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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 Jan 24, 18, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by florens View Post
My apologies, BotB, but I won't be able to make it. Thanks anyway for organising everything, I'm sure it's going to be great. It would be cool if someone could post a few pictures of the Do for those who could not join!
Sorry to hear that florens, maybe another time, DO and location! I'll take some pictures and I'm sure others will as well, so a mini trip report definitely will follow. Safe travels and thanks for letting me know and for considering it.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 9:09 am
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I was not sure on the work situation but looks like I can now attend YAY !!! I have an the pass to the museum so no need to put me down for a ticket.

Also I'm a beer lover. As I have lived in Bristol for 30 years I have some experience on the Beer places. I see the pre drinks have been approached as the Watershed, Don't get me wrong, it's a nice place, but the drinks selection is not great and very generic, sort of like a weatherspoons, I was just thinking that people might want to drink more local beer and enjoy what we have to offer over a chain, though I could be wrong.
Also 30 guys in the Watershed Cafe is going to be tight, and we might be super loud and annoying, compared to everyone else in there.

If the group wants to I can take you all on a mini pub crawl before dinner to some of the best places in town for beer, they are all near the steak restaurant, but might just be a bit more lively for 30 + people.
Just a suggestion, and feel free to tell me NO and shut up !!!

I offer you Beer from 18.30 - 19.30

A quick beer at Brew Dog (yes commercial, but its on route and cheap good beer)

then onto Small Bar
http://www.smallbar.co.uk/

And then proceeding onto restaurant,

Let me know.

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Old Jan 25, 18, 9:35 am
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I think I should be able to make this and will confirm by Sunday.
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Not at all, BotB.

Schools definitely return from half-term the week before the Do (i.e. on 19th Feb). I speak as the parent of a Bristol schoolchild who will be abroad the week before, so am certain!

Thanks also for the very warm welcome upthread to your great city. Much appreciated.

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Thanks for the prod Dakota ... When I use the link you provided (city council) I get the same info you have (it finishes before our weekend) but when I checked in the past just using google and another website (general UK one) it showed up to our weekend...maybe they did the same! ...

Again, thanks for mentioning this!
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Old Jan 25, 18, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by When I Travel The World View Post
I was not sure on the work situation but looks like I can now attend YAY !!! I have an annual pass to the museam so no need to put me down for a ticket.

Also I'm a beer lover. As I have lived in Bristol for 30 years I have some experience on the Beer places. I see the pre drinks have been approached as the Watershed, Don't get me wrong, but that place is nice, but not very warm for a group of say 30 men, its a bit plain,
If the group wants to I can take you all on a mini pub crawl before dinner to some of the best places in town for beer, they are all near the steak restaurant, but might just be a bit more lively for 30 + people.

Just a suggestion, and feel free to tell me NO and shut up !!!

I offer you Beer from 18.30 - 19.30

A quick beer at Brew Dog (yes commercial, but its on route and cheap good beer)

then onto Small Bar
Small Bar

And then proceeding onto restaurant,

Let me know.
Great news that you can now attend When I Travel The World, Look forward to meeting another local Bristol FTer No issue with bringing your own ticket, thanks for letting me know so I only get tickets for those that need them. Re: Pub Crawl and local brews, a nice idea, happy for those interested to be made "Bristol fashion" before the meal if they so wish, personally, I'll still wait at the Watershed and meet anyone that is arriving late or just wants a coffee / quiet chat before we go over to SOTA and all meet up there. A great idea for those wanting to get a local pint and move about, so appreciate you offering this and hope some will PM you and take you up on the offer, however, for those that haven't been to a DO before and want a fixed meeting point that is easy to find before SOTA, I'll meet anyone else at the Watershed! I'll look to hook up with you, Dakota and anyone else local some other time and do our own mini Bristol DO if that is okay!

I'll add this option to the wiki and suggest they PM you for time and place to meet up for the mini pub crawl, please do just remember MCT (minimum conformance time) to get a hot meal at SOTA is a fixed time of 19:45!

I'll PM you my mobile number so you have it and can reach me if anything should happen on the day...I'll trust you to not Press Gang them all into some Far Eastern Airline as crew only for them to sober up and realise the dream is Ryanair enroute to ... (as Bristol was once famous for....)

Originally Posted by johnaalex View Post
I think I should be able to make this and will confirm by Sunday.
Excellent, please do let us know johnaalex, Sunday or early next week is fine! Cheers, hoping it works out.

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Not at all, BotB.

Schools definitely return from half-term the week before the Do (i.e. on 19th Feb). I speak as the parent of a Bristol schoolchild who will be abroad the week before, so am certain!

