You will be able to book in at reception from 2pm onwards, and can use the hotel facilities. Nick Hunt will be in the hotel so if you have any queries or issues regarding your accommodation please contact him on 07799 063 066.
Your accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis only and the bill for this will be settled by the foundation. You may be asked for a credit card to cover any extra’s you require, or to charge things to your room account.
We have reserved a room for the evening from about 7:30 onwards in the Gloucester suite. This will enable us to have a pre-conference get together and welcome any new members. Attendance is of course voluntary. Each party will be given a conference pack that includes badges for all parents/carers. These badges will be colour coded to help negotiate the conference. The colour scheme is explained below.
Children under 5
Young Adults 16-25
The aim of the badges is so that you can identify families and carers that you may not know, but who have children of a similar age to yours. Also you may want to speak with parents of the next age group up as they may have experience that could be relevant to the next stages of your child’s development. We politely ask all conference attendees to wear their badges throughout the conference.
The Friday night booking does not include an evening meal though we will be providing some Pizza during the evening. Please either eat at the hotel restaurant or venture into Solihull town which is a few minutes away and offers a selection of pubs and eateries.
All of the Foundation Trustees will be present on the Friday night so please seek them out and speak to them about what you would like from the SMS Foundation. Trustees will be wearing conference badges with a yellow background.
The conference itself will start at 10:00am in the main suite and the crèche will be open from 9am for those who have booked.
If this is your first SMS conference then there is a session starting at 9:30am entitled Conference Navigator for Newbies.
For conference session times please see the conference programme upon arrival. Note the crèche will be closed during lunch times so you will need to collect your children from the crèche at the end of each morning and afternoon session and take them to the restaurant.
As the restaurant will be very busy we would request that families without children delay attending the restaurant by 30 minutes to enable the children to get fed first.
We hope that you have an enjoyable and informative conference and we welcome any queries on email to iron out any concerns before you arrive.
St Johns Hotel
651 Warwick Road
0121 711 3000
How to get to the Hotel
The nearest train station is the Solihull Train Station and is a short walk from the hotel. It has direct service to London Marylebone and Birmingham New Street stations.
The St Johns Hotel, Solihull is easily accessible from the M42, giving access to the M1, M5, and M40. Use the following navigation coordinates (52.416830, – 1.780708) and postcode (B91 1AT) to find the hotel. Parking is extensive and free for guests of the hotel, conference venue, and leisure club.
The Birmingham International Airport is just 4 miles, or 10 minutes via taxi, from The St Johns Hotel, Solihull. A typical fare is under £11. The 966 bus departs from the airport and stops at the Solihull Hospital around the corner from the hotel.