Reading FC Conference and Events, based at the impressive Madejski Stadium, provides the perfect backdrop to any conference or event. The function suites range in capacity from 2 to 500 delegates, from modern conference rooms overlooking the pitch to more traditional spaces that showcase the club’s history and heritage.
Unique and unusual conference venues to hire across the UK
Awarded Best Sporting Venue for Events 2018, 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 34 dedicated spaces and rooms, many providing attendees and delegates with excellent facilities and a wealth of flexible interior space.
Leicester City Football Club provides contemporary meeting and events facilities for up to 650 guests. Free Wi-Fi, free car parking and a city centre location complements the seven conference suites and 43 corporate hospitality boxes overlooking the pitch. Various Day Delegate packages are available, individually designed to cater for every budget.
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.
Situated in the heart of Hertfordshire, Hatfield House offers a stunning and unique setting for any event, from meetings 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 a unique experience.
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're looking for a conference, dinner, wedding, team building or family fun day out.
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; The QEII can do them all, hosting over 400 national and international events a year.
A multi-award winning venue close to Manchester city centre, the Imperial War Museum North is an iconic landmark available for daytime events and exclusive evening hire. Within its striking aluminium-clad structure you'll find a unique venue for your conference or event.
Epsom Downs is a truly unique venue for your conference, dinner dance, wedding, product launch, Christmas party and 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.
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.
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 1,000 people, event success is guaranteed with the venue's wide range of flexible spaces and facilities.
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 10,000 cars, it has the versatility to stage high-profile corporate or private functions.
Kettering Conference and Leisure Village is one of the most centrally located venues in the UK for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and special occasions. The venue has excellent road links with the A1(M), M1 and M6, and is only 55 minutes by train from London, making it the perfect location for both national and local events.
Cardiff City Stadium is one of the premier events venues in Wales. The stadium contains a range of flexible event spaces 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 over 1,200 onsite car parking spaces.
There’s nowhere quite like Aintree Racecourse, home of the world famous Randox Health Grand National. Steeped in history, drama, triumph and achievement, it's 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.
In 2002, the Cabinet War Rooms took over and restored large areas of the Whitehall site. The meeting facilities now include a number of historic period rooms including a 120-seat auditorium enhanced by discreet but modern audio-visual facilities and air conditioning. Rooms are available for corporate or private hire, both daytime and evening.
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, it's also well known as a venue that leads the field in holding events that are every bit as memorable as their race days.
Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and educational charity which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project. The Clifton Pavilion can offer the perfect venue for any occasion. Built in the 1920s, the building's graceful architecture offers elegant rooms with beautiful views overlooking the West Lawn and the zoo's resident flamingos.
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.
Bramall Lane is a fantastic multipurpose venue, offering versatile event spaces with capacities from 2-400 guests. This is the only venue in Sheffield to offer over 400 free vehicle parking spaces.
With flexible space and award-winning service, Olympia London's conference facilities are perfect for 200-1,500 delegates. The venue's award-winning team will help you find the perfect fit to create a bespoke conference in one of their three unique spaces. And with DDR packages from £65, why not book a show round and experience the venue for yourself?
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 and history, the former locomotive depot houses many famous and record-breaking locomotives including the Mallard and a Japanese Bullet Train. The elegant surroundings are sure to add prestige to any event.
If you're looking for a truly unique venue, then the Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is the answer. The venue offers meetings, conferences, private dinners, drinks receptions, family or corporate away days and weddings as well as a range of exciting team building activities all based in the heart of one of Scotland's most popular tourist attractions.
Nottingham Racecourse breathes fresh air into any business event. There's the sense of scale and space, with green views across the racecourse, Colwick Park and the Trent valley. The venue is naturally suited to big moments like product launches, showcases and demonstrations and lends a sense of occasion to regional and national conferences.
M Shed is a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbourside 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 rooftop terrace, giving fantastic panoramic views across Bristol's harbour.
Set on a moated island, Leeds Castle provides one of the most unique venues for residential and day conferences, meetings, corporate hospitality and banqueting in Kent.
Located in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, just 16 miles from Central London, Kempton Park Racecourse offers 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 the on-site train station.
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.
Kents Hill Park is a dedicated Training and Conference Centre conveniently located in the Midlands with great links to London, Birmingham and Manchester. With 70 meeting rooms and 330 bedrooms, the venue offers enormous flexibility and adaptability, whether you need a quiet room for 12, a training room for 25 or a conference theatre-style for 600.
The Twickenham Stoop Stadium has been home to Harlequins, the world-famous rugby club, since 1963. The Stoop is located in the heart of Twickenham and over the years has been redeveloped into a unique and excellent venue for conferences and events, which makes The Stoop the perfect venue for all types of events.
