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Aerospace Bristol (Concorde museum) visit and DO | 24 Feb 2018

Aerospace Bristol (Concorde museum) visit and DO | 24 Feb 2018

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Bristol DO (Concorde visit at Aerospace Bristol museum and evening drinks/meal) 24th Feb. 2018. (a Saturday)

DO activities and timings: (as a guide, this isn't regimented, however, you will want to maximise the Aerospace Bristol time so arriving in a timely manner will help, and later, our restaurant will get nervous if we don't arrive sometime between 7:45 and 8 PM!

I believe we currently have just about enough people car sharing/travelling together to get everyone to Aerospace Bristol from downtown...but if anyone needs a ride or is willing to offer a lift please do post that in the thread or note it on this wiki below by your name please. Ta!

Names for the lifts to/from Bristol to the museum can be added here, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

12:10 Meet at DoubleTree Bristol car park to car share (for those that wish to, DT allows a brief entry to their car park without charge)
12:15 to 12:45 Car convoy to Aerospace Bristol (it's about a 30 minute journey in traffic)
12:45 to 13:00 Arrive, Ticket collection at Aerospace Bristol (BotB to wait at entrance for any stragglers!)
13:00 Aerospace Bristol and Concorde visit (we are registered as a group and have a discounted price but it is not a guided tour) £10 / person, please bring cash to the venue to receive your ticket.
16:00 Aerospace Bristol closes for the day
Thereafter car convoy back to DT City Centre

Then, later on...we offer two choices (the equivalent of chicken or beef if you will)...

For the livelier crowd that wants a few local pints before the main meal:

A Mini Pub Crawl being led by When I Travel The World, starting at 18:30 and going until 19:30ish so you'll be at SOTA in time for a nice hot meal and rejoining the rest of us!

The plan currently is to grab a quick beer at Brew Dog and then move onto the Small Bar http://www.smallbar.co.uk/ .

For those interested, please PM When I Travel The World to find out the secret handshake and location...enjoy!

For the rest, or should you wish to do your own thing until just before the evening meal, you can meet up with BotB at the Watershed (an easy place to find and a short walk to the SOTA restaurant afterwards)...I'll be there from 18:30 so show up anytime you like up to 19:30 when I'll take anyone that is with me to SOTA and we'll meet up with the others...

So,

18:30 to 19:30 Pre Meal Pub Crawl for those interested or...

18:30 to 19:30 General easy to find meeting point with options for drinks for those interested at Watershed cafe/bar area upstairs, harbourside. Website and info here: https://www.watershed.co.uk/cafe-bar

In either case, at: 19:30 to 19:45 both groups will stroll across to SOTA (Steak of the Art restaurant)....a 10 minute walk maximum along waterfront to Millennium square

19:45 Evening meal at Steak of the Art (SOTA)
22:45 We'll be asked to leave! (they close at 23:00 IIRC)...
Thereafter, those that wish to...can paint the town red...

Those attending: 29, so far, some for Museum, some for the evening meal!

For those attending the evening meal at SOTA, here is a link to the form you can fill out about your meal choices, sides, food allergies and such...(thanks to nick.t.davies ) https://goo.gl/forms/aDDKGIJf2Kq6fqJi1 I will post about this in the thread as well with more detail but thought it would be good to have it linked here in the wiki as well.

allturnleft (all activities) (getting lift from BotB) (staying Bristol Hotel)
bigmarley4 +1 (museum only)
BotB (local) *willing to drive others to museum (all spare car space taken) (All activities) (staying DoubleTree)
camdentown (all activities)
Cymro (evening meal/drinks only)(staying DoubleTree)
Dakota (local) (all activities)
flyingbrief (all activities)
Greenpen (staying at Double Tree, all activities)
johnaalex (all activities) (staying Marriott Royal) willing to drive others to museum
KARFA (staying DoubleTree) (all activities)
matthandy (moving so may be local by that time!)
megaloman (museum only)(getting a lift with BotB)
morges1 (all activities) (staying Bristol Hotel)
MrBambi & MrsBambi (staying DoubleTree) *willing to drive others to museum (all activities)
nick.t.davies (staying DoubleTree) *willing to drive others to museum
PETER01 (evening meal/drinks only)
puqu99i +2 (all activities) (staying Mercure Brigstow) driving the trio!
simonsmith (all activities)
squawk (staying DoubleTree) (all activities) (getting a lift from BotB)
TheFlyingDoctor (local, museum visit in any case!) (already has ticket) public transport
thundercat (staying DoubleTree) *willing to drive others to museum (3 if CE, 4 if ET) (All activities)
When I Travel The World (Local, Museum visit and organising the pub crawl bit but not coming to dinner) (has own ticket for Bristol Aerospace) public transport
Ziz (evening meal/drinks only) (staying Hilton Garden Inn)

Hotels: (the Hilton DoubleTree seems to be the hotel of choice but for others see below!)

Link to post with suggested hotels in Bristol here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29180826-post32.html (besides the excellent FT threads on many of the hotels mentioned...)

Transport: (how to get here and what options are available!)

Link to post with suggested transport options; https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29202661-post37.html

Other sites to check out while you are here:

Link to post with suggestions: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29202750-post38.html

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Old Feb 20, 18, 12:40 pm
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Thanks nick.t.davies - have jumped into thundercat's car (hope that's ok, thanks!).
Am local to Bristol and more than happy to guide from hotel to Watershed/SOTA on foot in the evening.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 1:49 pm
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Thanks for doing this spreadsheet as well nick.t.davies, a lovely clean way to organise this, brilliant! (I'll have to buy you a few pints I see...or accept a poor Avios exchange after all! )

Can't wait, safe travels down everyone.

