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Dates

As it stands, the hotel would prefer if we booked in March/April or October/November as it is outside of their wedding season so would consider offering us a discount for our numbers.

Possible Dates

  • 27 Feb - 1 March - Close to Conception (Beginning of Feb)
  • 6 March - 8 March
  • 13 March - 15 March - Concrete Cow (MKRPG)
  • 20 March - 22 March - Conpulsion
  • 27 March - 29 March - Peaky (UK Freeforms)
  • 3 April - 5 April - Weekend Before Easter, Easter School Holidays. Out for Some People
  • 10 April - 13 April - Easter Weekend, Easter School Holidays. Out for Most People
  • 17 April - 19 April - AmberCon - Michigan, Weekend After Easter, Easter School Holidays. Out for Some People
  • 24 April - 26 April - AmberCon - Italy

Please feel free to update the dates with any appropriate information re conflicts.

Other Possible Dates in 2009!

  • 3 January - 4 January - New years. Out for Most
  • 10 January - 11 January
  • 17 January - 18 January
  • 24 January - 25 January
  • 31 January - 1 February
  • 7 February - 8 February
  • 14 February - 15 February - Half Term
  • 21 February - 22 February - Tales of Pendragon, Half Term
  • 27 Feb - 1 March - Close to Conception (Beginning of Feb)
  • 6 March - 8 March
  • 13 March - 15 March - Concrete Cow (MKRPG)
  • 20 March - 22 March - Conpulsion
  • 27 March - 29 March - Peaky (UK Freeforms)
  • 3 April - 5 April - Weekend Before Easter, Easter School Holidays. Out for Some People
  • 10 April - 13 April - Easter Weekend, Easter School Holidays. Out for Most People
  • 17 April - 19 April - AmberCon - Michigan, Weekend After Easter, Easter School Holidays. Out for Some People
  • 24 April - 26 April - AmberCon - Italy
  • 2 May - 3 May - Bank Holiday Weekend - Out for Most.
  • 9 May - 10 May
  • 16 May - 17 May - Possibly Tentacle Convention
  • 23 May - 24 May - Bank Holiday Weekend - Out for Most, Half Term
  • 30 May - 31 May - UK Games Expo, Half Term
  • 6 June - 7 June
  • 13 June - 14 June
  • 20 June - 21 June
  • 27 June - 28 June
  • 4 July - 5 July - Possible Black Road
  • 11 July - 12 July
  • 18 July - 19 July
  • 25 July - 26 July - Summer Holidays
  • 1 August - 2 August - Constitution, Summer Holidays
  • 8 August - 9 August - Summer Holidays
  • 15 August - 16 August - Possibly Continuum, Summer Holidays
  • 22 August - 23 August - Possibly AmberCon, Arizona, Summer Holidays
  • 29 August - 30 August - Bank Holiday. Out for Most, Possibly AmberCon, Arizona, Possibly GenConUK, Summer Holidays
  • 5 September - 6 September
  • 12 September - 13 September
  • 19 September - 20 September
  • 26 September - 27 September - Concrete Cow
  • 3 October - 4 October
  • 10 October - 11 October
  • 17 October - 18 October - Possibly Furnace
  • 24 October - 25 October - Half term break
  • 31 October - 1 November - Half term break
  • 7 November - 8 November - Possibly AmberConNW, Possibly IndieCon
  • 14 November - 15 November - Possibly AmberConNW
  • 21 November - 22 November - Possibly AmberConNW
  • 28 November - 29 November - Dragonmeet, Possible AmberConNW
  • 5 December - 6 December
  • 12 December - 13 December
  • 19 December - 20 December
  • 26 December - 27 December - Christmas - Out for Most

Dates Already 'Booked' by other Conventions

The following is information about Dates to avoid.

MK Specific

  • British GP - 19-21 June 2009

Conventions

School Terms

  • Spring Term 2009 1- Monday 5 January - Friday 13 February
  • Half term break -Monday 16 February - Friday 20 February
  • Spring Term 2 - Monday 23 February- Friday 3 April
  • Easter Break - Monday 6 April - Friday 17 April
  • Summer Term 1 - Monday 20 April - Friday 22 May
  • Half term break - Monday 25 May - Friday 29 May
  • Summer Term 2 - Monday 1 June - Monday 20 July
  • Autumn term 2009 1 - Thursday 3 September 2009 - Friday 23 October 2009
  • Half term break - Monday 26 October 2009 - Friday 30 October 2009
  • Autumn term 2 - Monday 2 November 2009 - Friday 18 December 2009

Possible Hotels

Swan Revived Hotel - Newport Pagnell

Information:

  • Tel: 01908 610565
  • Url: http://www.swanrevived.co.uk/
  • Address: High Street, Newport Pagnell, MK16 8AR
  • Cost: £78 per room (Fri + Sat)
  • Conf: 1 conference room at £265 (3 Days)
  • Cottages: £330 each (3 nights) (additional venue - possible )


Preliminary Max Costs Per Person at the Swan Revived in Milton Keynes:

  • Double/Twin Room Sharing (Double or Twin): £100
  • Double Room Not-Sharing: £165
  • Single Room: £145
  • Non-Resident: £25

This includes: Room, English Breakfast, Single Conference Room. If there is money left over I will ensure that we get drinks and what not for the game rooms.

A discount may be applied by the owners once we have booked a date.

