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Saturday, March 17, 2007


Tickets for the 2007 Weird Weekend are now on sale HERE

This year's event will be on the 17-19 August in Woolfardisworthy, North Devon.

The Weird Weekend is the largest yearly gathering of mystery animal investigators in the English-speaking world. Having run unbroken for seven years, the convention attracts speakers and visitors from all over the world and showcases the findings of strange phenomena investigators.

Cryptozoologists, parapsychologists, ufologists, and folklorists are descending on Woolfardisworthy Community Centre to share their findings and insights. Unlike other events, the Weird Weekend will also include workshops giving tips to budding paranormal investigators, and even a programme of special events for children. The Weird Weekend is the only fortean conference in the world that is truly a family event, although those veterans of previous events should be reassured that it is still as anarchically silly as ever!

The event is raising money for the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the world’s only full time, professional cryptozoological organisation.

At this stage - five months before the event - this timetable is ridiculously provisional, and the CFZ take no responsibility for disappointment caused by the non-appearance of any of the advertised speakers
7.00 p.m Cocktail party at the CFZ. All Welcome.
Myrtle Cottage, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR
Noon - 5.00 p.m Open Afternoon at the CFZ
Myrtle Cottage, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR
Community Centre
Doors open at 6.00
6.45 – 7.15 Introduction – to cryptozoology and the Weird Weekend
7.15 – 8.00 JON McGOWAN: Britain's Secret Wildlife
8.00-8.30 BREAK
8.30 - 9.15 PETER ROBINS: Wilhelm Reich and UFOs
9.15 - 9.45 BREAK
9.45 - 10.30 MATTHEW WILLIAMS Crop Circles
Community Centre
doors open at 10.00
11.00 – 12.00 MIKE HALLOWELL: The ghosts of Marsden Grotto
12.00 – 12.30 BREAK
12.30 – 1.00 OLL LEWIS: Lake Monsters of Wales
1.00 – 1.30 BREAK
1.30 – 2.30 Dr CHARLES PAXTON: Predicting the existence of Sea Monsters
2.30 – 2.45 BREAK
2.45 – 3.00 QUIZ
3.00 – 4.00 IAN SIMMONS: Alien Mythologies in Modern Music
4.00 – 4.30 BREAK
4.30 – 5.30 GREGORIY PANCHENKO: The Russian Snowman
5.30 – 6.00 BREAK
6.00 – 7.00 ADAM DAVIES: Dinosaurs in the Congo?
7.00 – 7.30 BREAK
7.30 – 8.30 NICK REDFERN: The Man Monkey of Ranton
8.30 – 8.45 CFZ AWARDS
8.45 – 9.15 BREAK
9.15 – 10.15 JON DOWNES,RICHARD FREEMAN ET AL: The Monsters of the Lake District:2007 Expedition report
Community Centre
doors open 10.30
From 10.30 for an hour Paul Vella will be conducting an informal workshop and presenting an exhibition of evidence for Bigfoot.
11.30 - 12.30 Dr. DARREN NAISH: Island Species; Extinct... or not?
12.30 – 1.00 BREAK
1.00 – 1.45 CHRIS MOISER: TBA
1.45 – 2.45 LARRY WARREN + PETER ROBINS: Excerpts and Outtakes:
Stories that Never Made it into "Left At East Gate."
2.45 – 3.15 BREAK
3.15 – 4.15 PAUL VELLA: 40 Years of the Patterson Bigfoot Film
4.15 - 4.45 BREAK
4.45 – 5.30 RONAN COGHLAN: TBA
5.30 – 6.00 JONATHAN DOWNES: Keynote Speech and Closing Remarks.

EVENING: Dinner at The Farmer's Arms
Wildlife Photography by Jon McGowan
Making Monsters (Creaturama, Anthony James)
Big Cats in Britain (Mark Frazer, BCIB)
Creaturama (Anthony James)
Fortean Art Exhibition by Mark North
Exhibition: Pictures of Monsters by the children of Woolsery
Exhibition: Tropical Fish Photographs by Dr Iggy Tavares
Exhibition: Metamorphosis - exotic insects


Nick Redfern said...

Will there be fine wine and lots of cake?

grace said...

Can't wait Jonathan.. looking forward to some 40 year old whiskey outa the bottle!!!

See ya there!

Sacha xxxx

grace said...

Hi Jonathan.. looking forward to drinking some 40 year old whiskey out of the bottle????

See you there...

Sacha christie xxxx