UPDATE (13/12/12)): Due to high chance of rain, time changed to 18:00 and we'll meet in the Star Tavern (a 'pub' actually part of the Winterwonderland, INSIDE Hyde park). It's easy to find and there's plenty of room there and live music. Here's the WW website. It doesn't have as much info as you might like but it does give basic details. Given we're meeting at 6 of course you could turn up early and do rides etc before that if you like. If anyone wants to let off (eco friendly) lanterns to mark the occasion, we'll do so at a suitable let up in rain etc. The place closes at 10pm. http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/food-and-markets/
So...The world (still!) hasn't ended?! Well, what better cause for celebration,... and the Winter Solstice as well today, heralding longer days from here on in. YAY!
As always, CLHG members and people from other secular organisations also welcome.
If you want to let off chinese style sky lanterns at dusk (15:54) to celebrate the return of the light...(thanks Rose, for the suggestion), please make sure you buy eco friendly wire free ones e.g. Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Friendly-Lanterns-Christmas-Chinese-Weddings/dp/B0032XQWIG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kh_3"
WEAR: Dressing up is not mandatory of course...but if you want a bit of fun, wear winter (lack of) colours - White, silver, furs (fake, we assume!), and any furry animal theme. Rose has her furry wolf hat and scarf combo as inspiration for the rest of us. (Wish we'd taken a picture!)
BRING: If you would like to take part in 'Secret Sagan'- Make or buy a small gift to exchange, under £5 (suggested theme : since winter is associated with a 'resting' of palate and colour, we can indulge with anything else 'sensory' instead e.g. something that smells nice, feels nice ...steady! ).
EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY : There are all kinds of bars and cafes so each person can pick what they like, or as a group : Rustic revelry in the heart of Winter Wonderland! Around an open fire pit, warm up on hot cider, mulled wine & farmhouse foods at this outdoor gathering place. Join the party at night with live music 70s & 80s style!
Admission into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ( free - you simply turn up and pay to do whatever takes your fancy).
Certain attractions get fully booked during peak times, they recommend that you check availability on the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland website. You will need tokens for the rides, available from the Token Booths on site. These cannot be purchased in advance.
You can purchase advanced tickets online for the:
Magical Ice Kingdom
Zippos Christmas Circus
Zippos Cirque Berserk
Giant Observation Wheel.
See you there, wrapped up warm (though after a mulled wine or two we might not feel the cold much anymore eh?!)
Price: Free. Donations towards our 'Separate Ethics from Religion category' Campaign will be welcome though!