The 2011 UK Bookcrossing Unconvention will be held in the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham on the weekend of 23rd-25th September.

Foyer at the Britannia Nottingham

About the Venue

The Nottingham Britannia Hotel is located at 1 St. James’s Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN, right in the centre of the city of Nottingham, near to the castle, Trent Bridge cricket ground and the main shopping centre.

During the weekend of the Unconvention, we plan to have use of the Cavendish suite, which will be available to us from registration on the Friday evening until the end of the main group events on the Saturday afternoon. In addition, we will have access to a breakout/ foyer area where we can host the book buffet and other book tables as well as a general social and relaxation area. Within this breakout area there will be a ‘bar’ with free tea, coffee and mineral water on tap.

The main bar and restaurant of the hotel, with views of the city centre, are located a short distance from the Cavendish suite for general refreshments. There are also numerous other options for food nearby for those who wish to venture out. In addition, the bar area will be freely available for use in preparing for the traditional Sunday morning release walks.

The Britannia Nottingham hotel is located across from the St James’s Street NCP car park and discounts can be obtained by having your ticket validated at the Hotel reception immediately prior to departure. The discounted rate is £10, compared to £16.50, for 24 hours.

Nottingham Castle by PeterXIII on flickr

About Nottingham

Anyone who has free time during the weekend, or who decides to make it a longer break, will have plenty to keep them occupied.

Attractions in the city itself include the medieval castle with it’s museum and art gallery, Green’s windmill and science centre and the Museum of Nottingham Life, as well as numerous other museums, galleries and sporting venues.

Within easy reach is Wollaton Hall, set in acres of beautiful parkland incorporating a deer sanctuary as well as the Natural History Museum and Industrial Museum.

Just a little further afield (around 20 minutes drive) is Newstead Abbey and Gardens, once home to the poet Lord Byron.

More information about the city of Nottingham can be found at the Nottingham City Council website – My Nottingham, or at the Visit Nottingham website. Additional ideas for what to do in Nottingham (specifically aimed at BookCrossers) can be found on the Nottingham Attractions (for BookCrossers) page.

Newstead Abbey by Jo Jakeman on flickr

How to Get There

Train – trains to Nottingham arrive at Nottingham Station on Carrington Street (map).

Journey times are approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from London, 1 hour 20 minutes from Birmingham, 1 hour 50 minutes from Manchester and 4 hours 45 minutes from Edinburgh (with one change)

Train information is available from National Rail Enquiries

Road – Nottingham is easily accessible from the M1, giving good links to the whole Motorway network. To plan a route or get an idea of journey times by road, visit the AA Route Planner website.

Coach information is available from National Express Coaches

Air East Midlands Airport is just 30 minutes from the centre of Nottingham and flights are available to and from a number of locations within the UK as well as much of Europe and a little of northern Africa.