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This is the website for the annual Leaping Hare convention, which is held every spring in Colchester, Essex, Britain. We will update this site with information about each forthcoming convention, as well as featuring reviews of previous years.

IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION...

By Car - ***IMPORTANT*** parking for the Leaping Hare Pagan Convention - please park only in the (free) Community Centre Car Park; if you park in Tesco's car park, you risk a *big fine*! Here's how to get there...http://www.highwoodscommunitycentre.co.uk/find-us.html

 

By Public transport – trains & buses. We suggest that it's generally easier to get to LH via Colchester (the mainline station -also known as 'Colchester North). Exit the station from platform 4 (exit beside WH Smith shop), bearing left down to the road. Once you are at the roadside, turn right, walk to the SECOND bus stop, and you can get the no 8 or 65 bus marked 'Highwoods Tesco', 'Tesco Highwoods' or 'Highwoods Square' – (all the same place by different names!) Get the bus to this destination, as it is the turnaround for buses and the Venue for Leaping Hare is also there, on your left or behind you as you exit the bus. To return to the rail station, cross the square from the venue and get a no 8 or 65 bus – ask for Colchester North / Colchester railway station – the bus stops on the opposite side of the road to the station (outside 'Wickes' building supplies). From Colchester Town railway station – from the station, turn right and then left at Osborne St. walk up the town to 'Head Street' 10- 15 min walk. Turn right at Head St. The nos 8 and 65 buses marked 'Highwoods Tesco', 'Tesco Highwoods' or 'Highwoods Square' – (all the same place by different names!) go from stand 'Ec' outside the Odeon Cinema. Get the bus to this destination, as it is the turnaround for buses and the Venue for Leaping Hare is also there, on your left or behind you as you exit the bus. On your return from LH, cross the square from the venue and get a no 8 or 65 bus. nos 8 and 65 stop at the bottom of Osborne street, beside the multi storey car park / Gala bingo. Turn left as you exit the bus, the rail station is just off St Botolphs roundabout on your right at the end of the street.


***RAIL ENGINEERING WORK*** planned engineering work on the weekend of Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March – On the day of LH, instead of travelling from London Liverpool St as normal, you will need to get a train to Newbury Park (underground), and rail replacement buses will be running between Newbury Park & Ingatestone, where you can catch your train to Colchester (your train tickets will be accepted on the Central line underground between Liverpool St & Newbury Park) – so please allow extra time for your journey – please check National Rail website for further information -http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture.aspx?TravelDate=24%2F03%2F2018&TOC=le

 

Coaches – Coaches into Colchester generally stop at stand Ba on Stanwell St. cross Stanwell St and head up Osborne St / St Johns Road to Head St Turn right at Head St the nos 8 and 65 buses marked 'Highwoods Tesco', 'Tesco Highwoods' or 'Highwoods Square' – (all the same place by different names!) go from stand 'Ec' outside the Odeon Cinema. Get the bus to this destination, as it is the turnaround for buses and the Venue for Leaping Hare is also there, on your left or behind you as you exit the bus. On your return from LH, cross the square from the venue, and get a no 8 or 65 bus. 8 and 65 stop at the bottom of Osborne street, beside the multistorey car park / Gala bingo. Turn right on exiting the bus and the Coach stand you arrived at is to your left on Stanwell St. ***IMPORTANT*** Please CHECK the destination on the bus – as the nos 8 & 65 go in 2 directions from the town centre – you don't want to end up traveling the wrong direction away from the venue . :)

If you would like to book a stall (please note they tend to sell out quite a few months in advance) contact stalls, offer your skills as a speaker/performer for the 2018 event on Saturday 24th March, or purchase a ticket then please email the address below.

This site was last updated on 15th March 2018

Tickets are also available from Philipa on 07564 28823807564 or via [email protected]

Ticket prices are £6.50 in advance, or £8 on the door. Disabled people bringing non-pagan carers can request a free ticket for one carer.

 

Planned 2018 talks

Subject to change, our programme will include...

Sam Marks's talk ~ Walking the Antlered Road. tbc.

Robin Herne's talk ~ The Year of the Dog. Robin's talk will take you walkies through canine mythology from around the world, exploring how our four-legged friends have been honoured, harnessed for magic, and occasionally feared.

Derek Starkswood's talk ~ The Ancestral Mind through Myth. Before Derek turned native he studied for the Lutheran priesthood - a church that lays great store by scriptural accuracy. In this talk he explains how to apply those study principles to gain the maximum insight from your own mythology. 

Richard Levy's talk ~ Narrative Magic. Richard's talk today is on narrative and magic explores how stories are one of the oldest forms of magic, how they teach practical magic and lessons and concerning magical patterns and powerful earth magic.



Emma Bromley's (DipCHyp, HPD, NLP) workshop ~ Guided Cognitive Pathworking. Emma specialises in Cognitive Hypnotherapy, having studied with Trevor Silvester, founder of the Quest Institute in London.  The workshop will involve finding out a little more about yourself, finding a little more about me, and a cognitive pathworking that will hopefully allow you to rediscover a part of you that you had forgotten and also allow you to let go of  part of you that you no longer need. I will be your guide, with your unconscious mind doing all the hard work. You get to sit/lay back and relax and wonder about what positive changes might happen by going on this journey.

Jo van der Hoeven's workshop ~ Women of the Mabinogion

Suzie Edwards' workshop ~ please bring your own drum to take part in the popular rhythm workshop

Adrienne de Roy's workshop ~ commune with the Egyptian deities