The Yorkshire Mega week will run from Monday 30th July to Monday 6th August 2018.
The week will start with the traditional ‘Meet the Imp’ event and will close with the traditional ‘Bun and Brew’ event.
Details are below of the planned events for the week.
Please log your will attend / going so we can plan ahead. Thank you.
Monday 30th July 2018
11:30 - 14:00
Mega week starts in it’s traditional way with Meet The Imp, en route between Piratemania and Newby Hall, providing a wee stop, food and drink and a couple of cache and dashes all in one handy event.
That evening, once you are on site and pitched up, we head in to Ripon to Meet The Hornblower, a tradition that has gone on in Ripon (if you believe him) for 3,500 years. Maybe not that long. But flipping long. For those that wish, we have negotiated a discount on Ripon’s Ghost Walk before you join up to see the Hornblower and we will announce how to claim that discount later.
Back at the site, for those that don’t join the event, the bar will be soft launching tonight, potentially with bottles only (don’t worry, they’re great bottles, seriously, the best bottles) and will provide some pubby quizzy type fun.
Tuesday 31st July 2018
10:00 - 15:00
On Tuesday you have a choice. For the adventurous, we will be meeting at Ribblehead viaduct before some people chose to go Overground and walk up Whernside to the highest point of Yorkshire and some people go Underground, where a number of people will be able to go in to some of the cave systems, guided by qualified instructors. The caving element is limited numbers and again details of how to reserve a place will be released later.
11:00 - 11:30
That evening, we have an Open Mike, Karaoke and Quiz night. Uke players, bring your tiny, tinny, noise trap, folks with ability, definitely get involved, those without, well, we’ll hear you too!
Wednesday 1st August 2018
10:00 - 11:00
Of course, on Yorkshire Day, where else would we be but on Ilkley Moor? We will be in the shadow of the cow and calf for an hour, raising the Yorkshire Flag, singing our anthem and consoling our less fortunate county neighbours.
For those that wish, you can spend the rest of the day on the moors, lots of earthcaches already and more to be published and it is a fantastic area to explore, or head in to the beautiful market town of Ilkley itself.
Thursday 2nd August 2018
10:00 - 10:30
Well, we weren’t going to miss York were we?
This morning we flash mob in the magnificent Parliament Square. Cartmel attendees will remember the clanging event and that’s what we are doing today, making a ton of noise and remembering the noise of battles that York has seen over the years.
13:00 - 16:00
And that’ll do some of you, a day in York is a rare treat, great caches and for those that wish, great shopping too.
But a load of us will continue on to the East Coast and Wonderful Whitby, home of dracula, jet and weird goth types. And a whale bone. Oh and Magpie Cafe, home of the best fish and chips in the world (unless they aren’t, but they are up there).
We will have crabbing buckets, line and bait and we will see who can get the best haul. I bloody love Whitby.
But Richard, we’ll be tired after that?
You’re in Yorkshire now son, we crack on!
Back at the site is Caribbean Night, featuring the King’s Palace Steel Drum Band, limbo and food and drink to accompany. This is a party to not miss.
Friday 3rd August 2018
11:00 - 13:00
TODAY IS OUR 10th BIRTHDAY!
Let’s all head back to where it all started on 3rd August 2008 – GC17W59.
So, back to where it all began, The Stray in Harrogate for our Teddy Bear’s Picnic. A prize for the best dressed teddy (hint, the winner will be wearing purple), and some of the original committee will be here to talk about a life when every container was large, smart phones were like hover boards and there were only 137 caches in all of Europe.
Back at the site before the evening entertainment, it’s School Sports Day and obviously it’s Yorkshire versus the Rest Of The World. Prepare for extreme silliness.
BACK TO THE 80S DISCO!
Remembering a time when music, food and fashion were all horrific (depending on your current age, Bev thinks it was great, so I reckon like 53 is the cut off?), believe it or not, our caterers and bar will be tailoring the food and drink package to match and more larks and high jinks to be had.
Saturday 4th August 2018
10:00 - 16:00
Oh but then, more live music back in the marquee for the aftershow party.
This will be by Mr Jones the Band, a 4 piece covers band which play from all era’s. They cover Modern, Motown, Punk, Rock and Pop.
They provide music of loads of different genres across a couple of sets that is (definitely not) guaranteed to get you out of your seats.
Sunday 5th August 2018
09:00 - 11:00
It’s time for the Aberdeenshire 2019 team to give you a little taster of what you can look forward to at next year’s mega.
Join the committee to sample some Scottish grub to help that hangover accompanied by traditional music!.
There’ll be some games, competitions and prizes before heading off to the CITO in the afternoon.
13:00 - 15:00
After enjoying the delights of Yorkshire for the week, this is a chance for us all to remember the ethos of geocaching, to put something back in to the environment and to thank our hosts for their hospitality.
In association with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, between 13:00 and 15:00 on Sunday the 5th August, we will be balsam bashing Loop Nature Reserve.
There is some but fairly limited parking available close by (waypoint coords to follow) so please, for those travelling from Newby Hall, do consider car sharing.
19:00 - 22:00
Well folks, that time has come, it is our last night together in the marquee.
There will be nonsense and silliness, some music, some laughter and you know damn well, there’ll be a bit of fundraising.
You’d imagine the bar will want to sell out, so you might even see a bit of a reduction…
So come and join us in the big tent, for one last hurrah and let thoughts of packing wait until the morning