N Wales Borderlands Weekend

13th October 2016
16th October 2016
Peter & Morag Browning
11th January 2016
The Hand
Church Street, Chirk, LL14 5EY, United Kingdom

Peter & Morag invite you
To return or make your first visit to North Wales for a weekend of sparkling company, fabulous food, Senate fellowship & Marches hospitality.

Programme Outline
The first part of the programme is a ‘Mix & Match’ to suit your interests and availability while the second part of the weekend from Friday evening is a superb value for money “ALL INCLUSIVE” weekend which will finish with Home Hospitality at The Coach House.

The organised accommodation is at the Hand Hotel, Berwyn B&B and Moreton Park Hotel while you can also arrange your own B&B or Self Catering accommodation in the area or stay at the local Caravan Club site just 950m from the hotel. For those that like to pamper themselves the Lion Quays Hotel & Spa is also a nearby option.

Thursday 13th
For those that will arrive on Thursday evening an informal Indian meal is being organised at the Chirk Tandoori which is about 20 metres from the front door of The Hand Hotel. Cost £20 including 2 drinks.

Friday 14th
10.00         Meet in Llangollen for a visit to see behind the scenes at the Llangollen Railway Trust. This will include the Carriage and Wagon Yard & Workshops as well as the Locomotive Shed where they refurbish engines and are building the Unknown Warrior steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design and capable of running on the mainline.
Llangollen Railway is unique – in the fact they are the only railway to carry out four new build projects and they also do refurbishment work for many other heritage railways. Cost £10

Those who would prefer can enjoy all that picturesque Llangollen and its shops and tea rooms have to offer. Cost as much or as little as you want!
12.00 -12.30  Meet for a pub lunch At your own cost
14.00               Meet at the railway station for a memorable private Senate trip up the beautiful Dee Valley to Corwen on a Heritage Railcar with ‘Senate Refreshment’. On the return journey we will stop at Carrog for afternoon tea and there will also be an opportunity to explore the Carrog Signal Box After our relaxing tea we will continue back to Llangollen where you can explore the station and Signal Box before we head off to Chirk for our full Senate weekend. Cost of £25 per adult – children under 13 free

All Inclusive Programme
Friday 14th
This will start with afternoon tea for those who wish to arrive early and have a relaxing afternoon in Chirk and catching up with old friends. For those who cannot arrive until later or have been on the train trip there will be a welcome drink available when you check in at the Hand Hotel! We will all gather in the bar for pre dinner drinks and then the welcome dinner in the Regency Restaurant.

Saturday 15th
On Saturday morning there will be a choice of activities. For those who prefer less active pursuits there will be an organised visit to a suitable local attraction and morning coffee while for those who like to walk there will be 2 grades of walks with ‘Senate’ refreshments. Of course you can also choose to do your own thing! We will then all meet up for a pub lunch with appropriate refreshments. Afternoon tea will be back at the Hand Hotel and the Senate Council will have their meeting while everyone else either continues to catch up or grabs a quick nap before the evening’s festivities. The evening will start with the Chairman’s reception before a formal dinner with the usual after dinner entertainment and of course refreshments throughout.

Sunday 16th
For those who like to be active we are organising a visit to a suitable attraction or you can help Morag prepare while those who prefer to chill can relax until it is time for the farewell lunch at The Coach House.

Sunday morning ‘Cooking and Smoking Experience’
On Sunday morning there will be an ‘Outdoor Cooking & Smoking Experience’ for a small group who would like to learn about cooking with a Brick Wood Oven, Hot and Cold Smoking and other cooking techniques.
Our expert guide will be Nick from Smokie Pig who has been a chef for 14 years http://www.smokiepig.co.uk/nick-the-chef/ and he’ll be sharing some of his special recipes.
Not only will you have a fun time cooking and learning along with friends you will also receive a Unique Embroidered Apron and Smoky Pete Cookbook to take home. The cost of this event is £18 per person.
From previous Senate cooking experiences at Braunschweig and Liz’s Drumming Out this is bound to be a popular event so book now with Peter, strictly first come first served basis so do not delay!

There will also be another organised activity on Sunday morning for those who are not into developing their cooking skills or are too slow to book!

If you cannot attend the whole weekend, wish to bring the family or have particular needs please contact Peter Browning who will tailor a package to suit your needs.

Staying at the Moreton Park
For those staying at the Moreton Park Hotel we are hoping to organise a complementary minibus to bring you to the Hand hotel in time for the pre-dinner drinks and then take you back after the dinners on Friday & Saturday

Getting to Chirk
Travel by Car, Boat, Plane or Train!
Chirk railway station is only 850 m from the hotel and we will arrange transport from Manchester or Liverpool airports – you can even come by canal boat. If you need picked up from Chirk Railway station please let us know and we will do our best to help.

Double or Twin room £210pp
Single room (Hotel) £280pp
Weekend without accommodation £150pp
Extra nights are available on a B&B basis for £65 per room per night
Family rooms/packages are available – contact Peter for details

Outline Programme (pdf)

Alternate Accom (pdf

Booking Form (pdf)

Outline Programme (word)

Alternate Accom (word)

Booking Form (word)