Autumn Mini-B&P is steadily getting more organised, with the arrival of ribbon for easy ticket attachment. Tickets not collected in advance will be picked up at the shop on arrival and shown at the reception desk at the hotel, which is opposite - entrance is via their car park. The event gets officially under way at 12 noon each day, but early arrivals can use the playing areas in the shop, and the several people staying at the hotel can get stuck in as soon as they finish breakfast. Finishing times are 11.00 on Saturday and 8.00 on Sunday; many people will head off early Saturday evening to make use of the excellent nearby restaurants, and the raunchier side of Burton can be experienced a few minutes walk away with a rock band playing at the Wetmore Whistle pub which is also nearby.
Hot food will be served at lunchtime, and bar snacks will be available all day; Aldi supermarket is 200 yards away for those going out to forage.The bar on the premises will have Bridge Bitter on tap, and with the Burton Bridge Brewery across the road their entire range is to hand. B&P attendees will also be welcome to use the pub's skittle alley during the afternoons, though it is booked up for Saturday evening. Returning to the subject of games, our board games library will be in the shop with games sent across to the hotel on request. There will be people using table space for assorted historical miniatures games, the Kings of War fantasy battle system is also expected to feature as is the Star Wars X-Wing game. And in memory of Don Featherstone, a giant of the wargames scene who recently passed away, we are hoping to have a Napoleonic battle using an original copy of his 1966 rules which we keep in the shop.
There will be a Bring and Buy, with 10% commission going as usual to the RNLI
As space is limited we are asking everyone to pre-book, but we are quite happy to take the ticket money on the day and a few last-minute cancellations won't cause problems - just let us know so that we can allow a few last-minute entrants. Tell us if you have any specific requirements or are looking to play a particular game; there are no formal competitions but we have prizes available should any impromptu tournaments spring up. The aim is to have an event which is even more relaxed than the main May Beer & Pretzels weekend, come along for a day or two of convivial gaming.