FIRE Escape 6: Dates and Location Confirmed!

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Welcome to Prison!

With one window per bedroom, you can see that this years FIRE Escape will rival any caged chicken egg-business. 

Only joking of course! Can you imagine if one of those windows represented a bedroom each! Ha ha… 

OK, the cottage might not pull you in from the external pictures, but I encourage you to check the internal photos before judging. It’s a beauty. 

Where is it?

Weaver’s Cottage is a detached, stone-built, Grade II listed, three-storey property in the village of Thurlstone, close to Holmfirth, Sheffield. 

Weaver’s Cottage can be found on Leapings Lane, Thurlstone, Sheffield, S36 9QP. 

Why did you pick this Cottage?

I like going to different parts of the UK. I wanted to keep it fairly central to allow more people to attend without alienating too many people. 

The building itself matters less to me, but essentially I’m looking for a place that has nice open-spaced rooms, a kitchen, bathrooms and a moderate number of bedrooms. Anything else is a bonus. 

What are the dates for the FIRE Escape?

Friday 3rd March to Sunday 5th March

These dates are confirmed, booked and paid for. 

Arrival is from 3pm Friday, departure is 10am on Sunday. 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to attend the entire thing, most don’t. There’s always a mix of people that attend for the whole weekend, and the rest come and say ‘hello’ at various points throughout. 

Can I stop at the Cottage?

As you can see from the link, there are 4 bedrooms, fitting 8 people in total. Lou and I have already taken 1 room, so there are 6 beds (3 x bedrooms) up for grabs. 

If you’re interested in stopping over, drop me a note in the ‘contact’ section of this Blog on the right hand side or if you have my personal email, send it direct. 

Let me know who’s attending with you, and the number of nights you’re interested in stopping over. 

Due to the limited bedrooms set up, I’ll prioritise who I select to stop over by considering the following:

1. People that come in two’s and are willing to share beds
2. People that want to stop for 2 nights over 1.
3. People that travel the furthest to get there.  

Can I still come along without stopping overnight?

Of course!

You can still join us for the whole weekend by stopping in a local hotel/B&B, or outside in a campervan. A few people have done on previous FIRE Escapes. 

You can also come and say hello for a couple of hours if you wish. 

How much will it cost to attend?

As in previous years, it’ll depend on the final numbers. I’ve paid for the whole accommodation which was £548. If we get 8 people (inc. lou and I) stopping over it’ll be exactly £68.50 each for 2 nights, which is pretty reasonable. But if we get ‘Day Guests’ it’ll come down further. 

The weekends are non-profit. We just cover the cost of accommodation. The people that commit to stopping over at the location make the weekend go ahead. For that reason, I ask attendees to contribute a fee they deem reasonable. 

In previous years I’ve asked for donations between £20-£30 if you’re joining us for the Saturday only. If you’re only coming for 2-3 hours, or stopping Fri evening to Saturday afternoon etc. Let’s assess it on a case by case basis (which is always negotiable!). 

The £20-30 suggested donation goes directly back to the people stopping overnight, which I’ll separate between the 8 of us. Your £20 donation divided by 8 people will be £2.50 each. This also helps to compensate people that purchase food, bread, milk, tea coffee, cakes etc, 

Ultimately, I don’t want anyone to not attend due to the cost. Nor do I want piss off the people that have committed to stopping over and paying for the location. I try to find a reasonable balance between the two, which I believe I’ve achieved in earlier FE’s. I’m always happy to discuss your attendance cost. 

If you have any pricing questions, just let me know. 

I’ll ask for payment, when I have a better idea of the numbers (and cost). 

What do you do during the weekend?

Aside from human sacrifices, drugs and taking over the world… we talk about all things money. 

This weekend is a safe place to come and talk about Personal Finance, becoming Financially Independent and Retiring Early. It might be Investing, Matched Betting, Kindle Publishing, Self Sufficiency, Frugal Living or any similar topics. 

It’s totally informal, and it usually ends up with a 50:50 split of new people a regulars. 
Do I need to be rich to attend?
Not at all!

We’ve had a range of attendees in previous years. From people that have already retired (or could), to people that are in debt and looking to clear it, and everything in between. 

Are you interested in joining us?

Please leave a comment below so others can see. 

If you’ve been before, give a brief summary of how you found it. 

If you haven’t been before, feel free to ask any questions in the comments below and we’ll answer them between us. 

That’s it from me, now it’s over to you….

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  • Cora Harrison

    Reply Reply 27th January 2017

    I'm in… I'll bring Helen along so we fit bill 1 of 1. People that come in two's and are willing to share beds. 🙂

    The likelihood of us breaking down this time is much lower (although I'm sure we've a slow puncture and a weird rattling noise) less than 20,000 miles and under 3 years old… like seriously!!


    Cora 🙂

  • Organised Redhead

    Reply Reply 27th January 2017

    Hi Huw,

    I've managed to rearrange the event I had planned for the Saturday night so I've free'd up the weekend! Really looking forward to coming along again and having the opportunity to talk about all things money with everyone! If there's room for me to stay over I would really like to, though it's just me so I can't fill the 2 person ideal for a room. I would like to stay for 2 nights if there's room though.

