Conferences

Unique and unusual conference venues to hire across the UK

Venues for conferences | venue hire for conference and conferencing events
Royal Berkshire Conference Centre

Royal Berkshire Conference Centre

Max Capacity 500

The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, in the impressive Madejski Stadium complex provides the perfect backdrop to any conference or event. The function suites range in capacity from 2 delegates up to 500 with versatile event space from modern conference rooms overlooking the pitch to more traditional spaces that showcase the club’s heritage.

Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium

Max Capacity 1200

With excellent facilities and a wealth of flexible interior space, Twickenham can effortlessly cater for large-scale business conferences with state-of-the-art AV, private dinners and social receptions or meetings. In all there are 25 dedicated spaces and rooms, many providing attendees and delegates with a view of the famous playing field.

Ricoh Arena

Ricoh Arena

Max Capacity 7000

Based within a two hour drive for 75 per cent of the population of England. It is 800 yards from junction three of the M6 and is near an international airport and major railway stations. The Ricoh Arena boasts a 15,000sq m purpose-built conference and exhibition centre as well as a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and Grosvenor Casino.

Leicester City Football Club

Leicester City Football Club

Max Capacity 650

Leicester City Football Club provides contemporary meeting & event facilities for up to 650 guests. Free wifi, free car parking & city centre location compliments our seven conference suites and 43 corporate hospitality boxes over looking the pitch.
We offer various Day Delegate packages, individually designed to cater for every budget.

The Kia Oval

The Kia Oval

Max Capacity 650

The Kia Oval, located in the heart of London, is a world class sporting venue with excellent conference and event facilities. Each room is flooded with natural daylight and boasts outstanding views of the famous Oval wicket. With a mix of modern and traditional rooms ranging in size, the Kia Oval is suitable for a variety of events.

Hatfield House

Hatfield House

Max Capacity 300

In the heart of Hertfordshire, Hatfield House offers a stunning and unique setting for any event, from meeting and conferences to dinners and balls.

Located in the beautiful surroundings of Hatfield Park and very easy to access, our venues are ideal to offer your delegates or guests an unique experience.

Beaulieu

Beaulieu

Max Capacity 220

The National Motor Museum Beaulieu is a museum set in the heart of the New Forest, in the English county of Hampshire. Beaulieu offers you a versatile and unusual venue with a difference whether you are looking for a conference, dinner, wedding, team building or family fun day out.

QEII Centre

QEII Centre

Max Capacity 1300

The QEII Centre is the largest dedicated conference, exhibition and event space in central London. The venue offers world class facilities and versatile spaces for up to 2,500. Conventions, dinners, awards, exhibitions, Christmas parties, receptions, product launches; we can do them all, hosting over 400 national and international events a year.

Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Max Capacity 300

A multi-award winning venue, close to Manchester city centre, Imperial War Museum North is an iconic landmark available for daytime events and exclusive evening hire. Within its striking, aluminium-clad structure, you will find a unique venue for your Conference and Events.

Epsom Downs Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Epsom Downs Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 800

Epsom Downs is a truly unique venue for your Conference, Dinner dance, Wedding, Product launch, Christmas Party & much more. The Queen's Stand & Duchess' Stand both have striking facilities; holding an array of diverse events every year, Epsom Downs is the ideal venue for your event.

IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford

Max Capacity 800

IWM Duxford is a venue like no other. This fighter station has been transformed into an impressive events space, rich in heritage and home to over 100 aircraft including the iconic Concorde. Whether you're organising a meeting for 10, a conference for 350 or a gala dinner for 1,000, it's a location to delight and inspire your guests.

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 600

Just 25 minutes by train from Waterloo, Sandown Park is set in a picturesque green-belt site in leafy Surrey. Suitable for groups of 10 to over 1000 people, event success is guaranteed at Sandown Park with our wide range of flexible spaces and facilites.

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 2250

Home of the Gold Cup, Cheltenham Racecourse is a world famous sporting venue with superb facilities for conferences, exhibitions, banquets, Christmas parties and major PR events. Catering for 2 to 2,250 guests and with free parking for 12,500 cars, it has the versatility to stage profile corporate or private function.

Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City Stadium

Max Capacity 600

Cardiff City Stadium is one of the premier events venues in Wales. The stadium contains a range of flexible event space which are decorated in a contemporary style to really make your event stand out.

Cardiff City has easy access to the M4 motorway network, great public transport links and 2000 onside car parking spaces.

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Max Capacity 400

The Liberty Stadium is the premier venue for conference & events in south west Wales. The home to Swansea City Football Club and Ospreys Rugby, the stadium is easily accessible from M4 motorway and just 2 miles from Swansea Train Station. Featuring a range of function suites, Liberty can accommodate meetings and dinners for 8 to 600 guests.

Aintree Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Aintree Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 4500

There’s nowhere quite like Aintree Racecourse, home of the world famous Crabbie’s Grand National. Steeped in history, drama, triumph and achievement, it is simply unique. Combine this inspirational sporting legacy with state of the art facilities and you’ll discover a stage for conferencing and events that is second to none.

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

Max Capacity 120

In 2002 the Cabinet War Rooms took over and restored large areas of the Whitehall site. The meeting facilities now include a number of historic period rooms including a 120 seated auditorium - enhanced by discreet, but modern audio-visual facilities and air conditioning. Rooms are available for corporate or private hire, both daytime and evening.

Haydock Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Haydock Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 500

Haydock Park is a place that makes your heart race. From the thrill of watching your horse cross the finishing line to the delight of indulging in its fantastic facilities, it guarantees a great day out. But just as importantly, we’re also well known as a venue that leads the field in holding events that are every bit as memorable as our race days.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Max Capacity 120

Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation & educational charity which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project. The Clifton Pavilion can offer the perfect venue for any occasion. Built in the 1920’s, the building's graceful architecture offers elegant rooms with beautiful views overlooking the west lawn and flamingos.

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

Max Capacity 110

From World War II to Korea, HMS Belfast has been looking after our nation since 1938. Now, moored next to the iconic Tower Bridge, it’s protecting the quality of our nation’s events. As the last surviving example of 20th century Royal Navy warships, she is a truly unique venue for weddings, client entertainment and meetings.

Weston Park

Weston Park

Max Capacity 130

Built in 1671, the beauty and tranquillity of the House and Park at Weston is the result of centuries of creativity, collecting and patronage of artists and craftsman, by generations of one family, the Bridgemans, Earls of Bradford. These superb collections of fine art and antiques make the House and ideal place for any business or private event.

Sheffield United Football Club

Sheffield United Football Club

Max Capacity 400

Bramall Lane is a fantastic multipurpose venue, offering versatile event spaces with capacity from 2 – 400 guests. The ensuite 4* star hotel, provides the ultimate all encompassing event venue, with 158 ensuite bedrooms that compliment any residential conference.
We are the only venue in the city to offer over 400 free car parking spaces.

Olympia London

Olympia London

Max Capacity 1500

Flexible space and award-winning service; Olympia London's conference facilities is perfect for 200-1500 delegates. Our award winning team will help you find the perfect fit to create a bespoke conference in one of our three unique spaces. And with DDR packages from £65, why not book a showround and experience the venue for yourself.

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

Max Capacity 140

Having opened in 1975 as the first National Museum outside of London, the National Railway Museum is now the largest of its kind in the world. Steeped in heritage & history the former locomotive depot houses many famous & record breaking locomotives including Mallard & Bullet Train. The elegant surroundings are sure to add prestige to any event

Chill Factore

Chill Factore

Max Capacity 150

Chill Factore is an exciting adrenalin filled venue which dominates the skyline.

Combining the 'cold side' technology of real snow slopes with a warm mix of hospitality, the event facilities are presented around an authentically themed Alpine Street creating a truly unique venue for an unforgettable occasion.

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House

Max Capacity 250

If you are looking for a truly unique venue then the Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is the answer. We offer meetings, conferencing, private dinners, drinks receptions, family or corporate away days and weddings as well as a range of exciting team building activities all based in the heart of one of Scotlands most popular tourist attractions.

