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The Ineffable Con is a series of not-for-profit events run by and for fans of the Good Omens book and series. The first Ineffable Con took place in October 2019 in Buckinghamshire, England. Covid-19 then forced us online for The Ineffable Con 2, 3 and 4, and we have also held a series of online parties and rewatches.
Surplus, and money raised at events, is donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett. You can find the current total on the home page of our website, combined with our JustGiving fundraising page.
Please note that we are an unofficial convention, with no connection whatsoever to the BBC, Amazon Prime, Neil Gaiman or any other entity, occult, ethereal or otherwise.
The events are run entirely by fans, for fans. You can find out more about the organisers on the About Us page.
Shipping – from ‘relationship’ – is the imagining of a romantic relationship between two characters (a ‘ship’). Activity in Good Omens fandom is largely centred on the Aziraphale/Crowley ship, so it’s a fair bet that it will occupy a significant chunk of the convention. You’re not required to be a shipper, but you should be comfortable with the premise if you’re attending the convention as you will encounter it.
It is important to us that everyone is able to enjoy The Ineffable Con, free of any form of harassment. You can read our full code of conduct on our terms and conditions page.
To attend in person, we require that you are at least 18 years of age, or accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for you throughout the convention.
To register to attend online, you need to be 13 or older. This is because UK law prohibits us from taking data from anyone who is under 13 without a parent or guardian’s permission. If you are under 13, you can ask a parent or guardian to register on your behalf.
The Ineffable Con 5 will take place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2024. We expect events to start at 7pm on the Friday, with the closing ceremony concluding around 4pm on the Sunday. There will also be an optional Tadfield outing on the Sunday evening for in-person attendees, departing the convention venue at 5pm and returning around 9:30pm.
The Ineffable Con 5 will take place at Moor Hall in Cookham, near Maidenhead. You can find information about the venue, including travel details, on the venue page.
The convention will also be available online for those with a virtual ticket. Those attending in person will also be able to access the virtual convention, including on-demand recordings.
Check-in for in-person attendees staying on site will open at 4pm on the Friday, with events starting at 7pm. We will finish at 4pm on Sunday. The Tadfield outing will depart the convention at 5pm, returning around 9:30pm.
This is entirely up to you! As a fan convention, it’s up to the fandom to make it your own, and if there’s something you would like to see the best way to make it happen is to run it yourself. You can submit programme suggestions through our programme form.
Previous Ineffable Cons have included a range of panels, talks, games, quizzes and workshops. As the TIC5 programme takes shape, you will be able to find details on our website.
The cost to attend in person is £270, which includes access to the full weekend’s activities and all meals from dinner on Friday until lunch on Sunday (six meals), plus unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits during the day and accommodation for Friday and Saturday night.
The above is available without the accommodation for £155, if you would like to stay offsite.
To attend online, you can choose three tiers: £5, £10 and £15. The tiers offer the same access. Our suggested rate is £10, but if you are able to pay the higher rate this supports us in being able to offer the lower rate to those who need it.
The all-inclusive ticket includes two nights’ accommodation (Friday and Saturday), all meals from dinner on Friday until lunch on Sunday (six meals), and access to all three days of the convention, including access to the virtual convention and post-event recordings.
Of the £270 ticket price, £115 is accommodation for two nights, £120 pays for food (six meals in total plus unlimited tea and coffee) and function space, and £35 goes towards the cost of running the convention (printing, postage, the website, online hosting, etc.).
A ticket-only option is also available for £155, which includes all of the above except for the accommodation. You can choose this option if you are sharing a room or staying offsite.
Virtual tickets are available at three different price points (£5, £10, or £15) and all offer the same access to all three days of the virtual convention plus recordings after the event.
Unlike most conventions, a ticket for TIC5 includes all of your meals during the event, from dinner on Friday until lunch on Sunday (six meals), plus unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits during the day. This means that once you’re at the Con, you don’t need to spend any more money. It also means we are all eating together – no worrying that you won’t find a group to go out for dinner with – and means we can minimise the gaps in the programme.
