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  • #15566

    anonymous
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    Hey, The History of Rome has one so when will the BHP?I vote starting in London, then up to Oxford, then up to York, then Edinburgh then a run up to Fort George, down to Newcastle, then Wales, down to the West Country (Salisbury, Poole, Exeter) then a relaxing visit to Bath.If someone wouldn't mind paying for me, and organising it I'll be happy to bring sandwiches and beer  ;D

  • #18089

    Barry
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    Well, if someone else is financing it then you can count me in too.  Sounds like a fun little jaunt.

  • #18090

    anonymous
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    I emailed Jamie about just such an idea.  I love to travel and am pretty good at organizing things, but I have never organized a group tour.  I tend to travel fairly budget.  If we pool our resources and go as a group we might make it relatively affordable.  An idea, too, is that like with most group tours, members each pay a bit more and the leader's costs are covered.  I have taken several week long Rick Steve's tours.  There is a standard itinerary and participants are free to join the group or go out on their own for the day.  If we get enough interest (20-25 people), maybe we can plan something for summer 2013.

  • #18091

    Chris
    Participant

    Sounds like a great idea. Not sure how successful it would be what with organising everything. A trip to London is easy for me as I only have to hop on a train that leaves every half an hour but generally travelling around the UK is quite expensive unless you sit on a coach for hours at a time. It might only be a small island but it takes ages to get anywhere by coach here!

  • #18092

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I've been thinking about this for quite a bit.  I think it might make more sense to either do period trips.  ie This year we're doing Pre-history!  Or to do location trips.  ie This year we're doing the Hebrides and the highlands.  It would probably be easier and cheaper to do the latter, but doing the former might allow for a great amount of continuity.It's something that wouldn't happen for at least a year.  But I've been talking with Melissa about maybe making a trip in the fall or winter to scout locations and see about putting something together, depending on how much interest we have.

  • #18093

    Rick Smyth
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    Hi all,Thought this was great idea too.  I'm in.Jamie, if you do go for this then the big exhibition at the Hoard is going to run for a year in Birmingham and Staffordshire. By the end of that time hopefully our understanding of the find should be far greater than it is today. As we are doing the Saxons, what about that including a visit to that?  Don't want to promise anything, but if the Hoard podcast goes well I would hope that the Curators would come and meet us to say hi at least. They seem interested in the BHP project. Agree it is better to try and stick to a time period.  Hangs together better. Anyway, if I can help shout.

  • #18094

    anonymous
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    I agree with the period-focused tour idea.  I think Chris' insight into the difficulties of traveling around Britain is something I had not really thought about earlier.  I just finished listening to Bill Bryson's “Notes from a Small Island.”  He certainly encountered several difficulties as a single traveler trying to get to certain locations in Britain.  Trying to take a group and moving around from place to place would be tough.  It would be nice to base ourselves out of one or two central locations (London or Birmingham) and then make day trips to various locations.  I would still like to help in some way.  I had actually been thinking of creating my own trip for my husband and I for next year, but we have this year's trip to plan for and enjoy, first.

  • #18095

    Rick Smyth
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    If people are coming from all over, they would want a proper booked tour. There are plenty of people who can help sort that.

  • #18096

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I think what it would end up doing is similar to what mike Duncan did in that I would partner with an existing reputable company in some way. I think that this would probably end up being a 2013 event. However, I'm considering coming over to the uk this fall to scout things out for a tour and maybe see the Hoard. I think it would be fun to meet you all, if at all possible. So trips are something I'm definitely interested in. :)

  • #18097

    anonymous
    Participant

    Would be good to meet other listeners, but for the love of God avoid Birmingham like the plague.  :)

  • #18098

    Chris
    Participant

    It's not so much the difficulties of travelling around the UK, which is relatively simple with the rail links, buses and internal flights, it's about how long it can generally take to get somewhere by rail and even longer by coach if you are travelling more than a couple of hundred miles. Unless you are going from one major city to another by rail, for example London to Glasgow (which is simple as it is only one train), going to smaller locations could mean several changes and possible delays. Nearly every time I have travelled on trains (which is quite frequently) one or more have been delayed so this could make your journey longer and most have been overcrowded so always avoid public holiday periods. Going by coach can be much cheaper but also back breakingly slow. A journey from Eastbourne to Liverpool that should have taken 9 hours actually took 13 and a half hours because of motorway congestion. Just depends if you get a good day for travelling.Travelling shorter distances by road or rail is more practical than visiting a place in Northumberland and then another in Cornwall, in which case flying internally is better. Being attached to a reputable travel company is certainly the way to go but how much it would cost I have no idea. The UK isn't exactly cheap to get around but a trip is certainly do-able if it is well planned and thought out of where to go and what to see if doing it by time period as Jamie suggests. Plus, it would be pretty great to see and travel with you guys  :)

  • #18099

    Rick Smyth
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    Yeah, I think what it would end up doing is similar to what mike Duncan did in that I would partner with an existing reputable company in some way. I think that this would probably end up being a 2013 event. However, I'm considering coming over to the uk this fall to scout things out for a tour and maybe see the Hoard. I think it would be fun to meet you all, if at all possible. So trips are something I'm definitely interested in. :)

    Jamie, One or two of my clients are travel companies. Let me know if you get stuck for partners/want to market check your own contacts.  It is a pretty incestuous business. They will point you in the right directions if it not something that they can with help with themselves. 