Nottingham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Nottingham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 200

The Racecourse breathes fresh air into any business event. There's the sense of scale and space, with green views across Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park and the Trent valley. It's naturally suited to big moments like product launches, showcases and demonstrations and lends a sense of occasion to regional and national conferences.

M Shed

M Shed

Max Capacity 250

M shed is a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbour side in the heart of Bristol. The building’s industrial heritage has been retained but now offers a purpose built event suite, suitable for corporate and private events. Guests have access to the roof top terrace, giving fantastic panoramic views across Bristol's harbour.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Max Capacity 100

Set on a moated island, Leeds Castle provides one of the most unique venues for residential & day conferences, meetings, corporate hospitality and banqueting in Kent.

Kempton Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Kempton Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 600

Located in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, just 16 miles from Central London, we offer a unique collection of individual suites that offer beautiful views of the racecourse itself as well as the natural surroundings. Situated less than a mile from Junction 1 of the M3 and with direct trains from London Waterloo to our on-site train station.

Warwick Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Warwick Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 200

Warwick Racecourse retains its historic charm and character. Nestled next to Warwick Castle, the racecourse is one of the oldest in the country and with racing having taken place here since the 1700s, this is a course rich in tradition and heritage.

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI Manchester)

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI Manchester)

Max Capacity 300

Whether it's a conference, product launch or informal gathering, you'll find the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester makes every event unique.

The museum opened its doors in 1983 and is located on the original terminus of the worlds first inter-city railway, Liverpool Road. There are 5 Listed buildings, 2 of them listed as Grade I.

Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre

Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre

Max Capacity 300

Kents Hill Park is a dedicated Training & Conference Centre conveniently located in the Midlands with great links to London, Birmingham & Manchester. With 70 meeting rooms & 330 bedrooms, we offer you enormous flexibility and adaptability, whether you need a quiet room for 12, a training room for 25 or a conference theatre style for 300

Harlequins

Harlequins

Max Capacity 400

Looking for something a little bit different for your business event or private function?

The Twickenham Stoop has been home to Harlequins, the world famous rugby club, since 1963. Over the years the stadium has been redeveloped into a unique and excellent venue for conferencing and events.

Park Crescent Conference Centre

Park Crescent Conference Centre

Max Capacity 300

Park Crescent Conference Centre has a wide range of facilities to accommodate your conference requirements. From a one on one meeting or interview to a conference for 300 people and everything in between, we offer versatile solutions to every event request.

Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre

Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre

Max Capacity 450

At Yarnfield Park we help people and organisations from a diverse range of sectors to achieve their conference, training and development goals. We have a successful track record in delivering residential conference and training programmes for association, government and corporate clients.

Newmarket Racecourses, A Jockey Club Venue

Newmarket Racecourses, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 300

An impressive, flexible, stylish and unique conference and events venue in the heart of East Anglia.

Newmarket Racecourse is a premier venue for conferences and events ranging from small business meetings to large scale conferences with up to 500 delegates

Space with US (University of Sussex)

Space with US (University of Sussex)

Max Capacity 500

A purpose built Conference Centre offering eight contemporary rooms and spacious break out areas. During non-term time periods the University offers 20 lecture theatres (up to 500 capacity), 100 seminar rooms The Meeting House, 850 bedrooms (500 en suite) and banqueting for up to 240.

Carlisle Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Carlisle Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 470

For conferences, meetings, seminars and exhibitions, weddings or parties, Carlisle Racecourse offeres the most flexible facilities around. Located just off Junction 42 of the M6, we offer superb facilities for both race day and non race day events with a variety of sized rooms and ample free parking.

Roehampton Venues

Roehampton Venues

Max Capacity 150

Creating Inspiring Moments
Striving to exceed expectations, offering a fresh modern perspective in event delivery underpinned by our heritage and academic excellence within the grounds of the University of Roehampton

ExCeL London

ExCeL London

Max Capacity 21000

ExCeL is the Capital's premier events venue and home to London's International Convention Centre. Our venue has been designed to accommodate a wide range of event formats, including an auditorium, exhibition space and executive meeting rooms. 2016 saw the launch of a brand new training and meetings facility - CentrEd at ExCeL.

