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.
Cambridge & East England
Unique and unusual venues to hire in Cambridge and East England
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.
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.
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.
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Why book a meeting or event in Cambridge?
Organising a meeting or event in Cambridge is one of the best decisions you could make. Cambridge is a quintessentially British destination that is known worldwide for its prestigious university. The University of Cambridge has produced eighty-eight Nobel Prize winner and has helped shaped some of the most brilliant minds in history, including Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. Technology companies are in abundance due to the number of science and engineering graduates. This city exudes talent and success, making it a perfect destination to inspire those who travel here for business. Cambridge is more than just a conference destination, it is a unique experience that inspires and captivates the imagination of all delegates. With over 800 years’ worth of experience: your event is in safe hands!
Historically, international events in Cambridge have attracted a higher number of attendees than in any other location. Delegates want more than a bog-standard meeting room and straight presentations. They want to be enchanted by something different and feel motivated by the experience. There are a number of unique venues in Cambridge and the surrounding area that will incentivise and help to get your business project off the ground.
Travelling to and from Cambridge
The ease of accessibility means that travelling to and from Cambridge is fast and stress-free. Within an hour you can arrive from London by train and the city centre is only a short 15-minute walk away from Cambridge railway station. Taxis and buses are available for those days when you wish to escape the rain! Prefer using your own transport? By road, Cambridge is accessible from the M11 motorway and the A14. It’s highly encouraged to take advantage of the Park and Ride sites situated around the edge of the city - a convenient and cost effective way to travel into the city centre.
Leisure in Cambridge
The town centre can only be visited on foot, but don’t worry, it isn’t as inconvenient as you may think. The area is small, but bursting with character and beauty. In such a calm location, it’s easy to focus on the agenda, however you should find opportunities within your event to break out and refresh. Take a stroll and enjoy the surroundings: walking and fresh air is not only physical beneficial, but also is fantastic for the mind and wellness.
You cannot take a trip to Cambridge without experience punting – it’s a must do. Punting is a fun and highly relaxing way to view the unique historical architecture that the city offers. Sit back and chill as you float lazily along the river. There are various locations to hire a boat and chauffeur, and if you’re feeling particularly brave, give it a go yourself! The river can get busy when the weather is hot, so prepare for some congestion and perhaps the occasional person falling in! Cycling around the area is another enjoyable way to explore this incredible location. In fact, it is one of the top cycling cities in the UK, boasting over 80 miles of routes to take advantage of.
Other thing for your delegates to enjoy during your trip to Cambridge include visits to the fascinating museums and art galleries. The Botanic Gardens at Cambridge University are worth a visit. The market square is full of life and energy, or escape to one of the many quaint tearooms for a cosy afternoon, feeling more British than ever!
Unique venues in Cambridge and East England
Just outside of Cambridge is IWM Duxford, the best-preserved Second World War airfield in Europe. The Imperial War Museums is ideal for all types of event. From small meetings to conferences of 800 people, there is a variety of flexible spaces to work with. The aircraft's add the excitement factor to your experience: they put the extraordinary into the every day. How often can you say that you were able to dine beneath the wing of Concorde at a corporate event?
Two of our brilliant racecourses are based in the East of England, just outside of Cambridge. Huntingdon Racecourse and Newmarket Racecourse are a part of Jockey Club Catering, a group which pride themselves on offering top quality experiences. Newmarket Racecourse is based in Suffolk and is often referred to the headquarters of British horseracing. The stunning view of the racecourse and surrounding countryside is perfect during the meeting. Team building days, awards evenings and sit-down dinners are just a small handful of the types of event that is regularly held at this iconic venue. Huntingdon Racecourse is a far more intimate venue, close to Huntingdon town; a destination who’s racing tradition dates back over three and a half centuries.
Hatfield House, based in Hertfordshire was once home to Henry VIII and was childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. The venue to this day has maintained a large amount of its original features, particularly in The Old Palace. This space is perfect for banquets, award ceremonies and large receptions, as guests are immediately transported back in time the moment they enter the doors of the Grand Palace. The Riding School provides a fresh and contemporary alternative, ideal for meetings and conferences.
Thinking of visiting Cambridge or hosting an event here?
You might find the following resources useful in planning:
Visit Cambridge: www.visitcambridge.org
Cambridge Lonely Planet: www.lonelyplanet.com/cambridge
Cambridge City County: www.cambridge.gov.uk