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BIG Fireworks Weekend (34958)

Event Overview

For our fourth year, we'll be taking over the haunted castle of Borwick Hall in Lancashire. This 16th-century, Grade I listed, manor house is located in the small village of Borwick close to the city of Lancaster.

But this year, instead of celebrating Halloween, we'll be letting off fireworks for our first BIG Fireworks Weekend! Included in your event fee is a professional, 20 minute firework display costing over £1000. This is going to be a firework display like no other.

Following the fireworks, our DJ will transform the Great Hall into a Disco Inferno dancefloor. As usual, fancy dress will be the order ...

For our fourth year, we'll be taking over the haunted castle of Borwick Hall in Lancashire. This 16th-century, Grade I listed, manor house is located in the small village of Borwick close to the city of Lancaster.

But this year, instead of celebrating Halloween, we'll be letting off fireworks for our first BIG Fireworks Weekend! Included in your event fee is a professional, 20 minute firework display costing over £1000. This is going to be a firework display like no other.

Following the fireworks, our DJ will transform the Great Hall into a Disco Inferno dancefloor. As usual, fancy dress will be the order of the evening so get your thinking caps on.

We have exclusive use of the site making it easier to get to know other members as you can be sure that everyone you meet is a member of OutdoorLads.

This is a hostel weekend with a difference as in addition to great evening entertainment we also offer amazing outdoor activities during the day including caving, kayaking, archery, ropes course and bouldering /indoor and outdoor climbing. These events are now available to book and more availability may be made available if they prove popular. To book, see the Saturday AM and PM tabs below. 

We'll also be offering cycling and a variety of walks. More information about these events will be available nearer the date.

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Friday 3 November 2017 AM

3 November, 2017
00:00

UPGRADE to an Ensuite Twin Room

If Borwick Hall's dormitory-style accommodation is not for you then why not upgrade to one of their modern ENSUITE twin bedrooms ...

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UPGRADE to an Ensuite Twin Room

3 November, 2017 - 00:00
INFORMATION
If Borwick Hall's dormitory-style accommodation is not for you then why not upgrade to one of their modern ENSUITE twin bedrooms in the adjoining Beckside North Wing. These are similar to a 'Travelodge' and include twin beds with ensuite bathroom. Please note that you are reserving one bed in a twin room and therefore will be sharing with another Member. The cost is £10 for the full weekend.
DO I HAVE TO UPGRADE?
No! The majority of accommodation is dormitory-style located in the main Borwick Hall and will be allocated on arrival on a first come, first served basis just like all our hostel events.
£10.00
3 November, 2017
00:00

UPGRADE to a Twin Room

If Borwick Hall's dormitory-style accommodation is not for you then why not upgrade to a twin bedroom ...

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UPGRADE to a Twin Room

3 November, 2017 - 00:00
INFORMATION
If Borwick Hall's dormitory-style accommodation is not for you then why not upgrade to a twin bedroom in the adjoining Beckside East and West Wings. These rooms are slightly older than the modern North Wing and have shared facilities typically just a few steps away. Please note that you are reserving one bed in a twin room and therefore will be sharing with another Member. The cost is £5 for the full weekend.
DO I HAVE TO UPGRADE?
No! The majority of accommodation is dormitory-style located in the main Borwick Hall and will be allocated on arrival on a first come, first served basis just like all our hostel events.
£5.00

Friday 3 November 2017 PM

3 November, 2017
20:00 to 21:30

Wine Tasting With Cheese - FRIDAY Evening

Come and join John for a Friday evening wine tasting session, complete with cheese. 

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Wine Tasting With Cheese - FRIDAY Evening

3 November, 2017 - 20:00 to 21:30
Wine Tasting with Cheese - FRIDAY Evening
Sharpen your sense of smell and discover the secrets of becoming a professional taster, with a wine tasting activity lead by John (FlapjackJohn). John has over 5 years' experience in the industry and is highly qualified to 'Diploma' level (the prerequisite to becoming a 'Master of Wine'). He is also an accredited Wine & Spirits Educator, teaching vocational courses to front line hospitality staff and management. Taste some specially selected wines, a mix of reds and whites from around the world. A few may be comforting and familiar, others a new taste sensation. Maybe you'll discover an unexpected favourite? These will be accompanied by some regional cheese and crackers to nibble on.
£20.00

Saturday 4 November 2017 AM

4 November, 2017
09:30 to 16:30

Caving (full day)

Join your fellow members on an exciting full day of caving in Lancashire. What spooky ghosts await you in the myserious caves of Ingleton? Don't forget to bring plenty of warm clothing (no cotton or denim).

