We return to George Heriots School Gym.
This year we shall be using the gym halls at George Heriots School. An institution that dates back to the dark days before Smallsword was invented!
This has two big advantages: Location and facilities.
In terms of Location Heriots could not be more central. The entrance we use is on the Grassmarket, which is directly below Edinburgh Castle. The area is the heart of the tourist area of the city with huge amounts of accommodation options available meaning no taxi rides each each day! It is also home to many pubs and eating places for lunches and our evenings can all be in the same area.
The Facilities are also excellent. We will not only have access to a large gym hall we also have a second smaller dance studio room which can be used for break out sessions, 1 to 1s and freeplay. Plus both have sound systems for Ians terrible music. On top of this we have access to a class room which will allow us to host lectures and round tables.
To access the gym you need to go to Hunters Close off the Grassmarket. Don’t go the front of the School!
The one thing to make you aware of is with regards to parking. There is very limited on site parking which we probably will have to reserve for event organisers. The local area has parking but it is prohibitively expensive and busy. (Edinburgh is an old medieval city not designed for cars) We strongly encourage you to either stay in the area or make use of public transport to get to and from the venue. We expect to be able to lock equipment in a room over night on the Saturday at your own risk. As we say there are huge numbers of hotels, B&Bs and hostels in the immediate area so we hope this is not an issue for most of you.
On Friday and Saturday evenings we will meet for social events at an as yet undecided location. It will be in the same area as the main event to minimise travelling. We usually also organise an informal thing for people who are still in Edinburgh on the Sunday.