Don't miss Novacon 50 - 12 to 14 November , 2021

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Change of Venue

Over the last few months, the Mercure hotel in Nottingham has been hosting a Nightingale Court as a way to generate income. The contract with the Justice Department was to run until June, but now it has been extended until the end of the year and the hotel is not in a position to refuse. So, regrettably, we will not be able to hold Novacon 50 here for what would have been our 12th year!

Palace Hotel, Buxton

The good news is that we have found a new venue, which is the Palace Hotel in Buxton, Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District. Located opposite the train station, it is an imposing Victorian listed building which has been nicely refurbished. All the function rooms, the bars and toilets are on the ground floor and there is plenty of lounge area. The whole thing is light and airy with high ceilings and some impressive decor. And a conservatory. And the longest continuous wrought-iron bannister in Britain, or was it Europe? And possibly a ghost. There are several fully-accessible bedrooms and some family rooms. Room rates are actually a bit cheaper than last year, being £60pppn for a single and £45pppn for a double/twin.

Needless to say, we are still planning an in-person convention and will soon start taking room bookings. As it’s a new venue we would appreciate it if you could book your room as soon as possible. Booking will continue to be via Novacon website/Membership Secretary and a booking form can be be downloaded from the Venue/Room Reservation page.

Alice & Tony

Covid Policy at Novacon

The committee has reviewed the latest government advice and put in place the following guidelines. There are limits on what we can do. The hotel will have its way of operating and we will do everything reasonably practicable in the function spaces we control.

It has been a tough time since we last met and the committee have worked hard to try and make Novacon 50 as accessible and safe as possible so members feel confident in joining us to celebrate our big birthday. So please take these steps in the spirit they were intended and cooperate with us.

What we are doing with the hotel:

  • The Committee is working with the hotel to ensure good spacing in the programme room to allow for some social distancing.
  • There will be a separate entrance and exit in dealers and art show.
  • There will sanitising stations around the hotel.
  • All hotel staff will be double vaccinated.
  • All programme rooms apart from main programme have windows that can be opened for air flow.
  • Main programme room has high ceilings and fire escape doors that we can open for air flow.

What we need from you:

  • We ask that all members are vaccinated where possible.
  • We ask all members to take a lateral flow test prior to attending convention.
  • Masks will be required while moving around the hotel but not whilst sitting in bar areas.
  • Masks will be required in the main programme unless you are on the panel.
  • Please do not host or attend room parties.
  • Please do not attend if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19. Follow Government advice and stay safe.

Please note: that the hotel policy for staff is masking is voluntary. We cannot do anything about this, however all staff are double vaccinated. Also remember that the hotel bar is open to the public although the hotel does not expect that there will be any non members.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in November.
The Novacon 50 committee.

Useful links:

To obtain lateral flow tests:

Government guidelines: