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Exciting Gatherings planned for 2018/2019

Blue Mountains, Australia November 2018
Victoria, Australia February 2019
Devils Down Under, Tasmania March/April 2019
Italy, May 2019
Vancouver, Canada July 2019
Perth, Western Australia September 2019


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What Happens At Gatherings?

Events arranged by groups of members in their home town for other members who may come from nearby or from anywhere in the world.

They have ranged from one day to six weeks, but more usually last three to five days. Programmes include visits to places of interest, special projects, theatres, museums, walks – but always time for talking, sharing meals and just being together.

Those attending Gatherings make their own travel arrangements but accommodation, usually with local members, is arranged by the organisers.

Each Gathering is different, having its own character and flavour, depending on organisers and location.

Attending a Gathering is a good way for new members to learn about the spirit of 5W and for longer-standing members to meet up again with old friends.

Since the first Gathering in Belgium in 1986, these events have taken place all over the world, including Iceland, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, USA, Australia, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, India, Ghana, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada and the UK.

Read what members had to say about their 5W Gathering experiences!

Japan, March 2018 Japan, March 2018

Alaska, March 2018 Alaska, Feb March 2018

Beverley, UK September 2017 Beverley, September 2017

Germany, Rhine/Main/Neckar June 2017  German Gathering 2017

London Calling – Get-Together in November 2016 London Calling

5W Members receive VIP treatment in Tours, France and in Manchester, UK – 2016 5W VIP Treatment

Australian Outback Adventure, September 2015

Japanese Gathering

Australia Pre Tour, October 2015

Cowboys & Cajuns, 2015

Discovering Japan, October 2008

Belgium 2009

World Heritage Town of Cologne, June 2011

Hidden Gems of Andalucia

Amsterdam, April 2012

Chicago, May/June 2012

Ypres, Belgium September 2012

Australia, October 2012

Japan 2013

Segway in Strasbourg

South Africa


Shiprock, New Mexico

Hot Air Balloon Festival