When I saw the words “Straw Bear Festival” I must admit that I first thought it was a typo – too much ‘beer’ finding it’s way in my thinking perhaps? Actually, the North Herts Branch has been going to Whittlesea for many years – this year the Branch outing will be on Saturday 14 January 2012 that will coincide with the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, followed by visits to Good Beer Guide Pubs in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Though you can obviously make your own way there, a group from the branch plan to meet up at certain train stations (and the more the merrier!) The current plan is as follows: trains from Knebworth; 0838, change at Hitchin or Stevenage, Stevenage; 0847, Hitchin 0852, Peterborough 0955 and arrive at Whittlesea at 1003. This way, there is plenty of time to get to the town for the parade itself.
The Ely-southward journey from Whittlesea is planned to depart around 1600 and go to Ely to visit the GBG Pubs; leaving Ely around 2000 ensures that the group will arrive at Hitchin around 2100.
There will be more details nearer the time (especially with new train timetables), from Social Secretary – stay tuned for further updates!