Key dates

  • Early booking deadline for exhibitors:
    22 January 2016
  • Abstract poster submission deadline extended:
    23 June 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    23 June 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    13 July 2016

Excursions

The following excursions are planned for the afternoon of Thursday, 28 July 2016. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first served basis.  All tours include coach transfers, a guide and refreshments.  All tours will depart from outside the EMCC at 12:30 and will return at approximately 18:00. 

Belvoir Castle


Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland. The family have lived at Belvoir in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years. Crowning a hill in Leicestershire, its turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a romantic fairytale.

The land was a gift from William the Conqueror to one of his Norman barons – Robert de Todeni who fought for him as his Standard Bearer at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The first castle which was begun in 1067, was constructed primarily to defend its Norman owners from attack, and so took full advantage of its defensive position high up on the ridge. By 1464 the Wars of the Roses had taken their toll on the building and it was more or less in ruins. Some 60 years later it rose again, but as a nobler structure with a central courtyard, parts of which can still be recognised today. But in 1649 that too was destroyed, by Parliamentarians after Royalists had seized it during the Civil War. Its third incarnation, began in 1654 was designed as a large family home with no connotations of defence or war.

The castle you see today finally emerged in the early 1800s and was built for the 5th Duke and Duchess of Rutland between 1801 and 1832 by architect James Wyatt. The castles was give the French name Belvoir – meaning beautiful view – now pronounced ‘beaver’ remains as one of the most magnificent and beautiful Regency houses in England.

City Tour


Join Ezekial Bones a Robin Hood for the twenty-first century on an adventure around Nottingham and discover the truth of the legend. Follow a trail of historical facts and learn how simple ballads over 700 years old grew into one of the greatest stories ever told. As you visit places associated with Robin Hood, you will also see the town's key sites of interest and learn about its history and culture.

Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city and once rivalled the great castles of Windsor and the Tower of London. Its history is chequered with sieges, murders and intrigue. Totally destroyed after the Civil War, the medieval castle was replaced by a magnificent ducal mansion in 1674. Then in 1875 it was converted into the first municipal museum and art gallery outside London.

Award-winning cave tours tell this history and take you down into the passageways and tunnels beneath the building.

Greens Windmill /   Castle Rock Brewery / Embankment

Tours of:

  • Greens Windmill - Greens Mill is a restored and working 19th century tower windmill in Nottingham, UK. In the early 19th century it was owned and operated by the mathematical physicist George Green (1793-1841).
  • Castle Rock Brewery - The tour is conducted by Nottingham's official Robin Hood(Tim Pollard). After being shown around the brewery you will be able to sample up to three beers in the visitors centre.
  • The Embankment - The Embankment was designed by Albert Nelson Bromley, the architect behind some of the most distinctive Boots pharmacy buildings, and opened in 1907 as ‘Boots Store. In 1919 the Boots Social Club was formed on the same site, created by Jesse Boot as a place of recreation for his staff. The social club was so popular it soon expanded throughout the building and, following the closure of Boots Store 2 in 1979, took over the whole site.


Tour of Sherwood Forest

Once part of a royal hunting forest, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve covers 450 acres and incorporates some truly ancient areas of native woodland where slender birch trees grow alongside more than one thousand veteran oaks, most of which are over 500 years old. The largest and most famous of these is the Major Oak - linked throughout the world to Sherwood’s legendary hero Robin Hood.

On the edge of Sherwood Forest, visit Clumber Park Hotel, set in peaceful and natural surroundings.  Refreshments will be served in the beautiful Court Yard Restaurant.