You’re looking at workshop venues in the UK to plan your company strategy, brainstorm your marketing campaign or train your sales team! Finding the perfect workshop venue for meeting or event is an important decision. A well-planned event is one that will be memorable and leave a lasting impression on delegates for years to come. Before you decide on hiring a venue, consider the type of menu that will be served. Consider the guest accommodation for residential stays, the acoustics and the technology setup, as well as the venue’s location.
Here are five inspiring workshop venues for our next event
Colworth Park is situated between Cambridge and Oxford, only 9 miles from Bedford and just a 35-minute train journey from central London. This state-of-the-art modern facility sits within 100 acres of beautiful rolling parkland and is ideal for all your conferencing, meeting, and hospitality needs. It offers a 220-seat lecture suite and eight meeting rooms that can hold from two to 70 people. All rooms are equipped with complimentary WiFi and audio visual equipment.
The lecture suite has a Clickshare wireless presentation system which makes it easy for you to communicate your key message during training courses, team briefings or product launches. Colworth Park also has an in-house printing and graphics team that can design custom name badges, lanyards or stationary for your event. The professional and capable staff can assist you in organising a memorable event that will exceed your expectations.
Catering at Colworth Park
The catering team and banqueting chefs at Colworth can assist you in every aspect of menu planning, from an elegant afternoon tea to a buffet lunch, to a three-course themed dinner for up to 250 delegates. They will help you with bespoke tailor-made menus with an emphasis on fresh and healthy foods to create a fantastic dining experience for all.
For travel arrangements, Colworth uses a local preferred chauffeur transport company. Overnight accommodation such as an 18th-century spa or a traditional country house can be organised through our Findmeaconference team. The area is close to one of the most beautiful riverside settings in the country and event delegates can enjoy visiting the many historical sites, traditional pubs or art galleries in the Bedfordshire area.
The University of Kent in Canterbury is set in over 300 acres of beautiful parkland. It’s fantastic location overlooking the historic city of Canterbury and is an excellent workshop venue for meetings, conferences, training courses or group meetings. It is the largest and most flexible venue in the South East of England with over 5,000 bedrooms, lecture theatres for up to 500 delegates, 200 conference and seminar rooms plus, they can accommodate banqueting for up to 1200 people.
The conference office will help and support you through the entire planning process of your event and offers a wide range of services tailor-made for your needs. They specialise in helping to create memorable events and can manage services like setting up an online registration page, preparing delegate packs and badges and producing receipts. The facility is located in the heart of the Kent countryside and the extensive grounds are ideal for outdoor activities and BBQs. Across the campus, you will find a range of bars and bistros and catering is available for your workshop events, drink receptions and private fine dining occasions.
On the campus
Conference guests staying on campus can take advantage of all the available amenities including the fitness studio sports halls, indoor tennis centre and lots more. A 340-seat theatre and a 300-seat cinema feature a cabaret-style space for live entertainment. Situated just 1 hour from London, The University of Kent has been the winner for the Group Travel Award for ‘Best University Accommodation for Groups’ since 2008. The historic city of Canterbury, also known as the garden of England, is rich in culture and history and offers plenty of beautiful sites to see. Conclude your workshop on the local shorelines, which are only 15 minutes away!
The Hilton Bournemouth is just a few minutes away from Bournemouth’s bustling town centre and only a five-minute walk to the lovely promenade and beach. This 4-star hotel is designed to make your meeting or event memorable. It houses a 360-guest capacity ballroom and a 171 square metre pre-function area, impeccably designed to make your next conference or workshop unforgettable. Each of the hotel’s eight meeting rooms is fitted with the latest audio and visual equipment so your presentations will be perfect. Four meeting rooms can be converted into one room with a connecting balcony to accommodate at least 100 guests in a theatre-style design.
Hilton Bournemouth’s 174 rooms and 14 suites are decorated in quirky minimalist décor that will delight your delegates. The rooms have large panoramic windows with stunning views overlooking the heart of the town.The hotel has free WiFi throughout. Guests can swim in the indoor heated plunge pool or book in for bespoke therapy in one of the four tranquil treatment rooms for some rest and relaxation after a busy workshop. A 24-hour fitness centre is also on site.
