York 2019

Another new event on our circuit, FOCAL will visit the fine Roman, Viking and Medieval city of York in the springtime…


Date: Saturday 13th April 2019.
Venue: St. Lawrence Church Hall, 14-16 Lawrence Street, York, YO10 3WP
Admission: £15, preferably by PayPal please.
Refreshments: Buffet lunch included in the admission price;
tea/coffee/water also available from the kitchen.
Start time: Doors open 10am; draw at 10:45am; first game from 11am
Presented by: George Armstrong.
Finishes by: 6pm.
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes.

George Armstrong on the set of Countdown, spring 2018.

Countdown is coming to the beautiful northern city of York for the first time — hopefully the first of many! — for a new tournament hosted by George Armstrong.

We will be at St. Lawrence Church Hall, YO10 3BP. This is just half an hour’s walk from York railway station, or a taxi would be a good option if a few people meet at the station and share.

St. Lawrence Church Hall is located off Lawrence Street — follow Walmgate out of the city centre over the rivers Ouse and Foss, and follow signs for A1079 Hull Road.

There is a kitchen for making drinks, and there will also be a buffet at lunchtime — please let George know of any dietary requirements in advance.

We can accommodate 36 entrants.

This event uses the Lincoln & Edinburgh tables format. All competitors will be drawn at random into groups of three at the start of the day for Round 1, and will play everyone in that group once in 9-round games (6L 2N 1C). Two more rounds follow and progressively you will be grouped with people on a similar performance to your own — so don’t worry if you have a tough start.

At the end of the three rounds, our two highest performers (based on wins then points scored) will face off in the Grand Final.

Remember, the aim is to have fun, and there will be plenty of prizes on offer that anyone could take home.

Speaking of games…
We will be running a lunchtime gameshow quiz for anyone who wants to take part. You can keep up-to-date with this event’s Facebook page!

On the day
Doors will open at 10am, the first round draw will be at 10.45am and the first round will follow at 11am. Thereafter…

Lunch and quiz: 12.30pm
Round 2: 2pm
Round 3: 3.30pm
Grand Final: 5pm

Admission is £15, which includes refreshments and a buffet lunch, payable direct to George Armstrong by PayPal or by cheque (address available on request).

Transport links
York, home of the National Railway Museum, is a major station on the East Coast Main Line.

The fastest trains from London King’s Cross take two hours, with connections at Peterborough and Newark. From the north, there are connections from Newcastle, Durham, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

York also boasts east-west links on the TransPennine routes from the Yorkshire coast at Scarborough across to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Transdev also run a comprehensive network of interurban bus services between Leeds, York and the coast — take a look at their CityZap and Coastliner services, both of which stop outside York railway station.

As of November 2018, a day return ticket on CityZap or Coastliner costs £10. Full details available on their website, or their app Transdev Go.

Any questions?
Get in touch! Email us or tweet us and we’ll get back to you.


Page last updated 1/11/18.