Yet another independent Prisoner event has just been announced, organised by Dave Lally of the London Prisoner Group. The "Coachabout and Picnic" was a popular event in the 1990s, and Dave is running one this year on Sunday 17th July 2005.

The plan is for fans to be taken on a coach tour of several locations, including the Eltisley cricket ground seen in "The Girl Who Was Death", Hamblin New Town as seen in the Prisoneresque "Danger Man" episode "Colony 3" (stopping here for a social picnic), and several Prisoner/ITC locations in the Borehamwood/Elstree area. The tour will start at St Neots BR station in Cambridgeshire (near to Eltisley) at 11.00am, and finish early evening.

A selection of free events are also being run on Saturday16th July by Dave Lally - full details HERE.

Please note: This event is now fully booked.

Cost per person is £18.

Coach is NON SMOKING. Persons under 18 welcome (at same charge as over-18s but must be with a responsible adult on coach). You cannot just turn up on the day : pre-paid bookings for this ONLY. Bring your own Picnic food & drink (+ refuse bag) & camera/binoculars etc. If there is no loo on the coach, comfort stops will be arranged. Event only proceeds if sufficient numbers book in advance.

If coming by car, The station is situated on the edge of St Neots on the east side. There is a bypass (A428) round St Neots and I recommend people approaching the town via the B1428 off the A428 on the east side, and then looking out for signs pointing to the station which is on the right of the road, ie, a short distance north of it. I have approached the area from both sides and the station is well-signed. I have attached a map reference for those who are smart enough to check in advance! http://makeashorterlink.com/?B57A61A3B

Parking in the station car park is just a pound for all day at weekends and there is really not a convenient free on-street free alternative nearby. Still, a pound's not bad! There is LOADS of space in the car park as St Neots is a major commuter station, which means there will be no problem getting in there on the day.

St Neots Rail Station (Cambridgeshire) is nearest BR one to Eltisley. On main London (Suburban) Kings Cross / Huntingdon / Peterborough route (WAGN) and has one train per hour on Sundays both to/from Kings Cross and to/from Peterborough. From elsewhere in England get to Peterborough (GNER) and change there. Check all rail times on nationalrail.co.uk - especially Sunday trackworks.

One can leave for London at Elstree & Borehamwood BR Rail Stn (before coach returns to St Neots for car drivers parked there) . Watch the relevant episodes before coming on the event !!


The following passage by Dave Lally:

(1) Late Sat am-we meet at 1 Buckingham Place SW1 (No 6 house:for those who have not been there before- go streetmap.co.uk or multimap.co.uk) at 1400 hrs for 14:30 dep, then to Victoria Tube [nearest one-if coming out of that BR Stn, go toward right of taxi rank, head for "Little Ben", cross road to other side by
Theatre and then cross rd onto Victoria St (large building site) walk up toward Pizza Hut --Westminster Cath will appear to your right on *other side* of St-- then turn left at PH -keep on walking-the Street & No 6 House comes up on yr right]. Then to Blackfriars Tube/then upstairs to Blackfriars BR to await the 1st Thameslink n/bound to MILL HILL BROADWAY (get a day return or a Zones 1-4 T/card (the latter will cover *all* yr Sat Tubes/Ldn buses as well) ).At MHB, we catch as many taxis as we need (shared cost) and quickly visit all 3 PMcG homes -this is esp useful for his v 1st one up there [very secluded-long private
driveway in so only a vehicle "turning" would go up there]! Back to MHB, train back to central Ldn.

(2) at 1800 [for 18:30] we meet in the Foyer --opp Info desk-- of the National Film Theatre South Bank SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)-our own Jubilee pub is closed on Sat evenings. Then we decide where to eat and drink for rest of evening. Items (1) and (2) are FREE to attend whether going on Coachabout the next day or not.

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