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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 25, 18, 2:17 am
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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.
Ah thanks BotB and a very quiet empty Bristol Airport. I was just getting my own back on you () as last time when it was the other way round you wore a glove when shaking my hand if I remember right?
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Old Feb 25, 18, 3:11 am
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A lovely day, the museum was great and very nice to meet such an interesting and great crowd of people.
Thanks for organising BotB !
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Old Feb 25, 18, 3:28 am
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I’d like to add my sincere thanks to BotB and the others involved in organising the Do. Both the museum and the social afterwards were a lot of fun, and it was a pleasure to get to know so many interesting FTers in person.

Looking forward to my next Do already Safe travels home (or for BotB, on his deserved break) everybody.
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Old Feb 25, 18, 3:44 am
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Many thanks to BotB for organising a very enjoyable Do in Bristol. I really enjoyed the museum and seeing Concorde, only wish I had flown on it.

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Old Feb 25, 18, 4:59 am
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Great Do and great to meet a everyone there. Again many thanks for BotB.
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Old Feb 25, 18, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
The ambassador is really spoiling us tonight

If it was the Scottish one, I presume it was to share between you all?
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Old Feb 25, 18, 6:12 am
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Fantastic Do! Thanks, BotB!

My first Do ever, and one could not have wished for a better one. Impeccable activities and organisation, and a wonderfully diverse and interesting bunch of people. Oh, and the bitter-sweet poignancy of being aboard Concorde again...

Right, off to brunch, to nurse my hangover!
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Old Feb 25, 18, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
If it was the Scottish one, I presume it was to share between you all?
Whisper it quietly but PETER01 generously overcatered the Ferrero Rocher. They have not been enhanced away!

Now, what’s the collective name for multiple Ferrero Rocher? A “Do”? An Excellency?
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Old Feb 25, 18, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post
... Now, what’s the collective name for multiple Ferrero Rocher? A “Do”? An Excellency?
In the present context, it’s known a ‘couple’
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Old Feb 25, 18, 7:13 am
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Right, time for bed. See you all in the AM/PM !
I wonder how his mega trip in Y is going!
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Old Feb 25, 18, 8:59 am
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Very many thanks from Andy and I to Botb and of course Nick for a really fabulous day. It took a lot of organising and it really was very much appreciated. The museum was superb and Concorde amazing. It was good to see Wendy O'Hanlon's BA Uniform on display, as she is a good acquaintance of mine.
It was great to talk to many of you ,I was only sad we could not talk to every one properly. The evening meal was great and we got back to Cheltenham a little after mid night.
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Old Feb 25, 18, 9:02 am
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A picture of the evening meal group (unfortunately a few had already departed by this stage, my apologies that we hadn't taken it earlier and been able to include you as well!), all had given consent to be in the photo and shown here but please no guessing who is who in the photo or it will have to be taken down.

A great time, Thanks for all the kind words, it was a pleasure. Looking to maybe organise a few other events in the coming year or two but let's see how things work out!

The strain of organising this DO has caused me to have to take a week off and go somewhere warm to recover I'll toast everyone from the Canaries and be thinking of you

To all those that are interested in a DO but just haven't gone to one, a few people mentioned this was their first Do and they really enjoyed it and would attend more in future, I did note that those that are shy prefer to go to a Do that is not in London with the feeling that it won't be so intimidating so if anyone is thinking of hosting a Do outside of London, you may find you'll get interest from new Doers....and without exception, everyone I have met has been great. Onwards and upwards...

Bristol Evening Meal DO group photo
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Old Feb 26, 18, 2:24 am
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Originally Posted by When I Travel The World
Right, time for bed. See you all in the AM/PM !
I wonder how his mega trip in Y is going!
Great to meet everyone. Had a great time, and some excellent beer was consumed.

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Old Feb 26, 18, 2:52 am
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Thank you BotB for organising this event. Sorry I couldn't stay longer for the dinner and socials!
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Old Feb 26, 18, 2:54 am
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All I can do is echo Dakota and many above, a first for me and brilliantly executed by BotB (with the able assistance from assistant driver and spreadsheeter, Nick T!). Hats off to BotB's meteorological skills, it may have been cold but he arranged two full days of sunshine.
Apologies to Karfa for persuading him that the Watershed bar was 20m and one storey away from its actual position but we made it in the end without FR24.
I managed to do the SS Great Britain before getting to BRS for my (delayed) Easyjet flight. Highly recommended - Bristol really does history and museums well.
BotB and I are keen to do a maiden A350-1000 flight next year, so if anyone
gets news of delivery dates and initial flight details, let us know! We could even make it a DO!
Thanks again and best wishes to all, Morges1
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