29th Dec – 2nd Jan 2024
Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire
Access details below
We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire for a four-day event over the 2023/24 New Year holidays.
Loving Men+ at New Year is an extravaganza! There’ll be the usual Loving Men+ mix of fun, connection, depth and diverse community. And lots of workshops and activities to help you connect with yourself and others, stretch your comfort zone, be in good company and reflect on your life and where you are going.
We call our events 'Adventures in Intimacy' because they give you opportunities to try out new things, make connections, step outside of your comfort zone and probably laugh harder than you have for a long time. We hope you find our events supportive, challenging, stimulating and inspiring. That's all part of the adventure.
Loving Men+ is a trans and non-binary inclusive and welcoming space.
All the details are below! We look forward to welcoming you to LMNY23!
This year we are operating a two-stage booking system.
Stage 1 First, you buy your ticket for the event through the LM+ website.
|Ticket||Earlybird (before 1st October)||Standard (from 1st October)|
|4-day Pass||£315 (plus accom costs, see below)||£365 (plus accom costs, see below)|
|Concessionary Ticket (for people on low income)||£165 (plus accom costs, see below)||£195 (plus accom costs, see below)|
To apply for a discount code for a Concessionary Ticket, we ask you to briefly explain your financial situation and why you need a Concessionary ticket.
Being a member of the Crew involves helping out with various tasks over the event and gives you £200 off your ticket.
If you wish to apply to join the Crew or for a Concessionary Ticket, please use this form.
Stage 2 Second, you book your accommodation directly with Yarnfield Park. (You will receive a link and a code when you have completed Stage 1.)
Your booking isn’t complete until you have completed both stages. Importantly, our full cancellation terms only apply once you have completed both stages.
Low Cost Options As usual we have a range of low cost options to help people on low incomes participate in the event. These include: paying by instalments (follow the booking procedure in Outsavvy and this option will be offered), joining the crew, concessionary tickets for people on low income, and applying for more assistance through the Bursary Fund. See our website for more information.
Paying by Instalments If you are paying on the Outsavvy payment plan you are responsible for paying the full fee you have agreed to pay. If you do not complete all your payments you may forfeit your place and the money you have paid. The cancellation policy applies to the full fee you have agreed to pay. If you cancel, you will only receive a refund if you have paid funds over and above what is due, according to the cancellation policy.
For more information please click on any of these links:
We are looking forward to a great event! Please help us spread the word!
The Loving Men+ Team
We welcome gay and bi men, trans men and gender non-binary people, from all walks of life who want to develop their capacity to love men. We particularly encourage participation from black and ethnic minority men, HIV positive and negative men, young and older men, trans men and disabled men.
These notes have been compiled by Loving Men+ community member, Ben Evans, who is acting as our Access Coordinator for LMNY 2023. If you have any questions, requests or concerns, do please email Ben directly.
Ben will be taking part in LMNY23, and will be on hand before, during and after, to discuss your experiences, any needs you have, and how we can support access for this event and for future events. Please do get in touch!
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Over the last 7 years that I have been involved in Loving Men activities I have noticed that the community as a whole, led by the organising team, really embrace the idea of making Loving Men events more accessible to d/Deaf, disabled, neurodiverse and chronically ill community members. As someone living with Chronic Fatigue I have been grateful for the flexibility of the team and community in supporting my needs. But we can always improve, and accessibility is an ongoing process – never something that we can tick off the list and not think about again.
With that in mind, we would encourage any community members, or those thinking about joining one of the events, to get in touch and discuss any access needs you may have. We may not be able to offer solutions immediately, we may reply with a proposed compromise or intermediate solution, or we may have to think about how future events can be organised differently. Nevertheless, we genuinely want an active conversation about how our growing (and aging) community can better support all its members and potential members. So please do keep talking with us.
For Loving Men 2022, I am delighted to say that long before I was involved the team made the decision to move to a new venue: Yarnfield Park. True, we don’t have the rolling hills of the Peak District, nor will we have the Victorian or Edwardian grandeur of previous venues. But many of the access issues previously raised by the community will be either solved or improved hugely by the move to this venue. Thanks to the LMNY team for making this bold decision early on.
