Events & Tours

Ensure your visit to the UK is especially memorable with events such as cultural tours and the ECSS Conference Dinner. Tickets for tours and events may be added to your chosen package during the registration process. Please visit the Registration page for more details.

Pre-Conference Tour of Hever ( GBP)

Friday, May 24, 2024

The counties of Sussex and Kent are blessed with verdant rolling hills, white cliffs and beautiful scenery, and this conference tour will take in highlights of southern England’s rich cultural heritage. The tour will begin with a visit to Bateman’s, the Jacobean home of The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, including the gardens and water mill. In the afternoon we cross into the county of Kent, the garden of England, and the spectacular Hever Castle and gardens, once home to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. Following lunch in the castle grounds, participants will have the opportunity to explore the castle, the extensive gardens and the popular maze, before ending the day with a traditional English cream tea. Guests must be aged 14 or over.

Tour Locations


Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this seventeenth-century house was the family home of world-famous writer Rudyard Kipling. The rooms, described by him as “untouched and unfaked”, remain much as he left them.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle is an important historic castle on the English landscape, and was once the family home of one of England’s most famous Queens – Anne Boleyn, the intriguing second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. Tour the double-moated thirteenth-century castle, the maze, the Italian gardens and the rose garden, before ending your day with an English cream tea.

Tour Schedule*
  • 09:00 Leave Brighton and travel through the Sussex countryside to Kent
  • 10:00 Arrive at Bateman’s House
  • 10:00–12:00 Explore the house, gardens and water mill
  • 12:00 Leave Bateman’s House and travel through the Kent countryside
  • 13:00 Arrive at Hever Castle and gardens
  • 13:00–14:00 Lunch at Hever Castle and gardens
  • 14:00–16:00 Explore the castle, gardens, lake and maze
  • 16:00–17:00 Enjoy English cream tea
  • 17:30 Leave Hever
  • 19:00 Arrive at Brighton

*This information is intended as a guide only. Exact tour details will be provided closer to the conference date. Times are approximate and weather conditions may affect the outdoor elements of the tour.

Important information
  • Although this is a bus tour of Sussex and Kent, it still requires plenty of walking so please keep this in mind when preparing.
  • Locations may vary depending on availability and weather.
  • Lunch will be provided at a restaurant. We are able to accommodate certain dietary needs.
  • All transportation and entrance fees are included in the price of the tour.
  • Gifts, souvenirs and food other than lunch are not included in the tour price.
  • Please note that a minimum of 15 participants is required for the tour to go ahead. IAFOR reserves the right to cancel the tour if minimum numbers are not met. In the event that the tour is cancelled for this reason, your money will be refunded in full.

IAFOR Official Conference Welcome Reception

Official Conference Welcome Reception – FREE

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Join fellow delegates for a drink or two at the Conference Welcome Reception. This event provides a great opportunity for delegates to network and get to know each other. All registered presenters and audience members are welcome to attend. Admission is included in the conference registration fee.

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner (35 GBP)

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Conference Dinner is held in a private function room at a restaurant near the conference venue, and offers conference participants an excellent chance to enjoy delicious food in a relaxed setting while getting to know each other and making new connections outside the main conference environment.

This is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of places, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Extra tickets may be purchased for guests if desired. Guests must be aged 14 or over.

Menu Choices

Starter (a choice from)

Prosciutto di Parma con Melone
Parma ham with melon

Insalata di Avocado con Gamberetti
Avocado, prawns, tomato, lettuce and cucumber

Minestrone alla Contadina (vegetarian)
Freshly made vegetable soup

Affettato Misto
Bresaola, salami, Parma ham

Mozzarella Tricolore (vegetarian)
Mozzarella cheese, avocado, tomato

Main Course (a choice from)

Petto di Pollo Funghetto
Breast of chicken in a garlic, mushroom and white wine sauce
served with a selection of vegetables and potatoes

Scaloppine alla Milanese
Veal escalope fried in breadcrumbs served with spaghetti pomodoro

Salmone alla Griglia con Salsa a L’Aneto
Grilled salmon fillet in a cream and dill sauce
served with a selection of vegetables and potatoes

Spaghetti Donatello
Tomato, cream, Parma ham, mushrooms, ham, basil, garlic and parmesan

Rigatoni Ai Quattro Formaggi (vegetarian)
Cream, butter, four kinds of cheeses

Tagliatelle Funghi e Prosciutto
Cream, mushrooms, ham, butter

Cannelloni agli Spinaci e Ricotta (vegetarian)
Pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach in a tomato and béchamel sauce – baked Lasagne Pasticciate
Layers of pasta with meat sauce, tomato, béchamel and parmesan cheese – baked Pizza Leonardo
Tomato, mozzarella cheese, ham, sausage, herbs

Pizza Capricciosa (vegetarian)
Tomato, mozzarella cheese, artichokes, mushrooms, egg, peppers

Pizza American Hot
Tomato, mozzarella cheese, spicy sausage, chillies

Pizza Funghi e Prosciutto
Tomato, mozzarella cheese, ham, mushrooms

Pizza Funghi (vegetarian)
Tomato, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, herbs

Pizza Quattro Formaggi (vegetarian)
Tomato, four cheeses

Desserts (a choice from)

Sponge, coffee liqueur, cream, mascarpone Macedonia di Frutta Fresca

Macedonia di Frutta Fresca
Fresh fruit salad

Gelato Misto
Mixed ice cream

Torta al Tartufo
Chocolate truffle gateau

Dolce Latte
Italian blue cheese

If you have any questions, please contact