22-28 July 2012
Awakening Albion: Journey to Mystical England
Our journey begins in Bristol and ends in Bath.
ARRIVING BY AIR
Bristol International Airport offers scheduled flights from major European cities and the USA. Bath is approximately 20 miles from Bristol Airport.
If your preferred flight has you arriving at the London Heathrow airport, catch the Heathrow Express to the London Paddington train station, then take another train to Bristol Temple Meads station. From London Gatwick airport, catch a train to Reading or London, then to Bristol Temple Meads.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Trains go from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. From other parts of Britain, get yourself to Bristol Temple Meads train station or Bristol bus station.
FROM BRISTOL AIRPORT TO THE MERCURE HOLLAND HOUSE HOTEL
The AIRPORT FLYER EXPRESS offers direct shuttle service to the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol for 7 GBP per person one-way.
FROM BATH TO BRISTOL, LONDON HEATHROW OR GATWICK AIRPORTS
Information is available from the Visit Bath website.
VISAS AND PASSPORTS
VISA: Visitors to the UK need to have a passport, but no visa requirements for up to six month visits. Same visa requirement will apply for the visitors coming from the EU, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information on United Kingdom visa requirements, you may contact the UK Border Agency webpage or the appropriate embassy in your country.
PASSPORT: You must have a valid passport. It is important to take a photocopy of your passport with you in case the original one gets lost.
If you are traveling from abroad a journey of this nature is a financial investment and you may want to obtain short-term travelers insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance covers your losses on nonrefundable air and land costs on trips cancelled due to personal or family illnesses or unforeseen documented emergencies. It also covers the cost of emergency evacuation from remote areas. Insurance is handled by independent companies, not by Great Mystery. One way to research travel insurance policies is through this website: www.insuremytrip.com
WHAT TO PACK
Ideal Clothing & Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are highly recommended. As the climate in Britian can change very quickly bring enough clothes for warm, cold, and wet weather. You also may want to bring a journal to record your experiences.
We invite you to bring a small crystal, stone or pebble from your home that you feel an energetic connection with to use during the ceremony. If you are feeling a call to your personal ancestral healing you may also choose to bring a photo or personal object that can be a healing totem.
Southern England's climate in July is generally lovely and on average it is the warmest month of the year with temperatures averaging highs of 71°F (22°C) and lows of 54°F (12°C).
The official currency is the British Pound Sterling (GBP). The British currency has two units - the pound and the penny (penny is often called "pence" or "p"). 100 pennies make £1. Currency paper notes are £5, £10, £20 and £50. £50 notes are not common and many shops will not accept them because of the danger of forgeries. Coins are: £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p. You can exchange your currency into British Pounds at local banks. In most towns, you will find cash dispensers (ATM machines) which will accept Switch(Maestro) cards, VISA and MASTERCARD credit cards. This can be a cheap way of obtaining British currency, because they work on a good exchange rate. Most shops, restaurants, and places of entertainment will accept payment by credit or debit card. This is a good way of paying as there is not usually a fee charged by your credit card company.
Value Added Tax - "VAT" - at 20% is added to most sales and services. Usually it is included in the price quoted.
Electrical voltage is 240v AC, 50 HZ. You may need an adapter or converter for anything electrical you bring with you to accommodate the voltage and the UK-style three-pin plug.