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Caving (full day)

4 November, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:30
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Join your fellow members on an exciting full day of caving in Lancashire. What spooky ghosts await you in the myserious caves of Ingleton? Don't forget to bring plenty of warm clothing (no cotton or denim).
£45.00
4 November, 2017
10:00 to 13:00

Archery - AM (half day)

Test your skills with a morning of archery in the grounds of Borwick Hall. Prepare yourself for when you come into contact with Elizabeth Whittington, The Ghost of Borwick. Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 10am.

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Archery - AM (half day)

4 November, 2017 - 10:00 to 13:00
INFORMATION
Test your skills with a morning of archery in the grounds of Borwick Hall. Prepare yourself for when you come into contact with the Elizabeth Whittington, The Ghost of Borwick. Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 10am.
£20.00
4 November, 2017
10:00 to 13:00

Indoor and Outdoor Climbing - AM

Climb to the top of Borwick Hall's (artificial!) climbing wall and have a go at their outdoor climbing facility too. You'll need to be brave and enjoy heights! Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 10am.

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Indoor and Outdoor Climbing - AM

4 November, 2017 - 10:00 to 13:00
INFORMATION
Explore Borwick Hall's haunted (artificial!) caves and climb to the top of their (artificial!) climbing wall. You'll need to be brave and not be afraid of enclosed spaces (obviously!) Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 10am.
£20.00
4 November, 2017
09:30 to 17:00

Borwick To Windermere Road Cycle

Road Cycle, Borwick to Windermere. This is a very challenging ride, suitable for experienced road cyclists only. 

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Borwick To Windermere Road Cycle

4 November, 2017 - 09:30 to 17:00
Borwick to Windermere Road Cycle
What type of cycling: Road How long: 6-8 hours Distance: 65 miles Level of ease: 15 (very hard) Maximum numbers: 12 From Borwick Hall we will make our way through the north Lancashire countryside to Cumbria’s stunning Lake District and take a circular loop around Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England. This road cycle ride is approximately 65 miles and pretty hilly which will require a reasonable level of fitness to complete. There will be regular breaks for everyone to catch up and ride together so please don’t be concerned about being left behind. If you regularly commute 10-15 miles per day or have recently completed a 40 mile bike ride, you should be well suited to complete this event.
£0.00
4 November, 2017
10:15 to 17:00

Lancashire Coast and Arnside Day Walk

Join Dan for an eight mile walk along the Lancashire coast. 

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Lancashire Coast and Arnside Day Walk

4 November, 2017 - 10:15 to 17:00
Lancashire Coast and Arnside Day Walk
Join Dan for an 8 mile walk along the Lancashire Coast starting at Arnside. The walk begins with a short train journey to Silverdale (Fare is approx. £2.20) and meanders through the woodland and meadows of Silverdale Green before heading to the coast to Jenny Brown Point and Jack Scout. After a short lunch stop the walk will pass Wolf House and onto the Pepperpot and then past the ruins of Arnside Tower, before linking back into Arnside via the coastal path. Please meet in the main hall at 10.15am. This event involves a short 20 minute drive to the start point - we'll be asking Members to car share where possible.
£0.00
4 November, 2017
09:15 to 17:00

Lake District Hard Mountain Walk

Mardale Head Horseshoe - a challenging day walk. 

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Lake District Hard Mountain Walk

4 November, 2017 - 09:15 to 17:00
Lake District Mountain Walk (Hard)
Mardale Head Horseshoe - we'll need to drive to the start of this walk at Haweswater Reservoir (about a 50 minute drive). The walk will take in Kidsty Pike (792m), High Street (828m), Mardale Ill Bell (760m) and Harter Fell (778m) before heading back down to the start and for our drive back to the hostel. If we have time, a pub stop will be made! Total ascent is 773m so it's not for the faint-hearted! Total distance is around 8 miles to allow us to get back to the hostel in plenty of time for your evening preparations!
£0.00
4 November, 2017
09:30 to 12:30

Kayaking - AM (half day)

Spend the morning on the lakes or nearby canals around Borwick Hall and have a go at kayaking. Expect to get wet and to have an amazing time. Don't forget to bring a pair of old shoes you don't mind getting wet.​ Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 9:30am.

