Conferences are fun, but don’t have ducklings. Or champagne. Many years ago the legendary Geek Punt Picnic morphed into PuntCon, the Cambridge leg of the alternative conference circuit. And after the undoubted success of our earlier ventures, we’re going to head off up river again on Sunday 1st July 2018.
In keeping with tradition there will be no talks, no presentations, no agenda, and nothing to disturb the quiet delights of the river on a Sunday afternoon. But apart from that, it’s a conference and therefore probably tax-deductible.
The Official Invitation:
You are invited to Puntcon, the fourteenth great geek punt picnic, taking place on or about the River Cam on the afternoon of Sunday 1st July 2018.
Full details are here on Eventbrite. There’s a Facebook event, too, for those who want it.
Although it says there are 250 tickets that is ‘nominal’ as it’s a big river… but Eventbrite needed a number 🙂
How it Works:
As before, turn up outside the Mill public house on Mill Lane between 1200 and 1230.
Four or five of will be deputised as PUNTERS and will come with Sam and Bill to collect the boats, the others will walk up beyond the rollers where we board
We will head off between 1230 and 1300 – if you are late you can walk up river and catch us as we don’t punt very fast! We will be heading upriver rather than along the Backs – more picnic places, fewer tourists. We normally stop half-way along Grantchester Meadows and hum Pink Floyd tunes.
Bring something to drink and something to eat. Actually, bring a lot to eat and a lot to drink – it’s thirsty work!
Note that there aren’t any toilets (but there are hedges) – the nearest pub/tea room is approx 20 min walk)
Punts will be booked/organised/commandeered for you so you do not need to hire one. We will take as many punts as we need [one for every six/twelve people] and head up river to a convenient picnic place on Grantchester Meadows where we will eat/drink/carouse. Those arriving late can join us there.
Anyone can punt. Anyone can be shown how to punt. But you are not expected to punt.
We normally get back to Scudamores around 1800. Those heading back to the railway station can be dropped at a bridge within walking distance.
Post punting we have the option of retiring to the pub or a restaurant and letting Sunday evening happen around us.
There is no registration fee or indeed any other cost. Bring food and drink and entertainment. Punt fare will be split between all comers – it works out at twenty pounds per person. Infants are not expected to contribute.
Please feel free to invite other people – it’s a big river and there are lots of punts. This page is here to give us a rough idea of numbers in advance so I know how much bread to get, but there’s a Sainsburys five minutes walk away anyway…
Some idea of who’s coming is available via the facebook (unfortunately, other platforms aren’t really available). Book your spot in a punt via eventbrite.
So come along — it’ll be fun.
@billt and @smithsam