Welcome to your evenings at the conference!

We have some fantastic evenings lined up for you at conference....

Friday Evening.  Relaxed and Low Key - with a touch of magic.

The Chair of UKATA's Drinks Reception pre-dinner Friday.

We have decided that Friday evening will be a relaxed and low key affair.  After a drink's reception from the Chair of UKATA, dinner will be accompanied by some gentle background music (no whale song or running water though - we always need the loo!) and then we will go about making our own entertainment - but look out for Rich Reynolds - the roving magician for the evening.


We look forward to our "Open Mic" session - so please, if you write poetry, play an instrument, juggle knives (well maybe not) we would like to provide you with a small stage and a willing crowd.  Perhaps you are attending the conference with a few friends from a Training Centre - perhaps the gang would like to prepare a small entertainment?  Bottles of wine of gratitude will be awarded - and enthusiastic hand clapping.

Central to the evening will be a "traditional pub quiz" including spot prizes, and hopefully lots of fun - and cheating.  So all mobiles off please, Wikipedia banned - and eyes down.  Here's a clue for you - the first question on the quiz is:

"How many rooms are there in Buckingham Palace?"

The Hilton has a fantastic bar and lounge area - with plenty of cosy corners for group chats and a bit of peace if that's what your soul yearns for.


Saturday night is Gala night

We start the evening with a drinks reception - kindly fully sponsored by The Birmingham Hilton Metropole NEC - and then move on to the Gala Dinner.

We have the most fantastic live band for the evening - Nanna Radleys Band - who are just totally awesome.  I tell you what - let's put a video of them here too to whet our appetites:


We know that not everyone likes noise and loud music.  If you prefer perhaps a quieter, more one-to-one or more intimate setting then the hotel has plenty of cool and quiet marble corridors and quiet corners - so when you want to escape from the throng and find a space for you, or for an intimate chat you will not be disappointed.  

So now that you're ready to book - please click the tab and we will see you in Birmingham 2019