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Bristol & District Intergroup 2024 Convention

September 8


Smashing The Delusion

An Unconventional Convention

1-Day AA Convention, Bristol & District Intergroup

The Bristol mini convention returns this year …. with a slight unconventional twist – everything you would expect to find plus a few you might not!

We will have four formal AA meetings of different formats throughout the day, with a plethora of workshops running alongside. A cooked lunch is included, as are tea and coffee throughout the day, and there will be plenty of fringe activities to keep you entertained, along with a raffle and stalls, and plenty of opportunities for service.

Plus, on the evening before we are running the first Bristol Area Homegroup Quiz, where local homegroups put up a team to win a trophy.

Any questions? Please just email us at convention@aa-bristol.org or call 07418 022394

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does it start and finish?

Though timings may change a bit, we expect registration to open at 8:45am and the day to finish around 6pm.

What does Al-Anon participation mean?

AA Conventions typically invite Al-Anon to attend. The 2023 AA Structure Handbook recommends only AA members should be ‘main sharers’ at meetings, so there will not be any combined platforms. Al-Anon will have their own meeting room and their members are welcome to attend ‘open’ AA meetings and workshops.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available online click here to buy. Also, various people are selling hard copy tickets at local meetings.

Do I need to buy a ticket if I am doing service?

With very few exceptions, yes please. Conventions reply on many AA members helping out before, during and after the event. We could not afford to let everyone helping in free of charge. However, there are two exceptions: i) for people who attend just to do service – they arrive, do their service role then leave. If they stay to enjoy the rest of the convention we would ask them to pay for a ticket; ii) people whose service roles take up more than half the day. This is primarily aimed at our kitchen crew who will be onsite from as early as 7am and working through until gone 2pm. It would seem a bit ungracious (and ungrateful) to expect them to pay to enjoy the little of the day left.

Can I park my car on site?

Please park in neighbouring streets and, in doing so, please be mindful that this is a residential area and considerate parking will be appreciated. On site disabled bays can be pre-booked: click to email

Can I get there on public transport?

Long Ashton is served by the X7 and X9 bus routes. The closest stop is at Lovelinch Gardens, a 4-minute walk to the venue. Journey planning available here: click to find public transport

Will you meet my dietary requirements?

We will provide two meal options: meat and vegan. If you have other dietary requirements, please make arrangements to bring a packed lunch.

Can I bring non-alcoholic family members, including children?

Yes, providing they have tickets. Most meetings will be ‘open’ (anyone welcome to attend) but it is possible one or two workshops will be ‘closed’ and attendance at those will be limited to people who have a problem with alcohol. Children are welcome but anyone under 18 remains the responsibility of their accompanying adult at all times.

What if a meeting I wish to attend is full?

Your ticket guarantees you entry to the site and a light lunch but purchase of a ticket does not entitle holders to entry to any specific meeting. For popular meetings, seating will be on a first come first served basis.

Are there special tickets for newcomers?

We do not, as a matter of course, provide free or discounted tickets to newcomers. However, individual AA members are welcome to buy a ticket themselves for a newcomer, if they wish. A few tickets will be held back, should the event sell out, to ensure those finding AA for the first time can still attend.

Will my anonymity be protected?

At the level of press, radio and films, yes. As Al-Anon are participating and children are welcome, some non-AA members will attend, and anonymity will be similar to that offered at an ‘open’ AA meeting.

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Contributions (AA members only) can be made at here.


Ticket holders will be emailed before the event with further details of the day. In the meantime, please check this page for updates.


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Bristol Intergroup Convention 2024
Smashing the Delusion
£ 15.00
224 available


September 8


Intergroup Convention Committee


Village Hall
Long Ashton Community Centre,5 Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton
Bristol, BS41 9DP United Kingdom
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07418 022394