nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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We are now taking registrations for Camp Sparkle 2014!

Date: Friday 13th June to Friday 20th June 2014.
Place: The Ship Inn, Old Colwyn, UK.
http://www.flipkey.com/old-colwyn-vacation-rentals/p478225/

Exact prices for accommodation will depend on the number of people attending, but it will be somewhere around 110-120 UKP per person for the whole week, depending on how many people attend. Shorter stays will be priced up proportionately. Food will be extra (~45 UKP for the whole week).

Transport this year is going to be slightly more complicated than normal, because Pen won't be making pickups from the usual southern UK airports on Friday. If you missed the lengthy discussion of travel options, you can find it here:
http://sparklyukfans.livejournal.com/60581.html


As usual, now, we won't be taking deposits, and you'll need to pay the full amount about a month before Camp Sparkle.

The house can hold up to 22 in real beds, plus 12 in a bunk bed dorm, plus a couple of double sofa beds. There is oodles of space. But, please, don't delay signing up if you're sure you're coming, because of the trickier travel planning this year.

Send an e-mail to campsparkle@nsa.slashcity.org and I'll send you a registration form.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle optional)
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Camp is coming!

A reminder: we are planning to have a sparkly dance party, and need your input HERE. At present there aren't many suggestions for videos we can use—you can nominate as many sparkly videos as you like, plus any three others, and please try to find the best quality that you can.

Someone will need to put them together so we can use them - so don't take too long with your nominations! (If nobody else suggests videos you will be stuck with whatever I like, and then you'll be sorry!)
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle)
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Hi again,

a bit more detail about travel to and from Camp, as some of you may want to get busy sorting out holidays and flights in good time.

The trip from my house will probably take about four hours, plus a lunch break. (Digression #1: if it is a nice day, I vote we take a picnic and go via Snugbury's Ice Cream - the place which had the Giant Straw Dalek this year. They have some awesome flavours! There probably won't be a giant Dalek next year, but these things deserve to be rewarded, I feel. If it's not a nice day, we'll find a services station—with a roof—somewhere.)

I'd like to leave at around 11am on the Friday morning - which should, with reasonable traffic (Digression #2: there's always heavy traffic north from London on Fridays, and in the commuter area around Birmingham, so we really don't want to leave it as late as lunchtime to get going), mean we get to the Ship Inn at about 4pm, which is when we'll be able to get inside. I don't think it's feasible to collect anybody from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted on Friday morning, as Gatwick and Stansted are completely in the wrong directions, and a Heathrow diversion would add at least an hour to the travel time, most likely rather more. We could pick up from Luton Airport or Birmingham Airport on the way on Friday morning.

If you're coming to one of the big London airports, ideally you'll either come a day or so earlier and stay with me (I'm happy to pick up from Heathrow and Stansted (and Luton) as usual, and the train from Gatwick to St Albans is the best way to get from there to here), or you'll get yourself from the airport (or elsewhere in London) to St Albans Station or Hemel Hempstead bus station on the Friday morning. (I know some of you spent a few days in London before/after Camp this year.) Train Service from St Pancras to St Albans is very good, and there is certainly a bus service from Heathrow to Hemel Hempstead and another from Stansted that goes to Oxford via Hemel—and of course a bus from Victoria Coach Station to Hemel, too, which is probably cheaper than the train.

I have bed space for six (if some of you are okay sharing, which I'm sure you are) and a spare mattress and some airbeds and a decent couch—basically, if you need to stay with me, I'll find you somewhere to sleep!

If flying in to East Midlands or Birmingham is possible for you, you could probably be picked up by [livejournal.com profile] nopseud, and possibly stay with her in advance (or after Camp), if handy. Best check with her if you're looking at travelling on Friday 13th.

The return trip will also (presumably) take four hours or so, plus a break at some point (traffic willing). I expect we'll leave somewhere between 9-10am. People can be deposited at Birmingham and Luton on the way back, and I might be able to cover Heathrow as well, but if you need to return home on Friday, do make sure you've left plenty of time for the journey and your check-in! You can stay chez me and be ferried to Heathrow or Stansted over the weekend—it still remains a more efficient option to go to Gatwick by train, but that's easy. Or, of course, make suitable arrangements with [livejournal.com profile] nopseud if you're going from a Midlands airport.

[livejournal.com profile] turlough mentioned the possibility of flying in to Manchester, which may necessitate getting a train to Old Colwyn, or it may be possible for someone to pick you up, we're not sure yet. Could be worth looking at, if there are handy flights to Manchester. I expect we could figure out a larger scale pick-up from there if it turns out to be useful for several of you—I expect it might be worth considering for [livejournal.com profile] chalcopyrite at least.

There are trains which would get you to Camp, if you can't make the minibus, but if that's going to be the case, you should haunt the advance ticket places in the hope of getting something that doesn't cost you £100. Bargains can be available, but definitely need to be booked early. There are also buses and coaches from London to Chester which take 5.5 - 6.5 hours and cost £29ish for a round trip, if you can stand it - so if you can't get there with the minibus, all is not necessarily lost. We should be able to pick up from Chester if we can manage to do it just once—there is a train station in Old Colwyn, though, so you can get there easily from Chester. This website may be a useful place to start looking. Also, [livejournal.com profile] nopseud checked out the train details, so ask her for guidance.

My personal recommendation would be: come a day early, and stay overnight with one of us, then plan to return home on Saturday or Sunday after Camp. If you can. :-)

Camp 2014!

Oct. 3rd, 2013 07:08 pm
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle optional)
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Camp Sparkle next year will take place on 13th - 20th June.

*pause for cheering*

A very early warning: it will probably be a really good idea to make sure that you get to my place or to [livejournal.com profile] nopseud's place in time to be ferried to Camp by car or minibus. We have investigated the train service, and it is certainly possible to get there from (say) London by train, but it will cost you. The fares are a bit of a morass, but could easily be as much as £100 for a Friday-Friday return, although more in the region of £35 to get there on a Saturday and £35 to get back on a Friday morning. There might be coaches (probably to Chester), but the minibus will be way more fun.

I'll post in a bit more detail in the new year, unless anyone is being *really* efficient and wants to get stuff booked right away. Meanwhile, you can look forward to Many Welsh Castles, the Seaside, Chester, Portmeirion, and other treats. And a serious Party House!
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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Pen and I have chosen the location for Camp Sparkle 2014, which will be held at The Ship Inn, in Old Colwyn, North Wales.

We'd like to pick the date and book ASAP. Many of the cool things to do and places to visit are outdoors up there, so we're looking at an early summer date again, in the hope of securing some decent weather. So we'd like to poll people to find when they can make it, and when they can't.

[Poll #1933829]

The week does affect the price a bit, so I've included that info below. To give you a comparison figure, Brighton this year cost £2500 for the week:

May 30 – Jun 06 - £1739
Jun 06 – Jun 13 - £1739
Jun 13 – Jun 20 - £1739
Jun 20 – Jun 27 - £1739
Jun 27 – Jul 04 - £2092
Jul 04 – Jul 11 - £2209

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