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Exhibitions Venues

Unique and unusual exhibition venues to hire across the UK.

ExCeL London, London

ExCeL London

Max Capacity 21000

ExCeL is the capital's premier events venue and home to London's International Convention Centre. Our 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.

Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Max Capacity 1300

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; we can do them all, hosting over 400 national and international events a year.

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.

Kettering Conference & Leisure Village, Kettering

Kettering Conference & Leisure Village

Max Capacity 2000

Kettering Conference & Leisure Village is one of the most centrally located venues in the UK for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and special occasions. We have excellent road links with the A1(M), M1 and M6, and only 55 minutes by train from London we are the perfect location for both national and local events.

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI Manchester), Manchester

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI Manchester)

Max Capacity 300

Whether it's a conference, product launch or informal gathering, you'll find the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester makes every event unique.

The museum opened its doors in 1983 and is located on the original terminus of the worlds first inter-city railway, Liverpool Road. There are 5 Listed buildings, 2 of them listed as Grade I.

Aintree Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Liverpool

Aintree Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 4500

There’s nowhere quite like Aintree Racecourse, home of the world famous Randox Health Grand National. Steeped in history, drama, triumph and achievement, it is 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.

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.

Harlequins FC, Twickenham

Harlequins FC

Max Capacity 400

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 conference and events, which makes The Stoop the perfect venue for all types of events.

Haydock Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Newton Le Willows

Haydock Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 500

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, we’re also well known as a venue that leads the field in holding events that are every bit as memorable as our race days.

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.

Nottingham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Nottingham

Nottingham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 200

The Racecourse breathes fresh air into any business event. There's the sense of scale and space, with green views across Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park and the Trent valley. It's naturally suited to big moments like product launches, showcases and demonstrations and lends a sense of occasion to regional and national conferences.

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.

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.

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.

Leicester City Football Club, Leicester

Leicester City Football Club

Max Capacity 650

Leicester City Football Club provides contemporary meeting & event facilities for up to 650 guests. Free wifi, free car parking & city centre location compliments our seven conference suites and 43 corporate hospitality boxes over looking the pitch.
We offer various Day Delegate packages, individually designed to cater for every budget.

Railway Museum, York

Railway Museum

Max Capacity 600

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 & history the former locomotive depot houses many famous & record breaking locomotives including Mallard & Bullet Train. The elegant surroundings are sure to add prestige to any event.

Sheffield United Football Club, Sheffield

Sheffield United Football Club

Max Capacity 360

Bramall Lane is a fantastic multipurpose venue, offering versatile event spaces with capacities from 2 – 360 guests! We are the only venue in the city to offer over 400 free vehicle parking spaces

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.

Warwick Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Warwick

Warwick Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 160

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 Training & Conference Centre, Milton Keynes

Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre

Max Capacity 350

Kents Hill Park is a dedicated Training & Conference Centre conveniently located in the Midlands with great links to London, Birmingham & Manchester. With 71 meeting rooms & 330 bedrooms, we offer you enormous flexibility and adaptability, whether you need a quiet room for 12, a training room for 25 or a conference theatre style for 350.

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Cheltenham

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 2250

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 profile corporate or private function.

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.

Newmarket Racecourses, A Jockey Club Venue, Newmarket

Newmarket Racecourses, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 300

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.

Carlisle Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Carlisle

Carlisle Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 470

For conferences, meetings, seminars and exhibitions, weddings or parties, Carlisle Racecourse offeres the most flexible facilities around. Located just off Junction 42 of the M6, we offer superb facilities for both race day and non race day events with a variety of sized rooms and ample free parking.

Olympia London, Kensington

Olympia London

Max Capacity 1800

Flexible space and award-winning service; Olympia London's conference facilities is perfect for 200-1500 delegates. Our award winning team will help you find the perfect fit to create a bespoke conference in one of our three unique spaces. And with DDR packages from £65, why not book a showround and experience the venue for yourself.

