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Registration for the UK Presidency Events is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Natasha Bishop as soon as possible.

Information for official NRG members and NRG supporting delegates

MICHAEL conference| 15th November 2005

National Representatives Group Conference | 16th November 2005

National Representatives Group Meeting | 17th November 2005

Programme information

The conference sessions and meetings will take place between 10.00 and 16.30. The programme is now available.


The conferences will take place at The Watershed Media Centre in the historic city of Bristol. The Watershed is situated overlooking the floating harbour in the centre of the City.

Bristol is an exciting city, with many intriguing, traditional and occasionally unusal things to do and see. What makes Bristol special is its energy and the mixture of old and new. The Old City has an important maritime heritage, a legacy of Victorian engineering from Brunel and a medieval city centre. The modern city developments include At-Bristol, a unique attraction that brings science and nature to life. It comprises: Explore, Wildwalk and an IMAX theatre. The modern development of the Harbourside and Temple Quay sit comfortably with the Old City, and the many parks and gardens provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of a busy day. Broadmead offers a range of shops, including all the familiar high streets names.

For further information on the City of Bristol please visit:


Registration is now closed.

Social events

Several social events are only open to official NRG members and supporting delegates. If you have not registered for these events please speak to Natasha Bishop at the conferences.

(all timings to be confirmed)

Fish and chips evening - Hosted by the MICHAEL project
Tuesday 15th November.
19.00 - 22.00

Members will be taken by coach from the Watershed to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Here you will be able to enjoy a fish and chip supper and a game or two of skittles before being returned to the Watershed. There will be cash bar at the Cricket Club.

Evening reception - Hosted by Bristol City Council
Wednesday 16th November
18.00 - 19.30

Delegates will meet at the Bristol City Museum, Park Street, Bristol from 18.00hrs and enjoy an evening's reception at the wonderful Bristol City Museum where the David Lammy, Minister for Culture, will launch the digitisation action plan. Afterwards there will be free time for you to enjoy a meal or a drink in a pub in Bristol City Centre.

Please note, the Museum is a 10-minute walk from the Watershed venue but it is up a steep hill. Please let us know on your booking form is you require assistance in travelling to the Museum.

Drinks Reception and Dinner - Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath - Hosted by DCMS and MLA
Thursday 17th November
19.00 - 23.30

Delegates will be taken by coach from the Watershed at 18.00hrs to the historic city of Bath where they will enjoy a drinks reception in the torch-lit Roman Baths followed by dinner in the elegant Georgian Pump Rooms. The coach will return at 22.30hrs. For information on the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms see:

Visit to Stonehenge
Friday 18th November
07.00 - 14.00

A visit to Stonehenge is proposed for NRG delegates who wish to extend their visit to the UK. The coach will depart from The Watershed at 07.00hrs and arrive at Stonehenge at 08.45hrs for a special visit inside the stone circle which is normally closed to the public. The coach will leave Stonhenge at 10.30hrs and return to Bristol via Norton St.Philip where tea and coffee will be served at The George, a 17th Century coaching inn. The coach will then call at Bristol Airport at 13.00hrs before returning to the Watershed for 14.00hrs. Delegates on this visit who have booked flights on Friday afternoon from Bristol Airport are advised to bring their luggage with them on the trip in order to be dropped off at the airport.

For information on Stonehenge see:

Social Events Booking Form

Further information

The City of Bristol is perfectly situated with good transport links including close proximity to three motorways, two train stations and an international airport with direct flights throughout Europe. The journey from airports in London takes approximately 3 hours and can be expensive, so it is recommended that delegates consider flying direct to Bristol airport, or transferring at Amsterdam.

For further information on the City of Bristol please visit:


For those delegates booking their own accommodation, there is a comprehensive accommodation search facility at

In addition to the hotels offered through this service, delegates may wish to make reservations directly with one of the following hotels:

Premier Travel Inn
There are two Premier Travel Inns in Bristol City Centre: Haymarket and King Street, so you can search for availability at either of these hotels at:

Jurys Bristol


Transport information

By Air direct to Bristol

Bristol has good transport including an international airport with direct flights throughout Europe. There are frequent trains to Bristol from London, Cardiff, Manchester and other UK destinations and it is well served by National Express coaches from London Heathrow and many UK cities.

We recommend that you look for a direct flight to Bristol International Airport, available from EasyJet and a number of other airlines, from many European airports including Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Information on Bristol International Airport can be found at:

From Bristol International Airport you can take the Shuttle bus into the centre of Bristol

A taxi to Bristol city centre from Bristol International Airport will cost in the region of £15-£20.

By air to London

We do not recommend that you fly to London as the onward journey to Bristol takes approximately 3 hours and could cost you £130 (190 Euros)

If you do decide to fly into London then the following information is provided:

From Heathrow: We would recommend that you use the National Express coach service from the central bus station at Heathrow which runs direct to Bristol City Centre. This costs around £32.

If you plan on using the train please try and travel outside peak times and ask for a 'SuperSaver Return' ticket.

From Gatwick, you can take the Gatwick Express from the airport to Victoria railway station. You will then need to take the Underground from Victoria to Paddington railway station where you can take a direct train to Bristol. This will take you approximately 3 hours and could cost you up to £130.

From Stansted, you can take the Stansted Express from the airport to Liverpool Street railway station. You will then need to take the Underground from Liverpool Street to Paddington station where you can take a direct train to Bristol. This will take you approximately 3½ hours and could cost you up to £130.

Information on the London Underground can be found at:

By train

There are two mainline train stations in Bristol, we recommend that you travel to Bristol Temple Meads which is in the city centre.. Trains run twice an hour from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and a standard return ticket will cost 106.

By coach

The coach station in Bristol is right in the city centre and there are regular coaches from many parts of the UK including Heathrow airport.

By car

Road links to Bristol are excellent. The M4 and M5 motorways put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive; the M32 allows direct access from the M4 to the heart of the city.

Travel expenses

The MICHAEL project may be able to assist with the travelling expenses for official NRG delegates who are without support from either the MICHAEL project of the MINERVA Plus project. For information please contact

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