We would like to give those of you travelling to SQL Saturday by train some advice about what to expect but sadly we have been unable to get consistent information from the train companies or National Rail. It would appear that there are changes to the timetables to a lesser or greater extent and the best recommendation is to contact the local station where you are starting your journey in order get confirmation of the departure time of your train (there are changes taking place at short notice) and what the whole journey might entail.
First Great Western were reporting no problems for trains from London (Waterloo and Paddington) and Cross Rail were reporting changed departure times and some slow running on trains running to Exeter through Bristol.
Trains travelling to Exeter from the West are replaced by buses due to the damage to the line at Dawlish.
National Rail are giving a more pessimistic view of the travel experience but nothing absolute when pressed for detail.
Again, the best course of action is to confirm your journey details close to your time of travel but please do it with the fact in mind that Cross Rail have actually brought departure times forward in some cases.
We wish you safe travels and are ready with a warm welcome when you get to Jurys Inn Exeter.
… Friday night is party night.
Come to the conference venue and register for the SQL Saturday and then spend the rest of the evening with other delegates, speakers and sponsors. We have some great activities lined up for the night and we are offering some prizes for those who join in with our beach / surf style evening. Have you got a loud Hawaiian shirt or maybe board shorts and flip-flops are in your wardrobe just waiting for Summer? Wear them on the Friday night and help us set the tone for a fun and relaxed evening with some great people.
I mentioned prizes and the local surf clothing company Saltrock (www.saltrock.com | @saltrocksurf) have come up with some of their excellent quality and supremely comfortable T-shirts for us to give away as prizes. Many thanks to them for this but don’t worry if you are not one our lucky winners, they have a store in Exeter within 5 minutes walk of the conference venue. It’s about 4 doors away from the Apple store but ask us for directions if you want to call in there.
We will be announcing some of the plans for the evening as we get closer to the event, be sure you are subscribed to this site and following our twitter account: @SQLSatExeter.
If your name isn’t on the list, you aren’t coming in.
If you are attending a training day session then you wont need to re-register but please do bring your name badge so we can make sure that we let you in!
If you are bringing a partner to Exeter then you are welcome to bring them along to enjoy the party evening with us. If this is the case please email us us with advice of their name so that we can have a name badge made up ready for them.
We are all looking forward to seeing you there on the 21st!