Peakland village of Monyash around Taddington and Chelmorton, before looping back round towards Bakewell and Youlgreave. Once back at Monyash we’ll have a well earned cuppa and slab of cake in the highly regarded cafe! This is a great route through the best the White Peak has to offer - nice rolling countryside with stone walls and far reaching views. This is a tough intermediate ride, particularly given the distance involved so is aimed at strong riders who have plenty of mountain biking experience who don’t mind (a) a bit of pain going uphill and (b) some mud, dirt and challenge going down!
Come and Try Mountain Biking st
.. a great way to get started
Date: Sunday 21 April 2013 Place: Carsington near Matlock, Derbyshire # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest). To hire a bike, call 01629 540478 The area around Carsington Reservoir is ideal for learning the art of cycling off-road it offers some relatively easy cycling terrain in glorious, rural Derbyshire countryside. The centrepiece of the riding is the 8.5 mile route round the reservoir on undulating, smooth, clean, wide bridleways - this is a very popular and well ridden route for cyclists and within the capability of most people who can competently ride a bike. Carsington is one of Britain’s newest reservoirs and besides its scenic attraction, it has a top class Visitor Centre offering you the chance after the cycling to browse around a variety of shops, an exhibition centre plus the obligatory trip to the restaurant or cafe. Any questions – contact Jez on 07974 967209.
Ladybower Mountain Bike Ride .. discover soectacular scenery and excellent biking
Date: Saturday 25th May 2013 Place: Fairholmes, Derwent # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest). To hire a bike, call 01433 651261 The area in and around Ladybower Reservoir offers a wide variety of mountain biking ranging from easy, smooth bridleways to very steep and rocky singletrack descents all set in the beautiful surroundings of the High Peak in North Derbyshire. Peak District mountain biking at it’s very best! Not to mention so fabulous view of the Edale Hope and Derwent valleys. So if you want to blow away so of those winter cobwebs, dust off your bike and join us out on there on some of the finest trails in the peak district. This will be a good day out with some big hills so you will need good bike fitness and be prepared to get a bit wet and muddy. There are some technical riding so you should be comfortable on your bike and be happy to ride some rocky and muddy sections. This ride is not for beginners to mountain biking and we very strongly recommend that you have at least attendance a Spice “Improvers” Mountain Bike Day before attempting this one.
Sherwood Pines Improvers Mountain Bike Ride .. ride this famous venue
Date: Sunday 26th May 2013 Place: Sherwood Pines, Notts # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest). To hire a bike, call 01623 822 855 An excellent and wide ranging area of off-road biking within the Sherwood Forest complex absolutely perfect for a day of ‘improvers’ mountain biking! Starting and finishing at the well known mountain bike venue of Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre near Edwinstowe/Mansfield, our ride uses the miles of off-road tracks in this area. The terrain is not too hilly and there is some lovely forest singletrack close to the Pines Visitor Centre so we’ll incorporate as mush of this in the ride as we can. The start/finish point has good facilities including cafe, bike shop, toilets and parking. Grade: 3; Distance: 18 miles moderate/hilly 100% off-road biking – some previous mountain biking experience required 21
Cycling with a Difference
.. sample a Monsall Dale "adventure ride" Date: Saturday 8th June 2013 Place: Bakewell, Derbyshire # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) Sorry, no bike hire option for this ride What’s the difference?! Not only do we cycle over the famous Millersdale Viaduct Bridge that spans the River Wye, 80 ft on the return journey we abseil down it. We join the trail at Bakewell and travel through some of the finest scenery the White Peak, has to offer, marvel at the feats of engineering as the trail spans open valleys and cuts through hillsides, the four main tunnels - headstone, cress brook, Litton, and Chee Tor are each over 400 metres long (and lit) the ride is flat and traffic free and covers a total distance of 18-20 miles (there and back) on good tracks. The day is run by Mark Fenton and is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. Just bring a bike and helmet.
Leicestershire Villages Easy/ Moderate Cycle th
.. relaxed cycling with lots to see
Date: Saturday 15 June 2013 Place: The Cock Inn, Sibson, Nr Nuneaton # Meet: 10.00am for 10.30am Start Cost: £18 (£20 Guest) To hire a bike, call Peter on 07952 302 485 Today we cycle over undulating countryside passing Bosworth Battlefield and mysteriously named Leicestershire villages on a 30 mile easy/moderate ride with Peter & Trevor. You will need a packed lunch. We expect to return by 4.00pm.
Sutton Park/Newhall Valley Evening Cycle th
.. another classic route with Trevor & Peter
Date: Thursday 11 July 2013 Place: Boldmere Gate, Sutton Park # Meet: 6.30pm for 7pm Start Cost: £10.50 (£12.50 Guest) To hire a bike, call Peter on 07952 302 485 We begin in Sutton Park and take the lovely 15 mile cycle route with Trevor and Peter along the Newhall Valley and return to take in a lake or two in Sutton Park before a pleasant drink or a meal to round off the evening at around 9pm.
Lapworth Moderate Cycle Ride th
.. relaxed cycling with lots to see
Date: Saturday 20 July 2013 Place: Lapworth, Warwickshire # Meet: 10.00am for 10.30am Start Cost: £18 (£20 Guest) To hire a bike, call Peter on 07952 302 485 This 30 miler with Trevor & Peter will be familiar to some as it is the classic route via Snitterfield to Mary Arden's House and Wootton Wawen. There are views over the Avon Valley as well as the chance to see some of the most famous tourist spots in England. There are a few ups and downs but no stiff climbs. This is a must for heritage lovers/ property groupies!
BMX Taster Session
.. awesome indoor entertainment!
Date: Wednesday 5th June 2013 Place: Creation Climbing, 582 Moseley Rd, B'ham (B12 9AA) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm - 9pm Session Cost: £24 (£27 Guest) includes bike & safety equipment This is a brand new event where you will be taught by a professional instructor how to compete in BMX riding and learn all the tricks of the trade. Our 1½ hour session includes all equipment and instruction and will cover specific techniques such as foot position, turning clockwise, riding the ramps and speed control. As we progress more advanced techniques will be introduced such as bunny hops or small jumps. It’s a fun packed adrenaline event which can’t be missed. ______________________________ 22
Snowdome Nights PLACE : Tamworth Snowdome (Directions Below) MEET : In good time in 'Aspen's Cafe Bar If you’ve been pining for the slopes ever since your last winter holiday, or if you've never been on the piste before and want to find out what all the fun is about now's your chance to find out! Experience the thrill of at Tamworth Snow Dome, the REAL SNOW indoor ski slope. The slope is enclosed in a temperature-controlled building and it's the real thing! It’s quite cold so dress accordingly. Gloves are a must, plus a thick pair of long socks, warm full length leggings are fine - or ski gear if you have it - but not jeans. All costs below are inclusive of ski/ board & boot hire.
Date: Monday 15th April 2013 Meet: Aspen's Bar by 7.30pm Cost: £21 (£23 Guest) inc boot & ski hire If you're able to do controlled snowplough turns and use a ski tow, you can book this option. We'll meet in Aspen Cafe Bar before we get kitted up with skis, boots, and poles ready to hit the slopes. Session is 1 hour.
Ski Lesson - Beginners
Date: Monday 15th April 2013 Meet: Aspen's Bar 7.20pm prompt Cost: £35 (£37 Guest) inc boot & ski hire This is the first step on your way to the slopes. The team at the Snowdome will help to build your abilities and boost your confidence. This is a 1 hour lesson is for absolute beginners
Suggested route from M42: Leave M42 at J10 taking A5 towards Tamworth centre. Follow brown signs which will eventually take you off the A5 onto a series of roundabouts. Note, at the third roundabout you go right round the roundabout and back along the carriageway to the entrance which is part of the Leisure Island complex (B79 7ND).
What’s is a “Guest”?
Some events have a separate price that applies if you want to bring a “guest” along to an event. The “guest” option is there for members to use to introduce new people to the group and for friends/ family for whom membership is not practical (eg visiting from another area). The Guest arrangements are offered at our discretion and cannot be used to avoid membership (eg by lapsed members). A “guest” must come along to the event with you (unless specifically agreed otherwise) and you are responsible for their good conduct. A “Guest” may accompany you at up to 3 events – after which we consider it fair to expect them to join themselves.
Dance Workshops VENUE : ● Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston B12 9QH ● Pole Dancing: 156 - 157 Warstone Centre, Warstone Lane, (B18 6NZ) You don't need any experience to enjoy these fun events. If the dance involves partners, we'll pair you up on the night - and as we change partners frequently you get to tread on everyone's toes!
Burlesque Dance Afternoon!
Pole Dancing with Pure Joy
Date: Sunday 21st April 2013 Place: Midlands Art Centre- Performance Studio Meet: 1.20pm for 1.30 - 3.30pm session Cost: £18.50 (£22 Guest) Ladies, join us for a couple of hours of fun and excitement – a true indulgence into the art of being feminine. We all have the ability to be sexy, no matter what our shape, age or size and this session will fill us full of all the tips and treats we need to let our ‘inner goddess’ glow. Be prepared to laugh, flirt, dance and dress up as your inner burlesque starlet blossoms. The session includes an insight in to working with props including hats, gloves, feathers, fans, chairs and tassels! (all props provided by the dance teacher) We will learn how to peel the glove, unroll the stocking and tease our audience as with the rest of the group we transform in to a burlesque diva troupe all in the space of a couple of hours! Becky from Blush comes highly recommended and has promised us a truly indulgent girlie experience that will have us laughing endlessly and strutting for the rest of the day. Bring comfortable, loose clothing that is easy to move in, or if you prefer dress in your favourite ‘sexy’ clothes! shoes are essential but what type is up to you; whatever gives you that extra strut!
Date: Saturday 18th May 2013 Place: 156-157 Warstone Centre B18 6NZ Meet: Arrive 1.20pm for 1.30pm - 4.00pm Cost: £20 (£23 Guest) incl. refreshments & snacks Join us today in a purpose built studio, fitted with 6 poles, in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Pole dancing has become one of the most exciting and empowering forms of exercise that you can encounter. This experience is for ladies and gentlemen who can think of nothing worse than slaving away in the gym and for all shapes, sizes and ages. The great thing about the experience is that it is fun. A fantastic way to exercise, you will learn new moves that will strengthen and tone your whole body and burn plenty of calories but above all you will have a fun filled experience with your friends. Please do not worry that you will be asked to undress, or do anything that you are uncomfortable with. As we anticipate a large group, there will be no embarrassment if you want to give any part a miss and just spectate (and get your breath back for a while). However, we believe that if you just might get hooked to this unusual combination of dance, fitness, gymnastic and performance movement (and fun!). Wear: Best dress how you would for the gym. If you are happy exposing your legs, shorts are ideal as this gives the best grip on the pole. However, the most important thing is that you are comfortable. High heels are optional for the ladies. Directions: From the Memorial Clock in the centre of the Jewellery Quarter with Tesco on Left & HSBC right go straight down Warstone Lane until you see the Red Lion Pub on left. The studio has red door. Entrance is by intercom buzzer. A member of staff will be downstairs to direct you to the 2nd floor studio.
.. your chance to become a sexy starlet!
.. a fun introduction anyone can try!
Greek Dance Workshop .. great fun, sociable dancing!
Date: Friday 14th June 2013 Place: The Midlands Art Centre- Randle Studio Meet: 7.30pm for 7.45pm to 9.45pm Cost: £8 Member, £9.50 Guest Greek Dance is a vivid expression of everyday life. Weddings, family celebrations .. and Spice nights at Greek restaurants. It's easy to learn for guys and girls alike and is sure to be a giggle. We've a specialist tutor called Darius (yes really!) who takes this workshop into schools! It's unbeatable fun, so don't miss it!
Zumba for Fun Workshop
.. discover just how much fun a workout can be!
Date: Sunday 5th May 2013 Place: Midland Arts Centre – Studio TBA Meet: 10.45am for 11am - 12noon session Cost: £6 Member, £8 Guest Men and women of Spice. Are you ready to get into shape? That's exactly what the Zumba programme is all about! We've laid on a taster session for all ages and abilities to experience zumba after huge demand was indicated from our recent Sport & Fitness Survey. Expect an exhilarating experience described as a “Latin inspired calorie burning party”. Exercises will be adapted for first timers and those who’ve done it before. You don’t need to be “superfit” either as rests and breaks will be allowed. It’s very much a taster session and depending on interest it could become a regular part of the programme.
Ballroom Masterclass - Rumba
.. learn the Rumba just like the celebrities!
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Randle Studio Meet: 3.15pm for 3.30pm - 5.30pm session Cost: £9.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Have you ever envied the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing being taught by top professional dancers and wished you could have a go too? Have you always wanted to have a go at Latin/ballroom dancing but didn’t know whether you’d like it enough to commit to a course? We’ll be dancing with Christopher and his dance partner Vicky. They are both amazing dancers and teachers, very patient and making the whole experience a lot of fun.As usual there’s no need to bring a partner (unless you have one handy!) as we’ll pair off at random within the group when necessary which always adds to the fun and social nature of these lessons. This is aimed at complete beginners, but beginners/improvers are most welcome too. Take along a drink and some spare cash for the café afterwards.
Grease Dance Workshop!
Salsa Dance Workshop
.. latin magic for beginners & improvers
.. learn all the great moves from the movie!
Date: Friday 24th May 2013 Place: Midlands Art Centre- Randle Studio Meet: 7.30pm for 7.45pm - 9.45pm session Cost: £8 (£9.50 Guest) Quite a few members have been asking for more Salsa classes, Steve is a great teacher, so why not come along and learn some cool Salsa moves for all your Christmas parties! Steve is getting great feedback for these special Spice Nights. His classes are fun and easy to follow, so come on lets give it a go!
Date: Sunday 9th June 2013 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Randle Studio Meet: 1.30pm - 4.30pm Cost: £15.50 Member, £17.50 Guest Ok so who is up for this one? Everyone’s favourite MusicalGrease! Sheena will put us throuugh our paces learning a routine from the movie! Slick back your hair, or pour yourself into your skin-tight black catsuit and get ready! Sheena’s going to teach us how to hand jive, hip shake and dance to the songs of Grease! Be Danny or Sandy for an afternoon and learn what ‘smooth’ really means! You can even come in costume if you want to.
Ballroom Masterclass - Tango
.. learn the Tango just like the celebrities!
Belly Dancing for Fun!
Date: Saturday 20th April 2013 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Randle Studio Meet: 3.00pm for 3.30pm - 5.30pm session Cost: £9.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Have you ever envied the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing being taught by top professional dancers and wished you could have a go too? Have you always wanted to have a go at Latin/ballroom dancing but didn’t know whether you’d like it enough to commit to a course? We’ll be dancing with Christopher and his dance partner Vicky. They are both amazing dancers and teachers, very patient and making the whole experience a lot of fun.As usual there’s no need to bring a partner (unless you have one handy!) as we’ll pair off at random within the group when necessary which always adds to the fun and social nature of these lessons. This is aimed at complete beginners, but beginners/improvers are most welcome too. Take along a drink and some spare cash for the café afterwards.
.. celebrate your femininity!
Date: Thursday 4th April 2013 Place: Midlands Art Centre- Performance Studio Meet: 7.20pm for 7.30pm - 9.30pm session Cost: £9.50 (£10.50 Guest) Belly dance is an ancient and beautiful art. It is also great fun and really good for your core muscles. Forget sit ups and rolling around on the floor, belly dance works those troublesome muscles while you are standing up which is much more convenient and extra effective. Belly Dancing is a great confidence booster, so lets all have a good laugh whilst we jiggle our hips! In this workshop we will start with the basics and build up to a fun routine. This is open to every level of experience so if you have never danced before why not take the plunge? If you are already a dancer these moves will add that zing when you are on the dance floor. No special equipment required and showing your belly is optional.
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Ian Jelf's England Ian is a legend within Spice. He’s a Blue Badge Guide who’ s really entertaining. His tours are very different from what you might expect, with lots of offbeat observations and crazy stories that he has researched for us! Allow a couple of hours - more if you get him talking about busses, phone boxes or 2CV’s .. or accept his invitation to the pub afterwards!
London "Live Monopoly" Day
Solihull Town Walk
Date: Sunday 7th April 2013 Place: Join Coach at Sutton, Birmingham or NEC Meet: Morning pick ups – 0730/ 0800/ 0830 Cost: £29 Member, £35 Guest Extras: Day travelcard (around £7) We’re taking a day trip to London with a professional guide but you’ll have to get around yourselves (well in small teams, anyway!). Ian has concocted a fascinating London Treasure Hunt based on the classic Monopoly game. It was a big hit last time so we’re at it again! On arrival, you set off to find as many clues in the classic “Monopoly” locations as possible. Then, at a predetermined time, you return to our meeting point for a bite to eat (not included), the results and – most important – prize giving!
Date: Sunday 21st April 2013 Place: front of Saint Alphege's church (B91 3RH) Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £8.50 (£10.50 Guest) Despite Ian’s regular assertion that there’s “nothing to see” in Solihull, we know this isn’t true. Firstly, because he’s done the walk for us several times already, secondly because it lasts for a full 2 hours and thirdly because people have always enjoyed it! Although Solihull seems superficially modern, it in fact has a history going back more than 10 centuries. So come with us for a variety of stories including the likes of Samuel Johnson, Sir Christopher Wren, brawling clergymen and the legendary Turchil, the “Traitor of Arden” (well, he’s legendary in Solihull, anyway!), a notable wedding, custard and Princes Margaret and you get the feeling that there’s more to this place than meets the eye! Meet in front of Saint Alphege church, facing the war memorial at the junction of New Road and Church Hill Road.
.. a fabulous challenge day in London
.. the walk he refused to repeat!
Made in Birmingham Walk .. discover what made Birmingham great
Date: Saturday 13th April 2013 Place: Snow Hill Station, Colmore Row (B3 2BJ) Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £8.50 (£10.50 Guest) This walk takes us well off the beaten track to discover the story of the men & women, some great engineers, others toilers in the factories, who made the city great. Railway and canal engineers, architects, Birmingham's oldest radio station and what was once "the toughest street in town" all feature in this most unusual tour. Meet Outside the entrance to Snow Hill Station on Colmore Row
Sutton Park Discovery Walk
.. history, mystery & mud!
Date: Monday 6th May 2013 Place: Town Gate of Sutton Park (B74 2YT) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest A new departure for our walks with Ian and we've persuaded him to get some walking boots and venture off-road to reveal some of the offbeat, fascinating and downright odd facts about places in our area. Sutton Park, the largest urban park in the UK isn't just teeming with wildlife: it's full of history, legend and facts, too. On our stroll (a couple of hours, as with most Ian walks) we're promised tales of bishops, kings, ancient Britons, Druids and corruption! And as if that isn’t enough, Ian tells us that this is only the first part of two walks in the park (the other will be later in the year). Now we do stress that although not a ramble (this is Ian, after all!), you'll need to dress for some off-road walking (boots and not your best trousers!). We meet just inside the Town Gate of Sutton Park. This is at the end of Park Road. Ian will be on the grass to the right hand side and will as usual have the trademark umbrella. There's parking in the park but it can get very busy at weekends so allow plenty of time as the walk will depart promptly.
Tipton Walk (and Pie)
.. ending at the world famous Pie Factory!
Date: Sunday 14th April 2013 Place: In front of Tipton Railway Station (DY4 9AB) Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £8.50 (£10.50 Guest) + lunch if required What began as a bit of an experiment has proved to be one of the most interesting walks we offer. Perhaps it’s the history of Tipton, encompassing the civil War as well as early steamships and cars? Perhaps it’s the hidden canals and Georgian houses? Perhaps it’s Ian’s fascinating commentary? Or perhaps it’s the chance to enjoy one of the famous pies at the famous “Pie Factory” at the end! Meet on forecourt of Tipton Railway station. Walk ends at the Pie Factory for a drink or a “Desperate Dan Cow Pie” if we wish.
Birmingham By Boat
.. once the largest village in England (yes, really!)
.. past, present & future in 'the Venice of the North'!
Date: Sunday 19th May 2013 Place: Church St exit of Bilston Metro (WV14 0BJ) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Lying at the heart of the Industrial Black Country, we thought that this was - even by Ian standards - one of the most unlikely venues for a walking tour .. until Ian revealed a town which is in fact steeped in history and interest, with tales of plague, body snatchers, poets and even a riot! Meet at the Church Street exit of Bilston Metro Station, opposite Saint Leonard's Church. There's car parking nearby. And yes, we do intend to head off to a pub afterwards!
Date: Saturday 20 April 2013 Place: Gas Street Basin (off Broad St) (B1 2JT) Meet: 4pm departure (meet 3.45pm please) Cost: £12.50 Member, £15 Guest We’re chartering our very own canal boat for a cruise around Birmingham! Birmingham's history, as well as its present and future are very much tied up with its famous canal network. Ian will give an entertaining commentary, as Birmingham glides slowly by. This trip includes a special detour onto the Birmingham Fazeley Canal to enjoy the history of Farmers Bridge Locks, Cambrian Wharf and the Tindal Bridge area.
Terracotta Birmingham & Tea
Knowle Stroll & Afternoon Tea
Date: Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013 Place: Start Victoria Sq (ends Hotel Du Vin) (B3 3DH) Meet: 2pm Meet (afternoon tea at 4pm) Cost: £19.50 Member, £23 Guest Incl: Sumptuous afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin What better way to enjoy a Bank Holiday - a wonderful Victorian experience with Ian followed by Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin! The Walk: Last year’s hugely popular walk and tea covered “Victorian Birmingham”. This year we’ve asked him to show us some of the features for which Birmingham is very famous: the amazing moulded Terracotta designs which adorn so many of the City Centre’s buildings. It’s called the “Terracotta Trail” and it is a real eye opener – particularly if you are used to keeping your eyes down when you walk the city streets. We’ll discover the different designs and colours and why Terracotta became so very popular so suddenly? You’ll certainly never look at our buildings in quite the same way after Ian has brought them to life! NB. An unusual piece of advice but Ian tells us that you might enjoy some of the details on this walk a little more if you bring along a pair of binoculars. Afternoon Tea: We end the walk at approx 4pm in the lap of luxury at Hotel Du Vin, itself a particularly grand Victorian building adorned with terracotta (Ian will tell more!). Our traditional afternoon tea includes a pot of tea of your choosing, finger sandwiches, a slice of tea loaf, cream cake, a fruit or plain scone with strawberry preserve and a dollop of clotted cream. We meet: at the statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square which is the square beside the Council House & Art Gallery.
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013 Place: Outside Knowle Library, High St (B93 0LL) Meet: 2pm Cost: £19.50 Member, £22.50 Guest Knowle today is a commuter village, albeit a rather exclusive one. But in times past it was an important village and one which almost became a market town in its own right. Our walk will also allow us to discover a witch, a windmill and a surprising industrial past! Afternoon Tea: We finish at the incredible, new Catwalk Cafe on Knowle High Street. Here we can admire the unusual decor whilst being served an extremely civilised traditional Afternoon Tea of cakes, sandwiches and other home cooked delights. A perfect way to round off our visit to this surprising village. Meet at Knowle Library which is in the historic Chester House at 1667/9 High Street (the main road through the village).
.. eat, drink & discover the terracotta trail!
.. a wander around a historic & surprising village
Stratford as you've never seen it!
.. a fun filled walk & talk around this famous town!
Date: Sunday 30th June 2013 Place: outside Stratford BR Station (CV37 6PL) Meet: 11.40am (to meet those arriving by Steam Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Note – you can combine this visit with our Steam to Stratford event and arrive/ depart in style! It's amazing isn't it that millions of people from all over the world flock to Stratford-upon-Avon every year, and for the rest of us it's somewhere we "always mean to visit"! Well wait no longer, just join Ian Jelf today for an entertaining walk around this famous town. As well as the “sensible” sights we’ll discover those things most visitors never have time to hear about, including an actress' ashes, an extra-marital pregnancy and the chance to discover Stratford's mediaeval red light district, an illegal dung heap and even Shakespeare's son-in-law's haemorrhoids! Our meet point: As many people will be joining this walk by arriving on the Shakespeare Express steamtrain, Ian will meet everyone outside the Station Exit. (Station is on Station Road).
.. discover the "Queen of the Suburbs"
Date: Saturday 1st June 2013 Place: In front of Five Ways Station (B15 1SF) Meet: 10.30pm Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Here’s a walk that’s not too far away (for many of us) and around somewhere that we normally drive through or work in .. or which makes us think of cricket or opulence. It’s Ian’s tour of Birmingham’s premier suburb. Developed by an aristocratic family in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Edgbaston isn’t just to do with wealthy people and fine terraces (although this walk has plenty of both). Early weather forecasting, Judaism, stage coaches and even Mr. Jelf himself all get in on the act so do try to get along for this. Meet in front of Five Ways Station on Islington Row. As ever, Ian will have his umbrella and the walk lasts around a couple of hours.
Bath Experience Day by Coach .. discover the wonder of this beautiful city
Date: Saturday 27th July 2013 Place: Coach pick ups 7.30am/ 8.00am & 8.30am # Meet: Local pick ups Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest ● Sutton Parade 0730 – Outside Macdonalds ● Colmore Row 0800 – bus stops on Colmore Row by Cathedral ● Rubery 0830 –Great Park by Chiquitos We plan to make drop offs from around 7.00pm Here’s another of our popular day trips by coach to one of Englands most beautiful cities. From pick ups in the West Midlands we go straight to Bath where Ian will introduce us to the city with a walk lasting a couple of hours. Bath is one of the great sights of Britain, a City whose hot springs (unique in Britain) have fascinated visitors since Roman times. Our walk around the City not only allows time to admire the Georgian and Regency terraces and the Roman Baths but also allows Ian to tell some of the stories behind the elegant façades: early letters, the importance of acorns, the Macaronis and the shorthand all feature! You might even want to taste the Bath Water!
Wolverhampton Wander .. discover our newest City!
Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013 Place: Prince Albert Statue, Queens Square (WV1 1TX) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £7 Member, £8.50 Guest Recently elevated to the status of a City, Wolverhampton's past goes back more than a thousand years and our stroll around the City Centre will allow us to discover tales ranging from a Saxon Princess to a set of traffic lights, from an opera singer to a letter which went around the world by mistake!
Lots of crazy driving experiences to try!
Rally Driving Lesson
.. spend half a day at the London Rally School
Date: Saturday 13 July 2013 Place: Bicester Oxfordshire (OX27 9AJ) # Meet: Choose ● AM 9.30am or ● PM 1.30pm (each is a half day course) Cost: £145 (£150 Guest) Have a go at one of the most exciting sports in the world! No previous experience needed! Top skilled and experienced competition drivers will be passing on their knowledge and expertise to YOU! All the behind-the-wheel tuition takes place in rally specification Ford Escort Rs2000’s unrestricted in speed, revs or gears. The event starts with coffee and a talk on the techniques of handling rally cars. It is then time to put this to test on the circuit set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Take away some improved and advanced driving skills. Extra option: Accident Damage Indemnity which reduces the potential cost of accident damage from £500 to zero is available to purchase for £15 per driver. If you require the accident damage indemnity it can be paid on arrival. Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers.
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.. explore a new area on these beasts!
Date: Saturday 29 June 2013 Place: Atherstone near Tamworth (CV9 3PF) # Meet: 10.15 for 10.30am – 12noon session Cost: £59 Member, £65 Guest Get down and dirty with the team at Mythe Farm. It is brilliant fun and anyone can enjoy this event and the instructor will take you through everything you need to know. Quad bike trekking is an exciting group activity and these Yamaha Grizzly 125cc quads are agile and easy to ride. The session starts with a safety briefing where riders are shown how to handle the quads, what to avoid doing and how to get the best enjoyment from the trek. Safety equipment is issued and riders are given the opportunity to gain confidence on the quads before setting off on the trek. The group will then go out onto the farm and experience a variety of terrain including flat fields, hills, woodlands, ditches, rivers and streams. Restrictions: Max weight 18 stone. Max height 6’ 5”. Wear warm clothing & strong boots or trainers. Coveralls provided.
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.. crazy fun, down on the farm!
Date: Saturday 27 July 2013 Place: Mythe Farm, Atherstone (CV9 3PF) # Meet: 11.15 for 11.30am session* Cost: £36 Member, £39 Guest The Powerturn Buggy is a vehicle unlike any other – having 2 drive wheels are powered at different speeds by 2 engines to make the Powerturn "turn". The buggies are operated only by 2 levers - there is no steering wheel or pedals involved! This enables the buggies to do things that normal buggies can’t, such as spinning on the spot and wheelies while you drive - even around corners. Two people can drive this amazing vehicle at once by operating a lever each, though good communication is needed if you want to get anywhere! For the more serious driver going alone, the Powerturn Buggy can reach speeds in excess of 30mph. They can often be driven round a track quicker than a conventionally steered vehicle but it's also great fun sliding it and spinning it in all directions. You can move through more angles with more speed than anything else you can control yourself. Basically they are just brilliant fun!. *Depending on the number of people who book this event, our session will last between 1 – 2 hours and you we’ll get to learn and laugh together in a variety of fun scenarios. Notes: Wear warm clothing and strong boots or trainers. Appropriate equipment such as coveralls, helmets, gloves and goggles will be provided, along with full waterproof clothing if showers are likely.
Off Road Karting
.. like rally driving through a forest stage!
Date: Saturday 15th June 2013 Place: Birmingham Wheels Park, Saltley (B8 1AD) # Meet: 11.15am for 11.30am Cost: £42 (£49 Guest) Spice package includes hot & soft drinks A unique rally driving experience in off-road karts. We’re driving single seater 620cc Rage off- road karts on a gravel rally stage. The track is designed to get the most from the driver and the karts and we will compete to get the six quickest laps. Each driver has three races to achieve this. Medals are given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.Racing is similar to regular karting except starts are staggered due to the size of the karts Once racing is underway you can chase down and over-take other drivers. Lap times are measured by computer controlled timing equipment that allows you to track your position throughout the event. Up to 5 x 620cc Rage karts will racing on the track at any one time (dependant on group size).
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.. drive this brand new supercar
Date: Saturday 27 July 2013 Place: Prestwold Driving Centre, Loughborough (LE12 5SQ) # Meet: 8.00am for 9.00am on track Cost: £125 Member, £135 Guest The McLaren MP4-12C is the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1. It’s the current (at time of writing) holder of the Top Gear fastest lap time. This spectacular speed machine is capable of 0-60mph in just 3.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of 207mph and is manufactured by the F1 specialists here in the UK, not Italy! You get: ●Welcome, Introduction and Safety Briefing ● 2 laps with instructor driving performance training car ● 4 laps driving a McLaren MP4-12C ● Individual Driving Experience Certificate to finish Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers.
Forest Segway on Cannock Chase .. trek by Segway on a forest trail
Date: Sundays: 12th May or 14th July 2013 Place: Birches Valley Forest Ctr nr Rugeley (WS15 2UQ) # Meet: around 12noon TBC Cost: £30 Member, £35 Guest Get off the beaten track and experience an hour of fun on these amazing machines. We’re off exploring the forest on the latest in green technology – self-balancing electric Segways. It’s a totally unique way to tackle the trails in the forest. Our experience with us lasts an hour, and that includes a brief bit of safety and instruction before we head out with an instructor. You’ll need to weigh between 7 and 19½ stone but other than that, virtually anyone can do it. This experience is run by Go Ape who also run the popular “treetop experience” from the same location. The site has its own metered car-parking (around £2) which is payable on the day. There are toilet facilities but suggest that you bring a packed lunch to eat before or after your visit as food on site is very limited. We will send joining details/ map, but you can also find lots of information at www.goape.co.uk.
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.. get to grips with these crazy machines!
Date: Sunday 16 June 2013 Place: Rednal Airfield, Rednal, Oswestry (SY11 4HS) # Meet: 11am Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) Anybody can “fly” a hovercraft. As long as you are able to stay upright and on your knees, you can do it. We’ve got together with the experts to provide a fun introduction at a dedicated venue. This track even includes a short stretch (10 meters) where you cross a pond and get to feel the difference in performance when you take to the water. The length of our visit will depend on the numbers that book, but everyone will get to cover 4 kilometres in a hovercraft. If we have enough bookings to justify, the suppliers will also provide an extra event such as archery or blindfold driving to fill in the time between turns. The instructors will give a very full briefing and training throughout. This is always a popular and fun event, so please book early and bring a huge sense of fun. 29
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.. drive the legendary marque!
Date: Saturday 1 June 2013 Place: Prestwold Hall, Loughborough (LE12 5SQ) # Meet: 9am (Whole experience lasts around 1 hour) Cost: £99 (£109 Guest) Lamborghini. is one of the most evocative names in supercars. Famous for creating cars of awesome handling and performance. Driving one is a dream very few realise. That’s why Everyman have come up with an affordable experience of this legendary marque. The Lamborghini Thrill is a rare opportunity to enjoy the amazing new Lamborghini Gallardo E Gear. Stunning yet small and agile, this 'baby Lambo' has all-wheel drive, aluminium chassis, 5-litre 500bhp V10 and paddle-shift transmission. It epitomises everything that has made the company so desirable. Welcome, introduction and briefing on circuit driving techniques 3/4 driving laps in hot hatch with ARDS instructor 4 laps driving the Lamborghini Gallardo Individual Lamborghini certificate. The experience is only 1 hour – sorry! Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings, so we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers.
Tank Battle Experience
.. challenge your fellow teams to a tank paintball battle!
Date: Sundays: 7th April or 2nd June 2013 Place: Lutterworth, Leicestershire (LE17 6NW) # Meet: Session runs 10am – 12noon Cost: £89 Member, £95 Guest This event has had great feedback. We have booked 4 tanks, each of which take a crew of 3 Spice members who will be with their tank throughout (so no waiting around on this one!) We start with a practice session, where we put the tank through it’s paces on the 1 mile track and firing range. We will alternate the 3 positions in the tank so that each person gets a chance to drive, a chance to load the gun and a chance to fire. The gun is adapted to fire paintball ammunition, and can be fired with the hatch up or down. In battle, of course the hatch has to be down and aimed by periscope. After the practice, the four tanks will do battle, with each tank attempting to out manoeuvre and “knock out” the others with their huge, paintball firing guns. For this part, teams will not be able to switch positions, so you will need to decide between you or toss a coin to decide who will drive, who will load and who will fire. Extra notes: The organisers sell a disc of photos for an additional £15 (sent by post). There is a Kiosk that sells a small range of hot food (burgers etc) and tea, coffee, coke etc
World's Wackiest Racers
.. experience the world's most outrageous vehicles!
Date: Saturday 8 June 2013 (sorry, 7th April full) Incredible Feedback Place: Northampton Raceway (NN7 2BA) # Read it on our feedback page Meet: 11.45am for 12noon (event lasts 3 hours) or at www.spicebham.com Cost: £95 Member, £105 Guest Be Chauffeured through country lanes in the World’s fastest street-legal bed*. Thunder round a race track on an 87 mph Sofa*. Tame the Double Decker car, as seen on BBC’s Top Gear. Pull up a seat to the World’s hottest desk, experiencing life in the fast lane on the World’s Fastest Office*. This has to be the most memorable motorised experience ever! These cars are designed by Wheeler Dealer’s Edd China (Discovery RealTime) and are the most astonishing ride of your life! *certified by the Guinness Book of Records Itinerary: You will be in a group of 12 participants, who will hopefully all be Spice members although this will depend on the bookings we receive. The 3 hours runs as follows: ● Arrival - Light Refreshments / Race Overall fitting / event programme ● World’s Fastest Office! ● World’s Fastest Sofa! ● Drive the fantastic Double Decker Cars. ● Head out into the Countryside in the World’s Fastest Bed! ● Return to the Wacky Racer HQ – Certificates, refreshments More Information: Please read the full write up for this event on our website www.spicebham.com
Are you officially Amazing?
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Karting Evening & Burger at Priory Park th
.. a fantastic evening under the floodlights!
Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013 Place: Tamworth Karting, Priory Park, Alvecote (B78 1AR) # Meet: 6.30pm prompt start Cost: £29 (£32 Guest) includes drink & burger Tonight we’re back at Tamworth Karting, Priory Park. This time we’ll be racing under their halogen floodlights which create a great atmosphere. Don’t worry about the weather either, as they provide us with full waterproof suits and great indoor facilities. In fact, the wetter the track is – the more fun we have! This place is a great find! Only 2 mins from M42 J10, you’ll discover a 495 meter floodlit outdoor racetrack with full facilities and a new fleet of 270cc karts. You may have seen the circuit on the TV series Fifth Gear, as Tiff & Vicki used it regularly for testing small cars. We’ve got a great evening ahead which will be on a team endurance basis, to ensure that we all get lots of driving and friendly competition between teams. We’ll put you into teams, and please don’t worry if you haven’t done anything like this before as it’s just for fun! The evening starts with a safety briefing and issuing of race suits and helmets. We then have a practice before the team race that takes around an hour.
Stock Car Driving & Racing
.. 6 hours of exhilaration plus some amazing extras!
