BIG 15th Birthday Celebration Weekend - Hostel
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Join us in the Peak District this summer to celebrate OutdoorLads' 15th Birthday!
This event page is for the Hostel option. There is also a Camping option available.
To mark OutdoorLads' 15th birthday, we'll be celebrating all things outdoors! Expect lots of outdoor activities over the weekend, as we'll be staying at a specialist outdoor activity centre in the heart of the Peak District, with extensive grounds, and lots of opportunities for outdoor pursuits nearby.
This event will be a bit different to other BIG events, as you'll be able to stay in hostel accommodation, or be a proper OutdoorLad and camp in the grounds for the weekend. There will be a more relaxed vibe on the evening entertainment. Expect more board games, less disco. More chatting with friends old and new over a drink, less dancing with your tops off at 4am (ahem... DJ Dan). Lots of good times reconnecting with friends after an extended absence!
OutdoorLads will have exclusive use of the site, designed for large groups like ours. You can be sure that everybody you meet over the weekend will be an OutdoorLad or a member of staff at the venue.
You can do as much or as little as you desire over the weekend (but we do advise you to get stuck in!). As the event nears we'll be publishing all related events over the weekend. From the usual OutdoorLads variety of walking, climbing, cycling, to the less usual high ropes, canoeing, caving and mine exploration. We'll message attendees in advance of these events going live.
We're planning a wide variety of events over the weekend! Here's what we currently have confirmed
All meeting points are at the camp, in the bar area, and times / meeting points will be displayed in the bar on arrival for you to check.
Food: You're welcome to use the small self-catering kitchens in the hostel - please ensure you clean up after yourself, though! For a very small cost, you can also book some or all of your meals to avoid the faff of cooking. Details in the 'Food & Drink' section below.
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
Campervans, caravans, motorhomes: Due to the venues licencing restrictions, we are unable to accept campervans, campervans and motorhomes.
Aerial shots kindly supplied by and used with permission from Will Allaway.
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete a Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending an OutdoorLads event. You only need to complete this Participation Statement once, not for each event you attend.
COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
- OutdoorLads’ Covid-19 Policy for hostel and BIG events applies to this event. On arrival, we will need to see evidence that you are fully vaccinated, or have registered a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours, or have Covid-19 antibodies. Evidence of this can be obtained via the NHS App in England, with equivalent schemes available in Wales and Scotland. Our full policy and more details can be found here.
What to bring
In addition to the kit lists relevant to any activities you may be doing, please bring:
Towel and wash kit
Clothes for wearing about the venue - OutdoorLads branded t-shirts and other apparel are most welcome
Pillow from home - its a nice home comfort to have
Fancy Dress costume - if partaking in a bit of dressing up. Entirely optional of course.
Don't worry - all bedding is provided. So no need to bring that.
Food & drink
If you plan to cook for yourself, please ensure the self-catering kitchens are kept clean and tidy after use.
If you don't fancy the hassle of cooking, you can book some or all of your meals for the weekend with us below!
Tea and coffee will be available free of charge all weekend on a self service basis - please bring your own mug!
The bar will be open throughout the day for your use.