Icicle Refrozen will take place on the 7th & 8th January 2017 at Donnington Grove Country Club on the North West edge of Newbury.
The 3.4.40 Region of the BBAC have again taken on the organization of this iconic event and we are delighted to revisit this new venue for both flying and social events.
The meet remains informal, un-sponsored and open to all balloonists.
Flying will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with opportunities for tethering throughout both days once the launch site is clear from the morning ascension. See more details on the Flying page.
There will be a three-course dinner on Saturday evening. We are delighted to announce that Dave Boxall, Design Engineer & Technical Manager of Cameron Balloons will entertain us with a fascinating presentation on Fedor Konyukhov's recent record breaking around the world balloon flight.
Cost for the three course dinner on Saturday evening is £29 per person and bookings should be made with Geoff Lescott as soon as possible. We would appreciate an appropriate contribution towards the post-dinner raffle: last year’s was very popular.
The meal timings are 19h30 for 20h00 (7:30pm for 8:00pm in old money).
A selection of wines from the hotel cellar will be available at £15, there will be a pre-order set-up either at the dining marquee entrance or in the downstairs bar.
Dress is smart casual through to black-tie & smart frocks, whatever you are comfortable with.
A Raffle is planned (at Donnington Grove we have to pay for our trade stand halls) and so we would hugely appreciative if you could donate a small but interesting gift to help put together a fun selection. The Trade stands have also been, according to Icicle Tradition, asked to contribute something in return for their free exposure to the Balloon Trade.
This year we will be running a fast-paced raffle draw scheme which will enable more drinking/yarning time after the Guest Speaker has entertained us.
Donnington Grove is offering a special package for the weekend (2 nights, two persons) B&B for £90 per night per twin or double room, or £80 per person per night for a single.
The single night B&B rate is £100 per night for a twin/double or £90 per night for a single.
Please note that these rates are considerably reduced from the normal rates and that there are fewer rooms available (36) in this hotel than at previous venues. Booking is only available via the registration mechanism.
To reserve a room you will need to telephone the hotel direct on 01635 581000. The whole hotel is booked out to us for the Friday & Saturday nights (no internet reservations) so you need to mention any of the Magic Words such as Icicle Refrozen Meet, Balloonist, or 3-4-40 Event. You’ll need to be quick as 15 out of the 36 rooms were re-booked during Icicle Refrozen 2016.