A Wine Weekend in Surrey! (Hostel and Bell Tents)
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Join OutdoorLads at this beautiful Surrey hostel, nestled away in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A relaxed escape from the city weekend; a place to feel like you have reconnected with the countryside, to socialize, and to generally relax after a busy week haring around the busy old city.
This quirky little event will double up as both the hostel event and the camping event. Please see the link to the camping event if you wish to camp although do be aware that camping is self catered while the hostel is catered.
With a gentle stroll in the rolling Surrey countryside to engage us on Saturday, and local wine estates to explore, and of course the standard wonderful OutdoorLads Saturday meal, what more could you want from a weekend away? So come and join us at Tanners Hatch hostel in this mid-summer weekend.
There are fifteen spaces in the hostel, although this does include a double, so bring your better half. There are two bell tents, which effectively are outside dorm rooms, complete with beds and bedding etc, so these make up the other eight spaces, and as usual, rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
With a recent renovation and upgraded showers, lounge space and extensive grounds - we can hope for good weather - Tanners Hatch makes for an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle.
Similar to previous years, there will be a chance to participate in a fun wine tasting evening. This will be an led by Damo and you will be asked to bring a particular varietal bottle for group blind tasting [please see 'Food & Drink' section below]. We will discover the differences and unique characteristics of each grape varietal in a thought-provoking, competitive and contemplative way. Campers will be welcome to join in this event too.
There is also the local vineyard where if you don't want to do a long walk on Saturday you can explore still and sparkling wines as part of a paid hourly tour ( £11.50 per head), there is a conservatory, shop and restaurant to explore at your leisure where you can taste and purchase the wines that are locally produced.
Dog owners - Dogs are welcome on the camping event at this hostel, but not the hostel / bell tent event. Please see the related camping event pages for more information.
What to bring
You hardly need anything special for hostel events. Your normal Saturday walking kit, some comfy clothes for the hostel and a towel/wash kit. Bedding is provided as standard in YHA Hostels.
Food & drink
Both hostellers and campers:
Bring an item or two for the traditional Friday night buffet and we will eat together.
Fruit juice, squash, tea, coffee & milk are provided for both the hostellers and the campers.
Hostel Only: Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, along with Saturday dinner, are provided. You will need to bring your own alcoholic drinks.
Both hostellers and campers:
Optional 'Varietal' Wine Tasting on Saturday Evening
Please bring a bottle of varietal wine to participate!
A varietal wine is one made from a pure grape rather than a blend of two or more. Look for a single varietal name on the bottle label and not two names. Aim to buy a varietal that you haven't tried before (the ones towards the bottom of each list are easier to find, but you may get tired after tasting 6 glasses of the same cheap Aldi Merlot and Cab Sav!)
Nebbiolo - extra points if you find this, try Ocado or wine merchant
Cabernet Franc - extra points if you find this, try Majestic or your local wine merchant
Grenache - extra points if you find this, see Ocado 'Yalumba' or Tesco 'Paul Mas Vinus'
Syrah - Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose
or if you prefer, here are the sparkling varietals:
Price: Just look for a special offer, there is no need to spend more than you can afford.