Date: Saturday 18th May 2013 Place: Northampton Raceway (NN7 2BA) # Meet: 10.00am to approx. 4.30pm Cost: £149 Member, £169 Guest A brilliant day, run by The Incarace Team at their fast Northampton circuit. It’s a 400yd asphalt BriSCA F2 track attracting racers from across the world with wide corners and ultra fast straights. So strap yourself in to one of these beasts, stamp on the clutch, grab the gears, ‘pedal to the metal’, spin those wheels and you’re off! This is the only opportunity in the UK to compete in fast races in the real cars. It’s totally thrilling. The surge of power is immense and the performance impressive. Our professional coaches will have even the most inexperienced and timid drivers raring to go. It all starts with a briefing in the clubhouse, where you will also be issued with full protective clothing including helmet, neck brace and fireproof suit. Then we’ll have instruction in driving and take practice laps in the cars until everyone is race prepared. Races, heats and finals follow which will involve all drivers, with four per race. The finale is a showdown to discover the top driver. Trophies and bubbly will follow. We have places held. There will also be public participants joining us. LOTS MORE FUN!: In addition to the Stock Cars, there are some brilliant extra events available throughout the day which ensure you are never left waiting between races. See full details with writeup on line.
Learn to Drift
.. the art of controlling an out of control vehicle! Date: New date awaited – please check on line Place: Birmingham Wheels Park, Saltley (B8 1AD) # Meet: 12noon for 12.30 to 4.30pm time slot Cost: £89 Member, £99 Guest Incl: Car, tuition & spare tyres! Popularised by films such as Fast and Furious: Toyko Drift and considered a modern day sport, Drifting can actually be traced back to the 1930s as a technique used in motorsport, developed to help the drivers navigate corners faster! Drifting has evolved over the years into it's own competitive sport, initially developed in Japan before taking the rest of the world by storm. It is now one of the fastest growing grass root sports in the UK. Drifting challenges the drivers ability to navigate the course sideways for as long as possible, executing the drift in the most controlled and stylish manner they can. Drifting is dancing for cars. For the driver, Drifting provides thrills and an adrenalin rush, as well as enjoyment of a grass roots sport. You will be driving a modified Nissan 200SX . If you wish to check out a video please go to the online version of this writeup and click the Youtube link Our session today is 4 hours of fun for the absolute beginner and includes: ● Drivers briefing with tea/coffee & niggly bits ● Doughnut session – practicing the art of doughnuts with an instructor ● Figure of 8 Session – practicing figures of 8 with instructor alongside ● Special short circuit – Learning weight shift, handbrake (3 attempts of short circuit) This day is suitable for everyone with a licence for a manual car. Bring your driving licence on day. ______________________________ 31
Outdoor Pursuits What Spice are most famous for!
Abseiling for the Terrified th
.. a great way to get started
Dates: ● Sat 27 April ● Sat 11 May ● Sat 22nd June ● Sun 21st July (other dates now full) Place: Black Rocks, Matlock, Derbyshire # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £29 Member, £32 Guest Many members would love to do an abseil, but are too petrified to book the ones we normally offer. After seeing Mark Fenton's ability to gently coax even the most frightened, or physically disadvantaged people into achieving brilliant outdoor feats, I started these special sessions which have proved extremely popular! You just need to bring a little faith, and the will to succeed! The feeling you’ll get from your success is well worth it all. Mark will get you to overcome any fears by building up your confidence gradually. First we get used to the equipment and how to use it on a few very short descents, before tackling some bigger abseils if you feel able. You’ll not be forced to do anything you are uncomfortable with, or feel stupid if you back out of any stage. So go on…you’ve nothing to lose but your fears! Medical Note: If you have any medical conditions that could prevent you taking part in abseiling, please contact your GP in advance to check. If you’re unsure, please call the instructor, Mark Fenton directly on 07798 790766 or the Spice office.
Indoor Climbing at Redpoint th
.. try this excellent new centre!
Date: Tuesdays: 28 May or 30th July 2013 Place: Redpoint Climbing, 77 Cecil St, Birmingham (B19 3SU) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.15pm to 9.15pm session Cost: £16 Member, £18 Guest Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports. It's great fun and anybody can do it. It's a really exciting way to improve physical fitness combining strength, balance, flexibility and concentration. It’s the ideal place to learn about this sport, with an opportunity to develop your skills under expert tuition. Your instructors are S.P.S.A. qualified or equivalent and the emphasis is, as always, on safety. This new venue also works to a ratio of 6:1 instructor, which is the ideal set up for maximum climbing. You will need to wear cool, loose (but not baggy) clothing and training shoes. There are also refreshments and full changing facilities available. The huge main wall is the first thing you'll see ..but don't worry, there are a variety of other faces for beginners to develop their skills on. Sessions begin with a warm up on the bouldering wall, then we can tackle something bigger. For more details, photos and location maps visit www.redpointclimbingcentre.co.uk Location: From Dartmouth Circus on the A38, take the ring road (Newtown Middleway) anti clockwise. At the next set of traffic lights turn left towards the City centre. Very shortly on the right you should see the centre. It is red and pointy and next to the big pink Tiles 2 Go building.
Canadian Canoe Adventure th
.. enjoy a day out in 'canoe country'
Date: Saturday 27 July 2013 Place: Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean (HR9 5QT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 3.30pm Cost: £52 Member, £59 Guest The team from Forest Adventure have come up with a varied route for Canadian style open canoes - enjoyable for absolute beginners and practiced paddlers alike. They have planned out for us, one of the most scenic, most photographed, stretches of the Wye, from Kerne Bridge to Huntsmans Bridge taking in views of Symonds Yat as we go. Having allowed four and a half hours for the trip, it should be a leisurely day and will include a stop for coffee and a stop at a pub! The open canoes minimise our chance of getting wet, which is just as well at this time of year! All specialist equipment is provided.
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Go Ape in Cannock Chase
.. discover the thrill of aerial trekking high above the forest floor
Date: Sundays: 12th May, 14th July or 15th September 2013 Place: Birches Valley Forest Centre near Rugeley (WS15 2UQ) # Meet: 12noon (to be confirmed with details) Cost: £30 Member, £35 Guest Go-Ape provides a truly exhilarating, adrenalin pumped experience in the tree tops. It’s an awardwinning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan Swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. We are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Safety is paramount and all participants wear safety harnesses with which to attach themselves to the safety system. Everyone receives a safety briefing from a trained instructor at the start. Participants will then be responsible for attaching themselves to the safety system as they move around the course. Please note that Go Ape sites are substantial and physically testing high ropes forest adventure courses. The course normally takes a very enjoyable (and perhaps a little scary) 3 hours to complete. The site has its own metered car-parking (around £2) which is payable on the day. We will send joining details/ map, but you can also find lots of information at www.goape.co.uk.
Symonds Yat Adventure Mission .. a fab multi activity day wrapped up in a journey!
Date: Saturday 4th May 2013 Place: Forest of Dean # Meet: 10am to approx 4pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest Have you ever been on a walk through the forest that starts with you being kitted out with harness and helmet? If not, you've never been on one which starts with a 100 foot abseil down the Buttress at the Yat! Fuelled on adrenaline we then slide down to the river and walk along the disused railway line to the Bibblings Wire Suspension Bridge where we cross the Wye. We then ramble onto Pancake Caves, which we enter by being lowered on a rope through a hole in the roof - wow! Our ramble then takes us onto King Arthur's Cave on the Doward, an ancient dwelling place, and on to the Seven Sisters, a rock outcrop with great views of the Wye Valley, which is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will need a basic level of rambling fitness, boots and waterproofs. Bring a daysack with food and flask for the day.
Caving for the Terrified .. a great way to get started
Date: Saturday 18 May 2013 Place: Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire # Meet: 10am to approx 1.30pm Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) Another of Mark's brilliant events for those who really want to conquer an outdoor pursuit, but need some extra 'loving care' to help them in their ambition. This day is an ideal introduction in an interesting cave system, but one where you have the peace of mind that you could quickly be brought to the surface if the experience proves too much!
Bridge Abseil & Ladder Climb th
.. it'll scare you to death - but you'll love it!
Date: Sunday 19 May 2013 Place: Millers Dale, Peak District # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest Ever fancied the idea of a freefall abseil (like the SAS do out of a helicopter!) from a precipitous 80' viaduct to the river bank below .. and then climbing back up using a metal caving ladder which swings and sways! We thought you might! Once you've plucked up the courage to do it once, there will be no stopping you. It's a great confidence booster. This day is run by Mark Fenton so you can be sure that there will be lots of fun, a relaxed atmosphere where absolute beginners will find lots of nurturing and encouragement and a totally commitment to your safety at all stages. This is a brilliant first or second abseil experience. It is also an ideal training for anyone wishing to do our more advanced caving trips as you will be able to learn some of the techniques above ground rather than under! 33
Scuba Taster Morning Experience .. a fun introduction to scuba diving!
Date: Saturdays: 6th April, 1st June, 3rd August or 5th October 2013 Place: Aquasport Dive Centre, 50 Lincoln Rd, Olton, Solihull (B27 6PA) Meet: 9.50am for 10am - 12noon session Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest If you’ve always wanted an easy taster of what scuba is all about, this is for you. You will learn all the basic skills required to enjoy this exciting sport and be able to judge if scuba is for you. There will be a full briefing & film before pool session, which takes place in an excellent new diving pool on within the centre. Just bring a tee shirt to wear in the baths as well as your swimming costume. In line with PADI regulations, you need to complete a simple medical declaration in order to take part in the pool session. This can be downloaded from the link on the on line version of this writeup or posted to you. Directions: The Centre is at 50 Lincoln Rd, Olton. For full directions, check the on line write up at www.spicebham.com.
Indoor Bouldering Taster Session Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. indoor climbing without ropes!
Tuesday 23 April 2013 Boulder Central - Richmond Street South, West Bromwich (B70 0DG) 7.00pm for 7.15pm to 9.15pm session but we can stay to 10pm £14 (£20 Guest at public price) Incl: rock shoes, chalk & instructor Also, the Spice arrangement allows us to stay on to 10pm if we wish This is a brilliant Spice opportunity to try a new sport at a brand new centre (opened in May 2012). Bouldering is the same as climbing, but is all carried out at a much lower level and if you fall you will land on thick crashmats. This means it’s less scary (if you don’t like heights) and you have much more sense of freedom without having to use harnesses and ropes. Bouldering is not only fun but is a great activity to build your strength and fitness. This special Spice taster session allows our group of first timers to learn the techniques with a qualified instructor. The session will last 90 minutes and includes: 1) A 30 minute group lesson giving important tips about the fundamentals of climbing; 2) 45 minutes of going through all the aspects needed to get you signed off as a competent climber. The majority of this session will be practical learning with most of the time being spent climbing. 3) 15 minutes of a free climbing session with instructors taking questions as you put your new skills into practice. Also, we have agreed with the Centre that Spice members can stay on as long as they like after the session (centre closes 10pm) to continue bouldering and enjoying the facilities so long as we have passed the initial assessment. Rock shoes and chalk are included and this extends to the whole evening, not just the taster session. Location: For detailed directions including public transport options see the online version of this writeup.
Kayak River Adventure Day th
.. enjoy a day out in 'canoe country'
Date: Saturdays: 6 April or 29th June 2013 Place: Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean (HR9 5QT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 4.00pm Cost: £52 Member, £59 Guest This area really is canoe country! The team from Forest Adventure have come up with a varied route for single seat kayaks - enjoyable for absolute beginners and practiced paddlers alike. They have planned out for us, one of the most scenic, most photographed, stretches of the Wye, from Kerne Bridge to Huntsmans Bridge taking in views of Symonds Yat as we go. It’s a leisurely day and a great first timers event, but will also be fun for those of you who have some experience.
Climbing & The Longstone Pinnacle th
.. learn how to climb this amazing outcrop!
Date: Saturdays: 13 April, 22nd June or 10th August 2013 Place: Symonds Yat Rock, Forest of Dean # Meet: 10.00am – 4.30pm Cost: £52 Member, £59 Guest Climbing is great fun and almost anybody can do it. It’s a really exciting way to improve physical fitness combining strength, balance, flexibility and mental focus. Read fuller details of this event at www.spicebham.com 34
Rock Climbing for the Terrified .. a beginners day of climbing & scrambling
Date: Sundays: 28th April or 30th June 2013 Place: Black Rocks nr Matlock # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest A fun opportunity for people who never thought they could be rock climbers to have a go at various rock skills within a very supportive group. Mark Fenton, runs our legendary “Abseiling for the Terrified” days with fantastic feedback and results. As usual, anyone can have a go, as you don't have to be superfit, and all equipment is provided. You are in safe hands with our excellent instructors who will encourage you yet promise not to put you in any situation that you are uncomfortable. Climbing brings out the child in all of us. It is an enormous sense of achievement to reach the top. If you lose your grip or have to give in, you can relax in the security that you're well secured by the belay team. If there is time, Mark will also let you have a go with Micro ladders. Learning the techniques is quite a giggle – find out why!
The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Straight Down .. oh yes, the big one is back again!
Date: Sunday 21 April 2013 Place: The Avon Gorge, Bristol # Meet: 1pm at layby on The Portway Cost: £34 Member, £37 Guest Go ahead and impress your family and friends with this classic Spice event. We start off with full instruction on the techniques needed before our instructor builds our confidence and calms our nerves for an impressive 200-foot descent.
Ordnance Survey Evening .. learn all about maps .. for free!
Date: Tuesday 30 April 2013 Place: Cotswold Outdoor Shop 105, New St, B'ham (B2 4EU) Meet: 6.30pm - 8.00pm Cost: Free to Spice Members (but must be pre booked) Ordnance Survey are delivering a lecture on navigation skills that will take us through the basics of understanding a map, taking grid references and how to use a compass. There will also be interactive activities for individuals or groups. It is a great night to help you understand map reading better. The event is free, but not a Spice exclusive.
Skateboarding for Beginners th
.. rediscover your inner teenager!
Date: Wednesday 8 May 2013 Place: Creation Climbing, 582 Moseley Rd, B'ham (B12 9AA) Meet: 7.15pm - 7.30pm start - 9.00pm Cost: £24 (£27 Guest) includes skateboard & all safety equipment Experience skateboarding with a qualified instructor in this super indoor skatepark. Having kitted up you will learn the rules of the park, safe use of the skateboard and basic movements while having great fun at the same time. Once you’re comfortable the instructor will push you along and introduce you to pumping the ramps, kick turns and riding fakie.
Caving at the Symonds Yat Caves .. sample several of the Wye Valley caves
Date: Saturday 11th May 2013 Place: Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean # Meet: 10am to approx 1pm Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest An unusual morning of caving at this idyllic location, where there are 18 caves on offer. This means that we should get to experience short trips into 4 or 5 different systems. We’ve asked Forest Adventure to aim the caving at beginners level Read fuller details of this event at www.spicebham.com 35
Kayaking for Fun
.. an afternoon of fun on the water
Date: Sunday 12 May 2013 Place: Top Barn Activity Centre, Nr Droitwich (WR6 6NH) # Meet: 12.30pm - 1.00pm until 4.00pm Cost: £22 Member, £25 Guest Top Barn Activity Centre is situated close to the River Severn with a large lake for plenty of water based activities. This afternoon we can try our hand at kayaking on their purpose built lake which is perfect for beginners and more advanced individuals. The qualified instructors will guide you through and improve your ability whatever your level.
Dragon Boat Fun Afternoon th
.. an afternoon of fun on the water
Date: Saturday 25 May 2013 Place: Top Barn Activity Centre, Nr Droitwich (WR6 6NH) # Meet: 12.30pm for 1.00pm until 5.00pm Cost: £25 Member, £27 Guest Join Pershore Greyhounds for a fun “party” afternoon Dragon Boating on the large lake at Top Barn Activity Centre which is situated close to the River Severn. We will learn the techniques of Dragon Boating, a perfect opportunity before the National Dragon Boat Racing in July. Throughout the afternoon we’ll play various games on the water chasing the buoys anchored out in the lake, seeing who can throw the most balls in the canoe and take part in a relay race and also playing “tug a dragon”. The day will finish with an optional BBQ at end of the session by the lakeside.
White Water Kayaks
.. learn how to set your skills against moving water
Date: Saturday 25th May 2013 Place: Symonds Yat (HR9 6EG) # Meet: 10am to approx 4.30pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest Your small, streamlined craft becomes an extension of your body – totally manoeuvrable, totally in your control. You navigate lines which are seemingly impossible, in natures three-dimensional world that is white water. To succeed against such power is the most satisfying experience. Today maybe just a beginning for you – but you’ll be back. Todays session is run by the team from Forest Adventure and is an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to experience the thrill of white water kayaking. Whether you're a total novice or have done this before, you'll have loads of fun developing your basic skills, and getting used to the feel of the moving water. If you've kayaked in a pool or on 'flat water' before you'll find this quite different as the movement of the water makes your paddle stokes and turns more interesting. If you're up to it, you'll get a chance on the rapids where you'll have the chance to ' play ' the river - or is it playing with you! Under the expert guidance you'll soon be using the eddies to your advantage and discovering how to manoeuvre round all sorts of obstacles. All necessary equipment is provided.
White Water Rafting
.. an adrenaline charged adventure experience! Dates: Saturdays: ● 25th May ● 29th June ● 27th July ● 31st August Place: Nene White Water Centre (NN4 7AA) # Meet: ● 2.30pm on 25/5 & 27/7 ● 12noon on 29/6 & 31/8 Cost: £45 Member, £49 Guest An exhilarating session on the UK's first purpose built 'pumped' white water course on the River Nene. If you've never been rafting before, you'll love it! We hurtle down the course in large inflatable rubber rafts paddling like mad to avoid capsizing - it's terrific fun. Then we just lift out the raft, carry it back up the hill then back in the river for another go. The team are extremely safety conscious and give you a great time. As the course is controlled by a 'monster' pumping system, the difficulty/ skill level of the runs can be altered for optimum fun. Bouyancy aids and helmets are included. Just bring a swimming cossie and old pair of trainers (they’ll get wet!) Safety regulations also dictate that you need to be able to swim 50m to take part and weigh less than 18st. Once finished there’s a hot shower and hot drinks to warm you up too.
Gorge Walking Adventure .. a fabulous multi activity journey!
Date: Saturday 8 June 2013 Place: Abergavenny, Monmouthshire # Meet: 10am to approx 4pm Cost: £52 Member, £59 Guest Incl: Waterproof overalls, buoyancy aids & helmets This is a really fun experience that provides the opportunity for scrambling, climbing and abseiling in order to travel up a beautiful gorge. It sounds a challenge – and it is – but anyone of reasonable fitness who is prepared for anything (including getting wet) should be able to enjoy this wonderful day with our instructor from Forest Adventure. We will be kitted out with waterproof overalls, buoyancy aids & helmets before entering the gorge with a thrilling viaduct abseil. We then walk to the base of the gorge and then navigate a section by following the stream up hill. Along the way we will master such obstacles as a waterfall, beautiful pools and even a natural tunnel. Where necessary we will be roped together for safety. All in all, it is a wonderful opportunity to get really intimate with the environment is a stunning location. Don’t miss it!
Raft Building for Fun .. will you make it across the lake?
Date: Sunday 9th June 2013 Place: Top Barn Activity Centre, Nr Droitwich (WR6 6NH) # Meet: 12.30pm for 1pm until 4pm Cost: £22 Member, £25 Guest Top Barn Activity Centre is situated close to the River Severn with a large lake for plenty of water based activities. You are trapped on a desert island and your only means of escape is to build a raft out of rope, wooden poles and plastic barrels. Will you and your team make it across our lake without getting wet? Come and find out and enjoy a fun afternoon.
Overnight Forest Experience th
.. hike in the dark & sleep in a cave!
Date: Sat 6 to Sun 7 July 2013 Place: Symonds Yat area of Forest of Dean # Meet: 8.00pm Cost: £52 Member, £59 Guest Anyone with a sense of adventure will love this brilliant multi activity hike after dark. Let’s hope it’s one of those eerie moonlit nights when the deer are out in force and stars that you can reach out and touch - but whatever happens you can be sure it’ll be one of those Spice experiences which you’ll remember for a long time. We start with a bracing hike, which includes some navigation tuition. Paths may be discarded as we bash through bush intent on a compass bearing despite any obstacles - so we can play at being Special Forces on manoeuvres in the jungle with a little imagination! If our compass work serves us, we should find a cave system at around 1.00am.Life inside is a little more 'normal' as darkness is permanent in these fascinating places, and we will light a fire inside to lift the spirits. As we'll be a little tired by now, we'll sleep till dawn in the peace of the cave system. Refreshed and invigorated, we'll plan our final route back. A café breakfast (not included) will be a priority stop for 'refuelling'.
Multi Water Sports Afternoon .. try a range of fun water activities
Date: Sunday 7th July 2013 Place: Top Barn Activity Centre, Nr Worcester (WR6 6NH) # Meet: 12.30pm for 1pm until 4pm Cost: £22 Member, £25 Guest Top Barn Activity Centre is situated close to the River Severn with a large lake for plenty of water based activities. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to experience a variety of water sports, activities could include sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and raft building, find out which one floats your boat!
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National Dragon Boat Racing ..because nothing beats the atmosphere of when Spice race the dragon!
Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Sunday 21st July 2013 Pershore, Worcestershire (WR10 1AF) # 9.30am £29 Member, £32 Guest
“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!” MEMBER QUOTE These are great days out - Enter the Dragon! Up to 18 people sitting side by side in a 40 foot long boat, with a carved dragon's head and tail attached. A drummer in the prow beating time, a helmsman 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! Today we’ll be racing for fun with other Spice groups from all over the UK. 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 or anything similar before, as 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!). For colour, spectacle and excitement Dragon Boat Racing has it all and is also rapidly becoming the mass participation sport on water. If you want to know what a great day out this is ask any of the members who've attended previous events. Dragon Boat Racing caters for all ages, male and female, in one crew and requires no experience. 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 18 person canoe can travel! Each boat is provided with an expert helmsman to keep you on the right track, and with the help of your drummer beating out the time of the strokes you are sure to get the rhythm right...well that's the theory anyway! The venue for this years event is the river Avon at Pershore, on the northern edge of the Cotswolds. This is a beautiful setting in one of Englands' most picturesque areas so you may want to make a weekend of it. Changing facilities are available and there will also be food for sale during the day. Parking is available on site and a transport list with directions will be sent out to all those who book. No experience is necessary but you must be able to swim at least 50 metres in light clothing.
Dragon Boat Camping
Date: Friday 19th and/or Saturday 20th July 2013 Place: Pershore Rugby Club, Wyre Piddle (WR10 2JE) Cost: £8 (£9 Guest) per person per night Piddle Park is the home to Pershore Rugby Club – and due to restrictions put on our previous venue this year it’s home to Spice as well! The facilities are very good, and we just ask that members respect the rules laid down by their licence, such as rules regarding fires, and no music to be played (except live musical instruments) after 11pm. We have use of a lovely club house and facilities. There will be a Spice staff member or volunteer on site to ensure things go smoothly.
Dragon Boat Party
Date: Saturday 20 July 2013 Place: Pershore Working Mens Club, 55- 57 High Street, Pershore (WR10 1EU) # Time: 8.00pm to 11.30pm Cost: £12 (£15 Guests) including venue, DJ & fish & chip supper 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 above) 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.
.. spend 24 hours in the forest learning some wild living!
Date: Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th July 2013 Place: Bewdley, Worcestershire (DY14 8JG) # Meet: 10am Saturday, finishing 10am Sunday Cost: £69 Member, £75 Guest We have received requests for a survival weekend and to experience a night in a remote location in the forest. Our day will start with creating our shelters from natural materials, lighting our fires with a bow drill, learning to find and filter water and try some wild food before cooking dinner. The following morning we will enjoy breakfast before heading home. There is a cabin and composting toilet just in case!
22 obstacles & the notorious zipwire over water!
Date: Sunday 28 July 2013 Place: Woodlands Camp, Bourne Vale off Little Hardwick Rd, Streetly (WS9 0SH) # Meet: By reception area at 1.45pm for 2.00pm start Cost: £25 (£29 Guest) Get seriously battered and worn out over an assault course built by the army! The course is not overly tough for anyone with basic fitness, as it is mainly used by children - but it is a whole lot of fun. You'll need to wear tatty old clothes with boots or trainers, as you will get pretty mucky as you learn how to walk along cables, climb walls, tackle a 'Burma Bridge' and finish off with the 'Death Slide' - a frightening zipwire which will shoot you over the lake! Warning: You will laugh a lot and get muddy! Directions: Woodlands is on Bourne Vale, off Hardwick Rd, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield. Important: Bourne Vale is a small lane, easy to miss. It’s on the opposite side of road to Streetly Crematorium and has a small green sign for Woodlands.
Navigation - in Four Simple Steps! th
.. a fun basic map reading day with Alan Roberts
Date: Sunday 28 July 2013 Place: Cannock Chase, Nr Cannock (WS15 2UQ) # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest The aim of the day with Alan is to introduce members to the concept of using a compass, reading a map and understanding what can be described as basic map reading and navigation. There will be four parts to the exercise; setting direction using map and compass, calculating distance, calculating time and understanding the importance of recall in order that you can retrace your steps. The day is very much hands on with just a short briefing session at the start, before getting out and putting the theories into practice. There will be four teams of four so that all teams get an opportunity to practice each part of the exercise. Another key aim of the day is to have some fun and enjoy what Cannock Chase as to offer; lovely scenery and the opportunity to see some of the wild deer that wander the forest. The distance is approximately 5 miles. You will require a reasonable level of fitness as there are a couple of long but steady ascents ______________________________
Previews & Pub Nights Unlike the other events in this newsletter, most of these events (except Spice Hits Town) are offered on an informal 'just turn up' basis.
.. presentations aimed at those looking to join, just joined, or introducing a friend to the group Sutton Coldfield Date: Tue 18 Jun Place: Ramada Hotel Penns Lane, Walmley, B76 1LH Time: 8.00pm Cost : Free
Date: Tue 9 Apr 2013 Place: The Arden Hotel Coventry Road, Bickenhill B92 0EH Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free
Dates: Mon 22 Apr, Tue 4 Jun or Mon 22 July 2013 Place: Midlands Arts Centre Edgbaston Rd B12 9QH Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free
Dates: Thu 9 May 2013 Place: Copthorne Hotel, The Waterfront, Merry Hill DY5 1UR Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free
You don’t have to come to a Preview Night in order to join Spice, but if you can, it’s a great way to make your start with us and the easiest way of meeting a few people and finding out how it all works. Richard, Maggie and other team members and volunteers will be there to welcome everybody. We’ll show the Spice Video, talk through the basics of membership, give you more info' on the programme, and explain how it all works. It's very casual and everyone is welcome; those thinking of joining who want to find out more, and existing members who might like to come along with any curious friends. It's very informal, and many members have joined after attending one of these as it's a great opportunity to meet other new members who also want to add some SPICE to life! Those who can’t wait to get started will also have the opportunity to book any events they'd like try. We’ve chosen venues with good free parking areas immediately outside. Once in the venue just ask at reception which room we’re in. All venues have a bar, and you can bring a drink into the room. Hope you can make it - no need to book, just turn up on the night and we'll see you there.
Spice Hits Town at The Jam House! .. a great free Spice get together with live music!
Dates: Fridays: ● 19 Apr ● 17 May ● 21 June ● 19 July 2013 Place: The Jam House, St Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (B3 1QU) Meet: From 7.30pm (arrive by 8.30pm LATEST or you’ll be charged). Meet upstairs Cost: Free (but you have to book this event). Members Only – No Guests Incl: Spice exclusive area & discounted bar to 9pm ● 19/4 - Grouper (4-piece guitar band playing a complete range of classics, old & new) ● 17/5 - Solid Soul (Soul Greats - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz) ● 21/6 - Mr Ben (Anthems from the likes of the Police & Proclaimers to Stereophonics & Snow Patrol) ● 19/7 - B'Spoke (Popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians with a range of soul & R'n'B classics) Our monthly night out now offers more! We have our own area from 7.30pm to 9pm and if numbers permit, the venue will provide a simple buffet (crisps/ sandwiches) free of charge at 8pm (so don’t arrive late!). The bar that serves our area will also have a Spice discount in place for our exclusive time, so go straight to our area on arrival! Booking: There is no charge if you arrive before 8.30pm, but your place has to be booked in advance so that your name is on the list for security to allow you into our private area. Please dress night club wise (ie no trainers, jeans etc). If you haven’t been to a Spice Hits Town before, you’ll find it a great opportunity to renew acquaintances with other Spice Members who you’ve met on events, and generally mingle in an informal but busy environment. New Members Note: Whilst everyone is welcome to attend if they wish, it is easier when you know a few people in the group. We only say this because it is a busy, loud, unstructured meet up with minimal coordination, so it can be difficult for members to spot or look after people who are new. Once you have been to a few events, and know some faces, however, you’ll find SHT a great way to renew friendships and get into the social life of our group.
Our Regional Pub Nights – an Important Explanation Don’t worry, Spice has not become (nor ever will be!) a group who meet up in pubs! In fact, many people join Spice as an antidote to spending their time in pubs! Spice is all about the events and the fun we have on them. That said, a network of pub nights have developed, aimed at enabling members to get to know other members in their area over a drink (or three!) each month. These nights are run “by the members - for the members” and have no other purpose other than providing a corner of a pub for Spice friends to drink and chat together. The reason I mention this, is that I keep getting reports of new members and people interested in joining, turning up at these nights expecting something more - such as a “meeting”, “an opportunity to join”, “the chance to book events” or “the chance to see what Spice is like” etc. Also, those who go along not knowing any faces and walk straight out again before any introductions can be made. I don’t mean to put you off, as these nights are a great resource for people who have been in the group for some time and who know a few faces to look out for. However, they are not really designed for people who are brand new to the group. They work best as a form of reunion for people who have already met on events. They are certainly no substitute for our organised events or the Preview Nights that we put on for those who want to find out more about the Group or to join us. These are busy pubs (not closed to the public) and can be difficult if you don’t already know some faces to look out for. Sorry to be a little negative, but we would hate for you to judge Spice based on an informal night at a pub!
Tamworth & Lichf’d Pub Night
Sutton Pub Night
Date: Weds: 3 Apr, 1 May, 5 Jun or 3 Jul Place: The Gate, Tamworth Rd, Amington (B77 3BY) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only Always a popular night! Look out for Mike (Tigger), who will introduce you to other people if you don’t know any faces. Tigger will be wearing a Spice polo shirt to help you spot him. Food is available. The Gate is a cosy canalside pub/restaurant and a great new venue for us. Beer garden with regular guest ales! Contact Mike on 07949 747 272 with questions. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: The Gate is on Tamworth Road, Amington, Tamworth, Staffs. B77 3BY.
Date: Weds: 10 Apr, 8 May, 12 Jun or 10 Jul Place: The Bottle of Sack, Bham Rd (B72 1QG) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only David and Rob are your volunteer contacts for this night for members who live in Sutton. David will be near the bar and (to help you spot him) will be drinking out of a pewter tankard (also note his arty sideburns!). Any questions, call Dave on 329 3663. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: This large Wetherspoons Pub is on the A5127 Birmingham Rd, by the island at Brassington Av/ Manor Rd.
Bromsgrove Pub Night
Solihull Pub Night
Date: Mons: 15 Apr, 20 May, 17 Jun or 15 Jul Place: Crown at Wychbold, nr M5 J5 (WR9 7PF) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only Meet & socialise with members from Worcestershire. John Matchett will be there to meet and greet everyone. Any questions, call John 07833 327483 or email@example.com. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: The Crown is very easy to find by car. From M5 J5, take the Bromsgrove exit (Worcester Rd). The pub is approx ½ mile along this road on the left. There’s a big car park and food is available. Enter through side door by car park. John will be wearing a Spice T Shirt and/ or carrying a Spice Newsletter.
Date: Tues: 9 Apr, 14 May, 11 Jun or 9 Jul Place: The Woodmans Rest, Union Road (B90 3DB) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only This pub meet for members in the Solihull area has a new home. It is run by local Spicer Mark Thursfield. He will be looking out for you in the bar from 8pm, or you can get there earlier if you want to eat first. It's an informal opportunity to meet up with other people in your area. Any questions, please contact Mark on 07943 944514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night
Kings Heath Pub Night
Halesowen/Quinton Pub Night
Date: Tues: 16 Apr, 21 May, 18 Jun or 16 Jul Place: Red Lion, Vicarage Rd, Kings Heath (B14 7LY) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only Dave & Nicki are our friendly hosts at this spacious pub with it's own parking/ on the no11 bus route! There’s also a good menu if you want to eat. If you have any questions or are nervous about attending, why not call them on 07789 002109 or 07748 976496 ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night
Date: Thurs: 4 Apr, 2 May, 6 Jun or 4 Jul Place: Amber Tavern, Hagley Rd West, (B32 2AL) Meet: 8pm onwards Members only Come and have a drink and a laugh, in a friendly atmosphere with a few Spice friends from your area. There’s food available if you wish. Hosts are Fiona & John. Fiona can be contacted on 07929 357 880 with any queries. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night Directions: On junction of Hagley Rd West & Wolverhampton Road West. Car park access on Hagley Rd West.
Warwick/ Leamington Pub Nt
Date: Thurs: 18 Apr, 16 May, 20 Jun or 18 Jul Place: The White Horse, Leamington Spa (CV32 5PZ) Meet: 7.30pm onwards Members only Mike Dudley is your host and will be looking out for you in the bar from 7.30pm, or you can get there earlier if you want to eat first (They currently offer 2 meals for £10!). Any questions, please contact Mike at email@example.com White Horse is at 4-6 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night
Quiz Nights Come along and pit your wits against the other teams at our fun Quiz nights. It's a good way of getting to know people, as we randomly arrange teams on the night. There’s a bar (unless otherwise stated), so it will be easy to bribe the Quiz Master! Prizes are awarded to winners & runners up and the losers may get a surprise too! Our quizzes are original 'one- offs', and written specially for us. It’s all just for fun, so please please don’t book if you’re too serious about winning!
Quiz Night (Birmingham)
.. our fun, general knowledge quiz with Richard
Date: Wednesdays: ● 24th Apr ● 29 May ● 26 Jun ● 31 Jul 2013 Place: The Old Royal, 53 Church Street (B3 3DP) Meet: 7.30pm for prompt 7.45pm start Cost: £3.00 (Guests £5) A fun general knowledge quiz written for us by Pete with so many categories that we hope everyone will know something! This is usually presented by Richard, but we also have “guest presenters” from time to time.
Curry & Quiz (Harborne/ Solihull/ Sutton & Wolves) th
.. a great social evening with Steve Dell
Dates: ● Thur 11 Apr or ● Wed 17th Jul - Bangla Lounge, 152a High St, Harborne (B17 9PN) ● Thur 20th June - Shades of Raj 52,Station Road, Solihull (B91 3RX) ● Thur 9th May - Purbani Tandoori, 41 Birch St, Wolverhampton (WV1 4JW) ● Wed 17th April - Bollywood, 28 Birmingham Rd Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QG) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £3 (£5 Guest) plus cost of food on the night (see each deal below) Great nights with Steve Dell, combining two favourites; a curry and a quiz! There will be all the usual rounds such as general knowledge, music etc. These are great events to meet fellow spicers and not taken too.seriously – this is Spice! ●Bollywood: We have a special deal for £11: A popadom (with onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan.
This restaurant isn’t licensed so you need to bring your own alcoholic drinks.
●Purbani Tandoori: We have a great deal; A popadom (with the onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan – all for just £9.95. There is some free street parking by the restaurant but it is limited. ● Shades of Raj: A contemporary Indian Restaurant. Our deal is £10.95: Popadom (with onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan. There’s limited street car parking nearby or several multi story car parks including Touchwood. ●Bangla Lounge: We have a great deal for £8.95: Popadom (with onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan. There is a limited amount of street car parking near the restaurant or a public car park behind the High Street.
Chinese & Quiz (Sutton Coldfield)
.. another meal with a difference from Steve Dell
Date: Wednesday 5th June 2013 Place: Lee Garden, 59-61 Birmingham Rd, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QF) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £3 (£5 Guest) plus cost of food (£16.50) on the night Today, Steve will run one of his quizzes whilst we enjoy a varied Chinese Meal. There will be all the usual rounds such as general knowledge, music etc. A set meal has been booked (vegetarian on request): ●Yuk Sung ● King Dou Spare Ribs ● Chicken Wings ● Roast Duck & Plum Sauce ● Sizzling Chicken, Black Bean Sauce & Green pepper ● Sweet & Sour Pork ● Spicy Crispy Beef Fillet ● King Prawn, Chinese Mushrooms & Bamboo Shoots ●Young Chow Fried Rice ● Ice Cream ______________________________
Give an old newsletter a trip to the Doctors! Spice Birmingham would not operate without the generous efforts of keen volunteers. This keeps costs down, numbers up, and ensures that other members are ‘bonded’ into the group as quickly as possible. There are lots of simple things that members do to help their group. One of the most valuable ways you can help spread the word about Spice is to leave an old newsletter in a waiting room. We get calls from intrigued people who have started reading about us in a Doctors, Hairdressers, Takeaways, MOT Centres or .. just about anywhere!
Spice Rambles Dress to suit all weathers and avoid jeans as they hinder you once wet. You'll need boots, spare clothing, waterproofs and a drink. Our guides are experienced leaders and qualified first aiders so you'll be in good hands. We'll send directions including a mobile number to call if the weather is extreme or if you cannot attend - so we don't hang around waiting. Rambles set off promptly at the time given.
Earlswood Twilight Ramble & Supper
Chaddesley Corbett Easy Ramble
Date: Saturday 13th April 2013 Place: Chaddesley Corbett, nr Kidderminster # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) We return to this popular area and great pub for a 5 mile ramble with Steve Dell. The ramble starts off through farmland and Chaddesley Woods Nature Reserve. Even at this time of year the woods are well worth a visit as some of it sleeps for the winter months. The return skirts around the woods and then follows a stream. There are some gradients but we will take our time and the area is well worth it. Back at the pub we can have a drink.
