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The UK's First Mega Event Mega-Event Cache

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UK Mega Event Committee: Golly! This deserves a few words - archiving the first ever Mega Event in the UK, I'm glad everyone one enjoyed the Harrogate event and here's to the Second Event in the South!

Well done to all - great job done.

Hidden : Sunday, 03 August 2008
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Thank you from all the committee to everyone who came to make the day so special. We want to see as many photos of the event as possible in your logs please.

Please note that Robin is on a well deserved holiday until September, so any EMails to the committee account will go unanswered.
If you want to contact the committee regarding the event, please use the UK Forum.
--- Jamie.


Sunday 3rd August, 2008

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the poll. Out of the 485 votes, 80% said they could make this weekend. We had hoped to hold the event on the Saturday, but alas our chosen venue (out of the many contenders we looked at) was only available on the Sunday.

Event Times and Programme of events

-12 midday - Doors open...please do not arrive sooner on request of the hotel.

- 1pm - Welcome in cedar suite

- 2pm, 3pm, 4pm- Announcements and prize giving

- 1pm to 3pm - Childrens activities... Magician, Circus skills, Balloon modeling, Face painting, Art and crafts

The event will officially close with an annoucement in the Cedar Suite at 5pm


The Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate is a Spa town, 10 minutes drive from the A1(M), and a reasonable drive from all areas of the UK, whether you are travelling from John O Groats, or Lands End.
The Hotel itself is a 4-Star venue. The building dates back to 1671, and, as Harrogate is a popular Conference destination, it has enough space for 1000 visitors. And what's more, it's all ours for the day!

The biggest draw for this venue for us, is it's location. It is practically in the town centre, but opens out onto "The Stray" - a 200 acre parkland, giving scope for much outdoor fun (weather permitting).

The post code for all you Sat Nav users is HG1 5AH


As with all Geocaching Events, there will be no charge for attending the day event. But if you wish to help the committee meet the costs of hiring the venue; we are selling a Mega Event Geocoin, details can be found on our Mega Event Website (link above).


As a number of people have enquired, the hotel as normal does not take dogs apart from Registered Assistance Dogs, but if there are special arrangements, please contact them direct.
However we will be providing a marquee on the front lawns as part of the event, so dogs are more than welcome.
Please also note the hotel opens out onto 200 acres of parkland.... although right in the centre of Harrogate this is very much a "rural" hotel

Other information

There will laid on childrens entertainment in the form of :- a magician, circus skills (hands on) activities, face painting, Balloon modeling, art and crafts

Obviously there is plenty of caches to go out and find within walking distance

There will be various competitions and things to do during the day whilst at the event

There will be announcements, prizes etc etc on the hours of 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and finally 5pm

Fancy coming to FIVE other cache events over the week

Saturday Night...

For those of you who wish to make an affordable little caching holiday out of the Mega Event, we have now arranged a camping event, and for those not camping but wishing to turn up there is a hog roast

Saturday Afternoon....

On Saturday 2nd August how about chasing a fox, geocaching style - interested and confused, well follow the link.

Friday night....

On Friday 1st August at a local hostelry, we have now arranged a cache meet to meet our friends from North Of the Border

Thursday night.....

On Thursday night (31st July) there is a cache meet in Ripon to see the 1100 + year old tradition of blowing the horn

Wednesday afternoon....

Fancy a walk around some of the best scenery in North Yorkshire, grab an event, and earthcache and a couple more caches all in one day, have a picnic and a great chat

Suggested caching....

Not sure what caches to do.. then look at our book marked lists on the right hand side of this cache page...

Registering for the Event

Registration is now closed, and all the welcome packs are allocated. If you missed registration, you are still welcome to come along.

Help Us Spread The Word!
We've a simple banner you can add to your Profile or Cachepage to help spread the word further. Instructions for how to add it to pages can be found in this forum post.

!NEW! We've also created a simple flyer for you to printout and put in caches around the country, or hand out at events (or even give to random people in the street).
Download it here.

Link to our dedicated website for the event

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