The Big Meetup Summer Picnic (and a chance to say thank you)

>>>>      Update      <<<<

There's a big event at Wollaton Hall on Sunday which could make it pretty busy, and parking will be a nightmare, so how about trying a new venue?

The Victoria Embankment Park is easy to get to, there's lots of space to run around and plenty of free parking (Yes FREE! I love that word).

If there aren't too many little kids about we might even get to dip our toes in the paddling pool and have a go on the swings :)

And the even better news is...

that Andy is going to bring his rounders stuff

and Neal might even bring frisbee stuff for us all to try a new game.

I uploaded a couple of maps: http://www.meetup.com/Nottingham-Sociables/photos/23658522/

Busses: The green line 11 goes from the centre of town down Wilford Grove before turning left onto Bathey St. There are two stops near the corner so you've got two chances to get off close to the park.

https://www.nctx.co.uk/timetables-tickets-maps/buses-lines/bus/11

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Let's be optimistic about the weather and plan to get together for a picnic.

In previous years Andy Stanley has organised games of rounders and school sports day events. This time we'll do something similar (hopefully Andy will help us get organised) and some new games. Join in whatever you fancy or just enjoy lazing about. Just don't eat all the cake whilst the rest of us are playing rounders this time (you know who you are! ;)

Bring along a small amount of food and drink - post a comment below to say what you're bringing and we'll try to avoid having a dozen pots of hummus and no bread to dip in it - and dress appropriately for an afternoon in the (glorious?) weather.

And also...

You might not be aware of it but a very nice man called Andrew pays the subscription for our meetup group without asking anything in return (that's him up there sat on a red throne, or possibly a commode). He rescued us in our time of need and provided us with a new home. Normally he doesn't even come to Nottingham Sociables events and is completely hands-off, which is brilliant, but this time we're hoping he’ll join us so we can say thank you. So in addition to food, drink, good company, fun and games this year we'll have the chance (only if you want to) to say thank you and chuck a quid into a hat to contribute to the cost of the meetup website subscription. He hasn't asked us to and it's entirely voluntary. Maybe it's just a nice thing to not take his generosity for granted and make an effort to be a bit more self-sufficient as a group.

And finally...

Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If by Saturday morning the forecast for Sunday looks really rubbish we'll rearrange the picnic for another time. Otherwise, watch this space for more details of the fun and games we're planning, and to say what food you're bringing.

Cheers

Liam

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  • Rob S.

    Lovely afternoon. Special thanks to those who bought homemade food, loved the pakora (thanks Kam!) and the apple and blackberry crumble (thanks Steve!). And I finally got to go on John Ball's boat, cheers mate it was awesome!

    1 · August 18

    • susan

      The crumble was heaven on a plate!

      August 18

    • steve w.

      Cheers, high praise indeed.

      1 · August 21

  • Paul

    Great day, thanks everyone. Did anyone happen to pick up my plastic pots with nuts and fruit in as I forgot them?

    August 17

    • Liam

      I've got them Paul. I'll drop you an email to work out how to get them back to you

      August 19

    • Paul

      Thanks Liam

      August 19

  • Julie

    I totally agree with you Rob. The pakora was nice and the crumble. Home made is good.

    August 19

  • John B.

    Big thankyou to all the organizers and friends who made Sunday such fun. Sorry i couldnt get more people on the boat but if your interested contact me on here or say hello on Facebook and ill try to accommodate. Love to all. X

    4 · August 19

  • Kam M.

    Lovely afternoon. .many thanks to all the lovely organisers. So great to meet everyone and see new faces..and can't believe Andy got Martin to play!! :-)

    1 · August 18

  • francis

    Grated day on Sunday thank you so much every one for making me well come

    1 · August 18

  • Karen

    Lovely day despite the best efforts of Bertha!!! :-)

    August 18

  • Julie

    It was lovely playing rounders.
    It was awesome! Thank you Kiran!

    1 · August 18

  • Raj

    Great day, good to catch up with everyone. By the way I forgot to make a toast..... 'to the winners' :-)

    1 · August 18

    • Rachel

      That was us I think!?

      August 18

  • Ruth

    Great day, great people and bonus boat ride. :=)

    1 · August 18

  • Manda

    A fan-dabby-dozy day :o)

    August 18

  • susan

    Good afternoon, thanks from me too!

    August 18

  • kate E.

    I had a lovely day, many thanks to everyone. Thank you Francis for joining me enroute.
    Thank you Richard for the lift.

    August 18

  • Kevin

    A great afternoon despite the weather! Thanks for organising.

    August 18

  • Mel

    Many thanks x

    August 18

  • Di

    A lovely afternoon made even better by being on the winning rounders team!! Lol! Thanks to everyone for being such fun!

    August 17

  • Ali M.

    Great fun thanks :0)

    1 · August 17

  • Rachel

    Brilliant afternoon of friends and fun. Great to see so many new faces. Shame rain stopped play but the best team won!