Date: Wednesday 3 April 2013 Place: Earlswood, near Solihull # Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Enjoy an easy 3½ mile ramble with Steve Dell on good paths around Earlswood Lakes and Woods. Twilight rambles start in the light but finish in the dark. The woods and the lakes are quite atmospheric in the dark so make the ramble interesting. Back at the pub we will have an area reserved for us. Bring a torch.
Coughton Court Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 7th April 2013 Place: Coughton Court, near Studley # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A 5 mile ramble with Cecilia, starting from a lovely pub opposite Coughton Court, an impressive National Trust house. We start along the Arden Way following the River Arrow and head towards Spernal. After passing the site of an old priory, we skirt around Spernal Park Woods. Finally we head south through farmland back to Coughton Court for great views of the house. The pub does food all day so you can have Sunday Lunch after if you wish.
Branston Water Park Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 14th April 2013 Place: Branston, between Burton & Lichfield # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d We return to this area for this popular ramble of around 5½ miles with Steve Dell. The ramble takes in the lovely Branston Water Park, which is a 40-acre lake surrounded by woodland, wetland and meadows that supports a wide range of wildlife. We also visit the pretty Bass Millennium Woods, and the village of Tatenhill. There are a couple of gradients but nothing too serious and as usual we will take our time. We have the option of Sunday Lunch after the ramble at ae lovely pub.
Hattersall Hill Ramble
Date: Sunday 7th April 2013 Place: Brecon Beacons # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 10 mile walk with Alan will start in the village of Llanthony with an immediate ascent of Hattersall Hill which will take us up on to the Offa's Dyke footpath. We will head north for approximately 2½ miles before descending in to the Vale of Eywas, where we can find a quite spot for lunch. After lunch, it's back up the other side of the valley to follow Bwich lsat ridge up to the peak of Bal-Mawr at 607m. The views from the ridge are absolutely spectacular all around of the Brecon Beacons and the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. There are 2 very steep long ascents
Alvechurch Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 21st April 2013 Place: Alvechurch, Near Redditch # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A revised easy ramble with Cecilia from this popular pub in Alvechurch, away from the Bank Holiday Crowds. The route goes through farm land and a wood to the hamlet of Rowney Green and then Lower Rowney Green. The return follows a little brook and then Bridleways as we make our way back to the village and pub! There are a couple of gradients but we will take our time. We finish back at the pub for a drink and food if you wish.
Bakewell Pudding Ramble
Cromford Canal Ramble
Date: Saturday 13th April 2013 Place: Bakewell, Peak District # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Join Mick for a classic 10 miler. A chance to try the famous Bakewell Pudding and walk amongst some beautiful scenery. Taking in part of Lathkill Dale, Youlgreave, Bradford Dale and returning with views over Haddon Hall. We will stop at lunch time at a traditional hostelry in Youlgreave. Mick knows this area exceptionally well and will delight in sharing it with you.
Date: Sunday 21st April 2013 Place: Cromford, Derbyshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A 6 mile walk with Mick Cornfield exploring this quiet area of Derbyshire. There’s easy walking on footpaths from Cromford to Holloway. This was the home of Florence Nightingale and more recently where some scenes from Peak Practice were filmed. We then head to the Cromford Canal for our leisurely stroll back.
A Spice Newsletter is just a Snapshot in Time
We are booking new events into the Spice programme all the time as new opportunities occur. Please make sure that you also check our schedules on line at www,spicebham.com so you don’t miss a thing. We also update members on a weekly basis with out “Weekly Bulletin” by email and via our Facebook Page.
Barston & Hampton Ramble/Lunch
Blithfield Reservoir & Forest Ramble
Date: Saturday 11th May 2013 Place: Barston, Nr Knowle # Meet: 11am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Here is a great way to do both - an easy ramble with Steve Dell of around 4½ miles from the lovely village of Barston using field paths through farmland and bridleways. We will visit the outskirts of Hampton in Arden and the ancient packhorse bridge, as we cross over the River Blythe. We then return to the lovely village pub for a well deserved drink and a meal or snack if desired.
Date: Saturday 27 April 2013 Place: Blithfield, Staffordshire # Meet: 10.30am Start. Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This flat 12 mile walk with Hamish is varied with many changes in direction as we follow the twists and turns of public footpaths, bridleways and tracks that touch the shores of Blithfield Reservoir and wend through the woody glades of Bagot Forest. A day of woodland, water and an occasional country lane, this is a very “level” walk with hardly any up or down hill sections
Ten in a Tutu Charity Walk
Napton to Flecknow Ramble th
.. enjoy10 miles or 10 km in a tutu for charity! Date: Sunday 12th May 2013 Place: Cropthorne, Near Evesham # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £19 (£22 Guest) or £39 (£42 Guest) with coach Incl: Choice of guided walk, tutu, BBQ. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Care. Spice & leaders are providing their services for free. Extra: Coach travel from Sutton/City/NEC (add £20) For a while now Alan Roberts has been at mercy of some of the members and their fun ribbing regarding his technical walking attire (which – for those not in the know) resembles a “tutu skirt”! So today the challenge to everyone is to put on a tutu (which Spice provide) and raise some money for the very worthwhile charity Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of Alan’s Mum and all our other loved ones who have benefitted from their services. The aim of the challenge is to complete either a 10 mile or 10 km ramble dressed in walking boots, tights and a Tutu and whatever else you like. There may even be a prize for the best tutu! The Challenge: There will be a number of walk leaders that will lead us in small groups, taking in the lovely countryside around Cropthorne and Pershore. There is a rumour that the shorter walking groups may well stop in Pershore for Tea & Cake as well! The BBQ: The All the rambles will start and finish at the Bell Inn at Cropthorne. On return to the Bell Inn there will be a BBQ supper including Roast Pork Baps with Stuffing, Apple Sauce and Crackling, Portobello Mushroom & Stilton Baps (V),Chips, Salad and New/ Jacket Potatoes in order that we can replenish those lost calories and we can enjoy a well earned drink. The Tutus: Spice will provide basic tutu’s for you to slip on for the walk. Don’t worry – one size really does fit all!
Date: Sunday 28 April 2013 Place: Napton, Warwickshire # Meet: 10.30am Start. Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 9 mile walk with Hamish starts at Napton and takes an outward path across Shuckburgh Hill. At half way we pass the delightful Olive Tree Inn with garden seating at Flecknoe. Then it’s on across fields to the canal which makes for level walking all the way back to the car park by the Folly (pub). Some gentle up and down hill walking in the first half of this ramble
Views of Vyrnwy Ramble & Yomp!
Date: Sunday 28th April 2013 Place: Llangynog, Wales # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A walk for regular walkers with a very good level of fitness as there are 2 very long steep ascents over the 12 miles. This is a different sort of walk with Alan. Rather than sticking to footpaths, much of this walk is pure cross country yomping, so it will be tough on the legs. We are likely to have to paddle through streams, navigate some boggy bits and do a bit of fence hoping. However it’s worth the effort as the views are stunning as we head across country toward Lake Vynwy, where we can sit by the lake for lunch. Then its back up onto the mountains and more yomping all the way back to Llangynog for a drink in one of the local pubs.
Forhill Evening Ramble
Date: Wednesday 1st May 2013 Place: Forhill, near Alvechurch # Meet: 7.00pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A lovely evening ramble with Steve Dell from the Peacock Inn on the old Icknield Street with its great ales and food. There are a couple of gradients but nothing too strenuous and as usual we will take our time. This is a 4 mile ramble using field paths, bridleways and short sections of country lanes and even skirts around Kings Norton Golf Club. Back at the pub we can have a well deserved drink (the pub does do food but there is often a wait).
Shenstone Evening Ramble
Date: Tuesday 14th May 2013 Place: Shenstone, nr Lichfield # Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A new 4 mile ramble with Steve Dell exploring the area around Shenstone/ Footherley. It’s fairly flat and uses farmland and quiet road sections as well as some of the village. Back at the pub we have the option of replacing any lost fluids and a meal if desired.
Tanworth in Arden Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 5th May 2013 Place: Tanworth Arden, Warwickshire # Meet: 1.00pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) An easy, mostly flat 4 miler from Tanworth in Arden, a pretty, typically English village that was once a clearing in the ancient Forest of Arden. There are many timber framed and Georgian houses. We’re led by Cecilia who works with Steve Dell so the pace and standard will be the same. Using field paths/ bridleways we initially head south to Trap's Green, then across to Danzey Green and finally returning to Tanworth, along the valley of the infant river Alne. Back in Tanworth we can visit the lovely pub for a drink and a meal or a snack for those who want to eat.
Alcester & Arden Way Ramble
Date: Sunday 19th May 2013 Place: Alcester near Redditch # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 10 miler with Alan is aimed at regular walkers of reasonable fitness but may also suit “beginners” who want more. We follow the Arden Way across beautiful open countryside passing through the pretty villages of Exhall, Walcote and Aston Cantlow where we can stop at the local Inn for drinks and something to eat. After lunch we continue across country, joining the Heart of England Way which will take us back for a drink at a riverside Inn.
Calke Abbey & Staunton Easy Ramble Studley Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 26th May 2013 Place: Studley, near Redditch # Meet: 1pm start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A pretty flat ramble with Cecilia of around 5 miles. From Studley we walk towards the River Arrow and past the remains of a 12th century priory. We then use fieldpaths through farmland as we go through the countryside and some woodland to Spernall and Moreton Common. On the way back we visit Studley’s Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Then Cecilia will no doubt find a pub.
Date: Sunday 19th May 2013 Place: Staunton Harold, nr Ashby/Melbourne # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Another 5 mile ramble with Steve Dell taking in 3 remarkable features. Calke Abbey is an impressive National Trust property, which is within Calke Park, a 300 hectare beautiful parkland and National Nature Reserve and Staunton Harold, a lovely reservoir near to Ashby De La Zouch. The walk starts from the reservoir visitor’s car park and initially follows the shore line. Some lovely countryside takes us to the Calke Abbey estate and nature reserve where fallow deer are often spotted grazing. We walk through the estate and may even stop for a coffee at the National Trust shop! We then explore some more of the estate before returning.
Himley Hall & Park Easy Ramble
Date: Saturday 1st June 2013 Place: Between Dudley & Wolverhampton # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Another new 5 mile easy ramble with Steve Dell. Following many requests we have developed another ramble in the west of our region. The ramble starts at the lovely Himley Hall after which we make our way to the village of Himley and then join a route that follows the course of a disused railway line as we go through Himley Wombourne and then into Baggeridge Country Park We explore this with open views, woodland and pond side paths. After the ramble we can either have a coffee at the country park café of make a short drive will take us to the unique Crocked House Pub.
New Members Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 19th May 2013 Place: Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £3 (£5 Guest). Meal option, see below Want to try a ramble with Spice but not sure what it involves? This is an ideal opportunity to join Richard for a couple of hours (3 to 4 miles) gentle rambling in Sutton Park. We will aim to see some of the lakes and different habitats in this lovely urban park. There are no hills of note and we will take it very easy. Richard will explain a bit about what rambling involves in Spice, kit issues etc. Just bring strong shoes/boots and a waterproof just in case. Sunday Lunch Buffet Option: This walk is timed to end in time for those also booked on our New Members Sunday Lunch at The Kabbabish to carry on afterwards. It’s only a short walk or 2 min drive from our ramble start & end point.
Kenilworth to Warwick Ramble
Date: Saturday 1st June 2013 Place: Kenilworth, Warwickshire # Meet: 10.30am Start. Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 12 mile ramble with Hamish covers open country between Kenilworth and Warwick on public footpaths and bridleways, following the canal through Warwick for part of the way, including Hatton Locks. The views are wide and full of sky, and the route follows fairly direct lines between destinations. It is a very “level” walk with hardly any up or down hill sections. Our route brings us back to our start point, where we will find a pub. Hamish is a highly experienced walk leader and mountain guide. He gets great feedback from our regular walkers.
Bewdley Countryside Ramble
Date: Saturday 25th May 2013 Place: Bewdley, Worcestershire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 10 mile walk with Alan is aimed at walkers of reasonable fitness. The terrain can best be described as rolling countryside with no long steep ascents. We will start in Bewdley following the Severn Way South alongside the River Severn to a point where we join the Worcester Way, heading out across country to see lovely rolling countryside. Eventually we head off into the Wyre Forest, hopefully to see the many Deer that roam in the Forest. It’s then back down into Bewdley where we can finish off with some refreshments at one of the many riverside pubs.
Foxton Locks Ramble & Lunch
Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013 Place: Foxton Locks, Leicestershire # Meet: 11.15am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) or £17 (£19 Guest) with lunch A new ramble from Steve Dell; starting at the picturesque and interesting Foxton Locks (ten locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks on the Grand Union Canal) just over the border in Leicestershire. It is a 6 mile ramble so just a little further than usual and you have the option of a Sunday Lunch after the ramble. We start by exploring the flight of locks and the Inclined Plane (used to move larger barges that wouldn’t fit into the locks) admiring the stunning views over the surrounding countryside before going along the canal to the village of Foxton. Then we make our way towards Gumley and around the woods. We skirt around Smeeton Hill and then through the village. Finally we make our way back to Foxton Locks and enjoy our Sunday Lunch for those who have arranged this. Sunday Lunch option (must be prebooked/paid) – Please choose either Beef or Pork when booking. You will have the option of a dessert at an additional cost on the day
Bredon Hill Ramble
Date: Sunday 26th May 2013 Place: Ashton under Hill nr Evesham, Worcs # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This a 11 mile ramble with Alan is suitable for regular walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. This time we are going to walk up Bredon Hill to the Banbury Stone where you get tremendous views of the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills and all the way north toward Birmingham. The route will start at Ashton-Under-Hill, progressing via Fiddler’s Knap and the Wychavon Way to Elmley Castle. We will then continue west across country to Great Comberton, before making our way up to Banbury Tower. From here we follow Bredon Hill Ridge gaining all round views of the country side, eventually making our way back down into Ashton
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Ironbridge Gorge Ramble
Date: Saturday 15th June 2013 Place: Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Starting from the pretty village of Cleobury Mortimer we head out across country on this 11 mile walk with Alan following the course of the river Rea and then passing through the grounds of the lovely Mawley Hall. On route we pass through the pretty villages of Bayton, Mamble, and Neen Solars. This walk offers some splendid views of this part of South Shropshire. At the end we will find a nice pub to enjoy! The walk is aimed at members with a good level of fitness. The countryside can be best described as rolling, rather than any steep or long ascents.
Date: Sunday 2 June 2013 Place: Ironbridge, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 9 mile walk with Alan requires a good level of fitness as there a number of ascents, albeit not to steep it is an up and down type of ramble.This time we’re taking a good days ramble around the Ironbridge Gorge and Coalbrookdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty and recognised as one of the UK’s key historical sites. The walk will take us from Ironbridge, up to Coalbrookdale, past the Blists Hill Museum site, down past the Great Hay Incline Plain and on past the Coalport China Museum, before returning along the meandering River Severn to Ironbridge. Along the route, we will see the foundry where the famous Ironbridge was cast, the homes and resting places of the Darby family, a Victorian Museum connected to the River Severn by a giant incline plane, and the furnaces where the world famous Coalport China was crafted. The aim of the walk is to show the varied sites of interest in the Ironbridge Gorge, whilst getting some exercise, and hopefully whet your appetite, so that you want to return another time as sadly we don’t have time to visit sites as we walk around.
Ludlow & Richards Castle Ramble
Date: Sunday 16th June 2013 Place: Ludlow, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 10 mile walk with Alan Roberts is aimed at regular Walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. Although may also be suitable for walkers who have completed some beginner walking. The walk will start in the Historic Market Town of Ludlow. From the town we will pass the impressive Castle before joining Mortimer Way, which we follow through the Mortimer Forest. Occasionally we will deviate off normal routes in the hope of seeing wild deer. We will make our way to Richards Castle where we can stop for lunch. This 11th century castle really is unique, as it is in the middle of nowhere and untouched by any restoration project so far, yet you are still able to stand on the ramparts and watch tower and still clearly the moat around the castle.
Offchurch Circular Walk
Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013 Place: Offchurch, Nr Leamington Spa # Meet: 10.30am Start. Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A gentle 7 mile ramble from Offchurch with Hamish just to the East of Leamington Spa. This passes through lovely countryside with several really picturesque sections and some architectural interest! We follow the River Leam (of Leamington) for part of the walk and pick up Shakespeare’s Avon Way Trail on our return Good pub at Offchurch too! It’s also a pretty flat walk!
Maxstoke Castle Visit & Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 16th June 2013 Place: Maxstoke, nr Coleshill # Meet: 11am for Castle (or 12noon for ramble) Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Extra: Castle entry (if required) usually approx £7 (donated to local charities) Maxstoke Castle, just 3 miles outside Coleshill, is a fine example of a C14th moated and fortified manor house, commissioned by Sir William de Clinton; the licence to crenellate dates from February 1345. The house, which is surrounded by 4 acres of mixed formal and informal gardens, has been in the continuous ownership of the Dilke (later Fetherston-Dilke) families for over 400 years. The house is private and not open to the public but, once a year – today - the house and gardens are opened in support of local charities. Teas, plant and other stalls are provided. So we offer the chance to visit the Castle (if you wish) and then enjoy an easy ramble with Richard. The ramble will be around 5 miles and will use some of the Heart of England Way, visit Shustoke reservoir and the village of Shustoke all linked by lovely farmland and quiet country lanes. We visit the castle first and then the ramble. The castle visit is optional but recommended. Note: Richard will be there at 11am to organise the group to look around the castle and we will then regroup by 11:45 to meet for the ramble, which will leave at 12 noon. If you just want to join the ramble without the Castle visit, you can meet us all there at 11.45 for 12. After the ramble, we will find a pub.
Shuttington Evening Ramble
Date: Thursday 6th June 2013 Place: Shuttington, near Tamworth # (B79 0DP) Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Enjoy a lovely 4 mile evening ramble with Steve Dell. It’s pretty flat and uses field paths and bridleways though farmland. We’ll pass Amington Hall and Alvecote Pools Nature Reserve. Back at the pub we can replace any lost fluids and enjoy a meal if desired.
Barton under Needwood Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 9th June 2013 Place: Barton-under-Needwood, nr Burton # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Another great ramble with Steve in the National Forest. The ramble isn’t just in woodland; we also use farmland & bridleways. There are some gentle gradients but nothing too strenuous. We skirt around Smith Hills woods and then through the Dunstall Estate and onto the hamlet of Dunstall and Highlands Park. The return uses a bridleway, past a lovely church and finally to Barton where we can have a Sunday lunch to round off the day!
Dovedale Moderate Ramble
Date: Sunday 9th June 2013 Place: Ashbourne Area of Peak District # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Enjoy 8 to 10 miles of moderate walking in this idyllic and ever popular area. Mick Cornfield will show you Dovedale, Milldale, Manifold Valley Ilam and Thors Cave. We’ll also stop at a pub around lunchtime. This area is georgeous and Mick knows it well
Bosworth Steam Train Ramble
Hopwood & Barnt Green Ev Ramble
Date: Sunday 7th July 2013 Place: Market Bosworth, Leicestershire # Meet: 11am start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Extra: Train ticket £6.30- £7 depending on numbers Here is a unique ramble with Steve Dell. We catch the steam train on The Battlefield Line Heritage Railway and walk back. The walk is around 7 miles is fairly flat with a couple of gentle gradients. This moderate ramble is at the request of many regulars; the pace will be the same but we will be going a little further. We start at Shackerstone and catch the train to Shenton. From there we use the Leicestershire Round over the battlefield site and on to Sutton Cheney (the church here is where Richard III reputedly had his last mass before the battle). Then we go Market Bosworth Country Park (formerly part of Bosworth Hall deer parkland. There are fine, mature trees, a lake, a planted arboretum with exotic species, a wildflower meadow and community woodland) and then to the market town itself. And finally continuing along the Leicestershire Round through the village of Carlton and back to Shackerstone where we will look for a pub to eat and drink.
Date: Tuesday 18 June 2013 Place: Hopwood, Nr Alvechurch # Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Water is prominent with this evening ramble with Steve Dell as we take in the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and Bittell Reservoir, all linked together with farmland, including some of the North Worcestershire Path and a quiet country lane. The ramble is around 4 miles and largely flat. Just a couple of gentle gradients. We finish at a lovely pub for a drink or supper if you wish.
Warwick Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 23rd June 2013 Place: Warwick # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Cecilia will lead us on this 5 mile easy ramble in Warwick. It’s pretty flat as it is largely following water - from the banks of the river Avon to the Grand Union Canal - with views of a Castle thrown in! We start by following the Avon as it skirts around Warwick. Then we join the canal as it cuts though the town, passing both residential and industrial areas. Around the half way point we will stop at a lovely canal side pub. Leaving the canal we wander through the racecourse and finally past the castle grounds.
Cleeve Hill Ramble
Date: Sunday 7th July 2013 Place: Cleeve Hill, Nr Broadway, Cotswolds # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A 10 mile walk with Alan Roberts aimed at regular Walkers with a good level of fitness. There is one ascent of particular note. The rest of the walk is rolling countryside. This time the walk starts at the top of Cleeve Hill which overlooks Cheltenham and Gloucester. We start by following the Cotswold way on the eastern side of the Cleeve Hill where we get great views of the pretty Cotswold Village of Winchcombe. We continue heading across country to the southern end of the Cleeve Hill ascending back to the top of the hill where we get tremendous views of Cheltenham, Gloucester and toward the Malvern Hills in the distance. At the end of the walk we will find a pub for a drink.
Ryton Pools Easy Ramble
Date: Saturday 29th June 2013 Place: Ryton Pools Country Park, Nr Coventry # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A new ramble with Steve Dell exploring the lovely Ryton Pools Country Park and nearby villages. This 6 mile ramble is a little longer than usual with Steve but comes at the request of many members to walk a little bit further. The relaxed pace remains though! The ramble will include views of the many pools and woodland in the country park. We will also discover the villages of Wappenbury and Bubbenhall, all linked with farmland and bridleways. Steve will find a pub for a drink or lunch afterwards.
Preston Bagott Easy Ramble & Lunch
Date: Saturday 13th July 2013 Place: Preston Bagot, near Henley, Warwicks # Meet: 11am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d We return to the lovely Crabmill pub for another ramble with Steve Dell who will lead us on a route of around 4 miles, which is mostly flat with some gentle gradients. We initially head towards Henley and then join the Heart of England Way as we go through farmland using field paths. The last section is along the pretty Stratford upon Avon canal towpath. After the ramble we can replace lost fluids in the comfort of the pub! Or eat if you wish.
Clun & Offas Dyke Ramble
Date: Sunday 30th June 2013 Place: Clun, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This walk with Alan is aimed at regular walkers with a very good level of fitness as there are a number of steep ascents over the 11 miles. We start in the pretty market town of Clun where we will head off country towards Wales until we meet the famous Offa's Dyke footpath. We then head south along the Dyke toward for approx 3 miles, ascending onto Cwm-sanaham Hill where we get lovely views of the pretty Welsh market town of Knighton. Then it's back across country to return to Clun. This walk offers some stunning views of the Welsh Marches and border country.
Chatsworth Estate Ramble
Date: Sunday 14th July 2013 Place: Chatsworth, Derbyshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A 10 mile walk with Mick starting from Chatsworth House. We cross the river to Edensor village taking the footpath across the parkland to Calton houses. Here we pick up the bridleway through Rowsleymoor Wood to Rowsley for the chance for a cup of tea in the Outlet Village. From here we follow the bridleway and footpaths through Smeltingmill Wood to the village of Beeley. Climbing through the woodland to the open Beeley Moor we’ll get fine views of the Derwent Valley. Crossing the moor into the woods, we’ll pass the Swiss Lake & Cottage and on to Emperor Lake, built for the Tzar of Russia and to feed Emperor fountain.
Alrewas & Fradley Evening Ramble
Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2013 Place: Alrewas, Nr Lichfield # Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This revised 4½ mile ramble with Steve is flat as it largely follows canals which meet eventually at Fradley Junction - described as one of the most picturesque canal-side locations in the Midlands. Away from the canals we will walk through the old “town” of Alrewas and the village of Fradley. To link it all together we use field paths through farmland. At the end we’ll find a pub!
Meriden Evening Ramble
Date: Tuesday 16th July 2013 Place: The Bulls Head, Meriden # Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A 4 mile evening ramble from Meriden, the centre of England with Steve Dell. From Meriden we will start out along the Heart of England Way towards Berkswell. A quiet lane and field paths through farmland then take us towards Eastern Green. We return to Meriden using footpaths following a brook and finally past the Millison’s Wood. We will return to the pub for a drink or food.
Date: Saturday 27th July 2013 Place: Winchcombe near Cheltenham # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This is a 10 mile ramble with Mick suitable for anyone with an average level of fitness. Starting from the pleasant market town of Winchcombe this is a classic walk with fantastic views of unspoilt countryside. The routes takes in sections of the Cotswold Way and places like Hailes, the Monument, Beckbury Camp with tremendous views north towards Stanway and Stanton, Deadmanbury Gate and back through parkland in front of Sudeley Castle. The castle dates from the 10th century and is the burial place of Henry’s sixth queen, Catherine Parr. After the walk we can have a drink in one of Winchcombe’s inns.
Severn Way Ramble
Date: Saturday 20th July 2013 Place: Much Wenlock, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Aimed at regular Walkers with a reasonable level of fitness, this 10 miler with Alan is generally, moderate but with one steep ascent. Our gentle stroll takes in the sights of Much Wenlock Priory, Buildwas Abbey, Ironbridge and Benthall Hall, all of which are in an area of outstanding natural beauty. From Much Wenlock we follow the Olympian Way, made famous by William Penny Brookes, the originator of today's modern Olympic Games. We then join the Severn way, passing alongside Buildwas Abbey and following the river Severn onto Ironbridge, where we can stop for lunch. After lunch we join the Shropshire way, which takes us back past Benthall Hall, before returning to Much Wenlock.
Brinklow Easy Ramble
Date: Sunday 28th July 2013 Place: Brinklow, near Coventry # Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A lovely ramble with Steve Dell finishing off with an optional carvery, a very civilised way to finish a ramble! We walk from the village of Brinklow, which boasts several pubs and the site of a Motte & Bailey castle. From the village we have a peek at the site of the castle and then go onto the Coventry canal. Then we make our way to the village of Easenhall before returning to Brinklow using bridleways and field paths through farmland and woodland. Back in the village we can replace any lost fluids at the pub, where we can also have a carvery lunch if desired.
Haughmond Hill Ramble
Date: Sunday 21st July 2013 Place: Shrewsbury Sports Village # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Aimed at regular Walkers with a reasonable level of fitness this 10 mile walk with Alan is perfect if you want to step up from the ½ day walks and tackle a small hill! There is one small ascent. We start at the Sports Village in Shrewsbury where we head out across country to the small village of Upton Magna before making the short ascent to the top of Haughmond Hill. From the top of the hill we have lovely views of the Shropshire Country Side. After a rest we descend and head out past the impressive Augustinian Abbey at Haughmond, cross country back to Shrewsbury.
Henley in Arden Moderate Ramble
Date: Sunday 28th July 2013 Place: Henley in Arden, Warwickshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Enjoy an interesting, 7 mile picturesque walk with Mick near the historic town of Henley in Arden. The first part is surprisingly hilly but we’ll take it very easy. Along this walk, we will visit the hilltop church at Preston Bagot, the Stratford on Avon Canal and the River Alne. Mick knows this area really well and will do his best to show you the best of Warwickshire! Depending on what is open today, we’ll try to find a tea room or pub as well.
Shooting & Target Sports Whether you want to be John Wayne or William Tell, we’ll show you how!
Clay Pigeon Shooting
.. enjoy a morning at a country shooting lodge
Date: Sunday 16th June 2013 Place: Tardebigge, nr. Redditch (B97 6RB) # Meet: 9.30am to 1.00pm Cost: £45 (£49 Guest) includes teas/ coffees and all instruction & equipment A fabulous morning in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside learning this wonderful country sport. The friendly team of instructors claim they can get most of our Spice beginners up to a score rate of 70% on their first attempt! And as they use high tech' low recoil cartridges, anyone can do it. The shooting ground is “state of the art” with electronic clay pigeon traps and competition “over and under” shotguns. You will encounter targets simulating flights of pheasant, duck and pigeon and even a bolting rabbit. Instructors are on hand at all times, so you'll soon find your aim improving! There’s a beautiful hunting lodge, for us to use once the shotguns are safely back in the cabinets. Here we also start the day with coffee while our instructors brief us before we set out as a 'shooting party'.
SWAT Training Mission
.. an incredible special forces style experience
Date: Sunday 9 June 2013 Place: Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield (B75 5SA) Meet: 9.30am for 10.00am session Cost: £45 Member, £49 Guest Ever wondered how you would cope as part of a SWAT team storming a building! Well this is your chance to find out! And rest assured - you don’t need any special training or fitness to be a special forces hero with Spice, as we’re just doing this for fun! This unique CQB (Close Quarters Battle) experience has been developed using new and specialised 'Kill House' style SWAT training facilities which has been purpose built on this site. Upon arrival we’ll be issued with our SWAT uniforms and tactical gear (these weapons are powerful but only fire paint) and be transported by military convoy to the briefing centre near to the “embassy” where we can strategically plan our assault and receive basic weapons training. Prior to breaching the “embassy” we'll test our skills on the 'Pit' an accurate replica of the training facility using several of the “Call of Duty” Games, and then wait for the signal. Go Go Go! And we're in! The games are played using a 1200sqm “Kill House” which has 40 rooms, where our scenarios will include: “Hostage Rescue”, “Sweep & Clear” and “Stop the Bomb”. Don’t miss this very special Spice experience, that you’ll be talking about for a long time to come. Directions: NPF is at Bassetts Pole, which is the traffic island of A38, A453 & A446 in Sutton Coldfield. Take the (A446) turning for McDonalds and find entrance off the slip road betweeh McDonalds and the Bassetts Pole Pub.
.. learn to shoot air rifles at this world class centre
Date: Thursday 25th July 2013 Place: National Indoor Shooting Centre, Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton (WV6 9NW) Meet: 7.45 for 8pm start Cost: £15.50 Member, £18.50 Guest Did you know that the top indoor shooting facility, where our Olympic teams train is here in the West Midlands? Air rifle shooting is great fun and after learning the basics everyone should be able to hit the target. A team of qualified instructors will take you through the basics. The evening will start with a safety talk and demonstration before you'll be divided into small groups. We then have a chance to put theory into practice on the ten metre range, firing rifles at fixed and moving targets. Cost includes everything you need and the range is indoors, heated and well lit. Directions: NISC is off Aldersley Rd in Wolverhampton. As you drive into the Stadium, it’s the building on the far left.
Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon .. fire "the real thing" with the experts
Saturdays: 4th May, 6th July or 7th September 2013 Birmingham Shooting Centre, Hockley (B18 7RL) Choose time when booking (4 slots each at: 1.45pm, 2.45pm or 3.45pm) £29 – PAID AS - £4 deposit to Spice to book. Balance of £25 to club on arrival (no credit cards) Members only (no guests) for security and due to limited numbers. Incl. approx 50 rounds of ammunition. Bring photo ID With extremely tight firearms laws, it is rare to find opportunities for our members to fire live ammunition. However, under close expert supervision, here’s an opportunity to fire Western Style Lever Action Rifles (like John Wayne used!). They are 357 Magnum Calibre, but recoil is similar to that of a full power spring action air rifle, so you don’t need to be built like a cowboy! After booking in (bring photo ID such as passport or driving licence), we will have a safety talk including range rules and weapon handling safety and etiquette. We’ll then be introduced to our weapons and have time honing our skills on the range. Rules dictate that tuition has to be 1:1 when you are using this class of rifle. Depending on what is going on on the day, we should be able to meet other club members and learn about their firearms. Important Notes: This event must be approached with respect and in line with firearm legislation. Anyone who is not judged to be of sound mind or is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed to take part. If you think that anything in your past might prevent you taking part (eg ex offenders) then please check your eligibility under section 21 of the Firearms Act. By law, we will need to pass your name and address to the Club at least 48 hours before the event. Despite all this regulation, be assured that our hosts are friendly and you’ll have a great time! Directions: Coming from A38M, stay on A4540 into City towards NIA/ Jewellery Quarter. Straight accross 2 islands (both have petrol stations) then 1st right under railway bridge into Pitsford St. Take 2nd turning into All Saints St and immediate right onto service road (follow sign on low wall for “All Saints Ind Estate & Hockley Business Centre”) which takes you around a 2 storey building. Park on left (near blue railings). If lost, call centre on 0121 523 7232 Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
SAS Laser Combat
.. like paintball but without the pain!
Date: Sunday 7 July 2013 Place: SAS Paintball, Wolverhampton (WV8 1QR) # Meet: 10.45am for 11am - 12.30pm session Cost: £14 Member, £15 Guest Mark Phillips has come up with a unique SAS laser combat session at the newest laser combat facility in the West Mids. We’re using the latest digital laser guns in woodlands where we take on missions designed for maximum adrenaline. These games will be convey, medics, hostage rescue, fuel dump and the best of all the trenches all available built in the complex. Unlike laser quest this is much bigger and can be played as a team game while using a completely harmless red beam. This is ultimate realism and the experience lasts just under 2 hours. Just bring a sense of fun and your oldest clothes!
Crossbow & Pistol Shooting at Garlands th
.. learn to use these powerful weapons!
Date: Saturdays 13 April or 13th July 2013 Place: Atherstone near Tamworth (CV9 3PF) # Meet: 11.15 for 11.30am - 1.00pm session Cost: £34 Member, £39 Guest Whilst crossbows have their origins in medieval times, they are some the most powerful that you can legally shoot in the UK. Our instructor will therefore give a thorough safety briefing before we start to shoot anything! After weapon familiarisation and a practice shoot to hone your skills and boost your confidence, the activity moves onto a competition. We will also come into the modern times with air pistol shooting. Approximately 45 minutes will be allowed for each weapon. The competition includes various targets to hit to really put your skills to the test. To win this you need nerves of steel, a steady hand and the ability to stay calm under pressure! Medals for first, second and third place awarded. ______________________________
Social Pursuits You don’t have to jump out of planes to enjoy Spice! This is the category where you find all manner of strange, sociable ways to have fun as a group. Enjoy!
Ten Pin Bowling (Broadway Plaza) .. another new bowling venue to enjoy!
Dates: Tuesdays: ● 9 Apr ● 7 May ● 4 June ● Tue 9 July Place: Broadway Plaza, Ladywood Middleway Meet: 8.00pm meet for 8.30pm start Cost: £10 (£12 Guest) Here’s an impressive new bowling alley next door to the AMC Cinema. This alley is run by Bowltech and has all the computerised gizmo’s you would expect. There’s food & drink available on site plus a video games area. We form fairly random teams of 6 and have two games during the evening. Don’t worry if you can’t bowl – we’ll just have fun trying! Directions: Broadway Plaza is just off Five Ways. For those driving, there is a good quality car park underneath.
Adventure Golf at Star City! .. it's crazy golf .. but not as you know it!
Date: Wednesday 12th June 2013 Place: Tiki Café, Adventure Island Mini Golf, Star City, Nechells, Birmingham (B7 5SB) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £10 (£12 Guest) for 2 games (one on each course) with a bar break in between This is a fantastic new facility for us to enjoy. Adventure Island Mini Golf is England’s first Indoor Adventure Golf Complex featuring 2 brand-new themed 18-hole courses! They are located on their our own lush tropical ‘adventure island’ at Star City Leisure complex. They also have their own bar for us to enjoy. The courses have been built across 3 levels and wind past palm trees and volcanoes, through caves, behind waterfalls and through Tiki Villages providing a fantastic experience. Obviously you don’t need any skills as it is all just for fun! See also www.adventureminigolf.co.uk We’ll assemble in Tiki Café and put people into teams of 4 and send them out to one of the two 18 hole courses.
Knowle Beer, Skittles & Supper th
.. a great event for fun & socialising
Date: Thursday 16 May 2013 Place: The Red Lion, High St, Knowle, Solihull (B93 0LY) Meet: 7.30pm in upstairs room Cost: £7 Member, £9 Guest (plus cost of meal on the night) A beer and skittles evening is always fun and with all the usual ingredients as well as a great bunch of Spice members it's bound to be a memorable night! Steve Dell will bring along his full size alley and organise us into teams and run the evening. There's also a bar where you will be able to purchase the 'beer' part of the event. Food: We can order from the pub menu to give us a wider choice. Pay on the night
Speedway Evening & Tour in Wolverhampton th
.. experience the excitement!
Date: Monday 8 April 2013 Place: Monmore Green, Wolverhampton # (WV3 2JJ) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £15 (£17 Guest) includes ticket, programme & special tour Speedway is a fantastic night out. If you haven’t watched Speedway before, you’ll love the spectacle of bikes without brakes cornering at 70 mph on a cinder track. It’s noisy, scary, exciting .. and quite intoxicating! We have excellent viewing around this narrow track in Wolverhampton. The evening includes admission and a race programme. We have also arranged a guided tour of the race pits and the chance to get up close and personal with the riders. With exclusive access to the centre green in the middle of the track we will have the best view in the house.
Cafe Ceramica Experience .. a creative yet 'potty' social event!
