How we use cookies

Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer when you visit most websites. They are sent back and forth between the website’s server and your Internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.

We use cookies and other local storage means to help improve the performance of this website by measuring web traffic and tracking user journeys. We also use a security cookie to identify our website’s developers. Most of these only contain randomly generated numbers, and cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware on your computer.

Cookies set by this website

Expression Engine

Expression engine is the software that this website is built on. It sets the following cookies:

Expiry: End of session
Purpose: Contains the last 5 pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns.

Expiry: 1 year
Purpose: Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and could be used by a forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.

Expiry: 1 year
Purpose: Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.

Expiry: End of session
Purpose: Enables site functionality by storing temporary information.


Expiry: End of session
Purpose: This is a session cookie enabled by our ticketing service.

Google Tag Manager

Cookies: _gtm.js; _utma; _utmb; _utmc; _utmz
Expiry: 2 years; 30 minutes; when you quit your browser; 6 months (respectively)
Purpose: Google Tag Manager implements Google Analytics cookies and the Facebook Pixel analytics tool to collect information about how our visitors use this site. This data is collected anonymously, and is used to help improve this website’s functionality. For more information, see Google Analytic’s page on safeguarding your data, and Facebook's policies page on cookies.

Managing cookies

Most Internet browsers allow users to control the acceptance of cookies via the browser’s settings. Visit to find out how to configure these settings on a number of major browsers.

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on, or an add-on such as Privacy Badger which removes outgoing link click tracking on Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 22 May 2012.