Winter Weekend

The 39th M500 Society Winter Weekend will be held at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January 2020.

People attending for the first time can get up to £25 discount by solving Dorothy’s sweets puzzle.

Also, groups of new people attending for the first time will get 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.

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.  This year the following sessions will be included:

  1. The regular quiz on Saturday which will have a mildly mathematical flavour.
  2. Code breaking and Infinity. A session by our visiting speaker Dr Katie Chicot.
  3. Distance measures and different metric spaces by John Hoskinson.
  4. Mathematical Magic with Angela Allsopp and Paul Cooper.

The Weekend is based on a number of worksheets relevant to the theme, and you 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.

We start with dinner at 7 pm on Friday (arrive any time after 2pm) 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.

The Weekend price is £220 for M500 members and £225 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 £102.

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.

To book a place please complete the booking form (doc, pdf) and send it with your payment to Judith Furner

If you have any questions, please contact Judith Furner by e-mail at