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British Mensa Annual Gathering 2017

Event Information

From: 8th Sep 2017

To: 11th Sep 2017


British Mensa Annual Gathering 2017

The Novotel Hotel, 

Grey Friars Road, Ipswich, IP1 1UP

8-11 September 



We look forward to welcoming you

This year’s British Mensa annual gathering for the first time ever will be heading to the East Anglian region, namely Ipswich one of England's oldest towns, if not the oldest. On behalf of every single member in the region – we wish you a very warm welcome.

We have purposely chosen the second weekend in September to host this year’s AG so that we can showcase the many important and historical venues as it will coincide with Heritage Weekend. Over 30 venues of interest – many not generally accessible to the public, will open their doors to welcome visitors. Information on the venues and how to get to them will be available in a separate booklet, which we will place in your AG registration pack.

So in keeping with the weekend, you will have huge value as majority of the events we have listed or arranged for your pleasure will be totally free of charge.


AG2017 Official Hotel

  The Novotel Hotel, Grey Friars Road, Ipswich, IP1 1UP

The Novotel is centrally located a few minutes from the vibrant waterfront and city centre.

Rich breakfast buffet in the airy restaurant

Free WiFi, satellite TV, touch info-screen, video games in the lobby

State-of-the-art gym to keep you in shape

Close to city centre, waterfront and central transport networks




There will be lot's to do 

On Saturday there will be a trip to Sutton Hoo, a National Trust property on the site of several ancient burial grounds. As well as the normal public exhibits, we will have an exclusive reconstruction of the legal proceedings which decided whether or not the Anglo Saxon artefacts unearthed on the site were “treasure trove”.

September 7-10 is Heritage Weekend, when many of England’s finest buildings will be open to the public. One of these which we plan to visit is the Willis building, which offers spectacular views.

We will also have a walking tour lead by an official guide, and on the Friday evening there will be a ghost walk.

Early arrivals can enjoy a Thursday evening trip to the Orwell Park Observatory, built in 1874 by Colonel Tomline. If the weather is fine we will be able to look through the telescope, which can see objects as far away as 8 billion light-years. The house is now a private boarding school, so the telescope can only be visited by special prior arrangement.

One of the talks on offer is Russians in Suffolk, given by local secretary David Davies, and there will be the usual AG features such as board games, poker and newsletters and SIGs to browse through.

As well as the organised events, there are many other places of interest just a short journey away including  the organised trip out to the Museum of East Anglian Life at nearby Stowmarket.






Organiser Information

Anthony Robin