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Jul
14

Wine Lovers' Camping Weekend (Surrey) (32732)

Event Overview

This event is linked to the Hostel event and campers will be catered for in terms of Breakfasts and Saturday dinner within the cost of the event alongside the guys hosteling. 

 

Join us for a unique event all about wine!

A session in the hands of OutdoorLads' own award winning sommelier where you will learn all about grapes, soil, sunshine, irrigation, matching food and wine and how to smell and taste wine.

A guided tour of Denbies Wine Estate - the largest vineyard in England followed by the chance to taste their wines. This is included in the event price. And, on Saturday evening - the high...

This event is linked to the Hostel event and campers will be catered for in terms of Breakfasts and Saturday dinner within the cost of the event alongside the guys hosteling. 

 

Join us for a unique event all about wine!

A session in the hands of OutdoorLads' own award winning sommelier where you will learn all about grapes, soil, sunshine, irrigation, matching food and wine and how to smell and taste wine.

A guided tour of Denbies Wine Estate - the largest vineyard in England followed by the chance to taste their wines. This is included in the event price. And, on Saturday evening - the highlight of the weekend – a guided wine tasting back at the hostel, where we will taste wines from £10 to £100.

The cost of this event includes camping, breakfasts, Saturday evening meal, wines for tasting, plus entry, tour and tasting at Denbies Wine Estate.

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What to bring

 

Please bear in mind that the weather here can be unpredictable and we could get hit by the odd shower. Of course it could be glorious sunshine as well, so come prepared for every eventuality! You will need a tent, blow-up mattress (or equivalent) and sleeping bag, as well as a towel, washing kit and clothes to wear about the site.

However, breakfasts and Saturday's evening meal are included in the event price.

You will be free to use the washroom facilities in the hostel and also to relax in the common rooms.

If you are unsure about anything please message the Event Leader.

Food & Drink

Friday night: Please bring at least one item for the buffet. This should be to feed a maximum of 2 to 3 people.

Saturday breakfast: Included in the event cost.
Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday dinner: Included in the event cost.

Sunday breakfast: Included in the event cost.

Tea & coffee: Included throughout the weekend.
Other drinks: Please bring your own.

Meeting & Times

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About the area

Denbies English Vineyard is situated in the heart of the Surrey Hills, overlooking Box Hill, host to the Olympic Cycling Road Race. This beautiful estate set in 265 acres is the UK's largest single estate vineyard. The vineyards are three times the size of any other in the United Kingdom and have met the promise of producing some of the finest sparkling and table wines in Europe through repeated certification in the annual International Wine Challenge.

We'll be staying by a picturesque, but simply furnished, black and white cottage tucked out of the way off the beaten track. It's the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In the evening relax in front of the open log fire or sit in the garden and enjoy the views across to Polesden Lacey National Trust Estate.

What's going to happen

Friday night: Buffet tea, welcome meeting and a wine based quiz.

Saturday afternoon: A short walk to Denbies Wine Estate. The tour commences at 13:00 in the unique 360º circular cinema with a 20 minute surround vision film, full of amazing special effects. This is followed by a walking tour through the working winery, ending in the magnificent cellar where you'll have the opportunity to taste Denbies wines together with carefully selected local produce designed to enhance both the food and wine experience.

Saturday night: Our own OutdoorLads sommelier will guide a tasting where we will use the knowledge gained through out the day. We'll taste a variety of wines, culminating with one worth around £100. As we move into the evening we will enjoy a meal provided by the leaders, followed by a camp fire.

Sunday daytime: After breakfast we'll pack up and you'll be free to make your way home. Or why not join us for a short walk and a pub lunch?

About the campsite

Picturesque and eco friendly hostel with plenty of charm and character in National Trust woodland, a perfect country retreat close to London. A haven of peace and tranquility, you can relax in front of the real fire or enjoy a barbecue in the extensive grounds. This hostel offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are low beams downstairs where you'll find the lounge with real fire, sofas and armchairs. The dining room has a woodburner, tables and wooden benches. Showers and toilets are in a seperate building.

Please note that it's a 15 minute walk from the car park through woods to the hostel. You can print out an OS Map here. If you are driving then the National Trust car park costs £2.50 a day (free to National Trust members). From the car park cross over the road and head left until reaching Four Fox Cottages (on your right). Go through the gate on the left of the cottages and take the central track indicated by the YHA signs. The hostel is approx 15 minutes walk through the wood.

Directions

From West London & the North-West: Leave the M25 at junction 10 and take the A3 signposted Portsmouth. Almost immediately after joining the A3 bear left onto a minor road signposted to Effingham. Follow this road to the end then turn right at the T-junction and immediately left signposted Effingham. At the double mini-roundabouts in Effingham bear left then right. On reaching the traffic lights at the A246 head straight over the staggered crossroads. At the next crossroads turn left signposted Dorking. After 1.5 miles a National Trust car park appears on the right. This is where you should park. Then follow the instructions above to walk through the wood to the hostel.
From East London & the East: Leave the M25 at junction 9 and take the A24 signposted Dorking. ON reaching Dorking turn right at the junction signposted Guildford (A25). At the roundabout bear straight ahead signposted Ranmore, turning right at the T-junction still signposted to Ranmore. After 1 mile a National Trust car park appears on the left. This is where you should park. Then follow the instructions above to walk through the wood to the hostel.
From Brighton & the South: Leave the A23 at junction 11 of the M23 (where the two roads merge) and take the A264 signposted Horsham and then Dorking, picking up the A24 signposted Dorking. At the roundabout with the A2003 turn left signposted Dorking. The road eventually joins the Dorking one-way ring road. Follow this road bearing right signposted Other Traffic then right signposted Reigate then left onto the A2003 signposted London (next to The Star Inn). After a short distance turn left at the signpost for Ranmore and go up the hill. After 1.5 miles a National Trust car park appears on the left. This is where you should park. Then follow the instructions above to walk through the wood to the hostel.
By public transport: Take the train to Dorking West. From the station head up to Ranmore Road and turn left, keeping St. Martin's Primary School on your left. Follow the lane for about a mile to the carpark (be careful as there's no footpath on some sections). Once at the National Trust car park follow the instructions above.


Event Reference No:
32732