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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...


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 24, 18, 5:16 am
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Fab to meet some of you already

Hope you have a good time at the Museum and catch up tonight

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We've arrived (GadgetGal and I)
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Old Feb 24, 18, 9:10 am
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Enjoy folks!
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Old Feb 24, 18, 10:08 am
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Afternoon tour of Aerospace Bristol now finished and it seems everyone had a great time. All went according to plan and it was lovely to meet you all, I look forward to this evening and thank bigmarley4 and their +1, GadgetGal, Megaloman, The Flying Doctor and When I Travel The World for coming along, sorry I didnít get more time to talk to each of you but hope you had a lovely time, really appreciated you coming to Bristol and spending the afternoon with us! Safe travels back home and hope to meet up with you another time.

A quick break and then round two with a couple of drinks and a chat then the evening meal at SOTA with the rest of you and PETER01 joining us...

Hoping others will have taken some pictures of the various displays or things that caught their eye and post those later for those that couldnít attend but are interested.
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Old Feb 24, 18, 10:51 am
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A few photos from the museum, which I must say is excellent - well worth the trip if anyone is thinking of it.

Edit: I don't know why these have all cropped strangely, but I'm about to head out and meet BotB to head to the pre-dinner drinks, so we can worry about it later

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Old Feb 24, 18, 3:00 pm
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The ambassador is really spoiling us tonight

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Thank you BotB for organising. Just a shame that some people refused to pay part of the bill and therefore the host had to pick up the rest. Very disappointed.
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A most enjoyable meet. Pity the restaurant caused such confusion over the bill.

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Old Feb 24, 18, 6:37 pm
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Great afternoon at the museum and a wonderful evening with FTers. Thanks to BotB for organising.

Unfortunately I don't have any great pictures to share.;
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Old Feb 24, 18, 6:38 pm
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Thanks to everyone that came and shared the evening together, a great time had by all I believe.

i certainly enjoyed myself and loved meeting many new people!

weíve all just come back to the DoubleTree, meeting up at 9 AM for breakfast!

safe travels back home everyone!
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Thanks what a lovely afternoon/ evening
great company; great Bird

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Old Feb 25, 18, 1:48 am
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Great day in Bristol

I had a very good time meeting many of you yesterday. A sincere thanks to BotB for organising everything. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Old Feb 25, 18, 1:53 am
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In the restaurant this morning at the DT, table for 6...Iím in my best FT outfit so youíll find me easily if anyone is joining us for breakfast. Thanks again everyone, get home safely, until our next crossing of paths!
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Old Feb 25, 18, 1:55 am
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Greetings from Bristol Airport BotB and thanks very much for organising this Do, very much appreciated and I enjoyed the night. It was great to have banter all round and also thanks to others who assisted. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces as well as meeting new people, quite a fascinating and interesting bunch! Hope to meet you all again at some point!

Any hangovers this morning?
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All good here PETER01, have a great flight back. thanks for the FR chocs, they went down a storm and continue the tradition!

It was great to have you with us and an Ambassador of the forum (even if you had difficulty shaking hands with lowly Silvers)

thanks also to those that helped out with organisation, cars and anything else to make this go smoothly.
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