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.
Reading & South England
Unique and unusual venues to hire in Reading and South 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.
With an elevated position overlooking the charming town of Farnham, the Castle dates to the 12th Century and is one of the most important buildings in the South of England. A popular choice for meeting and celebration of many Kings and Queens of England over the centuries, and the architecture reflects the changing styles throughout the ages.
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.
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
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.
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Why choose a meeting or event venue in Reading?
Reading is a bustling town just 36 miles west of London and a 25 minute train journey from the capital. A number of the world’s largest companies are based in this lively business hub, including Microsoft, Verizon Business and Oracle Corporation. Legal, finance, transport, retail and pharmaceuticals are a small selection of sectors that thrive. Meeting and events in this area are ideal for those whose delegates are spread around the country – particularly in the South-West and Midlands. Reading railway station provides direct access to key cities around the country, making it one of the most accessible places in the UK.
Access, access, access. For international travellers, the benefits of organising a meeting in Reading is clear. Gatwick Airport is easily reached via a direct train service and Heathrow Airport is 40 minutes by direct Rail Air coach. By car, the town is a mere 2 miles from the M4 motorway and the train station could not be better located; in the heart of the town centre.
For events that run over multiple days, booking accommodation could not be any simpler. There are a wide variety of hotels that are purpose-built for business travellers, such as Novotel Reading, Holiday Inn and Hilton. With over 3,400 room on offer, it isn’t difficult to find something comfortable to suit your needs.
Leisure activities outside of the meeting room are a great way to help you relax and entertain your delegates. Reading is one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations, from high street brands to independent boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to visit the Oracle shopping centre for a plethora of restaurants to try with cuisine from around the world waiting to be explored! Let your hair down after a long meeting day in the vibrant nightlife. Whether dancing at a club is your thing or you prefer having a catch-up in a local pub, you will be spoilt for choice.
The best venues that Reading has to offer
Royal Berkshire Conference Centre (RBCC) is based in the impressive Madejski Stadium in Reading, a fantastic solution for your next event. Natural daylight is in abundance as you look out of the large windows onto the pitch and soak up the atmosphere. This venue is contemporary, modern and is the largest conference facility in the Thames Valley. Whether it is a dinner, awards night, meeting or conference, there are no limitations for the type of event that you choose to put on here.
Unique and unusual venues in South England
Hedsor House is a stunning Georgian mansion located in Buckinghamshire. The magnificent building overlooks the River Thames and is nestled in over 100 acres of parkland; a wonderful choice for a meeting or event with a difference. The venue offers delegates various teambuilding activities, including 4X4 off-road driving and go-karts. These experiences leave a lasting impression on your delegates and guests for an event that truly motivates and enhances company culture.
“The support and understanding from the owners of the house was one of the main contributing factors which helped deliver our vision and in turn the most successful conference to date” – TopShop
A little further afield are our Hampshire venues. Hampshire is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, with a seaside coast and close links to London it is also one of the most practical. The fascinating historic and contemporary venues make Hampshire an idyllic destination to host your next event!
The first venue is historic Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum. Beaulieu is a stunning palace dating back to the 13th Century and is one of the most famous examples of Gothic architecture in the UK. This venue is perfect for a huge variety of events, such as an activity day, Christmas party, or a product launch.
As well as Beaulieu, there is also FIVE, a huge 3150 square foot event space which is the ideal unique venue for a conference, exhibition or gala dinner. FIVE is easily accessible for all transport, with only a 35 minute train from London, and close to Farnborough airport. This is an amazing unusual event space that you will want to snap up right away!
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You might find the following resources useful in planning:
Living Reading: livingreading.co.uk
Trip Advisor Reading: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/reading
Get Reading News: www.getreading.co.uk