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For those arriving by train, on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, there will be complimentary transfers between Colchester North train station and the University of Essex.
On Tuesday, buses will leave the station at 8.25am, 9.05am, 9.30am, 10.05am, 10.30am (this is the latest shuttle bus in order to arrive in time for the 11am field trips), 11.10am and 11.25am (this is the last shuttle to co-ordinate with the departure of the noon field trips).
We have co-ordinated the departure times with the mainline train arrivals on the London, Norwich and Peterborough lines.
Outside of the free transfer times, taxis are readily available outside the north entrance of the train station.
The journey takes between 10-20 minutes depending on traffic.
The cost of a one way journey between the station and the university is approximately £8-10. Ask to be dropped off at the North Towers carpark (as there are two locations for taxi pick up and drop off)
This taxi rank at the venue is right outside the Essex Business School, where our conference is being held and is approx. 5-10 minute walk to the check in office (Events Essex)
There are several bus routes between the train station and the university
First Bus provide most bus services in and around Colchester and the University.
If you arriving by car you will require a parking permit click HERE for Parking permit (PDF)
Please ensure you print it out, fill in the details and display it in your car when you arrive.
If you are coming on the Monday, please ask at the check in desk for an additional permit to cover the extra evening.
You can park in the multistory carpark or if you are a day delegate, in the North Towers carpark
Please arrive in good time for the departure of your field trip as buses need to depart promptly.
You are asked to meet at carpark A (map to be uploaded soon) by 10:50am or 11:50am respectively at the latest, to hear a welcome from Howard Davies.
We will confirm which trip you are successfully booked on in advance of conference.
Lunch is provided on all field trips but you may wish to bring additional drinks and snacks with you.
All field visits are expected to arrive back at the University for 6pm, traffic dependent.
We will automatically cater for vegetarians, but please indicate on your booking form if you have vegan, gluten free or other dietary requirements.
Monday evening early arrivals
If you have selected the additional night accommodation option Monday 8 July, this includes your breakfast but not your evening meal.
On site, the SU bar is open for food until 9.30pm or you can opt to travel in to Colchester by bus or taxi where there are a large number of restaurants and pubs available to choose from.
Tuesday Evening meal
This is a hot buffet served from between 7pm – 8.30pm in Fusion (1st floor of square 4)
A fully licensed bar is available for drinks and will be open from 6.30pm
Breakfast can be taken at a number of concessions on the complex – the choice is yours!
Upon check in at the Events Essex office (in the corner of Square 4), you will be given a meal card to use to “pay” for your breakfast. The cost is all included in your delegate fee. Please keep the card safe.
Concessions are open from 7am for breakfast.
This year, the Conference Dinner will be held at Wivenhoe House, approximately 10-15 minute walk from the on- site accommodation.
The meal will be a 2 course BBQ buffet and the bar will be open for drinks.
Please gather at Wivenhoe House for 7pm.
Our after dinner speaker is Kevin Bentley, former BBC reporter who will speak to us about ‘How the natural world can benefit society’
For those delegates who have booked accommodation you will be allocated single en-suite rooms with shared kitchen facilities. Ground level accommodation can be specifically requested if requested, as can accessible rooms with disabled access en-suite facilities.
The University ordinarily issues travel sized toiletries, but we have specifically asked that they do not do this, so that we do not encourage single use plastics or generate unnecessary waste. We are relying on you to bring your own toiletries. However, fi you do forget anything, the Events Essex office will be able to assist.
Towels are provided.
The shared kitchen facility on each floor has an iron and ironing board for general use.
The fridge will be stocked with milk. Again, we have asked the University to refrain from stocking the in-room drink making facilities with single-use, individual milk containers.
You will need to check in to your accommodation at the Event Essex office.
The Event Essex office is in the corner of Square 4 (map to be uploaded soon)
If you arrive shortly before your field trip departs, you will be able to leave your luggage securely in the Events Essex office.
If you arrive after 8pm, then you will need to check in at the information office (which is also marked on the map and only 1 minute walk from the Event Essex office)
Checkout is by 9.30am on Thursday 11 July (unless you have prebooked to stay an additional night) where you should return your key card to the Event Essex office. You are able to store your luggage at the office until the conference finishes at 12.45pm.
Alternatively, you can bring your luggage to the Essex Business School, but there is no secure room available for luggage storage and delegates will have to accept responsibility for any loss or damage.
During conference, we would love you to engage with us by using the hashtag #L4L2019 on twitter and tagging us by using the handle @NAAONB and @AONBfamily
Registration is from 8.30am at the Essex Business School. The welcome and address in the auditorium is at 10.15am.
The train station (Colchester North) is approx. 10-15 minutes away by taxi, although please allow more time in the morning for rush hour traffic.
The taxi rank is directly outside of the building.
If you wish to prebook a taxi to pick you up after the conference from 5.15pm onwards here are some local companies;
If arriving by car, please note this in your booking as you will need to complete a permit and display this in your vehicle click HERE for Parking permit (PDF)
The car park for day delegates is directly outside of the building and is known as the North Towers carpark.
This car park includes spaces with charging points for electric cars.