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Announcing the 'Great Summer Re-Connect'

Unique Oak Hall adventure in Otford Manor grounds
Big fields, sweet chestnut logs, endless footpaths
The 'Garden Stage' for live events
Safely reconnect with Oak Hall friends

 
 
 

Come and join us in the grounds of Otford Manor to reconnect with each other and focus our hearts and minds on Jesus.

The spring of 2020 has been a difficult time for many of us and it feels like we need to go on an Oak Hall Expedition; but we want to do it responsibly at this strange moment in history. 
 

Oak Hall exists so that we can go on adventures together, grow in friendship and fix our eyes on the One who made us.

We would like to invite you to join us in the fields around Otford Manor for a unique adventure that will enable us to be together in a way that is carefully designed to be in line with government guidance to keep each other safe at this time.
 

Marshmallows and catching up...

Large pitches spread across the fields around Otford Manor enable us to camp, toast marshmallows and catch up together. We walk across rolling hills, cycle along pretty lanes and gather fire logs in the sweet chestnut forest...

It's going to be great. Read on for the details!
 
 

A new language for 2020 - 'bubbles'...

This has been an unusual year - our language is changing too... here in the UK we're being encouraged to think in 'bubbles'! A 'bubble' is a group who are permitted by current guidelines to mix and share life in a normal way. The government guidelines continue to be honed but currently, a 'bubble' can consist of up to two households... you will be able to find current details on the relevant websites.

We've designed the 'Great Summer Re-Connect' so that you can come with your 'bubble' and enjoy meeting others too. This is how it works...
 

The area for your bubble is carefully marked out with mown grass

By using our Otford Manor tractor, we have carefully marked out camping areas that allow you plenty of space for just those in your bubble. This makes a lovely home for your weekend where you can be 'self-contained' and yet engaged with the whole 'Great Summer Re-Connect' event. 

Mown corridors form wide paths that allow you to easily move to other areas without breaking current guidelines.
 

A chemically sanitised toilet just for you and those in your bubble

We have organised these weekends very carefully to go beyond the government guidelines for cleanliness and hygiene. There will be no sharing of toilet facilities beyond your immediate bubble. Instead, each bubble will have their own toilet with a small clean-water hand-wash sink that will have been professionally chemically cleaned before your visit. These are very simple toilets but easy to keep clean - a reassuringly straighforward way to ensure that those in your bubble do not cross over with others.
 

Pitch area options for your bubble

You can choose what sized area you would like for your bubble's pitch. When you book, pick the size that suits you best! Even the smallest is still pretty big. The largest is a square, each side of which is the length of a standard Oak Hall coach! Each pitch is equipped with its own toilet.


The pricing of these options are below:

  • 64sqm Pitch: 35.00
  • 100sqm Pitch 50.00
  • 144sqm Pitch 70.00
  • 3 person pre-erected and sanitised tent 20.00 each (up to 2 per pitch).
There is a 'per person' charge in addition (normally 15 per head). 

       
       

      An exciting range of activities

      150 acres of the manor's grounds provide space to explore sweet chestnut forests, big fields and beautiful views. Otford Manor's position in the heart of a nationally recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, provides the perfect place to re-connect with the beauty of God's creation as we sit by our tents, walk across the North Downs and cycle along quiet lanes to pretty villages. Suggested walks and cycle routes will be made available and adult bikes can be pre-booked to hire for 35. 

      ...and each evening we have a special series of Bible talks.
       

      The Garden Stage: open-air auditorium for live events

      We have designed a special open-air auditorium area 'the Garden Stage' where we can sit on our own chairs or bring a blanket to sit on the grass. (All arranged in compliance with current guidelines). In this space, we will be able to listen to music and other presentations as well as experience our evening Bible sessions...
       

      Inspiring evening Bible teaching and opportunities for discussion

      On Friday and Saturday evenings, and on Sunday morning, we will share a time of opening the Bible together as we listen to the Bible helpfully explained. 

      Some of us may be thinking about the claims of Jesus for the first time - we pray these sessions will be eye-opening. We pray that for others who have been walking with Him for a long time these sessions will bring deep spiritual nourishment and encouragement. 

      For those who prefer to remain on their pitches, we will livestream the teaching so that they can connect as well.
       

