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18 August 2010 @ 04:35 pm

If, and this is very much an If, because it is based on not just a ship coming in, but a ship coming in with enough cargo to fill a pit, but if a girl was going to fly over to England for FantasyCon, what airport would she be flying into, assuming she has to fly on one of the dead cheap airlines which don’t seem to actually fly into Nottingham? And how would she then get from that airport to Nottingham? And what hotel might she stay at, given that she’s heard nightmare stories about the convention hotel?

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Doing simply dreadful things tooclanwilliam on August 18th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ryanair fly from Dublin to East Midlands airport and there's a direct bus service to Nottingham, which is both cheaper and looks like less faff than trying to get the train.
Merryfeed_your_muse on August 18th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
When I flew out to Dublin for P-Con I went via East Midlands; nice flight, easy to get to. Don't know about the hotel as I don't know Nottingham that well, but your basic Holiday Inn type hotel usually isn't that bad on a general level (although I can't vouch for any of the Nott'ham branches personally.)

Sorry, not very helpful really. :-(

The Bellinghmanbellinghman on August 18th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest you flying into Standsted, and us taking care of you (Nottingham's not that far away), except , except ... we're not going to be back from Oz by the start.


East Midlands is reasonably close to Nottingham, so I'd concur with Jen. Don't be confused into going via Robin Hood Airport, which is not the same airport at all.
kitmizkit on August 18th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
The thought of throwing myself on your tender mercies *had*, in fact, occurred to me...but I was pretty sure you weren't back from the far reaches of the world by then. Darn!
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on August 18th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Frightfully sorry!

(And yes, if such an occasion comes up when we're not away, you're more than welcome.)
desperancedesperance on August 18th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
East Midlands would be your airport of choice, as everyone is saying.

The hotel trick - I am told by people wiser than I - is to register with the hotel directly across the road from the convention hotel. Um, a little playing with GoogleMaps or whatever should uncover for you the name of this establishment - or else ask the conf organisers, or Steve Jones, or Sarah Pinborough, or Ramsey Campbell, or any of the smart people who stay there. Me, I manage to forget this every year and book the conf hotel. And then spend half the con rampaging up and down the inadequate lifts with keycards that don't actually work. Hey, it's a crucial part of the FantasyCon experience, is encountering Chaz in a stone-cold fury in the lift...
desperancedesperance on August 18th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
PS - directly across the main road is the one I mean, on the other side of Maid Marian Drive or whatever the damn road is called...
jen_qoejen_qoe on August 18th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
I think the one Steve & Ramsey etc. stay in is the Park Plaza. However, the Rutland, which is right next door to the Britannia, has had nice things said about it too.
The Britannia rooms are fine, I've found, (barring the odd key card recharge) but the breakfast is rubbish.
Earth-bound misfitcaptainlucy on August 18th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Agreed with the East Midlands Airport thing. It's a small, compact and reasonably easily-navigated airport, the coach stop is right outside the doors of the terminal building, and the bus takes about half an hour to get in to Nottingham.

Likewise as well, can't really advise much on hotels. Days, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Ibis, Premier, Jurys etc all seem fairly close by, though, and you're pretty much guaranteed you'll know exactly the level and quality of service you'll get (or otherwise) with these. :)
Mary Annepers1stence on August 18th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
My one visit to Nottingham left me faintly disappointed...although the Ye Olde Jerusalem Inn was quaintly fun (it's the oldest continually operating bar/pub/inn in the UK or some darned thing). It just seemed like it should be a more interesting city somehow....
desperancedesperance on August 18th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
That would be Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which indeed is worth a visit. It's the only place I've ever been served filleted whitebait, eg. Otherwise - yeah, Nottingham is just another city in the Midlands. Its legend makes it out to be more than it is. But! It has us, one weekend a year! And the best comics shop in the country! Do come...
(Anonymous) on August 18th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I shall nod at everyone else's comments on EMA and What not. However i suggest good walking shoes for getting through dublin Airport, as the flight normally leaves from the far far far end of the airport.

The bus stops are right outside the Airport, and are well marked form the one time i actually got a bus from the airport!
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on August 18th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Dublin Airport is changing its layout fast. I swear that when we used a couple of weeks ago, it changed between the morning and the evening. So it's even possible that the gate will change location before you get there.