  • #18100

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Help would certainly be appreciated.  I'm a bit slammed with stuff at the moment, but this is something I'll be following up on in the near future.  Thanks everyone. :)

  • #18101

    HayleeB
    Participant

    Oh this would be amazing if it happens and isnt too expensive! I'm hoping I will still be here in 2013 but if not, I'll fly back! Like Chris said, travelling around the UK can be quite a hassle by public transport, and pretty expensive/uncomfortable, specially the buses (we stupidly went from London to Glasgow by overnight bus…..not recommended!) But if it was with a travel company with relatively short distances each day would definitely be feasible! Such a beautiful country wherever you go!

    Would be good to meet other listeners, but for the love of God avoid Birmingham like the plague.  :)

    Definately be fun to meet with other like minded people! But isn't Birmingham at least worth a fleeting visit for the curries??? Have to be better than Newcastle!! (that being said, I havent been to either yet!!)

  • #18102

    Jonny the Grognard
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    I can't help but feel slightly insulted at you saying that Newcastle is worse than Birmingham.

  • #18103

    anonymous
    Participant

    I can't help but feel slightly insulted at you saying that Newcastle is worse than Birmingham.

    Having been to both and being native to neither, I can say that Newcastle surprised me in a positive way.  Birmingham didn't and you can get as nice a curry in virtually any large British city these days.Newcastle is also very convenient for exploring Hadrian's Wall.Pete.

  • #18104

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Bill Bryson says that “to be in Birmingham” is French slang for being bored to death.  Hehe.However, Bryson is known for wildly making things up so don't take that as empirical fact.  ;)

  • #18105

    HayleeB
    Participant

    I can't help but feel slightly insulted at you saying that Newcastle is worse than Birmingham.

    Happy to be proven wrong! All I really know of Newcastle is hard to understand accents and Geordie Shore, which really doesn't show much besides tans and big hairdos......

  • #18106

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    I can't help but feel slightly insulted at you saying that Newcastle is worse than Birmingham.

    Happy to be proven wrong! All I really know of Newcastle is hard to understand accents and Geordie Shore, which really doesn't show much besides tans and big hairdos......

    The accents are not that bad really it just happens that most of the more famous geordies have fairly strong accents. Oh yes Geordie shore. I would just advise staying away from the bigg market at night

  • #18107

    anonymous
    Participant

    For what it is worth, as an American who has made a trip every year to the UK, mostly to see family, and a few times with friends to show them the “highlights”, I think that a themed tour would probably be a better option.  Some ideas to consider:-Romans, perhaps hit Chester (Most in-tact Roman wall and a very charming town); Hadrian's Wall, Bath, and other locations with Roman history-Welsh-uprisings in the 1000s to 1500s - cover the castles of William I on the North Welsh coast, Aberswyth, St. David's, etc-Industrial Revolution:  Coal and Slate mines in Wales, Coal mines in/around Newcastle, Steel manufacturing in Sheffield, Linen and woolen mills in Lancashire/Greater Manchester/West Yorkshire/Shipbuilding/maritime history in Liverpool and Birkenhead-War of the Roses - cover the battlefields and Warwick castle (when I was there in 1995, they had a great display on the Kingmaker)-Vikings - visit the city of York and LindisfarneFrankly, anyone can book a tour and see the common tourist attractions, or even figure it out themselves, but to see the things that tie back to your podcasts would be very interesting, at least to me.

  • #18108

    coraxraven
    Participant

    Being in scotland I can only recommend Hadrians Wall Stirling/Edinburgh Castle, Largs for vikings, New Lanark for the industrial Revolution. I live very near to Glasgow so would happily assist with anything I can across Central/West Scotland

  • #18109

    anonymous
    Participant

    Great idea let me know when it's happening ;) i could rustle up a tour of London gin joints or other unscrupulous pubs :)These guys are always mentioned/used/interviewed on wargaming podcasts. I wonder if they could be "hired" to do some leg work on this? http://www.geeknationtours.com/ i believe the guy is a travel agent + history / wargame geek. He has done some UK tours from what I hear slready but they usually coincide with at least 2 of the aforementioned hobbies.

  • #18110

    anonymous
    Participant

    Being in scotland I can only recommend Hadrians Wall Stirling/Edinburgh Castle, Largs for vikings, New Lanark for the industrial Revolution. I live very near to Glasgow so would happily assist with anything I can across Central/West Scotland

    I'd probably add Kilmartin Glen between Lochgilphead and Oban to that list for Scotland's part of the tour - not too far from Glasgow if you have transport.  Further afield if you're up for some real island hopping, there's Callanish stone circle on Lewis,, Skara Brae on Orkney and Jarlshof on Shetland (which has both Pictish wheel houses and a viking village from different periods on the same site).I also think a trip to Culloden battlefield (just outside Inverness) is essential if you're up that way.

  • #18111

    anonymous
    Participant

    I understand the Culloden battlefield visitor center is something to see.  I was in Scotland this summer but could not find a reasonable way to get from near Edinburgh to Inverness and back (we had no transportation).  I hope to go back next summer and would love to go with a group of BHPers.

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