Small conventions are generally more expensive to run, per head, than large ones, particularly on weekends over the summer when we are competing with weddings. We looked at a LOT of options and found that the best value for money was to be had by offering this package: the food and beverage spend pays for our function space and AV equipment, so we can offer an all-in rate for not much more than we would pay for just the space and equipment in a hotel.
We understand that not everyone will be able to afford the in-person option; this is why The Ineffable Con is committed to running hybrid events, so everyone can access the programme.
Cancellations are not permitted, but transfers of your ticket to another person are. If you need to find someone to transfer your ticket to, please get in touch and we will support wherever possible.
At this stage, we are not offering single-day tickets, because we are space-limited and each single-day ticket means we cannot sell that space for the rest of the weekend. As we get closer to the event, we may offer limited numbers of single-day tickets.
For virtual access, all of the talks and panels will be available on our convention platform for members, regardless of how many of the live events they are able to attend. As such, there is no designation between a weekend ticket and a day ticket.
The Tadfield outing after the close of the convention includes coach transport to and from Hambleden (Tadfield) and dinner. We will be based in the village hall if you want to hang out and play games, and there will be time at leisure to explore the village.
The in-person cost is fixed by the venue (see “How did you reach that ticket price?”)
We can, and we want to, make the virtual convention as accessible as possible to members globally. We know a fixed ticket price does not always convert into other currencies at an acceptable rate and we know there are many members of the fandom that have been affected financially by the pandemic and other personal circumstances. If the minimum virtual price is out of your range, please get in touch at email@example.com, confidentially and without judgement – we have to work together!
We have chosen a venue that we expect to be large enough to meet demand, but there is a ceiling on the number of people who can attend in person.
For the virtual convention, there is no limitation on space. However, early bookings allow us to better forecast our financial commitments, so we appreciate early bookings where possible!
The rooms at the venue are designed for business travellers and are on the small side, with small double beds (4’6″). Double occupancy is possible, if you are a couple or very close friends! To share, just book one all-inclusive ticket and one ticket-only, and email us to let us know you’re sharing so we can make sure enough towels are provided.
As there is a limited number of on-site rooms, we do not want to sell any for single nights as this would prevent us being able to sell that room for the other night. If you would prefer to stay for only one night, you might wish to look at the overflow accommodation options.
Absolutely – for those who don’t need to leave on Sunday, you can add Sunday night bed and breakfast for £65 (single occupancy) or £78 (double occupancy). Note that this doesn’t include dinner on Sunday night as this is provided on the Tadfield outing, but if you are not joining us in Tadfield there are pubs and restaurants available in Cookham village.
We are committed to making The Ineffable Con as accessible as possible. On your booking there is space to let us know if you have any specific accessibility requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate everyone if we can.
The function space is wheelchair accessible, but some of the bedrooms can only be accessed by stairs. Please indicate in the accessibility section of your booking if you need a ground floor room.
On your booking, there is space to let us know if you have any dietary requirements. All allergies will be catered for, and signage will be posted at the venue to notify you of any allergens.
The Ineffable Con has traditionally been held on the weekend closest to Earth’s birthday on October 21st. However, both co-chairs now have day jobs that don’t permit us to take time off at this time of year, so we have had to move to the summer. We still hope to hold a small event, possibly online, to mark Earth’s birthday.
We have chosen the venue to be accessible by public transport while offering complete privacy, and also to be within reach of Hambleden (the filming location for Tadfield) so that we can have a Sunday night outing. If you would like a convention closer to you, the best way to make that happen is to run it and we are always happy to chat!
TIC5 is taking place both in person and online. This means that events taking place at the venue will be live streamed so that online participants can watch, and virtual programme items will be shown on screen at the venue. We will also have a Zoom lounge open throughout the convention that both in-person and virtual attendees can join to chat and play games.
