STAMMAFEST ORIGINS

STAMMA has been holding a conference every other year for many years. And they are legendary. Much like Glastonbury, people remember Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester - and will track their journey with stammering, and friendships, back to their first conference.

The 2020 conference, due to be held in Sheffield, was postponed because of Covid. Entitled 'STAMMAFest' to fit with the rebrand of the British Stammering Association to STAMMA, the organising committee wanted the event to celebrate all things stammering.

When the International Stuttering Association invited bids for their conference, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss, so STAMMAFest became STAMMAFest Global, and we combined both conferences together at Liverpool in 2022.


is it for me?

WHETHER IT’S YOUR FIRST OR 21ST CONFERENCE, STAMMAFEST IS FOR YOU!

It doesn’t matter when you started stammering, how you stammer or whether you stammer a lot or a little. Whether you stammer loud and proud or want to hide your stammer, whatever age, ethnicity or identity, we’re a community.

STAMMAFest is for first-timers and twenty-first-timers. For anyone interested in or affected by stammering; family members, friends, professionals, and anyone interested in diversity and inclusion.

We particularly welcome those new to conference. We know that conferences can be overwhelming, so there will be spaces people can retreat to when they need some calm and quiet.

Come! Hang out with friends and make new ones. Find out about stammering. Get involved, start a group, join a group, or stand at the edge and listen. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy hearing people stammer all the time 😊.

This is a place to relax, chat and, for some, plot how we will change the world one conversation at a time. Come, feel at home in this wonderful community, and don’t worry about how you talk.

This is your tribe.

Meet the team

Jenny Packer
Speech & Language Therapist
Dean Ridge
STAMMA Trustee
Kirsten Howells
STAMMA Director of Services, Deputy CEO
Jane Powell
STAMMA CEO
Alex Harrison
STAMMA Trustee & Speech & Language Therapist
Steven Babic
STAMMAFest Committee member
Paul Roberts
Compere Extraordinaire

THE LOCATIOn & VENUE

About the Venue

STAMMAFest will be held at Nottingham University’s City Campus, set in the heart of Nottingham,  just 7 minutes by tram from Nottingham’s main railway station.  A large, airy and modern purpose-built structure, the campus encompasses some old and beautiful buildings and spaces, which we’ll make use of during the conference.  All rooms are wheelchair accessible, all plenary rooms have tiered seating and AV, the space has a range of catering and exhibition areas on site.

ABOUT NOTTINGHAM

Nottingham Castle offers a mix of history, art, and stunning views of the city. Explore the museum and art gallery inside, and check out the Robin Hood statues and gardens.

Discover the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham's most famous outlaw. Visit the statue of Robin Hood in the city centre, and take a trip to Sherwood Forest, a short drive away.

Nottingham is known for its network of sandstone caves beneath the city. There are guided tours to explore these mysterious underground passages.

Museums and Galleries include Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, the Museum of Nottingham Life, and the Galleries of Justice Museum, which provides insights into the city's criminal history.

Nottingham's parks and open spaces, include the Arboretum, Highfields Park, and Colwick Country Park and a canal network with scenic walks and boat trips.

Explore restaurants, cafes, and food markets and sample a wide range of cuisines.

If you are coming to Nottingham, you might like to come earlier, or stay longer to explore the castle museum and enjoy stunning city views. Delve into Nottingham's legendary outlaw Robin Hood at the city centre statue and Sherwood Forest.

Uncover hidden gems with guided tours through mysterious sandstone caves. Discover fascinating history at the Galleries of Justice and Museum of Nottingham Life.

Relax in scenic parks like the Arboretum and Highfields, or take a city ghost tour. Savour diverse cuisines at restaurants, cafes and food markets.

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GETTING THERE

East Midlands Airport is 15 miles from Nottingham city centre and there is a dedicated bus service between the two.

The nearest international airport is Manchester (airport code MAN), approximately 90 miles away. You can catch a train from Manchester airport to Manchester Piccadilly (which takes approximately 15-minutes) and from there get a connecting train to Nottingham station. The journey will take around 2 hours 15 minutes from Manchester airport to Nottingham.

If you’re flying into one of the London airports (London Heathrow LHR or London Gatwick LGW), you’ll need to catch a train into central London, then use London Underground to travel to King's Cross/St Pancras Station. From there, you can catch a train directly to Nottingham.

From Nottingham train station you can catch a tram to Nottingham Trent University, City Campus. Take the tram that goes towards Phoenix Park & Hucknall. It takes around 7 minutes.

Find information about Nottingham Express Transit (NET) on their website.

Travel without a valid ticket can lead to a £50 fine. The NETGO app makes buying tram tickets quick, easy and cheap.

You can find maps and directions on Nottingham Trent University's website. T Shakespeare Street, Nottingham NG1 4FQ.

National Express and Megabus services both serve Nottingham. Check their websites for up-to-date details.

The Q car park is about 100 yards away from the venue. The university can give delegates a discount ticket which gets you 45% off the cost regardless of how long you stay. The 24-hour rate is normally *£20 so that would be £11 with the discount per day. 

There are 2 car parks with different entrances but the discount applies to both and there are 600 spaces in total. 

Find Nottingham Talbot Street Parking links here and here.

*Prices correct as of January 2024.

Accommodation

There is low cost student accommodation at the university, close to the venue, which can be booked when you book your conference ticket.

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMmODATION

There is no requirement to stay in the university accommodation, so feel free to make your own arrangements.
The conference is at the City Campus,
50 Shakespeare St, Nottingham NG1 4FQ.

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