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YAPC::Europe::2006 - The Venue
posted by KM on 2006.05.02 8:33
barbie writes "Welcome to our fourth official bulletin from the organizers of the 2006 YAPC::Europe Perl Conference in Birmingham.
Read more about the chosen YAPC::Europe::2006 venue...
We have a venue!
Following an exceedingly long venue review process, which we all hope we never have to go through again ... ever, we finally settled on a city centre venue, which is more than happy to accommodate us for the week.
The chosen venue is The CSBO Centre, which is just off Broad Street, on the main south western corridor out of the Birmingham City Centre. The city centre itself is a short 5 minute walk, and New Street station is only a 10-15 minutes walk away.
Call for Sponsors
Every YAPC::Europe conference has happened thanks to contributions for sponsors, and this year is no different. A couple of sponsors have stepped forward already, for which we are exceptionally grateful for, but we still need more to help us out with the finances. We are still looking for room sponsorship among many other items, so if you or your company is interested in raising your profile and contributing to a great Open Source conference opportunity, then please get in touch. A sponsor prospectus and an application form are available on request.
Birmingham is blessed with having some very interesting places to visit during your stay in the city. Many of which are only a short bus ride away.
The Cadbury World tour includes the history of chocolate, the Cadbury company and chocolate making. The tour also consists of a walk around the factory along a designated path to see the processes of chocolate production. The tour itself takes about 1¾ hours, but with the Cadbury Collection Museum, shops, restaurant and play area at the end of the tour, it'll be more like 3 hours!
Sarehole Mill, was part of the inspiration for The Shire. The neighbouring nursery takes the name of The Shires in Tolkiens honour. Sarehole Mill is open Tuesday to Sunday and is a classic example of an old water mill from the 18th century. It was a childhood haunt of Tolkien's, when Sarehole was a mere village.
Perrott's Folly and The Water Tower, were the inspiration for the Two Towers book of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, when he lived nearby. Perrott's Folly is not open to the public any more, and is used by Birmingham University for meterlogical experiments and observations. The folly was originally built by John Perrott in 1758, and despite much speculation, no-one knows exactly why. Incidentally 3 of John Perrott's direct descendants will be attending part of the conference.
There are Tolkien Trail leaflets available from the Central Library, which enable you to visit many of the places where Tolkien lived and grew up. Many of which helped to inspire several places and characters in Middle Earth.
The Black Country Living Museum has recreated buildings from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought to life by costumed demonstrators and trained educational guides. The museum occupies a twenty six acre urban heritage park in the shadow of Dudley Castle. Electric tramcars and trolleybuses transport visitors from the entrance in a recreated factory to the village area with thirty buildings situated by the canal basin. The Black Country Museum currently contains around 40,000 items in its various collections.
These are just a few of the attractions that can be easily reached by bus or walking. We'll be featuring more attractions slightly further afield in announcements to come. Contact
Should you wish to contact us, there is an email address available for direct contact, where you can mail us with your questions and suggestions. There is also the regular YAPC::Europe conference mailing list, which is open to all.
That's all for this release. Look out for more news and announcements in the future.
The Birmingham 2006 Organisers
YAPC::Europe::2006 | 30th August - 1st September 2006 | Birmingham, UK"