Thinking of running a convention or organising a hobby holiday
- Somewhat to my surprise a very close friend of mine recently changed
careers and is now managing/baby-sitting/touting a refurbished
Victorian country house not too far from Norwich.
Fascinated though I was with his tales of the difficulties of getting
left-twisted grommitts to fit into converted Victorian wangleholes (I
may have got some of the detail wrong there) it was only when he
mentioned the place has holiday homes and a large conference room
that I became truly interested; could this place, perchance, be a
suitable venue for a games convention or a revival of the ancient
tradition of hobby holidays?
The short answer is "Yes". Though it probably could not cope with a
con the size of ManorCon it should be able to handle 50 to 70 people
reasonably well. I expect the place will be dominated by holiday-
makers in the summer months but during early Spring, late autumn or
winter it should be clear for total domination by obsessive gamers.
Anyway, before I sound like I am on a percentage here I think the
best thing to do is to give you the URL, which is www.bylaugh.com,
and contact details (John Amas, john@...) and urge you to get
in touch with him if you are interested in organising a con or taking
a holiday there. I've warned ... er ... apprised him of the sort of
people who attend cons and their typical requirements so I apologise
in advance that there does not seem to be an Indian restaurant within
walking distance of the place, but John is a real-ale fan so he is
likely to be very sympathetic to the rest of our needs.
I've suggested to John that he knocks up a flyer aimed at the gaming
hobby which I'll distribute to zine editors and he will do this
tomorrow. If there are any editors reading this who would prefer me
to photocopy lots of flyers for them, let me know, otherwise I'll
send each editor a single sheet which they can either photocopy
themselves or include within their zine.
It's doubtful many of you remember that the original ManorCon was
held in a manor, and very nice it was too; Bylaugh Hall is about as
close as we are likely to get to it these days so here's hoping
someone takes up the challenge of filling up that long gap in the
calendar between ManorCon and MidCon (though StabCon is in there
somewhere, isn't it?)