Winter Weekend

We are delighted to announce that after the great return of the M500 Winter Weekend in 2021, we plan to hold the next one, the 41st over 13th – 15th January 2023 at Kents Hill Park Conference Centre.  Watch this space for further details  

The Weekend price is to be decided and 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 also to be decided

There is a discount of £25 discount for solving a puzzle, details in due course.

Groups of new people attending for the first time will receive a group discount. Two new attendees booking together get a £50 discount (£25 each), a group of three £100, and a group of four £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.

  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 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