Social Programme

Thursday 8 June 2023 19.30 – Late

There’s a virtual pub crawl starting at 7.30pm on Thursday evening 8th June with themed pubs and discussion topics. All online and face-to-face delegates are invited to join the virtual pub crawl.

Virtual pub crawl

There’s a virtual pub crawl starting at 7.30pm on Thursday evening 8th June with themed pubs and discussion topics. All online and face-to-face delegates are invited to join the virtual pub crawl.

We have six pubs for you to choose from – each pub has its own Zoom room and theme.  

  1. Ship Anson – Music pub
  1. Dolphin – History pub / Reflective space
  1. Spice Island – Travel pub
  1. Still and West – Food and drink pub
  1. Bridge Tavern – Family and pet friendly pub
  1. Wellington – Free-flow pub

Simply come along to whichever pub interests you and either begin or join the conversation. You are free to move in and out of pubs as you please.

The pub crawl Zoom rooms don’t have an official host – the space is open for you to socialise with like-minded Learning Developers and other HE professionals.  The pub conversations are not recorded.

Recharge your batteries

at University of Portsmouth’s Ravelin Sports Centre

Exterior of University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Centre

£10 1-day passes are available to #ALDcon23 delegates providing access to the gym, swim (including sauna and steam) and fitness class at University of Portsmouth’s Ravelin Sports Centre.

This is at a discounted rate. Single session prices are shown below. The pass provides a saving of at least £11.25:
£8 a gym session
£5.75 for a swim
£7.50 for a fitness class

ALDcon23 delegates should report to the Ravelin Centre reception to purchase a pass and book into your chosen activities.

Location: Next to the University Library at the junction of Cambridge Road and Museum Road

University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Centre  with sports bikes and treadmills
University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Centre  25 swimming pool.

Monday 12th June 2023 7.30pm – Late

Monday evening free time

If you’re arriving in Portsmouth on Monday 12th June, ahead of the conference on Tuesday 13th June, there will be a pub crawl from outside the historic dockyard to Old Portsmouth, via Gunwharf Quays. Meet outside The Ship Anson at 7.30pm.

The Ship Anson

Walking tour of Old Portsmouth (self-guided)

You can also walk around Old Portsmouth, following this self-walking tour. You may wish to make arrangements amongst yourselves to do this as a group.

Follow the walk around Old Portsmouth.

Places to dine

Around Gunwharf Quays by the river and the sea, there is a full range of restaurants and bars of every variety. Enjoy a stroll and take your pick. Alternatively, see our top three recommendations below:


Still and West website

This pub is known for the best fish and chips in Pompey and serving some good local ales.

Spice Island website

Located in Old Portsmouth, this is a very nice pub for a meal and it’s a lovely walk from the venue.

The Old Customs House website

One of Portsmouth’s original naval buildings, this is now a great place to eat, located next to Spinnaker Tower.

Tuesday 13th June 2023 – 8 -9.30am

Breakfast Networking Event

ALDinHE is pleased to announce we are hosting our first in-person conference breakfast networking event at ALDCon23.

Join us for our networking breakfast event, for an informal, friendly space to connect with like-minded people working in the field of learning development while enjoying an early breakfast. This event provides an opportunity to network before the conference begins. All face-to-face delegates are welcome and it is a chance for those new to learning development or new to the conference to meet other members of ALDinHE.

Location: Hub (Dennis Sciama Building)

If you have not pre-booked to attend the networking breakfast, there is the opportunity to still attend and purchase your own breakfast. Please email if you have any questions.

Tuesday 13th June 2023 7.30pm – Late

Awards Ceremony at Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Join us for our awards ceremony and conference dinner to celebrate the accomplishments within the learning development community, at the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth. We will be celebrating those who have gained professional accreditation as certified practitioners (CeP) and certified leading practitioners (CeLP) in learning development. The ceremony will also see the announcement of our ALDinHE Annual Award winner 2023 and JLDHE Reviewer of the Year Awards. We encourage and invite you to dress up for the evening’s occasion in your best bib and tucker!

Directions: The entrance to Spinnaker for the dinner is around the back of the building, which is the side facing away from the water. 

Important note: The Spinnaker Tower doors will not open until 7.30pm. If you arrive prior to 7.30pm, the doors will be locked.

If you would like to meet for a pre-dinner drink, prior to the Spinnaker Tower opening at 7.30pm, we recommend the Old Customs House (no 2 on the ALDcon23 pub crawl). It is a 2 minute walk between the two locations.

Late registrations who have booked dinner, will dine at the Old Customs House at 7.30pm and have the opportunity to join delegates at Spinnaker Tower from 9.30pm and enjoy the music entertainment.

Get Social

Let us know you’re at the conference by tweeting with the hashtag #ALDCon23 .


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