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IgersLondon and Igerslille joint meetup in Lille

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We have been talking to our friends at @igerslille about having a joint London / Lille meetup in Lille in December. 

Lille is just 90 minutes from St Pancras International by Eurostar. The city has beautiful Flemish architecture and the Marche de Noel will be in full swing. 

CONFIRMED PLAN FOR THE DAY

9.30AM Meet at the Maison de Tourisme de Lille, Palais Rihour, Place Rihour (https://goo.gl/maps/fUiQejGt4in )

This is right by Rihour metro station and just next to the Grand Place. 

We will be met by the co-managers of the @igerslille community and the Office de Tourisme de Lille. 

We then leave Lille by tram for Croix (you will get a free travel pass for use on the day) to visit Villa Cavrois - the beautiful modernist house (http://www.villa-cavrois.fr) ;

We will meet with up to 20 members of the @igerslille community at Villa Cavrois. We have about 4 hours there so make sure you take something to eat with you. 

We then return to Lille city centre for a photowalk around the Old Town and Christmas Market will all the illuminations and animated displays and un vin chaud.

At 7pm we will head to a restaurant for drinks and dinner with the Lille group. 

You will be responsible for your own travel costs and hotel costs if you stay overnight.

Travel - you will need to make your own travel arrangements:

TRAIN: Lille is about 90 minutes by Eurostar from London St Pancras (some trains will also stop at Ebbsfleet) - we recommend booking via eurostar.com 

COACH: A cheaper option might be to travel with Eurlines, Megabus our OUIBUS. Megabus fares are currently EUR34 for a return coach (leaving London Victoria at 8pm, arriving in Lille at 3am) - use eurolines.co.uk ouibus.com or megabus.com

DRIVING: Lille is not that far from Calais and the Channel Tunnel - according to Google Maps, the journey including the Channel Tunnel crossing is just under 4 hours from Central London.

HOTEL: Please email us at [masked] if you are planning on booking a hotel as igerslille may be able to get us a special deal (though this is not guaranteed) although expedia is currently showing availability at the Ibis Budget in Lille city centre for £40 per night.

It goes without saying that you will need a valid passport or EU ID card for the trip. You will also need to arrange your own travel insurance if you do not already hold this. 

Due to the number of steps and cobbles in Lille old town this meetup is unfortunately not accessible to wheelchair users.


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  • beacondawn

    First Class

    1 · Yesterday

  • Graham

    Would love to but I'm in panto-land again this year.....Aladdin in Barking (oh the glamour...!)

    November 26

  • Clint L.

    Just sent my Information.

    1 · November 17

  • Keith Houghton LRPS (.

    Please check your emails for a request for info - needed for security for Villa Cavrois

    November 17

  • Smeeth3of4

    Sadly I can't make this meetup. Have fun x

    November 14

  • Clint L.

    OK cool...well I'll go ahead and get things sorted. Also any idea if the majority are coming back on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

    October 30

  • Clint L.

    What time will you all be leaving from the ibis hotel on Saturday morning for the day out?
    Alternatively, is there like a contact number to reach you guys on if I have to book accommodation elsewhere?

    October 30

    • Keith Houghton LRPS (.

      That's still being confirmed with igerslille - The Ibis is very central though so the meeting point won't be too far from there. Will post more info once the Lille team have confirmed

      October 30

  • Pat H.

    Sorry can't make it.

    October 27

  • Mikey D.

    Unfortunately I cannot attend, I had attempted to make contact a while back. As I had not received a response I arranged to do something else. Hope this does not cause too much of an inconvenience.

    October 26

  • _timsw

    Morning all,
    Though I can't attend I received an email from Eurotunnel last night and they are currently running a £23 day return ticket promotion. So anyone thinking of driving or clubbing together with a few Instagrammers could save on their travel costs. Here's the link to the offer: https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/Offers-and-savings/half-price-day-trip/? Tim

    1 · October 25

  • Tuesday

    Sorry, I have to change my RSVP to not going. Hope everyone will have a great time!

    October 23

  • Smeeth3of4

    Hi, I've changed my RSVP to a tentative yes.

    1 · October 22

    • Instagramers L.

      Fantastique! Would be great if you could make it. K

      October 22

  • Kitty

    Sorry for saying yes then no. I currently can't justify the travel costs for 1 day. The idea was lovely and hope everyone going has a lovely time.

    1 · October 22

  • marilena B.

    Unfortunately I can't make this time because I can't travel on Friday evening and for a day trip is a bit expensive I Need to save money for my Christmas trip!

    October 19

  • Anila

    Still no email.ive changed my rsvp

    October 18

    • Keith Houghton LRPS (.

      Meetup is doing some very odd things since they changed the app. Have posted details in a comment

      1 · October 18

  • Mikey D.

