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T minus 32 days 22 hours 49 minutes and counting...
at the time of posting :)
...until Jaguars, Go For Launch!



The National Space Centre in Leicester has six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, and is an "out of this world experience".



Admission, for adults (16+) is £17.95 booked in advance, which gives us access to all the Space Centre has to offer.

There is a concessionary saving of £2 for over 65s.

There is also a £4 car parking fee.

Open from 10am - 5pm.

I last visited in April 2012, and it is a fun place for anyone remotely interested in space.



I am staying on the Saturday night at a nearby Premier Inn (Leicester Braunstone). FlatCap and Stats are doing the same.

I have a birthday coming up in early February and this is just a birthday treat to myself to spend time with Jaguar buddies old and new.

There is a 400+ car park which opens from 9am, so it would be advisable to arrive before 10am to ensure we can park up together with ease :)

Jaguars Go For Launch
at the National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS
Sunday 19th February 2023


As always, there is a list - a list with a few names on already...

LATEST LIST OF ATTENDEES
  1. MarkFY - Mark - XF X260 S 3.0D V6 (2017)
  2. Flatcap - Martyn & Janice - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003)
  3. Restorer - John - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2004)
  4. Super350 - Simon - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003)
  5. #steve - Steve - XJL X351 5.0 V8 Portfolio (2010)
  6. Villanova27 - Rob & Karen - XK 4.2 V8 Convertible (2006)
  7. Ashanti - Rich - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2006)




Jaaaaaags: 7
Non-Jags: 0
Attendees: 9

Distance Traveled, each way: 812 miles

Jag Stats:
  • 54 cylinders (avg of 7.7 cylinders)
  • 29 litres (avg of 4.1 litres)
  • 2596 BHP (avg of 371 BHP)
  • 35.624 metres bumper to bumper (equiv 24 four-legged jaguars or 3.2 Routemaster buses)
  • 2007 average registration year
  • 5 XJ
  • 1 XK/R
  • 1 XF
  • 0 X-TYPE
  • 0 S-TYPE
... and a website :)


... and a map

 

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Just booked for Premier Inn, Leicester (Braunstone) on the Saturday (18th Feb) night. FlatCap and Stats have also booked.
 

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Excellent choice. Highly recommended even for non-space nerds!
I took my parents there back in 2012 and they were both fascinated and having a go at everything you could have a go on!
 

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OK, you've got me. I am indeed 1990s computer gaming leg-end Commander Jades. This event looks really cool.

I have checked my team's Holiday Sheet and we already have two off on Monday the 20th so I would have to travel back home on the Sunday. I don't think I'm doing anything on the Saturday so could travel down then without using any of my remaining five days of holiday.

I will have a think.
Sounds like a jolly good plan Commander Jades!
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T minus 30 days 23 hours 58 minutes and counting...

at the time of posting :)
...until Jaguars, Go For Launch!

Looking forward to our next 'away day', with a lovely group of people.

LATEST LIST OF ATTENDEES
  1. MarkFY - Mark - XF X260 S 3.0D V6 (2017) 🛏
  2. Flatcap - Martyn & Janice - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003) 🛏
  3. Restorer - John - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2004) 🛏
  4. Super350 - Simon - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003)
  5. #steve - Steve - XJL X351 5.0 V8 Portfolio (2010)
  6. Villanova27 - Rob & Karen - XK 4.2 V8 Convertible (2006)
  7. Ashanti - Rich - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2006)


🛏 indicates hotel booked for Saturday night

If anyone wants to join us and stay over at the hotel on the Saturday night... This is where we are staying...

 
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T minus 29 days 18 hours 58 minutes and counting...

at the time of posting :)
...until Jaguars, Go For Launch!

Looking forward to our next 'away day', with a lovely group of people.

