The Stereoscopic Society Annual Convention
Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate
1st to 4th May 2020
Organiser: Andrew Hurst
The Stereoscopic Society Convention and AGM 2020 will be held in Harrogate – at the Cedar Court Hotel, from Friday 1st to Monday 4th May 2020.
Harrogate is a Victorian spa town and one of Yorkshire’s most stylish and elegant destinations with it’s beautiful gardens, historic buildings, boutique shopping and amazing Stray parkland surrounding the whole town.
The Cedar Court Hotel is only a quick stroll away from some of Harrogate’s must visit attractions including the famous Bettys Tea Room, the unique Moorish-style Turkish Baths, the Harrogate Royal Theatre and the Valley Gardens. The 4 Star Cedar Court Hotel overlooks 200 acres of the pristine Stray parkland giving tranquil views from the bar and dining room and is just a 10 minute walk – all flat – from Harrogate Train Station.
With recent completion of a refurbishment across the hotel all the bedrooms had a makeover in contemporary and modern style. This is a large hotel with 100 bedrooms and we will enjoy Private Dining as a group each evening as a single sitting. All bedrooms are non-smoking and with en-suite facilities, television, telephone, complimentary high speed WiFi, tea and coffee making equipment. The hotel has a fitness room and is also dog friendly.
Projection will take place in the Cedar Suite which has a very high ceiling to allow comfortable clear views of our 3D screen. It is a lot larger room than last year, allowing our usual 100+ seat theatre setting and plenty of surrounding space for displays and workshop and sales tables.
The price is £65.00 Dinner, Bed and Breakfast per person per night during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights of the convention. Complimentary car parking has been arranged (150 spaces), there is normally a charge.
For those of you who want to extend your stay and explore further afield, additional nights may be booked as Bed and Breakfast only for £50 per person per night, subject to availability.
The hotel has a block of bedrooms reserved for us, any spare rooms will be released on the 3rd April 2020, so please book in good time to avoid disappointment, price and availability from then on is not guaranteed.
To book, please phone the hotel 8am – 7pm Mon. – Sat. on 01423 85 85 85, press 1 for Reservations which will put you through to the central office and quote ‘Stereoscopic Society’ to receive our agreed price of £65 per person, per night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. They will need a card number to secure the booking, but you won’t be charged until arrival. Please request an email receipt if you require one and they will take your email address.
Alternatively contact the hotel by email : firstname.lastname@example.org
You may cancel your hotel booking up to 4pm of the day of arrival, there after subject to full payment.
Please discuss any mobility or dietary issues when reserving your room.
Convention Hotel and Sunday Outing Accessibility
The hotel address and contact details are : www.cedarcourthotels.co.uk/hotels/harrogate
Cedar Court Hotel, Park Parade, off Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, HG1 5AH Telephone: 01423 85 85 85
If you have any questions please contact the organiser :
Andrew Hurst – 07768 484971
The convention organisers would appreciate if you could book a.s.a.p.
Please remember to also send in the Convention Registration Form to Mary Paul,
so the society is aware of your intention to attend.
Sunday Outing Information
Harewood House is one of the Treasure Houses of England, set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. With rolling ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes, an impressive art collection including works by JMW Turner & El Greco, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture and fabulous Robert Adam interiors, all combined with 100 acres of award-winning Gardens and a renowned lakeside Bird Garden.
We will arrive as the gardens open at 10am, the house opens at 11am, however; we have arranged an optional one hour guided tour of the state rooms which allows us access before the house opens to everyone else.
This is an optional tour for £5. Please tick the option on registration form, numbers are required in advance.
Or if you prefer to do your own thing everyone has access to the house to do a self guided tour from 11am, when you will also be able to explore Below Stairs. With rooms including the Servants’ Hall, Old Kitchen and Terrace Gallery.
Photography is allowed in the house (no tripods or flash).
We have also arranged an optional one hour guided tour of the Gardens also £5. The grounds and gardens have long fascinated visitors to Harewood. With soft, rolling hills and mature, established tree lines, the expert gardeners will take us on a guided tour to see the best of what Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown designed for the landscape. Including an overview of Harewood’s gardening history, as well as its current planting schemes. There are over 100 acres of grounds to explore, with highlights including the Victorian Terrace, Himalayan and Walled Gardens.
We shall arrange the timing of the tours so that you may do both if you wish. The guided tours require a minimum of 15 people for each tour, which based on past experience we should achieve.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Harewood’s Bird Garden, home to over 40 species of birds from around the world. There is also a Farm Experience with friendly alpacas, a family of pygmy goats, pot bellied pigs and the Humboldt penguins in their newly remodelled home. Hopefully Harewood’s boat, The Capability, will be sailing for tours of the Lake providing a short pleasure trip to enjoy views of the House and Walled Garden.
Mid afternoon we leave Harewood and we shall go the short distance to Knaresborough where you can view the castle or wander around the boutique or antique shops. A stronghold of medieval kings, Knaresborough Castle is beautifully set overlooking the River Nidd and provides the classic view of the railway viaduct over the river. The castle is free to enter and explore the grounds, or there is a museum with a nominal entry charge.
Many paths lead down to the river where boats can be hired or photographed mucking about on the river. Or sit in one of several cafes or enjoy an ice cream. The adventurous can explore the far side of the river at Mother Shipton’s Cave & The Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of the famous Prophetess Mother Shipton and the waters which turn objects to stone.
Anyone who wishes to stay in Harrogate a little longer we have arranged an hour guided tour on Monday morning at 10am of The Royal Hall – part of our national heritage. As England’s last surviving “Kursaal” (Cure Hall), this Frank Matcham interior creation is a listed building of unique architectural and historical importance which recently had a major £10.8 million restoration. (Minimum suggested donation of £3 per person.)
For those fit and able we shall also have a country walk on the Monday dependant on interest and the weather. Possibly visiting Malham cove for about a 3 mile walk with a possible extension to the top of the Cove, a steep climb, but wonderful views from the top (if it is a good day). Malham is about 30 miles from Harrogate.
Getting to the Convention
By Road: 17 miles from the A1 (M) Sat Nav: HG1 5AH
Hotel Parking We have negotiated Free parking, there is normally a charge. There are ample parking spaces : 150.
By Plane: 12 miles from Leeds/Bradford Airport / 22 miles from Teesside Airport, 2 hours Manchester International.
By Train: Harrogate station is 10 minute all flat walk. Some direct from London King’s Cross (LNER) or via York & Leeds.
By Bus: Bus station near Railway Station, get off North Park Road, you can enter via the back car park.
Taxi: around £5.
What else to visit locally
Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, Royal Pump Room Museum, Turkish Baths, Valley Gardens, Mercer Art Gallery.
Ripley Castle, Newby Hall, Ripon Cathedral, Plumpton Rocks. York with York Minster, National Railway Museum & others.
Bradford : National Science and Media Museum – request behind the scenes ‘Insight Collections tour’ in advance.
National Trust properties : World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Brimham Rocks.
English Heritage : Spofforth Castle, Studley Royal, Aldborough Roman Site.
RHS Garden : Harlow Carr.