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British Mensa Annual Gathering 2013 - York

Event Information

From: 20th Sep 2013

To: 23rd Sep 2013

 

North East Mensa

 

invites you to the 2013 Annual Gathering which will be hosted in York.

Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster...you will not be disappointed!

 

 

We will be located alongside the River Ouse, at the

 

on

20 – 23 September 2013

North Street, York, YO1 6JF

 

 

 

A fantastic four days, choose from over 40 events. There is something to do for everyone!

Guided Walk……Fairfax House…… Sandwich Lunch……National Railway Museum…… Yorvik Viking Centre……Young Mensans Pizza and Movie Night ……Yorkie Icebreaker…… Icebreaker Buffet……Galaxy Astronomy……Black Magic Ghost Walk…… Mensa Games Poker Tournament……Annual General Meeting…… Castle Museum…… The Lazy Guide To Web Design……How To Get Your Website Found…… Young Mensans Chocolate Workshop……Open Forum……York Minster…… York’s Chocolate Story……York Dungeon……Quality Street Shopping Trip …… Mensa Connections 2nd British Open Championship……Roman Baths……Richard III Museum…… York Brewery Tour……A York History of Excrement……Young Mensans Economics…… All Gold Dinner……Minstrels Disco……Yorvik Viking Centre……Wall Walk…… Treasurer’s House……Clifford’s Tower……Carvery Lunch……Pensions – an explanation…… National Railway Museum……Mensa Games Bridge Tournament……Ouse Cruise…… Yorkshire Museum……From Symphonist to Therapist……Marathon Pub Crawl……Italian Meal

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you to York

The Romans came in 71 AD, the Angles around 409 AD, the Danes (Vikings) in 867 AD and the Normans (who were descended from the Vikings anyway) shortly after 1066. You're late, but welcome anyway – we hope you enjoy your stay here.

York has a very long history and the city, granted its Royal Charter by King John in 1212, has steadily evolved over the years. That said, however, and despite its long railway heritage, the industrial revolution to an extent passed it by, being more evident in West and South Yorkshire and the North East. This means that many of the ancient and beautiful buildings have survived, perhaps better than in many other locations. In addition, for those who wish to travel into the countryside, we have the East Coast about an hour away, with the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales fairly adjacent, too.

So, we have a mixture of attractions, old and new. The beauty of York is that there are so many features within a short distance that all the attractions we have booked are within (for most) walking distance. In addition, there are many more stunning features that you can visit on a DIY basis, in and outside the city. The 2013 AG is coincident with the York Festival of Food and Drink, which gifts us with a particularly vibrant city in these recession-hit times.

York's position makes us fairly central for the UK. The East Coast main line is one of the fastest in the country (around 2 hours from King's Cross station, about 2½ hours from Edinburgh), the A1/M1 link is about half an hour away, and Leeds/Bradford airport is about an hour away by road. For anyone arriving from the continent, the overnight Rotterdam to Hull ferries berth just over an hour away by road.

We considered, at some length, the question of a possible theme for the York AG, until we were reminded that it doesn’t matter what the question is, the answer is chocolate. Chocolate making in York grew from a few Quaker families to international businesses. In 1725 Mary Tuke started a confectionery business, and by 1785, her family were making chocolates. The business was bought out by another Quaker family, the Rowntrees in 1862. The Rowntree factory, now Nestle, still produces chocolates in York. Meanwhile Joseph Terry married a confectioner in 1823, and by the time he died in 1850, the name of Terry had become established throughout the country. Cravens was founded in 1850 in central York, moved to a new site in 1978, and is still in production today. The former Cravens site was excavated and found to be the site of a Viking settlement. It is now occupied by the Yorvik Viking Centre.

 

 

 

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Thank You For Your Interest - Bookings For This Event Are Now Closed

 

Book Your Hotel Bedroom

 

Download The Events Programme

 

 

Official AG 2013 T-Shirt Official AG 2013 Mug
                            

Adult Size £8.50

Child Size £7.00

Choice of yellow or white with large or small logo

in standard, female and child styles

White ceramic coffee mug

with AG Logo on both sides

£3.95

   

 

 

For further information and queries please contact the organisers

Richard Arthurs : RICHARDART1@aol.com

Chenda Appleyard : richenda.appleyard@virgin.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organiser Information

Bobby Raikhy
bobby@mensa.org.uk