I mentioned this to Chris the other week, he gave me the ok to post the following meet proposals Proposed meet #1 "Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! " - Southport Beach, funfair and Lake meet proposal Just a shame you never see the sea! But Southport has a beach and pier (with tourist tram), fairground and amusement arcades (Pleasureland), boating lake (Marine Lake), Cinema and Bowling complex (Ocean Plaza), fancy shops under a Victorian arcades (Lord Street), and much more. It also has easy rail access to Liverpool and Manchester (and beyond) and is a shortish coach journey from Preston, so good access to the three surrounding cities. http://www.visitsouthport.com/ Pleasureland - http://www.pleasureland.uk.com/ Ocean Plaza - http://www.oceanplaza.co.uk/ Marine Lake - http://www.marinelake.org.uk/ Mississippi Belle - http://www.visitsouthport.com/attraction.php?attraction=92223 (Mississippi style paddle steamer on the Marine Lake) Southport Model Railway Village - http://www.southportmodelrailwayvillage.co.uk/ Premier Bowl (ten pin bowling) - website not working Vue Cinema (Ocean Plaza) - http://www.myvue.com/cinemas/index.asp?SessionID=6D7786881F9C47CEA955FB6966B678D6&cn=1&ln=1&ci=5 So, there you have the basics of a possible Southport meet. There is plenty more to be added if people like the idea. Proposed meet #2 "Knights, Costumes, Action!" - Leeds Royal Armouries meet proposal How about Leeds Royal Armouries for a spot of professional cosplay? http://www.royalarmouries.org/leeds/ It's a great venue, tons of great costumes, armour and weapons. It's also free entry! What makes the Leeds RA special, is their "Interpretations" - which is basically researched and professional cosplay, with armour and weapon demonstrations. http://www.royalarmouries.org/extsite/view.jsp?sectionId=105 For example, they have the following "Interpretations" for the Tournament Gallery - MASTERING ARMS: HAND-AND-A-HALF SWORD, MASTERING ARMS:15TH CENTURY POLLAXE COMBAT, SWORD IN THE STONE, 15TH CENTURY- POLLAXE COMBAT, 15TH CENTURY POLLAXE COMBAT, STORYTELLING: TIRANT LO BLANC, STORYTELLING: TOURNAMENT OF LA ROCHE, TWO-HANDED SWORD COMBAT, MASTERING ARMS: TWO-HANDED SWORD and ULRICH VON LIECHTENSTEIN - http://www.royalarmouries.org/extsite/view.jsp?sectionId=1265 They aren't all shown on any one day, there will be several maybe, and some have limited places. But we get to see the pros at work And after the armouries, maybe some other activity in Leeds city center (hears Jase say shopping )? What do you think? Leeds is two hours away on the train for me, so no problem getting there, and I have been once to the Leeds RA and loved what time I got there (was a group trip for my Museums and Art Galleries PG Diploma degree, we got to meet man behind the Leeds RA, which was quite cool). Other Leeds stuff - http://www.leeds.gov.uk/visiting/places%20to%20visit%20in%20and%20around%20leeds/Museums%20and%20galleries/menu.aspx?style= So, do you think these meets are worthwhile, please post below, and maybe we can make them happen. I think the Southport meet would benefit from being in the Summer, to get the best weather for an outside event, and should not coincide with the FF-UK Regional meet Phill has recently proposed. The Leeds meet could be later if need be, it can be inside though some of the Interpretations are outside the museum building.