Group Holidays and Events. A great way to meet new people and join organised events.
What is Hooley Time?
We’ve now been running the club for 4 years, initially emerging via extended friends’ networks and steadily growing into a more formalised Club attracting down to earth, outgoing and active people who want to meet new people and join organised events and holidays.
It is very much a ‘house party’ style environment where everyone mucks in. The large majority of members and guests are professionals with similar ‘Go-Getting and Down-to-Earth’ attitudes to life – making the most of our spare time and not taking life too seriously!
Holidays and Weekends away are both UK based and abroad, with members attending from all parts of the UK. Because the Club started 4 years ago by a group of Londoners and Midlanders – there is a fair following from these regions! We do run regular evening events in London, Oxford and Bristol and we’re looking for people keen to get involved with hosting regular gatherings in other areas.
Do remember to join the mailing list for your area, so that you’re kept in touch with holidays and events on the top of the website.
If you’d like to get involved in hosting an event in your area, please go to the ‘contact’ page and submit an e mail letting us know which area you are interested in – you just need to be sociable and outgoing and happy to talk to anyone!
What sort of people join?
Majority of members are professionals, coming from completely mixed industries – from the City, Charity and Social Media Sectors, to Artists, Doctors and Vets and we have lots of members who run their own businesses. We are down to earth and each event is a mix of new and existing members – new faces are always welcomed.
The member network has grown as an extended group of sociable friends and we plan to continue to grow like this and keep the same energized and positive atmosphere.
Membership / Do I have to be a member to attend an event?
You’re welcome to come to events & holidays whether you’re a member or not, with non members paying more expensive event fees. The majority of people who attend Hooley Time events on a regular basis become members because it makes sense financially as you’ll save money by becoming a member.
More information on membership rates on the ‘Join’ page.
Holidays/ How do these work?
There are at least 3 formally organised Hooleytime holidays each year. These include the big ski trip, a summer holiday and a more ‘off the beaten track’ trip – for 2013 it’s a climb up Mount Kenya.
These holidays are organised and hosted by Hooleytime, usually using a Holiday/Tour Operator, such as Ski Total.
There are also smaller, member run holidays and weekends away, such as attending a festival or a walking trip or a wine tasting tour… generally catering for groups of 8 people or less.
These should be treated as going on holiday with friends and are not profit making activities.
Payment for these holidays is agreed and sorted out directly between you and the Hooleytime member hosting the holiday.
For any holidays and weekends away when groups of people are spending prolonged periods of time together, we’ve learnt that the hosts need to have final say as to who they are taking away with them, to ensure that the group dynamics work well.
So from November 2012, for any weekend trips and holidays advertised on the Hooleytime website, members can register their interest in a trip on line. Hooleytime will then confirm the attendees by a communicated date with the host having final approval / veto.
Once you receive an e mail confirming that you are able to attend a formal Hooleytime holiday, you will need to pay a non refundable deposit to secure your place on this trip.
Both members and guests can attend holidays, with guests paying an additional fee.
An example of Events
Events, Weekends Away and Holidays include a Charity Challenges, Skiing, Sailing, Chill Out & Culture Holidays, Tennis Tournaments, Cricket and Hockey Games, Water Skiing, ‘Call my bluff’ Wine Tastings, Walking, Canoeing, Surfing and Cycling Weekends, Rounders and Tennis Tournaments, Safari Dinner Parties and Poker. Recent events have taken us throughout the UK and to France, Italy, Jordan, Switzerland, Greece and Norway.
We support many fund raising events for different charities of our members and have raised over £5000 in the last 6 months for charities including Combat Stress, Shelter and the British Lung Foundation.
There are lots of networking sites out there – however the purpose of this website is simply to provide a quick and straightforward vehicle for you to register, find out what’s going on and book events. Our view is that your spare time is precious and therefore you should spend as little time as possible staring at a screen and instead meet people the traditional way!