Join us between the 14th and 17th of August for our annual gathering. This year we will be based in the city of Bath.
We have about 2,000 members and for 40 years have been helping people to try new activities and make new friends.
GOC is a members club, run by the people who go on its events. Most events are free and you can just turn up without booking, but when you join GOC all of the money goes to run the club and none on salaries or profits.
Visitors to the website can get a good idea of our range of activities but only members can access full details of events.
Some AOG social events are now full. Those of you who were not able to book these events and want to arrange an alternative could use the AOG forum pages to find like minded people attending the AOG.
Recent changes to the website have introduced the option to Gift Aid your GOC membership fee.
If you pay UK Income Tax you can now use the My GOC pages to complete an online Gift Aid statement. This enables us to reclaim a further 25% of your membership fee from the government....
I’m a television producer working for the Factual Department at BBC Wales.
I’m currently developing some ideas for a new documentary series. As same-sex marriage has been legalised for just over a year it seems like a great time to look into the possibility of producing a documentary on the topic....
The Gay Outdoor Club operates throughout Great Britain and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women.
We organise over 500 events each year including walking, cycling, mountain biking, canoeing, caving, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, swimming and badminton. Most of our events are one day but we also organise weekend and longer events such as hostelling weekends, an arctic adventure and a white water rafting expedition.
GOC consists of over 30 local groups who organise regular walks, cycle rides, weekends away and social events so no-one is far from a GOC event.
We also have an Adventure Out group for dynamic and adventurous people from across the country.
Last year was the 40th Anniversary of the Gay Outdoor Club. Our first advert for members appeared on the 6th of June 1974 and little over a month later our first ever event took place, a camping weekend in Snowdonia.
In June and July many of our local groups celebrated our forty years of being 'Out in the Hills' by visiting the highest peak in their area. Whether you are a long standing member, or new to the Club, take a look through whats happening over the next few months and join in the fun!
Baconsthorpe walk June 2015
6 members, including one member who was visiting the area, turned up for this circular walk taking quiet lanes and footpaths through to Sheringham Park and return.
A pre-walk discussion took place about the role of castles in the story of Norfolk and why for some people Norfolk is more associated with country houses....
Celebrations were the order of this day on this GOC Surrey walk: Ian and Warren celebrated the first anniversary of their wedding day; Ian also celebrated his thirtieth birthday (perhaps not the first thirtieth birthday Ian has celebrated) and husband Warren had celebrated his birthday last Friday....
~~Caving News June 2015 – In Car Entertainment
The word that sprang to mind as we trudged up the path towards Trow Gill was “foreboding”. I had been reading the descriptions of Car Pot in the caving guides: “...the original tight deep hole”; “a constricted crawl, a letter box squeeze, and some awkward pitch heads ....
Having explored some of this once busy industrial area in 2014, we gathered again to delve deep into this valley’s hidden treasures. The previous day had been misty so we were fortunate to have a lovely sunny summer’s evening.
We strolled along ...
Fri 03 to Sun 05 Jul 2015
[Canoeing] East Kent, London, Oxford, Surrey, Sussex, Transpennine, West Kent, Adventure Out Groups Full details...
Near Swanage, Dorset, England
Some options need booking
[Walk] Berkshire & Mid Thames, Solent, Surrey, Sussex, Adventure Out Groups Full details...
Near Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales
[Climbing] Climbing Group Full details...
Fri 10 to Sun 12 Jul 2015
Near Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England
[Camping] East Midlands Group Full details...
The National Diversity Awards are now open and you can nominate GOC for an award.
Nominations are now open for the Comunity Organisation section.
Please help support GOC by promoting the group so that more people get to join in the fun....
More than 376,000 bicycles are stolen every year in England and Wales alone, so it is really important that you know how to protect your bike. CTC's Victoria Hazael takes a look at what you can do to make it as difficult as possible for a thief to cycle away with your precious steed....
This page last updated 1 Mar 2015
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