2019 Conference Venue

The Conference will be based at Novotel Ipswich Centre Hotel in Ipswich

Conference Registration and the first meeting on Monday the 7th will be held at Providence House, Birketts' headquarters, 141-145 Princes Street

Tuesday the 8th meetings will be held at two other differente venues:

Morning session at Old Custom House (Please bring photo ID, required for security pass).

Afternoon session aboard Orwell Lady.


How do I get to Ipswich?

By air:

Stanstead airport is the most conveniently located airport to Ipswich. Driving from Stansted airport takes approximately 1 hour, (47.5 miles from Ipswich).

Southend airport is located 57.5 miles from Ipswich. Driving from Southend airport takes approximately 1hr 15 minutes.

Norwich airport is located just 46.6 miles from Ipswich. However driving from Norwich airport takes approximately 1hr 25 minutes. Alternatively, you can get a taxi from the airport to the rail station, which is just under 5 miles and takes around 15 minutes. Trains to Ipswich run every half hour and take 30 minutes.

London City airport is located 70 miles from Ipswich. There are several ways to get to Ipswich from London City airport; driving takes approximately 1hr 20 minutes. Trains take 1hr 40 minutes via the DLR and then from Stratford to Ipswich. Or why not pick-up a Towncar – private car with driver services cost £140-£210.

East Midlands airport is located 148 miles from Ipswich and journey time via car is approximately 2hrs 45 minutes.

Gatwick airport is located 100 miles from Ipswich, journey time via car is approximately 2 hours. Please note that if you travel via hire car from Gatwick you will need to pay a toll for the Dartford Tunnel. These are payable via www.gov.uk website. Alternatively, you can pay by phone on 0300 300 0120 any day between 5am and midnight. Crossing costs £2.50 or if you have an account £1.67 each way.

By rail:

Direct trains from London Liverpool Street and Stratford reach Ipswich in around 1 hour and indirectly via Chelmsford or Colchester and take around 1hr 25 minutes. Northern and western services change at Peterborough or Cambridge and take around 1hr 40 minutes. For more information go to https://www.thetrainline.com/

By ferry:

Harwich ferry port is approximately 23.5 miles (41 minutes) and connects you with Hook of Holland in Holland with a choice of up to 2 daily crossings by day or overnight (14 ferry crossings per week). The duration of the Harwich to Hook of Holland crossing is from 7 hours and the crossing is operated by Stena Line. https://www.stenaline.co.uk/routes/harwich-hook-of-holland

By car:

If you are travelling in to Ipswich by car, Ipswich is easily accessible from London and the south (just 55 miles from the M25) via the A12 and from the Midlands and north via the A14. The town centre also has great value car parks when you get here. 

Note there is limited parking available at the Novotel. To secure a parking place please book in advance directly with the hotel by calling

By coach:

Ipswich is well served by National Express including four daily services from London and northern and western services, via Cambridge.

Car parks:

The nearest car park to both the Novotel and the conference venues is located at Portman Road. Parking costs £5 per day.


Are available to get you around the town centre and surrounding areas:

Cabsmart is available on 01473 404142

Hawk Express Cabs is available on 01473 222222

On Friday and Saturday nights, from 11pm to 4am, the Taxi Marshals operate from the Old Cattle Market, helping you get home safely from a night out. There's no charge for this service. Just turn up and they'll help you find a taxi to take you home.