    1 · August 17

  • Alison3333

    Thanks for a fun afternoon; I enjoyed meeting lots of you :)

    1 · August 17

  • Alaa O.

    It was very nice day, thanks guys

    1 · August 17

  • Brigitte H.

    Lovely picnic thank you for organising

    1 · August 17

  • Andrew

    Good to see everyone and a fun game of rounders. Can I give a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the cost of running the group. In total £55.15 was collected :o) and as always the biggest thanks to the event hosts who help keep the group running

    4 · August 17

  • LauraJM

    fantastic day, loved it. Festival weather! :)) <3

    2 · August 17

  • Paul B

    Had a great afternoon, many thanks to everyone!

    August 17

  • John B.

    Thanks for a great afternoon Andy :)

    August 17

  • Richard H.

    Great time just a shame about the weather.

    August 17

  • Richard H.

    Great time just a shame about the weather.

    August 17

  • Liam

    We've set up near the loo block on the other side of park

    August 17

    • Paul

      If you can see my Motorhome then wave

      August 17

    • Andrew

      Unfortunately I bought the rain with me :( will be over in 5 mins once shower has passed

      August 17

  • francis

    Where abouts is it on the park nearsed to please? The advent

    August 17

  • Rachel

    Will bring some kids pop!

    August 17

    • Rachel

      For the adults of course!!

      August 17

  • susan

    If I'm not the only Noddy who needs a postcode for their satnav, the nearest is ng2 2gf :-)

    1 · August 16

  • Liam

    Yay! I can see blue sky and the forecast still says what it did yesterday: that the sun will be putting his hat on just in time for the picnic!

    1 · August 17

    • susan

      Does that mean you've got a BIG cake to eat all by yourself Diane?!

      1 · August 17

    • Rachel

      It's chucking it down here!! Are you still being optimistic Liam?

      August 17

  • Andrew

    Hope to get there around 2pm. Up for a game or two of rounders. No idea what to bring so likely something sweet or crisps

    August 17

  • Ruth

    I'm going to bring some Turkish bread and something to go with it, mmm anyone bringing drinkie poos? Will bring a bottle of red.

    August 17

  • LauraJM

    See you guys later, black cherry gateau is out of stock do I will bring something chocolate! :D

    August 17

  • Gareth H.

    I'll bring sausage rolls and some other bits

    August 17

  • kate E.

    I haven't heard back from kate. I am getting a bus into town I was wondering if anyone would like to meet me in the square and get a bus together.

    August 17

    • Alaa O.

      Ya see u there at 12:30

      August 17

    • francis

      More the merar

      August 17

  • Rob S.

    Ill bring some olives, some aubergines and some roasted red peppers and mushrooms left over from Friday's wine tasting. All very nice. Waste not want not. Oh, and ill get a few other bits and pieces as well. See you all later

    August 17

  • Ross S.

    Really wanted to come along to this but am going away tomorrow with family and friends for a few days. Hope all goes well

    August 16

  • kate E.

    Yes Kate I would love a lift from Sherwood. I can meet you on the Mansfield Road somewhere. I am near the old and new co-op supermarket. That would be great. I see the sun is going to be out all afternoon, yippee.
    Kate.

    1 · August 16

    • LauraJM

      I'm playing it by ear, keeping an eye on the sky Sunday morn, if its a bit damp to sit outside i'm gonna pop to the Orange tree to play some games :)

      August 16

  • Claire

    This looks great. Unfortunately I can't make it. I hope you all have a fab time :)

    August 16

  • Manda

    Hmmm ... Wensleydale and cranberry dinner rolls methinks. Although, as I don't eat cheese, I'll be doing a spot of squirrelling too :o)

    August 16

  • lizzy

    Hey I'd really like to come but I'm a bit worried about the weather as rain's forecast for the afternoon http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2641170?day=2 : (

    1 · August 15

  • Karen

    strawberry favoured grapes!! :-)

    August 15

    • Liam

      What? What kind of alchemy is this?

      August 16

  • LauraJM

    I'm thinking of bringing black cherry gateux for desert to share, an old favourite of mine, hope the weather holds out ..lol :)

    1 · August 15

  • John B.

    Hoping to bring the boat down to the Embankment and run a few trips up and down the Trent weather permitting. See me on the day if your interested. Love to all X

    8 · August 14

    • susan

      :-)

      1 · August 14

    • John B.

      Not sure if i'll be going from the Marina or town if i moor there overnight Sat but if anyone wants to travel down on the boat ring me Sun morning on[masked] an see where i am an what the weathers like.

      August 15

  • Mel

    Hi I'll have to opt for bringing something like crisps, or corn snacks or non-melting biscuits as my offering will have been stored in a hot car since morning :-)

    August 15

  • Julie

    I'll bring orange juice and plastic cups and also my donation to the lovely Andrew.

    August 15

  • Mel

    Hoping to stop by approx 2.30pm

    August 15

  • Di

    Given the number I was thinking I'll maybe bring loaves & fishes? :D
    Really looking forward to the afternoon .... evening? :)

    2 · August 14

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