Our next Quizzing.co.uk Grand Prix takes place at The Vines, Rochester, Kent on 2nd July 2016.Around 80 of the country's top quizzers are expected to assemble there for individual and team events, including a number of regulars from the Quiz League of London, the venue being within easy walking distance of Rochester train station which is itself just 40 minutes from central London. After the main event concludes, we will repair to a friendly real-ale hostelry – please visit THIS PAGE to learn more, and to indicate your evening meal requirements, as appropriate.
Please note, this article was edited on 20 June, circa 23.00hrs.
The Vines, United Reformed Church
Rochester, Kent ME1 1XN
Our venue is next door to Restoration House, where Charles II spent his first night back in the country after his final return from exile (by way of curious juxtaposition it was also once owned by Rod Hull). Please note: our venue is the more recent extension at the rear of the original, more "Gothic-looking" church building. Also, the original building fronts on to Crow Lane, but there is only PEDESTRIAN access from that road - for vehicular access, folk MUST arrive via Victoria Street and The Terrace.
The Vines (note: United Reformed Church, NOT a nearby park of the same name) sits slap bang in the middle of historic Rochester. The city boasts a fabulous and historically important Norman castle, and a fine cathedral. The city has close links to Charles Dickens and in neighbouring Chatham there's also the historic dockyards, Fort Amherst, and the Royal Engineers museum at Brompton to see.
Grand Prix Schedule
11.00 - 11.30 Registration
11:30 - 13:00 Individual quiz
13:00 - 13:45 Individual quiz answers and scoring
13:45 - 15:00 Buffet Lunch*
15:00 - 16:30 Ken’s Team Quiz (you will be placed in a team
16:30 - 16:45 Prizes and Individual Results
16.30 - 17.30 Hot 100, and answers
17.31 - closure of formal event
17:45 - 22:00 Carousing and informal quiz at The Man of Kent.
* No alcohol on the premises please, extra time has been allowed over lunch to enable folk to make a quick trip out!
Entry fee for the full day, including all quizzes and buffet lunch is £25. First-timers get half-price entry.
As always, we are exceedingly grateful to Ken Owen for organising this venue for us, and very much more. He has also made arrangements with The Man of Kent for us to head round there after the quiz to enjoy the rest of our evening. The pub is also able to provide pizzas to cover all tastes and requirements. These pizzas are freshly prepared, individually, to your specification in a Pizza “shack” in the Beer Garden. To this end we really could do with as early indication as possible on numbers. So, if you plan to attend, please visit the relevant thread in this forum let us know your requirements a.s.a.p.!
EVENT SIGN-UP THREAD
Directions to venue
Travelling to Rochester by car via the Dartford Crossing? Then read this!
THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY PAYMENT BOOTHS, EITHER SIDE OF THE CROSSING. Payment (£2.50 for standard cars, applicable 6am to 10pm, every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays) must be made by midnight on the day following the crossing.
The two most convenient ways of paying involve either visiting the crossing’s website or by telephoning 0300 300 0120 (open 5am to midnight). There is apparently a third means of paying, at a "Payzone Outlet", which is typically a local newsagent or convenience store, but one imagines most of you will prefer to use one of the other options.
And YOU CAN PAY IN ADVANCE, if you want to avoid the risk of forgetting!
Travelling to the GP by Rail? Rochester has a new station!
Rochester Station has moved! It is about 500 yards closer to London than it was. If anything, this means it is now slightly nearer our Church venue than it used to be, but quizzers taking the train will need to take a different route to walk to the GP venue.
The new station is on Corporation Street. As you come out of the station, face across the road, and you see, diagonally opposite, an open air car park, adjacent to a section of the old city wall, and, on a corner, the Aaron Stone's Casino Cabaret Rooms on Blue Boar Lane. Head for there. Walk up the street between the Cabaret Rooms and the Car Park (only about 50 yards). At the top do a slight dogleg left then right into Crow Lane.
Walk up Crow Lane for about 80 yards, and you are outside the original, Gothic-looking church building (now owned by King's School). As you face the building, there is an open gateway to the right. This is the path alongside the church, which emerges into the car park where there is the newer Church extension, where we meet.
Of course, access by car to the Church remains the same.
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