Date: Tuesday 18th June 2013 Place: Mitchells Craft Centre, Weeford Road, Sutton Coldfield (B75 6NA) Meet: 7.00pm to 9.00pm Cost: £14.50 (£16.50 Guest) inc all equipment/firing, and exclusive booking of the venue out of hours. A Spice experience at a cafe with a difference! You choose a piece of unglazed pottery from a selection of quality Italian designs (our deal limits you to items up to £8 but if a big item takes your fancy, just pay the extra) and then sit around the tables to create a masterpiece. The instructor explains the simple techniques with brushes, glaze, sponges etc. She also has books to give you some ideas on designs. It is all very fun and sociable, with teas/ coffees on sale (or you can bring a bottle of wine if you prefer). We socialise while painting. By 9pm we should be finished and be ready to go to the pub, but if you’re still at work you can always arrange to call back to finish off. Your work will be fired for collection later.
New Members Mix and Mingle .. a great way to get started with Spice!
Date: Sunday 14 April (Afternoon) or Tuesday 11th June (Evening) Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) Meet: 14th April at 2.30pm or 11th June at 7.30pm (allow approx 2 hours) Cost: £5 Member, £6 Guest The Spice Team have got together with Roy Martin (an expert in the field of personal awareness & development to develop a sociable evening of fun and games – designed to help you get to know as many likeminded people as possible in a short time. You may never have to attend another Spice event without knowing someone again! With lots of games and sharing you will be taken on a journey of meeting new people. You will also have the opportunity to share contact details so you can either arrange to meet others on future Spice events, socially or just keep in touch. All in all, it’s a great way to ‘get into’ the club. The heart of Spice is the spirit of fun & friendship, which members get from experiencing events together. Breaking the ice is no problem with Spice – particularly when you know how!
Poker Night at Lea Marston .. and the BIG PRIZE is back!
Date: Friday 14 June 2013 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off the A4097 near J9 of M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 7.30pm for a prompt start with training session Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest A fun night starting off with a training session aimed at absolute beginners. We’ll find out how to bid, what is a good hand and what isn’t, what is bluffing and other secrets of success. Then you get a chance to try out your new-found skills in a competition. We’ll be playing for chips, not money, so you don’t need to worry about losing your house and car! At the end prizes will be awarded to the most successful (and least successful!) players. There is a bar close by where we can get drinks throughout the evening. The big prize will be a £100 voucher towards a Spice West Midlands weekend break.
Afternoon Tea at Althorp th
.. a very special Spice experience!
Date: Saturday 24 August 2013 Place: Althorp Estate, Northants (NN7 4HQ) # Meet: 12.00noon Cost: £35 (£39 Guest). Inc: entrance to House, Grounds & Exhibition and Afternoon tea Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. Since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Althorp has become a house known across the world, but before that event Althorp was also known to connoisseurs on account of the magnificence of the artefacts and the beauty of the setting. Its house and grounds are open each year and include an exceptional exhibition celebrating the life of the late Princess. Of course Spice always like to arrange something a little bit different to what tourist see, so how about this: We have 3 hours to tour the house, stables, Diana exhibition and enjoy the special atmosphere of a grand country seat. Then, at 3pm, Spice has booked the State Dining Room to enjoy afternoon tea. The room is not normally open to the public and is known as the great Dining Room and was added to the house in 1876. It was inteneded to be a replica of the ballroom in Buckingham Palace – so is incredibly grand and atmospheric. The afternoon tea consists of a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with unlimited tea and coffee. 52
Tug of War at the Championships th
.. we give it a go along side the experts!
Date: Sunday 12 May 2013 Place: The Pavillion, Conway Fields, Off St Faiths Rd, Alcester (B49 6AG) # Meet: 1.15pm to approx 3.30pm Cost: £5 (£7 Guest) This is a unique opportunity for Spice men and women to attend the Midlands Tug of War Championships and take part in special Spice only teams against other teams of novices! Our visit starts with a briefing about the format of the day and an opportunity to answer any questions. After this the fun begins, as we enter a novice tug of war event competing against other beginners in this light hearted, fun team effort. Two Spice teams of 8 will compete against other novice teams for approximately an hour. After our accomplishments we can stay and watch the more serious competitors digging in. There is a barbecue available (not included). Please wear loose clothing, good footwear and gloves if you have them.
London Live Monopoly Day by Coach th
.. a fabulous challenge day in London
Date: Sunday 7 April 2013 Place: Join at Sutton, Birmingham or NEC Meet: Morning pick ups See below Cost: £29 (£35 Guest) Extra: Day travelcard (around £7) Pickups: (1) Sutton Parade 0730 – Outside Macdonalds (2) Birmingham 0800 - Colmore Row Bus Stops by Cathedral (3) NEC 0830 – Outside Birmingham International Station. Coach leaves London 6pm (so arriving back 9pm ish) We’re taking a day trip to London with a professional guide but you’ll have to get around yourselves (well in small teams, anyway!). Ian has concocted a fascinating London Treasure Hunt based on the classic Monopoly game. It was a big hit last time so we’re at it again! We begin with the coach journey down to London, a chance for you to get into teams and for Ian to explain what you have to do. On arrival, you set off to find as many clues in the classic “Monopoly” locations as possible. Then, at a predetermined time, you return to our meeting point for a bite to eat (included in cost), the results and – most important – prize giving before setting off for home. You just need to buy a London Bus/Tube Travelcard (around £7 for the inner zones) and a London A-Z (or equivalent phone app) would be a distinct advantage!
Compton Verney Gallery Visit - Italian Masters .. Bellini, Botticelli, Titian .. 500 years of Italian Art
Date: Sunday 7 April 2013 Place: Compton Verney, near Stratford on Avon (CV35 9HZ) # Meet: 10.45am Cost: £15 (£17 Guest) Incl: Admission to the collection, exhibition & grounds & 1 hour exhibition tour. Compton Verney houses a historic permanent collection of art, much of which has never been on public view before, and also runs a programme of temporary exhibitions and specially commissioned contemporary art. Today we will enjoy a guided tour of a spectacular exhibition which comprises 40 of the City of Glasgow’s greatest Italian paintings – the finest and most comprehensive civic collection in the UK, and mostly unseen outside Glasgow. The works are of the highest quality and richness and chronicle a remarkable time span from 1400 - 1900. This outstanding exhibition includes landscapes, portraits and devotional works from the Renaissance by artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Titian, Salvator Rosa and Francesco Guardi. After the tour there’s time to enjoy the other collections and facilities.
Pizza & Cinema Evening
.. enjoy a high class pizza, drink & movie!
Date: Sunday 28 April 2013 Place: La Scala, 2, Maney Corner, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QL) Meet: 6.30pm at La Scala Cost: £17 (£19 Guest) Includes: A posh pizza, drink and Cinema Ticket La Scala Italian restaurant happens to be right next door to the Empire Cinema, so we have teamed up with them. We start our evening at La Scala and enjoy a delicious pizza from the menu and a small wine or bottled beer before moving next door to see a film of your choice. The films all start at approximately the same time so there will be a choice of viewing.
Ice Skating Fun Night
.. an evening of learning, laughing & larking around!
Date: Wednesday 17th April 2013 Place: The Leisurebox, Pershore St, Bham (B5 4RW) Meet: 6.45pm Cost: £9 Member, £12 Guest Includes: Group coaching session, Spice coordinator, admission to 10pm Ice Skating always makes for a sociable, fun Spice evening and Mark Phillips has found a great package for us that also includes coaching. So if you've always wanted an easy taster of what ice skating is all about, this is for you. We'll learn the basics of ice skating with a professional ice skating coach who will brief us and teach the basics of skating before being “set free” to ice skate together for the rest of the evening. Refreshments are available downstairs when we need a break. The Spice Itinerary: ● Arrive 6.45pm - 7.00pm for equipment kit up ● 7.00-7.30pm Ice Skating Coaching Session ● 7.30-10.00pm Ice skating free session Venue: The Leisure Box is next to the Arcadian Centre on Pershore Street. We suggest the Arcadian Car Park rather than the multi storey next door. The venue has previously been Planet Ice and Silver Blades if you are old enough to remember!
Zombie attack 2.8 hours later th
.. join our teams for this amazing experience!
Date: Saturday 20 April 2013 Place: Birmingham # Meet: 6.45pm for 7pm start Cost: £30 (£32 Guest). Includes game ticket & Zombie Disco after Can you survive a zombie attack? 2.8 Hours Later is a chilling night-time street game with 200 players. Survive the night without becoming a zombie and save the city from apocalypse. Starting from a secret city centre location, 2.8 Hours Later is a thrill-packed roller coaster ride of Zombie Movie action. You will see the city transformed into a zombie apocalypse. Can you and your friends make it... to all 8 movie sets before the zombies get you? The game will last about 3 hours and starts at sunset. The experience will be physically and psychologically challenging as you might expect. However, you'll find it exhilarating more than exhausting. The game ends with a zombie disco, complete with bar. This event is a public event that we are feeding onto. We will put Spice teams together. Full details of the event are at : http://2.8hourslater.com/ Just check the video & photos out if you dare! There is a fuller writeup on line at www.spicebham.com
Warwick VIP Race Day with Meal & Tour .. a very special experience at the races
Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2013 Warwick Races, Hampton St, Warwick (B13 8HW) # 11am £55 (£59 Guest) Incl. use of Private bar & box facility, Private Balcony, lunch & personal behind the scenes tour by the Managing Director This special event has been put together specially for Spice by Warwick Racecourse. We will be treated to a behind the scenes tour from racecourse Managing Director Huw Williams to allow access into areas that become restricted once racing commences (first race scheduled for 2.10pm). This will include a walk out onto track and a 'history of Warwick' talk, visit to Weighing Room, stable yard tour (they have Stables to hold 120 horses pre race), visit to Commentators Box and Parade Ring access. There may even be a few Jockeys to meet. We have our own box facility with private bar and balcony where we will enjoy lunch and enjoy the racing from a priviledged vantage point! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Saturday Night with Shakespeare .. eat, drink, explore & immerse yourself in the Bard
Saturday 11th May 2013 Shakespeare Birthplace, Stratford (CV37 6QW) # 7pm (ends 9pm) £32 (£34 Guest) Includes entry to the ‘Life, Love & Legacy’ Exhibition, wine & canapé reception, entertainment from Shakespearian actors, guided tour of Birthplace, traditional mead to finish People come from all over the world to Shakespeare's Birthplace. It is the ultimate celebration of the Bard and his works. Tonight we are enjoying our own special Spice evening at the Birthplace where we can enjoy a civilised and fun night of “all things Shakespeare”. Our evening will begin with an opportunity to enjoy the Life, Love & Legacy Exhibition. This promises a fascinating and immersive journey from his early life in Stratford-upon-Avon to his time in London. We’ll discover the inspiration for the great dramatic works the world has enjoyed ever since. This is followed by a wine and canapé reception and entertainment from the Shakespeare Aloud Actors. We will then begin an intimate tour through Shakespeare's childhood home with a costumed guide. Actors will also perform speeches/excerpts themed by room throughout the house to bring the tour to life. The evening will finish with a sample of traditional mead. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Wine Tasting - Classic Grapes th
….with lots of tastings from around the world
Date: Tuesday 14 May 2013 Place: Midlands Arts Centre (B12 9QH) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £19.50 Member, £22 Guest These evenings are extremely popular, so we've asked James to find another set of wonderful wines to entertain us with. This time, James offers us the chance to join the ranks of those clever connoisseurs who can name 'the grape from the glass'! Tonight we’ll tour the world following the more classic and classy grape varieties such as Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reisling, Pinot Noir etc. There will be reds and whites to try along the way. There are still a lot of 'trade secrets' to be learnt if you want to get a great wine at a good price - and impress the 'Joneses' with your impeccable wine taste! Some members bring a few snacks along to share like bread & cheese to ‘help the wine down’ – so bring some if you wish. Don’t worry if you have no wine knowledge – none of us have (except James!). James Gillespie is an eminent wine merchant, wine shipper, lecturer and tutor. He has dual French/British nationality and spends a lot of his life uncovering "Gems" from small, high quality producers in France, Spain and the New World.
Cadburys 'Bean to Bar' Talk & Cadbury World .. tour Cadbury World and a fascinating talk
Date: Sunday 19 May 2013 Place: Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham (B30 1JR) Meet: 10.45am for 11am in reception Cost: £9.50 (£12.50 Guest) includes entrance to Cadburys World and a talk by Cadburys We will start our day in Cadburys World where we can enjoy the exhibitions and chocolate heaven. There will be time for lunch in the Cadbury World restaurant (which isn't included) before moving over to the Education Centre for a talk entitled 'Bean to Bar'. We will learn about the origins of the cocoa tree, sourcing beans from Ghana, Chocolate making and the processes used today and Advertising and packaging of iconic Cadbury Brands. There is a fuller wite up for this event at our website: www.spicebham.com
Crown Green Bowling
.. a civilised event on a famous green!
Date: Sundays: 19 May, 30th June or 28th July 2013 Place: The Green, Kings Norton (Behind The Bull Pub) (B38 8RU) Meet: 2.00pm for 2.30pm start Cost: £9 Member, £10.50 Guest Kings Norton Club was founded well over 100 years ago, the first Green was at the 'Knob' in Kings Heath. The club is now situated behind the Bull Public house off their car park on Kings Norton Green, a friendly club who don't bowl in any leagues. We will be divided into small groups for basic instruction and of course experience a game. Directions: The club is behind The Bull, which is on a road called The Green, just off the Pershore Road/ Redditch Road. 55
.. enjoy a very civilised Summers afternoon!
Date: Sundays: 26 May, 23rd June, 4th August or 8th September 2013 Place: Edgbaston Croquet Club, Richmond Hill Road (B15 3SA) Meet: 2pm to 5pm Cost: £12.50 (£15 Guest) includes instructor, equipment & glass of wine An excellent opportunity for absolute beginners with Edgbaston Croquet Club who have been here in this leafy area of Birmingham since 1915. The club has 3 excellent full-size lawns and its own clubhouse. We will be guided through the basics of a simple form of croquet and suggest some devious tactics to outwit your opponents. Games can be arranged to suit everyone's wishes and we may even have a mini tournament. You can choose to play as much or as little as you wish. Please dress as you like but players must wear flat-soled shoes. Ladies are best wearing slacks or shorts as it's not easy to play in a long or tight skirt! We’ll celebrate our afternoon succeses with a glass of sparkling wine!
Margaret Thatcher & Supper at Tutbury Castle .. meet the "Iron Lady" face to face!
Date: Wednesday 29th May 2013 Place: Tutbury Castle (DE13 9JF) # Meet: 7.30pm - 10.30pm Cost: £23 (£26 Guest) Includes: a buffet supper before the performance A rare opportunity to spend an evening with Margaret Thatcher (or the next best thing - Lesley Smith’s celebrated portrayal of her!). Margaret is without doubt one of the most successful women of the 20th century. From roots in a Grocer's shop in Grantham, she rose to study chemistry at Oxford and also a law degree. She then succeeded in doing the unthinkable by becoming Britain’s first female prime minister. Her firm handling, both of the Conservative party and policy meant she could also be a contentious figure. The fascination for many people is what drives a woman from a small town to be a great politician, and now goes down in history as ‘The Iron Lady’. Lesley Smith, historian and TV personality (Living TV’s Most Haunted) is breaking away from her usual History presentations, which are almost entirely based in the 16th Century, to bring a portrayal of an extraordinary woman to audiences who realise they have lived through interesting political times. Lesley uses entirely the words of Margaret Thatcher herself, in the autobiography ‘The Path to Power’. We will hear her describe her path to Number 10 Downing Street. She will also ve fully dressed and made up to closely resemble the Iron Lady in her prime. Supper: Buffet, dessert & coffee will be served before we move upstairs into the atmospheric Great Hall to meet Maggie. The Venue: This is another of our celebrated evenings at one of the countries most historic (and most haunted!) castles, yet an easy drive out from Birmingham. The castle is owned by The Queen and has a remarkable résumé having been established in 1066 by William the Conqueror, and visited by Richard the Lionheart, Margaret D'Anjou (who lived there), The Black Prince, Charles 1st (during the Civil War, when the Castle held siege for 6 weeks), Henry 4th (who was declared King there), Edward 1st , Mary Queen of Scots (as prisoner 3 times), Prince Rupert and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Drayton Manor Park Fun Day th
.. enjoy this brilliant theme park, resort & zoo
Date: Sunday 9 June 2013 Place: Drayton Manor Park, Nr Tamworth (B78 3TW) # Meet: Details to be confirmed Cost: £25 (£29 Guest) Includes: Admission to the park & Spice coordinator Drayton Manor is a theme park, resort, and zoo in the grounds of the former Drayton Manor, near Tamworth.Today we will enjoy a fun filled day at the park. We will arrange meet ups throughout the day with our coordinator so we can share the thrills and spills of the day. There is also a 15 acre zoo, with more than 100 species of animals from around the world, if the rides are not quite your thing, something for everyone. Directions: The Park is near Tamworth, Staffordshire on the A4091. Car parking is approx £3
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Disc Golf Experience
.. have fun with this great new sport!
Date: Sunday 16 June 2013 Place: Quarry Bank Disc Golf, Leamington Spa (CV32 6RW) See below Meet: 11am to approx 12.30pm Cost: £9 Member, £10.50 Guest This facility that is unique in the UK. A 15 acre riverside course has been landscaped specifically for the unusual sport of disc golf. It is all down to the passionate enthusiasm of our host today, Derek Robbins. Disc golf follows the same principals and most of the rules of normal golf. However, it is played with a special kind of disc which is like a frizbee (except smaller and heavier) instead of a ball. Professional disc golfers would use different discs for different situations (“drivers”, “approaches” & “putters”) but we will probably just need “putters” today! Derek has put a special morning together, which includes a group briefing & demonstrations before we are put into teams of 4 to tackle the 18 hole course. Anyone can do it, so it is a great event for first timers. That said, the sport also has a serious side to it. In the USA, the Disc Golf Championships paid out $80,000 in prize money last year. Location: Quarry Bank Disc Golf is on Old Milverton Lane, which is off the A452 between Kenilworth and Leamington Spa. For a map, use postcode CV32 6RW or visit www.quarrypark.co.uk.
.. firework companies compete for most spectacular
Date: Saturday 3 August 2013 Place: Stanford Hall, Lutterworth (LE17 6DH) # Meet: from 6pm (but you can enter site from 5pm) Cost: £16.50 (£18.50 Guest) Includes: ticket, £1.50 booking fee, Gazebo, Coordinator ● 4 professional firework companies ● 4 spectacular shows choreographed to music ● One winner! This fabulous pyrotechnic spectacular has been recommended by Spice members who go every year and tell us it is a brilliant night. It’s a summer evening in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes, with some of the best fireworks displays you will ever see! For the companies concerned, being the best, most creative and most technologically advanced is a serious business. They have to delight you as at the end, the spectators will cast their votes by SMS (normal text rates apply and only one vote accepted from each phone number so it is fair). This is how the evening will run: Arrival: Gates open at 5pm, but the Spice coordinator will be ready to meet you from 6pm (you can come later, but the roads in will get pretty congested by 7pm). Bring picnic and chair and we will relax in the grounds & soak up the unique atmosphere. Preshow attractions include the opportunity to learn how music shows are produced and hear interviews with the teams. Food and drink can also be purchased on site if you prefer. We hope to have a Spice gazebo as a focal point. Demonstration: When it’s dark the real fun begins. There will be a demonstration show at 9pm where we learn about the different fireworks as the experts fire a selection of effects with voice commentary explaining how it works. Displays: At 9.30pm the 3 competing teams fire a 10 minute display set to music with 5 minute intervals between shows. Text voting opens once the 3rd show has finished. There’s is a closing (4th) display by the previous champions as a finale!
Waterworld Experience Day .. discover a whole world of watery fun!
Date: Sunday 4th August 2013 Place: Festival Way, Stoke on Trent # (ST1 5PU) Meet: 11.30am Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest If you love water, you’ll love Waterworld. It attracts over 400,000 visitors a year making it a leading visitor attraction in North Staffordshire and the UK’s No.1 indoor tropical aqua park! We've arranged this special Spice opportunity to spend a day at Water World where we can expect a great sociable and fun filled day. We’ll be able to unleash our “inner child” on wave machines, flumes and gigantic rides! There are many more features available in this wonderful arena or you may just wish to relax around the tropical poolside where there’s food and drink available. We will all meet in the cafe beforehand to plan our action packed day. Please note: Sadly we will not have exclusive use of Water World as it will open to the public on the day too. However, the Spice Coordinator will do his best to keep the group together and make sure everyone has a splashing time!
Llangollen Canals Experience Day
.. includes aquaduct experience & horse drawn adventure!
Date: Sunday 16th June 2013 Place: The Wharf, Llangollen, Denbighshire (LL20 8TA) # Meet: 10am for 10.30am to approx 4.30pm Cost: £27 (£30 Guest ) includes both canal experiences & return coach from wharf to aquaduct Here’s an opportunity to tick off two great canal experiences in one day. In the morning we travel to Horseshoe Falls by horsedrawn boat. In the afternoon we enjoy a trip by boat over the UK’s biggest navigable aquaduct! This trip has been put together by a team who have been running trips from Llangollen Wharf since 1884! It is an idyllic part of the world where we can watch the fish swim lazily by in the clear water delivered fresh from the River Dee as our boat glides silently through the Welsh mountains. Here’s how the day will work: Sunday Morning: We’ll meeting up at the Wharf to see our horse drawn boat being prepared for a prompt 10.30am departure for the Horseshoe Falls at the head of the canal. It's a leisurely ride along the last stretch of the Llangollen canal, not navigable by any other boats. A stop at the end allows us to admire the chain bridge across the River Dee and marvel at the man-made Horseshoe Falls, another masterpiece by Thomas Telford. This is possibly the most beautiful length of canal you will ever see, and the horse drawn trip is definitely the most peaceful and relaxing way to see it. Lunch Break: We should have free time at the Wharf between 12.30pm and 2.00pm. There’s a lovely café, or we are within 5 minutes walk of the town centre with it’s well known pubs. Sunday Afternoon: We leave the Wharf by coach to a nearby village where we join a motorised canal boat to take us through the beautiful Vale of Llangollen and across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford between 1793 and 1806. The country's biggest navigable aqueduct towers a massive 126ft above the River Dee supported by 18 stone piers. The canal runs through an iron trough 1007 feet long and under 12 feet wide . A fully stocked bar will serve whatever drinks you require to make your voyage complete. A live commentary will point out places of interest and give you any historical facts worthy of note as you go. This is a one way boat trip, ending in Llangollen around 4.30pm. After this, we will no doubt find a local pub or depart for home.
Steam Train to Stratford
.. enjoy the sights, sounds & senses of steam
Date: Sunday 30 June 2013 Place: Snow Hill Station, Birmingham (B3 2BJ) # Meet: 9.45am for 10.23am train Cost: £21.50 (£23 Guest) Includes: standard class return rail ticket and booking fees Extras: Ian Jelf "Stratford as You've Never Seen It" Walk - Book separately Why not also book Ian’s “Stratford as you’ve never seen it” Walk. Ian is meeting the train and his walk lasts around 2 hours (allowing free time before returning). Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and senses of main line steam rail travel as it was in the 'good old days'. Travel along the Shakespeare Line between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, steeped in culture, history and natural beauty. The journey from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon is through beautiful countryside, the steam locomotives often work up to speeds of 60mph and even 75mph! Through the carriage windows you will see an ever changing landscape, from Birmingham's fascinating industrial past to Warwickshire's beautiful countryside with its working farms, stylish villages and stations, plus glimpses of waterways and other features that make up Shakespeare's County. An immaculate steam locomotive will pull the train of Vintage Trains traditional rail carriages, all restored authentically to their former glory. There will then be an opportunity to spend 4hours in Stratford Upon Avon before returning to Snowhill station on the 16.10 steam train. If you also book Ian Jelf’s walk, you will have around 2 hours free time. ______________________________
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Spice Go Behind the Scenes Spicer’s always want to know that bit more about things, so here’s a series of opportunities to go ‘behind the scenes’ and ask questions at some interesting places. If you have any ideas or inside leads into interesting places (where you work for instance?) do please let us know - and we'll see if we can come to visit.
BBC Birmingham Behind the Scenes .. enjoy a tour of BBC Birmingham's home in The Mailbox
Date: ● Thu 16th May (6.45 for 7pm tour) ● Sat 15th June (11.45am for 12noon tour) Place: BBC, The Mailbox, Birmingham (B1 1RF) Meet: Meet in BBC reception at time given above Cost: £7.50 members £8.50 guest (includes £1.50 booking fee) BBC Birmingham has thrown open its doors, offering you the chance to go inside the state-of-the-art studios situated in The Mailbox. Take a peek behind the scenes of programmes which are made here and try your hand at some interactive fun! During the tour there is always the chance of bumping into a favourite presenter or radio DJ, hearing some trade secrets or being party to some juicy gossip while passing the actors' green room... They'll take you inside as many studios as business allows but please remember that BBC Birmingham is a working building and no two tours are the same.
Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience th
.. enjoy this awesome aircraft
Dates: Saturday 11 May 2013 Place: Wellesbourne, nr Stratford Upon Avon (CV35 9EU) # Meet: 10.00am Cost: No cost to book but donate at least £8 to the restoration society on day Avro Vulcan XM655 (pictured right with it’s crew & fire crew) was one of the last v-bombers produced for the RAF, and part of the UK's nuclear deterrent force throughout the 60s & 70s. XM655 is one of the few Vulcans remaining in ground running condition and The 655 Maintenance and Preservation Society aim to keep it running for as long possible. Today we join up with the restoration group which is run entirely by volunteers. There will be a short talk about the work of the team on arrival before we split into groups of 4 to spend some time in the cockpit. A video will also be shown about the aircraft and there will be an opportunity to ask questions to some of the dedicated volunteers. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Donations: There will be a collection on the day to raise vital funds for the project. Please give at least £8
Hindu Temple Visit
.. discover this spectacular place & learn about the Hindu faith
Date: Sunday 28th July 2013 Place: Dudley Road East, Tividale (B69 3DU) # Meet: 11am Cost: £4 (includes meal during visit) We have previously enjoyed visiting a number of places of worship and learning about the faiths that they represent. Many of you have been with us to the Synagogue, Central Mosque, Quaker Meeting Hall, Budhist Vihara/ Pagoda and Sikh Gurudwara over the last year. This is a return visit to the local Hindu community – and we’re in for a real treat! The Hindu Temple of Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) in Tividale (near Tipton) is the culmination of deeply felt spiritual aspirations and one of the most remarkable achievements of the Hindu communities in the UK. The temple is set in a 21.5 acre site, with a number of different shrines and other facilities and it has grown over a 10-year period to become the largest South Indian temple precinct in Europe. Much more than simply a physical complex, it brings together a remarkably wide cross-section of Hindus into a vibrant, thriving organization, and is now recognized as one of the leading Hindu institutions in this country. We will have a guided tour and opportunity to ask lots of questions about Hindu belief, customs and society. We have also arranged to eat at the Temple and a contribution for this has been allowed in the fee. Important: Arranging this type of event is very dependent on goodwill. Therefore, we ask that if you book you do turn up on the day (or let us know in good time if you can’t make it) and that you are respectful to our hosts and their traditions.
Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre th
.. visit the birthplace of 1500 puppies a year
Date: Friday 14 June 2013 Place: Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire (CV33 9WF) # Meet: 10.15am for 10.30am Cost: No charge to book but please make a donation of at least £5 on the day We have a wonderful opportunity to visit the new state of the art Guide Dog National Breeding Centre in Warwickshire. The National Breeding Centre has a capacity to breed up to 1500 pups a year, specialist kennels and even a hydrotherapy unit. On our 2 hour tour we will learn more about the work of the breeding centre. Refreshments will be available.
Rugby Match Day Experience/Tour .. get behind the scenes with the Worcester Warriors
Date: Saturday 20th April 2013 Place: Worcester Warriors, Worcester (WR3 8ZE) # Meet: 12.00 noon Cost: £45 (£49 Guest) includes match tickets against Harlequins & lunch Worcester Warriors ground, Sixways Stadium has a 12,068 capacity and is set on a 65 acre site in rural Worcestershire. The Sixways complex includes the stadium pitch, indoor training centre and 15 pitches. The Warriors compete in the world’s most competitive domestic rugby union, the Aviva Premier league. We start the day with an opportunity to venture on a behind the scenes tour of some of the best facilities in rugby Premiership, including the brand new Warriors changing facilities, the gym, changing rooms before a questions and answers session. This will be a chance to meet some of the Warriors players, get some autographs and ask questions the national press wouldn't dare. There may even be a photo opportunity in the changing rooms! There will then be time for a visit to the bar and some lunch (included) before sitting down to watch the Warriors play Harlequins which promises to be an exciting match, and all the more exciting when you have seen behind the scenes.
Shakespeare's Hidden Treasures .. a unique visit with a Shakesperian expert
Date: Tuesday 30th April 2013 Place: Shakespeare Birthplace, Stratford (CV37 6QW) # Meet: 10.45am for 11am to 12noon session Cost: £19.50 (£21.50 Guest) Includes: Exclusive Spice visit with expert guide This is a magical experience and a real treat for anyone who likes getting really close to history. We have arranged exclusive Spice access to a selection of the Treasures of Shakespeare that are held in the Library and Archives with a Shakespearian expert who will help to bring them to life. In particular, we will see: ●Early editions of Shakespeare’s works and source materials ● Production photos, prompt books, and multi media materials from the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre archives ● Original documents relating to Shakespeare and his family ● Drawings, sketches and multi- cultural editions of Shakespeare.
Dogs Home Visit
.. discover how stray dogs are rescued, reunited & re-homed!
Date: Saturday 11th May 2013 Place: Birmingham Dogs Home, New Bartholomew St, Digbeth, Birmingham (B5 5QS) Meet: 11am (session ends 12.30pm) Cost: No charge, but must booked as numbers very limited. Donations welcome on day Birmingham Dogs Home was founded in 1892 on land made available by the late Sir Alfred Gooch Bart, in New Canal Street, Birmingham. In 1987 they moved to New Bartholomew Street, with a grand opening by the Duchess of York. Since then a purpose-built building has provided shelter and protection for the stray dogs of the West Midlands. Able to house over 150 stray dogs in comfortable kennel blocks with adjacent facilities, the Home has its own vets’ clinic, puppy unit and isolation unit. They are a registered charity and for over 100 years have stated a mission to rescue, reunite and rehome stray, neglected and unwanted dogs from all over the West Midlands area. This vital work is only possible through the very generous support of the local community. The visit will start with an overview of the work of the dogs home and their aims. This will be followed by a guided walk around the kennels veterinary rooms and other facilities. Note: Please donate at least £5 on the day. You are also very welcome to bring a tin of dog food and any unused blankets. 60
Fire Station – Fire Experience st
.. witness the power of real fire!
Date: Tuesday 21 May 2013 Place: Handsworth Community Fire Station (B21 9QU) – directions with online writeup Meet: 6.00pm to approx 9.00pm Cost: £6.50 (Members only) This evening we are guests of West Midlands Fire Service at the showpiece Handsworth Community Fire Station. We are here to experience the Red Hot Education Station based here, which is a state of the art centre designed to allow groups to witness the dangers of a real fire in total safety and discover the consequences. Come and see what happens if you leave your cooking pan unattended or leave your doors open in a fire. This interactive fire experience will amaze and educate at the same time; you will learn how to prevent fire, how to detect fire and what to do if ever you are involved in a fire. Can you survive the fire experience? If so you will be better prepared for the real thing. It might just save your life! Discover the firesurvival studio, experience the firezone and be prepared for the inferno. We will be split into groups to tour the Red Hot Education Station and to learn more about safety. Directions: Handsworth Fire Station is at 41 Rookery Road, Handsworth. Drive in and find the visitors parking.
Lightning Cockpit Experience & Open Day .. a special opportunity to join an open day for this awesome aircraft
Date: Sunday 26th May 2013 Place: Bruntingthorpe Airfield Nr Lutterworth (LE17 5QS) # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £19 Member, £21 Guest Come and relive the glory days of British aviation when "Britain Truly Ruled the Skies". We have been invited to join a group of enthusiasts based at Bruntingthorpe. The team are dedicated to maintaining two of the last few remaining English Electric (BAC) Lightning aircraft in airworthy condition. Whilst these beautiful aircraft spark much interest and nostalgia, they rarely fly anywhere in the world nowadays Bruntingthorpe is also home to the Cold War jet collection Vulcan, Victor, Hunter, Canberra, Comet, Lightning, and Buccaneer which will be performing fast taxy runs along Bruntingthorpe's 2 mile runway. On arrival we will met by the team before going into the cockpit of the Lightning and experiencing how the pilots would have felt in this incredible aircraft with a chance to ask questions. You are also free to enjoy all the displays/ stalls of the open day.
Cosford Airshow with an Insider! th
.. enjoy the show with special access!
Date: Sunday 9 June 2013 Place: RAF Cosford, near Telford (TF11 8UP) # Meet: 2pm (but arrive earlier to enjoy show) Cost: £20 (£25 Guest) Includes: Entrance ticket and talk/ tour with Simon Footer MBE The Cosford Airshow is an amazing event and this 75th Anniversary Show promises to be better than ever. This year, Spice have gone one better. We have secured time with one of the organisers (and former Special Forces Pilot), Simon Footer who will explain the show to us and introduce us to people, pilots and places that the general public don’t see. How the day will work: We will send you an entrance ticket so that you can enter the show as early as you like (gates open around 9am – we’ll confirm this). The flying displays usually start at around 12 noon but we strongly advise getting in well before this as the traffic will get heavier and heavier as the morning goes on. We meet as a group at 2pm (location to be confirmed). After our talk & tour, we have free time to enjoy the airshow either individually or as a group. Simon’s Talk & Tour: Exactly what Simon can do with us will depend on the demands of the day. However, he has promised us an insight into how he briefs the pilots for the show and some background to how the show is set up and run. He also hopes to arrange for us to access the aircrew enclosure where we can meet, pilots and and have a drink and relax. The Airshow: The 2013 Air Show brings together a wide variety of aircraft including the Royal Air Force, aerobatic displays, vintage aircraft and many more. Enjoy expanded interactive aircraft and military displays, arena demonstrations, visit the fair ground and shopping areas for craft and memorabilia. The 2013 show will celebrate three important Anniversaries: The 75th Anniversary of Royal Air Force Cosford, the 75th Anniversary of the Spitfire entering RAF service and 40 years of RAF service from the Jaguar jet aircraft. Our Host, Simon Footer MBE: Simon is now regional director of RAF Benevolent Fund following 33 years of RAF service, predominantly as a special forces Hercules pilot and latterly as a flying instructor. He commanded LXX Squadron based at RAF Lyneham during the build up of the Afghanistan operation and continues to fly on an occasional basis as a reservist instructor at RAF Cosford. He is on the organising committee for The Airshow and other large RAFBF Events. 61
Barber Institute Tour
.. get a special view of one of the foremost fine art galleries
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013 Place: Edgbaston, Birmingham (B15 2TS) – directions with online writeup Meet: 12.15pm for 12.30pm tour Cost: £6 Member, £8 Guest This is one of Birmingham’s ‘crown jewels’, containing one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK - yet keeps a fairly low profile in its local area. It features works from the 13th to the 20th century, and is a near-perfect gathering of some of the most influential artists of the previous millennium. Its particular strengths lie in its Old Master and Impressionist collections. The collection is made up of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Amongs the artists represeted are Bellini, Botticelli, Holbein, Veronese, Stom, Baschenis, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough, Turner, Delacroix, Ingres, Rossetti, Whistler, Manet, Degas, Monet, van Gogh, Rodin, Gaugin, Picasso, Mattisse, Magritte, and Schiele. It is a small but select collection, as the concept behind it was that they would only feature art of the highest quality. The founder stated that “each piece must be capable of hanging in the National Gallery”. Therefore, the tour itself takes just less than an hour. Our tour will include an introductory talk of the institute plus a tour of the collection. Afterwards, we will be able to look around on our own. There is also a small refreshment area.
Spaceguard Centre Visit
.. discover how they predict earth strikes
Date: Saturday 20 July 2013 Place: Knighton, Powys (LD7 1LW) # Meet: 1.45pm for 2pm Tour Cost: £10 (£12 Guest) Includes: 1½ hour private tour, Spice coordinator & VAT I realise that this is a bit of a drive for most of us, but is an opportunity to visit somewhere really unusual and unique in the UK. The Spaceguard Centre is located at the former Powys County Observatory near Knighton in mid-Wales. Sited at the top of a hill, the observatory offers outstanding panoramas in all directions, and a clear 360 degree horizon. It is the only organisation in the UK addressing the hazard of Near Earth Objects. NEOs are asteroids and comets that come close to, and sometimes collide with the Earth. Such impacts can have devastating effects – they have in the past and will in the future unless we use available technologies to prevent them. The aim of Spaceguard is to develop and maintain a worldclass facility for astro research and science education. It’s privately owned and funded mainly through visitors like us. Our Tour: We have booked a tour of approx 1½ hours with the centre owners. They will explain the importance of the work they do and how they do it. We will see a range of telescopes including a 13” apochromatic refractor. There is also a planetarium for us to experience and the Robotic Telescope Control Centre. Note the centre has a shop but no cafe, so we will probably drive to a local town afterwards for refreshments. Spice Comment: This is a brand new visit for Spice so we don’t know exactly what to expect! We think it will appeal to those with an interest in astronomy who enjoy the more “quirky” side of it all - as there is something of the “Armageddon Preppers” about this subject area! You decide if you think it’s worth the drive!
