So with just under two weeks to go until conference, we thought that it would be useful to give you some ideas of what we consider essential items to bring with you! So whether this is your first time at conference or you’ve been a few times, don’t forget to pack these essentials! Here is our top 10 essentials to bring to conference:
1. Swimming Costume
During conference, on Saturday morning you will have the opportunity to go into Splash Landings swimming pool. This is free of charge and included in your conference ticket price. If you want to take advantage of this, you need to make sure that you bring your swimming costume! There will be towels available in your hotel room, so you don’t need to worry about bringing towels as well, unless you really want to of course!
2. Black Tie Dinner
On the Saturday evening, we hold our awards dinner which is a black tie event. Get prepared early if you need to buy dresses or suits for the evening ceremony. You could also hire these to save you some money if you don’t already have one. If you haven’t already seen the menu for our black tie dinner, then click here.
3. Fancy Dress
Friday night is fancy dress night. Our theme this year is Zombie Apocalypse, so all delegates are expected to turn up in fancy dress on the night. There are prizes on the night for best costume, so it is definitely worth making the effort and getting involved. Please ensure that you have read our other blog post regarding fancy dress at Alton Towers, as we have requested that face masks and prosthetics are not worn outside of the conference centre. More information is available here.
There are going to be plenty of opportunities to take pictures during conference. We also have Instagram frames available during the weekend, so we encourage you to take pictures and also tag us in them. So don’t forget to bring your camera along with you, and of course any additional batteries or memory cards you may need!
5. Phone chargers
No doubt that you will be using your phones during the weekend a lot. Whether it’s checking social media, taking photos or staying in touch with friends and family. That is going to take a lot of pressure on the old batteries, so make sure that you bring your chargers!
It may seem like an odd one to remember, but don't forget your money. All of your meals are included in the price of conference*, as well as your accommodation, but you will need some money to buy additional drinks or food during the day and evening. Alton Towers accept card payments, and there is a cash machine available in the reception area, but this will charge you for cash withdrawals.
*Baking industry bookings are required to pay for their rooms on departure, as per the information at time of booking
7. Proof of age
You must be over the age of 18 in order to purchase alcohol. Alton Towers operate a “look 25 policy” so if you are lucky enough to look under 25 years old, you will need to bring proof of age with you. Examples of suitable proof of age identification includes driving license and passports. Even if you think you look over 25, it is advised to bring proof of age anyway, just in case!
Now obviously we know that you are going to pack clothes! However, the reason why we have this on the essentials list is to make sure that you pack suitable clothes. The weather can be unpredictable even in June, and you wouldn’t want to get caught in your shorts and t-shirt in Alton Towers theme park on Sunday, if its raining. Our advice is to check the weather and be prepared!
9. Bathroom essentials
The one item most people forget! Don’t forget to pack all of your bathroom supplies you will need over the weekend. Alton Towers do have some essential items available such as toothbrushes, but you will need to pay for them, and there aren’t any shops around Alton Towers to quickly nip out and get something. The closest supermarket is about 30 minutes drive away.
If you are taking medication don’t forget to bring it with you. It’s really important that you let us know if you have any allergies while you are at conference, so that we can ensure that staff know when preparing your meals.
So thats our top 10 essentials to make sure you pack before making your way to us. Anything you think we missed? Let us know by commenting below and we can make sure everyone remembers! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter to ensure that you receive all the updates running up to and during the weekend.
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