Canterbury District Green Party

Friday, 8 January 2016

Green Party Spring Conference

Spring Conference - in its new shorter format - will be held at the Harrogate International Centre - the third largest conference and exhibition centre in the UK - in the lovely spa town of Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.


Bookings are now open! Get the best prices by booking online before 14 February at 
We do everything we can to keep the cost of attendance down, and we hope that the shorter format will be welcome for that reason, but for those who would not be able to cover the costs of attendance themselves there is also a limited access fund.

Non-members are also very welcome to attend and can either book using the form on the website, or can pay on the door. 


Conference is a chance for members from all over the UK to get together not only to discuss and vote on policy motions, but also to network, socialise and learn. As well as nine hours of discussion time and around 12 workshops dedicated to policy, there will also be:
  • 16 training sessions on local party organisation, campaigns, media, policy, electoral activism, etc (see attached draft training programme)
  • 20 informative fringe sessions run by party members or staff
  • 3 topical panel debates open to the public with high level external speakers
  • Evening entertainment programme 
  • Exhibition including members groups as well as external organisations and campaigns
An outline timetable is available on the website. The first agenda (list of motions accepted) and the prioritisation ballot is open on the members’ website until 25 January.
Details of how to apply to run a fringe are online.


Harrogate is 35 mins by train from Leeds, with one daily direct service to London King's Cross. Virgin are offering conference goers a generous 20% off advance fares, which means return rail travel from London could be as little as £31.20! Check the travel page of the conference website for details of this offer.

And if you are seeking or offering a seat in a car you can use our Liftshare scheme.


There is a huge selection of hotels and B&Bs right on the door step of the venue, and we have arranged allocations at a few local hotels. See the accommodation page on the website for more info and booking.


Children between the ages of 1 and 11 are welcome to join the Conference Creche, which is run by fully qualified, DBS checked staff. And all absolutely free of charge to Green Party members who are  attending the Conference! (Refundable deposit required). 


Keep up to date with our plans for Spring Conference on social with #GPConf 

If you can’t join us there, why not watch the Leader’s speech and plenary sessions live online! 

More information on the website