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2010 European Continental Championships Coming to England in July!

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

20th May 2010

The 2010 European Continental Championships are being held in High Wycombe, England, on the weekend of July 24th and 25th.

I offer my sincere apologies that this announcement is being made only ten weeks before the Championships begin. I experienced multiple issues when booking the venue, but weeks spent tearing my hair out have finally seen them all fixed. On behalf of The Continuing Committee, I hereby invite everyone to High Wycombe for a weekend of top Star Trek CCG action.

High Wycombe is a town about 30 miles to the west of London. We'll be playing at the Bucks New University (High Wycombe Campus) Student's Union. This map shows the locations of the venue, the nearest hotel, and various transport links:


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Please note that Google's satellite imagery was taken in 2003. Parts of High Wycombe (in particular the Bus Station, and the East end of the university campus) have undergone significant redevelopment in recent years. The map above is more accurate.

Venue Address

Bucks New University (High Wycombe Campus) Student's Union
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom

Hotel

The Alexandra hotel is just a few-minutes walk from the Student's Union. Upon leaving the hotel, turn left and walk approximately 50 metres down Queen Alexandra Road. The first road on your left (signposted "Gate C") leads to a university car park, and the grey, five-story Student's Union building can be seen at the far end of the car park (image, as seen from Queen Alexandra Road, via Google street view). If the alternate entrance is open, you can walk through the car park to the Student's Union directly in front of you. If the alternate entrance is not open, you will need to walk around to the other side of the building. Return to Queen Alexandra Road and turn left (away from the hotel). After approximately 80 metres, take the path to your left (signposted "Gate B"), and continue between the two buildings. At the end of the path, follow the building around to the left. The entrance to the Student's Union will be ahead and to the left.

Best Western The Alexandra Hotel
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JX
United Kingdom

Website: www.bw-alexandrahotel.co.uk
Email: reservations@alexandra-hotel.co.uk
Telephone (from UK): 01494 463 494
Telephone (from abroad): +44 1494 463 494

Room rates (at the time of writing):
1 Bed Room
(per night)
2 Bed Room
(per night)
Advance Purchase (room only)
(pay now, non-refundable, no breakfast)
£40.50 (€47)£40.50 (€47)
Advance Purchase (bed & breakfast)
(pay now, non-refundable, includes breakfast)
£45 (€52)£49.50 (€58)
Best Available Rate (room only)
(pay at the hotel, can cancel up to 16:00 on day of arrival, no breakfast)
£45 (€52)£45 (€52)
Best Available Rate (bed & breakfast)
(pay at the hotel, can cancel up to 16:00 on day of arrival, includes breakfast)
£50 (€58)£55 (€64)
All prices in Euros are approximate.

Alternate Hotels

Should the Alexabdra hotel be fully booked, there are several other hotels within a 5-minute walk of the Student's Union.

Belmont Hotel
9 and 11 Priory Avenue
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP13 6SQ
United Kingdom

Website: www.belmonthotel.biz
Telephone (from UK): 01494 527 046
Telephone (from abroad): +44 1494 527 046

1 Bed Rooms: between £35 (€42) and £49 (€57) per night
2 Bed Rooms: £59 (€70) per night

Abbey Lodge Hotel
17 Priory Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP13 6SL
United Kingdom

Website: www.abbeylodgehotel.co.uk
Telephone (from UK): 01494 471 013
Telephone (from abroad): +44 1494 471 013

1 Bed Rooms: between £40 (€47) and £50 (€58) per night
2 Bed Rooms: between £49 (€57) and £65 (€78) per night

Tournament Schedule

Friday 23rd July
18:30 European Biermeister Championships (pre-register here)

Saturday 24th July
09:00 Room Opens
09:30 Registration Opens
10:00 Second Edition European Championships, Day One (pre-register here)
10:00 First Edition side event (pre-register here)
14:30 First Edition side event (pre-register here)
19:00 Close

Sunday 25th July
09:00 Room and Registration Opens
09:30 Second Edition European Championships, Day Two
13:00 First Edition European Championships (pre-register here)
13:00 Second Edition side event (pre-register here)
19:00 Close

Players are reminded that deck lists are required for both the First Edition and Second Edition European Continental Championships. Please help the tournaments start on time by bringing your deck list with you, and not writing them out at the last minute.

Entry Fees

£30 for all weekend.
£20 for one day only.

Payment is not required in advance. Please be sure to pre-register for the First Edition and/or Second Edition European Championships, so that I can ensure there is adequate prize support for all players.

Getting to High Wycombe
Please note: All prices in Euros are approximate.

