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Fri, 05 Jan


Sir John Lowther County Scout Activity C

P4HE January Weekender

In person versions of your favourite online classes plus bonus features

P4HE January Weekender
P4HE January Weekender

Time & Location

05 Jan 2024, 17:00 – 07 Jan 2024, 17:00

Sir John Lowther County Scout Activity C, Rushton Rd, Glendon, Kettering NN14 1QF, UK


Who: This is open to all aged 11to 18.  Where: The Sir John Lowther Scout Centre, Kettering, located within it’s own 10 acre woodland with an adjoining conservation area of meadows, woodland and fields.  When: 5th to 7th January  Overnighters, arrive from 5 p.m. Friday 5th January for a welcome and buffet dinner at 6 p.m., pick up 5 p.m. Sunday.  Those with Daytime tickets are asked to arrive by 9.15 a.m. for a 9.30 a.m. start, but you are welcome to join us for breakfast which is 8.30 a.m. each day. You can join us on Friday evening, or just for Saturday and Sunday. Please be picked up by 9 p.m. latest each evening – you can stay for dinner and the evening activities, or head off before dinner if you think someone else’s cooking will be better than ours.

You’ll probably find you want to stay for the meals as they’re sociable and the food is good.

How much:  £275 for full residential tickets (bedding is provided).  £249 for earlybird tickets paid in full by the 30th November .  £150 for day tickets (all activities and meals, but staying elsewhere with family)

In all cases, a £50 deposit secures your place, balance due by 15th December.

Booking:  When you click through to booking, you can choose to pay a non-refundable holding deposit of £50 which will be followed by an invoice for the balance. Or you can choose one of the other three options described above. For EARLY BIRD price of £249, the balance must be paid in full by 30th November. After 30th November the cost of the full residential will be £275.  Booking will close and balances must be paid by December 15th.  We will be operating a waiting list. 

Where you’ll be sleeping:  You’ll be sleeping in rooms that have between 2 and 6 beds with those of the same gender and roughly same age. Non-binary people let us know what you’re comfortable with. The venue provide pillows, duvets etc. and covers. If you know someone else who is coming and you’d particularly like to share a room with them, let us know and we’ll do our best to make the jigsaw work.

What we’re doing:  Each morning and afternoon, there will be a choice of main activities, four in total over the weekend (unless there's a rarely-spotted full day course running, in which case three). We’ll ask you to pick your top eight, ranking your choices, and then we’ll do a complicated jigsaw to please as many people as much as possible. The choices form will be sent to you once all the course options are confirmed - here's the list!

Human Robots

For this course, we've obtained some of the most complex instruction-processing hardware and software combinations ever created - you! First, create a language of commands that your Hubot will understand, then create code in that language for it to execute as it carries out tasks of increasing complexity. Human robots have the advantage that they can feed back to their programmers why they got stuck, so you can keep improving your code, and your language, ready for the next challenge. You'll spend most of your time programming, taking it in turns to switch into the robot role - and switch off all your human knowledge of what your programmer wants you to do, following the code wherever it leads you...

Go, Viral

The pandemic put the the world of viruses, vaccines and epidemiologists centre stage. In this course, through a series of games that mimic disease spread, mutations, immunity, vaccination and so on, you'll explore how small changes in microbes, whether bacteria, viruses or archaea, can make a big difference, and how things get that much more complicated with parasites and pathogens that piggyback on animal vectors to get to their next victim – bubonic plague, anyone? See what strategies work, or don't, to contain these various nasties - the biology of microbes, without the microscopes.

Schools of Acting

Different actors work through very different methods, including "The Method". In this course, you'll get a taste of some different "schools" of acting that have very different ideas about how to get into character, and even about the nature of acting itself. You'll emerge with some techniques you can use when you're performing, or doing improv, and with a better insight into the actor's art.

Chess, But Not As We Know It

The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants lists over 2,000 variations of the ancient game.  We'll experiment with doubles chess, three-dimensional chess and one of the most popular variations, Gliński's hexagonal chess which amssed half a million players, create our own variations and pose the question, what is it about the traditional version of chess that has consistently checkmated the others out of any lasting popularity? You don't need to be a good chess player to participate, as the weird nature of the games will be a great leveller of different levels of experience, but please pick up the basic rules of the game in advance.

Down to Clown

Have you ever thought you're a total idiot! Good news! You probably are. There’s a whole world of beautiful performance to be made if we can get in touch with our magnificent inner idiot, take a risk, follow our impulse and find the pleasure in playing from exactly who we are. Learn to be open in front of an audience and then make them wet themselves by showing them how stupid you (and only you) can be.


