SoCraTes UK 2018

International Software Craftsmanship Gathering

7th – 10th June | Wotton House, Guildford Road, Dorking, Surrey, England, UK


The event will be run as an open space. To find out what to expect and what to prepare before hand check out the guide at

There is a wiki for attendees to discuss session ideas and anything else prior to the event. This also include ideas for evening activities, there is a buddy up section to get people to share cabs or/and rooms. Feel free to add anything else you think it would be useful and drop a line to the google group mailing list to let people know.


This is a non-profit gathering and the only fees will be hotel accommodation (including meals & non-alcoholic beverages) and transportation to the venue. All attendees, including the organisers, will be paying these fees.

Eventbrite will be used for registration, with an up-front non-refundable deposit required to secure a ticket.

The final balance, which includes the deposit, will be settled upon checking out of the hotel.

We are also looking to secure sponsorship which will go directly towards bringing the ticket costs down. If you are interested in sponsoring SoCraTes UK, take a look at the Sponsorship page and please get in touch.


There are twin and single rooms, all with en-suite facilities. The cost, without sponsorship discounts, will be:

1. Thu 7 June to Sun 10 June (3 nights) – Single room: £250.00 non-refundable deposit + £207.50 (paid on checkout)

2. Thu 7 June to Sun 10 June (3 nights) – Twin room: £250.00 non-refundable deposit + £177.5 (paid on checkout)

(Please note that Eventbrite fees apply)

The hotel booking includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Biscuits, coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the day. Drinks are not included.

Note, the deposit is non-refundable.

If after you bought the ticket you realise you can't make it, you can sell it to someone else. Send us the name of the person that will be attending in your place.

You will be liable for paying the remaining amount to the hotel during check out — you will have a room booked in your name.

Twin Room:

Buying a ticket for a twin room means that you are reserving one bed in a twin room. If you want to make sure that you and a friend can share the same room, we recommend you buy the two tickets together. If you’d like to share a room with someone you already know, don’t worry: go to the our wiki and register your preference.

Check ins:

Check ins will start on Thursday 7 June after 2pm. SoCraTes UK 2018 will start at 5pm, just before dinner.

Check outs:

Check outs must be finished on Sunday 10 June before 11am. Late check outs are chargeable at £10.00 per hour.


Thu 7th June
17:00 - 18:30
19:00 - 21:00
Evening activities
Fri 8th / Sat 9th June
07:00 - 08:50
09:00 - 09:50
10:00 - 10:50
Session 1
11:00 - 11:50
Session 2
12:00 - 12:50
Session 3
13:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:20
Session 4
15:30 - 16:20
Session 5
16:30 - 17:20
Session 6
17:30 - 18:10
19:00 - 21:00
Evening activities
Sun 10th June
07:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 12:00
Morning activities
12:00 - 14:00

Location and how to get there

Wotton House Guildford Road
Surrey, RH5 6HS
England, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1306 730 000

The best place to find out how to get there is Wotton House’s site.

The nearest station is Dorking station. It is 3-4 miles and 15 minutes’ drive away. A one way taxi should cost between £12 and £30 depending on traffic.

Please check our wiki for the local taxi companies. Please note that most taxis near Dorking Station don’t accept cards and the only cash machine to withdraw the money at the station is usually out of service, so make sure you have cash on hand.

Dorking rail station has direct links and connections from London Waterloo, London Victoria, Reading and Gatwick airport.

Gatwick Airport is about 30 minutes from the venue. Uber taxis will cost £25-33 while black cabs in the airport will cost on average £64.00 depending on the traffic. Taxi will be the fastest way to get to the venue as you don’t need to come to London and then back to Dorking.

Heathrow Airport is about 40 minutes to 1 hour from Wotton House, depending on traffic, and Uber taxis should cost £38-51. Black cabs in the airport may cost up to £100.00.

TAXIS: If using taxis, either use Uber or one of the local taxi companies listed on the wiki. They are much cheaper. Be aware that they normally ask you to wait for them at the departures “drop off” and you will need to make your way there from the arrivals.

The fastest way to get to London from any airport is by train. Take a look at National Rail for routes, times, prices and to book your tickets. If you are coming in a group, bear in mind you could save money. Three or four people travelling together pay for only two tickets if the service is off-peak (remember, you need to get these group tickets at the ticket office, rather than online or using the ticket machines at the train station).

You normally can get direct trains to Dorking from London Waterloo, Vauxhall or Victoria tube stations. The train fare should cost around £11.60. When buying your train ticket, go to the ticket office instead of buying on the machines and show your tube ticket as you may get more than 50% discount—they will charge you only for the stretch beyond the zones you already paid for when coming to central London from the airport. That’s the same for people with Oyster cards.

If you prefer to get to London by coach, National Express is probably the best option, with wi-fi on their coaches.

More details can be found on the airport websites:

Once in London you might need a tube map. For more info on transport in London visit the Transport for London website.