As promised, here are the final details and the itinerary for the annual visit of the ‘North Herts Branch’ to the ‘Straw Bear Festival’ at Whittlesea on Saturday 14 January 2012.
Though you can obviously make your own way there, a group from the branch plans to meet up at certain train stations (and the more the merrier!) We always meet in the front carriage, so that we know who is going. The current plan is as follows: trains from Knebworth; 0838, change at Hitchin or Stevenage, Stevenage; 0847, Hitchin 0852, (arrive Peterborough at 0937), 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 parade itself consists of many, many Morris Dancing and Sword Dancing teams from all over Britain. They dance and sing at various venues in the streets and pubs. A program is available, (for a small donation), which shows who is where and when and what they are doing. In addition and the main reason for going is the ‘pubs’. There are three in the 2012 GBG, the Boat, George Hotel and the Letter B, along with quite a few other ones worth a visit.
We are planning to leave Whittlesea on the 1553, which arrives in Ely at 1622 and gives us just over three hours to visit the three pubs there; the Prince Albert, (then maybe Fish & Chips), Townhouse Pub and West End House, (then Tesco’s for a last minute snack!). We then get to the station to catch the 2005 back to Hitchin, arriving at 2059 and then train continues and stops at Stevenage and Knebworth.
It’s a great day out and over the years that we have been going, many of us have enjoyed the dancing and drinking. Why not join us this year; you will be made very welcome.