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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. The perfect reception venue works in many ways for the event planner and help build 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.

  • Aviva Stadium

    Capacity: 1200


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

  • Beaulieu

    Capacity: 1000


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

  • Brentford GTech Community Stadium

    Capacity: 500


    Brentford Stadium opened its doors in 2020 as a brand new, state-of-the-art conference and events venue.

  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

    Capacity: 300


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

  • Burnley FC

    Capacity: 250


    Burnley FC's Turf Moor stadium is one of the premier venues for events in the North West.

  • Cardiff City Stadium

    Capacity: 1501


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

  • Chelsea Football Club

    Capacity: 1000


    The iconic Stamford Bridge is a leading events space for up to 1000 guests or delegates in West London.

  • Churchill War Rooms

    Capacity: 350


    In the heart of Central London, Churchill War Rooms is the perfect setting for any meeting.

  • Edgbaston Stadium

    Capacity: 1050


    Edgbaston Stadium is ideally located in the beating heart of Birmingham.

  • Edinburgh Zoo & Mansion House

    Capacity: 250


    Edinburgh Zoo & Mansion House is a unique setting for meetings, conferences, private dinners, and more.

  • Eventim Apollo

    Capacity: 3341


    Eventim Apollo, one of London’s most iconic theatres, offers charm and wow factor to events.

  • ExCeL London

    Capacity: 20000


    ExCeL London is the home of world-class events, offering a wide range of event spaces.

  • Hampton Court Palace

    Capacity: 220


    Hampton Court Palace brings its charm and character to a range of celebrations.

  • Harlequins (Twickenham Stoop)

    Capacity: 910


    Twickenham Stoop Stadium has been developed into a unique and excellent events venue.

  • Hatfield House

    Capacity: 300


    Hatfield House is a spectacular location for celebrations and dinners oozing with English Tudor grandeur.

  • Hedsor House

    Capacity: 180


    Hedsor House, a Georgian house nestled amongst 100 acres of parkland.

  • Hever Castle

    Capacity: 200


    You’ll struggle to find a more special place for a wedding than Hever Castle in Kent.

  • HMS Belfast

    Capacity: 350


    HMS Belfast, permanently anchored between Tower Bridge and London Bridge.

  • IWM Duxford

    Capacity: 1700


    Imperial War Museum Duxford is an impressive aviation museum for dinners and conferences.

  • IWM London

    Capacity: 1000


    The Imperial War Museum London offers an elegant setting to enjoy incredible events and food experiences.

  • IWM North

    Capacity: 500


    A multi-award-winning venue near Manchester city centre, Imperial War Museum North is an iconic landmark.

  • Knebworth House & Barns

    Capacity: 500


    Knebworth House & Barns features a grand 500-year-old house and 250 acres of stunning parkland.

  • Leicester City FC

    Capacity: 650


    Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium boasts contemporary facilities for meetings and events.

  • Leicester Tigers

    Capacity: 1500


    Mattioli Woods Welford Road, home of rugby giants Leicester Tigers, is a large and diverse events space.

  • M Shed

    Capacity: 350


    M Shed is a world-class cultural landmark in the heart of Bristol.

  • National Railway Museum

    Capacity: 800


    The National Railway Museum is the largest of its kind in the world and ideal for large receptions.

  • Natural History Museum

    Capacity: 1200


    The Grade I-listed Natural History Museum is one of London's most iconic buildings and events venues.

  • Northampton Saints

    Capacity: 600


    Franklin’s Gardens is a standout event venue and the home of Premiership Rugby giants Northampton Saints.

  • Nottingham Forest Stadium

    Capacity: 300


    Nottingham Forest’s City Ground Stadium offers conference and events venue for up to 300 people.

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Making the most of your reception venue

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 unforgettable 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 reception 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. 

Summer or winter reception venues

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 venue 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. 

Select a reception venue with ambience

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. 

To discuss your reception venue requirements in more detail, please contact our expert team.