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Summer Party Venues

Summer party venues at unique and unusual locations across the UK

Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

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, 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.

The Kia Oval, London

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.

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Esher

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 800

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.

Kempton Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Sunbury-On-Thames

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

Epsom Downs Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Epsom

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.

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst

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.

IWM Duxford, Cambridge

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.

Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading

Royal Berkshire Conference Centre

Max Capacity 600

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.

Weston Park, Shifnal

Weston Park

Max Capacity 120

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.

Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Max Capacity 300

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.

Hatfield House, Hatfield

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.

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

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.

Somerset House, London

Somerset House

Max Capacity 320

Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London, overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge.

There are twelve venues available for your meeting, conference, dinner, reception or party.

Hedsor House, Maidenhead

Hedsor House

Max Capacity 180

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

M Shed, Bristol

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.

HMS Belfast, London

HMS Belfast

Max Capacity 350

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.

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

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.

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For the summer party, that oh so underappreciated animal, this is the chance for a business to give its staff and teams and even customers a mid-year hug. Whilst a Christmas Party is expected, a summer party is seen as a more pleasant surprise, something the company wants to do not has to do. 


Why Summer Parties will matter in 2018

There are two times of the year when business events professionals go into ‘party mode’; Christmas and Summer. We all know about Christmas Parties, they are a great way for a business to thank its people, its clients, and its customers at a time of the year when giving is important.

But Summer Parties are different; there is no expectation on a Summer Party, if a business decided not to do a Christmas Party there would be all manner of contention, it would send negative messages around confidence, security, and job satisfaction. The same isn’t true of Summer Parties, so why have they become such a multimillion pound industry? The reason is all good news for the industry …

Why Christmas Became Summer

There was a period, not long after the economic crash, when questions were raised over Christmas Parties. With stretched HR teams looking at everything from mass redundancy to end of year bonus cutting, the idea of splurging money on a massive party didn’t seem sympathetic. Equally, for larger businesses with angry shareholders, spending on a Christmas extravaganza seemed wasteful. It was a tough time for the industry.

Still, while the industry did suffer, it didn’t break, and has since bounced back and rallied, why? Because the Christmas Party offered a quite excellent return on investment. So much so that the budget wasn’t taken from the FD’s rainy day fund, or even the sales and marketing or events budget, it seemed to move into the HR budget. Teams of human resources professionals fought hard for a chance for staff to get together; with each other, with other sectors of the business, and with leadership.

In fact, it was this huge resurgence of confidence and pride in the Christmas Party market that has then fed into a secondary event in the summer. If it worked in the winter, why wouldn’t it work in the summer?

An Unexpected Gift from the Company

The reality is that businesses ‘have to’ have a Christmas Party, but when a business has a Summer Party it has made a positive choice. The choice could be built around injecting confidence into a business, as a way of saying thank you, as a way of motivating the team for a tough second half of the year, or as a moment to stop and reflect after a major project of business win.

Again, this choice is being made in the boardroom, but also in the human resources department and the sales and marketing department as well as through the events team. It’s a compelling choice as well; Summer Parties, at their finest, can really shine.

Unusual is Ideal for Summer

Like every party, guests can dress up or dress down, but this time the outdoor elements add more choice and variety to the experience. Choosing an event venue can open up outdoor environments as well as indoor ones, different themes can be accommodated. This is where the unique venue sector really comes into its own with a huge choice of unusual summer party venues.

Garden parties in country getaways like Hatfield House and Hever Castle, bring in the option of lawn games, mazes, and outdoor grazing on strawberries and cream and Pimms. The nights are longer, and the evenings are barmy, the organiser can build more into the programme, guest can take their time, and everything is that little more relaxed.

For those that want to inject a little more pace into proceedings, why not link the party in with a team building experience. Again, many unique venues have ready-made incentive space. Hunts around the Churchill War Room, a trip to the museum at IWM Duxford, or pitch side entertainment at the King Power Stadium, all add interest and entertainment to a summer party.

Choosing the right venue also sends a strong message to guests. What better way to hype up a business than through a trip to Twickenham, what better way to wind down than on the River Thames aboard HMS Belfast, what better way to say thank you that an escape to Beaulieu House. Venues send a message that backs up all the reasons that the business chose to give this summer party present to the people most important to it.

Eat and Drink the Sunshine in

With a perfect environment set, and as with all great parties, just add the right amount of food and drink. At Lime Venue Portfolio, we unite unique venues through amazing food and our chefs love summer. From delicate cakes to light and fresh meals, you pick the venue and the mood, and our chefs will create a menu that sets the tone from the first glass of Pimms to the last glass of champagne.  