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.

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Edgbaston Stadium

Max Capacity 700

Edgbaston is one the UK’s leading sporting venues which features an array of versatile, modern and luxurious suites that are suitable for any occasion from small meetings to large conferences. Our unique and iconic venue provides an exquisite backdrop with suites that offer natural daylight and stunning views overlooking the famous Edgbaston pitch.

Twickenham Stadium, London

Twickenham Stadium

Max Capacity 1200

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 25 dedicated spaces and rooms, many providing attendees and delegates with excellent facilities and a wealth of flexible interior space.

Market Rasen Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Market Rasen

Market Rasen Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 250

-Flexible facilities that can be tailored to your event
-Unique and picturesque setting
-Suberb catering and highly experienced staff with the expertise to meet your requests
-A range of audio and visual equipment
-Ample free parking
-Large picturesque outdoor space
-Bespoke service
-Dedicated Event Manager

Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Max Capacity 10000

SEC is Scotland's national venue for public events. It is 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 Arena, London

The O2 Arena

Max Capacity 20000

The O2 is the finest & most technologically advanced entertainment space within the UK. Split into 5 key areas; The O2 arena, indigO2, the British Music Experience, Live Quarter & London Piazza are all totally versatile & unique. The possibilities of the type of show, presentation, conference or special event that can be staged here are endless.

Wincanton Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Wincanton

Wincanton Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 120

On days that we are not racing the indoor facilities provide exclusive views and a unique ambiance that is perfect for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, and exhibitions. For out door events such as horse and pony shows, dog shows or car rallies we have up to 90 stables and approximately 50 acres of flat grassland.

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Exeter

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 300

Exeter Racecourse is a renowned conference centre surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. Exeter Racecourse 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.

Wellcome Collection, London

Wellcome Collection

Max Capacity 154


Wellcome Collection is a venue for the incurably curious, it's centre piece is a 154 tiered auditorium surrounded by four fantastic seminar rooms all of which are perfect for any event, we also offer an amazing gallery space for drinks receptions up to 200

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Exhibition venue and event sector report 2018

Understanding what your exhibitors are looking for at your event is critical to providing the right services and choosing the right exhibition venue.

Below, we run through the main points from Display Wizard’s research into exhibitor priorities in a brand new infographic and explore what conclusions can be drawn to make sure your event communications and sales can be effective.

The biggest overall trend from the data is that return on investment for exhibitors is paramount. Communicating and measuring this return on investment can be supported throughout the full exhibition cycle, from planning and marketing, to activity at the venue, through to following up leads.

Quality of visitors and cost are the two key factors for brands when choosing an exhibition event  so communicating the value of their investment in the event is really important. How can you be transparent on the quality of attendees, and the sales that previous exhibitors has generated?

With the findings below, you can also calculate key points in the exhibitors marketing schedule to support them in their efforts. Making sure businesses are supported in this stage, and following up leads after the event are both critical to giving exhibitors value for money. With email being the most popular form of following up leads, GDPR might have a huge impact on the ability for exhibitors to successfully follow up event leads, and convert them into sales. How will that affect the perceived value of an exhibition to them?

Take a lot at the rest of the findings below, and let us know your thoughts. How do you think this data will change in the next 12 months?

Exhibition venues

 

How can exhibitors get the most out of your event?

As an event planner, you want your exhibitors to come away from each event with a great list of quality leads, a measurable return on investment and a plan to pitch at your next event. Below we take you through the steps an exhibitor should be going through in order to make the most out of an event, and how you can be supporting them.

Before the event

1. Exhibitors need to plan their objectives and goals

Whether it’s meeting new prospects, shaking hands with current customers or raising their brand’s profile, make sure exhibitors have identified goals before the show. Having their objectives agreed upfront makes it much easier to plan exhibition stand messaging and layout to support their goals, as well as supporting the event with effective marketing in advance. This will help exhibitors get the most from their event experience, see the best return on investment, and be encouraged to return for the next event.

