The 2019 social event was held in at the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis. Llanberis, originally founded on the slate quarrying, industry is now very much the base for walkers enjoying the Snowdonia National Park.
Members and their partners were invited to dinner and enjoyed guest speaker John Sherlock, the head custodian of Carnarfon castle who covered its place in history since the 12 century.
After a much needed nights sleep, the party enjoyed a journey up Snowdon on the Mountain Railway, despite the weather at the top being poor and the café and summit being rather crammed.
The 2017 social event was held in the vibrant city of Liverpool at the centrally positioned Hard Days Night Hotel, a Beatles themed hotel renowned for its quality. Members enjoyed a complimentary champagne reception in Hari’ s bar followed by a presentation by leading authority Joseph Sharples on the history of Liverpool through its architecture, before enjoying dining in the Hard Days Night Suite.
Accommodation was provided in the hotels Luxury rooms including breakfast.
The EIA Autumn Social Event was held in the 4* Bailbrook House, a Grade II listed property, set within 20 acres of private grounds, with commanding views towards central Bath and the countryside. As usual, by a free bar for guests, was available from 6 pm and 7 pm, the guests were entertained by a talk on Bath by an enthusiastic representative of ‘Tailored Walking Tours’. Dinner, preceded by champagne was served in the Lansdowne room. Up to two couples were given complimentary entry from each Member company and 39 people attended. On the Saturday morning, many of the guests took advantage of one of those walking tours, although those who left it later in the day took a soaking for their troubles and had to take refuge in a local hostelry
The EIA Autumn Social Event was held in the 4* Palace Hotel in Buxton. Said to be the premier hotel in the town it is set in 5 acres of grounds with a commanding view of Buxton and the countryside beyond. The dinner was held in the Conservatory at the front of the hotel. It was preceded, as usual, by a free bar for guests, starting at 6 pm. At 7 pm, the guests were entertained by a talk on Buxton and the surrounding area given by Michael Clement from Discover Buxton. The illuminating and fascinating presentation was illustrated by slides and a video.
Dinner was served at about 7.45 pm. Drinks during the meal will be paid for by the Association. Up to two couples were given complimentary entry from each Member company and, in the end, a record number of 42 people attended.
On the Saturday morning, most of the guests took advantage of a complimentary guided tour of Chatsworth House. This was an eye-opening insight into one of the most beautiful furnished houses in the UK. Most guests took a lunch in the restaurant and finished with a tour of the extensive gardens. Some couples returned to Buxton for a second night at The Palace Hotel. This was agreed to have been one of the most successful Social Events held by the EIA.
Set within 80 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and located a short distance from the historic Whitby coast, Raithwaite Hall Country Retreat (YO21 3ST) offered its guests luxury and splendour in some of the country’s most sumptuous and luxurious surroundings. The evening meal was held in a side room to the hotel restaurant, specially reserved for the EIA.
The hotel has extensive leisure facilities, including a gym, a heated swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi.
After enjoying the complimentary bar Mr Harry Collett gave a talk on Whitby, its history and its literary significance. A three course meal was served at 7.30 pm with complimentary wine, soft drinks or beer provided.
On the following morning, a full English breakfast was available for guests before assembling in the foyer at 10.am for the morning tour of Whitby Abbey.
The venue for the dinner on Friday 5th October was in the Lake District at the 4 Star Whitewater Hotel, a few minutes drive from Lakeside Quay on Windermere. The restaurant and one of the bars were reserved solely for EIA use. All costs incurred by the 40 Members and partners were met by the Association. On the Saturday morning, guests met at the Lakeside Quay and took a cruise on Lake Windermere where a Freedom of the Lake ticket was provided to each guest. The party disembarked at Ambleside and enjoyed a lunch at the Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside, courtesy of the Association. The return trip to Lakeside was in two parts for those people wanting to stop off at Bowness for an hour to go shopping. Some guests opted to stay an extra night at their own expense at the Whitewater Hotel for further sightseeing on the Sunday
This was held at The Hilton Hotel, Nottingham, NG1 3PZ. There were 18 guests who attended this EIA complimentary function. The dinner was preceded by an entertaining presentation on the darker side of Nottingham’s colourful history. It was not only informative in a gruesome manner but was delivered in an amusing way. One guest was fortunately on hand to correct the historical data.
On Saturday 8th October, a tour on Nottingham had been arranged. The drizzling conditions outside did not deter the guests nor reduce the enjoyment from a fascinating tour of the city. The excellent guide corrected several misconceptions about the castle and Robin Hood at the same time as informing the gathered company of events surrounding the arrest of Charles I and the introduction of celery to the UK. The tour lasted for 90 minutes and finished at The Salutation Inn, which was not only the oldest pub in town but was conveniently above the most haunted caves in Nottingham. A drink in the snug was a good way to end the event.
The last EIA Social Event was held at the Park Inn (YO1 6JF), near the centre of York, on Friday 22 October and Saturday 23 October 2010. As usual, the event was heavily subsidised by the Association with pre-dinner drinks, diner drinks and the dinner itself complimentary. The dinner was provided in excellent surroundings of the Regatta Suite which was exclusive to the EIA. It was preceded by a talk on folklore legends and ghostly historic tales of York Bed and breakfast on the Friday night were also paid for by the Association. On the following morning, guests were invited to enjoy a complimentary cruise on the Ouse, which was close by. There was a wealth of tourist attractions in York within walking distance of the hotel, such as, The Minster, The Shambles, Clifford’s Tower, The Castle Museum, The Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Some guests stayed for a second night at their own expense. The event was even more successful than in 2009, judging by the attendance of 38 people at the dinner. Participation in the cruise was noticeably reduced due to excesses the previous night.
The last Social Event was held on 9/10 October 2009 at Frodsham, near Chester, where a dinner was attended by 28 guests at The Old Hall Hotel.
This was a very enjoyable occasion with good food and excellent service. The number of people attending was higher than in 2008, which reflected the popularity that this event now enjoys. On the Saturday morning, 20 of the guests went to Catton Hall to participate in Quad Trekking, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery. Everyone who participated found the occasion to be memorable and those who endured the 9 mile quad trekking course finished with smiles that underlined this to have been the best Social Event for many years. All charges at the hotel and Catton Hall were met by the Association.