Mardi Gras, mountain bikes (and murder) in the Surrey Hills

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Feb 24

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A short winter hike and a murder - not difficult at all (unless you are the victim...)

You (and your four-legged friends) are cordially invited to celebrate Mardi Gras (okay it's a few days late...) in the beautiful Surrey Hills, just an hour outside London!  Our hostel will be transformed into New Orleans this weekend for a carnival-like atmosphere with the rich food associated with this festival!

Louisiana Governor Marshall Englewood invites you to his grand and elegant party to end all parties! But what's this?  One of the guests has been murdered - and it is the job of the other guests to discover and reveal the killer.  Party guests will need to use the character information and clues to solve problems to find out "whodunit".

The weekend plans are:

  • Friday - plan on arriving after 16:30, find a bed, get settled in and enjoy the traditional OutdoorLads Friday buffet.  Please bring something to serve 2 or 3; perhaps you have a favourite homemade dish, or like a good cheese board!
  • Saturday - after the included cooked breakfast we will venture into the Surrey Hills for the highlight of the daytime activities, a short hike (10-11km).  Providing the mid-February weather cooperates we will head out toward the village of Abinger, hoping to discover a fairy house, the Belmont play area and St James Church in Abinger Common.  Depending on how long the hike takes (anticipate 3 hours) there may be time to head back into Holmbury St Mary for drinks at The Volunteer.  The planned route is here.  
  • We are also organising some mountain biking for those of you that are interested!  The route will be announced later.
    • After returning to the hostel, the Mardi Gras festivities will begin!  Plenty of time will be allowed to get into costume and character before joining the party at the Governor's Mansion (all food is included in the cost of the weekend).
    • Please see the "What Kit to Bring" section for more details about the Party.
  • Sunday - After the murder has been solved and Mardi Gras has ended, wake up to bacon, sausage and my signature breakfast of chocolate brioche eggy bread!  Depending on how we all feel there may be another short walk; if not we will all pitch in, clean up the hostel and then we are free to head our separate ways.

Bedding is (sort of) provided but bring along a sleeping bag, duvet and whatever else will keep you cosy during the chilly February nights.

Dogs: Please note that this is a dog-friendly weekend!  The cost is £30 per "well-behaved" dog, payable to the OutdoorLads office in advance (you'll need to book a dog place as a maximum of 3 dogs are allowed. Contact

Please note that although the hostel is fully accessible, some activities may not be suitable for those with mobility matters.  Please DM me with any questions regarding accessibility.

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