Social Events

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is a pre-registered event, which will be held at Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester from 19.00 - 21.00 on Sunday 4th September.

If you have pre-registered to attend, please ensure you go to the registration desks at Manchester Central between 4pm and 7pm on Sunday 4th September to collect your badges and delegate packs. Your badge will contain 4 tokens which can be exchanged for drinks at the reception. A canapé buffet will also be provided.

IPNC Tour options

All of the tours and the conference dinner have been pre-booked, however there may be some tickets available on-site. Please visit the registration desk before Tuesday 6th September to check availability and purchase tickets.

To book for the social event, please click here
Enquiries: / 01565 621967



Quarry Bank Mill


Old Trafford and Manchester United


Highlights of Manchester



Quarry Bank Mill (4 hour visit)

Coaches will pick up at the conference centre and during the 20 minute journey to Quarry Bank Mill in Styal our guide will give you a brief overview of Manchester and its history.

Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill is one of the best preserved textile mills of the industrial revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry. The Mill is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites showing not only the workings of the mill but also how a complete industrial community lived. Quarry Bank overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution. A visit to the Georgian cotton mill, built in 1784, and powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, will certainly stimulate your senses. The clattering and whirring of our heritage machinery and steam engines make an astonishing noise. Explore the progression of the cotton industry from the mediaeval era through to the 19th century; speak to our knowledgeable demonstrators who are happy to talk to you as you walk round. Enjoy the programme of exhibitions around the Mill.
During your visit you will be given a timed slot where you can take a guided tour of the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the Mill and learn about their tough working and home lives. During the tour you will be able to visit the stunning riverside gardens created by the Greg family, the original mill owners who landscaped this picturesque valley retreat adjoining the Mill. Explore the terraced path, riverside walk and Hermit’s cave.
After a memorable afternoon of sights and sounds of history take the coach back to the conference centre with a brief tour of the area as you make your way back to the City Centre.

Quarry Bank Mill

Tour ticket includes:

Coach from Manchester Central Convention Complex
Introduction to Manchester and Quarry Bank Mill Tour
Entrance ticket to Quarry Bank Mill
Anyone booking a place on these tours will be picked up from the conference centre on Wednesday 7th September.


Old Trafford and Manchester United (4 hour visit)

Coaches will pick up at the conference centre and during the 20 minute journey to Old Trafford our guide will give you a brief overview of Manchester and its history.


Probably one of the best known teams throughout the world, on arrival at Old Trafford you will go behind the scenes and see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves.
From the dizzy heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson stand, to the atmosphere soaked players’ dressing room, to emerging from the players’ tunnel and following in the footsteps of so many players, you will visit the Museum and share in 130 years of footballing history.
Finishing off with a trip to the Megastore, your coach will then return you directly to Manchester Central.

Old Trafford and Manchester United


Highlights of Manchester by coach and on foot (4 hour tour)


Highlights of Manchester

Meet with your guide outside Manchester Central before boarding your coach for this tour taking in some of the highlights that the City of Manchester has to offer.
During the coach tour, your guide will give you a commentary on the history of the City and the sights. There will be stops made at some of the key attractions where you will leave the coach for a more detailed walk around. The tour will showcase both the historic buildings of the City as well as the more modern face of Manchester.
The tour will take in the Whitworth Gallery, Old Trafford Stadium, Imperial War Museum, Salford Quays, Ordsall Hall, Castlefield, Museum of Science and Industry and Central Library.
On arrival back in the City, the tour will continue on foot exploring parts of the City that are inaccessible to the coach. Your guide will introduce you to the City from its humble origins and its rise as a main textile trading town, and its growth through the Industrial Revolution.
You will explore China Town, The Town Hall, the Manchester Art Gallery, St Annes Square and the Royal Exchange. You will get chance to see inside the John Rylands Library and the new development at Spinningfields together with Manchester Cathedral, the National Museum of Football and the iconic Midland Hotel.

We would suggest that anyone booking on this tour wears comfortable footwear and brings suitable clothing in case of inclement weather.

How to book:

To book your place please click here


Conference Dinner, Thursday 8th September 7pm

Manchester Cathedral:

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George, is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, seat of the bishop and the city's parish church.

The main body of the cathedral largely derives from the war-denship of James Stanley (warden 1485–1506), and is in the Perpendicular Gothic style. Located in the heart of the city cen-tre, the medieval church was extensively refaced, restored and extended in the Victorian period, and again following bomb damage in the 20th century. The cathedral is one of fifteen Grade I listed buildings in Manchester, and will be the setting for the Conference Dinner on Thursday 8th September.

Delegates will make their own way to the Cathedral to arrive from 7pm.

With catering provided by the luxurious Brasserie at Harvey Nichols, you will be treated to a welcome reception of canapés and drinks, a delicious three course specially designed menu prepared with fresh, local produce, served with wine and followed by coffee (soft drinks and a cash bar will also be available).

Manchester Cathedral

After dinner in this spectacular setting, you will be entertained by music from local band Area-D and dancing until late.

We hope you will take the opportunity to come along to this event, enjoy a taste of Manchester and share the good company of your colleagues.

Schedule: Thursday 8th September 2016

19.00    Arrival at Manchester Cathedral for Welcome Reception
19.30    Enter main cathedral to be seated for dinner
21.00    Entertainment from Area-D
23.00    Music and Dancing
00.00    Depart


The conference dinner is being subsidised by the IPNC and is being offered at a special rate of only £50 per person.

Please register to attend the conference dinner when you register for the meeting.



Manchester, UK


Manchester, UK