RICS at Parliament Square

RICS at Parliament Square

Max Capacity 120

Purpose built in 1889, RICS at Parliament Square is the perfect Westminster conference venue which offers flexible rooms to cater for any occasion.

First class catering for your event is provided by the kitchen at Roux at Parliament Square. Fronted by Michel Roux Jnr and our Head Chef Steve Groves, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2009.

Edgbaston Stadium

Edgbaston Stadium

Max Capacity 700

Edgbaston is one the UK’s leading sporting venues which features an array of versatile, modern and luxurious suites that are suitable for any occasion from small meetings to large conferences. Our unique and iconic venue provides an exquisite backdrop with suites that offer natural daylight and stunning views overlooking the famous Edgbaston pitch.

National Media Museum

National Media Museum

Max Capacity 300

If you're looking for an event venue with a difference in West Yorkshire then look no further. Located in the heart of Bradford, the National Media Museum is a unique choice offering five floors of spectacular galleries, two state-of-the-art auditoria and the IMAX experience – all housed within a magnificent glazed frontage.

Huntingdon Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Huntingdon Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 140

Huntingdon Racecourse is a fantastic venue for many occasions, whether you're coming for a great day out racing or want to host your own event in the grounds. We host 18 race meets each year and when we are not racing we offer a unique and attractive venue suitable for conferences, meetings, parties, wedding receptions or Christmas parties.

Market Rasen Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Market Rasen Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 250

The Paddocks Events Centre at Market Rasen Racecourse is a picturesque venue situated in Lincolnshire. The racecourse provides the perfect setting for all your conference, banqueting and exhibition needs. The practical and attractive design of the multi-functional buildings allows you to choose the ideal venue to suit your needs.

SSE Arena Wembley

SSE Arena Wembley

Max Capacity 12500

Highly accessible by public transport links, within easy walking distance from Wembley City's major attractions, Central London is just 10 minutes away by train! Alternatively links from the North and outside of London are also very simple.


Rugby School

Rugby School

Max Capacity 700

Rugby School is steeped in history and tradition and offers a range of venues within a unique setting which can be used to host a variety of events. From an intimate private dinner for 50 or a product launch to 700, we offer numerous diverse spaces, perfect for your next event.

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Max Capacity 10000

SECC is Scotland's national venue for public events. It is also the UK's largest integrated exhibition and conference centre: a world class facility set in one of Europe's most vibrant cities and only a short journey from some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

The O2 Arena

The O2 Arena

Max Capacity 20000

The O2 is the finest & most technologically advanced entertainment space within the UK. Split into 5 key areas; The O2 arena, indigO2, the British Music Experience, Live Quarter & London Piazza are all totally versatile & unique. The possibilities of the type of show, presentation, conference or special event that can be staged here are endless.

Wincanton Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Wincanton Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 120

On days that we are not racing the indoor facilities provide exclusive views and a unique ambiance that is perfect for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, and exhibitions. For out door events such as horse and pony shows, dog shows or car rallies we have up to 90 stables and approximately 50 acres of flat grassland.

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 200

Exeter Racecourse is a renowned conference centre surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. Exeter Racecourse is the perfect place to host a conference, meeting, dinner or wedding with a host of flexible rooms, lots of outside space, easy access and free car parking. Can accommodate up to 300 in theatre style or 180 cabaret.

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre

Max Capacity 3000

Farnborough international Exhibition & Conference Centre's new Hall 1, 20,000 sqm facility will be a multi-purpose event space with a 12,500 sqm hall which can be subdivided by partition walls as well as plenty of flexible meeting space.

Sited alongside our Hall 5 provides 3150 sq m of clear span event space ideal for various events.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Max Capacity 120

Hever Castle in Kent is a truly unique castle venue perfect for meetings, conference and dinners.Oonly 40 minutes from London, the stunning 13th century Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The venue offers many options within its 680 acre estate including The Astor Wing, The Guthrie Pavilion and Golf Course.

