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Social Programme

The Reception on Sunday evening, 25 July and the Conference Dinner on Wednesday evening, 28 July are provided for all registered participants. The reception will take place in the cafe area at the Avenue Campus, starting at 1900 (registration will take place at the same site from 1700), while the dinner will be held in the Winchester Guildhall (welcome drink at 1930, dinner at 2000). There should be about an hour to look around Winchester before the dinner starts. Accompanying persons are welcome to join in at both events, but there is a charge to attend the conference dinner (payment can be made using the registration form).

There is no organised programme of events for accompanying persons. However, there are many things to do in the Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire area. Southampton is known for ocean sailing and as the home port of the Titanic. The New Forest, Isle of Wight, Dorset Coast, Stonehenge, Portsmouth, Salisbury and Winchester are all easily accessible. London is about an hour's train journey away, while Oxford can be reached by train or in just over an hour by car.

If you have a literary interest, Jane Austen is closely associated with Hampshire, while Thomas Hardy is linked with Dorset.


Here are some of our favourite local places to see.

Salisbury and Prehistory

Salisbury is easily accessible by train from Southampton. The cathedral is spectacular and has a copy of the Magna Carta. A little to the North lies Stonehenge and about twenty miles further to the North West is Avebury, where a village sits inside a large stone circle (good lunch spot at the pub in the village centre). Wiltshire is littered with prehistoric sites: Silbury Hill is close by Avebury.


Accessible by train from Southampton. Full of fine Georgian architecture and, of course, the Roman Baths of Aquae Sulis.


Winchester is only about ten miles North of Southampton, well served by bus and train connections. The Cathedral and environs are well worth a visit. There is also a pleasant riverside walk to the South of the town centre, past the grounds of Winchester College, a famous Public (i.e. private) School (Freeman Dyson was a pupil here). The Great Hall has a replica of King Arthur's round table.

There will be about an hour to look around Winchester before the Conference Dinner on Wednesday evening, 28 July.

Beaulieu and Buckler's Hard

Beaulieu village is at the head of a small estuary and is very attractive, with a handy hotel/pub in the centre. Just out of the village is the National Motor Museum and a mile or two further towards the mouth of the estuary is Buckler's Hard, a preserved Elizabethan shipbuilding village. From Beaulieu you can get a good impression of the New Forest if you drive along the road to Lyndhurst.


Portsmouth is one of Britain's naval centres. Visit the "historic ships" and see HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Dorset Coast

The Dorset Coast has many spectacular sights. The town of Corfe Castle, with its striking ruined castle on a hilltop, is worth a visit. In the same area of the Purbeck Hills, the Old Harry rocks, chalk sea stacks, are easily accessible: park near a convenient pub and walk out to the rocks, then carry on towards Swanage. Further afield are Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Choosing any point of the Dorset Coast Path and starting walking is unlikely to disappoint.

Isle of Wight

Ferry services run from Southampton and Portsmouth. If you don't have a car, a nice trip would be to take the train from Southampton, across the New Forest, to Lymington. The train stops next to the ferry for Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. From Yarmouth you can take a bus to the Needles, chalk stacks at the Western end of the island. Ignore the Fun Fair and walk out to the Needles Old Battery and then up onto Tennyson Down.

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22 July 1999