LATEST LIST OF ATTENDEES
  1. MarkFY - Mark - XF X260 S 3.0D V6 (2017) 🛏
  2. Flatcap - Martyn & Janice - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003) 🛏
  3. Restorer - John - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2004) 🛏
  4. Super350 - Simon - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003)
  5. #steve - Steve - XJL X351 5.0 V8 Portfolio (2010)
  6. Villanova27 - Rob & Karen - XK 4.2 V8 Convertible (2006)
  7. Ashanti - Rich - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2006)
  8. Mean Mr Mustard - Phil & Jackie - XJ X351 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury (2010)





🛏 indicates hotel booked for Saturday night

Jaaaaaags: 8
Non-Jags: 0
Attendees: 11

Distance Traveled, each way: 856 miles

Jag Stats:
  • 60 cylinders (avg of 7.5 cylinders)
  • 32 litres (avg of 4 litres)
  • 2871 BHP (avg of 359 BHP)
  • 40.754 metres bumper to bumper (equiv 27 four-legged jaguars or 3.6 Routemaster buses)
  • 2007 average registration year
  • 6 XJ
  • 1 XK/R
  • 1 XF
  • 0 X-TYPE
  • 0 S-TYPE
If anyone wants to join us and stay over at the hotel on the Saturday night... This is where we are staying...


 

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Space Centre 43 miles from Chateau Moutarde, which is 10 miles south of Peterborough.
No prizes for nearest I'm afraid :ROFLMAO:

But I've taken the hint and updated the map to be a bit 'closer' :)
 
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But one car is missing? :eek:
Don't be daft... :)



When zoomed out, they are just too close together... if you zoom in on the interactive map on the website you'll see them tucked in together... Ashanti and FlatCap
 

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T minus 28 days 19 hours 06 minutes and counting...

at the time of posting :)
...until Jaguars, Go For Launch!

Looking forward to our next 'away day', with a lovely group of people.

LATEST LIST OF ATTENDEES
  1. MarkFY - Mark - XF X260 S 3.0D V6 (2017) 🛏
  2. Flatcap - Martyn & Janice - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003) 🛏
  3. Restorer - John - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2004) 🛏
  4. Super350 - Simon - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003)
  5. #steve - Steve - XJL X351 5.0 V8 Portfolio (2010)
  6. Villanova27 - Rob & Karen - XK 4.2 V8 Convertible (2006)
  7. Ashanti - Rich - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2006)
  8. Mean Mr Mustard - Phil & Jackie - XJ X351 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury (2010)
  9. GreyLady - Julie - XJ8 X308 3.2 V8 (2002)




Jaaaaaags: 9
Non-Jags: 0
Attendees: 12

🛏 indicates hotel booked for Saturday night

Distance Traveled, each way: 957 miles

Jag Stats:
  • 68 cylinders (avg of 7.6 cylinders)
  • 35.2 litres (avg of 3.9 litres)
  • 3111 BHP (avg of 346 BHP)
  • 45.754 metres bumper to bumper (equiv 31 four-legged jaguars or 4.1 Routemaster buses)
  • 2007 average registration year
  • 7 XJ
  • 1 XK/R
  • 1 XF
  • 0 X-TYPE
  • 0 S-TYPE
If anyone wants to join us and stay over at the hotel on the Saturday night... This is where we are staying...


 
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LATEST LIST OF ATTENDEES
  1. MarkFY - Mark - XF X260 S 3.0D V6 (2017) 🛏
  2. Flatcap - Martyn & Janice - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003) 🛏
  3. Restorer - John - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2004) 🛏
  4. Super350 - Simon - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003) 🛏
  5. #steve - Steve - XJL X351 5.0 V8 Portfolio (2010)
  6. Villanova27 - Rob & Karen - XK 4.2 V8 Convertible (2006)
  7. Ashanti - Rich - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2006)
  8. Mean Mr Mustard - Phil & Jackie - XJ X351 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury (2010)
  9. GreyLady - Julie - XJ8 X308 3.2 V8 (2002) 🛏
  10. Jades - Graham - X-TYPE 2.2D Sport Premium (2008) 🛏




Jaaaaaags: 10
Non-Jags: 0
Attendees: 13

🛏 indicates hotel booked for Saturday night
 

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Saturday night might be a biggie
It'll be fun, big or small

"That's what she said" (just for all the fans of the US Office) :p
 

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T minus 26 days 23 hours 42 minutes and counting...

at the time of posting :)
...until Jaguars, Go For Launch!

