The Ataxia UK Annual Conference is our biggest event of the year.

Over 200 delegates from across the UK come together to hear the latest updates about ataxia research and care; meet with neurologists and specialist healthcare professionals; discuss the condition in workshops, talks and seminars; access information, support and advice; socialise with friends, and enjoy a dinner and a dance.

What's on

The entire staff of the Sheffield Specialist Ataxia Centre are in attendance this year, along with James Moore, actor from Emmerdale with ataxic cerebral palsy; the CEO from the NeuroMuscular Centre; after-dinner entertainment from our very own Jim Bull, and breakouts on physiotherapy, fatigue and benefits.

Please click here to download the Annual Conference agenda for 2018 in PDF format.

Please click here to download the Annual Conference agenda for 2018 as a Word Document.

Booking your Breakouts, massage and activities

There will also be breakouts running throughout the afternoon: specialised workshops where you can choose what to attend. You'll need to book a breakout place in advance. You can also book a massage for you and your friend; they're 20-minute slots that run throughout the day from 9.30am-17.00pm. Lastly, we'll be taking our younger friends to Alton Towers for a day trip, so please book on your under-16's if they'd like to go! 

Click here to download your breakout, massage and Children's Trip form in PDF format

Click here to download your breakout, massage and Children's Trip form in Word Doc format

16-30's Chill Out

The 16-30's Chill Out runs all day on Saturday and will offer a blend of talks, advice-in-practice workshops and opportunities to socialise and ‘Chill Out!’ We’ll be hearing from James Moore of EmmerdaleShane Bratby an entrepreneur with ataxia;and  Alison Halls about the Mark Dower Trust, looking at how the grant has helped 2017’s recipients continue in their aims and others!

Please click here to download the 16-30's Chill Out agenda for 2018 in PDF format.

Please click here to download the 16-30's Chill Out agenda for 2018 as a Word Document.

How to attend

Bookings open on 1 June; please scroll down to access the ticket purchasing area after this date to book. There are early bird rates for attendance, running until 14 September. 

Event ticket Early bird rate Regular rate (14 Sept.)
'All About Ataxia' seminar 25 28
Friday Buffet 15 18
Day delegate with ataxia 36 40
Day delegate without ataxia 39 43
Saturday three-course dinner and entertainment 32 36
Tickets for children
Under-12's attendance free free
Under-12's Friday Buffet free free
Under-12's dinner 15 18

Please note that booking will close on 28 September at midday. Download an application form if you'd prefer, call the office to request a paper form (020 7582 1444) or scroll down to the booking area below. 


Help with the cost of the Conference is available for people who have ataxia and receive benefits. Up to 50% of the cost of travel, accommodation and delegate registration fees (including for a carer if one is required) can be paid against receipts. The deadline for applications is 17 August. However, there are only a limited number of bursaries which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. We can only award one bursary per person, per calendar year (with the exception this year for people from Scotland who have received a bursary for the Scottish Conference).

Download the bursary application form for the Annual Conference here


You will need to book non-adapted rooms directly with the hotel. Contact them on 01509 670575, choose Option 1 and quote ’Ataxia UK’ by 20 September in order to receive discounted room rates from the hotel.

Prices per night (including breakfast and VAT) are:
Single occupancy: £78
Double occupancy: £88

Adapted Rooms

Adapted rooms in the Conference hotel have now sold out. However we do have other adapted rooms reserved which are within approximately 300 yards of the Conference hotel. Please contact Mike Garrett ([email protected]) if you're interested in booking one of these rooms. 

Dinner and Entertainment

On Saturday evening there will be a Conference Dinner, followed by some fabulous after dinner live music from some of our very own Friends!


If you’d like to help on the day in any way, please contact the Ataxia UK office. We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Conference on 5-6 October. If you have any queries about the booking process or the Conference in general, please contact the office. Look out for news of the detailed agenda for the Conference coming soon. We look forward to seeing you there!

Booking for this event is now closed. Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you at next year's event. 

We run events throughout the year on a regional basis; get in touch with us at [email protected] to enquire about any events happening near you.