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.
Unique and unusual team building venues to hire across the UK
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SnowDome is the perfect alternative to run of the mill conference centres. Located just off the M42 we have a holiday Inn on site, Gym, Swimming Pool and various adrenalin filled snow fun activities.
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.
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 Science and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Return of Team Building & Incentives
It’s only when business struggles, when economic climates put pressure on companies, that we really see where procurement puts value; and team building and incentive meetings have proven themselves as one of the most important investments a businesses can put into its staff.
In the moments after 2008, companies were more interested in shedding staff, not looking after them, and certainly not rewarding them. However, as business stabilised, corporates looked at what – and more importantly who – were going to lead them into prosperity and growth once more; inevitably they looked at teams and people.
To do this well they needed to focus on a people strategy; the importance of the HR department was continuously underlined, and strategies were put in place to train, develop, keep, and then reward the very best people. The companies that got this right have flourished.
When HR Meets Events
As a brand that spends its time with businesses; be they communicating in conferences, training in our rooms, or incentivising in our leisure areas, we have seen the very best of HR strategies being implemented alongside events departments.
It’s no longer acceptable – or profitable – to set up a jolly for the sales team without thought or consideration, and reward and incentive has to be strategic and managed intelligently. More and more we are seeing company conferences with an incentive extension, training away days with an award, or hospitality rewards with a strong business message.
These are intelligent events; they understand that the organisation of a business event is always done in a way that sends a business message, its never just a thank you; its a hug, its information, its an explanation, its a look to the future. It’s also a way of communicating why teams and individuals have performed so well, to give them wider company recognition, but then plot the course for more growth, and a brighter future to all; every event is about communication.
It is in this context that we have seen the end of the myth that HR, procurement and event managers are in a tussle for budget; but are united around a common understanding of the positive business impacts these events have. The HR manager creates the themes and messages they want to be enforced and communicated. Then the event organiser uses their skills to create a positive environment, an endorsement of the business culture, and create a long-term resonance from the event; one that sees groups and companies focused and incentivised for months to come.
The role of unusual venues
Given this context, its important that the team building has the right setting and that the business message is communicated from the outset. The right venue can set the tone early; an unusual venue host may provide an early business message; picking Twickenham Stadium after a 6 Nations win for England Rugby sends out a message that we’re here to win, that we understand success, and that for this event we’re sharing our ethos with like minded winners.
A trip to Hatfield House creates anticipation ahead of the event; we’re coming together to take stock, to give our teams air and space, to thank them by taking them out of the fight and into a relaxing and inspirational surrounding. These venues can accommodate multi day events to give the teams even more space and time.
Both outdoor and indoor space are great for team building exercises, activities, and challenges; the fun, games and excitement that we associate with bringing a team together; be it Duck Herding at Weston Park, or a corporate commando challenge at Hever Castle. For more formal reward or acknowledgement presentations, there are beautiful rooms, and elegant surroundings that add kudos to the occasion.
Food Glorious Food
It would be remiss of us not to talk about food as one of the best rewards possible. We know that 42% of all event feedback is around the food, and we know that great food sends a message as much as bad food. Team Building events are a chance to show that staff are important, that the coming together of a team creates value, so let’s make sure the food doesn’t leave a bad taste in their mouths.
Great food is a reward in itself; it shows care and passion from the organiser, it’s a way of saying thank you in an understated and universal way. Lime Venue Portfolio unite our unusual venues through great food, if you’re at a Lime Venue Portfolio venue the food will be outstanding and so will the experience.
Food is also a great way of bringing teams together; people love talking about food, its an ice breaker, we learn about taste, preference and people. It means that food isn’t a break from the team building but an active part of it. It means every hour of every day is being used to focus on the key objective of the event.
It works, and adds to a rewarding experience for everyone.