Old Mar 27, 2017, 6:53 am
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Ladies and Gentleman, having been born and grown up in Leeds, and as a proud FT member and contributor to the BA board, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the Flyertalk Leeds Do on 23 September 2017. Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, and the cultural, financial, and commercial heart of Yorkshire. Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) to London Heathrow is one of the newer routes on the BA network having started in December 2012.

Previous Leeds Do
Held on 18 April 2015
Held on 6 December 2013

Attendee List - Confirmed
KARFA
angeloedades
Gastrocnemius
Cymro
BLHD
BLHD +1
rapidex
rapidex + 1
PETER01
Sherwood Hampton
atmorris
S_W_S
tomparskate
Tobias-UK
The Lady Tobias
pjh981
Ikaz
Mrs Ikaz
PJSMITH0
tjeuk
Tiffywren
toothy
Fontana
LPQ
LPQ + 1
Ldnn1
hcuk94
gwarke

WickedStepMother (Saturday drinks only)

GadgetGal (Friday only)

Attendee List - Potentials
JamieABZ
sebanto2001
florens +1
madfish
fransknorge
OldFruity
MHendo84
psollitt
Jamier45
navylad
Pyhschi

Party trains, planes
Friday 22nd September

Saturday 23rd September (*attending the CCR Mini-PreDo Brunch)

BA1340 0755-0855 Cymro (regretting the early start and hoping for some flexibility)

BA1342 1400-1505 Tobias-UK*, The Lady Tobias*,pjh981*, tomparskate*, angeloedades*, PJSMITH0*,TravellerFrequently** +1** (*crashing the CCR Do only. ), WickedStepMother (having champagne and a sandwich in the Flounge )


Sunday 24th September (*attending the CCR Mini-PostDo Dinner)
BA1343 1430-1540 Tobias-UK*, The Lady Tobias*,tomparskate*, angeloedades, PJSMITH0*, KARFA*, pjh981, Tiffywren,* gwarke,* Cymro


Date, Time, & Venue
Friday 22 September 2017
→Informal evening gathering for anyone arriving on Friday.

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Things to do in Leeds if you are around during the daytime
Lots of details of things to do posted here.

Evening Do
1800-2015 Pre-dinner drinks - SkyLounge bar at DoubleTree hotel, see this post for details

2030 Dinner at 8.30pm at Sukhothai http://sukhothai.co.uk/restaurants/leeds-city-centre/

2230 Post dinner drinks

Sunday 24th September
Plan for Sunday morning

Hotels
Doubletree
KARFA 22/9-24/9
Tobias-UK & The Lady Tobais 23/9-24/9
Tomparskate 23/9-24/9
kwisstan +1 22/9-24/9
PJSMITH023/9-24/9
Gastrocnemius 23/9-24/9
Tiffywren 22/9-24/9
WickedStepMother 23/9-25/9
GadgetGal 22/9-23/9

Hilton
PETER01

There are various hotel options in the city centre, including Radisson Blu, Hilton, Novotel, Doubletree (formerly Mint), Park Plaza, The Met, and Malmaison. Also The Chambers Park Place which seems to be fairly new and has quite a few positive reviews on tripadvisor. These ones are all pretty central and will be near where we are going out to (wherever that will be).

Crowne Plaza, Travelodge, Jurys Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Premier Inn Leeds City Centre, Ibis, and Bewleys are outside the city centre. These ones may be a bit less convenient. The Queens hotel whilst central is really not recommended.

Despite the wording the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre is not in the city centre, and is out near the Holiday Inn. The Premier Inn Leeds City Centre Leeds Arena and Leeds City Centre (Whitehall Road) are closer to the city centre. However, city centre Premier Inns are often not very cheap on a Saturday night so I don't think they will offer much in the way of savings.

Personally I quite like the Doubletree and a few had a night there at the last Leeds Do. Have a look at tripadvisor for reviews and photos. As always check the price of the hotel separately to see what works out best. Hopefully there is enough to cater for any budget or loyalty program.

Also see this review by BotB on the Doubletree.

Airport
There are three daily BA rotations from LHR to LBA on Friday and Sunday, and two on Saturday;

Friday
LHR-LBA, LBA-LHR
BA1340 0755-0855, BA1341 0930-1045
BA1342 1245-1350, BA1343 1430-1540
BA1344 1730-1835, BA1345 1910-2020

Saturday
LHR-LBA, LBA-LHR
BA1340 0755-0855, BA1341 0930-1045
BA1342 1400-1505, BA1343 1540-1650

Sunday
LHR-LBA, LBA-LHR
BA1340 0755-0855, BA1341 0930-1045
BA1342 1245-1350, BA1343 1430-1540
BA1344 1730-1835, BA1345 1910-2020

To/From Airport
There is a 757 Bus Service that is every 20 minutes during the day, or every 30 minutes in the late evening. It takes around 35 minutes to get to the city centre and costs 3.80 for a single. Timetable here.
  • If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express the 757 goes along the main road right outisde (Kirkstall Road). Get off at the stop just past the fire station next door.
  • If you are in the Doubletree/Hilton/Novotel then get off the 757 at Park Row (the bus turns right on to Park Row after passing the law courts and town hall). The stop is at the east side of city square. To go back to LBA on the bus you can get the 757 from stop S7 from right outside the station entrance (New Station Street). Some directions for the Doubletree and Hilton are below.

