As with previous Grasmere meetings, accommodation has been reserved at the Red Lion and Wordsworth Hotels in Grasmere.
Please note that all reservations are to be made via the attached form and not via the hotels.
Regulars will note a change in the way that the Wordsworth hotel has been priced.
Please note that there are numerous other hotels, guest-houses, pubs-with-rooms, B&Bs, youth-hostel rooms, self-catering cottages etc in Grasmere (see, for example, http://www.visitcumbria.com/list.php?type=stay&town=Grasmere). These cater for all budgets, and we are more than happy to accept delegates on a “registration only basis” should you wish to arrange your own accommodation – many have done so in the past. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding accommodation.
Prices (which include full board [excluding the banquet] from the Thursday evening [dinner] to the Monday [lunch] inclusive of VAT) will be as follows:
Please indicate on the attached form your first three preferences for accommodation (or to confirm clearly that you are arranging your own accommodation).
Please indicate on the same form if you wish to attend the Banquet. The banquet is not included in the accommodation package. For those who wish to attend the banquet on the Sunday evening, the extra cost (£65 per head, inclusive of wines)
should be paid at registration.
We shall try to arrange that all participants are given the accommodation of their choice. You will be contacted if this is not possible. The majority of rooms in all the hotels are twin, and it will be necessary to ask some to share or otherwise take a more expensive double room. We are under pressure from the hoteliers to avoid this wasteful use of their accommodation, so volunteers to share rooms - particularly amongst participants from the same institution/company - are most welcome and make the Secretary’s job easier and your costs much lower! Please return the registration/accommodation information requested in this circular to me as soon as possible, and to reach me no later than 31st March 2017, indicating your preference for the various types of accommodation.
As for previous Grasmere meetings, participants will be asked to settle the balance of their accommodation costs directly with the hotels before leaving Grasmere. This will avoid the necessity for us to register for VAT. A statement of the balance will be given to each participant when confirmation of room allocation is sent out in early April. The major credit cards will be acceptable at the hotels.
What you will need to bring:
The meeting is relatively informal and dress during the lectures is informal.
The central location of the village allows the possibility of a variety of outdoor activities during the afternoons. These range from a stroll by the Lake, to more demanding adventures above the 900m contour for which, of course, sturdy footwear (walking boots) and waterproof clothing are essential. The weather can be very variable even in May, and previous meetings have been basked in sunshine or in cold and very wet conditions! Fell walking ‘opportunities’ will be available on Friday and Saturday afternoon, led by one of our regular delegates, and it is hoped to hold the traditional ‘Katritzky Memorial Walk’ on the Sunday afternoon; a fairly challenging walk over the fells to Borrowdale, with refreshments at a local tearoom and a coach for the return to Grasmere. Those new to Grasmere can be assured of a warm invitation to join in.
The Banquet on the Sunday evening is generally a more formal affair, with smarter dress expected (shirts/ties the norm).
The usual format of the meeting will be maintained with lectures in the mornings and evenings and afternoons free to discuss chemistry, catch up on work, relax or to explore the surrounding hills. There will be organised walks each afternoon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). There will be a ‘Welcome’ wine, beer and soft-drink reception in the Red Lion after the Thursday evening lectures (with 2 free drinks provided); a drinks reception sponsored by the Katritzky Family Bequest, open to delegates and accompanying persons, to accompany the poster session on the Friday evening, and the conference banquet will be held in the Wordsworth on the Sunday evening (additional cost).
The central location of the village allows the possibility of a variety of outdoor activities during the afternoons, with walks being arranged each afternoon – an excellent networking opportunity!
An informal programme of activities for accompanying persons will also be arranged. Grasmere is an ideal location for accompanying persons – there is plenty to do. There are always plenty of ‘adoptive’ helpers available if you wish to bring very young children!
The Wordsworth ****
Red Lion ***
(13 of which can be converted to twins)