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Kayaking - AM (half day)

4 November, 2017 - 09:30 to 12:30
INFORMATION
Spend the morning on the lakes or nearby canals around Borwick Hall and have a go at kayaking. Expect to get wet and to have an amazing time. Don't forget to bring a pair of old shoes you don't mind getting wet.​ Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 10am.
£25.00
4 November, 2017
09:45 to 13:00

Borwick Walk (EASY)

Join us for an easy, half day walk leaving from Borwick Hall and returning in time for you to take part in an afternoon activity. Please meet in the main hall at 9.45am.

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Borwick Walk (EASY)

4 November, 2017 - 09:45 to 13:00
INFORMATION
Join us for an easy, half day walk leaving from Borwick Hall and returning in time for you to take part in an afternoon activity. Please meet in the main hall at 9.45am.
£0.00
4 November, 2017
09:45 to 17:00

Moderate Lake District Mountain Walk

Join Adrian for a moderate mountain day walk in the Lakes. The walk will start/finish at Mill Side, going north through the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve, continuing north to the village of Row and them back south along the top of the Whitebarrow Scar.

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Moderate Lake District Mountain Walk

4 November, 2017 - 09:45 to 17:00
Moderate Lake District Mountain Walk
Join Adrian for a moderate mountain day walk in the Lakes. The walk will start/finish at Mill Side, going north through the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve, continuing north to the village of Row and them back south along the top of the Whitebarrow Scar. Total distance is around 16km (10 miles) and shouldn't be on very treacherous terrain, and there isn't a whole load of asscent. Members will be asked to car share to drive to the starting point, about 20 minute away.
£0.00

Saturday 4 November 2017 PM

4 November, 2017
14:00 to 17:00

Kayaking - PM (half day)

Spend the afternoon on the lakes or nearby canals around Borwick Hall and have a go at kayaking. Expect to get wet and to have an amazing time. Don't forget to bring a pair of old shoes you don't mind getting wet.​ Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 2pm.

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Kayaking - PM (half day)

4 November, 2017 - 14:00 to 17:00
INFORMATION
Spend the afternoon on the lakes or nearby canals around Borwick Hall and have a go at kayaking. Expect to get wet and to have an amazing time. Don't forget to bring a pair of old shoes you don't mind getting wet.​ Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 2pm.
£25.00
4 November, 2017
13:00
to 29 November, 2017
17:00

Ropes Course/Team Challenges - PM (half day)

Join in a fun afternoon of high and low ropes courses and a variety of team building challenges guaranteed to make you smile! Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 2pm.

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Ropes Course/Team Challenges - PM (half day)

4 November, 2017 - 13:00 to 29 November, 2017 - 17:00
INFORMATION
Join in a fun afternoon of high and low ropes courses and a variety of team building challenges guaranteed to make you smile! Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 2pm.
£20.00
4 November, 2017
13:30 to 16:30

Archery - PM (half day)

Test your skills with an afternoon of archery in the grounds of Borwick Hall. Prepare yourself for when you come into contact with Elizabeth Whittington, The Ghost of Borwick. Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 1:30pm.

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Archery - PM (half day)

4 November, 2017 - 13:30 to 16:30
INFORMATION
Test your skills with an afternoon of archery in the grounds of Borwick Hall. Prepare yourself for when you come into contact with the Elizabeth Whittington, The Ghost of Borwick. Please meet your instructor in the main hall at 2pm.
£20.00

What to bring

Bedding is provided but you may want to bring your own pillow. You'll also need to bring a towel, washing kit, etc.

Depending on what activites you're taking part in over the weekend, you may also need some extra gear - you can find out more about that on the activities information panes which will be published nearer the event date.

Don't forget to bring your fancy dress costume for the Saturday night!

Food & Drink

Friday night: Buffet. Please bring an item for the buffet. One item per person will be fine - we are not feeding the 5000!
 

