Map showing the Conference location, the Isle of Wight, south coast, UK
View from Gore Cliff west to Blackgang, Isle of Wight, UK

Social Programme &
Accompanying Guests

Social Programme
A comprehensive social programme has been arranged for Conference delegates. Attendance at these evening events during the Conference is included in the registration fee for both Conference delegates and Exhibitors. Accompany Guests are invited to attend if prior booking via the online booking form has been made.

Sunday 20th May 2007: Welcome Reception at the Wight Light Gallery, Ventnor

Event: Welcome Reception and photographic exhibition, hosted by the Isle of Wight Centre for the Coastal Environment.
Location: Wight Light Gallery, Ventnor, Isle of Wight.
The Wight Light Gallery was established in 2000 and following two successful summer seasons in Cowes, was followed by the purchase of a large studio premises in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. In April 2002 a second 'International' gallery was opened at the studio in Ventnor where up to 150 visitors can be entertained for conferences, exhibition launches, small concerts, model and portrait shoots and a whole range of other services.
Time: 18:00. The gallery is within walking distance of the conference venue.

Monday 21st May 2007: Reception at Brading Roman Villa
Event: Welcome Reception, hosted by the Isle of Wight Council.
Location: The reception will be held in the new visitor centre at Brading Roman Villa in the historic town of Brading in the north east of the Island. Occupied for a continuous period of three centuries, the phase one Villa was constructed in about 80AD. As now preserved, the site reflects the taste and style of the 4th Century AD. The Villa’s most important mosaic floor still lies on its original bed, making this one of the very few of its kind still left in Britain.
Time: To be confirmed. Coaches will depart from the Conference venue.

Tuesday 22nd 2007: Poster Display Launch Reception

Event: Launch of the Poster Display and Reception hosted by the Mayor of Ventnor.
Location: Conference Venue, Winter Gardens, Ventnor, Isle of Wight.
Time: To be confirmed.

Wednesday 23rd May 2007: Conference Dinner at Cowes, Isle of Wight

Event: Conference Dinner.
Location: Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Standing prominently on Cowes seafront the Royal Yacht Squadron was founded in 1851 and is the world’s most famous yacht club. Originally built as a castle, the many canon that flank the front of the building are now used as starting canon for yacht racing during Cowes Week events and the America’s Cup Jubilee celebrations. With its views across the Solent sea and its luxurious interior decor, the Royal Yacht Squadron is held in high esteem throughout the yachting world. With the addition of the elegant Pavilion during 2000, designed by Sir Thomas Croft, the Squadron now lends itself to grand functions and parties, and is a stunning location from which to soak up the ambience of Cowes.
Time: To be confirmed. Coaches will depart from the Conference venue.
Dress: Smart

Thursday 24th May 2007: Isle of Wight Coastal Visitors’ Centre Reception
Event: Drinks reception at Ventnor Botanic Garden. Hosted by the Isle of Wight Centre for the Coastal Environment.
Location: Ventnor Botanic Garden & visitor centre, Isle of Wight.
Extending over some 22 acres, Ventnor Botanic Garden contains a rare collection of trees, shrubs and plants from all over the world. The garden benefits from a microclimate produced as a result of the protection afforded by the topography of the Undercliff and its southerly aspect.
Time: To be confirmed. Coaches will depart from the Conference venue.

Accompanying Guests Programme
Delegates are encouraged to bring Accompanying Guests to explore the beautiful Isle of Wight during the Conference in May 2007. Accompanying Guests can register to join the delegates each evening at the Conference Dinner and at the early evening receptions, while a programme of optional day-tours has also been arranged for Accompanying Guests to explore the scenery, history, coastline, gardens and environment of the Isle of Wight.

Accompanying Guests Registration Fee – what is included?
An Accompanying Guest Registration Fee of £60 per accompanying guest is charged for their participation in the evening Social Programme of the Conference with the Conference delegates: the fee includes the Conference Dinner on the Wednesday evening (23rd May 2007), attendance at early evening receptions on the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings (21st-24th May 2007) and an accompanying guest information pack.

Accompanying Guest Day Tours
Accompanying Guests can also book daily tours to visit a range of attractions and scenery across the Isle of Wight (at a cost of £40 per trip, per person, including transport, lunch and entrance fees). These tours (one each day of the Conference) are described in summary below.

Monday 21st May 2007:
A Roman Island
A morning visit to the exhibition and new visitor centre at Brading Roman Villa in the historic town of Brading in the north east of the Island . Occupied for a continuous period of three centuries, the phase one Villa was constructed in about 80AD. As now preserved, the site reflects the taste and style of the 4th Century AD. The Villa's most important mosaic floor still lies on its original bed, making this one of the very few of its kind still left in Britain .   After lunch at a country inn, guests will visit Adgestone Vineyards. One of the oldest vineyards in Britain , Adgestone is set on a south facing slope in ten acres of outstanding natural beauty overlooked by Brading Down, just half a mile from the Roman Villa.

Tuesday 22nd May 2007:
Carisbrooke Castle & Farringford House
Morning visit to Carisbrooke Castle , dating from 1066, where King Charles I was imprisoned in 1648 during the English Civil War, prior to his trial and execution in London . After lunch in a country inn, the coach will take the guests on a tour along the scenic coast of the Isle of Wight , to Farringford, a beautiful character hotel set in 33 acres of grounds near Freshwater for an afternoon tea. During the 1850's Farringford was the home of the celebrated Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Wednesday 23rd May 2007:
An island of spectacular scenery and dinosaurs
A visit to Shanklin Chine, a natural sandstone gorge containing waterfalls and gardens dropping 105 feet along a path down to the shore. After lunch at a country inn, guests will visit Dinosaur Isle Museum at Sandown beach. The unique geology and scenery of the Isle of Wight coast provides the best location in Europe for discovery of Cretaceous Dinosaur remains and fossils.

Thursday 24th May 2007:
Queen Victoria 's Island & Grand Scenic Tour
A tour to Osborne House, Queen Victoria 's country retreat set within magnificent grounds on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight overlooking the Solent Estuary. Built between 1845 and 1850, this majestic home provides the visitor with a fantastic insight into life during the Victorian era. Osborne House was home of Queen Victoria, her husband Prince Albert and their nine children, and it was where Victoria died on 22nd January 1901 .

Undercliff Drive A3055 road failure, Isle of Wight, UK
Gore Cliff rockfall and mudslide, Isle of Wight, UK
Blackgang landslide, Isle of Wight, UK