The Vernon Levy Memorial Pie Appreciation Society is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Cambridge Piec-nic which this year will take place on Saturday 8 September 2018. There will be: cycling (so please bring a bike with you); a gin cafe visit* (so please bring a fresh liver with you); a picnic in Grantchester Meadows (so please bring your picnic blankets with you); laughter, flirtation and gossip aplenty (so please do not bring any tabloid reporters with you). The final itinerary will be published closer to the date but will include an opportunity to shop for toothsome comestibles (including pies of various descriptions) and vital liquids** on the day. This early announcement is to gauge initial interest. If you're interested please pop your name below or drop me a PM. * Including the chance for the rich pensioners amongst you to buy your host that bottle of gin he's been hankering after. **Grantchester Common doesn't have public loos but we will be near a local pub who won't mind us using their loos as long as some people are buying drinks. Although we will want to bring some booze with us, it would be nice and polite to give the pub some business. TRAVEL Rail Trains take about an hour from London. There are also links from the East Coast main line via Peterborough and cross country via Birmingham (from Birmingham New Street calling at Coleshill Parkway, Nuneaton, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough, March and Ely). Road Easily accessible via the M11/A11, A14 and A10. Parking in the city centre can be in short supply at the weekend - and expensive - but there are a number of Park & Ride sites around the city, including one in Trumpington which is connected to the Guided Busway - which has a very good cyclepath alongside, as far as Cambridge station. ACCOMMODATION Some people will be travelling some distance and have asked about accommodation. Here's some suggestions: Hotels There are two Travelodge hotels in central Cambridge: Cambridge Central (which is close to the station) and Cambridge Newmarket Road. There is also one off the A14 in the north of the city (Orchard Park). There’s also a Premier Inn towards the centre of the city as well, on Newmarket Road (next door to the Travelodge). There are two in the north of the city, one off the A14 (again next door to the Travelodge) and one in Girton. There are also numerous other hotels and B&Bs. I’d recommend TripAdvisor. There's also a very nice youth hostel right near the station. Campsites There is a Camping & Caravanning Club site about 3 miles from the city centre in Great Shelford (just down the road from me) which is well used by cyclists: Cabbage Moor Campsite. This is the one closest to the picnic site at Grantchester - but it is also the busiest in Cambridge. There’s a Caravan Club site in Cherry Hinton and a privately owned site, Highfield Farm Touring Park, which has reasonable rates for cyclists. The Cherry Hinton site is a couple of miles from the city centre and the Highfield Farm site is about 5 miles. Both are on main bus routes as well.