Hope you’ve had a good festive break so far and are looking forward to those New Years Eve hangovers!
The dates for i49 are Friday 23rd – Monday 26th August 2013, with Early Arrival on Thursday 22nd, and it should be a great event like last summer, though tickets are not on sale yet (and we don’t think they will be until the day after i48 in March). If you are already planning to attend then you might want to think about accommodation ahead of the tickets going on sale as the onsite hotels did sell out last summer and the August event is always the busiest event they run. If you are planning to stay in a hotel then the reservations for i49 are now open. You don’t have to pay until you arrive and can cancel up until the day before the event so even if you aren’t absolutely certain you can attend yet, it does make sense to reserve a room now and cancel later if you cant make it. You will need to provide a credit/debit card number though to reserve the room which will only get billed if you don’t cancel or show up.
To reserve a room drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know which hotel you want and what dates – remember to say your booking is for the august iseries event at the multiplay rate. The rate for a double room at The International Hotel is £57.85 per room per night – about £2 more than last year so I would expect a similar rise at The Holiday Inn or Grays Inn. If you want some more information then you can call the reservations team on 01952 527 310 – though we would recommend only doing so during office hours as after 5pm the calls get routed to the hotel reception desk rather than the reservations team and some of the hotel staff are not able to deal with the multiplay set rates correctly. If you are looking to save money by sharing a room then do ask on the forums, there are likely to be others looking to do the same.
Full accommodation details can be found here though note the dates and prices are for i48 in March still, not i49. There is Uni accommodation in addition to the hotels and there is always a bunch of UKCS people camping too for those that want to form a mini tent city – details will be on the forums closer to the time. Multiplay are also trying some sort of indoor sleeping area at i48 – we don’t have the details yet but if it works ok at i48 there is always the possibility it will return to i49 and we will of course keep you updated if it does.
P.S if you have Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket then tickets for i48 (March) are 20% off until 7th Jan. There are a number of UKCS people booked in already and if you going then let us know over here and we can make sure we all sit together.
Have a happy new year!