2018 ticket allocation rules

From the UK Meet Team: 9 August 2018

We’re delighted to announce that UK Meet 2018 will be returning to the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel, 7th to 9th September 2018. We’re even more delighted to announce that we’ll be keeping ticket prices exactly the same as in 2016!

When will tickets go on sale? October 9th.
Will we use priority codes  for booking? Yes, just like last time. Full information on the ticket buying process will go out in September but as previously it will be only one ticket per mailing list subscriber.

Please don’t book accommodation or transport until you have secured a ticket. 



This method has worked extremely well in previous years, as both fair and administratively efficient.
Almost all people who’ve wanted to come have obtained a ticket, either in the first stage of availability, or from the waiting list.

UK Meet ticketing – why we do what we do

For years, at our UK Meet planning meetings, we used to say, “What if we get a feeding frenzy for tickets?” Then we’d laugh in our Brit way and say, “That would be a nice problem to have.” However, in our 2016 planning we realised demand was likely to exceed supply, so we needed a cunning plan that would work for both us and our delegates.

We appreciate how annoying it is to sit trying to buy tickets, madly pressing the ‘refresh’ button and hoping everything isn’t all sold out by the time you get the page to work. We also wanted to a) avoid people bulk buying tickets and b) reward people who’d already expressed an interest in the event. That’s why we came up with the ‘booking codes’ system which we used in 2016 and which, at least from our end, worked so well.

Briefly, this is how it works:

  • Prospective delegates need to register for our newsletter before the date tickets go on sale (9th October 2017).
  • On 9th October we’ll send out a “Thunderbirds are go” e-mail. Reply to this e-mail to get a priority booking code, one per subscriber. You won’t get one any other way.
  • All replies are dealt with in a strictly chronological order, so once you’ve sent a reply you can relax.
  • You then have a week to use your priority code to book a place. At midnight BST 16th October these codes are no longer valid.
  • If we run out of priority codes before 16th October, we’ll start a waiting list as in past years, which will be administered on a first come, first served, basis. Nobody gets to jump the waiting list – we’re British and revere queues.