Camp Sparkle 2008 will run from Friday February 29th to Friday March 7th
. The accommodation we've booked is The Old Stables
at Lyndhurst in the New Forest.
The 'main event' will be the first weekend as before, with 24 hour wall-to-wall sparkliness, fun and pixie stix. While we're sure that the rest of the week is going to be pretty damn sparkly too, we're also planning trips out from the cottage, etc.The Place
The Old Stables is right in the centre of the village of Lyndhurst
itself, which means that we'll have various pubs and restaurants and also local shops within walking distance.
There are plenty of pictures on the website to give you an idea of the cottage itself. For anyone concerned about the apparent lack of large-screen TV, I can assure you that we'll have one for the week, by one means or another. The cottage owners are looking at having a multimedia centre installed; if it isn't ready by then, Pen and I will hire a TV.
Within easy driving distance of Lyndhurst there are plenty of interesting places to visit, including lots of excellent historical sites, country walks, and the south coast. We'll be organising trips out for people who'd like an alternative to 24 hour sparkly dancing boys. (E.g. a sparkly dancing boy-themed picnic at Stonehenge.)The Price
Accommodation at The Old Stables is charged at a fixed price per head, and therefore we can give a firm price right away.
The price for accommodation at The Old Stables will be £75 per person for the weekend only
, or £87 for the full week (or part thereof if it includes the weekend)
. No one who responded to the previous poll suggested that they'd want to come for the latter part of the week only, but if this turns out to be the case for anyone then it can be arranged, and will be £56
We haven't yet finalised the catering arrangements, but the most likely option is that Pen and I will provide a menu for the first weekend as before, adding a food budget for that to the base price; then depending on how people feel we will consider various options for the rest of the week. (Yes, we'll be polling!) Last time, food for the weekend cost £20 per head
, and we expect this will be about the same.Transport
A major consideration for the change of venue is better public transport and road access. Southampton is a mainline station, with direct trains from all over the country. National Express also run plenty of coaches to Southampton, and a few services into Lyndhurst itself. There is a regular and frequent bus service
that runs between Southampton station and Lyndhurst village (the last bus from Southampton leaves there at 18:49, the first bus back in the morning leaves from Lyndhurst at 06:53). Lyndhurst is also easily accessible by road, being only a few miles from the M27.
In addition to these options, we plan to run a minibus from Stansted to the cottage on the opening Friday, and back again to Stansted the following Friday. If there is a demand for a group departure on the Monday or Tuesday, then there might be an additional run. We'll have the minibus at the house all week, to use for trips out, etc.
A registration post will follow soon, with exact details about when and how much you'll need to pay. For now we'd like an idea of how many people are planning to come, given the information here. Please fill in the poll, it really helps us to plan things as well as we can.
Please pimp this around, especially if you know anyone you think might like to come but who doesn't have this comm friended. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave them in the comments.