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Old Feb 21, 18, 1:41 am
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Originally Posted by Greenpen View Post
I will be driving but I will go straight to the museum so not much use as a lift giver! If your lift from the hotels to the museum is unsatisfactory, for example, you don't get your choice of food, it's cava not champagne, the seats are cramped, the person in front of you reclines their seat, the pilot is drunk etc etc, I can give a lift back.
I will be offering a selection of Buy On Board consisting of sugar free mints 😁.
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Thanks, nick.t.davies. What an organisational tour de force!

I'm now driving up with When I Travel The World and am happy to offer lifts to up to another three anywhere between BS6 and the Museum. Will have a look at the spreadsheet to see if I can add that.

Cheers, all - look forward to meeting you.

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We should have enough spaces, feel free to add your name to the spreadsheet and then you'll have the option.
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I will be offering a selection of Buy On Board consisting of sugar free mints 😁.
Quite confidentially what are you charging?

We need to have a cartel here so no one (except the customers) suffer! I won’t undercut you, promise!
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Quite confidentially what are you charging?

We need to have a cartel here so no one (except the customers) suffer! I won’t undercut you, promise!
(Short announcement over the system tannoy):

"We would like to remind passengers that people should not accept candy from Frequent Flier Strangers!"

See everyone Saturday, safe travels down to us.

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Old Feb 22, 18, 4:24 am
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I'm also looking forward to the do this weekend and it'll be great to meet all of you that I haven't met before.

Only two days to go!
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Received today by email from Bristol Aerospace:Your pre-flight checklist:

A few things you need to know before you embark!



With only a few days to go until you embark on an immersive journey through more than a century of flight - and step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly - we wanted to offer some handy tips to make sure you get the most out of your day.


How to find us
The museum is located on the historic Filton Airfield, where every British Concorde made her maiden flight. You can find us at:


Aerospace Bristol

Hayes Way

Patchway

Bristol

BS34 5BZ


For full directions to Aerospace Bristol, please click on the map below. There's plenty of on-site parking, including disabled parking available outside the entrance to the museum.


Speedy boarding

I've deleted this as it was generic text for individual tickets rather than groups, I'll ensure we have speedy boarding as I'll get the tickets ahead of time and greet you as you enter the building...Please don't forget to bring £10 in cash to get your ticket from me. Thanks.

Get ready for take-off

Download our Visitor Map ahead of your visit and get set for your journey through more than a century of aviation.

Re-fuel in the café

Offering much more than your typical in-flight meal, our café offers a delicious range of freshly-made light meals, snacks and drinks, served throughout the day.

Go on, treat yourself!

Our shop is packed full of souvenirs and gift ideas; ideal for you to treat yourself or a loved one to something special. And best of all - every purchase you make helps the Bristol Aero Collection Trust in its aim to inspire the next generation of engineers.

We look forward to welcoming you soon and hope you enjoy your visit!

BotB Note:
The visitor map is actually a nice bit to get the anticipation building!
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BotB Note:
The visitor map is actually a nice bit to get the anticipation building!
Part 12 - My wife is part of Bristol cars heritage trust, well in fact one of the curators, shes very proud of it. Its really cool when you see it.
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Part 12 - My wife is part of Bristol cars heritage trust, well in fact one of the curators, shes very proud of it. Its really cool when you see it.


Well, tomorrow is the big day, hope everyone is looking forward to the DO museum visit and / or evening meal.

I believe we are now 23 for the museum visit and 19 for the evening meal as of this morning. Looking forward to meeting you all and a lovely day.

Any questions / concerns / changes please do just PM me and I'll respond asap. Happy to give out my mobile number to those that may need it by PM but won't spam all of you with it.

Puqui99 please check your PM's.

EDIT: Looks like the weather dance has worked (at least partially) as it will be sunny this weekend but cool. So although the museum will likely be reasonably warm inside, do remember to bring some warm clothing this weekend! Sunny, high of 6 C, low of -1 C but feeling colder in the Easterly brisk wind (12 knots, 13 mph) we'll have in Bristol, especially on Sunday.

One more night...then:


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Hi, I'm a last minute confirmation for the museum. I'll be arriving with Megaloman
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Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow!

I've just checked the buses from BRS tonight, and it's 40 minutes (!) to Temple Meads. Oh well…
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BTW....

After the museum, if everyone is going back into town straight after, I'm going to hit up some more pubs straight away, all more than welcome to join and then if people do want to join for some afternoon beers, that gives you plenty of time to prepare for evening meet for drinks at Watershed.
I promise to only show you the strongest local beers around
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Originally Posted by GadgetGal View Post
Hi, I'm a last minute confirmation for the museum. I'll be arriving with Megaloman
Excellent, great to have you join us GadgetGal, will be good to catch up! If you don't already have a ticket to the museum, I happen to have a spare due to someone previously dropping out after the deadline so can sell it to you for £10 if you wish? (if you already have one, no worries). Great to have you join us. See you tomorrow!

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Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow!

I've just checked the buses from BRS tonight, and it's 40 minutes (!) to Temple Meads. Oh well…
Yes, the route is rather tortuous and with evening Bristol rush hour starting early it does take longer than one wants and should! Hope you arrive safely and looking forward to tomorrow!

Originally Posted by When I Travel The World View Post
BTW....

After the museum, if everyone is going back into town straight after, I'm going to hit up some more pubs straight away, all more than welcome to join and then if people do want to join for some afternoon beers, that gives you plenty of time to prepare for evening meet for drinks at Watershed.
I promise to only show you the strongest local beers around
Enjoy! The weather will certainly be nice for a drink or two after the museum visit!

For those attending, I'm hoping the name badges/meal name placeholders won't be too tacky and people will like them...I've gone with this concept...hope it finds resonance!



See you all tomorrow.

Safe travels, BotB
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I like the name badges BotB
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