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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. The 2019 Leaping Hare will take place on Saturday 30th March at our regular venue.

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

 

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 #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. (coaches stop here too near the bus 'station') walk up the town to 'Head Street' 10- 15 min walk. Turn right at Head St. The #8 and 65 buses destination 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 that 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 #8 or 65 bus.  #8 stops at stand Ja on Queen Street, walk downhill and bear left for Colchester Town rail station. 65 stops at the bottom of Osborne Street, stand Ac beside the multi storey car park / bingo. Turn left as you exit the bus, the rail station is just off St Botolph’s roundabout on your right at the end of the street. For Coaches turn right as you exit the bus.


***RAIL ENGINEERING WORK*** Train travel - planned engineering work on 30th March. All train travel below is to Colchester mainline station (also called Colchester North).

Travelling from London, you will need to take the underground central line to Newbury Park shuttle coach from Newbury Park to Ingatestone then train to Colchester. 1 hr 56 journey time. Last train returns 23:03.

Travelling from Southend
Southend Victoria to Shenfield bus then train to Colchester 2hr 44 mins. Last train returns 23:06

Travelling from Southminster
Southminster to Wickford on bus then change bus Wickford to Shenfield on bus then train to Colchester 2 hrs 48. Last train returns 21:31

Travelling from Wickford
Wickfork to Shenfield bus then train from Shenfield to Colchester travel time 
1 hr 38. Last train returns 23:06

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 #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 #8 or 65 bus. 65 stops at the bottom of Osborne Street, beside the multi storey car park / Gala bingo.#8 stops at stand Ja on Queen Street, walk downhill and turn right up Osborne St for coaches. 65 stops at the bottom of Osborne Street, stand Ac beside the multi storey car park / 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 #8 & 65 go in 2 directions from the town centre – you don't want to end up travelling the wrong direction away from the venue


If you would like to book a stall (please note they tend to sell out around six months in advance) contact stalls, offer your skills as a speaker/performer for the 2020 event, or purchase a ticket then please email the address below. Due to changing demands from our insurers, stallholders will need to have their own Market Traders insurance. If you do not have this, talk to us and we can explain what to do.

This site was last updated on 29th March 2019

Tickets are also available from Philippa 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 2019 talks

Subject to change, our programme will include...

Art Slocum's talk ~ Heathenry and Race. Former American police officer specialising in gang crime, Art is now a sociology Masters student and Heathen. He will explore the links between a minority of extreme Heathen groups and racial politics. 

Mike Kettle's talk ~ Finding Ley Lines. Mike will explain what ley lines are and how to map them and work with them.

Jo van der Hoeven's talk ~ Riding the Hedge. Jo will talk to us about hedge witchcraft, as explored in her latest book. 

Mike Carrington's talk ~ The Darkening Age. Mike will look at the impact of Christianity on the Classical world in ancient times and how that links to patterns observable in the present.



Anne & Steve Dawson workshop ~ Dowsing. Steve will teach you how to dowse and its various usages.

Carol McDowell's talk ~ Carol will be taking over from John to talk about the campaign she participated in to (successfully) get a memorial to victims of the Witch Trials, accompanied by poetry from Greg McDowell. Her aim is to inspire other people to engage with local authorities to get their own memorials.

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 deity Tehuti (Thoth) 

Rob Lummis ~ will be regaling everyone with a Native American story