In the past the facilitator team has collaborated with Sign Language Interpreters to support attendance by BSL users at events.
Regular provision of BSL is a longer-term project for Loving Men.
However, if you would like to attend LMNY 22 and would need Sign Language interpretation do please get in touch and we can discuss if there is any way to support you in attending.
Please tell us which configuration you would prefer
As on previous events, the LM@NY22 organisers are happy to help match community members who may need a little support to help them navigate the event with the events team member and with other community members. If you have concerns about attending the event independently, please do get in touch for an open conversation about what we think the community could provide.
We are keen to hear from you think your access needs may not be covered by the above. Please do get in touch with Ben Evans, our Access Coordinator, via his dedicated email address: email@example.com
Full Booking Cancellation Terms for LMNY23 tickets – if you have completed both stages 1 & 2 of the booking process
|If you cancel your booking:||We will refund you:|
|More than 12 weeks before the event||Your full fee minus £25 admin fee|
|12 – 9 weeks before the event||50% of the fee you paid (or are due to pay, if on a payment plan)|
|5 – 8 weeks before the event||25% of the fee you paid (or are due to pay, if on a payment plan)|
|0 – 4 weeks before the event||No Refund|
|If you cancel your booking:||We will refund you:|
|More than 12 weeks before the event||50% of the fee you paid (or are due to pay, if on a payment plan)|
|12 – 9 weeks before the event||25% of the fee you paid (or are due to pay, if on a payment plan)|
|0 – 8 weeks before the event||No Refund|
Paying by Instalments If you are paying on the Outsavvy payment plan you are responsible for paying the full fee you have agreed to pay. If you do not complete all your payments you may forfeit your place and the money you have paid. The cancellation policy applies to the full fee you have agreed to pay. If you cancel, you will only receive a refund if you have paid funds over and above what is due, according to the cancellation policy.Insurance We always recommend taking out travel insurance to cover you in the event of illness or disrupted travel plans.
Currently, there are no restrictions in place for events of this nature. However, our safety as a community is a high priority for us, so we may put measures in place if there are good reasons for doing so nearer the time.
Loving Men+ is a diverse community. Diversity and inclusion are central to who we are. We have been building an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community for 20 years. It is important to us that bi, queer and trans men, and gender non-binary people who are attracted to men, as well as gay men feel welcome, included and safe enough to participate in our events.
We particularly encourage participation from those within an ethnic minority group, including people who are Black, African and Asian, and people who are HIV positive and negative, younger and older, and disabled, as well as trans men and non-binary people who are attracted to men.
We believe that connecting across differences and dismantling oppressive structures is as much the work of intimacy as learning to listen or share your feelings with another person. If you only want to be with people just like you, our events are not the right place for you. We work hard towards creating a space that is free from bigotry and prejudice and where there is support and challenge to address racism, classism, ableism, ageism, transphobia, biphobia, femme-shaming, HIV prejudice and body-shaming, among other things.
We appreciate that some people know less about these issues and principles, and that others of us may have differing views and feelings about what can be complex and emotional territory. We are up for a discussion and to learn together in a respectful dialogue. If you book a place on our events, we ask you to commit to joining us in this endeavour.
If you need to pay by instalments rather than all-in-one-go please choose this option when you checkout. You need to be all paid up by 6 weeks before the event. Failure to pay any instalments by the dates agreed may result in you forfeiting your place or monies already paid.
There is a limited number of crew places available at the event. In exchange for various kinds of assistance each day during the event, we will give you £200 off your ticket price.Examples are:
If you would like to apply to join the Crew, please use this form, telling us about yourself and what kinds of help you could provide.
Concessionary tickets are funded by the Loving Men+ Bursary Fund with the intention of supporting people on low incomes and increasing diversity at Loving Men+ events.
A concessionary ticket gives you £150 off the price of your ticket.
Please only apply if you cannot afford a full-price ticket.
If you want to apply, complete and submit this form. We will respond as soon as we can to your application.
If successful, we will send you a discount code you can use when booking your place.
It is possible to apply for further help from the Bursary Fund (where funds allow) if you cannot afford the event on a Concessionary ticket alone. Please see the Bursary Fund page and apply using the form on that page.