2. Be exclusive

To make an exhibitors event attendance unique, and ensure they get the right visitors to your stand, think about what event exclusives they can offer. Are they having an expert attend the event who can give face-to-fact consultancy and advice at the event? Are they launching a new product for the first time? Is there a specific offer they can give to event attendees? The more exclusives, the more event attendees, and the more there is for the press to cover. From an exhibitor’s perspective, this also helps them get the best return on investment from their stand.

3. Get social

Anyone with a stand should be connecting with prospects before the show. Following them on LinkedIn and Twitter. Make their presence at the show known through these channels so they remember you and their new leads, should they attend. Make sure exhibitors are having the right type of conversions on social media in the build-up, are they engaging with content from the event organisers? Are they interacting with speakers or other exhibitors? Are they using event hashtags?

4. Personalisation

exhibitors need to identify who’s in their database and tailor their marketing communications. It’s unlikely they will want to send the same message to prospects that you do customers. You’ll be surprised at the impact a more customised message makes.

5. Preparation is key

Ever had exhibitors drop out of an event due to being let down by suppliers? Or just had a stressful experience because of preparation? Making sure that exhibitors have stands designed and produced on time, have the correct technical requirements planned in advance, and that the setup is planned and rehearsed can be the difference between a happy returning customer and a no-show on the day.

During the exhibition

6. Staff are key

Whether exhibitors are sending internal staff down to the show or using a team of promotional staff, it’s important that everyone is prepped for questions they’re likely to be asked on the day. Stand staff are the face of their brand but think beyond stand staff – events are a great way to show off a brands experts.

7. Engage with the senses

Did you know that we recall what we smell for much longer than any of the other senses? Get those creative juices flowing and make people aware of your presence with more than just graphics. What can the exhibition venue provide to enhance exhibitors and attendees experience? Do you need a more informal networking area away from the main exhibition room?

8. Don’t miss opportunities

Visitors need to be convinced by exhibitors that they can be trusted and are the best at what they know, so how else can the event support this goal? Speaker sessions are a great way to demonstrate what makes a product/service special, allowing brands their time to shine. Can exhibitors be given the option to sponsor speed networking or smaller break out conference tracks? The more options an exhibitor gets, the more benefit they will see from the event.

9. Keep it simple

Humans have specially-wired brains which allow them to have ‘selective attention’ when they are overloaded. Keep stands focused and simple to avoid being lost in the information overload.

10. Make it digital

If an exhibitors stand is small or your product or services tricky to exhibit, what suppliers can you suggest to help make them stand out from the crowd? From wearable technology to interactive screens – get creative with what could work for your event brand as well as exhibitors and attendees.

The follow-up

11. Leads

How are exhibitors thanking attendees and those they talked to at the event? As an exhibition venue or organiser, the more you can help a brand convert potential leads, the more value they will have received from the event, the more likely you are to retain clients. 80% of sales leads are converted after the fifth point of contact, so supporting exhibitors during this key stage of the process is really valuable.

12. Review

It’s really important than the success of an event is reviewed with exhibitors. This can help ease the sale of the stand at the next event and builds stronger relationships with clients. Do they need more support marketing their stand in advance? Do they support converting leads? Do they understand their ROI for the event? The more value an exhibitor gets from the event, the venue and the organisers, the more likely they are to come back.

Exhibition venue infographic and guide

An Introduction to Exhibition Venues

The power of exhibitions

Exhibitions are generally considered one of the most important parts of the marketing mix. A great way for industries to get their people together. For suppliers to showcase their wares, launch new products, find new customers and meet existing ones. They can also provide a platform to share best practice, spark debate and encourage innovation. For many companies who want to achieve all these things and more, the logical thing to do is often organise exhibitions of their own. link to end

Choosing the right exhibition venue

The venue selection for an exhibition is really critical. From a basic logistical point of view, the chosen venue needs to be accessible to the people the event organiser wants to talk to. Similarly location is really important and in most cases, the venue needs to be reached by car, rail and air.

