Thank you for booking a place at the AET in the North East Conference on Thursday 19th April 2018.


King’s Ballroom
Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel
9-12 Priestgate
DL1 1NW 

Getting there by car:

From the south (A1(M)) the journey into Darlington goes via the A66(M) and the A167 into the town Centre.

From the north (A1(M)) the journey into Darlington goes via the A167 into the town centre. 

If using the A19 from north or south, or if arriving from east of Darlington, the journey into Darlington goes via the A66 and B6279.

Public Car Parks operate in Priestgate (Cornmill Shopping Centre Multi-Storey), Beaumont Street (Feethams Multi-storey) and Commercial Street. Charges apply for all of these car parks. Full information on parking in Darlington can be found here:

Getting to the venue via train – Darlington Station: 

Walk: 10-15 mins walk (0.6 miles) 

Taxi: Short journey from taxi rank within station


Registration opens at 9:30am in the Business Lounge, 2nd Floor. Please present your Eventbrite ticket at the registration desk on arrival. The opening speaker is at 10am so please be seated by then.


Breakfast and lunch are provided along with water, tea and coffee. 

Please advise of any dietary requirements that we need to make the venue aware of.


The venue has a step-free entrance, lift access to the 2nd floor and accessible toilets.

If you have any additional needs that you would like to make us aware of, please get in touch.

Autism-friendly provision

A sensory guide to the venue has been produced which is available to download here. If you have any other requirements please do get in touch.

Should you require a quiet space away from the main conference, this is available in the Executive Lounge.