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. We also have the Attenborough for the Creative Arts on-site which features a state-of-the-art 350-seat auditorium plus a number of breakout spaces.
Brighton & South East England
Unique and unusual venues to hire in Brighton and South East England
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Hedsor House is a magnificent Georgian country house set in 100 acres of glorious parkland that offers a variety of rooms for meetings and events and grounds for outdoor events and activity days. A private and versatile venue just 20 minutes from Heathrow that can cater for smaller meetings of 20 to dinners for 140. Free parking and free wifi
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With a presence that’s undeniably big, bold and colourful, it’s not difficult to see why this city is a popular destination in the South East. Brighton is flying the flag as one of the most cultural cities in Europe and is home to the most diverse communities. Known as the ‘happiest place to live in the UK’, Brighton’s positivity and charm creates an excellent offering for meetings, conferences and events.
Brighton is a location with its own thriving brand. In an environment that encourages creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, it is the perfect place to develop your brand too. Host your event in a city that is recognised internationally as a leading dynamic conference destination.
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The University of Sussex’s state of the art, purpose-built conference centre is an ideal venue for your meeting or conference. Hosting up to 500 guests, the spaces are all well-lit and so comfortable that focusing for long periods of time will be a piece of cake! The centre is based just outside of Brighton and its decked terrace areas overlook the beautiful South Downs National Park.
Leisure in Brighton
Away from the meeting room, there is a plethora of areas to explore and enjoy during your visit to Brighton. From hair-raising opera at the Brighton Dome to the exciting street performers by the pier. Its quaint streets and long shingle beach front are both fantastic to stroll along. Or for the more athletic individual, a great route to run along on a fresh, crisp morning. Spend an unbeatable sunny afternoon watching the waves calmly roll in, whilst tucking into fish and chips from the local chippy - pure British excellence. After indulging in some seafront grub, embrace your inner child and spend time switching off from the spreadsheets and emails and rejuvenate with some classic arcade games.
For those who wish to truly make the most out of their Brighton experience, why not book your event around the time of some of the city’s lively festivals. From music to food and drink to art, there’s a variety to choose from throughout the year. And let’s not forget that as the unofficial gay capital of the UK, Brighton is home to the country’s largest Pride festival!
Travelling to and from Brighton
Due to the excellent transportation network, Brighton can be accessed from central London in 50 minutes. The city is only 30 minutes away from London Gatwick Airport and within 100 miles to the Channel Tunnel, making international travel simpler than ever before.
Unique venues in South-East England
Have you ever considered hosting your meeting or event in ‘The Garden of England’? Kent’s gentle hills and countryside are a treat for all. Some of the country’s finest ales are brewed here and the abundance of vineyards are a wonderful experience for wine-lovers.
Kent is also home to numerous venues within the portfolio. Hever Castle is rich in over 700 years’ worth of history and is set in 600 acres of idyllic countryside. This venue is a spectacular backdrop to any type of event and offers exciting team building activities, including quad biking.
Another castle venue with the wow factor is Leeds Castle. Known to many as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, it amazes all who visit. This venue has won numerous awards for its team building events, corporate activity days and hospitality. From grand banquets to meetings that leave a lasting impact, Leeds Castle caters for all.
And medieval mansion, Penshurst Place whose history dates back around 7 centuries. This beautiful venue is nestled in Tudor Gardens and is home to ‘one of the grandest halls in the world.’ Adding great British heritage to your event, this venue’s striking backdrops and engaging atmosphere stimulates the mind and senses. The house is 32 miles from central London with Penshurst train station 2.5 miles away. It is easily accessible from Junction 5 of the M25 and offers ample parking for your delegates.
Thinking of visiting Brighton or hosting an event here?
You might find the following resources useful in planning:
Visit Brighton: www.visitbrighton.com
City Of Brighton Council: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk
Brighton Lonely Planet: www.lonelyplanet.com/brighton