Frequently Asked Questions

  • HOW WILL I KNOW IF AN EVENT IS SUITABLE FOR ME?

Please check with the organiser if you’re unsure.  Consider the details about the demands of the event given by them and be honest with yourself about your own abilities.

We want you to have an enjoyable experience and we also have to consider the safety of our other members, so please find out as much as you can before you make a decision.

  • DO I NEED TO LET THE ORGANISER KNOW THAT I’LL BE ATTENDING AN EVENT?

Some events must be booked in advance. These are marked on the programme.

Even for events where it is not essential to book, it is a very good idea to let the organiser know that you’ll be attending an event because they can then confirm the event details with you and let you know of any last minute changes. This is particularly important if you are not yet receiving the group emails.

  • DO I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA TO ATTEND AN EVENT IF I’M NOT A MEMBER?

No.  We encourage prospective new members to come along to a few events within a trial period of two months so that they can meet some of the group, try out the activities and decide whether to join. This does not include trips away from home, which you must be a member to attend.

  • CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN ALONG?

Please check with the organiser first – some events may not be suitable for families. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Please see the membership form and notes (pdf, 93KB) on the How to Join page for details of Child Membership.

  • CAN I BRING A FRIEND/GUEST ALONG?

For a local day or evening event, yes. Many members were initially introduced to the group through friends. However, friends/guests cannot come on overnight trips with the group.

  • CAN I BRING MY DOG ON A WALK?

Dogs are usually welcome but please check with the organiser first. Some walks go through nature reserves or other areas where dogs may not be allowed.

All dogs must be kept on short leads and under proper control for the entire walk. Dog owners are responsible for complying with this rule at all times.

The only exception is if a herd of large animals become disturbed by the dog, in which case you are advised to let the dog go for your own safety and the safety of other members of the group.

Please remember to bring water for your dog to drink and the necessary kit to clean up after your pet.

  •  CAN I GET A LIFT TO THE EVENT?

It is often possible to organise a lift to the start point for an event.

If you are already on the group email list, please send an email asking if anyone can give you a lift. If you are not yet on the group email list, you can ask the event organiser to assist.

However, please note that it is not the event organiser’s responsibility to arrange lifts for potential participants and there is no guarantee that a lift will be available for every event.

It is the responsibility of persons sharing transport with others to make arrangements regarding petrol costs and to ensure that the driver has appropriate third party insurance for the vehicle concerned.

  • DO YOU STOP FOR FOOD AND DRINK BREAKS ON WALKS AND CYCLE RIDES?

Yes. How often will depend on the type and length of the event. Sometimes we carry packed lunches and sometimes we stop at pubs, cafes or tea shops on route. Check with the event organiser for more details.

For most outdoor events, it’s essential to bring enough water or some other non-alcoholic drink to keep you going through the day, especially when the weather is warm.

  • HOW DO I ADD AN EVENT TO THE PROGRAMME?

Any IOG member can organise an event for a future programme.  Take a look at the Organising IOG Events page for help with your planning.

Once you have details of your event, contact the Programme Editor (Lou Rawcliffe) at programme@ipswichoutdoor.org. Future dates in the programme calendar that already have an event planned are indicated as “busy”. These are shown to help you choose a date. However, some of these events may not last all day or may be moveable, so check with Lou if you require a specific date.

 

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