Tour of Eton College & Tuck Shop Tea th
.. get inside a national institution!
Date: Saturday 27 July 2013 Place: Eton, near Windsor (SL4 6DW) # Meet: 2.15pm at Visitor Centre Cost: £27 (£29 Guest) Includes: tour & afternoon tea Join us on this fascinating behind the scenes tour exclusively for Spice! Eton College, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, is one of the oldest schools in the country. The College originally had 70 King’s Scholars or ‘Collegers’ who lived in the College and were educated free, and a small number of ‘Oppidans’ who lived in the town of Eton and paid for their education. Today it is a secondary school for approximately 1,290 boys between the ages of 13 and 18, all of whom are boarders. Its historic buildings are an integral part of the national heritage and it is with great pleasure that we invite you to experience and share the beauty and traditions of the College. Our guide will give us a fascinating insight into the history and activity of the College from 1440 to the present day. The tour includes the school yard, the lower school, the upper school, the college hall, the college chapel and the Museum of Eton Life. The tour lasts approx 1½ -2 hours, after which we'll enjoy afternoon tea in the boys own tuck shop, the ‘Rowlands Tap!’ ______________________________ 62
Sport & Fitness Try a new sport or rediscover an old one! It’s a great way to get fit, make friends and socialize. With Spice, it’s all just for fun. All ages & abilities take part and no skill is expected.
Zumba for Fun Workshop
.. discover just how much fun a workout can be!
Date: Sunday 5 May 2013 Place: Midland Arts Centre – Studio TBA Meet: 10.45am for 11am - 12noon session Cost: £6 Member, £8 Guest Men and women of Spice. Are you ready to get into shape? That's exactly what the Zumba programme is all about! We've laid on a taster session for all ages and abilities to experience zumba after huge demand was indicated from our recent Sport & Fitness Survey. Expect an exhilarating experience described as a “Latin inspired calorie burning party”. Exercises will be adapted for first timers and those who’ve done it before. You don’t need to be “superfit” either as rests and breaks will be allowed. It’s very much a taster session and depending on interest it could become a regular part of the programme.
.. have a hoopla workout with a Hoola Celebrity
Date: Sunday: 7 July 2013 (Sorry, April date now full) Place: Midland Arts Centre, Edgbaston - Randle Studio (B12 9QH) Meet: 10.45am for 11am – 12noon session Cost: £6 (£8 Guest) Ever fancied trying Hoola Hooping properly – and learning how to have fun and tone up at the same time? Well Spice men & women - here’s your chance! We've arranged a beginner’s class where you can improve your self confidence, body tone and most of all do a team activity that will make you friends and learn everything you need to know about this fantastic new fitness craze. Julia will be looking after you for this exciting session where she in the past has performed at Glastonbury Festival and many public events across the world showcasing her wonderful talent. She’s an expert in her field and will show you all sorts of tricks and techniques, then progress into music and a fitness experience.
Volleyball for Beginners
.. try it at The University of Birmingham
Date: Sunday 14 April 2013 Place: Munrow Sports Centre, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston (B15 2TT) Meet: 11.45am for 12noon (1 hour session) Cost: £6 Member, £7 Guest Have fun developing your ball skills at our new taster session of volleyball. We've hired a court out and equipment to learn the game and have some fun meeting other spicers along the way. Volleyball is great for building up a team spirit while getting fit and trying new sports out. We’ll have a co ordinator on site to make you welcome and explain the basics and keep the event structured, fun and organised. This is a great event to start with if you want to introduce yourself to sport for the New Year. There’s free parking at weekends. For a map & directions see link on online version of this writeup.
Fencing for Beginners
.. try your hand at this Olympic sport! th
Date: Wednesday 19 June 2013 Place: The Budokan, Sutton Street, Birmingham (B1 1PE) see directions online Meet: 7pm prompt start (ends 9pm) Cost: £13.50 Member, £15.50 Guest Fencing is particularly trendy at the moment, following many recent appearances in the movies. It is a skilful and surprisingly energetic activity, stretching muscles you never knew you had! Using the coordination of hand, eye and psyche, makes for a great ‘workout’. This workshop gives you the chance to try out basic skills and manoeuvres with a fighting session at the end! Once kitted up you'll be shown safety procedures and warm up, then you'll be shown the correct stance and way of holding your sword before you face your first opponent! 63
.. fitness fun with mini trampolines!
Date: Sunday 2 June 2013 Place: Claymore Gym, Tame Valley Industrial Estate, Wilnecote, Tamworth (B77 5DQ) Meet: 1.45 for 2 - 3pm session Cost: £5 Member, £6.50 Guest Try a new fitness craze! Boogie Bounce involves a complete exercise programme on mini trampolines cherographed to funky, fun and inspiring music. It has been proven 3 times more effective than aerobics! It will work on weight loss, cellulite reduction and it's great for combating stress. This session is open to everybody men, women and all age groups!
Golf - Learn to Play in a Day th
.. learn at a choice of two locations
Date: Sundays: ● 12 May (at Lea Marston) or ● 19th May (at The Warwickshire) Place: ● Lea Marston Hotel, nr J9 of M42 (B76 0BY) ● Warwickshire Golf & Country Club (CV35 7QT) Meet: ● Lea Marston: 10am – 3pm ● The Warwickshire: 9am to 3pm Cost: ● Lea Marston: £30 (£32 Guest) ● Warwickshire: £35 (£39 Guest) Includes: tuition, teas/ coffees & light lunch We have been given the opportunity to broaden our introduction to golf sessions at 2 great locations. Both provide us with an opportunity for complete beginners or relative newcomers to have a day of golf coaching with an experienced PGA Professionals on all major aspects of the game. The packages include light lunch and refreshments (full details online).
Golf Driving Range Experience .. discover this new state-of-the-art driving range
Date: Thursday 25 April 2013 Place: The Abbey Hotel, Redditch (M42 J2) (B98 9BE) Meet: 7.00pm to 9.00pm Cost: £15 (£18 Guest) Incl: balls & equipment with instruction from PGA Professional This two hour Golf Lesson with the friendly PGA Professionals will be at a new state-of-the-art driving range. The evening is ideal for both beginners and those who may have played or had coaching before. As well as learning and improving basic swing fundamentals there will also be fun challenges for the more competitive ones amongst you!
Aerobics for the Terrified .. a fun filled hour of aerobics
Date: Sunday 26th May 2013 Place: Midland Arts Centre (B12 9QH) Meet: 10.45am for 11.00am - 12.00 midday session Cost: £6 Member, £8 Guest We've put on a fun filled starter event to learn and enjoying Hi and Low impact aerobics to music. We will enjoy an hours exercise to get in shape for the summer ahead. There will be plenty of breaks and our instructor Mark will help you feel at ease and learn all about aerobics. Please bring comfortable clothing and a drink with a prompt start needed.
Five a Side Mixed Football
.. mixed football fun with a pro football coach!
Date: Sunday 9 June 2013 Place: Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley (WV6 9NW) Meet: 10.45am for 11am – 12noon session Cost: £7.50 (£9 Guest) includes all equipment Here’s the chance for Spice men and women to take up football. It’s a comfortable, indoor venue and we plan to have fun and not take it too seriously. You will be looked after by our very own Steve Bruce (really that's his name) who used to be a pro footballer and will train you for a light hearted football session leading up to a 6 aside game at the end. This event is for everybody and you will have the chance to sit out at times if you wish with numbers taken into consideration for this. All footballs and equipment will be provided. So what are you waiting for - give it a go! 64
Unihoc (mixed indoor hockey) .. come and join our friendly unihoc players
Dates: ● Thu 11 Apr ● Thu 25 Apr ● Thu 9 May ● Thu 23 May ● Thu 13 Jun ● Tue 25 Jun ● Thu 11 Jul ● Thu 25 Jul Place: NIA (Community Hall) St Vincent St. (B1 2AA) Meet: 8pm – 10pm Cost: £6 (Guests £7) “EARLY BOOKER” Rate £5 (members only)* Unihoc is a traditional, much loved Spice activity. It is a type of indoor hockey played with plastic sticks. It’s a lot of fun – particularly as we don’t take it too seriously. Don’t worry if you have never played before as you will soon pick up the basic from the friendly regulars. It is a great choice for those who want a fun way to get fit and stay fit, as you use up a lot of energy chasing that ball around the court! *It helps for us to know numbers well in advance (we can’t play with less than 2 teams!). Therefore we offer an “early booker” rate of £1 discount if you book over 14 days before.
Badminton at the NIA
.. a sociable evening & a great workout!
Dates: Every Wednesday (except 26th June due to an international event) Meet: 7 to 9pm ( 2 hour session) Book 4 Sport dates at Place: NIA (Community Hall) St Vincent St. (B1 2AA) th NIA & get a 5 free Cost: £6 (Guests £7) including all equipment A fun evening of badminton, with nothing taken too seriously and the chance to play with a whole new bunch of players. You just need a basic grasp of the game to play. Players rotate to give everyone a Variety of games.
Badminton for Fun
.. regular sessions at Coventry, Wolverhampton & Worcester Date: ● Coventry: Every Weds ● Worcester: Every Mon ● Wolverhampton: Every Weds Place: ● Coventry: Alan Higgs Centre, Allard Way, Coventry CV3 1HW ● Worcester: Perdiswell Leisure Centre Bilford Rd, Worcester WR3 8DX ● Wolverhampton: Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley Rd, WV6 9NW Meet: 1 hour session at each venue: 8.00pm to 9.00pm Cost: £4 (£5 Guest) including all equipment We have a number of regional badminton venues. At each one, you’ll find a fun evening, with nothing taken too seriously and the chance to play with a whole new bunch of players. You just need a basic grasp of the game to play.
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.. try it at University of Birmingham
Date: Sundays: 7 or 21 April 2013 Place: Munrow Sports Centre, Birmingham University, Edgbaston (B15 2TT) Meet: 10.45am for 11am – 12noon Cost: £5 Member, £6 Guest including all equipment We've secured excellent modern facilities for you to play Spicers of all abilities. You don't need great skill, as the object is just to have fun.There's free parking at weekends. Note: Sorry, no professional coaching is provided with this event.
Badminton for Fun
.. try it at the new Bournville College
Date: Sundays: 28 April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May or 2nd June 2013 Place: Bournville College, Longbridge Lane (B31 2AJ) Meet: 10.45am for 11am – 12noon Cost: £5 Member, £6 Guest including all equipment We've secured excellent modern facilities for you to play Spicers of all abilities. You don't need great skill, as the object is just to have fun.There's free parking at weekends. For detailed directions and campus map, see this event online.
Ladies Football Training .. it's a beautiful game!
Date: Sunday 21st April 2013 Place: Barr Beacon Leisure Centre (WS9 0RF) – directions with on line writeup Meet: 1.45pm for 2.00pm - 3.00pm Cost: £6 Member, £7 Guest Due to lots of requests, we’ve arranged a ladies only football training session with a top qualified ladies FA coach to put you through your paces and learn the basics of the game. The session will end in a friendly game. As it’s an all ladies event you can relax whilst learning the rules of football and have some fun. You don’t even need to explain the offside rule to those troublesome men! Come along whatever fitness level you are and develop our very own Spice girls football team. It’s an indoor session, so you don’t need football boots either. If there is enough demand this could be a regular event.
Swimming for the Terrified th
.. a brand new 6 week course
Date: Every Saturday: 27 April to 1st June 2013 Place: Barr Beacon Leisure Centre (WS9 0RF) – directions with on line writeup Meet: Each Saturday, 11.45am for 12.00 midday to1pm Cost: £49 (£55 Guest) Includes: 6 weekly 1 hour sessions with a coach Ever been scared of the water? Never had the confidence to learn how to swim or face your fear of water? Well now is your chance. Learning to swim will help towards improved fitness and stamina. This is a brand new event for Spice, a 6 week learn to swim course for beginners. We have exclusive use of the pool with a fully qualified swimming instructor for this structured course as well as two lifeguards. You will gain confidence in the pool before progressing to learn the basics of swimming including the front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. This is beginners course is also open to swimmers who would like to improve their swimming skills.
Rounders & Social Night th
.. a fun evening of sport and sociability!
Date: Thursdays: 16 May, 6th June, 27th June & 18th July 2013 Place: ErinGoBragh Sports/Social Club, Holly Lane, Erdington (B24 9LH) Meet: 7pm prompt start Cost: £5 (£6.50 Guest) Includes: all equipment & instruction Spice Rounders nights are great. They’re all about getting out in the light nights and acting like kids again! Everyone can have fun playing, even if you don't know how to hold a bat! Clare & Lisa are Spice members who are also in the local Mixed Rounders League and put together these fun evenings. They act as umpires, sort us into teams, tell us the rules and make sure everyone has a great night. As the light fades we retire to the social club bar where we can quench our thirst! Weather: Rounders will go ahead in virtually all weathers. The ground at Holly Lane is well drained and rarely waterlogged, so as long as it doesn’t rain all evening, we’ll be going ahead. If the weather looks really bad, please ring the office after 4pm to check also, if we have a mobile number for you we will text out if anything changes.
Circuit Training with Mark th
.. enjoy an hour of circuit training!
Date: Sunday 19 May 2013 Place: Midland Arts Centre, Edgbaston – Randle Studio (B12 9QH) Meet: 10.45am for 11am – 12noon session Cost: £6 (£8 Guest) We've put on a circuit training session at the MAC with our very own sports and fitness co ordinator Mark who has taught circuits for over 9 years to all groups and levels and is a vastly experienced personal trainer and nutritionist. He will put you through your paces learning, ladder work, stomach and body exercises, ball work and interesting fitness activities. ______________________________
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Theatre, Comedy & Concerts We have good relations with all the venues in our region, and try to secure good seats for a wide range of shows. Often we are holding tickets for a very limited period, and with the most popular shows, tickets are finalised months in advance of the performance. We post out tickets around a week before the event, including a meet up point (generally the bar!). Important: as we have to purchase your ticket well in advance, these types of event are non refundable unless we can resell your seat to someone else. Sorry. Social Note: By it’s very nature, (you sit quietly in the dark!) these types of event are not particularly sociable. There will be a volunteer coordinator who’ll do their best to “meet & greet” and to get people together in the interval. However, please don’t book these events for a social evening as you may be disappointed.
Concert Nights at the Jam House .. see famous acts at this intimate venue
Place: Jam House, St. Pauls Square, Birmingham (B3 1QU) Meet: Bands due on around 9pm but you can arrive any time These music nights are a rare opportunity to see musical icons in the intimate setting of The Jam House. These are public events, but The Jam House have arranged special ticket offers for Spice members (however, please note that non members have to pay the public price including booking fees so we do not compete with their public pricing). ● The Real Thing - Thursday 11th April - Cost to Spice Members £3 (guests at public price of £5) A major influence in the British soul scene in the ‘70s & ‘80s : Hits include You to Me are Everything; Can't Get By Without You; You'll Never Know What You're Missing; Can You Feel the Force; Love's Such a Wonderful Thing; Whenever You Want My Love; Let's Go Disco; Rainin' Through My Sunshine; Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) etc ● Jaki Graham - Thursday 2nd May - Cost to Spice Members £5 (guests at public price of £8) A unique vocalist and one of the most appealing Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK, who rose to prominence in the UK charts back in the '80’s with solo & duet releases, such as Could it Be I'm Falling In Love?, Mated, Breaking Away, Step Right Up, and, of course, Set Me Free. A tremendous International career followed her UK chart success, with her projects gaining acclaim and massive record sales in Japan, Australia, and the US, with Ain’t Nobody reaching No.1 in the Billboard dance charts for 5 weeks. Jaki will be with her own band and will be supported by Ryan Curtis ● The Zombies - Wednesday 8th May - Cost to Spice Members £5 (guests at public price of £12) The album ‘Odessey & Oracle’ by the Zombies was placed at No.32 in a recent Top 100 British Albums chart featured by New Musical Express along with the quote: “British psychedelia with a kaleidoscope vision that rivals even The Beatles” ! Now 40 or so years after that album release and hard on the heels of a recently released studio album Breathe Out, Breathe In, The Zombies featuring their two most iconic members Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent are taking to the road to play a series of selected live dates. Zombies hits include: She’s Not There and Time of The Season plus solo recording hits from Colin Blunstone, Say You Don’t Mind, I Don’t Believe In Miracles, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted and Rod Argent’s Hold Your Head Up and God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You … this will be a live show not to miss! ● Ben E King & Jimmy James - Wednesday 4th September - Cost to Members £6 (guests at public price of £17.50) Two true Superstars of Soul are joining forces to present a stunning concert. After a memorable show 2 years ago, Ben E. specifically requested that he came back to Birmingham to play the Jam House! Accompanied by The Vagabonds, a fabulous 6 piece live band, they’ll be performing the songs that have provided the soundtracks to so many people’s lives: Stand By Me, There Goes My Baby, Save The Last Dance For Me, Spanish Harlem, Amor, I’ll Go Where The Music Takes Me, Now Is The Time, plus many, many more. ● Beggar & Co - Thursday 19th September - Cost to Spice Members £3 (guests at public price of £5) The original founder members of Light of the World and pioneers of UK jazzfunk / dance had a run of hits in the early ‘80s as Beggar & Co with such classics as Somebody Help Me Out, and Mule (Chant No 2). As individual musicians, they have become some of the mainstays of the UK Jazz / Soul scene, playing & recording regularly with the likes of Paul McCartney, Simply Red, Gabrielle, The Style Council, Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, Alexander O'Neal, and others, as well as following their own projects – Incognito, Central Line, and recently, The Funk Jazz Collective. This show will reflect not only the hits from Beggar & Co and Light of the World, but the work and influences that have shaped their careers. Arrival: You can arrive any time, but we do not plan to have a Spice Coordinator at all of these events, so there will not be the usual “Spice social vibe” I’m afraid. However, we will get Spice members together if we can (but bear in mind that there will be several hundred members of the public there as well, so this may not be easy). As you are pre booked, you can ignore any queue and go straight to the entrance where your name will be on a list (there are no tickets). Dress: Smart dress - no trainers or ripped denim. Shirts for gentlemen please. The Spice Deal: This is a special “Spice Offer” to Spice members for just 30 tickets .. when they’re gone – they’re gone!
Cancellation Terms – Ticketed Events Please remember when booking any ticketed events in this section, that refunds on cancellations can only be offered if we resell
An Ideal Husband
.. discover the genius of Oscar Wilde
Date: Friday 26 April 2013 Place: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Gt Hampton St (B18 6AD) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.45pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest Sir Robert Chiltern and his charming friend Lord Arthur Goring are successful political figures. Chilterns life is picture perfect with a loving wife Gertrude and a quick witted and intelligent sister Mabel. However Goring’s life rather differs, an idle philanderer with a shameless affection for Mabel and an insistent father begging him to marry. The world of these men is turned upside down when old acquaintance Mrs Laura Cheveley arrives with some damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns to Goring for help and to confront the dilemma. But it could risk Chiltern losing his wife Gertrude and Goring’s chances to finally win over Mabel. As the story unfolds it is revealed that the man thought to be perfect is in fact flawed, and the man with many flaws has a chance for redemption. The Blue Orange is a new independent theatre situated in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. For detailed driving and public transport details, see the on line version of this write up. We collect tickets from the coordinator on the night.
Jimmy Carr - Gagging Order st
.. new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy
Date: Saturday 1 June 2013 Place: Wolverhampton Civic Hall (WV1 1RQ) # Meet: 7.30pm meet 8.00pm Cost: £30 (£32 Guest) Incl: £5 in booking fees, postage etc If you thought that getting tickets for the Olympics was hard, just try booking Jimmy! In order to get 20 seats together we had to buy a block of tickets just as the date went on his website! "Gagging Order" promises to be an hilarious night out. The show will be packed with one-liners, stories & jokes. Some clever, some rude and a few totally unacceptable! Just leave your conscience, sense of common decency & moral compass at home! Jimmy has sold over a million DVDs & hosted countless TV shows but live comedy is what he does best, come and see for yourself. The Venue: See the online version of this writeup for directions and parking.
The Lion King
.. a worldwide theatrical phenomenon
Date: Wednesday 10 July 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £50 Member, £52 Guest Disney's The Lion King is a worldwide theatrical phenomenon, seen by over 65 million people and still drawing sell-out crowds at London’s Lyceum Theatre in its 13th year. In June 2013 this acclaimed production will begin a limited season at Birmingham Hippodrome as part of its first ever UK tour. Ingeniously adapted from Disney’s classic film, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours and stunning effects, all set to the enchanting rhythms of Africa.
.. informal get togethers for film lovers
Date: Sundays: 14th April, 12th May or 9th June 2013 Place: Cineworld, Broad Street (corner of Broad St & Bishopsgate St) (B15 1DA) Meet: Meet 5.50pm in foyer (Meet volunteer coordinator Jay Hazel) Extra: No cost to book, but you buy your film ticket on the night. This is an informal opportunity for film lovers to get together each month at Birmingham’s prime multiplex cinema. Most of the films have screenings starting between 6 & 7pm, so we will meet our coordinator, Jay in the Foyer and decide which film to see. We expect that most people will join the coordinator at a film that she recommends, however, you can see a different film if you wish. Once we’ve bought our tickets we have access to the cafe bar upstairs which we’ll use as our base before and after the films. After our film, we can enjoy discussing what we’ve seen as a group of “Spice Critics”. Venue Details: Full directions by, car and public transport are with the writeup on our website www.spicebham.com including details of an arrangement for 3 hours free parking for cinema users with the multi storey next door.
Sean Lock Live
.. his hilarious new stand up show
Date: Friday 10th May 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7pm for 7.30pm Cost: £24 (£26 Guest) including booking fees We all know what white van man thinks about the world we live in but its time to hear a different voice, purple van man’s voice. Filled with gags, opinions, deft observations and some silly voices this is Sean Lock doing what he does best, spouting inspired jibber jabber as he crosses the country in his purple van. He will make you laugh like a drunken horse. Sean Lock is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed and original comedians. The British Comedy Award winner has performed on Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. He has been a brilliant team captain for 14 series of 8 Out of 10 Cats. His extensive TV credits also include Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI and Mock the Week.
..the ultimate feel-good show
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £36 (£38 Guest) The West End’s favourite musical comedy, Hairspray, is coming back to Birmingham! Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart as she sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams, inspire her mum and win the boy she loves. Stage and screen star Mark Benton (Waterloo Road, Early Doors) will play the larger than life Turnblad family matriarch Edna in the show.Hairspray is the musical with everything - the ultimate feel-good show which has played to sold out houses in London, on Broadway and theatres around the globe.
Bill Bailey - Quampeddler
.. silliness on a grand scale .. plus one amazing owl!
Date: Friday 24 May 2013 Place: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry # (CV4 7AL) Meet: 7.30pm - 8.00pm Cost: £27.50 Member, £29.50 Guest Extras: £25.50 plus £2.00 in booking/admin fees Bill Bailey had Doubts about the modern world, but these have now grown into Qualms. He will be channelling these feelings of Unease and Apprehension, with the help of Religious Dubstep, his folk bouzouki, Horntallica, a re-appraisal of some of the world’s greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey. He looks at the Consequences of Lies, the Unending Search for the Higgs and the Hiding Skills of Dentists. Bill tries to confront his Cluster-Qualm of living in a Time of Spectacular Ignorance, and Rare Planetary Alignment that may be part of the Mayan End of Days prophecy. Come savour this Broth of Anxiety with Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddler. This show has the all classic Bill Bailey elements: trademark musical mash-ups, multi-lingual riffs, films, songs, philosophizing and silliness on a grand scale… plus one amazing owl.
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum th
.. fun in Rome!
Date: Saturday 25 May 2013 Place: Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (B1 2JA) – Venue details online Meet: 7pm in bar to collect tickets for 7.30pm Cost: £14 (£16 Guest) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is about Pseudolus, the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero. Of course, it can't be that simple as everything begins to go wrong.
Reginald D Hunter - in the Midst of Crackers th
.. comedy of a rare scope
Date: Wednesday 29 May 2013 Place: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham # (B5 4DS) Meet: 7.00pm - 7.30pm Cost: £25.50 Member, £27.50 Guest Extras: £23.00 plus £2.50 in booking/admin fees Following two previous sell-out tours of the UK and the release of his debut stand up DVD, Reginald D Hunter Live, Reginald – who is a popular guest on many of the UK’s best-loved TV shows including Live At The Apollo & Have I Got News For You – is on tour again with his unique blend of humour and brand new show. 'His presence and intelligence make him one of the most brilliantly unpredictable comics in the country' Sunday Times
Much Ado About Nothing
.. Shakespeare's comedy of Love & Marriage
Date: Tuesday 4 June 2013 Place: Highbury Theatre, Sutton Coldfield (B73 5HD) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £9 (£11 Guest at public price) Incl: Booking fees & Spice Coordinator We’ve got tickets for another production by The Highbury Players – this time a Shakespeare classic directed by Spice’s very own Nigel Higgs (so we know it will be good!). Much Ado About Nothing: Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very glib and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. By means of "noting" (which sounds the same as "nothing" and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar. However, Dogberry, a Constable who is a master of malapropisms, discovers the evil trickery of the villain, Don John. In the end, Don John runs away and everyone else joins in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples. About Highbury: Previously known as Highbury Little Theatre, this excellent amateur theatre has since grown to become an excellent regional Theatre Centre. Tickets: We will meet in the foyer area to collect tickets from the coordinator before moving into the auditorium. Directions: Map link and directions are on the event writeup at our website www,spicebham.com
.. enjoy this special production in Wolverhampton
Date: Wednesday 12th June 2013 Place: Grand Theatre Wolverhampton (WV1 1DE) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm 'curtain up' Cost: £39.50 Member, £41.50 Guest Direct from the West End, the smash-hit musical Ghost comes to the Grand Theatre. Based on the phenomenal Oscarwinning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 90s. Ghost is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer.
The Importance of Being Earnest th
.. excellent outdoor theatre in a lovely setting
Date: Sunday 14 July 2013 Place: Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens (B36 9BT) # Meet: 2.30pm for 3pm Cost: £14 (£16 Guest) Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use the same pseudonym "Ernest" on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities. Outdoor theatre goes ahead in all conditions, so dress for the weather and bring a chair and a picnic 70
Blithe Spirit th
.. by Noel Coward
Date: Friday 14 June 2013 Place: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Gt Hampton St (B18 6AD) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.45pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest In order to conduct research for his latest novel successful author Charles Condomine invites eccentric medium Madam Arcati to hold a séance at his home. Inadvertently she summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see Elvira and Ruth, his second wife, does not believe she exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles's current marriage finally sabotaging his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world. Will she succeed or will Charles finally escape the domestic chaos he has unwittingly found himself in?
Cosford at 75 - Proms in the Park
.. a historic outdoor concert with special Spice package
Saturday 6th July 2013 RAF Cosford (TF11 8UP) # 5pm (till late) £20 (£25 Guest) Includes: Entrance ticket & special Spice arrangements such as private Spice area with access to the staff bar tent with cocktail bar Extras: Bring a course (sweet or savoury) for giant shared picnic We’ve got tickets for a very special outdoor celebration of 75 years of RAF Cosford. This will include a variety of live musical performances from an Orchestra, Soul band, local Military Wives Choir and an Electric Violinist. In addition to the musical performances there will be a Spitfire display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a parachute display from the RAF Falcons, with a spectacular fireworks show to conclude the event. This fun filled evening of music and entertainment will take place outside in the Museum grounds under the wings of the Hercules, raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund - the RAF’s leading welfare charity. Spice Arrangements: We will have our own reserved area where we can meet up and enjoy a shared picnic together (just bring one course and add it to the tables). Spice will bring tables, paper plates etc. Our contacts have also secured access to the staff bar and cocktail bar throughout the evening.
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.. this outstanding show comes to Birmingham Date: Monday 28th October 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street # (B5 4TB) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £52.50 Member, £55 Guest War Horse tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert, his beloved horse Joey, and the unimaginable obstacles they overcome both individually and together. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Filled with stirring music and some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time, War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, and an unforgettable theatrical experience. If you have any doubts about booking this, call Maggie to discuss as she has seen it in London and recommends it highly. ______________________________
What’s is a “Guest”?
Some events have a separate price that applies if you want to bring a “guest” along to an event. The “guest” option is there for members to use to introduce new people to the group and for friends/ family for whom membership is not practical (eg visiting from another area). The Guest arrangements are offered at our discretion and cannot be used to avoid membership (eg by lapsed members). A “guest” must come along to the event with you (unless specifically agreed otherwise) and you are responsible for their good conduct. A “Guest” may accompany you at up to 3 events – after which we consider it fair to expect them to join themselves. 71
Workshops & Talks Whether it is serious self development or serious fun that you’re after, here are a diverse range of opportunities to learn new skills.
Colour U Confident Workshop .. discover what you should be wearing!
Saturdays: 27th April or 1st June 2013 Rowden Drive, Solihull (B91 1UQ) # 9.30am for 9.45am - 1.00pm £60 (£65 Guest) PAID AS £10 (£15 Guests) deposit paid to Spice when you book, plus the balance of £50 paid on the day (Credit cards at a £2 supp. sorry) Do you want to know which colours make you look younger, healthier and slimmer? Then this workshop is for you. Lesley Cox, Colour Me Beautiful consultant, will answer these questions and more. During this colour and make up session you'll discover why certain shades complement your unique colouring more than others and how to combine the colours that suit you in different ways. Each person attending will be individually analysed and made up with Colour Me Beautiful cosmetics. By the end of the workshop you'll have a wallet containing 30 fabric swatches to use as a guide when you shop, your own personalised make up prescription, listing your best cosmetic shades....and loads of confidence. Shopping mistakes will become a thing of the past! Sounds like too good an opportunity to miss. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Drumming Experience for Beginners .. Spice help you realise another childhood ambition
Dates: Tuesday 16th April 2013 Place: Drum School, Lawley Middleway, Birmingham (B4 7XX) Meet: 7.00pm to 9.00pm session Cost: £19 Member, £21 Guest Do you ever find yourself bashing your table top with a couple of pencils as your favourite tune blasts out of your radio? Maybe you’ve thought about playing the drums but never really pursued the idea… Well this is your chance to have a go in a small friendly group led by one of the Midland’s most experienced instructors. There has never been a better time to learn than now, with a wide range of cheap acoustic kits and realistic electric kits that can be played with headphones that don’t send the neighbours crazy! For this session however, you needn’t buy anything as all the equipment is provided. Your instructor will guide you through the workings of the kit, how to sit at a drum kit and hold the sticks for ease of playing and then the fun begins as you learn to play your first rock beat! This session is a fun, hands on introduction. No experience is needed but a reasonable amount of fitness is required, also flat soled shoes are advisable. Directions: The school is located near to the House of Drums at Professional Music Technology, only a 15-minute walk from both the Bullring shopping centre and Moor Street Station. There’s ample parking.
Digital Photography for Beginners th
.. learn the secrets of success!
Date: Saturday 8 June 2013 Place: Fotofilia Studio, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (B1 3NS) Meet: 10am to 3pm Cost: £29 Member, £35 Guest As it “says on the tin”, this is a back-to-basics introduction to digital photography, with top professional photographer, David Rann. Whether you’ve just bought your first digital camera and find yourself baffled by all the buttons and the unintelligible manual, or you’re someone with a grounding in photography looking to improve or refresh your skills, this 5 hour workshop combines classroom-based introductions and practical assignments, with guidance always on hand if needed. Any digital camera will be fine for today although the more manual control your camera allows, the better. As well as the studio based sessions, we will go out into the Jewellery Quarter which has lots of great location possibilities including an atmospheric graveyard. There will be a half an hour for a lunch break (lunch not provided) One model will be provided per eight participants. For more information on David visit www.davidrannphoto.com Directions: Fotofilia’s new premises is in Regent Parade, off Caroline Street, just uphill from St. Paul’s Square.
Magic for Beginners
.. learn the secrets from an enthusiast!
Date: Wednesday 15th May 2013 Place: 80 Brook Street, Stourbridge (DY8 3XB) Meet: 7.30pm to 9.30pm Cost: £22 Member, £25 Guest Tonight we enjoy a special Spice evening with an amazing opportunity to learn the art of magic in a unique class. We will be taught by Stuart Millward a professional magician in his magic store 'The House of Magic UK'. You will learn tricks, sleights, finesse and patter to amaze and baffle your friends and family. Learning magic builds confidence as well!
Watercolour Painting Intro Day th
.. a fun day unleashing your creative potential!
Date: Sunday 14 July 2013 Place: Centre of England Arts, Nr Solihull (B92 0LT) # Meet: 10am to approx 4pm Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes: Basic Materials, tea, coffee & biscuits Artist, Julie Hyde has put together a day’s course, demonstrating the various techniques of watercolour painting. Julie will demonstrate the different ways that watercolours can be applied and how to plan and build up, stage by stage your own watercolour pictures. You will try out different techniques experimenting with wet on wet, basic washes and dry brush work, giving you confidence to use these for your own pictures. Julie will explain the mysteries of paper stretching and will advise you on the vast rage of selection of equipment that is available in the art shops. Working from photographs or still life groups Julie will talk about how to plan paintings and demonstrate how to build up you painting. You will work through one, two or maybe even three paintings and Julie will help you through each stage. Although it will take a beginner through the process of watercolour painting there will be plenty of ideas for the more experienced artist. Basic material will be provided, but if you have your own or want to use different medium please bring it along. See www.COEA.co.uk for more information about Centre of England Arts and Julie Hyde
Jewellery Making with Beads
.. create unique earrings, bracelets and necklaces to take away!
Date: Saturday 6th July 2013 Place: Hylton Street, Jewellery Quarter (B18 6HN) – directions on website Meet: 10.30am - 1.30pm Cost: £29 Member, £32 Guest Another special Spice opportunity to get creative with an expert! You may want to make unique presents, but then again, you might decide to keep them for yourself! This is a great training studio with one of the most enthusiastic instructors (Estelle) we’ve ever discovered! We get all the equipment we need (including thousands of beads!) plus expert tuition and style advice. We will have time to create 2 items to take home from a selection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Our special price includes 3 hours tuition, materials and light refreshments. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and willingness to let your creativity run riot! We have max 8 places, so if you want to try something creative, therapeutic and fun… get your booking in quick!
Ukulele for Fun
.. have fun learning this popular instrument!
Date: Saturday 6 April 2013 Place: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), English Studio, Edgbaston (B12 9QH) Meet: 3.30pm to 5.30pm Cost: £18 (£20 Guest) includes ukuleles & instruction Ukelele playing is easy when you know how and very trendy at the moment due to the cult popularity of The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain! It is also an instrument that is cheap, simple and a lot more portable than a guitar. So why not have some fun discovering what it’s all about with a fun group of Spice friends? Today we’ll have a go at playing the ukulele in an entirely unintimidating atmosphere. The session will start by explaining how to hold and strum the ukulele and then working on some simple chords. We can then play some tunes together. You don't need to be musical in any way or to be able to read music as you will be shown how it is done. A fun event that will make everyone smile. 73
Nine Steps to Happiness
.. another evening with "the happiest lady in the Midlands"
Date: Thursday 18th April 2013 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Kingsbury (B76 9JD) – directions on website Meet: 7.30pm (ends 9.30pm) Cost: £8 Member, £12 Guest After an interview on BBC radio, Jules Mitchell was quoted as ‘The happiest woman in the Midlands!’ She’s now taken on the enviable task of spreading this happiness across the Midlands and is ready to empower us with her unique Happiness Formula. On the face of it, happiness might appear a bit of an odd subject for a Spice workshop, however, if you had to define the most important thing in life, I would guess that happiness would be at the top. So learning how to be happy is a pretty key life skill! Jules is now well known for her specialism in Laughter Therapy and how this can be combined with “Intentional Mindful Habits” to provide individuals with a regular “Blissapline”: a discipline of happiness. Jules introduces herself as a Director of Happiness; she is an experienced Happiness Coach, Laughter Therapist and trainer of Optimism & Positivity. She will be sharing with us her ‘9 Steps to Happiness’™ which is a unique program that is packed full of specific research and education on the new and evolving ‘Science of Happiness’ and Positive Psychology. This hour and a half funshop provides exceptional optimism training that will guide participants through the many obstacles to happiness by providing them with a range of simple and easy processes that can be incorporated into daily life. A key aspect of Jules’ training is the understanding of how positive and negative emotions affect us and how we can use this knowledge to not only reduce the risk of stress, but also to raise our energetic vibrations. There will, of course, be bucket loads of fun, laughter and inspiration that will ensure that the evening is one that you will be talking about for months to come! As Jules is a fully trained Laughter Yoga Leader and an Advanced Energy Practitioner, she will be sharing how these two modalities can be linked to raise our spirits on a daily basis.
Fire Eating Workshop th
.. this one you've got to try!