    I'll wait to hear from you on how the arrangements pan out!


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 28th January 2017

    Awesome news!! So glad you can make it, and fingers crossed the car holds up this time. 🙂

    I'll confirm rooms, rates, and details once I've give people a few days to come forward.

    Looking forward to meeting you in person.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 28th January 2017

    Hi OR,

    So pleased you can make the date/venue. I'm impressed with the rearranging to make it happen too.

    I'll give it a few days for people to come forward before I confirm details. If we don't fill the rooms, you're welcome to a room.

    Looking forward to catching up with you again, and hearing how your getting on with your goals for 2017.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Exit Engineer

    Reply Reply 28th January 2017

    Hi Huw,

    I'd love to come for the day and pay my fair share. My first meetup!
    I'm not based far away so it'll be easy enough to nip over.

    Exit Engineer 🙂

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 28th January 2017

    Hi EE,

    Superb! I love it when new people come along. It looks like we'll already have a nice mix, so you won't be alone.

    We'll hash out the details soon. Looking forward to meeting you in person!

    Have a great weekend

  • Richard

    Reply Reply 28th January 2017


    I would like to attend at least part of the weekend but can't commit to the full weekend as we are flying off on holiday on the Sunday. As the venue is relatively close to me I will most likely attend on the Saturday.



  • weenie

    Reply Reply 28th January 2017

    Hey Huw

    Thanks for organising this.

    I would like to stay over Saturday night – however, appreciate that I'll be at the bottom of the prioritisation list, so I can also just turn up on the day too as it's only an hour's drive for me.

  • Unknown

    Reply Reply 29th January 2017

    Hi Huw,

    haven't been to one of the events before, but I've been following your blog for a while now. My mrs and I would like to attend, hopefully we would be joining you Friday night – we'd be coming over from Milton Keynes – and would stay until Sunday. It would be great if you could let us know as soon as possible if there's still space, because we have pets' sitters to organize.

    We are otherwise super FIRE-d up, I'm self -employed and Val is employed full time. My work is all about Amazon FBA, we've done the Kindle route before and I've just recently started matched betting.

    I've also been following @weenie and @Cora – would be great to meet you all in person!

    Eva and Valerie

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 29th January 2017

    Hi Richard,

    Great news! Thanks for making the effort to come along despite your holiday commitments. I look forward to seeing you again soon!


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 29th January 2017

    Hey Weenie,

    You're welcome!

    Great news. I'll put you on the shortlist, and we'll see how comes forward. The rooms yours if there's space, but I'll prioritise the couples first.

    It's nice to have the meet up so close. Looking forward to catching up!


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 29th January 2017

    Hi Eva and Valerie,

    We currently have space, so you're both welcome. I can confirm that now.

    It looks like we have a nice blend of new faces and regulars, so you'll fit right in.

    I'll be in touch with further details, but for now all you need to do is get the pet sitters.


  • Eva Blue

    Reply Reply 29th January 2017

    Fantastic! Thanks Huw:)

  • M

    Reply Reply 29th January 2017

    Hi Huw,

    Thanks for moving the dates, yayyyy, we can come!

    We might not be a couple 🙂 but myself and Martina would love to come for the whole weekend. If you're interested we can share a car since we are so near you.

    We would like to stay Friday to Sunday if there is a space.

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 29th January 2017

    Hi M,

    Great news! I think one of the rooms is a twin, so it won't be a problem. Yes, me and Lou would be interested in driving up with you. I'll drop you a text closer to the date. We can come an pick you up.

    Speak soon!

  • Emma PwF

    Reply Reply 30th January 2017

    Hey Huw,

    Thanks for organising this. I think I'm going to be away with work. If I can make it it will be for Friday or Saturday morning and I'll make my own arrangements for accommodation.

    Have fun folks!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 30th January 2017

    Hi Emma,

    You're welcome. Ohh, that's shame. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you can make it. Keep us posted.


  • Olga Vorlicky

    Reply Reply 7th February 2017

    Hi Huw,
    We are new to your blog (no so much to the FI community). We were just mourning our inability to attend the UK Chautauqua in August when we found info about your gathering on MMM forum. A much more budget friendly option and on our dorstep! Wow! If there aren't too many people then we would very much like to attend for the day, probably on Saturday. Let us now if would be ok. Thanks! Olga and Joe

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 7th February 2017

    Hi Olga & Joe,

    Funny enough, I too felt like I was missing out from a FI gathering like this, so I decided to create one myself. I'm glad it's of interest to you.

    You're welcome to come along on Saturday. It's the main day too.

    I'll confirm details closer to the time, but if you have questions please ask away!

    Best wishes

  • Lewys

    Reply Reply 16th February 2017

    I'm in!

    I'll find a place nearby and see you guys there.

    This'll be my first one :)!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 17th February 2017

    Hi Lewys,

    Great news. Looking forward to meeting you. Are you joining us for the whole weekend or just the Saturday?

    As you can see it's about 50/50 for new people and 'regulars', so you won't be alone.

    See you soon!

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