Programme and booking details for the Annual Gathering of the Tristan da Cunha Association to be held in Southampton on 7th April 2018.

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Programme for the 2018 Annual Gathering

The Annual Gathering will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1HJ


To be held in the Hamble Suite on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn.

10:00 - Registration Desk open - Refreshments available

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

Antje Steinfurth

10:30 - Morning parallel activities

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

12:30 - Lunch for pass holders in the Hotel Restaurant

14:00 - Afternoon session

  • Annual general meeting
  • Talk on Project Pinnamin, by Antje Steinfurth (right)

c.15:30 - Afternoon tea

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

19.30 for 20.00 - Evening Dinner Dance - Meet in the Hamble Suite Bar

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

Film Show Programme

10:15 - 1970 Visit to Tristan da Cunha, by William Mayo

50 min, Colour with sound - American home movie. The first half includes shots of Allan Crawford's family in Rosebank, Cape Town and of South Georgia.

11:05 - Tristan on 'BBC Breakfast', 10th November 2017

4 min - The visit by Rhyanna Swain, Jade Repetto and Janice Green to London and the British Library on the 200th anniversary of the Tristan's first 'constitution'.

11:10 - 'The Tragedy of Tristan da Cunha'

10 min, B/W with sound - A report on the 1961 volcano and evacuation, and life before, filmed by Charles Frater, who sadly passed away last year.

11:20 - Miscellaneous home footage shot by the Wheelers

9 min, Silent colour [with video counter] - Shots of the 1961 eruption, evacuation and earlier island life - some also used in the previous film.

11:30 - 'Survival: The Loneliest Place in the World', 1968

25 min, Colour with sound - An episode from the Anglia TV wildlife documentary series, filmed by George Edwards, written by Colin Willock, and narrated by Duncan Carse.

11:55 - Tristan on 'BBC Breakfast', 10th November 2017 - 4 min, Repeat of the earlier showing.


    £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 2018 Newsletter, or the online Order Form.

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


If required, overnight accommodation must be booked separately. For guests choosing to stay at the Holiday Inn, there is a special package price for advance bookings (see below).

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


  • 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

Holiday Inn

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

Rooms with bed and full buffet breakfast may be booked by telephone only to 0871 9429073.
Choose Option 4 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.

The hotel is located on the Town Quay, overlooking the River Test. It is 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.