The 25th

Great Northern Festival
29th November to 1st December 2019

with PAGB Patronage - 2019-40

Dear AV Friend

With just over a week to go we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the 25th Great Northern Festival on the  29th November to 1st December.

We have an excellent weekend with 55 top class AV's
Attendees are also coming from all parts, including The Netherlands, several for the first time.
We hope you will enjoy your visit to the Festival.

If you have not yet booked you can still come along and pay on the door.
But Meals will not be available unless previously booked.


Event Timings

Doors to the hall open approximately 30 minutes before the start, but the Venue and Bar will be open earlier. Please do not enter the Main Hall whilst the Technical Team are setting up.

Event timings are:-

Friday Evening 7:30 to 10:00 pm - Phase 4 Films
Ken & Carol Wilson

Over the past 35 years they have made many films, using actors from the local theatre in Wakefield and winning awards in regional and national competitions, in a variety of genres including thrillers, comedies, dramas and science fiction.
Ken has written for the IAC's Film and Video Maker magazine for over 15 years with regular articles coving all aspects of film making, including the trials and tribulations encountered in the process.

Ken & Carol will talk about and show a selection of their films which should make an extremely interesting evening for both AV workers and Film makers.

Saturday 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
This year most entries are short, so we have a relaxed timetable, with each Session being 1 hour long. This also allows plenty of time for breaks for that all important socialising and catching up with friends.

The  'Great Northern' Competition has 41 Entries and 'New Horizons' Competition 14 Entries
The NH entries are spread over both days and the Judges, Edgar Gibbs, Alan & Bev Tyrer, will give constructive comments on these entries.

Saturday 7:00 for 7:30 pm
Evening meal
at the Britannia Country House Hotel

Sunday 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
Continuation of the Competitions,
followed by presentation of the Awards

Contact info@gnfestival.org.uk if you need any further information

Directions to
The Hough End Centre - M21 7SX
& Britannia Country House Hotel - M20 2WG

Please allow plenty of time to reach the Venue as traffic can be very heavy at this time of year, especially on the Friday evening.

Please ensure that you go to the
Hough End Conference Centre on Mauldeth Road West and NOT to the Hough End Sports Centre which is on Princess Road.

Coming from the North, South or West along the M56

Continue straight along the M56 past Manchester Airport and keep in the two rightmost lanes onto the A5103 Princess Parkway, toward City Centre/M60 N&W/M62 W/M61

Watch your speed as it reduces to 50 mph at the end of the Motorway & there are cameras

For the Britannia Country House Hotel - Google Maps Link
Move into the left hand lane & take the exit for Northenden/Sale Moor B5166
Keep in the right hand lane down the slip road for Northenden
Traffic lights at the bottom & 30 mph.

Turn right & pass under the A5103 onto Palatine Road.
Continue as
Hotel All Routes below

For Hough End Centre - Google Maps Link
Continue on the A5103 & pass underneath the M60
and continue as
Hough End All Routes below

Coming from the East along the M60

Clockwise from Stockport
Leave at Junc 5 for the A5103 Manchester (C), keep in the left hand lane on the slip road
The road loops right round over the A5103 & then goes under the M60
Join the A5103 Princess Parkway

For Hough End Centre - Google Maps Link
Continue as Hough End All Routes below

For the Hotel - Google Maps Link
Keep in the right hand lane and at the traffic lights turn right for Didsbury A5145
Hough End to Hotel directions from the A5145 below

Anti Clockwise from Trafford Park/Stretford
Leave at Junc 5 for the A5103 (M56) Chester/Manchester Airport
keep in the left hand lane on the slip road
The road loops round & passes under the M60 (watch out for the Bus lane) & joins the A5103 Princess Parkway
heading South
50 mph signs

Take the first exit Northenden/Sale Moor B5166
Keep in the left lane for the Hotel & the right lane for Hough End
Traffic lights at the bottom & 30 mph.

For the Hotel - Google Maps Link
Turn left onto Palatine Road.
Continue as
Hotel All Routes below

For Hough End Centre - Google Maps Link
Turn right, stay in the right hand lane, pass under the A5103 & turn right
up the slip road to join the A5103 again this time heading North.
Continue on the A5103 & pass underneath the M60
Continue as
Hough End All Routes below

Hough End Centre - All Routes
Continue along the A5103 (Dual Carriageway) keeping in the centre lane
Watch for the 40 mph signs
After approximately 1.1 mile (from the M60) just after crossing the A5145
Pass Seimens House on the right (large white building).

