FebMeet 2010

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Who are the organisers of Febmeet 2010 and what's the best way to get in touch with them?

The Organisers are Llylia and Almarna. Llylia is on Facebook as Vicky Ross. Almarna can be contacted via mudmail or with an email to almarna.tiaam@googlemail.com, Dweezz (Andreas Hoerzig on Facebook) will also redirect any questions to Almarna.

The email I use for Facebook is fluffeeder@hotmail.com and it's easier to use that to find me than my name, which is sadly common. :(

There's a discussion about plans and arrangements for Febmeet on Facebook on the Discworld Mud group discussion boards. If you have want to join in the discussion or have a question about Febmeet you're welcome to join us there.

When is Febmeet? Is it starting on a Thursday or a Friday?

Febmeet is from 19th to 21st of February, as far as I know the hotel arrangements are only from Friday to Sunday, but you have to ask details of Llylia about this. I (Almarna) was only the local pub, restaurant and Things To Do scout so far.

Right now, I only had thought about the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If people want to do Thursday, I can be in Birmingham for the night but would most likely be heading back home to Leicester. That said, if people want to come up and don't mind couches and floors and want a Leicester Thursday, I can accomodate that. (I was more concerned about hotel costs for people.)

Over the Christmas break I will venture into Birmingham to check out said pubs and restaurants and will confirm details.

Why has Febmeet moved this year, and why was Birmingham chosen?

No one seemed to bother with organising in Feltham, and no one objected Birmingham. And it's kind of central and easier to reach for those who come from the northern parts. It has an airport and a major train station as well.

A lot of people brought the discussion up on the boards and many voted for Birmingham. Llylia finalised this then by phoning a hotel and haggling for a good price, that the bar stays open and that we get a conference room.

What hotels can I book at? What room types are available at each? What are the costs of each? How do I book a room?

There are several hotels in the area, but the two that are being recommended for Febmeet are the Nitenite Birmingham and the Premier Inn (Broad St Canal Side).

The Nitenite is the official Febmeet hotel. Llylia has arranged for a conference room and for the bar stay open as long as we want it to, so it's likely to be the place we hang out in during the evenings once the pubs have shut. She's also arranged a discount, which you can only get by calling them and quoting the booking reference (see below). It's only a short walk from Broad St, which is where most of the nearby pubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment can be found. There are double and single rooms available from £39.95 per room per night.

The Premier Inn is directly over the road from the Nitenite hotel. We haven't made any arrangements for late opening bars or conference rooms, but the Nitenite hotel staff have said that even those who aren't guests of the Nitenite hotel can join the rest in the bar and conference room, so you won't miss out on anything by staying here instead. The advantage it has over the Nitenite is that the rooms are much larger and they offer twin rooms in addition to double and single rooms, but obviously the disadvantage is that you have to stumble across the road to go to bed rather than just collapse in the lift. Rooms are from £39.00 per room per night.

There are several other hotels in the area, including another Premier Inn (listed as "Birmingham Brd St (Brindley Pl)") and a Travelodge (listed as "Birmingham Central"), but these are about a mile from the Nitenite so it won't be quite as easy to get back there late at night.

Nitenite

Address:
nitenite™ Birmingham
18 Holliday Street
Birmingham
B1 1TB

(See the Febmeet Google Map)

Tel: 08458 90 90 99
Fax: 0121 634 3236
Email: book@nitenite.com

Thank you for booking with us. I can confirm I have on hold for you 80 rooms on 19/02/10.

The room rate is £39.95 room only per room per night

The rate is a prepaid rate which means payment is required at the time of booking and is non refundable once booked.

To make a booking please call 0121 631 5550 and quote VR190210. This rate will be available until 22/01/10 after this date any rooms not used will be released without charge, guests will still be able to book at the rate of the day

Breakfast is available between 8am and 1pm at £5.95 for a continental buffet

If you require any further information or require any help planning your evening please don’t hesitate to contact me

  • Reception: 24hrs
  • Check in: from 3pm onwards
  • Check out: before 12 noon
  • Complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary blockbuster movies
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Guest PCs on upper lobby
  • Restaurant serving food 7 days a week (until 10pm Mon-Sat / 1pm Sunday)
  • Licensed Bar open 7 days a week (until 11pm Mon-Fri / midnight Saturday), featuring Wii Console available for customer use on 42”plasma screen TV
  • Plasma TVs: free view channels and radio stations plus selection of pay-per-view movies
  • Extras: additional pillows, towels and milk cartons available on request
  • Hairdryers: available on request
  • Dental and Shaving kits: available at a cost of £1.50 each
  • Ironing rooms: located on each floor
  • Fax/Photocopy facilities: available on request
  • Vending machines: located throughout
  • ATM machine: located in Reception
  • Public Telephone: located in Reception
  • Laundry / Dry Cleaning service: available at cost
  • Parking: several Car Parking options available nearby. Closest is Britannia (opposite hotel) at approximately £14 for 24hrs or the Mailbox at approximately £17 for 24 hours. There is also metred on-road parking outside the hotel that is free from 6pm until 8am daily (free all day on Sundays).

Premier Inn (Broad St Canal Side)

Address:
Premier Inn
Birmingham Broad St Canal Side
20 Bridge Street, Birmingham,
West Midlands B1 2JR, United Kingdom

(See the Febmeet Google Map)

Tel: 08701 977031
Fax: 0121 6334779
Web: http://www.premierinn.com

Prices are from £39.00 per room per night for a single, double or twin room. There is no group booking arranged, so rooms should be booked on an individual basis by telephone or through the website. Note that there are two Premier Inns on Broad St, when booking make sure you choose the one listed as "Canal Side".

