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The Albert Hall
Dating back to the 1870s, Nottingham's Albert Hall was once the city's largest concert hall and a major venue for political rallies. Even The Rolling Stones performed there in 1964. It's now an impressive conference venue, sympathetically combining traditional architecture with modern facilities.
The New Adventures... conference will take place in the magnificent Great Hall, which is famous for Mr. Binns' huge organ. We'll have the entire building all to ourselves, and refreshments and a packed lunch will be provided. Note that the venue is accessible for disabled users (read our accessibility statement for exact details).
The Albert Hall is immediately adjacent to Nottingham Playhouse and Anish Kapoor's mesmerising Sky Mirror. A short walk away is Nottingham Castle, The Castle Bar, and a statue of Robin Hood. A little further down the hill is the oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem. In the evening we'll all move on to the fantastic after-party. The venue to be confirmed shortly.
The Albert Hall is a fifteen minute walk along Maid Marian Way from Nottingham train station. Alternatively, you can hop on a tram at the station and alight at the Royal Centre stop, and walk from there (5 minutes).
If you intend to travel by car, note that there is no on-site parking, but there are five multi-storey car parks nearby. We have a deal with the Albert Hall to let you park for £5 all day at NCP Car parks on Mount Street and St James Street. Let us know if you intend to drive when you register. On the day, bring your car park ticket and receive a coupon at the venue.
If you're coming from further afield, East Midlands Airport serves many European destinations, and is a 45 minute bus ride away.
North Circus Street (Off Derby Road)
Nottingham NG1 5AA
Tel: 0115 9500411
Situated right in the centre of England, Nottingham is the perfect location for a major web design conference. Lauded for its creative and scientific industries, art scene and culture, it's easy to make a case for rewarding the wealth of design and development talent in Nottingham, and the Midlands as a whole.
Obviously, Nottingham is perhaps most famous for the legendary Robin Hood and his Merry Men. A fun local pastime is to laugh at the tourists as they desperately try to find the castle that Kevin Costner obliterated, and to let them know that "it's in France".
If you're staying beyond the conference, be sure to check out the Old Market Square, the historic Lace Market, the scary Galleries of Justice, the impressive Nottingham Contemporary, or just potter the hours away in the multitude of pubs, or the boutiques of the UK's fifth-best shopping centre.
Holiday Inn Express - special rate
We have a special deal with the Holiday Inn Express (right) especially for the event, covering the 19th and 20th January. It's literally a one minute walk from the Albert Hall, and on the edge of Chapel Quarter which leads you straight into town.
Our special rate is £69.95 with 24 hour internet (internet usually £15.00 per day). This rate is per room per night and include a Hot Buffet Style breakfast, service and VAT.
They have allocated 50 rooms for attendees, on a first-come, first-serve basis. To book straight away, visit the special booking page, making sure the code "wed" is in the Group Code field. Act fast, as the 50 rooms will soon be gone.
If you wish to extend your stay outside of these dates, you will need to book a separate reservation, or contact Holiday Inn Express Nottingham City Centre directly on 0115 9419931.
Our recommended hotels
Wherever you stay, it's worth staying for a couple of nights to make sure you can meet everyone and get drunk (sorry, "network"). Not least at the official after-party on the 20th. Here's our pick of the best hotels within walking distance.
7 Chapel Quarter, Chapel Bar
Nottingham NG1 6JS
Tel: 0115 9419931
29-31 High Pavement
Nottingham NG1 1HE
Tel: 0115 852 3232
1 Standard Ct
Nottingham NG1 6GN
Tel: 0115 911 0666
41 Maid Marian Way
Nottingham NG1 6GD
Tel: 0115 947 7200
St James Street
Nottingham NG1 6FJ
Tel: 0115 941 1114
Nottingham NG1 5LT
Tel: 0871 527 8846