The Honorary Consul of Finland in co operation with Manchester and District Orienteering are putting on a themed weekend of Orienteering activities in order to celebrate and make the UK Orienteering Community aware of the 100 years of Finnish Independence.
The weekend (Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October 2017) will show how traditional Finnish forest orienteering as enjoyed in Finland and the UK has developed. The themed weekend is being promoted to the whole UK Orienteering Community as a Festival of Orienteering celebrating Finland's 100 years of Independence.
Notably, for the urban event we will have local Finns at strategic points around the town to inform the general public what the event is about and to promote Finland at the same time and hopefully wearing Suomi 100 T-shirts. The Local Council in Stockport representing over 250,000 residents are keen to help promote Finland's 100 year celebration as part of the urban event being held in the Town Centre.
The weekend will be promoted to the Orienteering Community in Finland who can travel directly to Manchester by Finnair and enjoy a festival of different orienteering disciplines that have developed in the UK in a compact weekend of activities. A hotel package will be available for Finns travelling to Manchester.
There will be a Street orienteering event utilising the local Tram (Metro) network, and a more Traditional event over open moorland in the grounds of a Stately Home.