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We have just been contacted by PF Central who have notified us that all large PF gatherings within the next couple of months must be cancelled to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19, so sadly the Leaping Hare Pagan Convention will be postponed from its March date. Our insurance will also not cover for the risks posed. We will look to reschedule once the situation is clearer, and will then circulate the new details, with a view to potentially holding Leaping Hare on Saturday 16th October. We will refund all tickets in the event that this does not happen or stallholders and individuals are unable to attend the new date. Please contact Mike about a refund on your stall (or if you wish to ask about a pitch) or, if you need a ticket refund, speak to the person who sold it to you originally.


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 postponed 2020 Leaping Hare will take place on Saturday 16th October at our regular venue (subject to the coronavirus health crisis being resolved by then).

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 W H 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 #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 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 23rd March 2020

Tickets are also available from Philippa on 07564 28823807564 or via infoleaping.hare@gmail.com

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 2020 talks

Subject to change, our programme will include...


Will Wright, will talk about Heathen shamanic traditions in "Hung from the Tree";

Ben Farrell, will explore the roots of Jewish folklore and mysticism surroounding the animated clay statues known as golems - most famous of which hailed from Prague"Legends of the Golem";

Samantha Godley, "Honouring the Ancestors";

Nick Ford, "Gods Just Wanna Have Fun"; WARNING: This lecture contains expressions and concepts which some may find offensive, blasphemous, even alarming. It is intended to be a punchy little wake-you-up-after-lunch number which attempts to explain why - how it can possibly be - that even though the gods are nice, they allow awful things to happen. Actually you could skip this one and go for a beer instead, if you reflect that you are also a nice person who allows bad things to happen, and just extrapolate that thought a bit.  If you do decide to skip it though, you will also miss a brilliant tour de force exposition of World Religion, the Antediluvian Lore Of Ancient Mesopotamia, a logical reconciliation of Monotheism and Polytheism and, of course, the solution to The Problem Of Evil. It's up to you what you do about it. The gods - and The Supreme Being - gave you free will, and if you use it to piss them off, whose fault is it? Nick Ford is just this guy who's been thinking about this kind of stuff for the past sixty years or so. It isn't necessarily a recommendation.

Lorna Smithers, "Gwynn ap Nudd"; Gwyn ap Nudd is a Brythonic warrior-hunter god and ruler of Annwn (the Otherworld) and the dead. Lorna will provide an introduction to his myths and share her experiences as an awenydd ‘person inspired’ devoted to him along with performing some devotional poetry.

THERE WILL ALSO BE...

Storytelling with Clan Ogma, a druid group from the Suffolk-Essex borders that was founded in 1993. They will be in full period costume and recounting the tale of The Harp of the Dagda;

Adrienne de Roy has communed with the Kemetic deities over many decades and now runs her own heather farm. Her workshop will focus on Anubis, lord of the dead;

Suzie Edwards has been teaching people to drum for many years. Please bring your own drum if you wish to participate in the workshop.