The Palace Hotel, Buxton
11th – 14th May 2018
Celebrating 125 years since being founded in 1893, The Stereoscopic Society Convention and AGM 2018 will be held in Buxton – Gateway to the Peak District, at the Palace Hotel, from Friday 11th to 14th May 2018.
This is the second time the society has held a convention at the Palace hotel – the 1983 convention and ISU congress was held here and this is the third convention in Buxton having been earlier in 1964 at a different hotel.
The Palace Hotel has been an important building in the spa town of Buxton since 1868, so is coincidentally celebrating 150 years since first opening its doors. Situated in over 5 acres of stunning landscaped gardens, this new addition to the Britannia hotel family is perfectly located on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Buxton railway station is right next door and is at the end of a branch line, a short trip from Manchester.
This Victorian hotel has a grand reception and large spiral staircase. As well as the bars and restaurant there are a number of communal areas including a conservatory which are perfect locations to relax, unwind, catch up with friends and discuss all things 3D. The hotel is also dog friendly. This is a very large hotel with 186 bedrooms, we will only be one of many groups over the weekend but 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, Free WiFi, tea and coffee making equipment. All bedrooms are a nice standard and decoration, and the staff are very helpful.
There is a health and leisure club with an on-site gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, sunbed and beauty rooms. The Spa can be busy, it may be worth while investigating and booking in advance.
Projection will take place in the High Peak Suite which has a very high ceiling to allow comfortable clear views of our 3D screen. It is a slightly 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 £70.00 Dinner, Bed and Breakfast per person per night during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights of the convention. Complimentary car parking has been arranged, this would normally be charged.
For those of you who want to extend your stay and explore further afield, additional nights may be booked as Bed and Breakfast only room rates per night : £65 Single occupancy or £99 Double occupancy, subject to availability. The hotel will discuss other options at the best rate available at the time, so please don’t delay booking.
The hotel has a block of bedrooms reserved for us, any spare rooms will be released after the 26th April 2018, so please book in good time to avoid disappointment, price and availability from then on is not guaranteed.
To book, please phone Fiona Nair in hotel Events & Conferences during office hours, direct on 01298 767016 and quote ‘Stereoscopic Society’ to receive our agreed price of £70 per person, per night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
A 25% Deposit will be taken but is refundable if you cancel your hotel booking up to 48 hours before arrival.
The hotel has various bedroom options, Fiona will be happy to discuss the costs if you wish to upgrade your room.
Please discuss any mobility issues when reserving your room. The hotel is large with very long corridors. The bedrooms in the main building are accessible from the lift, however there is an attached building with bedrooms on the “half floor numbers” which require use of the stairs, easily avoided with room choice if discussed in advance. Also the hotel is at the top of a hill which is a bit of a climb back from town, but relatively level from the railway station next door or car park.
The hotel address contact details are as follows:
The Palace Hotel Buxton, Palace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6AG
Telephone: 01298 767016 / 01298 22001
If you have any questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The convention organisers would appreciate if you could book a.s.a.p.
Please book directly with hotel for accommodation and 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
The Sunday outing will be to Haddon Hall and Bakewell with scenic views of the Peak District. www.haddonhall.co.uk
Haddon Hall is a house soaked rich in history and is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in the world. Parts date from the 12th to the early 17th Century, after that time the house was empty for over two hundred years until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland took on the massive restoration job of making it habitable again. Visitors particularly enjoy the medieval Chapel and gorgeous gardens.
We will arrive before they open to the public to begin our guided tour of the hall. Photography is allowed (no tripods or flash). If you prefer a guided tour of the Gardens rather than the hall, please indicate this on the registration form as we need to reserve a guide in advance specially for the garden tour and require a minimum number to participate.
After the guided tours there will be time to view the hall and gardens at leisure or visit the restaurant.
There is a mini bus to aid those that require it up the hill to the hall from the car park. As Haddon dates from the 12th to 17th Centuries, there are many uneven floors and steps inside and out. They endeavour to aid visitors to see as much of the hall as possible, but access for visitors with disabilities and especially those using wheelchairs is very restricted.
After Haddon Hall we shall go to Bakewell, a chance to sample the famous pudding or investigate the antique shops.
We also plan to have a short bus tour of some local picturesque areas of the Peak District with occasional photo stops.
Getting to the Convention
By Road: Buxton is easily accessible from the M1 and M6 the A6 is a major route passing through the town.
Follow the signs for the Railway station, the hotel is right next door, set well back from the road. Sat Nav: SK17 6AG
Hotel Parking: We have negotiated Free parking which would normally be charged. There are ample parking spaces though it can be busy due to visitors to the leisure club, more spaces are available at the rear.
Nearest airport: Manchester International.
Nearest train station: Buxton – 2 minute walk right next to the hotel (Direct trains from Manchester, via Stockport.)
Nearest bus stop: Outside the railway station, next door to the hotel.
What else to visit locally
Higher Buxton where the town’s traditional market place is home to some wonderful independent retailers. Don’t miss the Green Man Gallery, where a community of artists have a showcase gallery and workshop.
Pavilion Gardens, 23 acres of award-winning ornamental gardens including serpentine walkways, lakes and a miniature railway. There is an historic conservatory linking Buxton Opera House with the main complex. The building houses a café, the Pavilion Arts Centre, Cinema, Gallery in the Gardens with a large retail area and the Tourist Information Centre.
Devonshire Dome is the largest unsupported dome in Europe, (174ft diameter) a visit to view the interior of the Dome is a must. Although part of University of Derby’s campus it is open to visitors and includes restaurant, coffee shop and Spa.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Discover the archaeology, geology, art and history of the Peak District.
Buxton Opera House One of the finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design, offering a year-round programme of entertainment. Occasionally offers back stage 1 hour tours.
Wonder of the Peak a Victorian-styled electric tram, leaves hourly from Buxton Opera House and takes you on a journey to showcase the very best of the town, including Higher Buxton and Devonshire Dome. Only seats 8, book in advance.
Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park – explore the vast limestone caverns with crystal stalactites lining the chambers over millions of years. 1/2 mile from Buxton town centre.
Solomon’s Temple is a folly tower at the summit of Grin Hill, just a 20 minute brisk walk from Poole’s Cavern. Enjoy spectacular views across the High Peak, in fine weather you can see for 24 km (15 miles). On the horizon, look out for Mam Tor at Castleton, and Kinder Scout, which at 636m (2,088ft) – the highest point in Derbyshire and the Peak District.
Chatsworth House has the Chatsworth International Horse Trials this same weekend Fri-Sun so best avoided as the area will be very busy, but Monday will be back to normal and well worth a visit.
Renishaw Hall, Lyme Park, Crich Tramway Museum, and Alton Towers are other great attractions.
Derwent Valley Mills is a World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the factory system, where in the 18th century, water power was harnessed for textile production. Stretching 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby.
The Goyt Valley, Castleton Caverns, The Roaches, Tittesworth Reservoir and the Monsal Trail are just some of the natural beauty spots which surround the town.
National Trust properties : Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Calke Abbey, Eyam Hall and Sudbury Hall.
English Heritage : Bolsover and Peveril Castles.
Annual AV-5 Competition
The AV-5 competition is intended to be a fun way of encouraging individual members or group of members to produce a short audio visual presentation (show); the submitted shows will be seen and judged by those attending the Stereoscopic Society Annual Convention. Download AV-5 entry form 2018.
Please send any queries about the AV-5 competition to Barry