Yarnfield Park can be found in a picturesque Midlands countryside location close to Stoke and Stafford and the M6 motorway between Birmingham and Manchester. Benefits include spacious public areas, 32 meeting spaces (largest for 450), 338 hotel bedrooms, a buffet restaurant with quality food choice, outdoor space for team building, free parking for 400, free super-fast Wi-Fi to connect 800 separate devices at once.
CentrEd at ExCeL is a brand new state-of-the-art conference, meeting and training facility that’s part of our award-winning venue portfolio.
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.
A purpose built conference centre offering eight contemporary rooms and spacious breakout 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.
For conferences, meetings, seminars and exhibitions, weddings or parties, Carlisle Racecourse offers the most flexible facilities around. Located just off Junction 42 of the M6, the venue is available for both race day and non-race day events with a variety of room sizes rooms and ample free parking.
ExCeL is the capital's premier events venue and home to London's International Convention Centre. The venue has been designed to accommodate a wide range of event formats, with organisers able to use different spaces from an auditorium to exhibition space, executive meeting rooms and a dedicated training centre.
Purpose-built in 1889, Roux 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 Roux kitchen, fronted by Michel Roux Jnr and Head Chef Steve Groves, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2009.
Located in the heart of Birmingham, Edgbaston is the perfect place to host business meetings, conferences, training courses, dinners, weddings or bespoke events. The venue's dedicated events team will work with you to deliver a truly unforgettable service and create an event that you and your guests will remember for years to come.
If you're looking for an event venue with a difference in West Yorkshire then look no further. Located in the heart of Bradford, the National Science and Media Museum is a unique choice, offering five floors of spectacular galleries, two state-of-the-art auditoria and the IMAX experience – all housed within a magnificent glazed frontage.
It’s not just about fantastic horse racing at Huntingdon Racecourse: they also have a Conference and Events Centre which is open all-year round. The venue's extensive facilities offer the flexibility to cater for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and parties, while the grounds cover an incredible 175 acres and can be used for a multitude of indoor and outdoor events.
Farnham Castle is a multi-award-winning venue for weddings, events, and meetings with stunning buildings, beautiful grounds, world-class dining, guest accommodation and parking.
Leicester Tigers match days are an incredible experience, but rugby isn't the only thing this venue does well. Welford Road is open every day for business and pleasure - from product launches, conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners, weddings and family parties, whatever the occasion the stadium is a superb venue.
Whether big or small, fun or formal, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium can host all types of unique experiences with its diverse range of spaces.
Molineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, offers a modern and flexible conference venue available for conferences, meetings, team building, lunches and dinners from 2 to 550 people. The 12 function rooms and 18 Executive Boxes offer event organisers the flexibility to arrange anything.
Market Rasen Racecourse offers flexible facilities that can be tailored to your event located within a unique and picturesque setting. The venue is known for its superb catering and highly experienced staff, as well as its range of audio and visual equipment and ample free parking. Any event you hold here will benefit from the picturesque outdoor space, bespoke service and dedicated Event Manager.
Franklin’s Gardens, home of Northampton Saints, is located in the heart of England and could be at the heart of your next event. Just an hour away from London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, five minutes from the M1 and within easy reach of a number of major airports.
The SSE Arena, Wembley (formerly known as Wembley Arena) is the UK’s most iconic entertainment venue. With a rich history that goes back to its days as the Empire Pool and Sports Arena, the building has played host to numerous events including the 1948 and 2012 Olympics.
SEC is Scotland's national venue for public events. It's 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.
The O2 is the finest and most technologically advanced entertainment space within the UK. Split into 5 key areas; The O2 arena, indigO2, the British Music Experience, Live Quarter and London Piazza, are of which all totally versatile and unique. The possibilities of the type of show, presentation, conference or special event that can be staged here are endless.
On non-racing days, the indoor facilities at Wincanton Racecourse provide exclusive views and a unique ambience that's perfect for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings and exhibitions. For outdoor events such as horse and pony shows, dog shows or car rallies the venue has up to 90 stables and approximately 50 acres of flat grassland.
Exeter Racecourse is a renowned conference centre surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. The venue 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.
Hever Castle, Kent is located just 40 minutes from London and 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport.
The Astor Wing boasts Tudor-style meeting rooms, the Castle Dining Hall and five star accommodation. The Guthrie Pavilion is a contemporary lakeside conference venue with garden receptions. The venue also contains the Championship Golf Club, tennis court, swimming pool and outdoor pursuits.
Wellcome Collection is a venue for the incurably curious. Its event spaces are flexible and contemporary with ultra-modern AV facilities in an unrivalled Central London location. Spaces include a tiered auditorium ideal for daytime or evening events and the Atrium, ideal for drinks receptions or product launches.