Saturday breakfast: A selection of cereals, toasts and hot breakfast rolls prepared by our own kitchen team.

Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday dinner: A special Fireworks dinner cooked by our own professional chef, Mike and prepared by our volunteer kitchen team.

Sunday breakfast: A selection of cereals, toasts and hot breakfast rolls prepared by our own kitchen team.

Sunday lunch: You may wish to bring a packed lunch if you intend doing an activity on Sunday.
 

The OutdoorLads Bar is operated by our volunteers. All the profit made from the bar goes directly back into supporting the charity. Did you know that without our bar, we wouldn't have been able to send all our Event Leaders on first aid courses? A range of alcoholic and soft drinks will be available including locally brewed real ale and cider, chilled bottled beers and lagers and spirits. All the evening entertainment will take place at the bar. This will include the Friday night welcome meeting and Saturday Night Disco.

Meeting & Times

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directions

By road: Leave the M6 at junction 35 to join the short stretch of the A601(M) towards Carnforth. When you reach the A6 roundabout, take the second exit signposted Milnthorpe. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto Borwick Lane. After one mile you will enter the village of Borwick. The car park is on the left on Borwick Court immediately opposite the entrance to Borwick Hall through the arch. Look out for the OutdoorLads sail flags and please park considerately as we have a lot of cars to fit in!

By public transport: This event is easily accessible by train using Virgin Trains' West Coast Main Line meaning you can get here from London in just 2.5 hours, from Glasgow in under two hours and from Manchester in under an hour! The Stagecoach 555 bus will take you past the end of Borwick Lane or a taxi will cost around £20.

Why not use the event comments feature below to arrange a car share or meet up with other Members on the train?!

accommodation

We'll be staying in an old manor house with a snug bar, a haunted library and secret passages between different sections of the house. The property is set in 18 acres of landscaped grounds and formal gardens.

We have a number of different accommodation options available in the main house ranging from single rooms to ten-bed dormitories all allocated on a first come-first served basis. For those looking to head to bed early, we'd recommend the adjoining 'Stables' which is our quiet sleeping area.

All of the ensuite rooms are now booked, however, we still have a small selection of twin-bedded accommodation in the neighbouring Beckside annexe which can be reserved for a small additional fee. There are 54 beds in twin rooms available for £5 per person for the weekend. Please bear in mind that you are booking a bed in a twin room, not the whole room for sole use.

The twin rooms are now available to book on the "Friday 3 November" tab below. 

If you are happy to share a dorm room with others, don't worry, there is no need to book as it is included in the price :-)

itinerary

To follow nearer the date

volunteers

The BIG Events team running this weekend are all volunteers and put a great deal of work into creating an enjoyable event for you all. Please help them by offering your assistance throughout the weekend. We always need help unloading the vans, preparing the venue, running the bar and cleaning and tidying afterwards.

BORWICK HALL HISTORY

The manor of Borwick is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the estates of Roger of Poitou but the oldest parts of the building still in existence date from the 14th century when a pele tower was built on the site. It was bought c.1590 by Roger Bindlosse.

The tower was extended to a manor house by Roger in the early 1590s before he died in 1595. His son Robert inherited and was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1615. Robert's son Sir Francis Bindlosse predeceased him and so the estate passed to Francis's eldest son, Robert, who was created a baronet in 1641 and was elected MP for Lancashire in 1660. He also served twice as High Sheriff. He built a private Oratory on the estate. On his death in 1688 with no male heir the baronetcy became extinct and the estate passed to his only daughter, Cecilia, who had married William Standish. On her death there were again no male heirs and the estate passed to a daughter who had married Thomas Strickland of the Sizergh family. The Stricklands sold the Hall in 1854 for £28,000 to Col. Marton of Capernwray.

By the early 19th century the Hall was falling into disrepair and was only repaired in the 1910s when it was leased to music critic John Alexander Fuller Maitland on the specific condition that he restore the building. He died there in 1936.

After the Second World War during which the hall was used as a military base, the estate was sold to Lancashire Youth Clubs Association and later passed into the ownership of Lancashire County Council and is used today as a residential outdoor education and conference centre. 


Event Reference No:
34958