    Hello group admin I too would like to attend X 2 if possible??? Hello anyone there . . . . 😳😋

    October 17

  • Instagramers L.

    As an alternative for travel:
    OUIBUS do a return ticket for EUR 50 (approx £50 given the exchange rate!) that takes 5.5 hours - you'd need to go on Friday and travel back on the Sunday or a very late Saturday coach but it does give you a cheaper option.

    1 · October 17

  • Gem C.

    Unfortunately due to family Christmas plans I can no longer come along :( Have a fantastic time, looking forward to seeing all your content!

    October 16

  • Anila

    No email yet received. Any update

    October 17

    • Instagramers L.

      Meetup is doing weird things with emails - see update posted above

      October 17

  • Instagramers L.

    We're still waiting for confirmation on any special deals that might be possible so here's an idea of the full cost:

    Option 1: Travel Friday, attend meetup on Saturday, return Saturday evening (Full cost approx £130 travel; £80 hotel)

    Option 2: Travel Friday, attend meetup on Saturday, stay Saturday night, return Sunday (Full cost approx £100 travel; £160 hotel)

    Option 3: Travel early Saturday morning, attend meetup on Saturday, stay Saturday night, return Sunday (Full cost approx £130 travel; £80 hotel)

    Option 4: Do it as a day trip (Approx £150 travel)

    You may want to book train etc now as prices are starting to go up.

    Please let us know by 6pm on Tuesday, 18 October.

    If you can no longer come please change your rsvp to no - we need as accurate an idea of numbers as possible in order to plan and to tell the Lille Tourist Office how many rooms are likely to be needed so any discount can be negotiated.

    Many thanks
    Keith
    IGersLondon Team

    October 17

  • Kitty

    I see that there are currently 9 spots available but I am unable to RSPV due to RSPV's being closed. If people are updating to no, then I would like to join for yes :)

    October 16

  • Liam D.

    Any more news on this?

    October 15

  • Instagramers L.

    Hi Everyone,
    Once we have an idea of likely numbers, we will let igerslille know - they have a contact in SNCF who may be able to get a cheap deal which MAY require a block booking. We're also investigating hotels in case people want to stay over a bit longer.

    Once we do know, we'll close this placeholder and post a new meetup with all the details.

    Hope that makes sense! Keith

    2 · October 2

    • Angela L.

      I intend to do just the DayTrip thanks

      October 4

    • Gentillapin

      Thank you Keith, sounds perfect. Be good to make a long week end of it.

      October 6

  • Ursula B.

    I've put my name down, pending you are successful in getting a decent discount from Eurostar for day return. THANKS!

    1 · October 3

  • William W.

    The earliest Eurostar departure out of St Pancras at 06:57 arrives at Lille 09:26 local time. Cheapest day return at £94 if paid by debit card.

    September 30

    • Tiara A.

      @Keith - will you be posting the details if the Instagramers London team managed to get a good deal for Eurostar?

      1 · October 2

    • Instagramers L.

      @Tiara - yes of course (see above) @Liam - the very last departure from Lille

      1 · October 2

  • Jayson b.

    I'm up for this trip, sounds amazing

    1 · October 2

  • Efe Onojaife _ j.

    I found Eurolines £15 each way... 5.5hours! Looking forward to this, never done an instameet outside of England before 😊

    September 30

  • Sarah B.

    Sorry all have to put my sensible hat on(for a change!) I'm off to Vancouver for Christmas and really should be saving ... have a brilliant time x

    September 30

  • Gentillapin

    Also please add @beacondawn to the definitely interested

    2 · October 1

  • Adam L.

    Why can't I see the draft plan details? Is there an arranged time to travel etc?

    September 30

    • Adam L.

      I can see it now lol

      September 30

  • Graham

    Aww - would love to have joined-in but, sadly, will be in Panto again by then.... Have fun everyone!

    September 30

  • Liam D.

    I am certainly interested, but depends on time of day people plan to leave! I will keep an eye on this event.

    September 30

  • Gentillapin

    Definitely interested

    September 30

  • feetapart

    What a lovely idea! Sadly it's the wrong time of year for me. One of these days I'll have the funds & the availability. Meanwhile, thanks as ever for the suggestion & effort, always appreciated :)

    2 · September 30

  • Tereza L.

    Sounds great! Any estimate on when the day plan ends to see whether it's better to return on the day or stay overnight?

    September 30

  • Gem C.

    Been wanting to attend a meet up for ages, and finally I can make one! Excited to go to Lille :)

    September 30

  • Scott W.

    Sounds like an awesome day would love to attend but I'm away already :)

    September 30

  • Sarah B.

    I'm definitely interested and will look into funds

    1 · September 30

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