Alternatively, the only official private cab company at LBA is Arrow which you can pre-book, or book when you arrive at LBA. To use the taxi service head out of the terminal builidng and across to the marked up taxi "hut". You then book and pay for the taxi inside and then head outside to the specific taxi which you are booked on. The cost for LBA-city centre is likely to be around 22. Hopefully we can do a bit of coordination if people are arriving at LBA to share cabs.

There is no train service at LBA.

Rail
Leeds has one main railway station right in the centre of the city. There are plenty of trains run by East Coast to London Kings Cross, with one every 30 minutes usually. Journey time is around 2hrs 30 mins from London, and advanced tickets can be had for 13 each way. There are also direct services to Leeds from York, further north from Scotland, and from most other major cities in the UK either by Cross Country trains or TransPennine Express.
  • If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express then the best way is just to get a taxi - it is a short taxi ride and shouldn't cost more than 6. For the taxi rank at the station walk to the entrance/exit straight ahead after passing the ticket barriers, and it is across the road.
  • For access to the Doubletree there is now a new entrance at Leeds station which leads directly down to Granary Wharf.

City Centre
Leeds city centre is fairly compact, and we are not likely to wander too far, so once you get here you can usually walk most places with 15 minutes at most. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis at the rail station taxi rank, or at other taxi ranks scattered around the city centre. The Leeds Hackney cabs are black and white.

If you have any question about the Leeds Do please feel free to send me (KARFA) a PM.

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Old Mar 27, 2017, 11:00 am
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we spent all weekend together and you didn't mention this???

unfortunately I am abroad that weekend
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Old Mar 27, 2017, 11:07 am
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Bugger! Already have something on that night that I can't get out of.

I'll be with you in spirit.
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Old Mar 27, 2017, 11:30 am
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Well, I can confirm I will definitely be there. I know I said I'd be at the London Do at Christmas and was a bit gutted I couldn't make it but circumstances and work said otherwise. However, I will be free for this one and so am 100% in.

I'm not sure if I will be down on the Friday or the Saturday morning early doors but I will be there.

Well done for organising this KARFA, you've clearly put a lot of thought and work into this. ^

I'd be very interested in the walking tour. ^
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Old Mar 27, 2017, 11:59 am
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I'm a maybe.

Juat need to figure out how to get there. MAN/LHR/LBA?
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Old Mar 27, 2017, 3:09 pm
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I would love to do this but it is the annual LOH weekend and I am volunteering to hand out information at one of the locations. Don't know yet which one.

Have a great time.
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Old Mar 27, 2017, 6:16 pm
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Thanks for the posts, and especially those who have confirmed already.

Thanks to all the maybes, hopefully some if not all can make it.

Sorry to those who can't make it. I can only offer this date unfortunately. I have previously offered a few dates and then gone for the one when most could come, but this year I can only do this one date.

madfish - yes, LBA-LHR-MAN is the obvious routing! I am trying to remember if I have done that before!
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Old Mar 28, 2017, 1:55 am
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Just noticed this and will be in the Northern Hemisphere that weekend . So put me down as a Definitely Maybe. Havent been to Leeds since my flying training days at Church Fenton back in 79. No doubt its changed a bit.

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Old Mar 28, 2017, 2:00 am
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Originally Posted by OldFruity
Havent been to Leeds since my flying training days at Church Fenton back in 79. No doubt its changed a bit.

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I wouldn't bet on it
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Old Mar 28, 2017, 5:42 am
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I won't be able to make this weekend - family duty calls :-(
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Old Mar 28, 2017, 3:05 pm
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I'm a maybe, as a new part time resident of Sheffield I'd like to attend this do in particular.

If you need any suggestions for watering holes, i can recommend the following;

https://www.northernmonkbrewco.com/old-flax-store

Friends of Ham - Outside of Leeds Train Station
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Old Mar 28, 2017, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by OldFruity
Just noticed this and will be in the Northern Hemisphere that weekend . So put me down as a Definitely Maybe. Havent been to Leeds since my flying training days at Church Fenton back in 79. No doubt its changed a bit.

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Great, hope you can make it. I used to go to Church Fenton when they had the air shows many years ago. More recently it is now Leeds East airport and the owner is trying to promote it for flying clubs. I went there last year when a friend came over in his PA28 and we went flying around over East Yorkshire.

Leeds has changed a lot!
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Old Mar 28, 2017, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonAndy
I won't be able to make this weekend - family duty calls :-(
Sorry you can't make it this time.

Originally Posted by MHendo84
I'm a maybe, as a new part time resident of Sheffield I'd like to attend this do in particular.

If you need any suggestions for watering holes, i can recommend the following;

https://www.northernmonkbrewco.com/old-flax-store

Friends of Ham - Outside of Leeds Train Station
Hope you can make it. Thanks for the tips, will have a look at them.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 4:44 am
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Just a little bump for this in case anyone missed it and would like to come.

Originally Posted by PETER01
I'd be very interested in the walking tour. ^
I'll have a look at this. I know the Leeds Civic Trust do such things so will see if it is possible for us.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 5:54 am
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I'm in.Where does pub crawl come on the list of possible activities?Where is jamier45 when you need him?
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 6:32 am
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Originally Posted by rapidex
I'm in.Where does pub crawl come on the list of possible activities?Where is jamier45 when you need him?
If any more watering hole suggestions are required, i have a few up my sleeve

But will bow to jamier45's superior knowledge and experience in these matters.
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