Ripley Premier Inn

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by Kate » Thu May 31, 2012 21:12

We're there again- will have to keep an eye out for an ipod party:) Looking forward to doing the crazy walk from the station again though this time we are going to try to remember to bring a torch instead of panic buying one from the sainsburys every year.

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Post by crystalball » Mon Jun 04, 2012 22:40

All you need to do to be part of the famous ipad party is to sit outside at the tables with a bottle of booze when you get back from Indietracks each night, and wait. It's a miracle that just happens.

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by PontiacB » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:55

Our first indietracks and we're at the Premier Inn. We'll be pushed for time a bit Friday night and hope to get to see all the bands, so I was wondering how long it takes to walk from the Premier Inn to the site and also does it normally take much time queuing to get tickets exchanged for wrist bands etc? Is it blindingly obvious how to walk from the hotel to the festival or is there a danger of getting lost? Do people normally take a torch for the walk back or is it well lit?

Cheers in advance for any guidance!

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Post by Trev » Tue Jun 19, 2012 13:07

PontiacB wrote:Our first indietracks and we're at the Premier Inn. We'll be pushed for time a bit Friday night and hope to get to see all the bands, so I was wondering how long it takes to walk from the Premier Inn to the site and also does it normally take much time queuing to get tickets exchanged for wrist bands etc? Is it blindingly obvious how to walk from the hotel to the festival or is there a danger of getting lost? Do people normally take a torch for the walk back or is it well lit?

Cheers in advance for any guidance!
The walk is about 15 minutes - it's fairly an easy route (but can't remember it to give accurate directions here) - I've not used a torch for the walk back either. The longest I've queued for a wrist band ever is 5 minutes....
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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by darvé » Tue Jun 19, 2012 13:21

Trev wrote:
PontiacB wrote:Our first indietracks and we're at the Premier Inn. We'll be pushed for time a bit Friday night and hope to get to see all the bands, so I was wondering how long it takes to walk from the Premier Inn to the site and also does it normally take much time queuing to get tickets exchanged for wrist bands etc? Is it blindingly obvious how to walk from the hotel to the festival or is there a danger of getting lost? Do people normally take a torch for the walk back or is it well lit?

Cheers in advance for any guidance!
The walk is about 15 minutes - it's fairly an easy route (but can't remember it to give accurate directions here) - I've not used a torch for the walk back either. The longest I've queued for a wrist band ever is 5 minutes....
It's pretty easy, at least in the light.

Leave the Premier Inn and head down the path through the woods (it's signposted) takes 2/3 minutes to get to the other side, then turn right down the alley all the way along to the main road, (5 minutes or so) turn right again and follow the road round, you'll head under the main road about half way along follow the curve of the road around to the right and then Butterley is on the left.. Only thing to really consider is that you may have to wait at Butterley for the train as the main festival itself is at Swanwick. You can also walk to Swanwick from the Premier Inn but this involves farmers fields and climbing over fences and gates with 'private property' written on them. I wouldnt recommend it.

Coming back you dont need a torch, but the walk along the alley and through the woods is much less spooky with one - it's not lit at all. That reminds me, must pack my torch!

As Trev said, there's never really that much of a queue for wristbands, and worse case scenario is that you can still hear/see the main stage (pretty much) from where you go in anyway. You'll be fine (hopefully!)
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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by darvé » Tue Jun 19, 2012 13:22

Also.
crystalball wrote:ipad party

How times have changed!
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Post by crystalball » Tue Jun 19, 2012 13:30

Trev, you're so good! We've done that walk quite a few times, most of them very drunk and in the dark, and we still got lost sober and in bright daylight last year...

My advice would be to get a cab to Swanwick (where the festival site is) on your first night if you're in a hurry and want to see all the bands. And then the following morning you could just join the people walking from the hotel to Butterley and figure out the route that way. Or listen to davo. Also, I'd take a torch or use your phone or something for the way back, because you're likely to be walking through moonlit woodland.

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Post by Trev » Tue Jun 19, 2012 13:31

davo wrote: You can also walk to Swanwick from the Premier Inn but this involves farmers fields and climbing over fences and gates with 'private property' written on them. I wouldnt recommend it.
That's often the route I've taken, which goes past the campsite...
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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by darvé » Tue Jun 19, 2012 13:37

Trev wrote:
davo wrote: You can also walk to Swanwick from the Premier Inn but this involves farmers fields and climbing over fences and gates with 'private property' written on them. I wouldnt recommend it.
That's often the route I've taken, which goes past the campsite...
I tried it once, got lost and muddy and was sure i could hear 'Walk Like an Egyptian' coming from the festival sight, i thought i was going mad for a while..
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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by leon » Tue Jun 19, 2012 16:42

Despite having lots of work to do I thought I'd attempt a rudimentary map of the route being referred to. There's a public footpath which cuts out a big section and means you don't have to walk all the way to the campsite and then turn back on yourself.

I emerged from that field in front of Sam and Lisa last year whilst being bullied by a gang of flies. I think they thought I'd escaped from somewhere the way I kept swatting and batting the flies away (they were far enough behind me not to see the flies).
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jun 19, 2012 16:48

You did look like you were fitting quite badly. I was hoping you didn't notice we were in hysterics.

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by leon » Tue Jun 19, 2012 16:55

That doesn't surprise me, I have a bit of a phobia for flies, even little ones! They kept landing on my hair which really freaked me out.
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jun 19, 2012 16:57

I wasn't worried, because Lisa is a healthcare professional. That's why I found it all so funny. I could relax whilst you had your fit, because I knew that she would perform the necessaries.

Luckily, it was only a fly.

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by leon » Tue Jun 19, 2012 16:58

Three flies.
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jun 19, 2012 16:58

In that case you were fucked. She's only qualified to deal with one fly.

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by Trev » Tue Jun 19, 2012 17:23

leon wrote:Despite having lots of work to do I thought I'd attempt a rudimentary map of the route being referred to. There's a public footpath which cuts out a big section and means you don't have to walk all the way to the campsite and then turn back on yourself.
That's the way I've been. I think. I didn't go all the way to the campsite!
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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by PontiacB » Tue Jun 19, 2012 17:42

Thanks to everyone for the speedy responses. Thanks also for the map as well Leon, really appreciated. All sounds like a doddle compared to some festivals, can't wait now and I've been blasting the sampler CDs the last few days struggling to decide which bands to cross off my list.

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by iamkate » Wed Jun 20, 2012 16:55

Hi

We stayed at the premier inn a couple of years ago and walked to and from the festival site, and it was just fine.

I was a bit worried that we might incur the wrath of the local landowners if we were stomping across fields that weren't official footpaths, but it seems that the route is fine. I checked the ordnance survey website - map below (if it works! It should be the same route as detailed on the other map, just fewer helpful labels!!)
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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by PontiacB » Wed Jun 20, 2012 20:37

^
Cheers Kate - another top map, I'll take both, you can never have too many maps!

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