BTS Lectures



We are back with a NEW VENUE – The Village Hotel Bristol
19th March 2022


“Never seem to have the time to socialise properly at the BTS Exhibition? “
Now’s your chance! If you are interested in attending the BTS Lectures please contact:  Kim Pennell Spaces are limited so it’s first come first served.  To see what you have missed over the years take a look at the Gallery section of this web site.



Friday  March 18th: 7.30 pm, pre lectures evening get-together *dinner, drinks, meet in the hotel bar and grill (* if staying on the 2 night package!
)  pre- order your Friday Meal! you will be sent the menu

Saturday 19th March 2022: 12 noon, BTS Lectures

NEW VENUE:  The Village Hotel, Filton, Bristol.

here the links to reserve your rooms, please note this is the hotel only and your event ticket to be booked via our online store here  

PLEASE NOTE: if you require a twin or single room book as a double also add this info in the comments box and inform Kim she will update the information to twin. It’s all the same costs for all rooms. PAYMENT IS AT CHECK OUT this is a selection box at the top of the booking page to change to two adults.

The BTS Lectures and Dinner 2 nights When adding dinner please select one of the prepaid pub and grill credit enhancements, the two options are £18 per person (£24 credit) or £30 per room (£40 credit) 

Date: Saturday March 19th 2022

Ticket price: (per person): Lecture and Dinner: £70.00 (includes online fees and free entry to the BTS Exhibition*)

Live Streaming (International members only) £20 (non members £25) 
Lectures only: £50.00 (includes light lunch)
Dinner only for guests: £30


Registration: 11.00 – 11.30am 
 Lectures to start: 12 noon
 Lectures to finish: 6.30 pm approx

 Dinner to start: 7.30 pm approx

Lecturers: All timings  to be announced and subject to change. There will be a short break between all talks for coffee and tea etc. While we set up the next guest lecturer

12.00 noon : Official opener 

  • 12.30: Mr. Adam Crowther Presenting the conclusions to the survey hosted by the Royal Veterinary College. His project involved establishing more about the tarantula keeping community, finding out more about the human-animal bond for tarantulas and finding out more about the health issues.
  • 1.30: Ray Gabriel –“who’s been sleeping in my bed” Tarantula burrows and who else lives in them
  • 2:30 Light Lunch: NEW for 2022! Working lunch sandwich selection, including a small salad and desert. Still and Sparkling Mineral Water 
  • 3.00 Martin Nicholas Spiders in Myth and Legend
  • 4.00: Dr Saoirse Foley: Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA -title to follow (Saoirse is hoping to presenting live at the lectures, but of course subject to travel restrictions)
    Lecture title:The impact of hobbyist contributions in the tarantula research landscape 
  • 5.30: Dr Brent E. Hendrixson – Biology Professor and Arachnologist at Millsaps College USA, will be presenting more information to the Sky Island tarantulas. This is a live stream presentation 

6.30pm: Lectures finish

7.30 pm Dinner followed by

  • Andrew M Smith
    Poecilotheria – India’s Tiger Spiders & H. R. P. Carter – The Railway Engineer Who Found Them.
  • Then bar until late (or until you drop).


MENU: Full menu options click the menu link


If you have any special dietary requirements please inform me at the time of booking.


Staying at the hotel

All the prices and information for 2022 click here

If you would like to bring guests, who do not wish to attend the lectures but would like to join us for dinner we are happy to accommodate them.  The hotel will gladly allow the use of their facilities whilst the lectures are in progress.  The cost for this would be £TBC for the dinner only.

Payment details: You will need to book your place and pay by 7th March 2022, hotel room payment by yourself on check out.

Book online with the BTS e-store.  Cheques must be received by February 1st 2022

You do not have to a member of the BTS to attend.  Under 16’s are welcome but must to properly supervised at all times.  All dinner and lecture tickets by advance bookings only.  Refunds on cancelled places before 31st January will incur a small admin charge. No refunds can be given after March 3rd 2022.

NOTE:  The selling of tarantulas is strictly forbidden, you may exchange or swap tarantulas.  It’s an ideal place to pass on males etc.  The use of video equipment during the lectures will be restricted to official use only.  Photographs are permitted within reason.  Any live tarantulas must not be visible to the public and other hotel guests.

* Free entry to the BTS Exhibition 2022, non transferable non refundable, please wear your wristband to the event or you will be charged on entry. Prices and times are subject to change without prior notice.

Kim Pennell B.T.S. Lectures and Dinner Organiser