Date: Sunday 20 July 2013 Place: Woodlands Camp, Streetly, Sutton C'fld (WS9 0SH) # Meet: 10.30am for 11am start - Note later time Cost: £39 (£45 Guest). Extras: Just bring packed lunch, a towel and milk Bob the Fire Eater pioneered this classic event for Spice and taught a whole generation the joys of eating and breathing fire over a period spanning around 25 years of Spice history. Sadly Bob died in 2012 but his legacy remains in the happy faces of those members who have conquered this unique and dramatic skill. In memory of Bob we have created a new Fire Eating workshop with Blair, a performer who we believe to be the only person teaching the same techniques as Bob. 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 extra-ordinary. 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. It's 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. Bob is also justifiably proud that he achieves 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! You will need to wear loose old clothing with few buttons and buckles as possible, and not flimsy or flowing of course. There is a lot of rolling around too (!) so old clothes you do not mind getting dirty or smelly. Also, bring along warm outdoor clothing/waterproofs just in case its bad weather when we are outside. Each member must bring along the following: ● a full size bottle of white spirit or turps substitute ● a large old Towel ● a bottle of full fat milk (or flavoured milk) ● headbands if you have long hair ● packed lunch/ drinks ● a camera to record our achievements! Please be aware that there are dangers/ hazards associated with this event. There’s a special disclaimer to sign on the day.
Blacksmithing Evening th
.. learn a new skill with friends
● Tuesday 30 April ● Thursday 23rd May or ● Thursday 13th June 2013 Ashbrook House, Lichfield (WS14 9QJ) – directions with on line writeup Choose 6.30pm or 8.30pm Slot £12 (£14 guests) PAID AS £2 (£4) deposit to Spice to book PLUS balance of £10 to supplier on the day. Incl: equipment & materials. Your masterpiece to take home This is a simple, fun evening with a Blacksmith around his country forge where he manufactures a range of beautiful objects such as iron gates, decorative ironwork and even the candlesticks for Lichfield Cathedral! Each small group of Spice members will be issued with safety equipment including leather aprons before a full safety briefing. We will then be taught how to work hot metal with hammer and tongues on the anvil. There will be demonstrations before we get to make an item ourselves. Each session lasts a couple of hours, after which there’s the Shoulder of Mutton just across the road! Time Slots: We can only take 6 around the forge at a time (you can’t have too many irons in the fire as they say!), so have planned 2 groups of 6 people. Please choose 6.30pm or 8.30pm when you book. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Meditation for Beginners .. learn a brilliant way to de stress!
Date: Monday 14th January 2013 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Kingsbury (B76 9JD) – directions on website Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm to 9.30pm session Cost: £13.50 (£15 Guest) A really enjoyable evening learning to meditate easily and effortlessly with Georgina Smith (author of “Just Turn Up”). We are delighted that Georgina has agreed to join us tonight as she is very well known in her field. She teaches a secular style of meditation to enable you to release stress and worry. She is passionate about Meditation and believes it changes your life for the better, making you feel more positive, relaxed and at ease within.
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about DIY .. an enlightening look at DIY that could save you a fortune!
Date: Sunday 23rd June 2013 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) – see directions online Meet: 10.30am to approx 1.30pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest Martin Grogan is a TV DIY personality, FreeIndex’s most highly rated handyman and the founder of the UK Guild of Handymen. This morning he will cover the DIY basics in a hands-on and informal session he will expose the mystical trade talk used by professionals in their attempts to justify big bills. He'll explain in layman's terms what goes where and why in the home and aim to make all DIY things idiot-proof even for the most enterprising. There will be demos, time to figure out how items work and an opportunity to have a go. There will also be a time for Q&A.
.. enjoy Bob Woolers' latest workshop
Date: Sunday 5 May 2013 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Rd, by NEC – see directions online Meet: 10.30am to 4.30pm Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest incl. teas/ coffees & light buffet lunch Colour Healing Therapy is claimed to affects all aspects of our lives. The colours we choose to wear, the vibrations of our aura and the thoughts we create, our choice of colour in the home, might all have a direct relationship to who we are and how we feel about ourselves. As well as being a Therapy in its own right, Colour can be used in conjunction with many other Therapies, such as Reflexology, Reiki, Crystal Therapy, Massage, Classical Healing, and many more. We’ll explore: ● The aura & chakra system - how thoughts and emotions affect our health ● Meditation practices using colour ● Simple kinesiology techniques to determine self esteem ● Many aspects of Colour in the home and work environment ● Colour Art Therapy ● The use of coloured silks & lights in Colour Therapy ● The Karmagraph and the Souls journey The workshop will be entertaining, informative, but most of all..good fun! By the end of the day you’ll feel confident in your ability to determine which colours are necessary to create balance and harmony for your friends, relatives & patients. Bob Wooler is a practicing Homoeopath, Colour Therapist, Reiki/Seichem Master, Reflexologist, and more. 75
Singing for Beginners - Find your Voice! .. be amazed what you can acheive with an expert!
Date: Sundays: ● 7th April, ● 2nd June or ● 4th August 2013 Place: Coppice School, Trinity Rd, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield (B75 6TJ) Meet: Note different times: ● 7th Apr: 10am - 12noon ● 2nd Jun & 4th Aug 9am – 11am Cost: £14 Member, £16 Guest We believe that anyone can sing, well virtually anyone! So if you can’t wait for Gareth Malone to visit your workplace and you want to discover your voice – Spice have the answer! Lesley Gainford LGSM is our vocal coach today for a special beginners session. She has an excellent reputation, having worked with and performed with some of the leading choirs in our region. She has also founded 3 choirs herself who perform in the Sutton Coldfield area. Very often people think they can’t sing, or have been told that by others. In fact, singing is an innate ability in all people that can be developed the same as other skills. It enables everyone to express themselves freely, to create and perform both individually and with others. It encourages self-awareness and confidence. Content: ● Mental and physical warm-ups ● Technical exercises ● Working at expanding repertoire across different styles and genres ● Performing as a group at the end of each session ● Having fun together! Objectives of this session: ● To control sounds made by the voice, singing songs, developing control of diction and musical elements, including dynamics, duration, timbre, breathing, rhythm and pitch ● To experience songs from different times and cultures, by well-known composers ● To rehearse, share, perform and communicate musical ideas with others. We hope that you will leave with a feeling of well-being and achievement and feel inspired to expand your experience.
Spice Choir – Develop your Singing! th
.. learn how to sing in a choir
Date: Sundays: ● 7 April ● 5 May ● 2nd June ● 7th July or ● 4th August 2013 Place: Coppice School, Trinity Rd, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield (B75 6TJ) Meet: 11.15am to 1.15pm Cost: £14 (£16 Guest) If you have enjoyed one of out Singing for Beginners sessions and want to develop your singing further, this could be the perfect solution. Lesley invites you to join a “Spice Choir” where she can work with you all to take your skills to the next level and start to make wonderful music together. You can come along just once or come every month, as there will be a natural progression through a range of popular and classical pieces as the months go by. You never know, we might even get a performance at a Spice event one day!
Makeover or Boudoir Photography Session .. don't you deserve a fantastic image?
Saturdays: 18 May or 15th June 2013 Theo Georgio, Gracechurch Centre, Sutton (B72 1PH) 2 hour timeslot to be arranged with you £19 (£25 Guest) Includes: Make up, hair styling 1 print (further prints can be purchased) Extras: Studio will ask for a £20 security deposit when they call to confirm your timeslot. This is returnable & just to ensure you don’t miss the appointments Whether you want a fabulously flattering picture for your wall, your Facebook account, or for family and friends, this is a great way to boost your confidence by discovering just how beautiful you really are with the help of experts. We are very pleased with this special Spice arrangement for 2013 with our friends at Theo Georgio. The photographer is a very talented and creative lady who will work with you to get exactly what you want from the day. For a very modest price, you get all of the following: ● Bucks fizz on arrival ● Session with make up artist ● Session with hair stylist (not washed or cut) ● Selection of studio portraits with 3/4 changes of clothing & backgrounds ● One free print and the opportunity to buy others that you like. How it works: Once you have booked your date with Spice, we will pass your contact details to the studio who will call you to arrange the most convenient time. Sessions are 2 hours in total (1 hour makeover & 1 hour photography) and Spice timeslots start 1 per hour. The studio will also discuss what type of look you want to achieve. At the end of your shoot the studio will arrange a mutually convenient time for you to come back and view your pictures. At the viewing appointment your £20 viewing deposit is returned (or you might wish to put it towards buying extra pictures). On the day: Just turn up with your favourite outfits and accessories, be this lingerie, nightwear, bags, boots, jewellery etc. Other Spice members will be made up as you are being photographed (and vice versa) but you may not come into contact with the others – this is a treat for you rather than a group activity. Note: In booking this event you agree to us passing your contact details directly to the studio.
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.. learn a range of pottery techniques
Date: Saturday: 29 June 2013 Place: Liz Monk Studio Pottery, Nr Bromsgrove (B61 0QG) – directions online Meet: 11.00am (ends 4pm) Cost: £45 (£49 Guest) includes materials, firing, tea & cake Liz Monk Studio Pottery & Gallery is situated on a picturesque traditional farm courtyard, set in the north Worcestershire countryside. Manor Farm is a working farm, where the Monk family have lived and made their livelihood for the past 35 years. The traditional farm buildings have been sympathetically converted into a pottery studio and gallery, to accommodate the next generation of the Monk family’s passion for contemporary British Crafts. Liz has worked in the craft pottery sector since she graduated in 1996 with a ceramic design degree. During this time she has trained with some of the leading names in ceramics today, both from the UK and Japan. This has included completing a four and a half year pottery apprenticeship. In 2002 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for her achievements in the craft sector. The entire pottery production process is carried out on the farm by Liz, from making the clay body to firing the finished pieces in her large gas kiln. Join in one of the pottery workshops, where Liz will teach us a range of pottery techniques, including throwing on the potter's wheel and hand-building skills, such as slabbing and coiling. Sessions are tailored to the individual needs and requirements of the group, whether you are an absolute beginner or if you wish to build on existing skills. The cost includes pottery materials and the firing of items made on the course, ready for collection at a later date – as well as a refreshing tea break and yummy home-made cake!
Mind Management Workshop
.. overcome the obstacles to a happy & succesful future!
Date: Sunday 27th April 2013 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Rd by NEC (B92 0EH) Meet: 10.30am start (Finish around 4.30pm) Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes coffees/teas & light buffet lunch ● Do you want to be more confident? ● Have you had enough of doubting yourself? ● Does the 'inner critic' in you hold you back from being the fantastic person you are? ●Are you ready to make a change? Then this workshop is for you! This Mind Management workshop will help you identify the negative beliefs that prevent you from living the life you want. It will show you the skills to empower you to make positive changes to you life. Also we will be challenging: ● negative thinking and negative patterns: ● Learning new ways of coping ● Building self awareness ● Improving self esteem ● Exploring coping mechanisms during tough times ● Looking at Self Support & Outside Support ● Learning motivational techniques ● Helping you to focus on the future you want and ... have fun! Sheila McMahon is our trainer today. A Qualified Counsellor with 4½ years of training. She has a private pratice 'Sky Counselling Service'. During her counseling 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. She runs Mind Management courses in Birmingham and has given talks on this subject in London. She is also a stand-up Comedienne and performs in her own one woman shows all over the country. She is very passionate about people achieving there goals and breaking through there own limitations. She believes no matter what age you are, who you are, you have the potential to feel fantastic about yourself and to live an amazing life....besides no-one gets out alive anyway! So if you’re ready to make empowering, inspiring changes to your life then book your seat on this course and get ready to see how fantasic your life can be!
Circus Skills Workshop nd
.. learn some brilliant new skills!
Date: Thursday 2 May 2013 Place: Assembly Room, Royal Hotel, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) Meet: 7.30pm to 9.30pm (Arrive 7.15pm) Cost: £15 Member, £17 Guest At school we threw bean bags and the odd ball, or two, into the air, but add a third object and suddenly you're faced with something more challenging and amusing! During the evening you'll be able to try your hand at a range of juggling skills so if you're a complete beginner or you already have some skill you'll be able to improve with the help of our experts. We can also endeavour to master the art of Diablo, the skill of plate spinning, unicycling and stilts. Everyone should be able to master some aspect of this art and before the end of the event you'll have a party trick to keep everyone amused. 77
Astronomy Evening nd
.. an evening of discovery
Date: Monday 22 April 2013 Place: Bromsgrove Rugby Club (B60 3DH) – detailed directions online Meet: 8pm Cost: No charge to book, but please give £2 donation on night. Includes: teas/ coffees Tonight we’re guests of Bromsgrove Astronomical Society who have promised us an Introduction to Astronomy, which will include a presentation and a general ‘hands on’ session, with a chance to view the night sky through a powerful telescope, if weather conditions allow. The Society have two excellent speakers lined up – one will give a presentation based on images from their astro observing trips, whilst the second part will be a run through equipment used in astronomy which should suit anyone interested in taking up the hobby from absolute basics. The evening is being held at Bromsgrove Rugby Club and our hosts will provide hot drinks and biscuits. Important note: There is no charge to book this event, but the Society have requested a £2 donation on arrival towards venue hire and refreshments. We also ask that if you book this evening you do turn up on the night (or let us know in good time if you can’t make it), as these types of invitations to Spice are based on our reputation.
Indian Head Massage Workshop th
.. make yourself a very popular person!
Date: Sunday 28 April 2013 Place: Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, by NEC (B92 0EH) – directions on our website Meet: 10.30am to 4.00pm Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) includes teas/coffees & sandwich lunch This is a real treat. The aim of the workshop is to introduce you to the basic skills of this ancient therapy in a practical manner (practicing on each other), and give you the chance to familiarise yourself with some of these skills. You should finish the day feeling a whole lot better! You don't need any prior experience, but any of you who have attended a massage workshop before will know you're in for a real indulgence. It is a simple, highly beneficial therapy which is popular throughout the Indian sub-continent. Massage of the scalp, face, neck and shoulders soothes, comforts and rebalances the energy flow to produce a feeling of peace, well being and tranquillity. It not only relieves stress, but also stimulates the scalp, helps eliminate muscular tension and is incredibly relaxing. As this massage can be done fully clothed, with or without oils and in a sitting position it is an excellent form of massage for those who do not like oils, or are unable to lie down, and what's more it can be done anywhere anytime! The idea is that you have lots of fun, and an enjoyable day learning, receiving and giving this relaxing style of massage. You'll also be ready to try out your new found skills on your friends, family and work colleagues, which should make you extremely popular! Just bring a small pillow or cushion, an old towel and hairbrush to repair your hair after! We suggest non-restrictive clothing, preferably a short sleeved/vest top. Medical Notes: Please check the listing on the event writeup on our website at www.spicebham.com if you think you might have a medical condition or situation that could prevent you taking part. Ruth Hickinbotham is our expert for today. A fully qualified Advanced Reflexologist and Remedial Massage Therapist.
My life with the Corgis & other Royals! .. an amusing insight into life in the Royal Household
Date: Tuesday 7th May 2013 Place: Honiley Court Hotel near Kenilworth (CV8 1NP) Meet: 7.30pm for 8pm start Cost: £8 Member, £10 Guest Professor Roland Rotherham was a member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace during the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. He is a very entertaining speaker and promises a rare insiders glimpse of Royalty, including some slides from his photograph collection. As Attaché to the Equerry in Waiting, Roly was well versed in the etiquette by which our Royal Family functions and also has lots of stories of the more informal aspects of Royal Life – including looking after the four legged members! Anything can happen when Roly takes the podium, so expect an amusing, entertaining, insightful night! Acorns Children’s Hospice: Our speaker donates half of all the fees he receives to Acorns, so by booking this event you are also helping this very worthy cause. Directions: Coming from the Birmingham area, The Brook Honiley Court Hotel is on the A4177 , around 2 miles beyond Balsall Common and is on the right hand side of the road
Discover Gourmet Living Food
.. a fabulous day of fun, nutrition & delicious delights!
Date: Sunday 12th May 2013 Place: 99 Blenheim Road, Moseley, Birmingham (B13 9UA) Meet: 10.45am for 11am - 4pm finish Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) Includes: incl. Living Gourmet Lunch with Raw Cake Delight! What are Raw Living Foods? Raw foods – or live foods - are essentially fresh organic plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, herbs and superfoods which have been prepared below the temperature of 118 Degrees Fahrenheit (43C). Cooking and processing deplete food of many of its nutrients. Raw foods contain their full complement of nutrients and enzymes. The more raw living foods we eat, the healthier our bodies become. Enzymes – The Spark of Life: Enzymes are the universal ‘spark of life’. Enzymes are responsible for every metabolic action in the body including digestion. All fresh raw and living foods have the enzymes necessary to help the body in their digestion. It has been shown that heating food destroys the enzymes. Cooked food is therefore more difficult to digest and stays in the body longer. Raw food digests in less than half the time than it takes similar cooked food to digest. The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods: It’s magical how your energy levels increase and you‘ll feel more vibrant! Medical studies have found that eating more raw food reduces blood pressure, boosts the immune system and increases longevity. It also maintains healthy hair, skin, fingernails, optimal body weight and both inner & outer beauty! In the workshop – you'll discover how to bring the radiant energy, superhealth and delightful tastes of raw life-food into your daily life. You’ll also learn how to prepare great and simple recipes that you can enjoy for yourself and share with friends or family. It's all easy, delicious and wonderful for your well-being! Your workshop leader: Marketa is a natural nutritionist and raw living food chef. She’s a regular columnist on healthy eating for Tree of Life Magazine and teaches workshops and classes throughout the Midlands.
This event is organized & supplied by Tree of Life, whose terms & conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom SPICE acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with Tree of Life and SPICE cannot accept any liability for matters arising from this event howsoever caused.
Secrets of the Holy Grail rd
.. discover the fact and the fiction
Date: Thursday 23 May 2013 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Sutton C'field (B76 9JD) Meet: 7.30pm for 8pm start Cost: £8 Member, £10 Guest The 2004 publication of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was responsible for a huge upsurge of interest in The Holy Grail. But it is a subject that has fascinated scholars for years. So here is an opportunity to learn what it’s all about and learn some amazing secrets from Professor Dr Roland Rotherham who is a Professor of Grail Studies and Arthurian Legend. This is sure to be a fascinating journey, and knowing Roly, it is sure to be very entertaining and humorous as well. The talk will take us on a rich journey taking in King Arthur and his knights, Mary Magdalene, Rennes Le Chateau and many possible scenarios involving some of the points raised in Dan Brown's book. In particular Roly will attempt to trace the beliefs of The Holy Grail back to their origin. Prof Dr Roland Rotherham (aka Roly or The Doctor), a world respected scholar/ lecturer in the legends of King Arthur and The Holy Grail. He also writes on allied subjects such as The Glastonbury Legends, Ark Of The Covenant and The Spear Of Destiny. His career also includes 3 decades with the Royal Household (see separate talk) and as a food historian. Acorns Children’s Hospice: Roly donates half of his fee he to Acorns, so by this event also helps a very worthy cause.
Cupcake Decorating Workshop th
.. join the cupcake revolution!
Date: Sunday 26 May 2013 Place: Middleton Hall, near Tamworth (B78 2AE) – see directions on line Meet: 1.45 for 2.00pm start (finish at 4.30pm) Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) Includes: Teas/ coffees Cupcakes are taking over! Come and learn how to decorate your own. Whether you want to learn how to decorate like a professional, or simply want to have a good time and learn a new skill, this is for you. Come and spend a couple of hours learning how to use silicone moulds, cutters, plungers, learn how to colour sugarpaste, make your decorations and create impressive decorations for your 12 cupcakes, (Sarah will have made these for you in morning). You will also learn how to make handmade roses and pipe perfect cupcake swirls using her nozzles! You will then take home your 12 cupcakes to show off to your friends and family! You don't need to take anything with you as Sarah supplies it all. She will also have her 'shop' at the venue so you can purchase equipment at reasonable prices to continue your decorating skills at home. 79
Introduction to NLP
.. what you can achieve with Neuro Linguistic Programming?
Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off the A4097 between Kingsbury and J9 of M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £39 Member, £45 Guest includes coffee’s/ teas & light sandwich lunch What a great way to 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 its 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! You will learn all about controlling your state (positive vs negative) Use physical state modelling(using body language to influence) Use emotional state modelling(changing the way you feel to get energized) Learn what the right type of questions are that get results(for yourself & others) Get a chance to try out the principles in real-time(fun exercises to do) This is one of a series of self development workshops designed exclusively for Spice by Richard Bisiker (pictured), a management trainer, manager, 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.
.. become a chocolatier for the morning
Saturday 1 June 2013 at Strathallan Menzies Hotel Hagley Rd (B16 9RY) Saturday 15th June 2013 at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford (CV37 7NZ) Meet: 10.45 for 11am - 12.30pm Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) includes your very own chocolates to take home! How does a morning or afternoon immersed in the delicious world of chocolate sound? Throughout this exclusive morning with a premier provider of chocolate making we will learn everything you wish to know about chocolate with a little tasting along the way! This will be a hands on workshop creating Belgian truffles to take home. We will learn professional skills and techniques of chocolate work in this informal and fun morning, including finishing and decorating your chocolates, wrapping and bagging them too. There will be an indulgent chocolate fountain to enjoy throughout. The techniques can then be carried over to small scale kitchen work at home afterwards. All materials and protective aprons are supplied. Wear casual clothes – you will get chocolaty!
Breadmaking Workshop at Hindleys .. learn from Britain's award winning TV bakers
Wednesday 19th June 2013 10 Tamworth Street, Lichfield (WS13 6JJ) 6.45pm for 7pm start (Ends around 10pm) £55 (£59 Guest) Includes: 3 hours hands on practical with demonstration from Duncan Hindley, All ingredients & equipment including aprons and hats Your delicious bread creations to take away. Full instruction & recipe cards Exclusive out of hours group arrangements for Spice Hindley’s Bakery is quite an institution and has been in the centre of historic Lichfield since 1893! Some of you may have seen them on TV last December taking the title of ‘Best Bakery in the West Midlands’ (Britain's Best Bakery - ITV). So we think we’ve found the very best people to teach us how to bake perfect bread! We have arranged to be taught by Duncan Hindley himself, who is the fourth generation of Hindley Bakers and he has agreed to run a special, exclusive evening course just for Spice! We will learn basic bread making skills within an informal and friendly environment. The course lasts 3 hours and is suitable for beginners. They supply all ingredients & equipment, apron, hat and refreshments afterwards (tea or coffee). The best bit!: Of course you take home 2 bags of your own bread, extra yeast flour and instruction sheet! Directions: Hindleys Bakery is at 10 Tamworth Street in the central shopping area of Lichfield. There are a number of car parks at the top Tamworth Street by the Greenhill traffic lights. Turning right just before Lee Gardens and going down Backcaster Lane (WS13 6JE). From there walk down Tamworth Street and go in through the front of the shop. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Flirting for Fun
.. a practical day's workshop from Kate Hull-Rodgers!
Date: Saturday 15th June 2013 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 between Kingsbury & M42 J9 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £49 (£55 Guest) inc teas/coffees & sandwiches at lunch Our most popular and famous workshop on this fun (and very usefull!) skill of flirting. Kate, who runs a number of workshops for us with an emphasis on humour (so you know this one is going to be great fun!), has put together this day exclusively for Spice and has had great reviews from members all over the UK. So what is Flirting? ... well... Flirting isn’t just about pulling or getting lucky, it’s a lot more than that. Flirting is a way of interacting with people that makes it fun and easy to connect and makes them want to be with YOU. Yes, you can flirt to find a mate (or keep the one you’ve got) but you can also flirt to get a seat in a restaurant, jump a queue, bargain down a price, get that sale, or just to make someone feel good. “We flirt because flirtation can be a liberating way to play a game with suspense & ambiguities that brings joys of its own” Psychology Today Over 65% of us find communicating with new people in social or business situations difficult. Flirting can make it easier. 75% of couples report that relationships go stale if they don’t continually inject them with some energy and fun. Flirting can keep it fresh. Today we will explore ways to hone our flirting skills. Never be misconstrued again, be confidant enough that the fear of rejection diminishes. Through communication exercises, group discussion, anecdotes, role play and games such as Rude Food, Flirt and Faffe, and Wink Murder we will develop new attitudes and ways of connecting with others. The skills and behaviours you discover will apply to any area of your life. You will learn to: ● easily raise your self esteem ● instantly get into a heightened state of fun ● have a meaningful conversation - one word at a time ● be clear what non verbal signals you’re sending out ● give and accept compliments & rejection gracefully and easily ● tune into other people and read their sexual or non-sexual signals ● observe and respect peoples preferences for language and personal space
Ten Top Tips from a Chiropractor .. learn some simple ways to look after your spine
Date: Thursday 20th June 2013 Place: Lichfield TBC # Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £5 Member, £7 Guest The word chiropractic is derived from Greek and means 'to perform with the hands'. This is because the most important component in a chiropractor's treatment is the manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the body. In most cases, people visit chiropractors with issues relating to the back and posture. Very many of us will suffer back problems at some point in our lives and for some of us this will have a major effect on our wellbeing. Yet with some simple steps we can learn to work with our joints rather than against them. David Antrobus is a very experienced Chiropractor and is on the local governing body for the profession. We have asked him today to talk about his work in general and specifically about what you can do to preserve the health of your back.
Cupcake Decorating Taster Class .. try this great new venue at Hagley Hall
Date: Sunday 23rd June 2013 Place: Blue Door Bakery, Hagley Hall (DY9 9LQ) Meet: 11.15am for 11.30 am start (Finish 1.30pm) Cost: £49 (£54 Guest) includes your creations to take home! We’ve successfully being running Cupcake decorating classes near Tamworth so we’re delighted to be able to compliment this with a great new venue to the south of our region. Bluedoor offer a fabulous session in their purpose built studio at Hagley Hall. Vogue magazine said they offer "undoubtedly the best cake classes in the uk" During this fun 2 hour beginner's workshop, you'll enjoy an introduction to: ● Making easy to master sugarpaste cupcake decorations, including perfecting your own decorations for use later in the session; ● Embellishing your decorations and cupcakes with sprinkles, lustre and glitter, for added sparkle; ● A guide to making perfectly light and fluffy buttercream icing everytime using their “foolproof” method; ● Piping fabulously smooth buttercream in classic swirls and rose swirls easy when you're shown how; ● Insider hints and top tips for decorating your cupcakes perfectly at home. You'll get hands-on and design 12 of your own creations (which we baked earlier) to take home, using the techniques you've learnt and our super sparkly range of sprinkles. All you need to take is an apron, everything else will be provided. 81
Pen & Wash Day
.. the easy way of watercolour painting!
Date: Sunday 23 June 2013 Place: Centre of England Arts, Nr Solihull (B92 0LT) # Meet: 10am to approx 4pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest Includes: Basic Materials, tea, coffee and biscuits We have put together another painting workshop for all of you who are interested in drawing and painting and either just want to have a dabble or have some experience and want to try new ways of working. Held at the lovely art centre, Centre of England Arts by artist John Frith, the workshop is to help people all abilities to discover the delights of Pen and Ink Drawing also using a little watercolours, to develop their skills. There are many lovely things about Pen & Ink Drawing. Firstly, it is SO convenient - you can do it almost anywhere, anytime! (Even while watching TV). Also, there's not much 'tidying away' to do when you've finished! But one of the best things is you can so easily get great results. The morning session starts with an explanation of the basic 'strokes', followed by a practice project or two. The afternoon session moves onto producing a lovely landscape picture, which we can enhance with a little watercolour, which should look great in a frame on your wall.One to One attention and guidance will help make sure this is a successful and rewarding day. Health Warning (from my experience) Once you get hooked on Pen & Ink Drawing you'll find it hard to stop! Please bring a packed lunch. See www.coea.co.uk for more information about the venue and Julie Hyde.
Personal Safety for Women
.. develop the physical & mental skills for survival!
Date: Wednesday 26th June 2013 Place: The Budokan, Sutton Street, Birmingham (B1 1PE) – see directions online Meet: 7.45 for 8pm - 10pm Cost: £13.50 Member, £15.50 Guest Eugene Codrington (7th Dan Karate and all round great bloke!) has put together an excellent short course, to help us to recognise ways to help ourselves, family and friends to keep safe inside and outside the home and at work. Knowing how to react to difficult situations is a really important life skill. However, knowing how to avoid such difficult situations in the first place is also a skill that can be learnt. Therefore Eugene will seek to cover a range of strategies in our time together including prevention as well as physical self defence. The fun part will be learning how to use martial arts in defence of physical confrontation. You will be amazed at what you can achieve with little physical strength once you understand some simple techniques. It is a great introduction to martial arts. The theory side of the course includes such essentials as how to approach your car at night and how to avoid being targeted by criminals. What to wear - the practice area is matted so no footwear is required. Wear comfortable clothing ie tracksuit/jogging suit.
Printmaking & Pattern Evening th
.. a fun and informal introduction at The Ikon
Date: Thursday 27 June 2013 Place: Ikon Gallery, Oozells Sq, Brindleyplace (B1 2HS) Meet: 6.15pm - 8pm Cost: £16 (£19 Guest) Incl: Welcome cocktail, tour of gallery & printing materials Ikon Gallery has been showcasing the best in contemporary art since the 1960s. Housed in the neo-gothic Oozells Street School in Brindleyplace, Birmingham, it shows the work of artists from around the world and in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, film and sound. Today we start our visit to Ikon with a welcome drink courtesy of Café Opus. After this we take a tour of Ikon’s current exhibition Tapa: Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific. Throughout the Pacific Islands, much traditional patterned cloth has been made from the beating of tree bark – this exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, dating from the 18th century, including barkcloths obtained through the voyages of Captain Cook, until the present day. This work has inspired many contemporary artists. In response to this exhibition we will enjoy a fun and informal introduction to print-making and pattern. We will work together to try different printing techniques, exploring colour and shape, and making large-scale patterns on fabric. No previous experience required, please wear appropriate clothing that you don’t mind getting messy. ______________________________
Weekends & Holidays The following pages contain selected weekends & trips offered to our members. Spice UK overseas trips are listed separately in the colour section of this Newsletter.
Source to Sea Weekends with Alan Roberts .. follow the Wye on a series of weekends!
Did you know that there is only one place in the world where 2 rivers start at the same point and finish at the same point? Well those 2 rivers, the Severn and the Wye both start in the mountains of mid wales, Plynlimon (the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains) and both finish at the Severn Estuary. So over the next 12 months, Alan is going to be running a series of seven walking weekends that will follow the River Wye from its source all the way to the Severn Estuary. Why the River Wye? Well there are a number of highlights on route; the mountains of Mid Wales not only offer stunning scenery, but the chance to see red kite, buzzards and peregrine falcons, there are the Penddal Rock Rapids, Gilfach Medieval Longhouse, the beautiful town of Hay on Wye (also famous for its book shop) that nestles at the foot of the Black Mountain, Capler Camp Hillfort, Goodrich Castle, Symonds Yat and the Yat Rock viewpoint, Tintern Abbey and finally to Chepstow and the Castle. In addition you will also pass through some of the most important woodlands in Europe, including the Orchards and Apples of Herefordshire. The Weekends: On offer will be seven walking weekends, some will require walks of twelve miles on each day of the two day weekend, some will require eight to nine miles on each day. You may want to just take the opportunity to partake in one of the weekends, or you may want to take this unique opportunity to complete the 136 mile trek through some of the most stunning countryside that this country as to offer:
Source to Sea W'end 3 – Builth Wells to Hay on Wye
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th April 2013 Old Black Lion & Kilverts Hotel, Hay-on-Wye (HR3 5AG) # from 6.00pm £179 (£199 Guest) sharing twin or double, £199 single Includes: A walk of 9/8 miles on each day, 2 night's bed & breakfast, 2 packed lunches, dinner Saturday Night Extras: food on Friday night. Transport to and from start points on the Sat & Sun Stage three: Builth Wells to Hay-on-Wye: Due to the lack of twin and single rooms at any one hotel in Hay we will be using the Old Black Lion and Kilverts Hotels which are both adjacent to each other and both old world traditional hotels of a good standard. Kilverts will be used as the meet point for the weekend and for dinner on the Saturday night. The bar is a typical old world, friendly atmosphere with log fires. On Friday night the plan is to meet at Kilverts and then to go for an Indian Meal at The Red Indigo which SPICE have used before with very good feedback. The Rambles: From Builth Wells we have the occasional climbs, crossing common land, small fields, occasional quite country lanes and bracken covered commons with views into the valley as we head toward the border town of HaY, famed for its book shops and literary festival. 21 miles in total over the two days. High Point: Banc y Celyn 400m (1,312ft)
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Source to Sea W'end 4 – Hay on Wye to Hereford
.. follow the Wye on a series of weekends with Alan Roberts!
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June 2013 Three Counties Hotel, Hereford (HR2 7BP) # from 6.00pm £179 (£199 Guest) sharing twin or double, £199 single Includes: A walk of around 10 miles on each day, 2 night's bed & breakfast, 2 packed lunches, dinner Saturday Night Extras: food on Friday night. Transport to and from start points on the Sat & Sun Stage four: Hay on Wye to Hereford: For this stage of the Wye Valley Walk we will be basing ourselves in the lovely Cathedral City of Hereford home to the famous Mappa Mundi tying in the lovely Three Counties Hotel, a 20min walk from the centre of the City and the Cathedral and with direct access to the river Wye. The hotel is a modern 3 star hotel with restaurant and bar. On the Friday night the plan is to meet at the Three Counties Hotel and then walk into Hereford to find a Restaurant & Bar of which there are many in Hereford., maybe a Pizza or Indian? The Rambles: From Hay there are a series of less demanding hills before a steep climb up on to the summit of Merbach Hill. Once down off Merbach its a case of ambling alongside the River Wye, climbing a few gentle hills and passing through small mellow villages and orchards as we head toward Hereford. All in all over the weekend we will be covering a distance of twenty three miles in total over the two days. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Weekends in Monmouth & Chepstow will follow shortly. 83
Fit Camp Getaway
.. a unique weekend dedicated to all aspects of fitness
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th August 2013 Near Welshpool, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £199 (£219 Guest) (Deposit £40). Incl: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet lunches, 1 evening meal and all instruction Fancy getting away from it all, getting in shape and starting out towards a “new you”? Well here's your chance. We've laid on a weekend in the wonderful surrounding of a 16th century farm house in the heart of the Welsh countryside with breathtaking views over the Cumbrian Mountains. This popular retreat is run by Sonya and Barry who will provide us with a warm welcome. Upon arrival you will be looked after by your own fitness team compromising of our very own Sports and Fitness Coordinator Mark Phillips and his assistant who will take you through a whole fitness experience over the weekend. You will be introduced to a world of fitness commencing with an exercise schedule programme of different classes ranging from ● Zumba ● Circuits ● Body Conditioning and ● Aerobics to ● Personal Training sessions, ● Nutrition Sports & Weight Management and ● outdoor pursuits and activities. There really is something for everybody even a guided walk along the mountains provided by our host Barry. The various activities will take place at a local sports hall and in the surrounding countryside (you will need to use/ share own vehicles for trips between venue and hall. On the evenings we will rest up and great food together and enjoy some sociable entertainment as well. All accommodation and meals will be included along with your classes and venue hire. This is an introduction to the fitness industry and your schedule will be presented closer to the actual date. You will also receive a free diet assessment prior to commencing the programme. This is not a Bootcamp but more a weekend full of fitness classes, diet and advice and healthy eating. You will leave feeling fit, healthy and have the knowledge of how to achieve a change – for good! Further support will be available and ongoing help will be on hand from Mark if required after the event. A reasonable level of fitness is required but it is open to everybody and you will always have the option to choose or rest out if necessary. This is a nationwide spice event with 16 places available only so expect it to book early. Don’t miss this opportunity to kick start your healthy lifestyle and enjoy a fun, sociable weekend at the same time! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Snowdon Summer Solstice Sleepover ..summer solstice under the stars on Snowdon!
Date: Sat 22nd Jun 2013 - Sun 23rd Jun 2013 Place: Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia (LL24 0AE) # Meet: 4.00pm Cost: £30 Member, £32 Guest A chance to spend the night out in the open and see the sun rise and set on Snowdon. We meet in Betws-y-coed to allow time for any last minute purchases and some food we drive up to Pen-y-pass to park for the night. The route for the 2 – 2.5 hour walk takes us up the Miners Track, an easy to follow path but still rocky and steep in places. The shore of Glaslyn Lake is where we will spend the night under the stars, on the beach and sheltered by the high ground. If anyone wishes to go to the Snowdon summit you can leave your heavy pack here and make the final accent a little easier, it is a steep climb all the way from here to the top and will take between 1.5 & 2 hours to return. You will need a good sleeping bag, boots, waterproofs, torch and warm clothing for this trip and a comfortable rucksack to carry it all. We can supply sleeping mats and bivi / survival bags and will give you a warm drink in bed in the morning
Sailing Weekend around the Solent ..excellent sailing on a modern cruiser/ racer
● Fri 19 - Sun 21 Apr ● Fri 14- Sun 16 Jun ● Fri 5 - Sun 7 Jul ● Fri 19 - Sun 21 Jul ● Fri 2 - Sun 4 Aug ● Fri 6 - Sun 8 Sep ● Fri 4 - Sun 6 Oct ● Fri 18 - Sun 20 Oct Place: Haslar Marina, Gosport (PO12 INU) # Meet: 8pm Friday evening Cost: £236 (£246 Guest) Deposit £50. Incl: diesel, wet weather gear, life harnesses, breakfasts, lunches & teas. Extras: Marina charges are not included and are shared between the group. Nor are evening meals which we take ashore The Solent is an ideal location for a weekend sailing cruise. It’s sheltered and there’s 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. Special Cancellation Terms: Please note that we need 6 weeks notice to cancel. Deposit is non refundable.
