Bookings for the Social Event can be made until Wednesday 24th February after which no more tickets will be available
Online bookings have now closed so please contact Alex (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 0044 1565 621967 if you would like to attend and haven’t yet booked your tickets.
|Quarry Bank Mill Tour||£32|
|Concorde Conference Dinner||£55|
Coaches will pick up at the conference centre and during the 20 minute journey to Quarry Bank Mill in Styal our guide will give you a brief overview of Manchester and its history.
Quarry Bank Mill is one of the best preserved textile mills of the industrial revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry. The Mill is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites showing not only the workings of the mill but also how a complete industrial community lived. Quarry Bank overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution. A visit to the Georgian cotton mill, built in 1784, and powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, will certainly stimulate your senses. The clattering and whirring of our heritage machinery and steam engines make an astonishing noise. Explore the progression of the cotton industry from the mediaeval era through to the 19th century; speak to our knowledgeable demonstrators who are happy to talk to you as you walk round. Enjoy the programme of exhibitions around the Mill. During your visit you will be given a timed slot where you can take a guided tour of the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the Mill and learn about their tough working and home lives. During the tour you will be able to visit the stunning riverside gardens created by the Greg family, the original mill owners who landscaped this picturesque valley retreat adjoining the Mill. Explore the terraced path, riverside walk and Hermit’s cave.
After a memorable afternoon of sights and sounds of history take the coach back to the conference centre with a brief tour of the area as you make your way back.
|14.45 + 15.00||Coaches depart from Manchester Central Convention Complex
Introduction to Manchester during journey to Quarry Bank Mill
|15.15 – 15.30||Arrive at Quarry Bank Mill for tour|
|17.30||Tour ends - board coaches for journey to Concorde for the conference dinner|
Coach from Manchester Central Convention Complex
Introduction to Manchester and Quarry Bank Mill Tour
Entrance ticket to Quarry Bank Mill
A unique venue containing the world’s most iconic plane, Concorde; a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner. The conference dinner will be held in the purpose-built super hangar containing the Concorde G- BOAC, legendary flagship of the British Airways’ fleet.
Concorde featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years until 2003. It is one of only two supersonic planes to have entered commercial service.
Concorde was jointly developed and produced by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. Concorde's name reflects the development agreement between the United Kingdom and France. A total of 20 aircraft were built in France and the United Kingdom; six of these were prototypes and development aircraft. Seven each were delivered to Air France and British Airways.
Concorde flew regular transatlantic flights from London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to New York-JFK, Washington Dulles and Barbados; it flew these routes in less than half the time of other airliners. The aircraft is regarded by many people as an aviation icon and an engineering marvel and in its time was the fastest aircraft in the world.
Transport will be arranged to the hangar at 18.30. On arrival, a welcome reception of canapés and drinks will be served under the iconic nose of Concorde. During the welcome reception groups of diners will have the opportunity of boarding Concorde with a guide to experience the aircraft first hand and learn a little more about this piece of aviation history.
After the welcome reception, diners will make their way under the wings of Concorde to be seated for a three course meal (including vegetarian dishes) with wine or beer (soft drinks will also be available).
The evening will end at approximately 21.15 when coaches will return to the Manchester Central Conference Centre
|16.45 – 17.00||Coaches depart Manchester Central Convention Complex for anyone attending the Conference Dinner ONLY|
|17.30 – 17.45||Coaches depart Quarry Bank Mill for anyone attending the Tour AND Conference Dinner|
|18.00||Welcome reception in Concorde Hangar with short tours of Concorde|
|19.15||Guests seated for dinner|
|21.00 – 21.30||Coaches return to Manchester Central Convention Complex|
Coach transfer to Concorde Hangar (from Manchester Central or Quarry Bank Mill)
Welcome reception and short tours of Concorde (2 drinks per person)
3 course dinner with wine and coffee
Coach transfer back to Manchester Central Convention Complex