Dert * Oxford * 2011
Oxford, 4-6 March 2011

Indoor Camping

We are no longer taking bookings for indoor camping places.

You can download the Indoor Camping info sheet.

Indoor camping accommodation will be provided at the Stansfeld Outdoor Education Centre in Headington. Stansfeld is a bus-ride away from the town centre, where the competition action will be happening.

The centre has dormitory-style accommodation, and there is a hall which can be used for traditional sleeping-mat-on-floor camping for overspill (or those that prefer it!)

Breakfast will be provided for those staying at Stansfeld.

Directions and map to Stansfeld

Accommodation in Stansfeld will cost £15 per person per night.

Parking

Please note! There is no parking available at the centre. There is space for a few cars, so you're welcome to drive right up to the centre to drop off luggage/people.

We have made arrangements with nearby Wood Farm School to use their car park; this will only accommodate about twenty cars. First come first served!

From Quarry Road outside Stansfeld turn right into Old Road then first left into Titup Hall Drive. The school is about 100m on the right hand side.

Nearby Quarry Road has roadside parking, which is available unrestricted from 4:30pm on Friday. York Road also has roadside parking, but is more residential and likely to have less space.

As a last resort, please use the Park and Ride - Thornhill is the most convenient car park. However, it is about a twenty minute walk from the nearest bus stop (Headington shops) to Stansfeld.

Transport

We will be providing late night transport to Stansfeld from the town centre on both Friday and Saturday nights. This is included in the cost of staying there.

001 Taxis on St Aldate's (opposite the Town Hall, and 5 minutes walk from The Royal Blenheim) estimate £8.00 for a taxi for 4 to Stansfeld.

Beer

There is no bar in Stansfeld. There'll be tea and coffee, but if you want anything stronger please bring your own.

The Crown & Thistle is about two minutes walk from the centre, and has a licence until 1am. They also serve food until 9pm (including take away).

Youth Hostel

We have finalised numbers with the youth hostel, and are no longer taking bookings.

As of 7th January, they still have spaces available. If you would like to be accommodated there, please deal with them directly, stating that you are to be added to the Mabel Gubbins booking; this will mean that you don't have to pay to join the YHA in order to book. Don't include payment for the hostel when sending in your cheques! (Though it'd be useful if you could let us know that you have booked places with the YHA).

The hostel's contact details are here.

People will be accommodated in en suite rooms of up to six (rooms can be mixed). Breakfast is self-service full cooked or continental; there is a bar selling alcohol and tea/coffee.

Please note! There is no parking available at the youth hostel. There are various car parks in central Oxford, but they are expensive. We recommend using the Park and Ride which will deliver you into the city centre, dropping you very close to the hostel. The hostel is also only a couple of minutes walk from the railway station.

Further details of the accommodation can be found at the Youth Hostel's website.

The latest date for booking the hostel is DECEMBER 17th. After that, you may be able to book directly with the Youth Hostel if there is still space available.

Accommodation in the youth hostel will cost £27 (adult) or £21.50 (for those under 18) per night. Please note that anyone under 16 yrs old who is staying at the Youth Hostel or indoor camping must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Backpackers' Hostel

Oxford's Backpackers' Hostel also offers reasonably-priced accommodation within easy walking distance of all the city centre competition pubs and the evening venue.

We haven't reserved any spaces at the Backpackers', booking must be done by teams themselves.

Hotels

Oxford has a number of hotels available to the more discerning DERT-goer.

However, the hotels in the city centre run in to the very pricey. If you want "proper" accommodation at a reasonable price then it'll have to be out of town and a bus ride in.

There is a Travelodge (Oxford Peartree), which is on the outskirts of Oxford but is next to the Park & Ride so has a reasonable bus service right into the centre of town. The last bus runs about 11:20pm, but after that Oxford is well-supplied with taxis. There is also a Holiday Inn (Oxford, *not* Oxford-Kassam Stadium) almost next door to the Travelodge.

There are some nice B&B's along the Iffley Road (a short busride or a 30 minute walk to the town centre), similarly along the Abingdon Road. Oxford's Tourist Information or Visit Oxford are probably the best source of advice.

Camping

Some people have expressed interest in bringing caravans or campervans.

The most convenient site is near the Redbridge Park and Ride - see here for further details. The site is a bus-ride (or a half hour walk) away from the centre of town.

Parking

For people who are driving into the centre of Oxford, there are a number of car parks operated by the council.

The Westgate car park is probably the most central and the largest. Worcester Street is convenient for the hostel, but fills up quickly.

Parking in Oxford is, in general, a bit of a nightmare (as is the one-way system) and quite pricey. If possible, we recommend not doing it.