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Summer family event ideas

Right folks, get your thinking caps on!

Evel and I would really like to get a family oriented event sorted over the summer, perhaps in place of our regular monthly meet in August. There are many possibilities, but one idea is a drive out somewhere pretty and then a shared picnic somewhere with something to keep the kids entertained (that's deliberately vague btw!).

I have a contact / friend who owns a fairly famous and pretty massive stately home near Malvern, who may well be able to accommodate us for the picnic if people fancy that. She has a proper yew-tree maze in the grounds, which could provide the necessary entertainment.

So thoughts please on the following:

1) What would you like this event to be? Drive / picnic as suggested above or something else?
2) Where would you like it to be / how far would you be prepared to travel?
3) What sort of day/time would be best? Weekend or midweek? Evening or daytime?

Inevitably we can't please everyone, but we'll do our best!

Over to you..............

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the aoem picnic was fantastic, if it goes down like that then it'll be a winner
 
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Is this open to anyone as the Mrs and kids may be up for this......
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Is this open to anyone as the Mrs and kids may be up for this......
What Evel said!

We're hoping that this will be an opportunity for everyone to bring other halves / kids / dogs / gerbils etc along to join in the fun. The more the merrier
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Sound great Hoping to bring grandson TT along
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What Evel said!

We're hoping that this will be an opportunity for everyone to bring other halves / kids / dogs / gerbils etc along to join in the fun. The more the merrier
Would love to come, depends on how the other half is feeling though.
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When I was younger I used to watch film of Richard Burns blasting around a stately home in his works rally car, could this be a new Goodwood??
 
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I'm in (date pending, as we've got hol's booked in August), prefer a weekend, 'speshly for picnic action.
Would be up for a bit of a ride around. Had a thought if Guests, WAD, Simply etc. might wanna get on board, maybe have one as a start point, pick up instructions, to next point, then instructions at the next point and so on...........stopping off at other 'secret' points to collect some proof of having been there along the way, some kinda prize for the car/team/family who completes the tour with the most things collected/ticked on there sheet so as to removed the time/speed element whilst on public roads

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I'm in (date pending, as we've got hol's booked in August), prefer a weekend, 'speshly for picnic action.
Would be up for a bit of a ride around. Had a thought if Guests, WAD, Simply etc. might wanna get on board, maybe have one as a start point, pick up instructions, to next point, then instructions at the next point and so on...........stopping off at other 'secret' points to collect some proof of having been there along the way, some kinda prize for the car/team/family who completes the tour with the most things collected/ticked on there sheet so as to removed the time/speed element whilst on public roads

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fantastic idea! I'm in
 
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GB, we're thinking along similar lines...I think some form of Alfa-related treasure hunt which terminates at Aubrey's contact's place near Malvern sounds perfect. Nice way to finish summer....
 
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I'm in (date pending, as we've got hol's booked in August), prefer a weekend, 'speshly for picnic action.
Would be up for a bit of a ride around. Had a thought if Guests, WAD, Simply etc. might wanna get on board, maybe have one as a start point, pick up instructions, to next point, then instructions at the next point and so on...........stopping off at other 'secret' points to collect some proof of having been there along the way, some kinda prize for the car/team/family who completes the tour with the most things collected/ticked on there sheet so as to removed the time/speed element whilst on public roads

