IOA Biennial Convention: Things to Do In Birmingham

The 32nd Biennial Convention of the International Opticians Association starts in Birmingham on Friday 13th April. Our first stop will be Optrafair on Saturday 14th April where we will host our first meeting. You will have the opportunity to look around Optrafair on the Saturday morning and during the day on Sunday.


Optrafair highlights include:

Seminar and instrument workshop sessions from well-known and authoritative experts, designed to help you understand the latest research and practice issues and get hands on with high specification equipment.

Fashion Catwalk. The Catwalk will deliver a platform for fashion and frames to take centre stage with its programme of professionally choreographed catwalk shows, featuring the latest eyewear trends, the hottest brands, and captivating frames from leading suppliers.

BCLA Contact Lens Hub will be a dedicated feature devoted to all your CL needs.

Visit their website for full details.

You want to explore Birmingham there are plenty of things for you to do:

The Bullring The perfect place for a spot of shopping or grab a bite to eat. With over 200 shops there is something for everyone.

National Sealife Centre The National SEA LIFE Centre is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life.

Cadbury World Cadbury World is a visitor attraction, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury chocolate company.

Santi Spa Relax and unwind at the Santi Spa.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens or visit one of the four glasshouses.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Visit one of the many exhibitions or take tea in the Edwardian Tearooms.

On Sunday night you will attend the ABDO Celebration Dinner at the Hilton Metropole

(Lounge suits or black tie / cocktail party attire) which is followed by entertainment from Groove Encounters.

To see the full agenda download the convention brochure.

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