Winter Weekend

STOP PRESS (again) – 17th December 2021 – we very much regret to state that we have decided to cancel the Winter Weekend.  it is a great disappointment to all of us, but the situation is so uncertain at the moment that we feared a last-minute cancellation, which would be much more difficult for all concerned.  All those who have paid will receive a full refund.  We have every hope and expectation of reinstating the Weekend in 2023 – watch this space.

STOP PRESS – 9th December 2021 – we have been informed that Kents Hill plan to close until mid-January so we have made arrangements to hold the Winter Weekend at Yarnfield Conference Centre.  All other arrangements will be the same.  Please e-mail Judith Furner at if you have any questions.

We are delighted to announce that after the sad cancellation of the M500 Winter Weekend in 2021, we plan to hold the next one, the 40th, over 7th – 9th January 2022 at Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.  

The Weekend price is £225 for M500 members and £230 for non-members. This includes accommodation and all meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday.  For shared accommodation please e-mail the Winter Weekend Organizer at  The day rate, including lunch on both days, is £105.

There is a discount of £25 discount for solving Milena’s puzzle: what is the largest possible area of shadow that dice with the side of 1cm can cast on the sunny day? Please answer as accurately as possible in centimetres square!

Groups of new people attending for the first time will receive a group discount. 2 new attendees booking together get a £50 discount (£25 each), a group of 3 £100 and a group of 4 £200.  Please note that discounts are for either the group, or the puzzle, not both!

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 which will have a mildly mathematical flavour.

  2. Positional games; a session by our visiting speaker, James Tuite.

  3. Sessions on Numerical mysteries, Figurative numbers, Graphs and networks, Hypercubes and / or 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! It should be approachable to anyone who has completed MST124/MST125, but there will also be material to stretch those who feel the need.

In general, 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 small discount (see below). 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 New Membership Secretary, not to the Winter Weekend Organizer.

If you haven’t been to a Winter Weekend before, and don’t know what it’s about, read Information on the Winter Weekend (PDF), read a personal review of the 2011 weekend or have a look at a sample of the material from previous Weekends.

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