By Car:
High Wycombe is located at junction 4 on the M40. From the roundabout, follow signs for "A404 Wycombe". This road will lead you to another roundabout. Take the second exit (straight over) and follow the road down Marlow Hill to High Wycombe town centre. At the bottom of the hill, next to Staples Office Superstore, are a series of mini roundabouts. Follow signs for "Wycombe Hospital", by taking the first (left) exit at the first and second mini roundabouts. You will now be on Queen Alexandra Road. Bucks New University campus is on the right hand side, and the hotel is a short distance up the road, also on the right hand side.

By Train:
High Wycombe lies on the Chiltern Railways line between Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone. Trains run frequently with around five trains per hour. Trains from London Marylebone to High Wycombe take 35-50 minutes, and tickets cost between £10 (€12) and £18 (€21). Trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to High Wycombe take around 1 hour and 45 minutes, and tickets cost between £24 (€28) and £48 (€56). Tickets can be purchased at the station, or in advance at www.chilternrailways.co.uk
Please note: rail and tube engineering work often takes place on weekends, and services may be disrupted or cancelled.

By Air (Heathrow):
London Heathrow (LHR) is the world's busiest international airport. A full list of airlines that operate out of Heathrow can be found here. Upon arrival, make your way to the Central Bus Station (between terminal one and terminal three). The A40 bus runs between Heathrow Airport and High Wycombe town centre every day. Buses depart every hour during the day. Journeys take about one hour. A return ticket will cost about £15 (€17), and can be bought from the driver. Click here for the A40 timetable.
Train services are also available from Heathrow airport, but they are more expensive and the journey will take longer.

By Air (Luton):
London Luton (LTN) is popular with several budget airlines, including Ryanair and Easyjet. A full list of airlines that operate out of Luton can be found here. Upon arrival, the coach stops are directly in front of the terminal building. The National Express JL737 (or 737) coach runs between Stansted Airport and Oxford, stopping at Luton airport and High Wycombe town centre on the way. There are eight coaches every day. Journeys take just over one hour. A return ticket will cost £14 (€16), and can be bought in advance at www.nationalexpress.com, or from the driver.
Train services are also available from Luton airport, but they are more expensive and the journey will take longer.

By Air (Stansted):
London Stansted (STN) is also popular with several budget airlines, including Ryanair and Easyjet. A full list of airlines that operate out of Stansted can be found here. Upon arrival, make your way to the Bus and Coach Station. The National Express JL737 (or 737) coach runs between Stansted Airport and Oxford, stopping at High Wycombe town centre on the way. There are eight coaches every day. Journeys take about two-and-a-half hours. A return ticket will cost £23 (€27), and can be bought at the National Express office in Stansted airport's bus and coach station, in advance at www.nationalexpress.com, or from the driver.
Train services are also available from Stansted airport, but they are more expensive and the journey will take longer.

By Air (Gatwick):
London Gatwick (LGW) is London's second busiest airport. A full list of airlines that operate out of Gatwick can be found here. Upon arrival, follow signs for the railway station. Southern operate a service twice an hour from Gatwick to London Victoria. From there you will need to take the tube to London Marylebone: At Victoria station, take the Victoria (blue) line northbound two stops to Oxford Circus, then take the Bakerloo (brown) line northbound three stops to Marylebone. Chiltern Railways operate the service from Marylebone to High Wycombe. The total journey time will be about two hours. Tickets cost between £25 (€29) and £46 (€53), and will need to be purchased at the railway station.
Please note: rail and tube engineering work often takes place on weekends, and services may be disrupted or cancelled.

By Air (London City):
London City (LCY) is a small airport located in the centre of London. A full list of airlines that operate out of London City can be found here. Upon arrival, follow signs for the DLR (Docklands Light Railway). Take the DLR westbound (towards Bank station) for three stops to Canning Town. Then, change onto the tube and take the Jubilee (grey) line westbound ten stops to Baker Street. Then, take the Bakerloo (brown) line westbound one stop to Marylebone. Chiltern Railways operate the train service from Marylebone to High Wycombe. The total journey time will be about one-and-a-half hours. A one-way ticket costing £4 (€5) will be required to get from London City Airport to Marylebone, and will need to be purchased at the London City Airport DLR station. The ticket from Marylebone to High Wycombe will cost between £10 (€12) and £18 (€21), and will need to be purchased at Marylebone.
Please note: rail and tube engineering work often takes place on weekends, and services may be disrupted or cancelled.

By Coach:
Eurolines operate coach services all over Europe that can get you to High Wycombe bus station. Please use www.eurolines.com to plan your journey.

By Hot Air Balloon:
There are many fields within a few miles of High Wycombe. Please check the prevailing wind and the status of the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic ash cloud before departure to make sure you will arrive on time and in one piece.

Need Help?

If you have any questions, or are unsure of any travel details (air/bus/train times, ticket prices, type of tickets) for your trip to High Wycombe; please contact me, RedDwarf, and I will endeavour to assist you to plan your journey through the United Kingdom.

-djl-


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