This time next week you will either be in Eastbourne or on your way to Eastbourne for the National Playwork Conference 2020 and I am really looking forward to seeing you here.
If you are now not coming to Conference or have booked a Monday night room that you no longer need please let us know so we can cancel with the Hotel and possible reallocate to someone else.`
We will be setting up in the Cumberland Hotel and getting everything ready but we should be ready to welcome you from 3:00pm on the Monday. If you get to Eastbourne before that please take a stroll along the seafront or, if you are in your car a drive up to Beachy Head gives you a great view of the town or, if you are arriving by train the coffee shop, Nelson’s at the bottom of Grove Road [opposite the station] is a favourite of Midah’s and Tilia’s.
Everything you need to know about Conference is now on the website [or will be very shortly!]. This includes the zoomable visual timetable as well as the 88 page Journey Planner. Please view these on your tech as we will have paper copies ready for you when you arrive.
There is also lots of other information about getting to Eastbourne and what to do when you arrive.
As always our helpful Conference team will be around to help you with any questions that you have.
If you have a problem then please call my personal mobile 07403 617149 so I can help you.
If you are driving in avoid coming down the A22 – it looks lovely but it is a slow road – especially from the M25 to Forest Row.
We are based in the same hotel as last year. It is the Cumberland Hotel and the entrance in just off the seafront on Devonshire Place. Please don’t arrive before 3:00pm [even to drop your bags off] as we will still be setting up and not quite ready to stop and receive you.
For those of you arriving on Monday our informal meeting place is the Belgium Cafe. This is also on the seafront and is more than a bar and restaurant - it has its own microbrewery in the cellars underneath. I have tasted many of the beers and I am impressed. They also have a really extensive food menu - I haven't eaten here so cannot give you an opinion. They will give all Conference delegates a 10% discount on the food. They also have pints of beer at £2.50 till 7:00pm. http://www.thebelgiancafe.co.uk/
To get the discount at these restaurants make sure you come by the Conference Office in the Cumberland Hotel to pick up your identifying label! Wearing your label identifies you as 'one of us' so if you see someone on their own who is also 'one of us' do invite them to join you or indeed if you are on your own and you see a group of 'us' ask to join them.
Also offering 10% discount are two of my favourite restaurants: Pomodoro e Mozzarella: http://www.pomodoro-e-mozzarella.com/ and the Premier Balti House: http://premierbalti.co.uk/. I have also been to the Great Greek Deli & Cuisine restaurant on Terminus Road and really enjoyed it [but not negotiated a discount].
After the Belgian Cafe closes and you want to continue to socialise we will carry on our networking in the bar and lounge of the Cumberland. The bar at the Cumberland will stay open till 2:00am and later if you are still buying [please drink responsibly and remember that you need to be able to benefit from being at Conference!]
Don’t forget that the Annual Playwork Award ceremony is on the Tuesday night. We like to encourage people to ‘glam up’. Dinner suits and ball gowns – but don’t feel you have to or that you will feel out of place if you don’t. I want you to enjoy the awards so please wear what is comfortable for you [physically and emotionally]. One year I did wear slippers!
There is a meal choice for the dinner [the full menu is on the website]: http://www.playworkconferences.org.uk/awards-evening/.
Everything has gone to print now so if there were any errors on your booking form – sorry there is nothing we can do about it now!
It is really difficult for us [but not impossible] to make changes when you arrive. In the past some participants have arrived at the hotel and want to have a single room – and there are none left; some people turn up on the Monday wanting a hotel room that they have not booked in advance – again they may not be available.
It is not really possible to make changes although we all really do want to help so please email me: email@example.com if there is something you want to know if I can do!
PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE OFFICE AS WE ARE REALLY BUSY sorting out the last few details. If we don’t understand or need to talk to you we will call you! Please make sure you include your telephone numbers in the message. If you want an additional hotel night the charge is £42.00 and the single room supplement is £12.50.
My almost famous bookseller will be with us and if there is a particular book that you want to buy [cheaper than Amazon] let us know and we will have it available. Also if you want any bulk book orders.
REMEMBER: You must have paid for your Conference ticket before you come to Conference as any late payments will incur a penalty. [The terms and conditions state: If payment has not been made by the time of Conference there will be a late payment charge of £75.00 (unless we have agreed by email that you can pay after Conference)]
If you have any questions, queries or comments then email me personally: firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to do everything I can to make this Conference experience really work for you
Finally: If we have not already met do please come and introduce yourself to me. If we have already met do come and say ‘hello’ and tell me your name again because there is a very strong possibility that I will have forgotten [and you telling me saves the embarrassment of having to ask!]