Pros:

  • Relatively inexpensive compared to other hotels
  • Willing to accommodate us
  • Require payment closer to the time (so no upfront outlay for me!)
  • Family run business rather than conglomerate
  • Restaurant on site and on high street so other restaurants available
  • Breakfast included
  • Possible discount offered if booked in March/April or Oct/Nov.
  • Close to M1 J14
  • Close to Euston line via Milton Keynes Central or Wolverton Stations (still need a Taxi from both - about £5 from Wolverton, a little more from MK Central)
  • Close to Luton Airport and EasyJet flights to Europe and the rest of the UK

Con:

  • Distance from Train Station (Wolverton, not MK Central is the closest) requires a taxi
  • Distance from Bus Station (MK Central is the closest) requires a taxi
  • Would prefer us to book in March/April or Oct/Nov
  • Early checkout at 10:30. Need to speak to owners as they seem accommodating
  • Currently no hotel offered discount applied as we have not selected a date.
  • Rooms will need to be 'annexed' for gaming sessions. We may discount those folk if we get enough people - maybe not!

Novotel (off the V7)

Information:

  • Tel: 01908322212
  • Cost: £69 or £73 with breakfast and 5pm Sunday checkout
  • Cost: Fri and Sat £59-£69 per room, Sun £89-£99 per room.
  • Conf Cost: £230-£400 pounds per conference room.

Pros:

  • Breakfast Included
  • Conferencing Facilities
  • Free parking
  • Need to take taxi from Train Station

Cons:

  • Need to take taxi from Train Station

Holiday Inn

Information: Cost: £52ppn

Holiday Inn Express - Willen Lake

Information: Tel: 01908 681 000‎ Address: Eastlake Park, Tongwell Street, Milton Keynes, MK15 0YA Cost: £49/£50 (might be able to get it to £95 for a weekend)

Pro:

  • Includes Continental Breakfast
  • Great location for Walk Outside....
  • Conferencing Facilities available
  • Enough Rooms

Con:

  • Does not include English Breakfast (for those who want it)
  • Taxi required from the train station

Courtyard by Marriott

Information: Tel: 01908 613 688‎ / 07799 347 631‎ Address: London Road, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0

The Brougton Hotel

Information: Tel: 01908 667726‎ Address: Milton Road, Broughton, Milton Keynes, MK10

The Toby

Information: Tel: 01908 505467‎ Address: Burchard Cres, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, MK5 6HQ

Premier Hotel - Furzton

Information:

  • Tel: 08709906396 / 01908523200
  • Cost: £52 per room per night. (Late checkout cost another £52. Breakfast an additional £7.50 a night.)

Pros:

  • Conferencing
  • Ok restaurant on site
  • Enough rooms.
  • Free parking
  • Furzton are willing to move furniture for us if we wanted to bring tables and chairs and hire the rooms.

Cons:

  • Breakfast cost £7.50 extra
  • No conferencing facilities
  • No late checkout
  • Need to take taxi from Train Station

Discounted Hotels

Hotels discounted for various reasons.

Travel Lodge - MK Central

Information: Tel: 0871 984 6194

Pros:

  • £29 per night if we book early.
  • Short walk from the train station
  • Parking £3 per night
  • Close to Restaurants

Cons:

  • No conferencing facilities at all.
  • Breakfast costs an additional £4.05 a night

Jury's Inn

Information: Tel: 01908 843700 / 07720463515 Address: Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 Url: www.jurysinns.com

Pro:

  • Great location for Restaurants
  • Walk-able from the Train Station
  • Conferencing Facilities available

Con:

  • Pricey

The Well at Willen (Conferencing Facilities Only)

Information: Tel: 01908 242190 Url: http://www.thewellatwillen.org.uk/

Con:

  • Not ideal for transport from the train station.
  • No suitable local hotels

Pro: Part of Willen Hospice I think. Conference Only. Max £260 per day though as we aren't a business it should be less (possible as little as £110)

York House - Stoney Stratford (Conferencing Facilities Only)

Information: Url: http://www.york-house.org.uk/ Address: London Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, UK

Pro:

  • Smallish location but with enough rooms for 4 or 5 games
  • Relatively cheap
  • Relatively short walk to the various hotels and restaurants in Stoney.

Con:

  • Not ideal for transport from the train station.
  • No suitable local hotels

The Inn at Woburn

Information: Url: http://www.theinnatwoburn.com/corporate/index.php Conf: Conference rooms for the weekend will probably in the order of £1500

Cons:

  • Too Expensive

The Hilton

Information: Tel: 01908 694433 Address: Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes, MK7 6HL Url: http://www.hilton.co.uk/miltonkeynes Cost: £84 per room.

Cons:

  • Too Expensive and not willing to negotiate

The Red Lion Hotel

Information: Tel: 01908 583117 Address: Wavendon Road, Salford Village, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK178AZ

Cons:

  • Not enough rooms

Premier Hotel - Central

Information:

  • Tel: 08701977184 (Kwazzi - SA contact...)
  • Cost: £60 per room per night

Pros:

  • Conferencing facilities
  • Nice restaurant on site
  • Close to the theatre district and the snow dome for a wide array of restuarants
  • Free parking
  • Need to take taxi from Train Station

Cons:

  • Not enough rooms
  • Breakfast cost £7.50 extra
  • Limited and expensive conferencing facilities
  • No late checkout

The Cock Hotel - Stoney Stratford

Information:

  • Tel: +44 1908 567 733
  • Address: The Cock Hotel, 72-74 High Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AH

Cons:

  • Not enough rooms

The Church House Hotel

Url: http://www.churchhousehotel.co.uk/

Con:

  • Not enough rooms

The White House

Information: Url: http://www.smoothhound.co.uk/hotels/the-white-house.html

Con:

  • Not enough rooms

Rooms MK

Information: Url: http://www.roomsmiltonkeynes.co.uk/

Con:

  • Not enough rooms

Roman Rooms

Information: Url: http://www.romanroomshotel.co.uk/

Con:

  • Not enough rooms

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