Dining at Hilton Bournemouth
For dining, the legendary Schpoons&Forx restaurant, run by Chef Matt Budden, features dishes that are prepared with the freshest local produce and the finest seasonal ingredients. Sky Bar L8 is located on the eighth floor and overlooks Bournemouth and the English Channel and is the perfect place for a few cocktails and an extraordinary view. The professional staff at Hilton Bournemouth can help you plan and organise any sort of catered meal for as many as 260 diners. They also offer special meeting packages for up to 25 people.
Bournemouth is a seaside resort on England’s Southern coast. With seven miles of beach and sparkling sea, this upbeat and cosmopolitan town is gaining notoriety worldwide for its terrific free festivals and exciting events all year round. Visitors can enjoy a large variety of restaurants, shops and nightclubs. Alternatively, travel the countryside and tour some of the areas award winning gardens and the famous New Forest.
The Principal Edinburgh George Street is situated in the stunningly beautiful city of Edinburgh and is one of the most luxurious settings available for meetings, workshops and conferences. Centrally located to Edinburgh International Airport and Waverley Train Station, the 18th-century hotel is a beautiful venue to host your next important event. The hotel won Conference Hotel of the Year in the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards for the Edinburgh & The Lothians region and was a Condé Nast Traveler’s readers’ choice award winner in 2017.
The hotel has eight meeting rooms with flexible configurations and features superfast WiFi and in-house AV support for all your company’s technological requirements. The King’s Hall is a real stunner! This grand Victorian former banking hall can accommodate up to 300 delegates. The Editor’s Bar welcomes up to 70 conference-goers and is ideal for product launches, smaller meetings and receptions.
This exceptional 18th-century building houses over 250 luxuriously appointed en-suite rooms that exemplify the pinnacle of Principal comfort and style. Fresh flowers, waterfall showers, Principal robes and a host of other delightful details are certain to make guests feel special.
Dining takes place at The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen which showcases classic Scottish dishes with contemporary flair and using the highest quality ingredients available. Visitors will also enjoy Burr & Co. for coffee, tea, cakes, pastries, salads and sandwiches and the superb facilities are available to stage the perfect dinner for up to 200 delegates.
What else to do
There are plenty of sites to explore in the historic city of Edinburgh. It has a rich history, beautiful rolling hills and gothic buildings which make sightseeing a pleasure. You should definitely visit Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile which is filled with prisons, battlements, and ancient walls. Or take a haunting ghost tour in the deep underground city by way of the lost labyrinth of Mary King’s Close. If you dare!
You can entertain your delegates in lavish style amongst one of the world’s most significant museum collections when you choose The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. This unique 13,563 square foot venue offers banquets for over 1,000 guests, dances with buffet-style dining for over 1,500 guests and a 27,000 square foot exhibition space. It provides ample space for a large conference, workshop, awards ceremony, workshop or event.
The Bury Lecture Theatre is a self-contained, air-conditioned lecture theatre that can accommodate from 70 to 250 delegates in cinema style seating. It has excellent sight lines to a fixed stage and features a data projection facility, in-house sound and lighting systems, and WIFI connectivity. It is the ideal venue for lectures and product launches, and presentations.
New Dock Hall is the largest event space at the facility and Leeds’s largest banqueting and exhibition venue. It is a large open space that can be used on its own or in combination with other event rooms at the museum. It features a bar service and a dedicated kitchen that can provide delegates with anything from a buffet-style lunch to a full banquet dinner, all prepared by an award-winning catering team.
The facility features 11 other uniquely themed event rooms for guests from 100 to 1000 attendees. Rooms have a comprehensive range of features and amenities. The professional staff has over 20 years of comprehensive, first-class service experience. They are available to make your event successful, prestigious, and memorable. They will coordinate all aspects of your event ranging from the initial planning stages right through to transportation home.
Leeds is located in the heart of the UK with easy access to the M1 and the M62. Delegates will find it an ideal place to explore as there is much to do and see. The city boasts year-round-festivals, a thriving arts scene and breathtaking architecture.