On-site, it needs easy access for exhibitors to deliver their stands, good ceiling height, car parking, easy entrance to the exhibition room and not just the venue itself. It needs space in abundance, multiple rooms to attach a conference or educational programme, catering for delegates, and entertainment pre and post-show. 

It needs to have facilities that have been designed for use by exhibitors; purpose-built or amended in partnership with exhibition organisers who have their own very specific needs. And all this before we even look at the content …

Put on a Show

As with all events, it is the importance of the content that rules supreme. Ask any exhibitor their main objective and they will talk about creating the right environment, be it business or consumer. Sure, they want people to be able to easily access the content, but if what goes on inside the exhibition is right, people will go the extra mile … literally. If you're looking for inspiration for exhibition design check out this board on Pinterest.

From a B2B point of view, this is about creating an environment that allows business to be done with energy and personality, in the context of information and education. Business exhibitions are at their best when deals are being struck, thought leaders are inspiring delegations and visitors can spend a day or more of high intensity value. 

Global brands such as the Farnborough Air Show see the procurement of £500m jets; a huge endorsement for the business environment created at the event. Other exhibitions include the Cannes Film festival, a B2B event that buys and sells film, but with a global consumer attractions!

From a consumer perspective the energy is much the same; create a buzz, create an experience, back it up with learning and insight, and please exhibiting companies by creating an environment that gets people talking and encourages purchase. Think about great exhibition brands such as The Ideal Home Show, Brick (the Lego Show) and MCM Comicon. We all recognise the excitement that surrounds annual events such as CES in Las Vegas. Even smaller exhibitions such as Girls Day Out; these are shows that create amazing experiences, perfectly tailored to the audience, where they can spend time with like minded individuals and brands. 

The role of the unusual exhibition venue

It is this creation of great experience where the venue’s role continues to be integral. At Lime Venue Portfolio’s we believe strongly that an unusual or unique venue sets the tone, the context, and creates anticipation ahead of an event; and this is no different when it comes to exhibitions.

We’re fortunate to have some of the very best exhibition spaces in the world as part of our portfolio; magnificent purpose built venues such as ExCeL London, the SECC and Olympia London; allow a space only environment, a blank canvass for the creative organiser to fill.

But we also have more unusual venues that have quickly become a major feature in the UK exhibition landscape; the Ricoh Arena for instance is full of purpose built, highly flexible facilities to host major exhibitions.

The unusual nature of the venue is particularly important. Unique venues carry their own history and heritage, their unique brands and reputations, and this can provide marketing, message and inspiration for the organiser as well as the guest. Arriving at The O2 is dramatic and when guests see their business event in places like Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Twickenham Stadium or Sandown Park, they will be more likely to attend.

Boutique Exhibitions

Unusual venues work for major exhibitions but they also work for smaller, boutique shows as well. Here the venue can work in partnership with the organiser to help the exhibition become established and then to expand. The space is versatile and allows a steady growth, tracking its performance and its potential, giving it the rooms to grow into.

Many unique venues carry huge marketing reach as well, not least for consumer shows, where their own marketing support and know how can work in perfect partnership with the organiser’s activity. 

Smaller exhibitions don’t always have the budget to spend on expensive shell scheme, set up and breakdown costs. Working with a unique venue gives them a ready made, and ready dressed space that allows the organiser to again focus on the content.

Stadia, are a great choice. Not only do they have flexible spaces, but they often easily tick the boxes of accessibility, location and parking.

The Future’s Bright

Exhibitions are an industry worth in excess of £11bn, they bring people together in dramatic and highly valuable ways. They create trade and business opportunities, allow products and business to launch, and create memorable days out for families. They are also one of the most dynamic and fast moving parts of the industry; they are getting better every day.