Thanks also for the very warm welcome upthread to your great city. Much appreciated.
Thanks Dakota , good to know! I'll try and call or stop by this weekend and see if I can speak to someone face to face and see what the real story is and if there is any chance of a guided tour. (and again, no issues with those that have their own ticket already still joining us as long as we have the minimum 20 people...but please don't get your hopes up just yet, not sure what the reason is but I've had it from two sources that no guide will be possible on that Sat. so I'll try but no guarantees!

So, we're potentially now at 31 attending, a great number but the more the merrier, anyone else care to come along to the West Country, meet some fellow travel/aviation fans and enjoy a great day? All Welcome.

Please can I remind those that are attending the evening meal that you have around 2 weeks only/still to provide your food choices to the google form (or by PM to me)...A week before the DO I need to give the completed list to SOTA and it would be great if some of you that know what you are going to have would get this sorted sooner rather than later please so I have less people to chase! Thanks in advance.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 10:41 am
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Great news that you can now attend When I Travel The World, Look forward to meeting another local Bristol FTer No issue with bringing your own ticket, thanks for letting me know so I only get tickets for those that need them. Re: Pub Crawl and local brews, a nice idea, happy for those interested to be made "Bristol fashion" before the meal if they so wish, personally, I'll still wait at the Watershed and meet anyone that is arriving late or just wants a coffee / quiet chat before we go over to SOTA and all meet up there. A great idea for those wanting to get a local pint and move about, so appreciate you offering this and hope some will PM you and take you up on the offer, however, for those that haven't been to a DO before and want a fixed meeting point that is easy to find before SOTA, I'll meet anyone else at the Watershed! I'll look to hook up with you, Dakota and anyone else local some other time and do our own mini Bristol DO if that is okay!

I'll add this option to the wiki and suggest they PM you for time and place to meet up for the mini pub crawl, please do just remember MCT (minimum conformance time) to get a hot meal at SOTA is a fixed time of 19:45!

I'll PM you my mobile number so you have it and can reach me if anything should happen on the day...I'll trust you to not Press Gang them all into some Far Eastern Airline as crew only for them to sober up and realise the dream is Ryanair enroute to ... (as Bristol was once famous for....)
Sounds good. For reference for anyone who wants a good beer. Small bar is a 5 minute walk from the Watershed, its like throwing a rock over the river and its on the other side. So could be a quick side venture if anyone wants to spend 45 minutes drinking local / strong beers.
And then just walk to the restaurant,

But i'm also more than happy to stay put, just wanted to offer it. I guess I could be forced into drinking regular beer
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I am also a craft beer lover so would love a mini pub crawl before dinner.

Small Bar is great, as is Beer Emporium across the street. Brewdog is OK as well, but a tad over commercialised. But great idea!
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Small Bar is great, as is Beer Emporium across the street. Brewdog is OK as well, but a tad over commercialised. But great idea!
Cool, well on the day we can decide who wants to go or just stay put. I know a few others who love a good beer on here.
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Interesting, a side DO disrupting BoTB's carefully laid plans… I quite like good beer, so could be tempted to come for one at Small Bar.

However, and perhaps throwing a spanner in the works… would it perhaps be an idea to save the 'crawl' part for after the meal? Retains advantage of fixed pre-meal meeting point, avoids the dangers of a 'misconnect' and resultant failed loading of pre-ordered catering, and if people feel up for a few decent beers afterwards they can do so?

(Or perhaps I'm making things too complex…)
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owever, and perhaps throwing a spanner in the works… would it perhaps be an idea to save the 'crawl' part for after the meal? Retains advantage of fixed pre-meal meeting point, avoids the dangers of a 'misconnect' and resultant failed loading of pre-ordered catering, and if people feel up for a few decent beers afterwards they can do so?
Very true, always an option for beer afterwards, though the area in General where the steak place is, ...well lets just say on a Saturday night in Bristol i'm not a fan, maybe 10 years ago...
Not sure when Small Bar closes or Beer emporium, might be midnight or 1am, I can never remember.
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It is very hard to organise any sort of event involving people coming and going. I think it is rather cheeky to say the least to hijack the existing museum, drinks and meal arrangements. Clearly people can do exactly what they want but it does seem rude to begin changing the arrangements.


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Old Jan 26, 18, 6:41 am
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Thanks everyone for the comments and discussion. My own view is that variety is the spice of life, and having options is always a good thing.

So, I think it is brilliant for those that do want to try one or two pints of local ale and would otherwise not explore a bit before the meal, I would just ask that people are responsible and don't overdo it and come to the meal late or totally wrecked! We're all adults and indeed I know from the last DO there was a good few that went and continued together having a few drinks around Bristol, so this will also be an option after the meal but again, no issue with the idea of some meeting up and going for a drink or two at local pubs before the meal.