Go through the set of traffic lights and over the railway (tram) bridge.
Keep in the left hand lane and at the next traffic lights filter left onto Mauldeth Road West (Dual Carriageway)(approx 0.9 mile from Seimens House)

After 0.3 mile pass a petrol station on the right.
Pass the Hough End playing fields entrance
Look out for the 'Beware Horses' road sign

The entrance to The Hough End Centre is immediately after the sign on the left.
Entrance from Mauldeth Road West
If you reach the traffic lights you have gone too far and will need to make a U-Turn back to just before the petrol station & make another U-Turn to come back again.

The entrance can be a little difficult to see especially in the dark, so drive slowly down Mauldeth Road West.

Hough End Building Entrance
Once in the entrance bear right into the car park and follow round to the end.

You will see the main entrance to the Conference Centre

The Telephone Number for the Centre if you have problems is
0161 856 1797

Postcode M21 7SX


Britannia Country House Hotel - All Routes

If you are staying at The Britannia you can check in any time after 2 pm.

Pass the Britannia Airport Hotel on the left & continue for 0.7 mile, passing through Northenden village & under the M60.
Pass Northenden Golf Club on the left & over the River
After a further 0.2 mile the entrance to the Britannia Country House Hotel will be seen on the left.
Follow the drive round to the car parks - watch for the Speed humps

Telephone Number for the Hotel is 0161 434 3411
Postcode M20 2WG

From Manchester Airport (if you have come by Plane/Train)

The Hotel has a scheduled Airport Transfer Service that goes to and from the airport every 45 minutes and the cost for the return trip is just £6 per person
To book when you are at the Airport - contact the Hotel Reception on 0161 434 3411 .
They will then give you a 5 digit code. You then need to contact the
transfer company on 0161 436 4000 give them the code and they will tell you when the next bus is due & where to meet them. You pay the fee with the hotel reception on arrival at the hotel.

By Taxi
An ordinary taxi will cost you about £16 each way, there are freephone terminals in the airport where you can book.

By Bus
The number 43 bus goes from the Airport Interchange Stand E  and passes the hotel.
Ask the driver to stop at Fridays, Didsbury on Palatine Road, this is outside the Hotel.
The journey takes about 35 mins and the buses run about every 10 mins.
The cost is £3.50 per person each way.
For more information contact Manchester Public Transport on 0161 244 1000
download the timetable

Britannia Country House Hotel to Hough End Centre

Google Maps Link
Turn left out of the Hotel car park onto Palatine Road

After 0.6 miles at the traffic lights, turn left onto Barlow Moor Road A5145
After another 0.6 miles turn right onto Princess Parkway A5103 (Universities & Moss Side) and follow directions in
Hough End All Routes above


Hough End Centre to Britannia Country House Hotel

Google Maps Link
Turn left out of Hough End Centre car park.

After 0.7 miles at the 2nd set of traffic lights, (next to the Tram stop) turn left onto the Barlow Moor Road A5145
After another 0.7 miles cross over Princess Parkway A5103

After 0.6 miles turn right at the Traffic Lights onto Palatine Road
The Britannia Country House Hotel will be found on the right after 0.6 miles just after the entrance to Withington Golf Club which is on the left.


By Tram to Hough End Centre

The nearest tram stop is St Werberg's Road on the East Didsbury or Manchester Airport lines.

Google Map Link
Leave the station and turn right onto St Werberg's Road

At the next road turn right (Egerton Road South)

At the end of this road turn right into Withington Road and at the Traffic Lights Hough End Centre is just across the road (pedestrian entrance turn left off the driveway)

Distance 0.6 miles 11 minutes walk

On the Manchester Piccadilly/Airport Line there is a stop down Mauldeth Road West. Head north from the tram stop & the Hough End Centre is 0.7 mile 13 minutes walk up the road on the right.
Google Map Link

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  • Guest Speakers
  • The Great Northern Competition
    - Open Entry
  •  The New Horizons Competition
    - Restricted Entry

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