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Remember doing this kind of thing when i was a kid, with my parents obviously twas good
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Sounds like we need to have a bit of a brainstorm session at the next monthly meet ( or before even). Evel, Aubrey, Garwood, Me, and any others that can/want to do something towards this
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Sounds like we need to have a bit of a brainstorm session at the next monthly meet ( or before even). Evel, Aubrey, Garwood, Me, and any others that can/want to do something towards this
Good plan - but we'll definitely want to have set a date for this event before the next monthly meet, even if we haven't formulated the master plan in every detail by then
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I'm in - depending on the date.
Sundays preferably, so Mrs can bring my picnic.
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Just been thru my weekends for the next few months and found that there's not many 'free'.
At the mo' all I got is....
03/04 July, family stuff (sat), cars in the park Lichfield (sun)
10/11 July, away all weekend
17/18 July, FREE (cholmondeley pageant of power/retro show @ santapod but not going)
24/25 July, FREE (Silverstone Classic, prolly not going)
sat 31July, FREE
sun 1 Aug, (Walsall Classic & Transport Show,WS1 2QB, prolly going)
07/08 Aug, Family stuff (sat), MITCAR (sun)
14/15 Aug, Hols
21/22 Aug, Hols (Shelsley Walsh, missin' it :>( )
28/29 Aug, Sat FREE, Sun, AutoItalia, Gaydon do it every year, its traditional
04/05 Sep, Sat FREE, Sun, Cotswold Alfa Day- A MUST
11/12 Sep, FREE
18/19 Sep, Sat FREE, Sun, Breakfast Club Cosford.(Goodwood Revival w/end but not going)
25/26 Sep, FREE
02/03 Oct, FREE
09/10 Oct, FREE
16/17 Oct, FREE
24/25 Oct, FREE (Breakfast Club Cosford, on Sun)
30/31 Oct, FREE
06/07 Nov, FREE
13/14 Nov, Classic & Sportscar Show, NEC.
20/21 Nov, FREE
27/28 Nov, FREE
04/05 Dec, FREE
11/12 Dec, FREE (Breakfast Club Cosford, on sun)
18/19 Dec, FREE
25/26 Dec, Sat BUSY, Sun- could be up for a boxing day run.......

My own favourite is sun 19th september, by this time most of the silly season will be past and most folks will have been on any hols already booked. Those that fancy a run could meet up at the brekkie club for an info sheet/directions then set off on the 'adventure', those that just wanna gather and picnic could assemble at the chosen end point/venue later in the morning/lunch time.

Thoughts please folks........
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My own favourite is sun 19th september, by this time most of the silly season will be past and most folks will have been on any hols already booked. Those that fancy a run could meet up at the brekkie club for an info sheet/directions then set off on the 'adventure', those that just wanna gather and picnic could assemble at the chosen end point/venue later in the morning/lunch time.

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Goodwood historics running that weekend...otherwise, OK by me.
 
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Garwood, I did mention that in my list......
("18/19 Sep, Sat FREE, Sun, Breakfast Club Cosford.(Goodwood Revival w/end but not going")
.....but I think its fair to asume that most of us that would travel down to Goodwood, would be doing it this weekend for the Festival of Speed which has a large bias towards Alfa for the centenary. Thats where i'll be tomorrow
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Personally, I had definitely envisaged this event taking place in August so that it's in the school summer holidays. That way, those people with kids will hopefully have a welcome way of entertaining them as the novelty of time off school gives way to boredom

In addition, and purely selfishly, if it's term time, I work seven days a week. I certainly wouldn't be able to do September 19th.

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^^ What James said ^^



I thought it was about relieving the boredom during the summer holidays
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who says we couldn't do both?
 
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Good to see a fair bit of interest in this already. Having started the ball rolling, here are my thoughts:

  • Preferably a weekend in August, Saturday or Sunday, I don't mind which.
  • Meet up somewhere towards the middle / north of the region at about 10 - 11am - maybe somewhere we could have a coffee and a chinwag / briefing before departure
  • Follow an agreed route southwards (to be issued on the day?) through some prettiness, with a quiz / treasure hunt style activity to complete en route
  • Arrive at my friend's country pile at lunchtime and have a decent, relaxed, shared picnic - plenty of space there to run around, plus the yew tree maze to get properly lost in (NOT in your Alfa though - you can do that on the way there!).
  • Possibly have a further drive out after lunch for those that want.
So how does that sound?
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Gets my vote James Not the 666 the picnic congrats BTW
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