The home of New Adventures
Dating back to the 1870s, Nottingham’s Albert Hall was once the city’s largest concert hall (The Rolling Stones performed there in 1964) and a significant venue for political rallies. It’s now an impressive conference venue, sympathetically combining traditional architecture with modern facilities. 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.
North Circus Street, NG1 5AA.
Tel: +44 (0) 115 9500411 / Map
The conference takes place in the magnificent and fully accessible Great Hall, famous for Mr. Binns’ huge organ.
The Albert Hall is a fifteen minute walk along Maid Marian Way from Nottingham train station. Alternatively, you can hop on a tram, alight at the Royal Centre, and walk from there (5 minutes).
By train we're less than two hours from London, Manchester, or Leeds, and one hour from Birmingham. If you're travelling by car there are five multi-storey car parks nearby. Metered street parking is also available.
If you're coming from further afield, East Midlands Airport serves many European destinations, and is a 45 minute bus ride away.
Our workshops take place across two venues. Workshops with Jeremy Keith, Harry Roberts, and Emma Boulton will take place at the Albert Hall.
North Circus Street, NG1 5AA. Map
The Shopify workshop with Tiffany Tse and Liam Griffin takes place nearby at Nottingham Conference Centre.
Nottingham Conference Centre
30 Burton St, Nottingham NG1 4BU. Map
At each venue, we'll be there to greet you, feed you, and escort you to the appropriate rooms.
An epic venue for our after-party
Nottingham Contemporary is one of the UK's largest and leading centres for contemporary art with a constantly innovative programme and sense of local purpose. The building is larger than it appears from the outside because much of it is sunk into the sandstone cliff that runs through the city centre. The exterior is clad in scalloped panels with a traditional lace pattern found in a time capsule on the site.
Our after-party will take place in the Café Bar and the enormous Space.
Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB.
Tel: +44 (0) 115 948 9750 / Map
Welcome to our home
Situated in the centre of England, Nottingham is the perfect location for a 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 most famous for the legendary Robin Hood and his Merry Men. A fun local pastime is to laugh at the tourists as they 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, cafes, and boutiques across our wonderful city.
Our pick of city centre rent-a-rooms
29-31 High Pavement
+44 (0)115 852 3232
Our favourite, located on a historic Lace Market street. Fills up fast.
2 George St
+44 (0)115 959 9777
Revamped boutique hotel in the centre of lively Hockley.
+44 (0)115 988 1900
Quality boutique option, close to the Albert Hall. Excellent restaurant.
7 Chapel Quarter
+44 (0)871 527 9658
Formerly a Holiday Inn, now spruced up. Only a minute from venue.
+44 (0)871 527 8846
On the tram route, next to Nottingham Trent University.
16 Fletcher Gate
+44 (0)115 985 3600
Affordable option near Lace Market and Hockley.
41 Maid Marian Way
+44 (0)333 400 6148
Close to the venue. AFAIK it has no park nor plaza.
Other people's bathrooms. Good areas beyond the centre include The Park Estate, West Bridgford, Mapperley, Wollaton. Wilford and Beeston are good and on tram routes.