Boarding Passes


It's time to book your tickets for the National Space Centre. Advance booking is slightly cheaper than "on the day" and guarantees your seat in your chosen Planetarium show.

When booking tickets, you will be asked to select a time for your Planetarium visit.

The "Tour of the Night Sky" looks like a good one, with a showing at 2.30pm. As these last for approximately 25 minutes, this also fits in with @Jades need to race back home in time for Sunday Chicken. I'm assuming that's dinner and not some kind of life-or-death game.

Of course, if there's a different show you'd rather see in the Planetarium, then please feel free to choose accordingly. I'll be "touring the Night Sky" at 2.30pm. :)

It would be marvellous if you can let me know when tickets have been booked :)

SUNDAY 19th FEBRUARY


Tour of the Night Sky

Using our immersive Planetarium, sit back and relax as we journey together through the wonders of the Universe. Your presenter will guide you around our night time sky and together you will look at the stars, visit planets and explore the mysteries of Space, in your own unique adventure. Vote for some of your favourite stops along the way, in this exciting and audience driven journey.
 

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Just a quick heads-up to anyone who is planning on staying over on the Saturday night ahead of the Space Centre visit on the Sunday, and has yet to book accommodation...

The Premier Inn Leicester (Braunstone) rates are increasing. When I booked a few days ago I paid £50, just checked now and it's quoting £66.50 for the night.

 
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Booked ticket; show at 2:30.
Premier Inn also reserved (y)
Jolly good. Going to be a good Saturday night, as well as a great Sunday. Cheers Simon!
 

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T minus 22 days 00 hours 10 minutes and counting...

at the time of posting :)
...until Jaguars, Go For Launch!

Looking forward to our next 'away day', with a lovely group of people.


LATEST LIST OF ATTENDEES
  1. MarkFY - Mark - XF X260 S 3.0D V6 (2017) 🛏
  2. Flatcap - Martyn & Janice - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003) 🛏
  3. Restorer - John - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2004) 🛏
  4. Super350 - Simon - XJ X350 Super V8 SWB (2003) 🛏
  5. #steve - Steve & Tom - XJL X351 5.0 V8 Portfolio (2010)
  6. Villanova27 - Rob & Karen - XK 4.2 V8 Convertible (2006)
  7. Ashanti - Rich - XJ X350 Super V8 LWB (2006)
  8. Mean Mr Mustard - Phil & Jackie - XJ X351 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury (2010)
  9. GreyLady - Julie - XJ8 X308 3.2 V8 (2002) 🛏
  10. Jades - Graham - X-TYPE 2.2D Sport Premium (2008) 🛏
  11. orsom weels - Tim & Lena - S-TYPE 3.0 V6 SE 'PLUS' (2004) 🛏




Jaaaaaags: 11
Non-Jags: 0
Attendees: 16

🛏 indicates hotel booked

Distance Traveled, each way: 1193 miles

Jag Stats:
  • 78 cylinders (avg of 7.1 cylinders)
  • 40.4 litres (avg of 3.7 litres)
  • 3505 BHP (avg of 319 BHP)
  • 55.339 metres bumper to bumper (equiv 37 four-legged jaguars or 4.9 Routemaster buses)
  • 2007 average registration year
  • 7 XJ
  • 1 XK/R
  • 1 XF
  • 1 X-TYPE
  • 1 S-TYPE
If anyone wants to join us and stay over at the hotel on the Saturday night... This is where we are staying...


 

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Tickets booked with 2.30pm show, annnnd....

Premiere inn booked for Sat night too, so see ya all there :)
Nice one Tim... look forward to seeing you both again!
 
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