AIM National Conference: Social Events

social events 2019
Enjoy The Social Side Of Conference

Enjoy The Social Side Of Conference

A huge part of AIM National Conference each year are the social events which allow delegates to network, relax and enjoy visiting some unique locations. This year, the AIM dinner will be held at the historic Thoresby Courtyard, the Friday night social event will take place at the historic Newark Castle and the Saturday study tour will visit AIM member museums – The National Holocaust Centre and Creswell Crags.

The social events during conference always sell out fast and early booking is strongly advised. For more information about the social events this year please see below and check back regularly as we will continue to add extra details over the coming months.

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FREE Visit To Newark Air Museum: Wednesday 19 June

FREE Visit To Newark Air Museum: Wednesday 19 June

If you are arriving at AIM National Conference ahead of 20 June, we have arranged free entry to AIM members, Newark Air Museum, on Wednesday 19 June.

The museum – which began life in the 1960s – is situated just north of the town on what is part of the former World War II airfield of RAF Winthorpe.

Newark Air Museum’s diverse collection of more than 95 aircraft and cockpit sections covers the history of aviation. In addition to its collection of aircraft, the museum displays a diverse selection of aviation artefacts; a collection of more than 40 aero engines; and has an extensive archive of aviation publications, photographs and documents. On site there is a new Café that has just been built, thanks to the museum’s own fundraising efforts and an extensive shop.

We have arranged for free entry for all Conference delegates. Simply quote ‘AIM 2019’ and show proof of your Conference booking at reception.


Twitter: @NewarkAirMus

AIM Dinner: Thursday 20 June

AIM Dinner: Thursday 20 June

*SOLD OUT* please email us to be addded to the reserve list

Join us for a three-course dinner with wine at the historic Thoresby Courtyard. Built in 1864, the Grade II* listed Thoresby Courtyard was originally the stables for Thoresby Hall but these days it provides a unique setting for dinner and drinks.

We will arrive at the venue for 7pm. You will be greeted on arrival with sparkling wine or a soft drink and a welcome from the family of the estate.

The drinks this year are sponsored by Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers.

Enjoy networking opportunities over canapes and explore the artisan shops and The Queen’s Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum that are based at the Courtyard. Victoria Wallace, Director General at Commonwealth War Graves Commission, will be our after-dinner speaker.

Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. We can cater for Vegans and for people with food allergies.

We will depart the dinner venue at 11.00pm for Newark.

Dress code: Smart Casual

For more information about Thoresby Courtyard please visit: Thoresby Courtyard

Price: £75 per person


AIM Drinks Reception And Dinner Menu 2019

AIM Drinks Reception And Dinner Menu 2019


Many thanks to Hayes Parsons Insurance Ltd for sponsoring the AIM drinks reception 2019

Drinks and Canapés on arrival

Sparkling wine

Array of Delicate Pastry Cups with Guacamole, Hummus and salsa (V)

Smoked Salmon Blinis with Sour Cream and Dill

King Prawns wrapped in mangetout with sweet chilli dipping sauce (DF GF)

Rice cake with cherry tomato, vegan cheese and basil (Ve)

The Starters

Julienne of Oak Smoked Salmon and fresh rocket lightly glazed with olive oil served with horseradish crème fraiche, cracked black pepper and lemon wedge

Vine Tomato & Basil Soup (Vegan / Vegetarian & Gluten Free)


Oven Roasted Pork with Bramley apple glaze topped with Pancetta ribbons served on parsley mash and red onion (Gluten Free)

Vegetable Wellington en croute (Vegetarian)

Vegetable Wellington en croute (Vegan pastry)


Traditional summer fruit pudding with fresh fruit coulis

Chocolate Orange Mousse (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Social Evening: Friday 21 June

Social Evening: Friday 21 June


For 2019, we are taking delegates back in time for an exclusive evening at the historic Newark Castle. The castle will be open for AIM delegates only, and you can explore the formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle which was partly destroyed in 1646 at the end of the English Civil War.

On arrival, we will find out more about the history of the castle from an introductory talk by staff while enjoying a drink of peach Bellini in honour of King John!

There will be re-enactments (and King John might even appear to explain all about his fatal stay at the castle!) and you can enjoy tours of the castle tower, bottle dungeon and undercroft.

Dinner of a delicious whole hog roast or vegetarian/vegan options will be served overlooking the River Trent. There will also be a paid bar with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks courtesy of ‘The Prosecco Boat’.

Early booking is advisable. There will be a coach available for collection and return from hotels.

Dress code: casual. Please wear sensible shoes for touring the castle and grounds.

For more information about Newark Castle, please visit: Newark Castle

Price: £37 per person

Study Tour: Saturday 22 June

Study Tour: Saturday 22 June


Finish off AIM National Conference 2019 with a Saturday study tour to two AIM member museums in Nottinghamshire. Coaches will collect delegates from hotels before arriving at The National Holocaust Centre & Museum for 10am. We will be greeted on arrival with coffee followed by an introduction to the Centre and a tour of ‘The Journey’ exhibition led by Senior Curator, Aneesa Riffat. Delegates will also be able to visit the main Holocaust exhibition. For more information about The National Holocaust Centre & Museum, please visit:

At 12pm, coaches will depart for Creswell Crags, a spectacular limestone gorge and on the Derbyshire/ Nottinghamshire border. The picturesque site and museum are home to a wealth of archaeological material dating back to the Ice Age. We will be greeted on arrival by Executive Director, Paul Baker, who will introduce us to the site and explain the operational side of the centre.

At 12.30pm, a light lunch of sandwiches, cake and a drink of your choice will be served before exploring the site. Tours will include a visit to the ‘Robin Hood cave’ where legend has it that Robin Hood Cave hid out to evade capture by the Nottinghamshire authorities. The cave has been occupied for much longer though, as the Neanderthals arrived first, around 40,000 years ago. You can then tour the museum led by the Collections Officer, visit the intriguing collection store and have your photograph taken astride a woolly mammoth courtesy of green screen technology. For more information about Creswell Crags, please visit:

At 3pm, coaches will depart Creswell Crags for drop off at Newark stations and hotels, arriving at approximately 3.45pm.

Dress code: casual

Price: £35


Artelia: Sponsors of AIM National Conference 2019
Artelia: Sponsors of AIM National Conference 2019

AIM National Conference 2019 is sponsored by Artelia

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