Overseas participants. If reasonable advance notice is given, it will be possible to meet overseas participants arriving at a range of airports or railway stations, and to transport them from there to Whitby and back without further charge. Overseas participants can be met at any of the following airports: Doncaster-Sheffield, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle, Teesside. Meeting at other points may also be possible (consult the meeting Secretary), but overseas participants arriving at other airports (eg Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester, Stansted) are advised, if they can, to arrange for onward travel by rail to either Durham or York where they may be met. UK participants. Whitby is accessible by national rail and coach services, or can easily be reached by car.
Food & Accommodation
Being a seaside holiday town, there is a good range of accommodation of different but generally very reasonable prices in Whitby. To keep meeting administration costs to a minimum, participants are encouraged to organize their own accommodation. This can be done through the Internet. The following website is a good starting point: www.whitbyonline.co.uk/whitby/accommodation/whitby-bed-and-breakfast. For budget accommodation, the Harbour Grange Backpackers is recommended. In the event of any difficulty in organizing accommodation, participants should contact the meeting Secretary. Traditional English bed & breakfast accommodation provides an ample morning meal, but no mid-day or evening meal. Food at mid-day will be provided by the meeting. For evening meals there are many excellent places to eat in Whitby at a wide range of prices. The local seafood is particularly recommended, but note that a few restaurants may close at around 20.00, a time which may seem early to some.
Participants are strongly advised to book their accommodation early, particularly if they wish to stay on for a few days to enjoy the town, as accommodation will be at a premium during the weekend of 30 October to 1 November is also the Whitby Goth Festival - a remarkable, enjoyable, but unusual event, when the town fills with goths celebrating Whitby’s unique connexion with Dracula.
Accompanying persons. Given reasonable advance notice, a suitable programme can be arranged. Climate. Moderate, pleasant late summer temperatures possible, heavy rain unlikely, frosts very unlikely, but too cold for swimming. Clocks. The UK is on Greenwich mean time in the week of the meeting. Clothing. Bring warm clothing and suitable outdoor footwear for the field excursion. Electricity. 220 volts a/c; British sockets are different from those in many parts of the world, and an adaptor may be necessary. E-mail. Access to the Internet should be no problem. Among a good range of options, the Internet is available in Whitby public library (about 500 m from the venue) on payment of a very modest fee. Language. The language of the meeting will be English. Visas. Participants needing an invitation for a visa are advised to contact the meeting Secretary.