National Park Societies Conference: The Future Role of National Parks 

National Park Societies conference: 12-14 October 2021, Cober Hill Hotel, Cloughton, Scarborough, followed by the NYMA AGM.  
 
NYMA is especially proud to host this annual conference as the Coronavirus pandemic eases and life returns to normal.  
 
Book your place here.  
 
Information on the charming and historic Cober Hill Hotel is here. 
Conference outline 
 
Day 1 - Tuesday 12 October 
14.00 onwards: arrival of delegates 
15.00: Meeting of National Park Societies' Chairs and CEOs 
18.00: Welcome Reception 
19.00: Dinner 
20.00: After-dinner speaker 
 
Day 2 - Wednesday 13 October 
09.00: Welcome & Morning presentations 
13.00: Lunch 
14.00: Afternoon presentations 
17.30: Close 
19.00: Dinner  
 
Day 3 - Thursday 14 October 
08.30: Depart for Field trips  
13.30: Return to Cober Hill, lunch, depart 
15.00: NYMA AGM (members only)  
 
Relaxing gardens at Cober Hill 
Delegate Options 
What's included 
Fee  
(Early Bird)* 
Fee  
(Standard) 
Full delegates (residential - single room) 
Single room, all meals, speakers, field trip  
£245 
£295 
Full delegates (residential - sharing double / twin room) 
Twin / double room, all meals, speakers, field trip  
£205 
£245 
Non-delegate spouse/partner (sharing room) 
Twin / double room, all meals, field trip  
£160 
£190 
Full delegate (non-residential) 
Lunch & dinner, speakers, field trip 
£110 
£135 
Day delegate (non-residential) - Weds 13 October 
Lunch, speakers  
£75 
£85 
*Early Bird rate applies till 30 September 
 
Accommodation, Meals & Transport 
Residential rates include 2 nights accommodation, 2 x dinner / breakfast / lunch + tea/coffee.  
Rooms at Cober Hill will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Single-occupancy rooms are limited, so if you have a friend also attending who you could share with, please do so.  
Day rates include lunch + tea/coffee. 
Transport: there are hourly train services between York and Scarborough. Trains arrive from York & beyond at 51 mins past the hour and depart at 34 mins past the hour. It's a 20-minute bus or taxi ride between Scarborough train station and Cloughton. As far as possible, group transport will be arranged to coincide with the most popular train times.  
 
Discounted rates for NYMA members (see Conference Booking form).  
 
IMPORTANT: If the conference has to be cancelled because of Coronavirus or you have to cancel your booking because of catching Covid or isolating, you will get a full refund. However, NYMA will be unable to refund train fares, so please bear that in mind when booking your tickets.  
 
A wide range of topics and speakers, including: 
 
Tom Hind, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority 
Debbie Trebilco, North Yorkshire Rural Commissioner, Trustee of the North York Moors National Park Trust, and green energy farmer and champion  
David Rooke, Chair of the Yorkshire Derwent Water Catchment Partnership 
Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society 
Andy Wilson, former CEO of the North York Moors National Park Authority and Boarzd member of Natural England  
David Steel, Chief Executive of The Dawnay Estates 
Susan Briggs, tourism marketing consultant specialising in small businesses in rural Yorkshire 
Steve Race, award-winning wildlife photographer 
Roger Osborne, local author and geologist 
 
 
 
Field trips  
Yorkshire's Heritage Coast: Explore the significance of the north-east Yorkshire coast for tourism and industry - past, present and future. The trip will consider the pressure of visitor management at the picturesque village of Robin Hood's Bay after two seasons of staycations; management of the Cinder Track, a former railway line repurposed for walkers, cyclists, and riders, and a look at what might have been had major development planned at Ravenscar in the early 20th century taken place. Led by Alan Staniforth, geologist, former Heritage Coast Ranger with the National Park Authority, and long-term resident of Robin Hood's Bay.  
Management and Change in Moorland and Villages: Tour heather moorland and discuss integrated moorland management in the company of George Thompson, Manager of the Spaunton Estate; and the nearby traditional village of Appleton-le-Moors, where dynamic small-scale investment is energising social, cultural and economic life. Local resident Jim Hall will guide us around Appleton-le-Moors. 
From Heavy Industry to the Visitor Economy: Visit the important village of Grosmont in the company of local historian Tamsyn Naylor to learn about the social and economic history of the area. Formerly a centre for ironstone mining, the chief visitor attraction is now the North York Moors Heritage Railway, with spin-offs which link past and present. We shall also hear how conservation is managed with the help of volunteers along the line of the Railway in the company of NYMR's Kerry Fieldhouse. The trip will include short walks along the line (weather permitting).  
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