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.

As well as our main conference for delegates, we also run a break away conference for our 16-30's group, a group of young adults who now have access to specific information to do with their age range. We take our younger delegates for a children's trip out as their parents enjoy the conference. Newly diagnosed people wanting to learn about ataxia are encouraged to attend our 'All About Ataxia' seminar held on Friday afternoon.

The conference is also an important opportunity for Ataxia UK staff to touch base with our delegates,  learn from people with ataxia and communicate updates from the charity.

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 26 September. 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 approximently 300 yards of the Conference hotel. Please contact the Ataxia UK office 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 entertainment.

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 Alison Halls about the Mark Dower Trust, looking at how the grant has helped 2017’s recipients continue in their aims, and exploring the accessible and varied realm of employment in the digital sector. Check out what they got up to last year.

Children's activities

We will be providing care and exciting activities for our younger delegates, including a fantastic trip to a local place of interest. In order for us to be best able to organise activities that suit the age range, please register your interest or complete the booking for your family members to attend as soon as possible and by 17 August at the latest.


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!

Our Scottish Conference in Stirling is only a few weeks away. For our Friends who might find it difficult to travel to the East Midlands, this is an excellent opportunity to hear updates about ataxia. Our members based in Scotland are also eligible for two bursaries this year to help with costs towards travel, accommodation and attendance. Don’t miss out! Read more here.

2017's Annual Conference

Our latest conference in 2017 had the theme of 'Taking Control', inspired by Ataxia UK's new Strategic Plan, that aims to help people with ataxia feel more in control over their lives.

Download our 2017 conference agenda here


Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

All About Ataxia - Friday Afternoon

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Buffet - Friday Evening

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Children under 12

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Under 12's Dinner (Saturday evening)

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Dinner (Saturday Evening)

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Day Delegate with ataxia

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Day Delegate without ataxia

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Children's Friday Buffet

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