Coming soon - this month and more

Our main programme is planned 3 months in advance. This page gives additional and updated information about EFOG activities taking place over the next few weeks, including those added since the Programme Planning evening. Contact details for members organising events are on member's paper programmes and will be sent via EFOG e-mails.

Events headed FYI (FOR YOUR INFORMATION) have been recommended by an EFOG member but no-one is formally co-ordinating an activity. If interested you will need to make your own arrangements and/or chat with others about doing something together.

An asterisk * marks an events which needs to be booked in advance. Those coming up in in future months are listed at the bottom of this page. Please book asap.

If you are not a member and would like more information or to join us for a trial period please see our home page or  click here

 Updates & Notices



Saturday April 29th         Rochester Sweeps Festival 2017
FYI   Medway's annual festival recreates the joy and laughter of the chimney sweeps' May Day holiday in years gone by. It will be a colourful mix of music, dancing and entertainment. Check it out on-line for more details and get in touch with Fred if you fancy a day out in Rochester. A good event to bring along family and other friends as well. 

Satuirday April 29th     Swaines Green May Fayre   11am - 5pm
If you want to stay closer to home - why not try get along to Swaines Green to enjoy this annual event in Epping.  See group e-mail on 23rd April for more details.

Saturday April  29th - Saturday 6th May       Weekend or week on The Norfolk Broads  
Some lucky EFOGers will be joining Trevor and his gang on this annual cruise on the Norfolk Broads, mooring overnight at riverside villages/pubs, enjoying life on water for a while. How cool is that!   Now fully booked. 


Thursday May 4th         Balloon Volleyball   8pm - 10pm
Volleyball with balloons? How do you do that? Come along tonight to find out. You can have a go - or just watch from the sidelines. Parviz will be the umpire - laughs guaranteed. 

Sunday May 7th            Visit to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
Duncan will be guiding us on a walk around Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, near Colchester. Even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. The walk will include a visit to (our own) Ann's Seat - not to be missed. Meet near The Eagle car park in Snaresbrook at 9.30am to either get a lift (or offer a lift to others). NB No longer able to leave cars in the car park. The journey should take about 1.5hrs - will meet up with others at the site.

Monday 8th May - Friday 12th May          Bodelwyddan Castle  Holiday 
The last EFOG break at this hotel set between Snowdonia and the Sea was so good, Ken wanted to go again. That lucky man got his wish - so this week he and others will no doubt be having a great time in Wales. Lucky people. 
Now fully booked.

Thursday May 11th         Crystal Maze   8pm - 10pm
Tonight Trevor will be guiding us through some fun activities based on this popular game show. Will you be there? Hope so.

Sunday May 14th             Mid-May Walk
One of the best times of the year for a walk. Join Eileen for one today. The plan is to meet at 10am (TBC) in Aldbury Villager, near Tring for a 7.5 mile walk. There will be an option of a pub meal afterwards.

Thursday May 18th         Charades    8pm - 10pm
When did the month of May become the month of EFOG games?  All good fun - in different way. Join Eileen tonight for Charades. Whether or not you like the games, it's always good to meet up with friends. 

Saturday May 20th          Narrowboat Festival at Rickmansworth
Why not get together with Duncan and other EFOG friends to celebrate canals, waterside communities and the environment. Meet up at Liverpool Street underground station near Metropolitan Line at 10:00. Journey is about 1.5 hrs. The Festival now occupies part of the Aquadrome, the towpath between Stockers Lock and Batchworth, and the area around Batchworth Lock. You’ll find a range of music and performing arts, displays and presentations, traders, boats and catering. For more information please contact Duncan or visit

Sunday May 21st    Work day at Chigwell Riding Trust
Our annual stint at the Chigwell Riding Trust For Special Needs - more hands not only do more work but also to have more fun. Come and join Maz and others supporting this great organisation. More details to follow.

Thursday May 25th        Brian's Quiz Night     8pm - 10pm
Brian will be giving our brain cells a work-out tonight. How will you do? Will your team win?

Saturday May 27th        Visit to Knole House and Igtham Mote
Suspect I'm not the only one who still remembers the lovely walk we had a year or so ago in this lovely area near Sevenoaks in Kent? We said then it would be have been good to go round Knole House and Igtham Mote - we didn't have time to then. These National Trust properties are well worth the effort. Ken is organising our outing today. More details to follow.

Sunday May 28th           Open Day at Copped Hall  10.00am to 4pm
Nothing much on today?  Why not get together with a few friends to visit one of our favourite places? There will be access to the whole of the gardens, parts of the mansion (with room stewards present), the cellars and the stables. Tea, coffee, homemade cakes and lunch are available, as well as a bar selling alcoholic drinks. There are stalls and exhibitions, homemade and home- grown produce for sale, and the Trust shop will be open. Entry only £8.

Future activities - which need to be booked in advance:

Friday 16th June to Saturday 24th June   Annual Holiday in Ireland.   Eileen's annual trip to Ireland is more popular than ever this year - and is now fully booked. Have a great time folks!

Saturday 23rd September - Sunday 1st October   Bollington Walking Festival in The Peak District.  Contact Marian NOW for more details about this great opportunity to meet with like-minded people in this beautiful part of England.