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Sunday, 11th September - Welcome Reception

The Conference organisers – United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and Maritime Coastguard Agency – will host welcome drinks in the Mariner’s Suite at the Moat House Hotel: an opportunity to renew old acquaintance and establish new connections.

Monday, 12th September - 'Ice Breaker' Reception
19.00 / 20.30

You are invited to join us for drinks and a light, hot and cold finger buffet - generously sponsored by Admiralty Coastal Surveys - at the National Marine Aquarium.

Established solely for the purpose of education, conservation and research, the National Marine Aquarium is Britain's foremost aquarium and, in the six years it has been open, has attracted over two million visitors.

How to get there:
Maps to guide delegates on the fifteen minute walk to the venue will be provided. Alternatively, coaches will be available from the four hotels to pick up guests at 1845hrs, returning at 2045 and 2100hrs.
NB. Both of the above receptions are free of charge to conference delegates and their guests.
Wednesday, 14th September - Conference Dinner

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth has graciously extended an invitation to Conference delegates and their guests to attend a welcome reception at the historic Plymouth Guildhall, a five minute walk from the Conference venue. This will be followed by the Conference Dinner – hosted by United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and Maritime Coastguard Agency – which promises an evening of excellent food and sophisticated entertainment.

NB. The Conference Dinner is free of charge to Conference Delegates. The cost of guest attendance at the event is £40 including VAT - please contact the Conference Secretariat ( [email protected] ) should you wish to make a booking for accompanying guest(s).

Monday, 12th September - The Garden Day

Coach leaves for Mevagissey to The Lost Gardens of Heligan – a must see. Entrance cost for group rate is £7 per person; children under 5 go free. There is an additional charge of £1 per person for group-guided tours.

For more information on The Lost Gardens of Heligan visit: www.heligan.com

Coach leaves for a visit to Cornwall’s famous international visitor destination ‘Eden Project’. Lunch is followed by an opportunity to explore the relationship between plants and people. The guided tour will start at 2.30pm. Entrance cost at group rate is £10 per person. Children under 5 go free. Group guided tours are approx. £1.50 per person.

For more information on the Eden Project visit: www.edenproject.com
Tuesday, 13th September - The Island Day
Please note that we will only organise one of the two options listed below. This will be based on the numbers of guests registering for each event and the most popular option will take place.
Option 1
Note: we will need a minimum of 16 persons to enable us to organise this excursion:
08.45 / 5.00

Full day trip to explore, at your own leisure, the Isles of Scilly – St. Mary’s. By Coach from Plymouth to Newquay (approx 1 hour) Aeroplane leaves Newquay at 10am and returns at 16.30 (flight is 25 minutes). If the weather is good we have arranged with the pilot to fly over the open-air Minack theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno, near Lands End. Cost for air travel is £85per person.

For more information on the Isles of Scilly visit: www.scillyonline.co.uk
For Minack Theatre: www.minack.com
Option 2

The alternative to the Island Day above is by coach for a half-day morning trip to Buckland Abbey to view the home of Sir Francis Drake. Entrance cost at group rate will be £4.60 per person; children under 5 go free. Light lunch here followed by a coach trip to Badger’s Holt , once an old fishing lodge with many attractions and you can finish the afternoon with the famous Devonshire Cream Tea.

For more information on Badger’s Holt: www.badgersholtdartmoor.co.uk
For more information on Buckland Abbey above visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/devoncornwall
Wednesday, 13th September - The Historic Plymouth Day

Visit Plymouth Dome. Award Winning Visitor Centre. Admission £4.75 per person. Children under 5 free.

For more information on Plymouth Dome visit: www.plymouthdome.com

Visit Elizabethan House. Explore genuine Tudor Sea Captain’s home. Visit the Merchants House.

For more information visit: www.plymouthmuseum.gov.uk

Tour of Plymouth Gin. Take a guided tour of historic Black Friar’s Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793. Cost of tour: £5 per person to include free tasting.

For more information on Plymouth Gin visit: www.plymouthgin.com
2.00 / 4.00

Cruise the Tamar River and Plymouth Sound aboard the ‘Tamar Bell’, departing from the Historic Mayflower Steps and passing the famous Plymouth Hoe, Seaton’s Tower and Drake’s Island. Disembark on Mount Edgcumbe for traditional Devonshire cream tea and time to explore Edgcumbe House and Earl’s Garden amid a Grade I landscape of outstanding beauty. Cost: £15 per person.

For more information visit: www.tamarcruising.co.uk