For others, after the museum, they may be tired as they have travelled that day or simply want to do their own thing and meet us just before going to the steakhouse without having to figure out 'is that the FT group?' in a bar...Please remember that not everyone loves the limelight and It can be daunting to arrive directly at a meal venue as the last person with 20+ people turning their heads towards you! (FT is full of various types, extroverts and those that are perhaps shy at first)...The Watershed is only a possibility for people to come and sit or stand and have a drink (whether alcoholic or non, no pressures either way) and meet a few people before we go as a group to SOTA. Last time we were there with around 15 - 20 people and the first area just before the bar can easily handle this and I'll annex the area and display FT signs...that makes it easy for anyone that pops along as the time suits them between 18:30 and 19:30 so there is no rush and they have a fixed marker to enjoy the evening. For the more adventurous types or those that simply want to get out and explore a bit and enjoy a pint...the alternative of a quick pint or two in two local bars is excellent, however, I wouldn't want to just say everyone meet us that way or at the restaurant...From experience, the DO's bring together all sorts and this multiple option setup should hopefully cater to all...in the end we all love travelling and flying and just as we each have a favourite seat or corner of the lounge, we'll each have our own preferences before a meal...long may that continue, just mind the Minimum Conformance Time for the meal...19:45 at the latest so we can ensure everyone is there and no one is lost or missing and that we enjoy the meal as a group and then can carry on in smaller single aisle configurations to destinations within Bristol.

Hope that clears the air and allows all an option that suits them!

Back to the matter at hand...4 weeks exactly until the day...and roughly 2 weeks until I will be chasing you for food choices and arranging any car sharing so please do think about this in the meantime if you get a minute. Thanks!

Anyone else wish to join this multitasking, diverse group of aviation fans? Open to all, come for the museum visit, the meal or even just to have a pint or say hi!

Safe travels,

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It is very hard to organise any sort of event involving people coming and going. I think it is rather cheeky to say the least to hijack the existing museum, drinks and meal arrangements. Clearly people can do exactly what they want but it does seem rude to begin changing the arrangements.
Sorry, it's not supposed to be rude, I honestly just find the Watershed Cafe more like a coffee shop than a place for 30 people wanting to have a social event. (just my view though) The tables are small and have 4 seats around them and there are a few benches, so when you throw in a group of 30 on a Saturday at an already busy place it becomes very crowded.
Honestly I don't mean to come across as rude or imposing, Please feel free to google Watershed Cafe and make your own judgement.

The Bars I suggested are big and have plenty of space, I just thought it might give people more of a chance to talk. I don't mind being told to shut up and mind my own business and just go along with the plan, but it was just a suggestion and nothing againts any of the fine work BotB has put in.

BotB - Sorry I did not mean to Hijack your plans, I'm more than happy to chill at the Watershed, I will just have to buy you a beer now !
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Back to the matter at hand...4 weeks exactly until the day...and roughly 2 weeks until I will be chasing you for food choices and arranging any car sharing so please do think about this in the meantime if you get a minute. Thanks!

Anyone else wish to join this multitasking, diverse group of aviation fans? Open to all, come for the museum visit, the meal or even just to have a pint or say hi!

Safe travels, BotB
A good number of people attending this gathering BotB, well done for organising this Do. And to be clear I am having chips with my steak and not 'fries'

I now can't remember if I ordered Fillet or Sirloin but confirming I will have a fillet steak please.
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Sorry, it's not supposed to be rude, I honestly just find the Watershed Cafe more like a coffee shop than a place for 30 people wanting to have a social event. (just my view though) The tables are small and have 4 seats around them and there are a few benches, so when you throw in a group of 30 on a Saturday at an already busy place it becomes very crowded.
Honestly I don't mean to come across as rude or imposing, Please feel free to google Watershed Cafe and make your own judgement.

The Bars I suggested are big and have plenty of space, I just thought it might give people more of a chance to talk. I don't mind being told to shut up and mind my own business and just go along with the plan, but it was just a suggestion and nothing againts any of the fine work BotB has put in.

BotB - Sorry I did not mean to Hijack your plans, I'm more than happy to chill at the Watershed, I will just have to buy you a beer now !
No offence taken on my part, please see my post above yours. I'm very much of the opinion that this will let people have their cake and eat it too...we can cater to both, no need to do just one and I'm hoping that equal numbers will go both ways satisfying everyone!...I'll never say no to a pint but no need just for that!

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A good number of people attending this gathering BotB, well done for organising this Do. And to be clear I am having chips with my steak and not 'fries'

I now can't remember if I ordered Fillet or Sirloin but confirming I will have a fillet steak please.
Thanks for the kind words, my pleasure! To be clear: You did originally ask for Sirloin, done medium and with chips and peas...I'll change it to Fillet if you wish? (please confirm either way! Thanks!) And, while we're at it...did you book your hotel yet?
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