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Welcome to the Gay Outdoor Club


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.

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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.

For more specialist activities we have groups for caving, rock climbing, cycling, swimming and skiing. Some of those events are for people with experience, but we also have events for novices.

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!

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Next Weekend Events

Fri 26 to Sun 28 Feb 2016

Borrowdale Weekend

Borrowdale Weekend

Near Keswick, Cumbria, England

Booking required

[Mountaineering]   Transpennine, Adventure Out Groups   Full details...

Sun 06 to Sun 13 Mar 2016

The annual GOC skitrip to the Alps

[Skiing]   Skiing Group   Full details...

Mon 14 to Wed 16 Mar 2016

Trip to Shrewsbury on Heart of Wales with one/two night stay

Trip to Shrewsbury on Heart of Wales with one/two night stay

[Walk]   West Wales Group   Full details...

Fri 25 to Mon 28 Mar 2016

Easter on the Isle of Rum

Easter on the Isle of Rum

Near Isle of Rum, Highland, Scotland

Booking required

[Mountaineering]   Scotland, Adventure Out Groups   Full details...

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