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General Chat Thread, Conference Venue for the South/South West in General; Voted Bristol, down in Plymouth but bristol is best for everyone in SW...
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    Voted Bristol, down in Plymouth but bristol is best for everyone in SW

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    It is looking as if Bristol is a leading contender but lots of you havent answered yet!
    As for Milton Keynes - having family there we go all the time and for us it isnt too bad although the A34 leaves something to be desired. But for anyone further west, it is a question of the state of the roads really.

    Personally I would probably travel a max of 3 hours in a car to get to a conference - maybe slightly longer on a train. So Bristol is fine for us on the eastern edge of Dorset/western edge of Hampshire

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    From my days in politics I remember we had a great conference for circa 130 people at the Wessex Water HQ at Claverton Down in Bath. Another at the not so easy to get to Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre near Taunton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    Bristol or Birmingham is good and quite central!

    I'll hop in we can split the bridge bill joe

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    It's a deal!

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    I may be biased, but Bristol would be the place for me!

    My lady works on the SS Great Britain (in the events team). It's a great Venue and there is plenty of parking at the site too. I'm not sure on the cost though! It is about 10mins away from Temple Meads.
    Last edited by Mr.Ben; 28th February 2011 at 03:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Where ever you think, needs good and simple train links, us northern folk tend to come down via train for these things so easy links from the north IE Preston and / or Leeds are good
    If you want to have an Event with good Links to the North / Midlands AND the South then London is the obvious choice. All roads head there (M6,M1, M4, M20, M2, M3 etc) and all mainline trains. If you take a 2-3 hr travelling time by train radius it would have the widest reach.

    Map of places 90 min from London. http://www.commutermaps.co.uk/
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    wot, no votes for Swindon!! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    If you want to have an Event with good Links to the North / Midlands AND the South then London is the obvious choice. All roads head there (M6,M1, M4, M20, M2, M3 etc) and all mainline train if you take a 2-3 hr travelling time by train radius it would have the widest reach.

    Map of places 90 min from London. Commuter Maps - Train journey times to London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and more
    Except, once again, the SW. Remember, the SE does not equal the south...

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    It is looking as if Bristol is a leading contender but lots of you havent answered yet!
    As for Milton Keynes - having family there we go all the time and for us it isnt too bad although the A34 leaves something to be desired. But for anyone further west, it is a question of the state of the roads really.

    Personally I would probably travel a max of 3 hours in a car to get to a conference - maybe slightly longer on a train. So Bristol is fine for us on the eastern edge of Dorset/western edge of Hampshire
    I'd love Milton Keynes. It took me 2.5 hours to get to Reading thanks to the M25... add in the M4 to get to Bristol and I could be travelling for weeks!

    Those of us in the East/South East get to go to BETT and the Microsoft do in Reading, but it'd be nice to be able to get to a 'proper' edugeek conference.

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    Milton Keynes FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Except, once again, the SW. Remember, the SE does not equal the south...
    I did not say it was and if you want a purely SW focused conference Bristol etc. is a good choice.

    However due to transports links being (rightly or wrongly) designed around London it's much easier for someone in the North (Leeds, Preston, Newcastle, York etc) or Midlands (Birmingham) or South East (Kent, Home Counties) to travel to London than for them to travel to the South West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Milton Keynes FTW!
    Actually ... wouldn't it be wonderful to go a little further north and have one in Northants for a change?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Actually ... wouldn't it be wonderful to go a little further north and have one in Northants for a change?
    Oh shut up Grumbly and start your own poll!!

    Seriously though - the point is that people who are in the 'South East' find it fairly OK to get to London, whereas that isnt so easy for us who are a bit further left. Yes, a conference in London would be a very good idea but as they are having a 'Northern Conference' we felt it important that we should be able to have one a lot further South - there are many of us who do not live near very good road and rail links and so it would need to be further over.
    In an ideal world there would be one up north, one in Scotland, one in MK, one in London, one in Kent, one in Bristol and one in Plymouth. We can only dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Seriously though - the point is that people who are in the 'South East' find it fairly OK to get to London, whereas that isnt so easy for us who are a bit further left. Yes, a conference in London would be a very good idea but as they are having a 'Northern Conference' we felt it important that we should be able to have one a lot further South - there are many of us who do not live near very good road and rail links and so it would need to be further over.
    Hear Hear for more Edugeek Conferences, and I'm all for a South / West Conference if you think that would suit best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    In an ideal world there would be one up north, one in Scotland, one in MK, one in London, one in Kent, one in Bristol and one in Plymouth. We can only dream
    Beth am Cymru?

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