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Drumming Out 21-24 April
21st April 2022 - 24th April 2022
Dear Senators, friends and guests
We really hope you will be able to join us for the “Not The” Drumming Out weekend which will take place in the vibrant city of Leeds, Yorkshire. This slightly delayed but still fun-filled weekend will allow us to properly drum Janice Hadfield out as Senate Chairman in 2020 and 2021 and formally confirm Jonathan Nicholson in post.
The Conference Hotel is Weetwood Hall, set in nine acres of beautiful woodlands and gardens on the outskirts of Leeds, built around a 17th Century Jacobean Manor House. This offers an inspiring blend of old and new, with a range of single, twin and double rooms available for 1, 2 or 3 nights. You will need to ring to book your room – 0113 230 6000 – and quote Drumming Out 2022. All prices include bed and breakfast: Single at £79; Double at £99; and a handful of Feature rooms at £109. (www.weetwood.co.uk). If you would like to look at other accommodation options, please email us and we will provide further details.
Thursday 21st April
The evening entertainment will take place at Weetwood Hall. There won’t be a panto but, fear not, we have an evening of entertainment planned and a lovely 2-course meal to enjoy. Audience participation encouraged, but not compulsory! Oh yes it is…
Friday 22nd April
We will be taking you on a tour of Leeds City Centre. There will be two options, a “museum meander” on a leisurely basis and a slightly more energetic walk round the city. Our experienced guides will tell you all the secrets of the city as they take you round some of the famous landmarks. A 2-course lunch in a local restaurant to relax and experience more senate friendship.
In the afternoon you will have a number of options which will include: a walking pub tour in Headingley (only for the hardy drinkers!); a trip to one of the many galleries and museums; the chance to enjoy some of the city’s amazing shops. All costs to be covered yourselves (especially the pub tour).
On Friday evening we are back at Weetwood Hall for Yorkshire Night. Expect rhubarb, Yorkshire puddings, parkin, wensleydale cheese, Yorkshire tea and curd tart – although not all on the same plate. Enjoy brass band music and Tales from the Dales.
Saturday 23rd April
We have three options in the morning including:
- Royal Armouries Museum. This is the national museum of arms and armour with 5 different spaces looking at War, Tournament, Hunting, Self Defence, Oriental and the Hall of Steel. There are no guided tours, so you are free to look round at your own pace.
- Thackray Medical Museum. Following a recent £4m redevelopment, this museum is dedicated to the history of medicine from Victorian Leeds through to the medical innovations that have changed the world. There is a café where you can buy refreshments.
- Temple Newsam House. This beautiful house captures over 500 years of history which is brought to life through digital, music, theatre and fine art. You will have a guide to take you round and point out particular aspects and there is a café on site.
We have booked a delicious lunch in the luxury Art Deco ballroom of the 4-star Queens Hotel, fresh from a recent multi-million pound refurbishment. The chance to relax and then listen to some speeches from overseas guests. We will get you back to the hotel by mid-afternoon. For those intrepid members of the Bumble Bee Club, there will be a “dry” meeting at 3.00 pm. Don’t worry, its only dry in the sense that there is no swimming pool, but there will be plenty of Fizz!
The Gala Dinner is being held at the Banqueting Suite of the Emerald Stadium, Headingley.
The evening promises to be a spectacular night with lovely food and drink, a range of entertainment and the chance to Drum Out Janice and formally Drum in Jonathan.
Sunday 24th April
The traditional Senate Breakfast – with steak and champagne (well, more likely to be Cava…) – will be held at Weetwood Hall and will give incoming Senate Chairman Jonathan Nicholson the chance to re-introduce his team and tell you more about the plans for 2022. There will be a small supplement for breakfast those who are staying at Weetwood Hall (to cover steak and fizz).
Bookings are now open on the British Senate website where you can choose your options and pay your deposit. There is also a copy of this flier and a printed booking form for those that prefer that method.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Leeds in April 2022.
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