Patron Away Day – 18 & 19 May 2023

We’re heading back to the Peak District for our third Patron Away Day – a half day’s un-conference and residential to take time out to work on your business, connect with other people working in publishing, and blow the cobwebs away.

What is an un-conference?

Our Away Day is a half day conference for people working in and around magazine publishing.

But there’s a twist. It’s an un-conference, which means the speakers are also the delegates.

Once you’ve booked to attend, we’ll ask you to submit the topic of something you would like to talk about. This could be business or personally focussed; it could be magazine related or something that feeds the industry; it could be an unusual hobby that you think others would be interested to see, or learn how to do.

The topic is entirely up to you, as is the format – it could be a talk, a workshop, a discussion point – whatever you’d be happiest with. We suggest 30 minutes for each session, but if you have an idea that would be longer or shorter, just chat to us about it.

We’ll take all the topics submitted, anonymise them, and then put them out to vote on from everyone attending. This means that whoever gets chosen will know that there’s already lots of people who would like to hear from them, which hopefully will reduce some nerves, and make the conference useful and fun for everyone.

Not sure what to pitch? Email Nikki Simpson for a chat.

Before and after

We’ll have lunch on arrival on the 18th, then the conference with a break in the middle, time to chill out a bit before dinner, then dinner and drinks in the evening. Breakfast will be available on the 19th, and there’ll be a chance for a walk-and-talk (weather permitting) before we head home.

Thursday 18th May

  • 11am-12pm Arrival and bag drop-off
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1pm Conference Part 1
  • 3pm Break for refreshments
  • 3.30pm Conference Part 2
  • 5.30pm Break before dinner
  • 6.30pm Dinner

Friday 19th May

  • 7.30am-9am breakfast
  • 9.30am-10.30am walk-and-talk (weather permitting)
  • 11am check out and head home


This is a Patron-only Away Day, so if you’d like to attend but you’re not a Patron, please sign up here and we look forward to meeting you.

Tickets to attend are:

  • £330 per person for a Premium room with sole occupancy
  • £240 per person for a Premium room with shared occupancy. If you would be happy to share but are coming alone please let us know and we will pair you with someone of the same sex
  • £280 per person for a Standard room with sole occupancy

This year we’ve introduced an option to pay in instalments too.

The ticket price includes attendance at the conference, your accommodation, all food and three drinks in the bar after dinner. We ask you to make your own way there – if you would like to car-pool, get in touch and we can introduce you to other people coming from your area.


Q Where are we going?

The Oakhill Hotel in the stunning Derbyshire countryside, set in extensive landscaped gardens within the historic village of Cromford. The address is Oakhill Hotel, Intake Lane, Cromford DE4 3RH.

Q I’d like to car pool – can you put me in touch with others attending?

We’d be happy to. Email us and we’ll introduce you to others coming from your area.

Q I’d like to pay in instalments, is that possible?

Sure thing, just choose the Pay in Instalments option at check-out.

Q What happens if I book but then can’t come?

As numbers are limited based on room occupancy we will refund you:

  • 100% of the ticket fee if cancelled more than one month from the event
  • 75% of the ticket fee if cancelled between one month and three weeks from the event
  • 50% of the ticket fee if cancelled between three weeks and two weeks from the event
  • 25% of the ticket fee if cancelled between two weeks and one week from the event
  • 0% of the ticket fee if cancelled less than one week from the event

Q What happens if Covid restrictions increase and the event is cancelled?

We will refund all ticket fees.

Q What kind of anti-Covid measures are you putting in place?

We ask everyone attending to take a Lateral Flow Test the morning of the 18th May, and ask you not to attend if your test is positive.

Q I’ve got more questions, who do I speak to?

Please direct all enquiries to Nikki Simpson, she’d love to chat to you.

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