We've been working away behind the scenes to put together a full week of varied and fun geocaching events, and we hope there's something in there for everyone. This is what we've got planned:
A warm welcome to you all
Monday 1st August, 19:00 - 20:00, Uttoxeter town centre
Come along and say hello, have a chat and have a wander around. Uttoxeter town council have arranged for group history tours to take place - these need advance booking, which you can do on our shop - and at 7pm a local dignitary will be opening our event.
Churnet Valley Railway
Tuesday 2nd August, 10:00 - 16:00, Froghall, near Stoke-on-Trent
We have arranged with this lovely Heritage Railway to have a few carriages for our use. You need to book in advance, which you can do via the CVR's website. When making your booking, please write 'Geocache group' in the special instructions, so that we are all put in the same carriages.
Come along and join us for an evening of horse racing with a difference. It's on-site at Uttoxeter racecourse, the bar will be open, no pre-booking required ... just turn up and enjoy!
Mined How You Go!
Wednesday 3rd August, 10:30 - 16:00, Apedale Heritage Centre, Chesterton, near Newcastle-under-Lyme
We have made arrangements with the heritage centre for exclusive access down the mine and for rides on the light railway. Both of these need to be booked in advance, and tickets will be available very soon on the shop.
There's also a country park - it's a great place for dogs to exercise their owners - and a cafe where one can sample traditional Staffordshire cooking. (Mmmm, oatcakes!)
Please note that for the mine tours:
For safety reasons, there's a strict limit on numbers. Tickets for this are likely to sell out quickly. If you change your mind and decide not to come, please let us know.
It's down a disused coal mine. It's colder down there than you think, and it will be rough and at times steeply sloping underfoot. Dress appropriately - long trousers rather than shorts, and bring a jumper - and wear sensible boots.
We don't send small children down t'pit any more. All members of your party must be at least five years old, no exceptions.
No dogs down the mine, please. If you've got a dog with you, why not take it for a walk in Apedale Country Park instead?
It's a dark, confined space. If you suffer from claustrophobia, this probably isn't the trip for you.
Everyone loves a good quiz night, so here's our take on one. Gather your teams, bring those finely tuned brains, grab a pint, glass of wine, or whatever your tipple may be (or a soft drink if you prefer) and come and have some fun! There will be prizes for the winners and maybe even a wooden spoon for those not so fortunate.
Birmingham, Life in the City
Thursday 4th August, 12:00 - 14:00, Central Birmingham
Enjoy a day out in Birmingham, where you will be free to explore, find any of the many caches within the city centre, indulge in some retail therapy, or just enjoy the big-city vibe. An event log book will be available from midday until 2pm in St Philip's Square (known by nearly all Brummies as Pigeon Park, due to the vast numbers of the birds which frequent the area).
Break out that Christmas jumper, grab some tinsel, find the mistletoe and come along to dance to all those Christmas hits! If you want to go all the way, bring a geocaching related present to put in the Secret Santa Sack. If you put a gift in, you will be allowed to take one out - suggested value £10 - £12 please.
Teddy Bears' Picnic
Friday 5th August, 11:00 - 14:00, Lichfield
Bring your cuddly friend along, bring a picnic and join in the fun. Doesn't matter if it's 2ft tall or 2 inches tall, doesn't even matter if it's bigger than you ... all bears are welcome!
And no, the mega committee aren't all a bunch of clowns! We will be running a circus skills workshop. Come and learn how to juggle, throw a diablo and practice any other kind of circus skills we can teach you.
So you've enjoyed the Mega Day experience, but you're not ready to go home yet? Come and join us for a quiet drink, maybe a bite to eat and an evening of rambunctious fun! We'd be ever so gruntled if you came! We have a singer, you can have a dance, there may even be some extra entertainment to be had!
In September 1938, in response to impending war, a group of 150 of the best brains in Britain were invited to "Captain Ridley's Shooting Party" to be held at the stately home, Bletchley Park. This was the cover under which their wartime exploits would begin. Many codebreakers would be recruited for their ability to solve puzzles, and we'd like to invite you to come and take part in a morning of puzzling for all ages, from the more straightforward to the more devious.
It's our last night, but don't be sad, we have another glorious evening of fun planned for you. It's time to come along, meet up with all those new friends you've made and dance the night away. If you're able to join us early, we'll be selling off all the redundant tat quality merchandise connected with Mega 2022 in a fast paced auction!
So you've packed up the tent, hooked up the caravan to the car, or checked out of your accommodation. What to do now? Well, you may as well come down and say one last farewell and have a butty, a cob, a bap, a roll, a bun, a barm cake, or whatever you call it and a lovely cuppa before getting on the road back to normality. We'll miss you all, but don't worry, we'll see you all next year in Milton Keynes!