Thought Bubble 2017 runs 18th – 24th September!


Visiting Thought Bubble, a brief guide by thoughtbubblefestival

Hello!

As we’ve got a lot of new people coming to the show for the first time, we thought we’d pop together a little info bundle on visiting the show (and Leeds), and what to expect, based on our experience from previous years. We’d recommend listening to this while reading, but it’s not essential.

Travel

  1. Getting to Leeds itself is relatively easy, both from within the UK and internationally, as regular rail services bring you into the heart of the city. Leeds rail station is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site, or about a 5 minute taxi ride, and there’s a taxi rank that’s constantly manned just outside the main station entrance. If you’re flying into Manchester airport then there’s a direct train every half hour that will bring you into Leeds station in around 1.5 hours. If you’re flying into one of London’s airports then you can catch a direct train from London Kings Cross to Leeds that will bring you into Leeds station in around 2.5 hours;
  2. If you’re driving into Leeds then there’s detailed instructions of how to get to the convention site here, including information on parking at the Royal Armouries’ museum, which is attached to the convention square. Please be aware that Leeds has a slightly tricky one-way system, so it’s best to allow for some extra time when setting off;
  3. If you’re getting the bus into the city, then the convention site is serviced by a number of routes, full details of which can be found here.

Accommodation

The official hotel partner for this year’s convention is the DoubleTree by Hilton which is located in Leeds city centre, and is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the rail station, and close to central bus routes in the city. Rooms are sure to fill up quickly, so if you’re intending to stay there during the festival, please make sure to book soon!

Leeds itself is a fairly compact city to get around, and you can walk from the top part of town (the university areas on Woodhouse Lane) down to the convention centre on Clarence Dock in around 50 minutes. If you need any supplies while you’re in town, then the shopping district can be found clustered around The Headrow and Albion street, with a large shopping mall at Trinity Leeds on Boar Lane. There are also a number of convenience stores located around the convention square, but they can tend to sell out of a lot of essential items quickly on the convention weekend.

The convention – 10 important points

  1. This year’s convention takes place on the weekend of November 15th & 16th, and set up for exhibitors runs from 7.30am on Saturday 15th, with doors opening to the public at 10am and closing at 5pm. Full details can be found on our website’s terms & conditions page;
  2. The main exhibitor information pack will be emailed out to everyone who’s tabling at the show in the autumn (usually in October), so if your contact address changes at any point, please email sarah@thoughtbubblefestival.com so we can makes sure your details are up to date;
  3. Full venue information will be updated later in the year, along with final programme confirmation and event running order for the festival, but general venue information can be found here in the meantime;
  4. We’d recommend bringing a table cloth to cover your exhibition space, a full single table measures approximately 6ft x 2.5ft (183cm x 76cm), and we ask that you keep the floors around your table clear of any products or storage items, and that access to all fire exits and extinguishers are kept clear;
  5. Thought Bubble is a family friendly convention, so please ensure that all products that are visible on your table from the general walkway areas are suitable;
  6. We’d also recommend bringing a decent amount of change with you to use as a float, as the nearby cash-points can run out during the weekend, and our supply is generally taken up with handling on-the-door ticket sales;
  7. From experience, the best help you can get with people seeing the items you have for sale is verticality, have your products arranged so they stand up on the table, and are readily viewed from the aisles, which can be as easy as stacking books and leaning one against them;
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as our red-shirted volunteers will be happy to assist you in anything you need during the weekend;
  9. A simple one, but an important one, keep hydrated and remember to make time to eat as well, low blood sugar and dehydration can make even the simplest of tasks a lot more daunting, so be sure to look after yourself during the convention;
  10. The most important aspect of any convention is to have fun – Thought Bubble is an extremely friendly show, and we aim to cater to a wide spectrum of attendees, many of whom may be attending a show like this for the first time, and the general attitude we take can be found on the graphic below:

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We hope all the above helps! If you have any general questions about the show in the months leading up to November, please drop us an email to thoughtbubbleinfo@gmail.com

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Kodama Woods – 2014’s Thought Bubble project funded by Leeds Inspired by thoughtbubblefestival

Bub's Lounge Long PicHello everyone!

We’re incredibly excited to announce one of this year’s Thought Bubble projects, kindly funded by the wonderful Leeds Inspired.

Influenced by Hayao Miyazaki’s and Studio Ghibli’s brilliant animations such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, the Kodama Woods project will see us build a large-scale light installation, using wood and paper to form of a magical woodland. Attendees will be able to create their own sprite lanterns, which will then form a canopy under which we will hold story-telling sessions during the two-day Thought Bubble convention.  Artist Tom Eglington, who made last year’s amazing lamps in Bub’s Lounge, will be helping us with the project. He’s currently hard at work making beautiful things like this for us:

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Workshops will be taking place from late September 2014 – Art therapist Alison Herbert  will be helping us run the events, and we hope to see as many of you at them as possible!

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts, sport and heritage events throughout the year. They support culture in the city through the Leeds Inspired website, as well as grants schemes and commissions.

The Leeds Inspired what’s on website brings together the city’s annual highlights alongside independent events and  DIY happenings to create an ever changing inspirational cultural calendar. We’re immensely grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to put on these events, and hope some of you will be able to join in the fun with us!

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any way. We would love to hear from you. Email martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com.

Cheerio!

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