This sailing trip has an edited writeup, but very comprehensive details of this and many other sailing trips can be found online. Just search our events listing on “Sailing” to see them all. 84
Acrylic Painting Weekend .. discover your creative potential!
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th April 2013 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £140 (£160 Guest) Deposit £30. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction Extras: A small charge is made at the end for consumables used Another fun filled painting experience from the brush of Julie Hyde. Julie, accomplished artist and experienced instructor, has shown many beginners and dabblers how to have fun with paint. Acrylic paints are perhaps the most versatile and fun media to use, and you don’t have to be a budding Monet or Piccasso to enjoy this stress free, fun weekend. Julie will breakdown the mystique of acrylic painting into simple methodical steps, which anyone can follow whether you’re a complete beginner, or have some experience. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Fly Fishing Weekend .. unwind on the riverbank!
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th April 2013 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £196 Member, £216 Guest (Deposit £40) includes Friday evening light supper, 2 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. This weekend is aimed at the complete beginner and is suitable for anyone interested in taking their first steps into fly fishing as all equipment and licences are included. Your tuition takes place at the private Valley Dam Fishery; in the heart of the beautiful Mid Wales countryside. A quiet and peaceful, family run, fly only fishery, built by a family who are passionate about fly fishing. On their ten acre site they have a well stocked lake which contains rainbow trout up to 16lb and brown trout up to 14lb. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Outdoor Digital Photography Weekend .. see what you can acheive with professional help!
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st April 2013 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £174 (£194 Guest) Deposit £35. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet/picnic lunches, 4 course evening dinner party and all instruction) 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. Maybe you’re unsure about manual settings and prefer to leave it on the automatic setting rather than really knowing how to make the most of your camera and the location you’re in? 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. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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Why Pay a Single Supp when you’re with Spice!
Many people book our breaks on their own, so we don’t believe in penalizing the single traveler. If you prefer a single room, we usually have a few available at a supplement. However, we are more than happy arrange same sex room shares – and this is what most members opt for. Spicers are very friendly, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone. You’ll be bonded into the “family” in no time and no doubt make some lasting friendships as well.
Skills for the Hills (Navigation Awards) th
.. Bronze & Silver Awards Programme
Friday 26 - Sunday 28th April 2013 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) Cost: £134 (£154 Guest) Deposit £25 Incl: Friday evening light supper, 2 nights B&B, lunches & 4 course evening meal and NNAS instructors If you're interested in hill walking, but want to learn more about the practical skills and techniques needed to venture safely out onto the mountains, or if you already have some skills but want to increase your level of competence, then this weekend is for you. The emphasis 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. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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Welsh Camping Long Weekend
.. a sociable party & activity weekend under canvas
Date: Fri 3 - Mon 6th May 2013 Place: Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # Meet: 5pm onwards Cost: £68 (£88 Guest), inc. Party with BBQ, Barrel of beer/ cider Extra: £16.00 for dormitory accom if preferred, otherwise bring your own tent Escape from the city this Bank Holiday for an outdoor camping experience with a difference. These weekends are always great fun; with many activities available in the area, and the price includes a huge BBQ/buffet Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Creative Clay Weekend Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
..unleash your creative potential
Friday 10 - Sunday 12 May 2013 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £140 (£160 Guest) Deposit £25. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet/picnic lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction) Clay is a wonderfully tactile medium which just invites you to shape and mould it. We’ll enjoy exploring some of the many of the ways of being creative with clay. This weekend is for anyone who fancies creating something using clay, from beginners to the more experienced, and enjoying yourself on a stress free fun weekend. You’ll get hands-on the many techniques as Sonya takes you through several hand-building processes. From pinching and coiling to slabbing and molding. Equipment and materials are provided (with a small charge made for clay if you want to take items home) so all you need is a willingness to get your hands into some clay and see what you can create. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Drawing & Watercolour Weekend th
..unleash your creative potential
Date: Friday 10 - Sunday 12 May 2013 Place: Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # Meet: from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) Cost: £140 (£160 Guest) Deposit £25. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet/picnic lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction) You don’t have to be a budding Monet or Piccasso to enjoy this weekend, which takes the complete beginner or dabbler through the basics of drawing and painting. Julie Hyde, an accomplished artist, and experienced tutor, has put together a relaxed, fun programme to draw out all your latent artistic talents. Julie will dispel the mystique of drawing and painting into simple steps which anyone can follow includinging various techniques using pencil, watercolour and other media. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. 86
Welshpool Music Festival Walking Break .. enjoy a long weekend of music & tranquility!
Friday 24 – (Bank Holiday) Monday 27th May 2013 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £164 (£184 Guest) Deposit £35. Includes: 3 nights B&B, Friday supper, picnic lunch, Saturday evening meal, guided walks and music festival Extra: Pub meal Sun evening & lunch on Sun & Mon. Our friends at Breakaway Holidays have put together this walking weekend with a difference to take advantage of the growing music scene which thrives in Welshpool. It combines relaxed walking through some of the most secluded and beautiful countryside Britain has to offer with a day at the Welshpool Music Festival. The list of acts appearing at the festival are changing daily but you can get up to date details at www.welshpoolmusicfest.am55.co.uk/ or on Facebook Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request
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Serenity Weekend Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. tune in to your inner self
Friday 5 - Sunday 7 July 2013 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £151 (£171 Guest) Deposit £25. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet lunches, 4 course evening meal and 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. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request
Welsh Ridge Walking Weekend - The Arans .. discover the Arans Horseshoe & Rhobell Fawr
Friday 19 - Sunday 21st July 2013 Lluest Fach, Welshpool Area (SY21 OPB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £132 (£152 Guest) Deposit £35. Incl: Friday evening supper, 2 nights B&B, packed lunches, 4 course evening dinner party & ML guided walks The ridges on our Welsh Ridge Walking are always wide and far from scary so you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views. The Arans 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. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request
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Strolling & Sketching Weekend
.. discover the delights of walking with a sketchbook
Friday 2 - Sunday 4th August 2013 Lluest Fach, Welshpool Area (SY21 OPB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £140 (£160 Guest) Deposit £35. Incl: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 4 course evening meal and all instruction For those of you who would like to combine the great outdoors with their artistic talents we’ve put together a weekend of strolling and sketching in a stunningly beautiful area of Mid Wales. Your instructor for the weekend is Julie Hyde, an accomplished artist running many other successful painting and drawing events for Spice. She will be on hand to help you make the best of your creative talents on this stress free absorbing and fun weekend. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. 87
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.. enjoy the best of Oxfordshire
Friday 12 - Sunday 14 April 2013 Banbury, Oxfordshire (OX16 9AH) # From 4pm £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Another new and interesting programme sees WalkWise riding into flourishing Banbury. Banbury simply oozes charm and character and is a fascinating area. Staying at the lovely Georgian Banbury House Hotel in the centre of Banbury gives us quick access to some fine walks. In store for us are so many options from the attractive Magpie Hill and ways around the pretty Fenny Compton to the appealing honey-coloured villages and battlefields around Cropredy. Or we could choose the hilly area around Bronze Age Rollright Stones and the Salt Way (an ancient trackway to London) or maybe sample the serene Oxford canal, Bodicote, Broughton Park and to where else but Banbury Cross itself. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Canterbury Walking W'end .. walk in the footsteps of pilgrims!
Friday 19 - Sunday 21st April 2013 Canterbury, Kent (CT1 3DU) # From 4pm £164 (£184 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: When Chaucer collated the tales we bet he didn’t realise we would be following in the footsteps of those Pilgrim’s, but we shall do just that and by staying and dining at the 3 star Abbots Barton Hotel we will have all the creature comforts they could never have dreamt of! With a fine network of local paths and ways this is an especially appealing programme due to its amalgamation of coast and country. There is an enchanting mix of rich habitats varying from beaches and sea, cliffs and nature reserves, inland rural sections of the elevated downs and the powerful setting of the Great Stour chalk river and valley system. This area is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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Hadrian's Wall Bank Holiday Walking Break .. walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers
Friday 3 - Monday 6th May 2013 Gilsland Spa Hotel, Gilsland on Hadrian (CA8 7AR) # From 4pm (Meal at 8pm) £239 (£259 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Hadrian’s Wall is the most famous and impressive Roman fortification in the Roman Empire. It may come as a surprise to some to know that it is not just a wall, there are numerous forts, mile castles, bridges, roads, towns, dwellings and temples. 2000 years later, much of it still remains and it is a World Heritage site. The walking programme of 6 walks concentrating on the very finest sections of the wall and the surrounding area. Our hotel for the trip is the comfortable Gilsland Spa which with ensuite rooms, well stocked bar and hearty food is ideally located just a mile from the wall itself. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 88
North Devon Coast & Exmoor Walking Break .. discover "little Switzerland" with Walkwise!
Friday 3 - Monday 6th May 2013 Valley of Rocks Hotel, Lynton, Devon (EX35 6HS) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £219 (£239 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £50). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts. Seaview rooms available at supplement Overview: The North Devon coast and Exmoor region around Lynton offers an undisturbed tranquillity and timeless charm. The area offers something very different depending on where you look; one side of this special area is about the tremendous sea-scapes and plunging cliffs and the other side relates to the stunning heather moorland and deep cut river valleys that typify the Exmoor National Park. This side is just as enchanting with its hidden haunts, ancient and knarled woodland and sparkling rivers dotted with medieval towns. There is also an abundance of wild life including the Exmoor wild ponies and red deer set around picture-postcard villages with exquisite cream teas! Our hotel nestles high up on lively Lynton’s west cliff and its nearby country pub is also a very handy attraction. Lynton is an ideal base to explore the North Devon Coast and Exmoor and this unique and varied terrain provide the perfect options for all levels and abilities. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Sussex Heritage Coast & Downs Walking Break Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. walk the rolling South Downs!
Friday 3 - Monday 6 May 2013 Best Western York House, Eastbourne (BN22 7AP) # Anytime after 4pm (Meal 8pm) £235 (£255 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £50). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: From a walking perspective Eastbourne has the enviable position of being situated on the Sussex Heritage Coast at the edge of the South Downs National Park. This is where the Mediterranenean like blue sea yields to the towering 280 hectares of white chalk cliffs on one of Britain's finest unspoilt coastlines. This is where wide salt estuaries and shingle beaches greet winding creeks and meandering river valleys. Our hotel occupies a stunning position on the seafront, enables us to enjoy this pleasant fusion of walking, accommodation and cuisine. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Ennerdale Lake District Walking Break .. 3 days great walking from a georgeous listed property
Friday 24th - Monday 27th May 2013 Ennerdale Country House Hotel (CA23 3DT) # From 4pm (Dinner served 8pm) £245 (£265 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: For this trip we will be avoiding the bank holiday crowds as we escape to one of the forgotten parts of the lakes, the western valleys. Here there is some of the finest scenery in the Lake District, Ennerdale, Wasdale, Eskdale and Buttermere and with two walks each day, it will be at your pace too! The three star, grade II listed Ennerdale Country House lies is to be our base. 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. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
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These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 89
Pembrokeshire Coast Walking Break .. excellent coastal walking in this spectacular area
Friday 24 - Monday 27th May 2013 Clarence House Hotel, Tenby (SA70 7DU) # From 4pm (meal at 8pm) £199 (£219 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Terrific Seaside Tenby & Perfect Pembrokeshire Coast Combine with superb safe and sociablewalking. Few people would dispute that the Pembrokeshire coast is one of the finest in the country so it will come as no surprise that on all 3 days we’ll be walking beside or close to the sea! Whether you are looking for longer or shorter walks, the area is a sheer delight. You will feel invigorated walking above the rugged and spectacular limestone and sandstone cliffs that typify the area. Pembrokeshire’s national park is unique in that it is the country’s only national park based entirely on coastal scenery; it boasts beautiful sandy beaches, wonderful headlands, medieval cliff top castles and early Christian sites. Add to this a superb hotel with a happy hour bar (that lasts 3 hours) each night and we have the essential ingredients! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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Welsh 3000's - Ultimate Mountain Challenge .. take on all 15 3000's in a tough Bank Holiday challenge!
Friday 24th - Monday 27th May 2013 Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel Llanberis (LL55 4TY) # Friday evening £245 (£265 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: An Ultimate Mountain Challenge completing all 15 Welsh 3000’s from Llanberis Snowdonia. Staying in the ideally situated 3 star Quality Snowdon hotel at the foot of Snowdon itself we aim to tackle all 15 famous summits of the Welsh Mountains. This is some of the best high level walking in the country, taking in the three mountain ranges of the Carneddau, the Glyders and Snowdon massif itself. The beauty of doing this walking over 3 days is that all summits can be achieved during daylight so we get all the views and we get a great hotel to base our challenge from! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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Langdales Ultimate Challenge W'end
.. the perfect venue for those who like hard mountain walking
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th May 2013 Brathay Hall, Ambleside (LA22 0HP) # From 4pm £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Cost of transport to walks Overview: This event is for fit experienced walkers who want the ultimate challenging and fast long walks. The scene is set around the most deeply impressive glacially carved U shaped valley, itself adorned by countless hanging valleys and heavily defended by granite rock citadels. Our objective is to tackle the skyline of this roofless cathedral which has more than enough to challenge us. To enable us to succeed we have split it into 2 days; the first monumental day defines it! Classic Lakeland favourites and giants such as Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Esk Pike form our initial day on the southern flanks of the valley while the Pavey Ark and Sergeant Man shape our 2nd day which concentrates on the northern side. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 90
Western & Central Cotswold Ways Break .. 3 days great walking from a georgeous property
Friday 24 - Monday 27th May 2013 Holiday Inn, Gloucester (GL4 3RX) # From 4pm (Dinner served 8pm) £235 (£255 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The Cotswolds Way stretches from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north and the Holiday Inn 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! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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Essex Coast & Constable Country W'end Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. discover Essex - "the only way"!
Friday 7 - Sunday 9 June 2013 Ramada Hotel, Colchester (CO7 7QY) # From 4pm £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Essex is a very beautiful and varied county with swathes of gently rolling and unspoilt countryside, distinctive and medieval villages, historic houses and ancient priories, attractive seaside and interesting market towns, wild estuaries teaming with wildlife and broad expansive views that generate feelings of solitude and remoteness. Clearly it is impossible to explore every aspect of the country in just a weekend so WalkWise will focus on two of the countys most famous aspects: with one day concentrating on Constable Country with walks exploring the stunning Stour Valley, Dedham Vales and Flatford Mill; then by contrast the second day will see the walks wandering the beautiful coastline, visiting the nature reserves and generally enjoying the seaside! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Bournemouth & Hampshire Coast W'end .. discover the delights of the English Riviera
Friday 28 - Sunday 30th June 2013 Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth (BH1 3QQ) # From 4pm (meal 7.30pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Bournemouth is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the south coast of England mainly due to the magnificent Dorset World Heritage Coast. 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. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 91
Patterdale Lakes Walking Weekend .. discover a lovely corner of the Lake District
Friday 28 - Sunday 30th June 2013 The Patterdale Hotel, Lake District (CA11 0NN) # From 4pm (meal 8.00pm) £165 (£185 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Lakeside supp £10 Extra: Transport to walk starts Overview: Patterdale is one of our most popular weekends and for good reasons: it is away from the madding crowd, it’s a lovely hotel and set in a lovely peaceful village in the beautiful Ullswater valley! The hotel is all en suite, with lots of space to socialise in the evenings and the chef consistently presents fine food using fresh local produce. On top of this it’s just 2 minutes away from the White Lion, the local Lakeland pub, Oh and the walking’s some of the best in England!! This really is a destination where you are spoilt for choice, as all around the hotel are stunning Lakes and beautiful Tarns, lush green valleys, traditional Lakeland villages all enclosed by towering ridges that reach up to some the true Lakeland giants. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Beddgelert Classics Walking Weekend .. discover Snowdonia in detail with Walkwise!
Friday 12 - Sunday 14th July 2013 Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert (LL55 4YE) # From 4pm (meal 8pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: This is one of our favourites, a cracking hotel, in the charming village of Beddgelert in the heart of Snowdonia. The chef has a super menu of tasty and filling meals and there are real ales in the bar and then there are two or three charming country pubs within yards of the hotel. Add to this the superb high level walking with the high lofty ridges of Nantle Ridge, Moel Hebog, Cnicht, Snowdon and Moel Siabod. But you don’t have to climb these mighty peaks, its just as wonderful to gaze up at them from a peaceful lakes, or to wander over the heather clad moors, stroll by the tumbling rivers or wander through the secluded woodland. All of which makes for very attractive and interesting walking. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
South West Cotswolds Walking Weekend .. discover classic Cotswold walking
Friday 12 - Sunday 14th July 2013 Gables Hotel, Falfield, Gloucs (GL12 8DL) # From 4pm (meal 8pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £35). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: An appealing venue for a walking weekend amidst the beautiful Cotswolds. We’ll be rewarded with safe, sociable and stunning walking on outstanding limestone escarpments, which gain fine open Cotswolds views. We will incorporate such diverse habitats as: downland, pretty field systems, escarpments from where we get tremendous views down onto the Severn Estuary, valleys and woodland. We’ll also incorporate secluded hamlets with fine architecture and that warm honey coloured stone which makes the area so darned appealing to us all. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 92
Scarborough & Yorks Coast W'end .. explore the National Park & Heritage Coast
Friday 19 - Sunday 21st July 2013 Brooklands Hotel, Scarborough (YO11 2AW) # From 4pm (meal 7.30pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Scarborough is a perfect seaside holiday venue. We’re using The Brooklands, recently refurbished now offers some of the nicest accommodation in Scarborough! It’s location overlooks Scarborough’s Stunning South Bay and Esplanade Gardens, it has an excellent reputation for food and fantastic sea views. There are miles of tremendous coastal walking, with beautiful coastal villages nestled in secluded bays, dramatic cliff top paths with expansive coastal views and famous seaside resorts that tempt the passing walkers with teas and ice creams! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Winchester & South Downs Walking W'end .. new venue in the medieval City of Winchester
Friday 26 - Sunday 28th July 2013 Royal Hotel, Winchester (SO23 8BS) # From 4pm (meal 7.30pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: 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 sundrenched valleys! We’re staying in the perfect medieval City of Winchester in a wonderful Hotel. The Medieval and Georgian buildings of the hotel have been very tastefully modernised to provide delightfully relaxed, comfortable and peaceful accommodation, yet lie only a stroll from its magnificent Cathedral, and award winning shops. It comes as no surprise that this wonderful area offers a myriad of walks, we could follow the Itchen Valley trail alongside a beautiful wildlife rich river, or head out along the South Downs Way, the Monarchs Way or the Bishops Way. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Kings Lynn & Norfolk Coast Walking W'end .. discover the beautiful Norfolk coast
Friday 9 - Sunday 11th August 2013 Ramada Hotel, Kings Lynn (PE30 4NB) # From 4pm (meal 7.30pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The Norfolk Coast has long been on the wish list and this year you are finally going to be able to explore it. 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! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 93
North Cotswolds Hills Walking W’end .. a long weekend in the Cotswolds from a luxurious base!
Friday 23rd - Monday 26th August 2013 Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Gloucester (GL20 7DN) # From 4pm (meal at 8pm) £245 (£265 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £49). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: We are delighted to offer this 4 star venue for a walking weekend amidst the beautiful Cotswolds. The Brook Tewkesbury Park Hotel is set in the stunning Gloucestershire countryside high above the historic town of Tewkesbury and offers varied walking incorporating such diverse habitats as downland, pretty field systems, ridges and escarpments, wooded valleys and secluded hamlets. The walking will concentrate on the magnificent area around the North Cotswolds Hills such as idyllic Broadway, the terrific Malvern Hills and also a local day around historic Tewkesbury. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Snowdonia Bank Holiday Walking Weekend .. discover Snowdonia in detail with Walkwise
Friday 23 - Monday 26th August 2013 Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel Llanberis (LL55 4TY) # From 4pm (meal at 8pm) £245 (£265 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £49). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Snowdonia is all about impressive open views, craggy ridges and small upland lakes with excellent footpaths enabling us to take on superb mountain walking. This year we are going to walk 3 distinct and impressive ranges of the Snowdonia mountains: the rolling Carneddau, the uplifting jagged Glyders and the mighty Snowdon massive. These ranges sit astride the two magnificent valleys of Nant Francon, one of the finest examples of a U shaped valley anywhere, and also Nant Peris an impressive but steep, tight valley which wends its way to Pen Y Pass. As always our comfort and cuisine will be taken care of by the Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel which just keeps getting better and better! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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South Devon Coast & Dartmoor Walking Break .. brilliant walking from this luxurious hotel in Newton Abbot
Friday 23rd - Monday 26th August 2013 The Luxurious Passage House Hotel (TQ12 3QH) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £245 (£265 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £49). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The stunningly rugged and beautiful South Devon coastline is some of Englands’ finest. Hidden along the coast are secluded sandy bays, rocky headlands, quaint fishing hamlets, towering cliffs all lapped by inviting blue waters. Along the way we will visit some picturesque villages and enjoy the hospitality of the inviting cafes or welcoming country inns. We can add diversity to the walking programme by heading inland to explore the dramatic rocky tors and blooming heather moors of Dartmoor. The hotel with its stunning riverside setting has everything that you could possibly want; excellent service, scrumptious food, relaxing leisure facilities and a traditional country inn with real ale right next door. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request
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For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 94
Adrenaline Cocktail Weekend rd
..an all action break at a perfect location!
Date: ● Friday 3 - Sun 5th May or ● Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2013 Place: Preseli Venture, Pembroke (SA62 5HN) # Cost: £229 (£249 Guest) Sharing (Deposit £50). Incl: 2 nights 5 star eco lodge accommodation, all meals from Friday supper to Sunday lunch, 3 half day activities, all specialist kit, qualified & friendly guides, transport for the activities, free train station transfers for certain trains. If you’re looking for a weekend chilling out with friends, surrounded by breathtaking, unspoilt scenery, or an adrenalin fuelled stress busting adventure - then either way, you’ve found the right place. On this weekend you’ll take part in 3 half day adventures: Coasteering The ultimate coastal adventure - climb, swim, traverse and jump into a whole new world. Sea caves and swirling ocean swells combine to produce a truly wild environment. Watch out, it’s addictive, Sea Kayaking Rocks, caves, seals, birds, waves, surf, beaches, harbours and much more make Pembrokeshire a real sea kayaker’s paradise, and self guided Coastal Hiking. We’ve got the world renowned Pembrokeshire National Park Coastal Path on the very western tip of Europe right on our doorstep. Unwind amidst the spectacular cliff top scenery and chill out amongst the wild flowers – it’s the perfect accompaniment to the awesome adventure activities. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Sea Kayaking with the Seals
.. a 2 day course for beginner & intermediate kayakers
Dates: ● Friday 7th - Sunday 9th June or ● Friday 13th - Sunday 15th September 2013 Place: Preseli Venture, Pembroke (SA62 5HN) # Cost: £279 (£289 Guest) sharing (Deposit £50) Incl: 2 nights 5 star eco lodge accommodation, all meals from Friday supper to Sunday lunch,, 2 full days sea kayaking, specialist kit, qualified & friendly guides, transport for the activities, free train station transfers for certain trains This tried and tested introductory weekend is a perfect introduction to kayaking in Pembrokeshire and will suit both beginner kayakers and those with a little experience of pootling on rivers, lakes or quiet ocean waters. You’ll get the chance to explore some of the most beautiful sheltered bays, coastline and harbours of Pembrokeshire and there’ll be mysterious and awe inspiring caves to be explored and wildlife to be spotted. On a skills level you’ll develop an efficient forward paddling stroke, you’ll master turning your kayak, and gain confidence to take your skills and experience to the next level. By the end of the weekend we’re sure you’ll have been bitten by the sea kayaking bug and you’ll be raring to get back for some more watery adventures. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Camping & Canoeing Weekend .. a great weekend on the Thames
Date: Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th May 2013 Place: Hurley Lock Island near Henley (SL6 5ND) # Meet: 11am Saturday Cost: £69 (£79 Guest) Incl: Equipment and instruction Extras: £8 for the camping 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? We thought you might! Does camping out in the middle of a river on your own island float your boat? How about a blend of paddling in open canoes, riverside walks, wildlife spotting, convivial conversation, and atmospheric local pubs? Hurley Lock Island is situated just to the north of Hurley village between Henley and Marlow. Camping is only permitted on the island with the agreement of the lock-keeper who oversees the simple grade campsite. Cars are not permitted on the island but nearby parking is available in the village, and it’s only a short walk to the local pub! We aim to explore both upstream and downstream of the island and be on the water for around four hours on both days, although Sunday will be a little shorter to enable people to set off home at the end of the afternoon. For a real sense of adventure just a short hop from the capital, nothing beats camping on an island in the River Thames. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
Center Parcs Sherwood Forest .. Special this Year: School Sports Day
Friday 21 - Monday 24th June 2013 Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire (NG22 9DN) # Friday (check into villas from 3pm) £139 Sharing Twin or Double Room, £99 Sharing Bunk Bedded Room or £214 Sing Occ of Double Room (Deposit £50) Extra: Book School Sports Day for £10. Guests pay a £25 supplement Our unmissable summer Center Parcs Weekend is now a Spice institution - a brilliant weekend break with TWO great exclusive parties and as much sport or relaxation as you can cope with! Special this year is the fun School Sports Day on the Sunday, adding a brilliant fun event into the weekend which will be another highlight. The sub tropical paradise is the centre of attraction with giant waves, water chutes, Jacuzzi’s, flumes, a thrilling wild water rapids ride, and much more. You can spend all day in the tropically heated 'dome', or move outdoors - tennis, squash, sailing, bikes, canoeing, gym, badminton, bowls, archery, - the list is endless...(you pay extra for these). There a few extra Spice Events organised by your local Spice Group like our Welcome Drinks Reception, BBQs, Badminton and Volleyball group sessions, ten pin bowling games, etc, to provide some great group focal points during the weekend. Or you can just choose to chill! Full details in your joining pack. We also have a fantastic Friday Night Welcome Disco to get the party started. Saturday has free Dance Classes– great for mixing and meeting people –this year we are running with 2 sessions each learning the dance steps of a different dance ready for your group ‘performance’ at the Disco in the evening. Sheena Brabazon is a regular dance leader for Spice and she will be showing you the moves for some wonderful great group (no partner needed) sessions, including Black Eyes Peas (Good, good, night) and the iconic Thriller! Go along to just one or both and laughs are guaranteed! Numbers are limited to max 100 per session and will be on a first come basis. On Sunday we have a very special optional event with our own School Sports Day – starting at 1pm at the Golf Driving Range. All the traditional school sports, egg and spoon, sack race, bean bags, sprint, three legged races all in a thrilling atmosphere. Due to the additional cost to hire the Golf Range, PA System, and to provide kit in this event, there is an additional cost of £10 per person to take part. Book it separately. Limited slots at 200, first come first served. This is only available to those who have booked the weekend! Medals and trophies and Champagne showers to finish! Our accommodation is in beautifully located villas surrounded by woodland alive with cheeky not so 'wild’ life. Fully fitted bathroom and kitchens, lounge, TV (with video channels), central heating and even an open log fire. The Villas are 3 & 4 bedroomed (6 or 8 people), each villa has one double room for couples (or can be booked for single occupancy), 1 twin or two Twins, some have a smaller bunk room! We will arrange members into Villas - grouping people together - don't worry if you're on your own, so are many others booking, and with Spice you won't be on your own for long, as soon as you meet your Villa mates! Please advise at the time of booking if you have rooming requests, we will do our best to accommodate these but due to the mix of rooms, and villa sizes, cannot be guaranteed. All bedding is provided, as is household equipment. Food is not included, so you can self cater or eat out at a variety of on-site restaurants. Friday Night sees our Welcome Disco and Saturday night a Spice Disco with a late bar. Both Parties are included in the price and a Spice wrist band will be included with your weekend joining pack, giving you entry to the parties and our events. The Saturday night party theme this visit ties in with our School Sports Day - ‘Back to School!’ which couldn’t be easier and adds a bit of Spice to the weekend! You get to use your costume twice! So this could be a relaxed, laid back break, or an energetic dash from one activity to another - you choose! You can check in from 12.00 noon on Friday (villa available from 3.00pm) and leave the Villa by 10.00am Monday morning. Many of us arrive Friday after work, and depart Sunday evening of course, but it's your choice. You can remain on site all day on Monday if you wish, and many of us have a morning at The Spa as it’s quiet! We have 500 beds max., spread across all Spice Groups and this is always a sell out, so as usual it's strictly first come first served. Deposit £50 non-refundable after 1st May, after which full fees are payable. Regret no doggies can come as we don’t have special doggie villas. Transport sharing via our website. Balances due 1st May, and no refund for cancellation - i.e. Villas still have to be paid for - unless we/you can replace you from a wait list. Standard Spice Weekend Terms and Conditions supplied with joining pack, and on Spice UK website. 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Why Pay a Single Supp when you’re with Spice!
Many people book our breaks on their own, so we don’t believe in penalizing the single traveler. If you prefer a single room, we usually have a few available at a supplement. However, we are more than happy arrange same sex room shares – and this is what most members opt for. Spicers are very friendly, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone. You’ll be bonded into the “family” in no time and no doubt make some lasting friendships as well.
Whitby Bank Holiday Walking & Social Break .. another of Steve Dell's fabulously sociable weekend breaks
Fri 3 May - Mon 6th May 2013 The Royal Hotel, Whitby (YO21 3HA) # Friday Evening £219 (£239 Guest) Sharing (Deposit £40) Seaview Supp on twins, £18. Single supp £45 otherwise we link twin shares. Package includes dinner, bed, breakfast, packed lunches & full walking/ social programme This walking weekend with Steve Dell will appeal to both social walkers who want shorter walks and more serious walkers who want longer and more moderate walks. There is a great variety of walking with this weekend; from wooded valleys to open moorland and from stunning coastal scenery to pretty villages. The walks are easy to moderate, as some will have more gradients than usual with Steve, which gives the area its wonderful scenery, but we will take our time and admire the stunning scenery! Each day there will be a walk followed by the opportunity to spend time looking around the local area. There is also plenty to do for non walkers or if you want to mix n match walking with social / tourist stuff. Whitby is wonderful fishing town with so much history and there is plenty to do even if your reason to go isn’t walking, including a picturesque port, an ancient Abbey, Captain Cook museum, cobbled streets and Dracula! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Brighton & South Downs Walking/Social W'end .. a fun, sociable weekend with Steve Dell
Friday 24 - Monday 27th May 2013 Royal Albion Hotel , Brighton (BN1 1NT) # Friday evening (Dinner 8pm) £199 (£219 Guest) Sharing Twin. Also some Single Rooms at £30 supp. or Doubles for single occupancy at £45 supp. Otherwise we link twin shares Includes: 3 nights B&B, 3 evening meals, 3 picnic lunches Extras: Transport to the walks and Sunday lunch if required This weekend with Steve Dell has a full walking programme, largely in the South Downs National Park, with its rolling chalk hills and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. There will be a choice of longer or shorter walk on Saturday. There is also plenty to do in Brighton if you want a social weekend or want to mix and match the walking with social / touristy stuff. Brighton Pier, Brighton Royal Pavilion, The Lanes shopping area and the Marina are all nearby not to mention the Brighton nightlife. The weekend is fine without a car as everything is accessible with public transport. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.
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Wiltshire Luxury Walking & Social Weekend .. great walking, a spa hotel, white horses & Steve Dell!
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th June 2013 South Marston Hotel & Spa (SN3 4SH) # Friday Evening £159 (£179 Guest) Twin or Double Room Share. Also some Single Rooms at £30 supplement. Otherwise we link twin shares (Deposit £30) Includes: Two nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast & packed lunch on Saturday Extras: Lunch on Sunday and travel to walks Another great weekend with Steve Dell in a lovely part of the country. Saturdays walk will be the choice of a shorter 6 miles or a longer 10 miles. We will walk around Whitehorse Hill giving sweeping views over the area including Vale of White Horse. As well as the spectacular white horse we will see the site of Uffington Castle & Ancient Fort and Wayland's Smithy; a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site, all linked by nice villages, one with a pub! Sundays walk will be around 7 miles and will take in part of Savernake Forest near Marlborough. The walk will start from the lovely village of Wotton Rivers and use part of the Kennet and Avon Canal as well as parts of the forest giving us a different perspective from the previous days walk. We stay at a prestigious spa hotel with great Leisure Facilities, plenty of free parking and have a great package – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast both nights with a packed lunch on the Saturday. There is also plenty to do for non walkers or if you want to mix & match walking with social / tourist stuff. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Ascot Races, Concert & Windsor Weekend .. two classic days out in one weekend
Friday 9 - Sunday 11th August 2013 The Harte & Garter Hotel, Windsor (SL4 1PH) # Friday Evening £189 (£209 Guest) Sharing Twin or Double Room, Also some Single Rooms at £50 supplement. Otherwise we link twin shares (Deposit £45) Incl: 2 nights bed & breakfast in a superb hotel and a ticket to Ascot Races Extra: Lunches (or picnics), evening meals and travel to Ascot. Following the great success of this weekend a couple of years ago Steve is running it again this year. The exciting social weekend with Steve Dell incorporates two classic days out. On the Saturday we have a day at Ascot Races followed by a live concert with music form the 80s and 90s and on the Sunday a touristy day in Windsor. We stay at a wonderful hotel just opposite Windsor Castle as well! We will eat out in Windsor on the Friday evening then explore some of the many pubs in the historic town. On Saturday we will have a day at Ascot races. Some see these meetings as better than Royal Ascot. The race meeting is The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. This is Britain’s only Jockeys’ competition where teams of riders from all over the world compete over six races for the coveted trophy. The day is easy for everyone to follow and on this unique occasion you will have a chance to see the jockeys before the races in the Parade Ring. We will have the option of bringing a picnic, which we can organise as a group and all eat together, making it part of the day out, which worked great last time. There is an option to have a meal in the restaurant. After the racing we will make our way to the Old Paddock for the live concert. Details of the artists will be announced shortly and be updated here. On Sunday you have the choice of discovering the historic town of Windsor. You will have the option of booking visits to Windsor Castle and Eton College, or you could explore the town at your leisure. You could even have a wonder in the lovely Windsor parks. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Cycle Camping in the Peak District .. a simple weekend of sociable cycling
Saturday 13 - Sunday 14th July 2013 Meet in Wetton Village, Derbyshire # Friday evening £49 (£55 Guest) Includes: Instruction and guiding throughout Meals & campsite fees. Bring your own tent/ camping kit (but you don't need to carry this while cycling as we pitch first). Helmets must be worn Host: Mark Fenton Join us for two days of cycling in the picturesque Peak District on tracks and tarmac with the irrepressible Mark Fenton! This is cycle camping, but as we pitch camp on arrival, we don’t need to carry any kit with us on our bikes. We meet on Saturday morning at the selected campsite (location to be finalised). After pitching our tents we set off on a 25 mile ride through the Derbyshire Dales at a leisurely pace. The Saturday evening meal will be taken at the local pub. Sunday after breakfast, we go for a shorter ride of approximately 15 miles again through the stunning Peak District returning back to the campsite to pack our gear at approximately 2pm. So there it is: 2 days glorious cycling, a night in the pub and the company of Mark Fenton and his team – what more could you wish for this Summer! Important: All persons need to be self-sufficient (tent etc), camp fees and meals are not included. However, all costs will be kept to the minimum. You do not need a mountain bike for this event. Hybrids and similar are fine so long as you have treaded tyres as some of the tracks are not paved.
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What’s is a “Guest”?
Some events have a separate price that applies if you want to bring a “guest” along to an event. The “guest” option is there for members to use to introduce new people to the group and for friends/ family for whom membership is not practical (eg visiting from another area). The Guest arrangements are offered at our discretion and cannot be used to avoid membership (eg by lapsed members). A “guest” must come along to the event with you (unless specifically agreed otherwise) and you are responsible for their good conduct. A “Guest” may accompany you at up to 3 events – after which we consider it fair to expect them to join themselves. 98
Prague City Break
.. discover Prague from a city centre hotel
Friday 15 - Monday 18th November 2013 Adria Hotel (4*), Wenceslas Square # Manchester Airport £399 (£419 Guest) Sharing Twin or Double Room. A few single rooms are also available at a supplement of £76 (otherwise we link people for twin shares) Deposit £120 Incl: Return flights with Jet2, Manchester to Prague; Return airport transfers from Prague airport; 3 nights' accommodation; • Buffet breakfast each morning; Services of Spice Coordinator Extra: Travel insurance (available from Spice UK - visit www.spiceuk.com)
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Prague: Spice have always enjoyed this city. It never disappoints – perhaps because as it has just so much going for it! It’s a city of great beauty, culture, history, extremely friendly people ..and legendary night life as well! It is also a city of music, with beautiful sounds eminating from the buildings as you wander the streets (gloriously atmospheric!). Whilst so many cities have suffered regular redevelopment, Prague remains as a time capsule of over a thousand years of history. I realize that architecture isn’t everyone’s passion, but just to give you an idea of the historical variety - within one city you’ll see: ● Romanesque style (9 - 13 century) such as Prague Castle & Rotunda of St. Longin ? Gothic style (13 - 16 century) such as the Convent of St. Agnes, Old-New Synagogue & Charles Bridge ? Renaissance (16 - 17 century) such as the Queen Anna Summerhouse & Vladislav Hall ● Baroque (17 - 18 century) such as the Wallenstein Palace, St. Nicholas Church and the Loreta ? Rococo (18 century) such as Kinsky Palace & Sylva-Taroucca Palace ? Classicism and Empire style (end of 18 century) such as Estates Theatre & Hybernian Palace ● Historicism (second half of 19 and 20 century) such as St. Ludmila Church, National Theatre & National Museum ? Art-Nouveau style (about 1890 - 1920) such as Municipal House,Evropa Hotel & Main Railway Station ● Cubism (about 1910 - 1920) such as Black Madonna House & Adria Palace ? Functionalism (about 1910 - 1940) such as Barrandov Terraces & Trade Fair Palace Exploring together: Being a fairly compact city we should be able to see everything we wish by foot. It is usual for the coordinator (Richard or Maggie) to give group options each day and meet ups so that you can always be part of the group if you wish. From Old Town Square there are lots of regular walking tours available for a small fee including one of the Jewish Synagogues that was very much appreciated by those on our last visit. Also last time, some members attended concerts in the many churches and synagogues. Our Hotel: The Adria is an international standard 4 star hotel situated right in the city centre. It is on the pedestrianised Wenceslas Square, which means that all the central sights are walkable. There are large comfy beds, high speed internet and all the facilities that you would expect from a quality hotel. For more details visit: http://www.adria.cz Eating & Drinking: A hot & cold buffet breakfast is included to start the day, but other meals are not. There is no shortage of places to eat out in the evening. It is usual for us to split into smaller groups for eating out and then to meet up in the many bars. Notes: Balance: Is due 12 weeks before departure. Deposit is non refundable upon cancellation. After balance due date, cancellations operate on a sliding scale provided in the Success Tours Terms & Conditions. The tour operator we are using is Success Tours. We act as their agents and their terms and conditions apply. Spice further protect your payments through our own Trust Accounts.