There's a restaurant/bar at the hotel, and you can get a buffet breakfast for either £5.25 for continental only or £7.75 for a full cooked breakfast. It's available from 6.30 to 9.30 on weekdays and 8.00 to 11.00 at the weekend. The bar is open until 11pm on weekdays and Saturday, and to 10.30pm on Sunday.

The Premier Inn is on Bridge St, directly opposite the Nitenite hotel which is on the corner of Bridge St and Holliday St, so the two are as close together as it's possible to be. I've also checked with the Nitenite staff and they say there's no problem with people who aren't staying at the hotel coming to the bar (since the Nitenite bar is open later than the Premier Lodge one), so regardless of which hotel people stay at we can still hang out in the same place.

How do we get to the hotels? What's the nearest train station, and is it walking distance from the hotels or will people need to get a taxi? If a taxi is needed, how much is that likely to cost?

Birmingham New Street Station is the closest train station. It's a 15 or 20 minutes walk from the hotels, and many buslines from New Street or Cathedral Square go to Broad St. More details from Almarna soonish.

(See the Febmeet Google Map)

Is there a page where I can see who has already booked for Febmeet, and where I can sign up to show that I'm going too?

Not Yet.

Which is the main pub we're going to be gathering at, and how do I get to it from the hotel? What are the opening times? Does it do food, and if so what sort of food do they serve and what are the serving times?

Broad Street is a major centre for pubs, bars and restaurants and there are plenty of places to eat and drink within easy walking distance of the hotels.

The pub has not yet been decided on, but there are a lot of Wetherspoons pubs withing walking distance, and they do good food at a reasonable price. Also nearby is a Revolution vodka bar which does great cocktails and food, and you can get great deals on both if you have a Revolution discount card.

I am scouting a Wetherspoons for the day/most of the night but once they close the manager of the Nitenite hotel basically said they will keep the bar open as long as we are drinking there so we figured we could end the night there. They also promised we could run a quiz there too. :D

Is there a curry night planned, and if so where do I sign up for it?

The is something similar to a curry night planned, but it might turn out to be some other 'forn food place' since most of the really good curry places are not in the city center which would make life a bit more difficult.

We will find a good curry place - by good, I mean one equal to Feltham vs the GOOD curry places Birmingham actually has to offer. Sadly, as stated they are a little out but I am assured by friends of the area that the city centre ones are good.

I am looking into a sign up page. Once we have numbers and interest, I will know what size place we are looking for.

Just for information sake...

(top resaurants in the country)

6. Al Frash, Birmingham

You can't go far wrong (certainly not in terms of value for money) eating in any of the curry houses in Brum's famous Balti Triangle, the area of balti houses clustered along Ladypool Road, Stoney Lane and Stratford Road south of the city centre. Everyone has their favourite, but one of the best is undoubtedly the Al Frash, famous for its aubergine pakora and house specials such as balti chicken and mushroom and "Afrodesia", finely minced chicken or prawn cooked with ginger garlic and mushroom. Of course everything comes sizzling in black steel balti bowls and is accompanied by delicious doughy coriander naans. BYO.

Gavin McOwan

The Balti triangle is only a mile from the hotel. So we really have our pick of the city tbh. Better than I thought.

Another possibility is Shimla Pinks, a large curry house on Broad St that should easily be able to cater for all of us. It's within easy walking distance of the hotels and pubs and has good reviews. From Sugarvine.co.uk:

If you want a night out at a young and vibrant Indian restaurant, then you could do a lot worse than think pink. Shimla Pinks on Birmingham's Broad Street is for those who want to enjoy authentic and traditional Indian cuisine in modern, comfortable surroundings. And their relaxed and fun approach obviously works as this is one of the most popular restaurants in Birmingham.

You only have to sit in their cream leather waiting area for a few minutes before groups of 20 or 30 people start pouring in. Even on a midweek night their 500-seater restaurant is packed with office workers celebrating anything from a birthday to winning a deal. And given its size, one of the best things about Shimla Pinks is that you can enjoy anything from an intimate meal for two to a lively night out for 20.

What is there to do near the hotels/pub? What other plans are there for Febmeet? Is there an amusement arcade, bowling alley or cinema like there was in Feltham? Are any bowling or cinema trips planned?

Broad Street has loads of pubs, restaurants, a big cinema, a bowling alley and amusement places of all kinds. The nearest cinema is Cineworld, and the nearest bowling alley/amusement arcade is Bowlplex Bowling. Both are within half a mile of the hotels. You can see the locations on the Febmeet Google Map.

There are no bowling or cinema trips planned at the moment, but given how close the places are there's no reason they couldn't be organised if people are interested.

Thyngs to do

As for Things To Do and sightseeing, there is LOTS.

For the culturaly inclined there is:

  • The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the City Center
  • The Back to Backs, a small but nice step back into the early 1900s
  • Cathedrals and Churches
  • The Barber Institute
  • Selly Manor
  • Lots of other big and interesting manors that are a bit further away

For the fun loving people there is:

  • Cadbury World
  • Sealife Center
  • Canal Tours
  • The Think Tank, science museum
  • Alton Towers is not too far away and reachable by train
  • Drayton Manor (also a theme park, maybe a bit more difficult to get to)

For fans and admirers of J.R.R. Tolkien there is a lot about his past to discover in and around Brum. You can travel around to discover places and buildings that inspired.

For those who don't mind doing a bit longer day trips there is:

  • Warwick, a nice town with a big castle and vast grounds
  • Stratford with everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare
  • The Black Country with lots of interesting bits an pieces about the industrial revolution

And of course there are theatres, shopping centres, the wonderful crazy rag market and the even crazyier Sunday market, the Jewellery Quarter and and and...