The Venues team build on Northumbria University's reputation as a national leader in business and enterprise, we attract a diverse range of conferences and events with private businesses, associations, societies, public sector organisations and charities, applying our expertise to deliver professionally managed events with long-lasting impact.
Alexandra House is set in 20 acres of grounds, perfect for team building and outdoor events, and only 4 miles from central Swindon. As a four-star venue Alexandra House offers superior accommodation and modern facilities. The venue has 152 bedrooms and 17 flexible meeting spaces, all with natural daylight.
Located among the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and 7 miles from the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon you'll find Ettington Chase Hotel. Set in 11 acres of landscaped grounds and offering 15 flexible meeting rooms, it's a superb venue for conferences, meetings and events and can accommodate up to 200 delegates.
Milton Hill House is a charming Georgian manor house with 120 bedrooms and 21 meeting rooms offering flexible and contemporary space with a maximum capacity for 170 delegates. Each of the spaces has air conditioning and the latest AV technology, as well as access to the extensive grounds which are ideal for team building activities and outdoor events.
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Conferences are big business
In the UK, conferences make up over half of the £42.5 billion events industry. While not being known as the sexy part of the sector, they are the poster boy for it. Conferences encompass the very best of business events - they create a forum for sharing knowledge, providing education, best practice for thought leadership and ideas to spread. Conferences prove that when large numbers of people are brought together, amazing things happen.
As with most live events, it’s not just the inspirational speakers, the well structured conference programme, the keynote speakers and CPD sessions, it’s also the networking, the chats in coffee shops, bars and restaurants in and around the conference venue that provide so much added value. As Richard Waddington, Chair of the Event Marketers Associations, commented: “Delegates come for the content, but they get an experience”.
For every conference organiser, the relationship with the host venue is a partnership of extreme value. Venues are conference enablers - whilst the creative event organiser is focusing on getting the best content, the venue is there to help them curate the content so that delegates are given an abundance of choice in an environment that truly engages them.
We believe conferences and meetings can help your business get ahead of the competition. Find out more in our blog here.
For the last few years, ExCeL London, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has hosted the stunning Talent Connect conference by LinkedIn. It’s a brilliant event that combines a central compelling theme with outstanding content, creative production and an engaged and contributory delegation.
Meetings Mean Business
It’s an event that underlines why we do what we do and it’s an incredible advert for the conference industry. In 2016, Lime Venue Portfolio launched Meetings Mean Business, a chance for us to show that we are the industry’s biggest cheerleader when it comes to great events. We believe it's conferences like this that are paving an exciting period of growth and value for this important sector of the industry.
As part of the Meetings Mean Business campaign, we’re especially keen to reward our own clients for choosing our unique and unusual venues. We believe that anyone that comes to our venues is already making a choice - they're not just creating an event, they're curating an experience. An experience that will engage their delegation, that will inspire them as well as inform them.
We created Meetings Mean Business as we know that most people still dread going to a ‘boring’ conference, and have no idea that, every day, experiences are being created that are the equivalent to a business funfair, not a traditional and stuffy chalk and talk affair.
We’re inspired by the fact that the LinkedIn Talent Connect conference is just one of many that take place every day - we know, because they are hosting many of them across our portfolio.
Around the world we see examples of great conferences - think of the event that coined the phrase Web 2.0, Cisco Live!, of Apple’s annual developer event, WWDC, and the global repercussions it produces, and how about TED? – ideas worth spreading.
These events work because they prize content and they use conferences as the medium to communicate their message to their audience. And why wouldn’t they? Messages are so much more powerful when delivered through the medium of a live event, face to face, with engagement and involvement opportunities throughout.
LVP conference venues
At Lime Venue Portfolio we have some amazing conference venues, including the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and Olympia London, which provide inspirational and unique settings to set the tone for the conference early. They work because they offer flexibility and choice. They enable agile event organisers to create and change sessions while live on site - at the whim of delegate feedback.
Whether the conference is a residential, multi-day event or a full day experience, food inevitably plays a part. With Lime Venue Portfolio, organisers have a proactive partner. We understand the mental strain a full day of packed content can take on a delegate and we provide brain-boosting grub that sparks the delegation into life in the morning, re-fuels them at lunch and rewards them at dinner.
Food is a useful tool at the conference organiser’s disposal. It can be used to make the most of the conference, to complement its content and, through its delivery, underline the key messages of the experience.
The conference industry is full of intelligent people who create amazing experiences every single day. At conferences, delegates are educated, inspired and enlightened in the company of a community of peers and like-minded individuals.
When you plan your conference, don’t just organise an event, create an experience. And that often starts by booking an unusual conference venue.