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FAQ

Can we park at the hotel and if not, where can we park?

Con members can park at the hotel for the day, at no charge, on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a fee for parking overnight of around £7-8. If the hotel carpark is full, parking is available in the public pay and display carpark on the other side of Redcliffe Way. This carpark is huge.

How can we get there on public transport?

RAIL – Bristol Temple Meads is less than 10 minutes walk away.
COACH – the main coach station is in the City Centre. Exit towards Broadmead and then get the number 24 bus from outside Primark.
LOCAL BUSES – the nearest buses are the 24 (get off at the stop closest to St Mary Redcliffe Church – the one with the huge spire), or any of those that go to Temple Meads station – the 1, 2, 8, 9, 50 & 51.

What time does the convention start and finish?

We open at 09:00, and the welcome speech is at 09:45, with the first panel items at 10:00.
The programme finishes at around 20:00, though the art show and dealers room close earlier, at around 18:00. Evening entertainment goes on until around 10:30, and people will be there until the bar closes. The full programme is available here.

Do I need to bring my paypal receipt as a ticket and/or will you be sending a ticket to me?

Please note that in order to keep costs down for everyone we do not send out tickets. It’s helpful if you bring your Paypal with you, but you don’t have to. We won’t turn you away for not having it!

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Bristolcon takes place on the reception floor of the Hilton Doubletree, which is easily accessible by lift. All the events are on the one floor, and it is easy to get about by wheelchair. If you are disabled and have any special requirements, please drop by our committee desk on the way in and we’ll do our best to help you out!

Do I have to book a hotel room? How do I do that?

If you want to stay at the Hilton Doubletree, you can book a room via their website – please be aware that the hotel can fill up quickly! There are also lots of other hotels within a few minutes walk, including the Travelodge Bristol Central, the Mercure, the Novotel, the Hilton Garden Inn and the Holiday Inn Express opposite the station. A list of hotels and other accommodation options, with links to their websites, is here.

Is there a cashpoint near the hotel?

Not very. The nearest cashpoint is at Temple Meads station (there are now ATMs on both sides of the barriers!) Other cashpoints are located towards the Centre. We recommend that you bring cash if you intend to do any shopping at the convention!

Can I come in costume?

BristolCon is not a cosplay event, but if you want to come in costume we certainly won’t turn you away! No replica or genuine weapons, please – they make the hotel staff nervous!

Can I bring my kids?

You can. However, while we have a family-friendly atmosphere at BristolCon, it is primarily an adult convention and we may feature panel discussions and art that are not really suitable for little eyes and ears. If your child is under 14 you can bring them for free, but there is no specific provision for child-centric panels or activities, and there are no creche facilities. If your child is 14 or over we regard them as an adult and we would charge the full adult rate.

Can I take photographs / record video / audio?

You are free to take photos around the convention, but we ask that you please a) don’t take photos of the art work without the artists permission, and b) don’t video or record the panels without the consent of all the panelists involved (this is at the request of our panelists.)

How do I get to be on a panel / do a reading / participate in the programme?

Although we draw all our programme participants from our paid-up membership, we always have more people offering to do panels than we have space available for them. If you have already signed up and you are interested in participating, drop an email to programme[at]bristolcon.org letting us know who you are and what you do. If panel slots have not been finalised, we’ll get back to you requesting further details.

I’ve never been to a convention before, will I feel left out?

We hope not! BristolCon has a reputation as a friendly convention, which we’re very proud of and we work hard to keep it that way. If you are a convention novice we have an informal meet and greet in the hotel bar on the Friday night, where you can get to know the committee and each other. We also have a coffee space where you can sit down and get a drink if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. And you can chat to us before the convention by following us on Twitter (@bristolcon) or on our Facebook page. Or come along to one of our free Fringe events, which are held monthly in the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street.

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