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.
Unique and unusual training venues to hire across the UK.
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
CentrEd at ExCeL is a brand new state-of-the-art meeting and training facility that’s part of our award winning venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Organising a Training Program
If you’re a busy HR Manager, PA or training coordinator we’re perfectly positioned to help you find the perfect training venues for your needs whether you’re organising a one off event or complex training schedules.
For large and complex training programs the cost is often a significant investment for a company and makes it vitally important that the organisation of the training schedule is done effectively.
Training on the Rise
Ask most CEOs, Managing Directors and Chief Executives where their most important asset sits, and they will point you towards their people. The strength of a businesses performance is almost always down to having the right people, doing the right things, in the right culture.
People and employees are complex, but in general to keep them motivated HR Strategies focus on the tenets of reward, incentive and investment; and when it comes to investment, training is the most important.
Training isn’t just a way of helping an employee become better at what they do. It is a signal that the business cares about that person’s career, that they want them to flourish and will invest in supporting their growth. And although these are business-focused messages, it is amazing how well this reflects on staff happiness and productivity.
Training is big business, HR departments, board rooms and shareholders all understand the massive value this investment contributes to the business and more and more sophisticated methods and strategies are being implemented to generate the best possible outcomes.
Just one of these elements will be the venue, and at Lime Venue Portfolio we are delighted to host a large amount of training, graduate recruitment programmes and staff improvement courses across our portfolio. We see them all the time, we work with trainers and HR managers and we get to experience first hand the benefits of these meetings.
As ever in events content is king, but we believe that context is also incredibly important, and the venue has an opportunity to make a telling contribution to the learning experience through the environment that it creates.
As a group of unique venues we know that we offer something different to the trainer. Unusual venues by their very nature are identifiable; they send a message to the delegate and create specific environments. They are inspirational and create the setting for creative thinking; a training course at Twickenham Stadium, The Kia Oval or the Liberty Stadium elevates the session from the white wall environments some employees are used to.
Equally, some unusual venues are situated in the countryside, away from busy city life, and allow space, focus and escape for both trainer and trainee. These courses are often for CPD accreditation or specific learning objectives that require intense concentration.
These programmes are also incredibly tough, they take a great deal of energy from the delegate; great venues offer the right environment for learning and for relaxation. A day at Hever Castle mixes the right environment for concentration, but also the space to settle and regroup afterwards.
Supporting Great Training
As with all events we believe that the organisers that choose unusual venues are thinking harder than others about creating the right environment for their group. Training; be it team building, graduate training, apprenticeship programmes, senior management courses, or chartered and accredited learning, all require different environments that need to be curated by the organiser.
To educate a delegate takes skill from a trainer, someone who understands their development needs, and how best to coach them to improve their performance and progression. We work in partnership with these professionals to understand how the venue can make a contribution. We can look at locations, settings and rooms that send a subliminal or direct message.
Some of our venues have prestigious histories of learning, exploration and self-improvement. These, in their own right, underline the importance of the course and make them richer for it. Venues aren’t the be all and end all of the learning process but they make a telling contribution.
So does food. What a delegate eats can have a major impact on how productive the training is for them, and trainers, caterers and venues are becoming more and more sophisticated in the total training experience – right down to the food.
We know that heavy carbohydrates at lunch create a sleepy atmosphere in the afternoon; that while caffeine can be a stimulant, other fruit and vegetables create longer lasting affects on delegate concentration. Trainers respect this and work closely with the venue and the catering team to choose the right menus that both feed the mind and encourage better learning and sustained concentration for longer periods.
Food also underlines the sense of care that a delegate feels when they are given the chance to attend a training course. The right food shows that someone is thinking about their health and wellbeing, indulgent food at the end of the day shows reward and appreciation.
Training and the Events Industry
As the industry recovered after the last economic crash it was led solidly by the training sector. It was the last event that was cut and the first to be reinstated. This is because businesses can see the direct impact of training on the bottom line, and they value it.
Investment in training grows ever more sophisticated and those venues and catering companies that value it are part of a general industry effort to do things better; at Lime Venue Portfolio we’re delighted to be doing our bit.