Shakespeare, Keats, Hopkins, Yeats, Frost, Brooks, Rich, Collins. No poetic form is more recognisable than the sonnet. One of the oldest verse forms of the post-classical world, and one of the briefest. A mere fourteen lines, fashioned by intricate rhymes, it is “a monument’s monument.” Both challenging and liberating, learn how to wrestle and release your contemplations, introspections and expressions of passion into this vigorous and time-honoured form.

Debating: Defence Against the Dark Arts

Untruths can often be made to sound reasonable using clever, persuasive language. This is a "know your enemy" course about the dark arts of rhetoric, sophistry and logical fallacies, in which you will create your own deceptions and delusions so that you can better see through the ones you encounter. Because you'd never, ever, want to use a dodgy rhetorical technique to persuade someone, would you - you're far too noble a soul for such sordid things as flattering your audience...

The Ultimate "Me-time"

People try bizarre things in the pursuit of happiness. Most of them involve spending lots of money, or travelling lots of miles, or both. But what if you could find a greater sense of tranquillity where you are, right now? Even better - it requires no equipment, costs nothing and has been tried and tested for thousands of years? Join Tom, a regular at the London Buddhist Centre, for an introduction to mindfulness and meditation. It’s not exactly “switching off”, but a chance to observe your thoughts, feelings and emotions and find some inner peace whilst the world swirls around us. We’ll be drawing on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practice as we find our own headspace. You won’t gain enlightenment (even the Buddha took years), you mightfall asleep, and you will leave feeling a bit calmer and ready to take on the world (or lunch. Whichever comes first.)

Games from across the Globe

Ever wondered how people entertain themselves in other countries? Well, I can tell you. They’re on their phones. But what about before phones? How did they pass the time? They invented some very inventive games - and these games still exist today. We’ve got an awesome venue where we can try Kabbadi - a staple of Indian society involving raiders, defenders, and an awful lot of jumping around. Or maybe Palla - the Tuscan forerunner to tennis played in car parks, where parked cars, and even unsuspecting pedestrians, were all considered “in play”. Or how about Oina, a Romanian game where the batsperson is also the wicket! Join us for some of these and some more too.

Dungeon Master Masterclass (WHOLE DAY COURSE)

The Dungeon Master (DM) in Dungeons & Dragons, or Game Master (GM) in any of your favourite tabletop/pen-and-paper role-playing games, is a dizzying combination of world-builder, storyteller, referee, actor, director, teacher and improviser. Come learn the tips and tricks of successful DM/GM-ing and put together your very own fantasy adventure! To provide time to create and share your encounters, this course will last two sessions, probably morning and afternoon of the same day.


A weekender woudn't be a weekender without the opportunity for some D&D - every time a new adventure. If you’ve never tried Dungeons & Dragons before, this session is an ideal time to try it out; if you have, you’ve probably signed up already! Join others in a fantasy role-playing micro-adventure to enjoy face-to-face with an expert Dungeon Master (DM). Bring a character you've already created for our online classes or be someone new. New adventurers, you'll have a chance to check in with our DM before the session to talk you through the basics so you are ready for the adventure!

Technic LEGO Bomb Engineering

Think you know LEGO? In this course, take the familiar bricks and blocks to the next level with three-dimensional, engineering-based puzzles. Be warned – they are so fiendish that even building one won’t teach you how to defuse it… With new, practical knowledge of the physical principles at work in the cams, bearings and levers embedded within these boggling constructions, you’ll try to design your own to befuddle others.

Sock It To 'Em

There's something magical about puppets. Whether it's Sesame Street, Avenue Q, Indonesian shadow puppet theatre, or just a sock with google eyes, they can take on a life of their own that is captivating for the audience and freeing for the performer. We'll look at some examples of puppetry, make our own and see what happens the puppets meet one another in improvised or scripted scenes, or who they turn out to be when they tell their stories.

Ticket Options


    Sale ends: 15 Dec, 16:08

    Please select from options below. A minimum £50 deposit must be paid to secure a place.

    From £80.00 to £160.00
    • £160.00
      +£4.00 service fee
    • £80.00
      +£2.00 service fee

    Sale ends: 31 Dec, 20:24

    Please select from options below. A minimum £50 deposit must be paid to secure a place.

    From £50.00 to £275.00
    • £275.00
      +£6.88 service fee
    • £50.00
      +£1.25 service fee



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