Back 2 School - The best educational venues for conferences & events
Suggest an educational venue to some clients and I may as well have suggested that their children have faces for radio. This disbelief that these establishments could possibly supply the level of service they are looking for never fails to surprise me. I can only assume they are repressing horrid memories of school dinners, cross country runs & cold showers, under the instruction of that dubious PE teacher. In my mind educational venues for meetings & events are the future. They tick all the boxes for the modern event planner; flexible layouts, large rooms, interesting spaces, great catering, accommodation, parking, AV equipment, you name it, they have it. To top all this off they also offer great value for money. There are some drawbacks, term time availability can be difficult to come by in some places, but over all I would place them well above hotels & traditional conference centres in the good venues guide.
Below is a selection of some great educational venues from around the UK
Institute of Education 20 Bedford Way, as it’s known as a venue, is a remarkable place in London. Not only do they have a myriad of rooms, from small meeting rooms to large classrooms, they also have their jewel in the crown, the Logan Hall. This is a tiered theatre for 944 delegates is available at rates that would make other venues blush. The space comes complete with state of the art AV/PA facilities & a good back stage area with green rooms for speakers.
Imperial College London Where do I start? From the modern rooms & 740 seater Great Hall on offer at the South Kensington Campus to the two historic townhouses on Queens Gate & Princes Gate, Imperial College has a venue to suit almost any requirement. Out of term time reasonably priced accommodation is also available and probably makes them the best value London hotel during this period.
Burleigh Court @ Loughborough University Loughborough University is well known for their extensive conference facilities. Burleigh Court is a 4* conference centre with accommodation for 166 delegates and meeting room capacity for up to 200. The venue offers acres of space for outdoor activities and with keen pricing, exceptional facilities and professional staff they can cater for all manner of events, from charity meetings through to high level corporate away days.
Venue Essex Situated on the outskirts of Colchester Venue Essex offers flexible conference and events spaces for up to 1000 delegates. Their innovative iLabs are designed to stimulate creative thinking and encourage collaboration.
Regents College London A spectacular venue, Regent’s University sits in the heart of Regent’s Park and is just 5mins walk from the nearest tube station. The setting allows for easy team away days for London businesses, and gives the feeling of a country retreat. There are a number of rooms on offer seating up to 370 delegates, and extensive grounds capable of hosting events for large numbers using marquees.
Homerton Conference Centre, Cambridge We couldn’t look at academic events venues without considering Oxford or Cambridge. Homerton College at Cambridge has 27 versatile meeting spaces and over 500 out of term bedrooms. They have even been accredited by the Meetings Industry Association. Situated in 25 acres of landscape gardens, Cambridge station is a mere 5 minutes away.
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