We have loved being able to engage with the whole worldwide fandom over our time being virtual, and are fully committed to being completely hybrid going forward. We have chosen our venue in part because it is perfectly set up for hybrid events, and we will continue to offer virtual programming as well as streaming the in-person events.
All of our card handling is done through Stripe. Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is currently certified to the most stringent level of certification in the industry. Your card details are never stored on or seen by our servers, or by The Ineffable Con team.
We are able to accept credit/debit cards or bank transfer, at least one of which should be possible across the world (although please get in touch if this is not the case). PayPal have taken issue with the Con account (and we have not yet been able to fix it!) and we are not in a position to be able to take cheques.
If you are making a bank transfer, you have up to five working days for the funds to reach our account. After this point, we will assume you no longer require your booking and send a cancellation. As such, if you think that your transfer may take longer (which might be the case outside of the UK/EU), please send us an email with the date your transfer was made on, and we will keep in touch.
The Ineffable Con 5 panels and activities will take place on Zoom. Whilst Zoom can be used in the browser, there are limitations that could hamper your enjoyment of the convention. Downloading the Zoom software (free) and making sure that you have updated your version before joining will make sure that you can move between breakout rooms without assistance and make the most of the options available to you.
If you are attending as a member, rather than a presenter, you can choose not to interact on voice or video. If you are presenting, we ask that you have a webcam where possible, for accessibility support, but it is not compulsory.
All recorded panels will be available to watch on our website after the convention, for as long as we can afford the hosting. This applies to both virtual and in-person attendees.
If you are taking photographs or screenshots of other attendees, you must ask permission first and state clearly what the purpose of the photograph is (i.e. whether it’s for personal use or to be shared on social media). No part of The Ineffable Con may be recorded by anyone other than the event organisers. We will make full recordings available to all members wherever possible, but some guests have specific requirements about recordings without which we would not be able to get them to attend.
Panels at TIC5 will all have automated captions via the Zoom platform.
We do permit explicit or NSFW (not safe for work) content, but any panels or exhibitor booths that feature adult themes will be clearly labelled NSFW so that you can choose whether you wish to engage.
If you have an idea for a panel or a game that you’re not happy to host, the best way to find someone that is is to share it on social media! If there is then someone interested in hosting, they can complete the programme form. More information can be found in “I would like to host a panel or game session. What’s involved?”
Panels are usually 50 minutes in length and on a topic of your choice. You can present with like-minded fans, or alone, as you wish. Your choice of topic is exactly that – your choice – and can be a presentation, a chat or a combination. We will mark any adult topics as “NSFW” (“not safe for work”), so convention members can choose their programme items to suit. You can sign up to host a panel using this form.
Absolutely, we will have a virtual programme track as well as live streaming in-person events. Simply submit your programme item from our Programme page and select one of the virtual options.
You can find full instructions for submitting a vid here.
Cosplay (dressing up in costume) is absolutely encouraged. Any weapons must be clearly fake or prop weapons (e.g. wooden, foam, plaster, cardboard, etc.) and must not be dangerous to any other attendees.
No, cosplay is entirely optional.
Full information on entering the cosplay competition is available on our cosplay page.
Full instructions on submitting to the convention zine are available here.
Vendors are welcome in person or virtually, or both!
To host a booth, simply complete the form on our Exhibitors page.
You can, and everyone at TIC and ARUK is very grateful! You can find out more on our auction and prizes page.
We absolutely welcome volunteers, whether you’re attending in person or online. We need several volunteers to help with things before the convention (such as preparing the zine and vid show), and help during the event with set-up, logistics and staffing the registration desk and Zoom lounge. Please keep an eye on our social media or join our mailing list.
TIC5 merchandise will be available on our website and ships within 5 working days, so you can order in time for the convention. The convention will also feature vendors of fan-made merchandise available for purchase in person or online.
All surplus from TIC5 merchandise is donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK, but we do not take any cut from third party sales.
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