Winter Weekend

We are delighted to announce that the 41st M500 Winter Weekend will be held over 12th – 14th January 2024 at Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.  

The Weekend price is £235 for M500 members and £240 for non-members. This includes accommodation and all meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday.  For shared accommodation and the day rate please e-mail the Winter Weekend Organizer at 

The Weekend provides an opportunity to do some recreational mathematics, not module-based, with a friendly group of like-minded people. The relaxed and social approach delivers maths for fun.  The following sessions will be included:

  1. The regular quiz on Saturday evening.
  2. A session by our visiting speaker, John Mason, who will be speaking on ‘The Role of Attention in Learning and Doing Mathematics’
  3. Sessions on  topics such as Numerical mysteries, Figurative numbers, Graphs and networks, Hypercubes and Permutations.

The Weekend is based on a number of worksheets relevant to the theme, and participants can choose which problems to pursue. Mostly we work in small groups, but you can choose who you work with – nothing is compulsory! 

If you haven’t been before take a look at the 2020 Winter weekend Report

You can also take a look at some material presented at an OU students meeting 2 slides re winter weekend

We start with dinner at 7 pm on Friday (arrive any time after 2 pm) and finish around 4 pm on Sunday. You don’t have to be a member of M500 to come to the Weekend, but if you are, there is a discount of £5.

If you decide to join at the same time as coming to the Weekend, please make sure that you send the membership form (and membership fee) to the  Membership Secretary, not to the Winter Weekend Organizer.

To come to the winter weekend either Fill in the form below and press submit

or  for an application form, or if you have any questions, please contact the Winter Weekend Organizer, Judith Furner, at