Top tips on choosing a unique venue for your event

When it comes to choosing a venue for your conference or event, there are literally thousands up and down the country to choose from. Although a hotel or purpose-built conference centre might seem the obvious choice, choosing a unique or unusual venue can provide an inspiring environment for your event and leave your delegates with a lasting impression.

1. Historic

Historic venues are often set in spectacular surroundings, creating a superb backdrop for your event. They make an interesting choice, particularly if you can combine a tour or presentation on the history of the venue at some point during your conference. Additionally, gala dinners hosted in grand rooms with a plethora of original features are sure to impress and inspire your delegates.

2. Academic

Some of the country’s universities are housed in the most spectacular buildings. Not only do the buildings impress on the outside, but inside they are designed with plenty of teaching spaces that are able to accommodate large numbers of people on a daily basis.   You’ll probably find that academic venues will also offer great value for money compared to conference centres and hotels. Academic venues are often conveniently located near to transport links and will usually have their own restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance of each other on the campus. The added bonus of on-site accommodation is also important if your event includes an overnight stay.

3. Sport

A sporting venue is 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 often under-used during the business week. Many also offer extras such as stadium tours or motivational talks by former players.

There’s also a peace factor element associated with many sporting venues generated by their out-of-town locations and walking in the footsteps of a legendary sporting hero can be particularly appealing for delegates.

4. Unusual

Finding a venue that is out of the ordinary will certainly create the wow factor needed to make your event stand out from the crowd. If you want your event to combine business with some fun, then an unusual venue such as a zoo, theme park or aircraft hangar can often offer a variety of flexible meeting spaces as well as plenty of outdoor space for team building and activities.