Springmoot 2020 will be held at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel in Exeter from Friday 17th until Sunday 19th April, with The Tolkien Society AGM and Annual Dinner on Saturday 18th April.
About the weekend
Springmoot is held each April on the weekend of The Tolkien Society’s Annual General Meeting. This year, it is being held in Exeter for the first time.
The weekend will begin with an Innmoot at The Mill on the Exe (Bonhay Road, Exeter, EX4 3AB) from 19:00 until 23:00. Food is available at the pub; pre-order arrangements pending but you can check out their
The AGM itself will start at 15:00 on the Saturday afternoon, and may only be attended by members of The Tolkien Society.
The semi-formal Annual Dinner will be held later that evening at 19:00 for 19:30. While there is no formal dress code for the Annual Dinner, many of the members attending chose to wear formal attire up to and including Black Tie.
Annual Dinner bookings
The Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner will be held at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3SP.
Accommodation bookings should be made directly with the hotel via their own web site, or using your favourite hotel booking app. There is no specific rate for the Tolkien Society Event.
Exeter is the ‘county town’ of Devon on the River Exe and it has a 2,000 year history, pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50. The modern name of Exeter is a development of the Old English Escanceaster. There is plenty to see for the weekend visitor from the Roman era City Walls, the Gothic Cathedral, the Norman Exeter Castle, to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery with its displays of fine art and costumes. Those of a more dwarvish bent may fancy the vaulted, medieval Underground Passages which snake beneath the city and are open for tours. The 10th century Exeter Book, an anthology of Anglo Saxon poetry and riddles, is conserved in the vaults of Exeter Cathedral; it is one of four manuscripts that between them encompass all surviving Old English poetry. A selection of the aforementioned riddles are inscribed on Michael Fairfax’s 6.5m tall steel obelisk on Exeter’s High Street.
Exeter is also not far from Sidmouth where Tolkien would take his family to holiday in the late 1930s so if driving you may wish to pop over or on the way, or you may stop off at Cheddar Gorge, Tolkien’s inspiration for the Glittering Caves.