Masham Beer & BBQ Overnighter Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
.. camp at the source of great beer!
Fri 2 - Sun 4 August 2013 Masham, North Yorkshire (HG4 4NF) # Black Swan, Fearby ● £62 (2 nights) ● £50 (1 night) ● £52 (No Brewery tour - 2 nights), £40 (No Brewery Tour - 1 night) Incl: Sat BBQ, brewery tour, transport back after tour, Sun b’fast Extra: £5 guest supplement Why Masham? you ask .. well it has beautiful countryside, good food and most importantly, this little market town (pronounced “Massum”) is the home to Theakstons Brewery, so you won’t find better beer…. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. 99
.. discover this amazing city with Richard!
Date: Thursday 7 - Sunday 10th March 2014 Place: Birmingham Airport/ Istanbul, Turkey # Meet: Birmingham Airport for Turkish Airlines Scheduled Flights Cost: £464 (£484 Guest) Single supp £85 (Deposit £149) Includes: Return Turkish Airlines flights from Birmingham to Istanbul (Ataturk) Airport, transfers to/from hotel, services of Spice Coordinator, 3 nights bed and breakfast in a centrally located Hotel. Meet and greet with guide. Extras: Travel Insurance is compulsory (Spice UK can help with this if you don’t already have a policy), meals (except breakfast). Single room option add £85 (otherwise we will link twin shares). Any optional tours/ activities. Visa (currently) £10 on arrival. There is always a chance of fuel surcharges and changes in airport taxes as we get nearer the date. We are hopeful that this is unlikely, but is outside of our control. Balance: Is due 12 weeks before departure. Deposit is non refundable upon cancellation (flights are purchased as bookings come in). After balance due date, cancellations operate on a sliding scale. Précis: This is a very special Spice opportunity for 20 lucky Spice members to discover Europe’s most enigmatic city. This trip is coordinated by Richard, who knows the city well and has connections family there. He will seek to introduce you to the best sites, the best food and the best socializing that this incredible city can offer. We have also opted to use scheduled Turkish Airlines flights which have great service, seating and complimentary meals and refreshments. They also fly into the main Ataturk Airport for a shorter transfer. Istanbul: Where East meets West, Istanbul is an atmospheric destination of many contrasts. Old and new are melded harmoniously - bazaars alongside boutiques; fishermen beside financiers. History is spectacular and reflects so many stages in civilization from Romans to Byzantines to the brave new era of Kemal Ataturk. Its strategic importance on an ancient trade route has defined it’s rich mix of history and culture. It’s definately a city that everyone should experience once in their life! There’s a tremendous amount to see and Richard will ensure that we experience all of the best bits! Draft Itinerary: As with all our trips, you are welcome to opt in or opt out as you please, but this is the programme that Richard has in mind if you wish to stay with the group (* indicates cost such as entry ticket): Thursday 7th March: Meet for check in at Birmingham Airport. Turkish Airlines Flight.Transfer to hotel with local guide. Once settled in, we can take a stroll around the Sultan Ahmed area and take a group meal* at the beautiful 19th Century Yesil Ev Hotel. Last time we dined in the glasshouse at it was excellent. Friday 8th March: After breakfast, we will visit the Sunken Palace Cistern*, the Hippodrome Area, Blue Mosque and Ayasofya*. After lunch*, we’re off to explore Topkapi Palace*. After this, we can return to the hotel and take a traditional turkish bath* locally. In the evening we’ve booked a group meal* at Cumhuriyet Mehanesi* - a traditional meyhane (restaurant) where we hope to enjoy some live music and dance with a fixed price, banquet style meal. Saturday 9th March: After breakfast we will take the tram* to the Eminonou district where we can visit the famous Spice Markets before crossing the Galata bridge on foot to admire the amazing city vistas, shipping and streetlife beside the Golden Horn. We can then take the Tunel* (old underground rack railway) to the start of Istiklal Street where we will detour to climb the Galata Tower* for amazing views and photo opportunities. There is a lovely restored Sufi Lodge* nearby if people are interested also. We will continue the length of Istiklal Street to Taksim Square, discovering old churches and the embassies (now consulates) that remind us that this was the capital of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey came into existence in 1923 with Ankara it’s capital). At 3pm I have booked us to take afternoon tea at the splendid Pera Palace Hotel*, made famous by Agatha Christie (it’s where she wrote Murder on the Orient Express). Now a “museum hotel” it is beautifully restored – and quite the most civilized place to escape the busy city. The cost of this Afternoon Tea is 57 lira (approx £20). With a spread of cakes, scones and very civilised sandwiches, it has to be seen as one of life’s special experiences. If there’s time, Richard also suggests a visit to the Pera Art Gallery. I have not planned an evening meal, as I suspect we may not need much if we have had afternoon tea! We can play this part “by ear”, perhaps some local options. Sunday 10th March: I expect that we will have a morning flight home to Birmingham. Our Hotel: The main reason for chosing to stay in the Sultan Ahmed district is it’s prime location (we have a choice of 2 in the same area and will confirm shortly which we choose). We can walk easily from the front door (or take a tram) to The Grand Bazaar, St.Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica cistern, Hippodrome, Turkish & Islamic Art museum and even to the coast. To explore further afield, there’s a tram stop 300 meters away. Eating & Drinking: A buffet breakfast is included to start the day, but other meals are not. There is no shortage of places to eat out in the evening and Richard has some earmarked (see itinerary). Flight Schedule: Flight times have not been published yet, please check back. The tour operator we are using is Success Tours. We act as their agents and their terms and conditions apply. 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Dead Rat Ball Break
.. enjoy Europes bigest & wildest fancy dress party!
Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th March 2014 All the pictures here are Spice members Europe Hotel, Ostend, Belgium # at previous Dead Rat Balls! Local Coach pickups £275 (£295 Guest) sharing twin (Deposit £49) We arrange shares, but single rooms are available at £70 supp Meet: 1st pick up, Sutton Coldfield - Parade, outside MacDonalds 2nd pick up, City Centre (Colmore Row by Cathedral) 3rd pick up NEC (Coach Layby beside Birmingham International Station) Pick ups early morning – times to be confirmed nearer time Incl: Executive touring coach at our disposal for the duration of your tour for extra trips; Return crossings with Eurotunnel; 3 nights at the Europe Hotel, Ostend; Hot & cold buffet breakfast each morning of our stay; Welcome drink on arrival at hotel; Free use of the hotel's swimming pool; Excursion to The Dead Rat Ball on Saturday including group entrance and seating Extra: Meals other than those specified; Holiday Insurance (can be obtained from Spice UK). This will be our 3rd visit to one of Europes social highlights of the year! We always have a fantastic time at this Rio Style party. The Dead Rat ball ("Bal Rat Mort") is an annual event that takes place in the Casino-Kursaal in Ostend. It starts at 10pm on Saturday and continues until the early hours of the morning. The fancy dress theme for 2014 has yet to be decided but we will keep you posted. Either evening dress or Carnival dress are recommended (there is a dressing up contest!). Four bands and disco are playing in the different halls of the Kursaal. You really have got to experience the Dead Rat Ball once in your lifetime, and what better than sharing it with a lively band of Spice ‘revellers’! It is ideal for those who love a long night of partying, but can also be enjoyed by people who prefer a more sedate occasion - as people of all ages and types flock to Ostend to enjoy the atmosphere of this unique weekend. Friday Join the coach at your chosen pick up and we motor down to Eurotunnel in our executive coach. Ostend is only a short trip from Calais, so we can take the journey reasonably sedately and should still get to our hotel late afternoon, traffic permitting. This should allow us to plan an evening enjoying the bars and eateries of this seaside town. Saturday (Daytime): We will enjoy free time together in Ostend, which has a good range of attractions to enjoy. In the afternoon, we can enjoy the festivities including a carnival procession which lead up to the Ball. It’s also time to prepare ourselves and don our fancy dress for the Ball itself. The Ball: Our Hotel is near the Casino where the party takes place, so we’ll meet dressed in our fancy dress. If you want to find out a little of what to expect, visit the website http://www.ratmort.be The Bal du Rat Mort offers the opportunity to cast inhibitions to the winds and dress up in an outrageous carnival outfit. Though the tame can opt for evening dress, you really should dress up, particularly as there is a prize for the best dressed. The Ball has been going strong for over a century. The fund-raising event was dreamed up by the royal society Cercle Coecilia whose members, including artist James Ensor, had been inspired by Parisian cabaret during a trip to Montmartre in 1896. It has taken place in the grand halls of Ostend's Casino since 1888 and since 1926, has been themed. We’re told that the party will carry on and on. However, you can slip back to the hotel early if you’re flagging! Sunday Our coach will take all those who wish on the 30 minute journey to Belgium’s favorite city, Bruges. Here we will have free time to explore plus the chance to take a group walk. The old capital of Flanders, full of character and easy to get around. Because it is criss-crossed by canals, it has gained a reputation as ‘The Venice of the North’ and a trip on one of the canal cruises is well worth it. Full of surprises, the narrow streets guide you famous buildings at every corner. Monday We start our journey home and include a Hypermarket in Calais as a shopping stop for essentials! The tour operator we are using is Success Tours. We act as their agents and their terms and conditions apply. This package is ATOL protected by the CAA Spice further protect your payments through our own Trust Accounts. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:
Events Index Abseiling for the Terrified ......................................................32 Acrylic Painting Weekend ......................................................85 Adrenaline Cocktail Weekend ................................................95 Adventure Golf at Star City ....................................................51 Adventure Trekking Day ........................................................12 Aerobics For The Terrified .....................................................64 Afternoon Tea at Althorp........................................................52 Alcester & the Arden Way Ramble ........................................44 Alrewas and Fradley Evening Ramble....................................47 Alvechurch Easy Ramble........................................................43 An evening of printmaking & pattern .....................................82 An Ideal Husband....................................................................68 Ascot Races and Windsor Weekend .......................................98 Ash End House Farm Experience ...........................................16 Assault Course ........................................................................39 Astronomy Evening ................................................................78 Badminton...............................................................................65 Bakewell Ramble ...................................................................43 Balloon Flight ...........................................................................9 Ballroom Masterclasses ................................................24 & 25 Banbury Cross Walking W'end...............................................88 Barber Institute Tour...............................................................62 Barston/Hampton Ramble & Lunch........................................44 Barton Under Needwood Easy Ramble ..................................46 Bat Appreciation Walk at Wolseley........................................15 Bath Experience Day by Coach ..............................................27 BBC Behind the Scenes ..........................................................59 Beddgelert Classics Walking Weekend ..................................92 Beeches Bar and Grill Dinner Shuffle ......................................6 Beekeeping Afternoon ............................................................14 Beginners Horse Trek .............................................................12 Belly Dancing for Fun! ...........................................................25 Bewdley Countryside Ramble ................................................45 Bill Bailey - Quampeddler ......................................................69 Bilston Walk ...........................................................................26 Birmingham By Boat ..............................................................26 Blacksmithing Evening ...........................................................75 Blithe Spirit.............................................................................71 Blithfield, Reservoir & Forest Ramble ...................................44 BMX Taster Session ...............................................................22 Boathouse at Bracebridge .........................................................3 Boogie Bounce........................................................................64 Bosworth Steam Train Ramble ...............................................47 Bournemouth Walking W'end.................................................91 Branston Water Park Easy Ramble .........................................43 Breadmaking Workshop at Hindleys ......................................80 Bredon Hill Ramble ................................................................45 Bridge Abseil & Ladder Climb ...............................................33 Brighton Walking/Social W'end .............................................97 Brinklow Easy Ramble ...........................................................48 Burlesque/Fan Dance Afternoon.............................................24 Cadburys 'Bean to Bar'............................................................55 Cafe Ceramica Experience......................................................52 Calke Abbey & Staunton Easy Ramble ..................................45 Camping and Canoeing Weekend...........................................95 Canadian Canoe Adventure ....................................................32 Cannock Chase to Abbots Bromley Ride................................20 Canterbury Walking W'end.....................................................88 Carriage Driving Experience Day...........................................13 Caving at the Symonds Yat Caves ..........................................35 Caving for the Terrified ..........................................................33 Celebrate Natures Dawn Chorus.............................................15 Center Parcs Sherwood Forest ................................................96 Chaddesley Corbett Easy Ramble...........................................43 Charity Duck Race ..................................................................19 Charity Spice Cake Club.........................................................17 Chatsworth Estate Ramble ......................................................47 Chocolate Experience .............................................................80 Cinema Night ..........................................................................68 Circuit Training with Mark .....................................................66 Circus Skills Workshop ..........................................................77 Clay Pigeon Shoot...................................................................49 Cleeve Hill Ramble.................................................................47 Cleobury Ramble ....................................................................46 Climbing the Longstone Pinnacle ...........................................34 Clun and Offas Dyke Ramble .................................................47 Colour Therapy .......................................................................75 Colour U Confident Workshop ...............................................72 Come and Try Mountain Biking .............................................21 Compton Verney - Italian Masters..........................................53 Concert Nights at the Jam House............................................ 67 Cosford Airshow with an Insider!...........................................61 Cosford at 75 - Proms in the Park ...........................................71 Coughton Court Easy Ramble.................................................43 Creative Clay Weekend ..........................................................86 Cromford Canal Ramble .........................................................43 Croquet Party ..........................................................................56 Crossbow and Pistol Shooting ................................................50 Crown Green Bowling Evening..............................................55 Cupcake Decorating Workshops....................................79 & 81 Curry and Quiz - Solihull........................................................42 Cycle Camping in the Peak District ........................................98 Cycling With A Difference .....................................................22 Dead Rat Ball Break ............................................................. 101 Diamonds are Forever Sleepover Party.....................................3 Digital Photography for Beginners .........................................72 Dinner and Play at Genting Casino...........................................6 Disc Golf Experience ..............................................................57 Discover Gourmet Living Food ..............................................79 Dovedale Moderate Ramble....................................................46 Dragon Boat Fun Afternoon ...................................................36 Drawing and Painting Weekend..............................................86 Drayton Manor Park Fun Day................................................56 Drumming Experience for Beginners .....................................72 Earlswood Twilight Ramble & Supper ...................................43 Edgbaston Walk ......................................................................27 Ennerdale Walking Break .......................................................89 Essex Coast Walking W'end ...................................................91 Fencing for Beginners.............................................................63 Fine Dining Experience at Drayton Park ..................................4 Fire Eating Workshop .............................................................74 Firework Championships ........................................................57
Fit Camp Getaway...................................................................84 Five A Side Mixed Football ....................................................64 Flirting for Fun........................................................................81 Fly Fishing Weekend ..............................................................85 Forest Segway on Cannock Chase ..........................................29 Forhill Evening Ramble ..........................................................44 Foxton Locks Moderate Ramble .............................................45 Ghost .......................................................................................70 Gliding Evenings.....................................................................11 Go Ape in Cannock.................................................................33 Golf - Learn to Play in a Day ..................................................64 Gorge Walking Adventure ......................................................37 Grease Dance Workshop!........................................................25 Greek Dance Workshop ..........................................................24 Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre....................................60 Hadrian's Wall Walking Break................................................88 Hairspray.................................................................................69 Hangliding - Tandem ..............................................................11 Has Spice Got Talent ..............................................................18 Hattersall Hill Ramble.............................................................43 Haughmond Hill Ramble ........................................................48 Helicopter Lesson......................................................................9 Henley In Arden Moderate Ramble ........................................48 Himley Hall Easy Ramble.......................................................45 Hindu Temple Visit.................................................................59 Hoola Hooping ........................................................................63 Hopwood Evening Ramble .....................................................47 Hotel Du Vin Ultimate Sunday Brunch ....................................8 Hovercraft Driving on Land & Water .....................................29 Ice Skating Fun Night .............................................................54 In Search of Snakes.................................................................15 Indian Head Massage Workshop.............................................78 Indoor Bouldering Taster Session ...........................................34 Indoor Climbing at Redpoint Centre.......................................32 Indoor Shooting.......................................................................49 Indoor Skydiving.....................................................................10 Introduction to NLP ................................................................80 Ironbridge Gorge Ramble........................................................46 Istanbul Experience ...............................................................100 Itihaas Indian Dinner Shuffle ....................................................7 Jewellery Making with Beads .................................................73 Jimmy Carr - Gagging Order ..................................................68 Jogging Evening in Solihull ....................................................18 Karting Evening at Priory Park ...............................................31 Kayak River Adventure...........................................................34 Kayaking for Fun ....................................................................36 Kenilworth to Warwick Ramble .............................................45 Kings Lynn and Norfolk Coast W'end ....................................93 Kingsbury Evening Cycle Ride...............................................20 Knowle Beer,Skittles and Supper............................................51 Knowle Stroll and Afternoon Tea ...........................................27 La Banca Italian Dinner Shuffle................................................6 La Scala Italian Dining Experience...........................................4 Ladies Football Training .........................................................66 Ladybower Mountain Bike Ride .............................................21 Lamborghini Thrill..................................................................30 Langdales Ultimate Challenge W'end .....................................90 Lapworth Moderate Cycle Ride ..............................................22 Lasan Indian Banquet................................................................2 Learn To Ride In A Day..........................................................13 Leicestershire Villages Cycle..................................................22 Lickey Hills to Dodford Cycle ................................................20 Lightning Cockpit Experience ................................................61 Llama and Wolf Experience Day ............................................14 Llangollen Canals Experience Day .........................................58 London Live Monopoly Day by Coach...................................53 Ludlow and Richards Castle Ramble ......................................46 Made in Birmingham Walk.....................................................26 Magic for Beginners................................................................73 Makeover or Boudoir Photo Session.......................................76 Margaret Thatcher at Tutbury Castle ......................................56 Marvellous Mammals Tour.....................................................16 Masham Beer and BBQ Overnighter ......................................99 Maxstoke Castle Visit & Easy Ramble ...................................46 McLaren MP4-12C Thrill .......................................................29 Medieval Jousting ...................................................................13 Meditation for Beginners ........................................................75 Merchants Dinner Shuffle .........................................................3 Meriden Evening Ramble........................................................48 Microlighting Experience Flight .............................................10 Mind Management workshop..................................................77 Monyash 50km Mountain Bike ride........................................21 Mountain Biking - Follow the Dog .........................................20 Much Ado About Nothing.......................................................70 Multi Water Sports Afternoon.................................................37 My life with the Corgis & other Royals..................................78 Napton to Flecknow Ramble...................................................44 Navigation - in Four Simple Steps!.........................................39 New Members Easy Morning Ramble ....................................45 New Members Kababish Sunday Lunch...................................5 New Members Mix and Mingle ..............................................52 Nine Steps to Happiness..........................................................74 North Cotswolds Hills Weekend.............................................94 North Devon Coast Walking Break ........................................89 Off Road Karting.....................................................................29 Offchurch Circular Walk.........................................................46 Only Spice on Horses!.............................................................13 Ordnance Survey Evening.......................................................35 Outdoor Digital Photography Weekend..................................85 Overnight Forest Experience...................................................37 Owl Handling Experience .......................................................15 Own A Horse For The Day .....................................................12 Paragliding ..............................................................................10 Patterdale Lakes Walking Weekend .......................................92 Pembrokeshire Coast Walking Break .....................................90 Pen and Wash Day ..................................................................82 Peninsular Cantonese Meal .......................................................5 Personal Safety for Women.....................................................82 Pets As Therapy - Charity Talk...............................................19 Pizza and Cinema Evening......................................................53 Pizza Making and Meal at The Radisson ..................................1 Poker Night .............................................................................52
Pole Dancing with Pure Joy ....................................................24 Polo Lesson at Rugby..............................................................12 Pottery Workshop....................................................................77 Powerturn Buggy Racing at Garlands .....................................28 Prague City Break ...................................................................99 Preston Bagott Easy Ramble ...................................................47 Preview Evenings ....................................................................40 Private Dining with a Celebrity Chef ........................................1 Quad Bike Trekking at Garlands.............................................28 Quiz Page ................................................................................42 Raft Building for Fun ..............................................................37 Rally Driving Lesson...............................................................28 Recreational Skiing .................................................................23 Red Hot Education Station ......................................................61 Reginald D Hunter...................................................................70 Riverboat Party Night................................................................8 Rock Climbing for the Terrified..............................................35 Rodizio Rico Dining Experience...............................................2 Rounders and Social Night......................................................66 Rugby Match Day Experience/Tour........................................60 Run in the Park........................................................................18 Ryton Pools Easy Ramble .......................................................47 Sailing Weekend around the Solent ........................................84 Salsa Dance Workshop...........................................................25 SAS Laser Combat ..................................................................50 Saturday Night with Shakespeare............................................55 Saxon Mill Dinner Shuffle ........................................................7 Scarborough & Yorkshire Coast W'end ..................................93 Scuba Taster Morning Experience ..........................................34 Sea Kayaking with the Seals ...................................................95 Sean Lock................................................................................69 Secrets of the Holy Grail .........................................................79 Serenity Weekend....................................................................87 Severn Way Ramble................................................................48 Shakespeare's Hidden Treasures .............................................60 Shenstone Evening Ramble.....................................................44 Sherwood Pines Mountain Bike Ride......................................21 Shuttington Evening Ramble...................................................46 Singapore Dining Experience....................................................3 Singing for Beginners..............................................................76 Skateboarding For Beginners ..................................................35 Ski Lesson - Beginners............................................................23 Skills for the Hills (Nav Awards)............................................86 Snowdon Summer Solstice Sleepover.....................................84 Snowdonia Bank Holiday Weekend........................................94 Solihull Town Walk ................................................................26 Source to Sea W'ends ..............................................................83 South Devon Coast Walking Break.........................................94 South West Cotswolds Weekend.............................................92 Spaceguard Centre Visit..........................................................62 Speedway Evening Wolverhampton .......................................51 Spice Book Club......................................................................17 Spice Hits Town ......................................................................40 Spring Wildlife Tour ...............................................................14 Stageside Dinner Shuffle...........................................................8 Steam Train to Stratford ..........................................................58 Stock Car Racing.....................................................................31 Stratford as you've never seen it before...................................27 Strolling and Sketching Weekend ...........................................87 Studley Easy Ramble...............................................................45 Summer Ball 2013.....................................................................8 Sunday Lunch on Severn Valley Railway.................................7 Survival Weekend ...................................................................39 Sussex Heritage Coast Walking Break....................................89 Sutton Park Discovery Walk ...................................................26 Sutton Park/Newhall Valley Ev Cycle ....................................22 SWAT Training Mission .........................................................49 Swimming For The Terrified ..................................................66 Symonds Yat Adventure Mission............................................33 Syriana Syrian/ Lebanese Dinner Shuffle .................................5 Tandem Skydive........................................................................9 Tank Battle Experience ...........................................................30 Tanworth In Arden Easy Ramble ............................................44 Ten in a Tutu Charity Walk.....................................................44 Ten Pin Bowling......................................................................51 Ten Things About DIY............................................................75 Ten Top Tips from a Chiropractor ..........................................81 Terracotta Walk and Afternoon Tea........................................27 The Big Abseil ........................................................................35 The Importance of Being Earnest............................................70 The Lion King .........................................................................68 Tipton Walk (and Pie) .............................................................26 Tour of Eton College & Tuck Shop Tea .................................62 Ukukulele for Fun ...................................................................73 Unihoc .....................................................................................65 Views of Vyrnwy Ramble.......................................................44 Village Inn Dinner Shuffle ........................................................4 Volleyball for Beginners .........................................................63 Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience .................................59 Walk with Wolves - Bedford...................................................14 War Horse ...............................................................................71 Warwick Easy Ramble ............................................................47 Warwick VIP Race Day with Meal .........................................54 Watercolour Painting Intro Day ..............................................73 Waterworld Experience Day ...................................................57 Welsh 3000's - Mountain Challenge........................................90 Welsh Camping Long Weekend..............................................86 Welsh Ridge Walking Weekend .............................................87 Welshpool Music Festival Break.............................................87 Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon.................................50 Whitby Bank Holiday Weekend..............................................97 White Water Kayaks ...............................................................36 White Water Rafting ...............................................................36 Wiltshire Luxury Walking Weekend.......................................97 Winchcombe Ramble ..............................................................48 Wine Tasting - Classic Grapes ................................................55 Wing Walking Experience ......................................................11 Wolverhampton Race Evening..................................................2 Wolverhampton Wander .........................................................27 World's Wackiest Racers.........................................................30 Zombie attack 2.8 hours later ..................................................54 Zumba for Beginners.........................................................24, 63
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5% discount for independent direct bookings! We know however that sometimes our scheduled group departures won’t always ﬁt in with everyone’s personal travel needs. We also know that often memberswouldliketovisitsomeoftheplacesweare not featuring in the group holiday programme… To book your independent holiday with Exodus and claim your Spice member discount call 0845 863 9606. To qualify for the Spice Discount, simply advise them you are a Spice Member AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, i.e., you are unable to add Loyal Customer Discount with an Early Booking discount to your Spice Discount!
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Evening and one day events
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Providing you give us more than seven days (includes weekends and bank holidays) notice you will receive a full refund as a Credit Note, less a Cancellation Fee of 20% of the cost of the event OR loss of deposit (whichever is lower) with a minimum of £3. (Except where stated otherwise in the Newsletter event description). Credit Notes are valid for 12 months and only redeemable against events.
Where cancellation is received within the cancellation period prior to an event, you will lose all monies paid (and also be liable for any balance) unless we can replace you. If you simply do not turn up for an event without contacting us you will automatically forfeit any monies paid, and will be liable for any balance.
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Spice International Holiday Programme
As at 20th March 2013
Welcome to the Spice international holiday programme, available to all Spice members as an exclusive beneﬁt of membership! Over the years Spicer’s have travelled with us to every corner of the world enjoying action and adventure, amazing sights, interesting cultures and always great company with plenty of laughs along the way! Whether you’re after an easy going leisurely break, an active walking week or a trip of discovery we hopefully have something to suit. Over the next few pages we’ve picked out a few of our current holidays to highlight plus there’s a full listing of everything currently available including some of next seasons ski trips (more to follow so keep an eye on the web and Facebook!).If you do ﬁnd something that you want some more information for then more information is available on the Spice UK website www.spiceuk. com – alternatively if you want to discuss anything at all don’t hesitate to call Spice UK on 0161 873 8788..
Happy holidays from your Spice UK team – Dave, Ian & Lindsay
Spice Holidays 2013/14 Date
Lake Maggiore Chillout
Maltese Spring Getaway
Walking: Mont Blanc Highlights
Rome & Sorrento
Mark Warners’ newest resort on Rhodes. Great sailing and windsurﬁng conditions for all levels, plus land activities
Mark Warners’ newest resort on Rhodes. Great sailing and windsurﬁng conditions for all levels, plus land activities
Mark Warners’ newest resort on Rhodes. Great sailing and windsurﬁng conditions for all levels, plus land activities
Food & Drink – Italian Style
Spectacular Norway Cruise!
Walking: The Polish Tatras
Turkey Summer Sun (1 week)
Turkey Summer Sun (2 weeks)
Moscow & St. Petersburg
Visit one of Italy’s great lakes plus 2 hours free bar on 4 evenings! A Solos holiday to Malta - a fascinating melting pot of contrasts! The best of the Mont Blanc Circuit in one week with Exodus! A tour of two cities & nearly 40 booked already!
Mark Warner 5* Watersports (2 weeks)
Mark Warner 5* Watersports (1st week)
Mark Warner 5* Watersports (2nd week)
A Solos holidays to Northern Italy for a fun & informal culinary break! A 7 night cruise with MSC Cruises at an unbelievable price! Another Walkwise trip – this one we last ran in 2009! A great value Solos trip to Ovacik, Ölü Deniz – one for the teachers! A great value Solos trip to Ovacik, Ölü Deniz – one for the teachers! A group holiday offering an introduction to Russia, visiting Moscow & St. Petersburg!
Turkey Summer Sun (1 week)
Walking: The Mountains of Andorra
Walking the French Riviera
Highlights of Israel
Cycling – Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride
Turkey Coast Cruise
Lake Garda Autumn Special
La Santa Sports Holiday
Highlights of Madagascar
Crete – Yoga & Walking!
Sahara Desert Trek
Everest Base Camp
Lapland Adventure & Northern Lights
Christmas in Northern India
Ski Christmas –Tignes
Highlights of Burma
Ski New Year – Chamonix
New Year Mini Break – Venice (almost!)
Ski Sauze D’Oulx – Italy
Ski Alpe D’Huez – France
Spice Trip A great value Solos trip to Ovacik, Ölü Deniz – one for the teachers! Explore Vietnam north to south with Exodus! A Walkwise trip to the Pyrenees!
Mountain & coastal day walks in the Cote d’Azur with Exodus! Explore the iconic highlights of Israel’s biblical & historical heritage with Exodus! A superb group cycling holiday with Exodus cycling from the Dolomites to Venice! Always a very popular holiday for some late Autumn sun – 40 booked already! A wonderful 7 night gulet cruise along Turkey’s Blue Coast Always a popular trip with Spice including 3 hours free bar on 4 evenings! A brilliant sports holiday & this will be our 28th consecutive year! Discover Madagascar’s unique wildlife & stunning beaches with Exodus! Combining walks with beachside yoga and delicious local cuisine – a Solos holiday! Visit the land of Fire & Ice and may be even experience the Northern Lights! Trek through the dunes of the world’s largest desert with Exodus! Trek to the foot of the world’s highest peak! Snowmobiles, Husky Sledding & maybe a Northern Light show - only 12 places! Unique wildlife, fascinating culture & spectacular architecture with Exodus! Ski the massive Espace Killy this Christmas! Discover the best of Burma on this festive break! Our 3rd year to this resort and always with fantastic feedback! Enjoy New Year in Italy with Spice! Book early to get this price as ﬂight prices will increase!
Ski St. Christoph – Austria
A deﬁnite skier’s resort without all the distractions of too many bars! This price for 1st 10 bookers then £50 increase! Great skiing & plenty of place’s to party! This price for 1st 10 bookers then £50 increase! High altitude skiing! This price for 1st 10 bookers then £50 increase!
Ski Canada – Banff
Regional ﬂights from Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen available at no extra charge! Singles available!
Ski Morzine – France
A ﬁrst for Spice & a huge ski area! This price for 1st 10 bookers then £50 increase!
Ski Mayrhofen – Austria
One of Austria’s favourite resorts and a short transfer! This price for 1st 10 bookers then £50 increase!
Arctic Dog Sledding
An amazing wilderness adventure with 3 days Husky mushing above the Arctic Circle!
All Spice UK air holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the ATOL scheme in the event of failure of the tour operator. Each tour operators ATOL number is stated at the end of every holiday write up on our website www.spiceuk.com plus full terms and conditions.Your money is protected via our Trust Account in compliance with EC Package Travel Regulations.
Highlighted Holidays LAKE MAGGIORE
6 days,Wed 18th April 2013 from £559 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester
Welcome to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second largest lake that lies in two countries at once. It is less glitzy than Lake Como, less crowded than Lake Garda and has a mild climate.The tip of the lake is in Switzerland and the bottom is in Italy and the rich Mediterranean vegetation with magniﬁcent majestic mountains gives this area access to stunning valleys and some wonderful exploring possibilities.
MARK WARNER 5* WATERSPORTS
15 days,Wed 5th/Sat 8th June 2013 from £1195 8 days,Wed 5th & 12th/Sat 8th & 15th June from £865 Flights from London Heathrow & Manchester
We are delighted to introduce the brand new Levante Beach Resort as our watersports destination for 2013. This 5* resort is located on one of the longest sandy beaches on the eastern coast of Rhodes. Custom-designed for Mark Warner and only opened in 2012, the resort boasts state of the art tennis and watersports facilities.
TURKEY SUMMER SUN
15 days, Mon 5th August 2013 from £945 8 days, 5th & 12th August 2013 from £599 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester
We are delighted to offer this charming hotel in Ovacik, Ölü Deniz, an area of outstanding beauty with its pine-clad hills rolling gently towards the sandy beaches and the protected area of its famous turquoise lagoon. Enter a tranquil retreat in which you can relax, unwind and enjoy the Turkish delights. Nestling at the foot of the scenic Babadag Mountain, it is only a short stroll to the local shops and restaurants of Ovacik.This peaceful setting
is the perfect base from which to explore the multi-faceted wonders of this corner of the Turkish Riviera.
MOSCOW & St. PETERSBURG 7 days, Fri 9th August 2013 from £1575 Flights from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham & Glasgow
Russia is usually on everyone’s ‘must do’ list, so we do it Spice style! This trip covers the major highlights of the two cities and packs plenty into an unforgettable break.We have run this trip a number of times and it has always received great feedback from the members – we do hope you’ll join us!
WALKING IN ANDORRA
8 days, Sat 7th September 2013 from £799 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester
High up in the Pyrenees, Andorra the country, nestles in snowy peaks sandwiched between Spain and France lies Andorra. It seems far away and inaccessible, yet alluring and enchanting through its remoteness. It is laden with Romanic churches whose walls are adorned unique frescos. It is a veritable fun packed getaway of a land with fairy-tale villages, fascinating folklore, and fantastic walking. This intriguing country has innumerable delightful walks at all grades from the beautiful river valleys to the highest Pyrenean summits.
8 days, Mon 30th September 2013 from £559 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester
Tamarisk Beach Hotel in Ortakent is the perfect holiday location! A relaxed and friendly atmosphere, plenty of activities to keep you busy and a beach shaded by Tamarisk trees on which to relax and watch the world go by.
CRETE – YOGA & WALKING 8 days,Tue 15th October 2013 from £969 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester
Experience the real Crete on a holiday with a difference, combining scenic walks in the stunning countryside, relaxing beachside yoga and delicious local cuisine.This is an easy, entry level holiday with neither walks nor yoga sessions too taxing (hopefully!). Feel invigorated and refreshed as you not only revitalize your body, but your mind and soul too.
sharing) and a Husky super safari covering 12km! Plus we will have our ﬁngers crossed that the spectacular Northern Lights make an appearance at least once during our stay. NB – accommodation is in a chalet and some rooms share bathrooms.Those booking ﬁrst will be allocated the en suite rooms!
CHRISTMAS IN INDIA
10 days,Tue 17th December 2013 from £1749 Flights from London Heathrow only
5 days, Sun 10th November 2013 from £699 Flights from Luton & Manchester
Iceland truly is an amazing and unique destination and we would say it should be on everyone’s to do list at least once in their life! This 4 night break is designed to give a wonderful introduction to this stunning island and includes 2 excursions, a visit to the excellent Blue Lagoon plus enough free time for you to explore on your own.This amazing island near the Arctic Circle is still being dramatically crafted by nature – it’s a world of ﬁre and ice that will enchant you like no other.
8 days, Sun 1st December 2013 from £799 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester
In the midst of an unspoilt Arctic wonderland lies the Lappish resort of Levi. Renowned as one of Finland’s best ski resorts as well as the included excursions on this trip you can also try your hand at some downhill or cross country skiing!
An adventure holiday in India conjures up memorable and colourful images including the Taj Mahal, the holy River Ganges, tigers, turbans, saris, great food and rickshaws and what better time to visit than at Christmas! We visit Fatehpur Sikri and the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, home to the wonderful former Maharaja’s Palace and the splendid hilltop Amber Palace. Agra and a serene, sunrise Taj Mahal tour are not to be missed on any visit to India and fully live up to expectations.
NEW YEAR MINI BREAK – VENICE (almost!)
4 days, Mon 30 Dec 2013 from £599 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester
This is something a little bit special and we are pleased to be able to offer you this wonderful mini break to Treviso, nr Venice. While it isn’t actually Venice itself (we did look at it and you would not believe the price!),Treviso is the next best thing! A small town near Venice we have a lovely 4* hotel for you to enjoy plus a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party that should really be something to look forwards too!
Included in this trip are a 2 hour snowmobile safari (2
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Published on Mar 25, 2013