Networking will be a major benefit of the TopFuel 2012 conference. The social events will help connect the participants and will allow them to discover the best of Manchester.
Get in touch before the conference starts at the TopFuel 2012 Welcome Drink. The Welcome Drink will take place from 18.30 – 19.30 on Sunday 2 September in the conference hotel, the Renaissance Manchester Hotel.
It will be preceded by a Pre-registration which ensures a smooth registration prior to the conference.
TopFuel 2012 Dinner
The TopFuel 2012 Conference Dinner will take place on Tuesday 4 September 2012 at 19:30, at the Manchester Town Hall. Manchester Town Hall is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Situated on Albert Square, the Town Hall was opened in 1877. This Grade 1 listed building, which radiates the history of the city, is definitely one of the hidden jewels in Manchester's crown. Join us to enjoy an evening in this historic, remarkable and spectacular place!
The grandeur and opulence of its vaulted ceilings, sweeping staircases and stunning mosaics are palatial; its vast spaces have afforded the same
warm Northern welcome to heads of state, captains of industry and celebrities alike.
The Town Hall cost £1million to construct and covers almost two acres. Its structure contains 14million bricks encased in Spinkwell stone, as well as 4,500 square yards of marble flooring laid by Venetian craftsmen.
The Great Hall echoes a typical Flemish weaving hall in spectacular fashion, with its ornate ceiling depicting the principal countries and towns with which anchester traded. The magnificent organ has over 5,000 pipes up to 16 feet tall, and the keyboard is designed so the player faces the audience.
The bee is a recurring theme, from the mosaic floor of the landing (traditionally known as ‘The Bees’) to the state rooms and beyond. They symbolise Manchester’s industry, and are also featured on the city’s coat of arms.
Information for accompanying persons
Manchester, a city just waiting to be discovered
There is more to Manchester than meets the eye; it’s a city just waiting to be discovered. From superb shopping areas and exciting nightlife to a vibrant history and contrasting vistas, Manchester really has everything. It is a modern city that is dynamic, welcoming and energetic with stunning architecture, fascinating museums, award winning attractions and a variety of bars & restaurants.
Manchester is also a hot-bed of cultural activity. From the thriving and dominant music scene which gave birth to sons as diverse as Oasis and the Halle Orchestra, to one of many world-class festivals and the rich sporting heritage. Throw into the mix an impressive range of galleries and museums (majority of which offer free entrance) and visitors are guaranteed to be stimulated and invigorated.
Manchester is a compact and accessible city centre. Most areas are within walking distance of each other and from everywhere else, or if you just want to save energy, hop onto the Metrolink tram or jump aboard the free Metroshuttle bus.
Just a couple of miles outside of the city are:
The Quays: Manchester’s dynamic waterfront destination
Can be accessed directly from Piccadilly via Metrolink or ample car parking available
The Trafford Leisure Village: Offering activities as diverse as snowboarding to sky diving, shopping to golf. Free car parking available and a direct bus link from Piccadilly Gardens.
Making the most of your time - take a look at the visitmanchester.com website to find out what’s going on in the city and what to see and do.
Explore the social programme recommendations on the website.
Alternatively when you arrive, pop into the Visitor Information Centre on Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, where the team would be happy to give suggestion and answer any questions you may have about Manchester.
Book a guided walking tour of the city – As well as seeing the major landmarks and attractions, you will learn about the city's secrets and discover hidden gems that visitors often miss.
There is also the free ‘Manchester Time Out’ App you can download from the ‘app store’ to get information and inspiration whilst on the go.