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Block Party 2020

St Margaret's Hall, Cheltenham, 25th & 26th April.

(Updated 17-02-2020.)

Block Party is a weekend gathering for all fans of teletext, old technology, and big pixels.

Block Party is a free event, with no ticket required, and is open to the general public.

Block Party is an idea nicked from Dan Farrimond, who is too busy to complain.

Block Party has plenty of room for more exhibitors and visitors. Join us.


We have hired the Annex at St Margaret's Hall in Cheltenham.

The Annex has two toilets, one kitchenette, and full disabled access. Tables and chairs are provided, and I will bring some power extension reels and a projector. There is ample space for twenty kit-laden exhibitors plus fifteen visitors, so please let me know if you are considering attending, so that I can keep an eye on numbers.

Equipment can be left in the venue on Saturday night at your own risk. All mains powered equipment, including laptop and phone chargers, will need a current PAT certificate. For those who can't arrange their own testing beforehand, I plan to book an electrician for 11am on the Saturday.

For those travelling by car, the venue is approximately three miles from Junction 11 of the M5. There are 49 car parking spaces, which are shared with the main hall.

For those travelling by public transport, the venue is 1.3 miles on foot from Cheltenham Spa Station, and 1 mile from Arle Court Park & Ride. There are no local bus services which go directly to the venue, so please get in touch if you need or can offer a lift.

The nearest hotel chains are Travelodge, next to Arle Court Park & Ride, and Premier Inn, a few minutes from Cheltenham Spa station. Both have restaurants attached, so either may become the hub for an informal gathering on the Saturday evening. Travelodge remains the most popular choice, but we should have enough cars and drivers to ensure that nobody is left stranded.


Saturday 25th April:

Sunday 26th April:


Here are the current exhibitors:

There are no particular events or panels scheduled, so visitors are welcome to drop in and out as they please. We will always have someone on call for introductions, so if they don't spot you first, then please ask any exhibitor where to find them.

Block Party welcomes all visitors and exhibitors, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Irresponsible adults must be accompanied by a responsible child. But seriously, if you do have any special requirements or requests, then please get in touch now, so that we can do our best to accommodate them.

If you are interested in showing your own work at Block Party, or would like to join the mailing list, then please get in touch.

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