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Choosing an unusual venue for your next event

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Choosing a venue for your next conference or event can be a tricky job, given the massive choice of venues up and down the country.  The most obvious choice would be a purpose-built conference centre or a hotel, but have you ever considered choosing an unusual venue?  These types of venues help you to create inspirational events and ensure that your delegates have a lasting impression of the event.

With the plethora of unusual venues to choose from, we have broken them down into different categories and outlined some of the benefits:

Historic Venues

With the help of the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Royal Palaces,  there are more historic venues than ever that can be used for events.  Most are usually set in spectacular surroundings, which create an amazing backdrop for any event and they usually offer tours or similar that your delegates will find fascinating.


Dry Hire Venues

The thought of hiring a blank space and dressing it ready for an event may be quite daunting, but by choosing a dry hire venue, you are able to put your own stamp on your event, making it a totally unique experience.  Most dry hire venues work with preferred suppliers, so you don’t have to start from scratch unless you really want to.


Academic Venues

This type of venue can be found all over the country.  Universities have spectacular buildings that internally are designed to accommodate large numbers of people. Whilst during term time their availability may be reduced, during the Easter, Summer and Christmas breaks they welcome external events. They tend to offer much better value for money than conference centres and hotels and what’s more, they are able to offer good value accommodation.


Sporting Venues

A sporting venue can be a great choice for a conference or event. Most are easily accessible, with thousands of free car parking spaces and large purpose-built meeting areas which are totally under-used outside of match days. Most of these venues also offer stadium tours and if required, motivational talks by former players.

Unusual or Unique Venues

Choosing a venue that is out of the ordinary will definitely create the wow factor needed to make your event stand out from the rest. The list of types of unusual venues is huge – theme parks, railway arches, museums, forts, lighthouses, old breweries, warehouses, zoos, galleries, studios, private members clubs, mansions, aircraft hangars – too many to mention here!  Most out of town venues will have outside space for team building events too, so you can combine business and bonding.

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