Programme and booking details for the Annual Gathering of the Tristan da Cunha Association to be held in Southampton on 22nd April 2017.

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Programme for the 2017 Annual Gathering

The Annual Gathering will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Rd, Southampton, SO15 1AG, UK.
Please note the venue has moved from the Holiday Inn over the road.


To be held in the Standish, Winslow and Bradford suite of rooms on the first floor of the Grand Harbour Hotel.

Marc Escudier
10:00 - Registration Desk open - Refreshments available

10:15 - Films start - see the Film Show Programme below.

10:30 - Morning parallel activities

  • Bookstall, souvenirs & Association products for sale
  • Displays
  • Draw Tickets and Quiz available

12:30 - Lunch for ticket holders in the Mayflower Suite

14:00 - Afternoon session

  • Short annual general meeting
  • Talk on the Enviroearth scientific station on Tristan, by Marc Escudier (above)

c.15:30 - Afternoon tea

c.16:00 - Raffle draw, and charity auction in aid of the Tristan Education Trust Fund

19.00 for 19.30 - Evening Dinner Dance - Meet in the first floor bar

  • Two course buffet-style dinner
  • Traditional Tristan dances to live authentic music from Peter Millington and Mike Faulds
  • Disco dancing until 23:30

Film Show Programme

10:15 - Cindy Buxton & Jim Kerr's visit, 1990

Cindy Buxton & Jim Kerr, 1990, 46 min, Colour , Sound. A 'slow cinema' trip around the island and up the peak, visiting parts of the island that most tourists and many islanders never see.

11.00 - Trailers from the 'Pristine Seas' expedition to Tristan

RSPB, National Geographic & Tristan Government, 2017, c.8 min. Colour, Sound. Two trailers of footage shot on this year's expedition to the Tristan group, including a short introduction from the RSPB team members about the expedition and plans for a full length film.

11.15 - Tristan Memories

Chris Carnegy 2015, 45 min, Colour, Sound. Four short films of interview of old Tristan life with: Harold Green, Gladys Lavarello, Andrew Glass, and Joyce Hagen. Introduced by Chris Carnegy.


    £30 per person for the day * (including two course buffet lunch, coffee, tea and refreshments).

    * There are special rates for Tristan islanders, to encourage attendance. See the order form for details.

    £25 for the Dinner Dance (or £5 for the dance only).

    To book, either use the Order Form sent with the February 2017 Newsletter, or the online Order Form.

    Tickets will be available at our reception desk, and unless requested no receipts are issued.


If required, overnight accommodation must be booked separately.

This year's gathering is just over the road from our usual venue, the Holiday Inn. Members who have already booked rooms at the Holiday Inn do not need to change their arrangements unless they prefer to. New guests may wish to choose between the Holiday Inn, for which we have secured a special package price, or the Grand Harbour Hotel at its normal rates.

People arriving on Friday will still be meeting up in the Holiday Inn restaurant for dinner and drinks.

Holiday Inn

Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1HJ, UK.
180 hotel car parking spaces, free to Annual Gathering ticket holders and hotel guests.

Rooms with bed and full buffet breakfast may be booked by telephone only to 0871 9429073.
Choose Option 6 and quote 'Tristan da Cunha'). The room rates are:

  • Double Rooms @ £92 per night
  • Single Rooms @ £82 per night
  • Family Rooms may be available at double room rates

Holiday Inn Guest Amenities

Southampton Holiday Inn swimming pool Southampton Holiday Inn restaurant Southampton Holiday Inn bar
The Pool The Restaurant The Bar

Please note that the Holiday Inn often make special offers with payment in advance with no cancellation facility. Our rates do not require a deposit and can be cancelled up to the date of arrival. Children may receive free accommodation and breakfast when sharing with parents - see the hotel's terms and conditions for details.

Grand Harbour Hotel

West Quay Rd, Southampton, SO15 1AG, UK.
190 hotel car parking spaces, free to Annual Gathering ticket holders
Bookings can be made with the Hotel Reception, Phone: 023 8063 3033, or via their website:

Grand Harbour Hotel Guest Amenities

Southampton Grand Harbour Hotel swimming pool Southampton Grand Harbour Hotel restaurant Southampton Grand Harbour Hotel bar
The Pool Boardwalk Restaurant Hamtun Bar

Both hotels are located on the Town Quay, overlooking the River Test. They are within easy walking distance of local amenities including the West Quay Shopping Centre, Mayflower Theatre, the Town Walls, and other City Centre attractions within one mile.


Both hotels:

  • Less than 1 mile from Southampton Railway Station
  • 6 miles from Southampton International Airport (view destinations)
  • Good local road access via M27 and M271 motorways. Satnav: use Post Code SO15 1AG