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Next year's Leaping Hare will be held on Saturday 26th March 2023 at Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester, Essex. 

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 2023 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 6th July 2022

In a normal year tickets are available from Philippa on 07564 288238 or via [email protected] (£6.50 in advance, or £8 on the door). Disabled people bringing non-pagan carers can request a free ticket for one carer. 



The link below will take you to the introduction for the 2021 virtual Hare, to give a flavour of the kinds of talks we have had in the past. If the playlist does not automatically kick in, the links to each video

 are in the description section: 


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...

Public transport Travel Details on the big day * Please CHECK these for yourself, as this is only a guide. **PLANNED RAIL ENGINEERING WORK** will affect your train travel on 25th March - please check your details here: https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/travel-information/service-alterations trains, coaches & 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. (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 nos 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 no 8 or 65 bus. nos 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 Botolphs roundabout on your right at the end of the street. For Coaches turn right as you exit the bus. Coaches ? National Express Coaches into Colchester generally stop at the top of East Hill. Walk uphill, past the town hall, turn left onto Head Street, 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. Get off in the High Street, do NOT cross over. Walk downhill Your coach departs on the opposite side of the road to where you got off your coach. **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 travelling the wrong direction away from the venue.


 

Planned 2022 talks

Subject to change, our programme will include...

Lucya Starza

Dr Brendan Howlin

Jo Hutchings

Tim Clay

Robin Herne

Carys 

Suzi Edwards

Fiona Dowson

Adrienne du Roy

Clan Ogma storytellers