Big Weekend 2022

The Big Weekend is the OWPG’s annual gathering.

The Big Weekend provides a great opportunity for members to meet friends old and new, to share experiences, learn new things and participate in the running of our Guild.
In short, we can – fingers duly crossed – continue the process of re-establishing our participation in a more normal world.


The Field Studies Centre at Grange over Sands

FSC Grange over Sands


Friday 7 October to Monday 10 October 2022

The cost:

Rates for staying at the centre, including those staying in camper vans are inclusive of all meals and packed lunches and are £50 per person per night for three nights, £55 per night for two nights and £70 for one night only (if available).

Single supplement (limited number only) will be £15 per person per night.

Camper van users will pay £45 per night if travelling alone and £37.50 where two share. Both rates are inclusive of meals and use of showers and other facilities.

Dress Code:

There is no dress code!

AGM and Awards Ceremony.

As usual the Guild’s AGM will take place at 4:30pm on the Saturday and the annual Awards ceremony/dinner will take place on the Saturday evening.

A link to download AGM info will appear in due course (members only, you will need to login to access this link!)

Further Information

Booking has closed for members wishing to attend the 2022 Big Weekend and AGM.

Castle Head is superbly located, close to the wide sands of Morecambe Bay and just a short distance from Windermere and the Lake District National Park and World Heritage Site.

A diverse programme of activities is on offer for members and guests:

There will be the chance to go canoeing from the Centre, as well as trying out the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way, taking a Bronze Age discovery walk, catching a steam train to Windermere for a steamer ride on the lake, fell-walking, and professional development workshop.

Getting There (public transport)

For those wishing to arrive by train, it’s a couple of miles from Grange-over-Sands station on the Barrow line from Lancaster, on the West Coast Main Line.


At last year’s Big Weekend at FSC Malham we enjoyed (thanks to COVID) a significant degree of flexibility in our accommodation which is unfortunately not available to us this year.

This means that single rooms will be very much at a premium and there will be a slightly higher surcharge for these, which will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

Also, priority will be given to those staying for three nights, followed by those staying for two nights on Friday and Saturday.

It may not be possible to accommodate anyone staying for one night only on site.

Onsite at Castle Head:

  • Double or single rooms
  • Campervan spaces (for a modest fee).

Further Afield (Grange-over-Sands):

There is a wide variety of choice – from bunkhouses to quality B&Bs/hotels.

We are pleased to advise that we have identifed various alternative accomodation options in the area and a list will be provided to anyone we can not accommodate. Members unable to stay at Castle Head will be able join colleagues each morning to take part in activities and for the evening meal each day, the latter at modest cost.


Once downloaded, save the Accommodation file so it has your name in the title, complete it, and then return your form to the BW organiser, Stan Abbott and copy in our BW Assistant Organiser, Kevin Sene

You will also need to send a deposit of £60 to Ronald our Treasurer (bank details on accommodation form) unless your total comes to less than £60.

Planned Activities

The Activities form (available for members to download below – if you cannot see the button, please login and it will appear!) presents all the different options for members and guests attending our Big Weekend at Grange over Sands.

Please do not complete this form unless you have already sent in an accomodation booking form.

Please ensure that you complete all sections of the Activities Form for yourself and for any guest or partner you are bringing. Also, be sure to complete the section at the end on eating requirements.