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Reception Venues

Quality reception venues across the UK

Be it the beginning of an evening event or the end of a productive business meeting, a reception allows casual networking, conversation and informal business to be done. These events are sometimes under-appreciated as the calm before the major event storm, but they work in many ways for the event planner and are a crucial aspect of the total event experience.

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    Aintree Racecourse

    Capacity: 3700


    Aintree Racecourse, home of the world-famous Grand National, is steeped in sporting history.

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    Alexandra House

    Capacity: 240


    For top-class meetings, team building events and activities, look no further than Alexandra House.

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    Aviva Stadium

    Capacity: 1200


    As the home of Irish Rugby and Irish Football, the Aviva Stadium encapsulates the heartbeat of a nation.

  • Bluebells At Beaulieu 45922970975 O


    Capacity: 1000


    Beaulieu, in Hampshire’s pretty New Forest, offers a quirky but versatile setting for conferences.

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    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

    Capacity: 300


    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is a stunning landmark venue in the heart of the city.

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    Bristol Zoo Gardens

    Capacity: 280


    You and your delegates can have the zoo to yourselves by holding your event at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

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    Cardiff City Stadium

    Capacity: 1501


    Cardiff City Stadium is one of the premier venues for events in Wales.

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    Carlisle Racecourse

    Capacity: 600


    Impress your guests with a standout event at Carlisle Racecourse, one of Cumbria’s most diverse venues.

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    CentrED at ExCeL

    Capacity: 400


    CentrEd at ExCeL provides a stimulating and comfortable environment for all events.

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    Cheltenham Racecourse

    Capacity: 3000


    Home of the Gold Cup, Cheltenham Racecourse is a world-famous horse racing venue.

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Reliable reception venues

The evening reception is all about space and time; it could be champagne and Pimm's on the lawns of Hatfield House or Hever Castle, or bowl food and wines within the inspirational settings of Aston Villa Stadium or Twickenham Stadium. These events are popular with organisers and their clients alike, but why? 

First of all, they allow the event to start in its own time, find its own pace, and act as an elegant prelude to what is to come. They also allow an event to wind down; an evening reception following a full day of business allows for relaxation, a reward and a rest bite for the delegation. On a logistical note, maybe it offers the event team their own chance to turn a room around. 

Creating an experience

At Lime Venue Portfolio, we talk about creating experiences. We’re well placed to do so, as well. Our contribution to an event can be both the venue and the food and wine. However, it is the event planner that really understands how experiences are made, and no more so than through a reception-style event. 

Great event planners don’t just organise events – they curate experiences for their delegates that will be inspiring and memorable. They understand that while guests come for content, networking, fine food and excellent wine, they leave with an experience they will remember. A reception is usually part of a wider event but needs to be created as a one-off set piece as well. 

We take the comfort of your guests seriously, so you can rest assured that each of our reception venues follows essential Covid-19 safety measures. 

Summer or winter

Summer drinks receptions can be amazing; the right mixture of reception venue, fine dining, a smartly dressed delegation, croquet on the lawn, or the chance to play casual games, can all set a delightful tone. Food can be created that underlines this elegant tone; smart, fresh canapés, light cordials, and seafood served over ice can all create theatre and add to the already stunning surroundings. Depending on the timing, the evening reception can catch the last of the day’s light, creating a passage between afternoon and late evening experience. 

Equally, a Christmas reception venue can provide a subtle start to proceedings, a chance for people to relax, put the day behind them, wind down from the company conference, and again provide a steady transition from business to pleasure. From the event organiser’s perspective, food can line the stomach, stop it grumbling and soak up some of the earlier alcohol intake. 

The surroundings of a unique venue can create conversation. The beauty and elegance of the Imperial War Museum North, for instance, which provides views across the Quay to Media City, creates activity that can be taken in at the delegate's own pace. For a sporty venue, the chance to enjoy the arresting ambiance of an iconic stadium can provide similar excitement and awe. 

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