Scottish Thistles Durham Tour 12-13 September 2018

We have been invited once again by England LX to take part in their North East England tour in Durham on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September. Matches will be on the Durham University pitch: The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Stockton Road, Durham, Co Durham DH1 3SE, where the pitch is booked for 11:00-15:00 each day. Further details are awaited about the participants and the format of the tournament but it is likely that England LX will have one or two teams and Welsh Dragons will also take part.

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Information from England LX

The Tour will be on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September 2018. Both days will be at Durham University, Maiden Castle, Durham. Pitch booked from 11 to 3 both days.

The tour dinner is at the Radisson Hotel on the Wednesday night. Price is £27 per head to include some wine on the table. We usually have an informal get together on the Tuesday night for those who have travelled then. We may also organise an early evening river cruise on the Tuesday if there is enough interest. There is a bar on the boat!

The Radisson have reserved 30 rooms for both nights 11 and 12 September at the rate for 2016 which is £109 per night B & B for a double/twin room. These will be available until 1 August – quote LX Hockey when booking. The room rate will also include car parking at the hotel. The Premier Inn is directly across the river from the Radisson which is a good alternative. Both are very close to the city centre and a short walk from the pitch along the river for those wanting a leisurely warm up. There are other accommodation options in and around Durham including some University colleges who offer B & B as it is outside of term time.

The format of the tournament is still to be decided but the emphasis is on social, friendly but still competitive hockey with enough time to enjoy the delights of the North East and some of the excellent local beers.