Should I go to the National Family History Fair at Gateshead?

23 Jul

I got the idea into my head this morning that it would be fun to visit The National Family History Fair on Saturday the 12th September 2009 at Gateshead International Stadium.

Of course the problem is that Gateshead is not particularly local to me, somewhere between 350 to 400 miles away, and I can’t really justify the cost of train or coach fares and accommodation for just one day (in fact just six and a half hours) of family history.

I may have a solution though, it is not ideal but might just work. After finishing work on the Friday I could take a train to London, hang around for a few hours and then catch the overnight coach to Newcastle, arriving around six in the morning, then it would be a question of getting the Metro to Gateshead Stadium. Going home would be exactly the same but in reverse, probably arriving home around midday on Sunday.

So practically it could be done and I wouldn’t need to take any time off work. Looking at the coach fares it could be done quite cheaply as well, it would probably cost me more to get to London in the first place than from London to Newcastle.

The question is do I want to spend two nights sleeping (or trying to sleep) on a coach and spend the day at the family history fair looking (and smelling) like someone who hasn’t washed for over 24 hours? I don’t think my fellow genealogists really deserve that (or the passengers that would have to travel back on the same coach as me), so back to the drawing board for that idea!

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