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Derby - Saturday 10th November 2012
Basic Details
How To Get There
Facilities and Venue Details
The Meet
What Actually Happened

Derby - Saturday 10th November 2012

Basic Details

Date: Saturday 10th November 2012

Time: 12noon to 6pm

Location: The Brunswick Inn, Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU

Price: FREE

How To Get There


CrossCountry trains serve Derby from various parts of the country. A direct service is available from London on the Midland Main Line, provided by East Midlands Trains. Lots of local services mean access from other cities is easy. The pub is about 300 yards walking distance from the railway station main entrance: go out of the station's main entrance, turn right, walk across the car park entrance and up to the main road, cross the road at the pedestrian crossing, turn right, follow this road parallel to the railway and the pub is on the left-hand side shortly before the junction.


Take any of the following routes from the new Riverlights bus station; 40/42/44/45 (bay 14/15, they run every few mins) to the Calvert Street bus stop on Railway Terrace. This is across the road to the venue. The return trip is made from the stop right outside the pub. Take any bus from there to the bus station & get your coach. If anyone wants meeting off the coach then you are invited to send a Private Message the user 'derbybest' to arrange this. You can also PM the same person if you want any local information.


National Express coaches use the new Riverlights bus station, so proceed as for local buses above. The local buses to the meet go from the same building. Please see section above on how to get there.

If anyone wants meeting off the coach then you are invited to send a Private Message the user 'derbybest' to arrange this.


There is no parking at the pub itself however there are several short- and long-stay car parks within a mile of it - SatNav users are advised to use the postcode DE1 1RU. If you're staying overnight then your hotel or B&B might have parking.

Facilities and Venue Details


A buffet lunch will be provided.

Usually served about 1pm. A range of meat, poultry, vegetarian, hot, cold, simple, and spicy food has been provided in the past.

Please specify on the event sign-up form if you have any special dietary requirements.


Prices subject to change.

The pub has its own microbrewery on site and also serves a good range of cask beers as well as the usual lagers, ciders and “smooth” beers.


Will be confirmed

Room Layout

Will be confirmed

The Meet


Those with laptops for use by the SimSig public, please arrive by 11:30, and register. Those without laptops, please wait until noon when (hopefully) everything will be ready.

Entrance Fee

There is no entrance fee, but a buffet of the usual standards will be provided.

Confirmation of attendance is required in advance for this meet as we order food for a specific number of people.

When more people turn up on the day, you will have to purchase your own from the pub.

Where To Stay

The Smart Aston Court Hotel is very close to both the railway station and the venue.

The European Inn previously suggested has changed name since last year, but is still the same management. It is now the Hallmark Inn. Having checked online at the time of writing, they offered a double, twin or family room for one or two people from £45, but this price may go up the closer to the meet you book. They also offered Full English Buffet Breakfast for £6.50, complimentary WiFi and complimentary parking on-site. Special offers and deals for all types of group bookings should be available - call them for more information: 01332 292000. Guests are very welcome to bring in takeaway meals in the evening.

Your choice of accommodation is up to you; the Aston Court is mentioned as it has previously served us adequately and is in a good location. LateRooms was offering it as £38.54 (single room, no breakfast) a couple of days ago.

Please offer other recommendations if you know of further suitable accommodation.

Saturday night

Normally a curry followed by drinks in a pub, both of which are a short walking distance from the venue and railway station. The curry is usually from around 7pm to 9pm. If you are travelling home on the Saturday night, try to make travel arrangements after 9pm otherwise you may not have enough time for the curry.

What Actually Happened

This was a low-key event with more socialising that sim play. About 20 people attended, most of whom enjoyed the chat and the company rather than concentrating on running a panel.

Last edited by postal on 19/11/2018 at 10:23