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

Max Capacity 154


Wellcome Collection is a venue for the incurably curious, it's centre piece is a 154 tiered auditorium surrounded by four fantastic seminar rooms all of which are perfect for any event, we also offer an amazing gallery space for drinks receptions up to 200

CentrEd at ExCeL

CentrEd at ExCeL

Max Capacity 400

CentrEd at ExCeL is a brand new state-of-the-art meeting and training facility that’s part of our award winning venue.

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Conferences are big business

In the UK, the conference and congress industry makes up over half of the £42.5bn British events industry. Whilst often not seen as the sexy part of the sector, they are the poster-boy for it. Conference encompass the very best of business events; they create a forum for sharing knowledge, providing education, best practice, for business to be done, for thought leadership and ideas to spread; they prove that when large numbers of people are brought together, amazing things happen.

As with most live events, it’s not just the inspirational speakers, the well manicured conference programme, the keynote speakers and CPD sessions. It’s also the networking, the chats in coffee shops, bars and restaurants in and around the conference venue that provide so much added value. Richard Waddington, Chair of the Event Marketers Associations commented recently, “Delegates come for the content, but they get an experience”.

For every conference organiser, the relationship with the host venue is a partnership of extreme value. Venues are conference enablers; whilst the creative event organiser is focusing on getting the best content, the venue is there to help them curate the content so that delegates are given an abundance of choice in an environment that truly engages them.


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For the last few years ExCeL London, part of the Lime Venue Portfolio, has hosted the stunning Talent Connect conference by LinkedIn. It’s a brilliant event that combines a central compelling theme with outstanding content, creative production and an engaged and contributory delegation.

Meetings Mean Business

It’s an event that underlines why we do what we do and it’s an incredible advert for the conference industry. In 2016, Lime Venue Portfolio launched Meetings Mean Business, a chance for us to show that we are the industry’s biggest cheerleader when it comes to great events. We believe its conferences like this that are paving an exciting period of growth and value for this important sector of the industry.

As part of the Meeting Mean Business campaign we’re especially keen to reward our own clients for choosing our unique and unusual venues. We believe that anyone that comes to our venues is already making a choice; that they are not creating just an event, they are curating an experience. An experience that will engage their delegation, that will inspire them as well as inform them, this is what great venues do, it’s a more creative approach to planning and it delivers a stronger result.

We created Meetings Mean Business as we know there are still people out there that dread going to a ‘boring’ conference. Who have no idea that, everyday, experiences are being created that are the equivalent to a business funfair, not a white wall soul sucking exercise.

We’re inspired by the fact that the LinkedIn Talent Connect conference is just one of many that take place everyday; we know, because they we are hosting many of them across our portfolio.

Around the world we see examples of great conferences; think of the event that coined the phrase Web 2.0, Cisco Live!, of Apple’s annual developer event, WWDC, and the global repercussions it produces, and how about TED – ideas worth spreading.

These events work because they prize content and they use conference as the medium to communicate their message to the audiences that mean most to them. And why wouldn’t they; messages are so much more powerful when delivered through the medium of a live event, face to face, with engagement and involvement opportunities throughout.

LVP conference venues

At Lime Venue Portfolio we have amazing conference venues; The Liberty Stadium, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Ricoh Arena, and Olympia London provide inspirational and unique settings to a conference that set the tone for the conference early. They all work as conference facilities because they offer flexible and multiple choices. They enable agile event organisers to create and delete sessions in new rooms when live on site; at the whim of delegate feedback.

Whether the conference is a residential, multi day event or a full day experience, food inevitably plays a part. Again with Lime Venue Portfolio organisers have a proactive partner. We understand the mental strain a full day of packed content takes on a delegate and we provide battery powered grub that sparks the delegation into life in the morning, re-fuels them at lunch, and rewards them at dinner.

Food is a tool at the conference organiser’s disposal, it can be used to make the most of the conference, to complement its content and, through its delivery, underline the key messages of the experience.

The conference industry is full of intelligent people who create amazing experiences every single day. At the end of a conference, delegates get education, inspiration and enlightenment; they do so in the company of a community of peers and like-minded individuals that only adds to the enrichment of the day.

When you plan you conference, don’t just organise an event, create an experience. And that often starts by booking an unusual conference venue.

 

 

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