      Delicious evening meals from the manor kitchen - 'delivery service'

      Many of us will cook for ourselves - using camping gas cookers, bringing barbecues or even cooking in fire pits* 

      On Friday and Saturday evenings, you can opt for a lovely meal cooked fresh in the Otford Manor kitchen. We will deliver these meals to your camping area in recyclable packaging with utensils between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. 

      MANOR KITCHEN MENU 
      Friday: Italian bolognese with fusilli pasta; 
      Saturday: Chicken in a creamy sauce served with rice. 
      Sunday (GS38): Moroccan Beef with Couscous

      The prices for these evening meals from the manor kitchen per person and including delivery are:
      • Fri & Sat: 12
      • Friday only: 7
      • Saturday only: 7 
      • GS38 Fri, Sat & Sun: 18
      Please book these meals when you book your place. We will have a vegetarian option available but are sorry that we will not be able to cater for further dietary requirements. 

       * a limited number of fire pits are available to hire 20 each.
       
       

      Arriving and departing from the 'Great Summer Re-Connect'

      You can arrive for the 'Great Summer Re-Connect' from 12noon on the Friday of your weekend. As you enter the grounds of Otford Manor, please ensure that your booking sheet is laying inside the windscreen of your car - this includes the number of your pitch. Please follow signs to your numbered pitch and park on the pitch itself (not on the 'corridors' between). We are sorry not to be able to receive pets for these weekends. 

      Departures will be between 2 and 5pm on the Sunday having experienced a refreshing and inspiring weekend together!
       

      Water: practical details for the 'Great Summer Re-Connect'

      You may have noticed that while we have explained that every pitch has a private toilet, we have not yet mentioned showering facilities. This is because there will be none available! Many of us have been on adventures where we wash using bottled water - this is another such experience! 

      We suggest that for every person in your bubble you bring at least one large 5l bottle of water for each day. This should be plenty for drinking, washing, cooking and cups of tea! There will not be standpipes available but we will have a limited number of 5l spring water bottles for sale.
       

      Electricity and Data: practical details for the 'Great Summer Re-Connect'

      As we keep these events as simple as possible, there will not be electricity supplies available at the 'Great Summer Re-Connect'. Instead, we will charge phones and laptops in our cars. 

      If you choose to connect with the evening events while staying on your pitch, or plan to use the internet in other ways during the weekend, you will need to use your mobile phone data allowance to go online.
       
       

      A typical weekend's progamme

      Friday: 
      12noon-5pm - arrivals
      5:30-6:30pm - Manor Kitchen meals delivered
      7:30-8:30pm - evening event at the Garden Stage

      Saturday:
      Time to walk, cycle, play croquet, swim, sit and drink orange juice on the sun terrace...

      5:30-6:30pm - Manor Kitchen meals delivered
      7:30-8:30pm - evening event in open-air auditorium

      Toast marshmallows in fire pits over sweet chestnut logs.

      Sunday:
      11am-12noon - morning worship at the Garden Stage

      Lunch, time to relax...

      2pm-5pm - departures 

       

      Come and join us for the 'Great Summer Re-Connect' !!

      Otford Manor is an alcohol free venue - we'd appreciate all guests respecting this when packing for the 'Great Summer Re-Connect'.

      We are looking forward to this unusual summer and hope that you will be able to share it with us!

      Please choose your dates from the list below. If there is any way that we can help you as you book, please feel free to call.

      See you soon!

      Dates/Prices

      The base price per person for the GS weekends is £15 for the 3-day events and £20 for the 4-day event.

      In addition, you will then need to select your pitch hire and size:
      64sqm Pitch: £35.00
      100sqm Pitch £50.00
      144sqm Pitch £70.00
      You only need to book and pay for one pitch per group/bubble - please indicate in the room share box who you will be sharing your pitch with.

      All ages are invited to the weekends.

      Some weekends are themed as indicated below:
      WORD. - We will hear Andy Robinson's teaching on Revelation LIVE at the Manor.
      Family Weekend - Activities put on for Children separate to adult teaching.
      Bank Holiday - 4 days at the Manor!

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      GS35 - £15View/Book ->
      GS36 - £15View/Book ->
      GS37 - £15Family WeekendView/Book ->
      GS38 - £20Bank Holiday - 4 daysView/Book ->
      Availability Key:
      Full but waiting list available
      Place may be available on request
      Places still available
      A few places still available