Social activities

This year’s conference venue, Watershed, has plenty of room for a quiet moment or catching up with colleagues throughout the event. If you’d like to spend more time with your fellow participants, there are plenty of opportunities to get together, explore Bristol and make the most of OER18.


Our social events are being sponsored by Kaltura.  Kaltura makes education more interactive, engaging, and accessible with a unified video platform. From flipped classrooms to live sports broadcasts, Kaltura powers the latest trends in teaching and learning, libraries, and elsewhere on campus with video that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, from any device.


Tuesday, 17 April – for early arrivals

If you are arriving early, you can join the lunchtime walking tour or the informal meet up in the evening. There is no registration on Tuesday, so take the opportunity to explore our exciting host city.

OER18 Lunchtime Walking Tour

If you are keen to explore Bristol landmarks on foot with OER18’s own Vivien Rolfe as your guide, then meet up for the OER18 Lunchtime Walking Tour. Meeting point is outside Watershed at 1pm.  If you need somewhere to store your luggage from £6 per bag you can store it securely using CityStasher.

Evening meet-up

We are meeting at 6pm at the Beer Emporium, an underground Bar/Restaurant/Award Winning Bottle Shop in the heart of Bristol Old Town, the “Beermuda Triangle” – it has an extensive and diverse food menu and is a good meeting place to go and explore Bristol.

The Beer Emporium

Wednesday, 18 April – Bristol by Boat

This year we are offering participants something a little different: after the main programme ends on Wednesday, boats are leaving (embark at 5pm) for a tour of the Bristol’s Floating Harbour – fascinating for its history and Brunel associations. See our host city from a different perspective, relax and reflect with fellow participants.

The boats will arrive back at Watershed for a celebration, finger food, drinks and music from 6pm onwards.

outside mackenzies-bristol

Thursday, 19 April – post-conference wind down

Not in a rush to depart? More to talk about with colleagues? Then join us in the cafe in Watershed, where we will gather for a relaxed post-conference wind down.

Please make sure you take your belongings along, as the conference rooms will revert back to use by the cinema staff once the formal programme ends.

Still making plans?

Check our information pages for more about accommodation, travel and the venue.