This is the information for 2018 - The information below has been left here for information only.
UK PonyCon is taking place at the Nottingham Conference Centre in Nottingham city centre, easily accessible by both public transport and car.
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The postcode for Nottingham Conference Centre for sat nav is NG1 4BU, however please note that there is no on-site parking available.
We recommend using Nottingham Express Transit's park and ride service. Parking is free at their Phoenix Park stop (657 free car parking spaces, postcode NG8 6AS) and The Forest stop (972 free car parking spaces, postcode NG7 6AQ). Journeys take approximately 20 minutes from Phoenix Park and approximately 5 minutes from The Forest. See the By Tram section below for how to get discounted tram tickets.
The nearest car park is the Q-Park Talbot Street car park (postcode NG1 5GG), a short three minute walk from the venue. This car park also has an entrance on Chaucer Street. Other nearby car parks are the Trinity Square car park (postcode NG1 4BT, five minute walk to venue) and the intu Victoria centre car parks (postcodes NG1 3QN for north car park and NG1 3LP for south car park, 10 minute walk to the venue). Expect to pay approximately £15 to £20 per day in any city-centre car park.
The venue have advised us that there is a limited quantity of disabled parking spaces on Chaucer Street, although you may find the Q-Park more convenient. There is a small loading bay on Goldsmith Street adjacent to the entrance to the venue that can be used for drop-off and pick-up only, however as Goldsmith Street is used by trams, stopping on the road is not permitted.
Discounted car parking at the Q-Park Talbot Street car park is only available for stallholders. Information for stallholders on how to claim this discount will be included in the Stallholder Information Pack or you can contact us for details, which will also contain details on where to park for stallholder loading and unloading.
Nottingham has an extensive tram network operated by Nottingham Express Transit, with fast and frequent services operating from 6am until midnight on Saturday and 6am until 11pm on Sunday.
Passengers coming from the north should alight at the Nottingham Trent University stop, while passengers from the south should use the Royal Centre stop. Nottingham Conference Centre is a two minute walk from either stop.
We're pleased to offer discounted "Event Ticket" day return tickets for £2.00 per person. You must print out and complete the Event Tram Voucher before travelling. You can buy an Event Ticket from the ticket machines on tram stop platforms. Keep the voucher with you, as ticket inspectors may ask to see it. Full details on Event Tickets can be found on the tram operator's website.
Megabus operate direct long distance coaches to destinations across the UK including London, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth Attendees starting their journey in Scotland may wish to consider booking two Megabus tickets, changing at Newcastle or Leeds. Be sure to leave plenty of time to change coaches in case of delays.
National Express also operates services direct from Nottingham to destinations across the UK, including London and London airports, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Swansea, Cardiff and Glasgow.
Both Megabus and National Express operate from Station Street. From here, it's a twenty minute walk to Nottingham Conference Centre, or a short tram ride from the station.
Nottingham station has fast direct services to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield and Norwich. You can use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner to plan your journey to Nottingham.
Once you've arrived at the station, it's a twenty minute walk to Nottingham Conference Centre, or a short tram ride from the station.
Eurostar services from Brussels, Paris and intermediate stations are a good option for attendees travelling from these cities. When the Eurostar train arrives at London St Pancras, simply change platform for a direct domestic service to Nottingham.
East Midlands Airport is an international airport with direct flights to many domestic and European destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Prague, Rome and Warsaw.
The Skylink Express is a fast and frequent coach service linking East Midlands Airport to Nottingham city centre and operates early morning until late evening, seven days a week. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes. Alternatively, take the slower Skylink bus service, which takes 60 minutes and operates 24 hours per day.
Attendees from further afield may wish to fly into a London airport and then take a train or coach. National Express operate coaches direct from the London airports and London Victoria Coach Station to Nottingham. Alternatively, make your way to London St Pancras International train station, where there are frequent direct train services to Nottingham. You may also wish to consider flying via Amsterdam or Dublin to connect to a direct flight to East Midlands Airport.