One of the highlights of the year is always the Ataxia UK Annual conference. This year we are holding this popular event at the Radisson Blu East Midlands in Derby, which is close to the East Midlands airport.

The full conference programme is available here

This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to develop new relationships with people affected by ataxia, whilst finding out the latest developments in the fields of research and care.

The weekend starts at lunchtime on Friday 7th October with our 'All About Ataxia' seminar - for those who wish to find out more about the impact of the condition. This will be followed in the evening with updates in research and an informal buffet to welcome people to the conference. 

On Saturday at the main conference on the theme is ‘Ataxia and the Arts’ and we hope to showcase lots of the fantastic artistic work that people with ataxia have created including photography, painting and writing. If you would like to present your work please get in touch with the office as soon as possible.  The Conference will also include the old favourites such as a Drs’ Q&A, ‘It works for me’ and research updates, as well as other topical and informative subjects, plus massage therapists, benefits advisors and an introduction to Mindfulness.

We have a brilliant after-dinner entertainer on the Saturday night with a show that is not to be missed. Steve Price, a magic, comedy and sleight of hand expert, first supported us in 2012. He is one of the UK's busiest and most established magicians, a Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle, a past Secretary of The Magic Circle and he has also won The Magic Circle’s Originality Prize.

Please note that bookings will close on 26 September Bookings can be made online via the event’s page on our website. Using the bookings website enables you to register up to four people for the conference, view and download the agenda, apply for a bursary (if eligible) and request adapted room accommodation. .

However, if you are not a computer user then call the office and a form will be sent by post.


The deadline for bursary applications has now closed. 

Accommodation -

Non-adapted rooms should be booked directly with the hotel. Contact them on 01509 670575 (select option 1)  and quote Ataxia UK by 19 August in order to receive discounted room rates from the hotel. Prices include breakfast and VAT as follows:

Single occupancy: £75

Double occupancy: £85

Some family rooms are available at £125 and rollaway beds can be accommodated although these are not suitable for adults

Adapted rooms

The hotel has a very limited number of adapted wet rooms which have now all been taken. Consequently we have secured adapted room reservations at hotels very nearby. Please download and use this guide as to securing an adapted room nearby. You will need to contact Jasmine Mclennan or Heather Didcote, who can be contacted on 01242 271987 or If travelling from a nearby venue to the Radisson Blu presents any transport issues please contact the Ataxia UK office.

Children’s activities

We will be providing care and exciting activities for our younger delegates including a fantastic trip out to a local place of interest. In order that we may be best organise the activities that best suit the age range, please can you register your interest or complete the booking for your family members to attend as soon as possible but by the latest of 12th September.

16-30 Chill Out!

Alongside the conference we will be running a separate event for young people aged between 16 - 30. This runs throughout Saturday and the 'Chill-Out!’ event is much more informal that the primary sessions of the weekend and is aimed at young people mingling with one another and enjoying themselves!


If you'd like to help on the day in any way, please contact the Ataxia UK office.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference on 7th October

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price Enquiry

Day Delegate - with ataxia

Decrease Increase £38.00

Buffet - Friday Evening

Decrease Increase £18.00

Day Delegate - Without ataxia

Decrease Increase £42.00

Dinner - Saturday Evening

Decrease Increase £33.00

Friday Buffet (Age 12 & under)

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Under 12's Dinner (Saturday Evening)

Decrease Increase £18.00

Child - Under the age of 12

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All About Ataxia - Friday Afternoon

Decrease Increase £28.00