For something different, how about a sleepover at County Office? Ideally situated in the city centre, a short distance from the railway station, for trips to the theatre, cinema, shopping or just stay in and make your own fun! There are two choices for accommodation - 'Sycamore' room on the top floor or 'Willow', the training room on the ground floor.
Accommodation. ‘Sycamore’ on the top floor is accessed by stairs only, is fully equipped and has 2 toilets and a small kitchen. It can be used by all sections for up to 12 girls and 4 Leaders. ‘Willow’ on the ground floor may be used by Guides and Rangers for up to 10 girls and 4 Leaders. It may also be used for other sections during your sleepover, if available, but not for sleeping.
Camp beds are provided for sleeping on and there are a few airbeds (subject to availability) but you will need to provide your own pump if you wish to use these, which are stored in ‘Sycamore’ or bring bed rolls.
Chairs and tables can be found in each room for you to arrange as you wish but please return them to their original place, unless otherwise requested.
The kitchen in ‘Sycamore’ has a built-in electric oven, microwave, gas hob, electric kettle, crockery and cutlery and a selection of pans.
Although adequate, it is not recommended that the kitchen is used for cooking ‘three-course’ meals, particularly because the hob fan is the type that re-circulates the air.
What to bring
You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, first aid kit, towels, tea towels, bin bags etc and any activities for your program. There is a small amount of craft items in the cupboard in ‘Sycamore’ which is available to use at no extra cost.
Deposit - £5.00 per night
Fees - £3.00 per head per night (girls and leaders) is charged with a minimum of £20 per night (£30 non - Leicestershire units)
Equipment Hire - if you wish to use any of the equipment for hire while you are here, it will need to be booked and paid for in the usual way.
Cleaning - when extra cleaning is needed after your visit (e.g. the cooker left dirty) there is a surcharge of £5, which will be invoiced to your unit.
Damages - if anything is damaged or broken during your stay, you should expect to replace this after discussion with The County Office.
Keys - You will need to collect the keys at least three days before the start of your event. At this time you will be shown around the building and given instructions with regards to the security of the building, which should take approximately 30 minutes. This MUST be someone who will be on the sleepover.
Office hours are normally 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday but we are sometimes available outside of these hours, by prior arrangement. Even if you have been before, things may have changed since your last visit.
Security/Fire safety - It is vital that you submit a mobile number, when booking, for someone who will be at the sleepover.
Refunds - Your deposit may be refunded if your event is cancelled 14 days before the start of your event.
Forms - The usual health and REN forms will need to be completed.
Booking - Complete the online booking form on this page. N.B. You need to allow about 20 seconds after pressing the Submit button for your form to send. You will know when it has gone, when the form disappears and a message appears at the top of your screen "Thank you for completing this booking...…" If this hasn't happened after about 40 seconds, please check that you have the correct answer to the sum (if this is incorrect, the form will not submit).
Payments - Please make your cheque payable to 'The Guide Association - Leicestershire' and send to Girlguiding Leicestershire, 97 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DW Please be aware that bookings will not be confirmed until the deposit has been received.
Balances can by paid by cash on the day of departure or by cheque within 7 days of the event. Please provide a stamped addressed envelope if you wish us to post you a receipt.