Hope and Social in Topless Seaside Shenanigans Shocker

We’re all going on a… busmans holiday – 4th September

After numerous blogged and tweeted hints, Hope and Social are proud to announce our next “event”. Book it in now

We’re off to the seaside.

To celebrate the end of summer, we’re holding another of the now (in)famous Hope and Social events. So far we’ve had a gig in our studio and made a record, turned our studio into a Bistro and recorded a song for our album… this time, we’re taking the “Summer Holiday” approach and hopping on a beautiful (weather permitting) topless (open-topped I believe they’re called), double-decker Routemaster… yep, the one with the pole at the back for near-death-experience swinging on (NB – health and safety says “NO!”) … and we’re damn excited about it to boot.

NB event does not include topless pole-dancing.

The Plan

Subject to change (expect this to change). As per usual, we’ll be fleshing this out with further shenanigans between now and the event itself but you can expect something along the lines of:

York Pullman Routemaster - Pic by Carl Spencer

– Leeds -> Starting in Leeds town centre we will be making a round trip to the seaside on a beautiful York Pullman Routemaster.
– The band, playing on the bus for your delectation. No doubt, at some point making some very obvious Cliff Richard reference or other.
– We will, no doubt, Have Fun and Make Art. So expect [shudders] audience participation.
– We’ll stop at one of our all time favourite venues “The Lion Inn“, Blakey Ridge “Best pub in the North York Moors” – The Guardian. Which, incidentally, was the venue for Rich’s wedding too. We’ve a long and beautiful relationship with the place, come share our fave pub. Food will be available here should you feel peckish (not included in event price).
– All things being well (we still have to iron out a couple of kinks on this exact bit), we’re heading to Runswick Bay, to the site of good ol’ Jason’s wedding where we’ll be having:

– A Barbecue on the beach (included in the price)
– A gig at the Sailing Club (included in the price)
– A swim…. maybe (bring your cossie)
– The finishing off the “Marching On Through” video series and the culmination of much fan-involvement fun.

The Pricing

So, we’ve spec’d out the cost of a train journey and bus to Robin Hood’s Bay costs upwards of £33, we’re going to get you there and back, feed you at the beach, and provide entertainment throughout for £25 (plus Eventbrite booking fee). The only thing we’ve not included really is your drinks for the day, and your food at the Lion Inn.

We think it’s good value but if you need any convincing (and to give you some context) here’s what people say about our events:

“The most unique and enjoyable gig I’ve been to” – James Lester

“Every Hope and Social gig is an event, and a Hope and Social event is like Christmas morning when I was five” – Ellen Schauer

“An excellent evening filled with glorious entertainment and laughs along the way” – Dawn Storey

“the wee Irish fella serving me tea was alright and I like playing my kazzoo out of time to annoy people around me” – Stuart Ward


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Mike Watts
July 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

This will be a fabulous day out of great music, mirth, merriment and memorableness – ’60’s seaside here we come …

July 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

booked, booked, booked, booked, book(ed)- was it wise to book THEN work out how to get there?!!!!

July 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

There!!!! And May, I like your thinking!

Martin “slaphead” Peacock
July 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

Indecision let me down, crumbs I missed it! can a camper tag along at a very simular top speed to a routemaster?

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September 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

Check out the time lapse photography of the day:!/video/video.php?v=1442320610544

Thank you for a fab day out.

September 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

Yet another legendary hope and social event that was just too cool for school and had that delicious feeling of “bunking off” for the day!

October 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Bugger, missed it. love to all