Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Conference. We’ll keep updating them but if you have any other questions, please contact one of the team.

This will be my first conference. Can you give me any tips?

Firstly, thank you for coming along and we’re sure you’ll have a great time!  There are probably some seasoned conference attendees in your club’s party so they will be able to share their experiences with you. Don’t be shy – introduce yourself to as many other delegates as you can, those sitting near you on next to you in the queue for coffee, talk to the exhibitors, and if you find yourself without someone to talk to, the conference team and stewards will be very happy to answer questions or just have a chat.

What facilities are available at the Conference venue for those with disabilities?

Don’t be put off by the imposing steps at the front of the Guildhall – the entrance is actually at ground level behind the steps. The main auditorium is on the ground floor and there are lifts to the first floor. There is a hearing loop in the main auditorium. If you have any specific concerns or requirements, please contact the conference team and we’ll do our best to ensure your conference experience is as hassle-free as possible.

Is there parking nearby?

Parking is available in the Isambard Brunel multi-storey car park just 2 minutes walk from the venue. The Guildhall offers discounted full day parking. Just take a ticket as usual when you enter the car park, bring it with you to the venue and pay directly at reception (approx £4.50 for full day).

For those coming just for the day, consider using the Park & Ride on the M27 on the way into Portsmouth. It costs £4 per day, allowing up to 5 people to use the bus that runs every 10 minutes to the city centre (for the Guildhall) and the Hard Interchange (for Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays)

Portsmouth and Southsea railway station is next door to the Guildhall so that’s another option to get to Portsmouth.