Fresh seafood is an increasing favourite amongst guests at summer parties, so organisers should keep an eye out for gorgeous iced platters, smoked salmon and crab blinis. Afternoon tea parties are also incredibly popular, they offer a quaint and quintessentially British experience that is very irresistible.

Summer is a time of year where ingredients are fresh, where venues are looking as wonderful as ever, and in general, people are in a better mood. So, what better gift to a business than one you never needed to give in the first place and where better to set your party than somewhere unusual and delightful.

 

Improve your Brand Identity with a Summer Party

Over the last year, we’ve seen a growing trend towards organisations adding a Summer party to their events calendar. The thought of spending more time, energy and money organising a party halfway through the year in addition to the regular Christmas meal fixture may fill you with dread. But wait, before you decide it’s too much work, there’s actually a real benefit to holding a party in the summer season.

 

Holding an event can be a great way of building your brand's identity and a way of defining your business to yourself, your team and your external audiences. Holding regular events throughout the year is also a great PR opportunity. A summer party provides your employees with the chance to refresh and get outside in the sunshine, but it’s also another opportunity to create a real ‘buzz’ and increase public awareness of your organisation. It could even encourage media to attend or cover your event, and who doesn’t love free publicity?

 

Why is PR and branding so important? In a word credibility. With the constant bombardment of advertising and social media ads, potential customers have become savvy and can often see through traditional advertising. A well-constructed announcement or unique event type can really work to give customers a glimpse into the personality of your organisation. Adding a PR and branding strategy into your event planner is a great way to encourage the media (and customers) to seek you out.

 

Here’s 5 ways a Summer office party can help boost your brand’s identity...

 

1. Let everyone know (and we mean everyone)

Don’t be shy. The more people that know about your event the better. It’s all about contacts, contacts, contacts. Get your diary out and invite everyone you know. No one gets upset if they're invited to a party and inviting your existing and potential customers, suppliers is a great way to say thank you. Compose a killer press release. This can just be a one-page document saying why your event is going to be so unique and send it out to all the publications in your industry and local press.

As soon as you have your event details, share them on all your social media platforms. Create a hashtag, strike up a conversation with industry influencers, asking them what they think about your event. Social media is still a powerful tool for letting potential customers know who you are. 60% of users say that they have learned about a product or service through social media.

 

2. Stand out from a crowd

You’re already breaking the mould and holding an event in Summer. This is your chance to really let people know how great your organisation is and most importantly the best at what you do. Invite exciting guest speakers, this could be a leader in your industry or a local celebrity.

Shout about how good your company and employees are. A party can be the perfect time to make an exciting announcement and celebrate your team. You could unveil a new product you have launched or a new direction your company is planning on heading in.

Why not introduce an interesting theme that reflects the personality of your organisation. Brand identity doesn’t have to just be about producing content for blog posts it can inform and support your HR departments recruitment drive and be the reason a top salesperson in your industry will want to come and work for you?

 

3. Give Back

A great way to show another side of your organisation is to add a fundraising aspect to your event. Partnering with a charity and celebrating the work they do at your event is a great way to bring your team together and inform the way people perceive your organisation.

When a business chooses to work with a charity it shows itself as being more human, personable, and certainly likeable. Set up a fundraising page you can share with everyone. When a business couples up with a charity, it’s also hugely beneficial for its employees as it’s a great opportunity to come together and share a positive experience to raise funds, volunteer, and engage with a good cause.

Why not keep it local. There’s nothing better than giving back to the community you live in.

 

4. Takes lots of photos

Everyone looks great in the sunshine. Natural light and summer colours make a summer party a great place to take photos.

Photos are the perfect way to provide people with a glimpse into the personality of your company and invoke a sense of belonging and can be used for future PR campaigns. There are currently over 800 million Instagrammers (via statista) and 50% of Instagram users follow at least one business. Having a bank of usable photos that you can use throughout the year, can save money on hiring professional photographers and can be used on company literature and social media accounts and support your brand's visual identity.

 

5. Location. Location. Location

Choosing the right venue is key to your PR strategy. Choosing unique summer party venues can show your personality and create an interesting backdrop to compliment your theme, announcement or organisations personality and brand identity. Matching your venue to your brand identity is a great way to communicate who your company is. If your organisation supplies aircraft parts, you could hold your party at IWM Duxford. This fighter station has been transformed into an impressive events space, rich in heritage and home to over 100 aircraft including the iconic Concorde. If your organisation works in the arts, why not hold your party at Weston Park? Housing a superb collection of fine art and antiques making it the ideal place for any anyone working in or interested in art and antiques.

Choosing a unique venue is also a great way to show your employees that they are valued and deserve to experience something different.

 

So what are you waiting for? Start organising your Summer Party today!