Whats Hot & Trending February 2020

Bringing you the latest on new venues, venues offering something just that little bit different, others which are hitting the refurbishment trail and exciting updates from super event suppliers!


WHO – World Museum, Liverpool

WHAT – Historic Board Room for 20 & wow factor Lower Horseshoe Room up to 600

WHY – A completely different look and feel venue with great food options

Steeped in heritage and after almost 160 years since it opened on William Brown Street, the magnificent historic World Museum in the centre of Liverpool is now open to delegates and guests, thanks to the opening of two new event spaces. Part of eight museums and art galleries in and around the city known as National Museums Liverpool (NML), the venue hire and events division of NML has recently added a 20-capacity Boardroom to its portfolio alongside the Lower Horseshoe, an impressive exhibition gallery which covers over 90sqm. The Boardroom has a real professional air and is ideal for senior team meetings and away days, whilst the Lower Horseshoe is now taking bookings for private events ranging from conferences and dinners through to exhibitions and receptions, with a capacity of up to 600. Plus, don’t forget the World Museum is also home to a fantastic planetarium and aquarium, both of which can also be used for special events. The choice of catering options from the in-house chefs is extensive, from fine dining to relaxed street food and everything in-between. And should you decide to hold an event, the good news is all revenue generated at the World Museum will return to National Museums Liverpool to support their future developments.

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WHO – Puttshack, Bank, London EC2

WHAT – Quirky, fun central London venue with private rooms, semi-open space and fantastic indoor mini-golf – ideal for networking and team building

WHY – Because it’s different, your guests and delegates will remember the event, plus the inhouse chefs produce high quality food options. Par-TEE anyone?

An indoor venue specialising in mini-golf might not be an obvious choice as a place to hold a team meeting, or client networking event. But, Puttshack Bank, located in the heart of the City of London may well be worth adding to your wish list if you’ve been charged with finding a fun, cost effective venue with great food. Opening in November 2019, Puttshack boasts multiple semi exclusive areas, 2 meeting rooms and 3 great courses – ideal for a whole spectrum of events, from meetings, away days, workshops, client entertainment and staff parties. Two interconnecting private rooms can be hired separately or as one and come fully equipped with inbuilt AV equipment as part of the competitive Day Delegate Package. If your after venue exclusivity, that can be arranged, and a big plus is everything is under one roof for event organisers. Day into night events are proving extremely popular and food wise delegates and guests will be pleasantly surprised with the high quality as everything is made onsite with an extensive range of dishes covering all dietary requirements. No event at Puttshack would be complete however without a cheeky game of golf! The Super Tech Mini Golf is nothing like anything ever experienced with interactive leader boards, super tubes and a prize wheel where you can win drinks, pizzas and extra points! Friendly competition guaranteed.

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WHO – Bliss Hotel, Southport

WHAT – Range of meeting options with showstopper Bliss ROOM

WHY – Exciting, different, with multi-meeting and event options on the doorstep

It’s all happening in Southport! The seaside resort in the north west of England, close to Liverpool and Manchester, advertises itself as “refreshingly different and reassuringly professional”. And none more so does this tag apply than the Bliss Hotel! Rebranded from the Ramada Plaza in January 2018, Bliss Hotels exciting refurbishment programme has so far seen a whole floor of brand-new designed rooms and the Bliss Kitchen which offers creative food with a stunning contemporary backdrop curated by interior designer Lisa Lipscomb. This Spring will see the launch of Room by Bliss. Floor to ceiling windows, 180-degree views across the shimmering Marine Lake and the Irish Sea will hug delegates into the stylish 70s inspired interiors. The hotel is part of the 250 thousand square foot Waterfront Southport, a complex that is also under the remit of the ambitious Bliss owners which boasts the art deco Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (capacity for up to 1600 & 15 flexible event spaces), Floral Hall Ballroom and Genting Casino. But that’s not all! The Bliss Hotel in Southport has introduced Betty the Blissbot, the first Room service robot in the UK! Betty is on hand to handle room deliveries quickly, safely, and reliably, enabling staff to focus more time with guests, greatly improving the guest experience.

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WHO – Team Activity Group – Nationwide

WHAT – Corporate Team Building Events, from dragon boats to cocktail masterclasses

WHY – A family run business for over 20 years where personal service matters 

Invigorating and exciting challenges. Dynamic and enthralling entertainment. Unique and memorable events. For over 20 years, Team Activity Group has specialised in producing corporate team building and charity fundraising events, each uniquely designed to meet clients’ objectives. The range of activities offered is almost endless. Clients can be excited with dragon boat racing, raft building or canoeing on the water. Or why not test your groups skills with archery, laser clay pigeon shooting, climbing and cryptic land challenges? Alternatively, if indoor entertainment is the order of the day, why not consider a casino evening, horse racing or a cocktail masterclass? Activities can be organised to run in conjunction with a dinner, as standalone entertainment or to break up a conference or meeting. TAG events offer a professional, trouble-free experience regardless of size or geographic location. And as you’d expect, delegate and guest safety are always a top priority, with all activity leaders being fully qualified instructors and first aider specialists.

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And there’s more – check out the following: 


Exhibition London Opens its Doors – https://www.conference-news.co.uk/news/new-venue-opens-west-london


etc.venues Invests £20m in new event space – https://www.conference-news.co.uk/index.php/news/etcvenues-invest-ps20m-new-event-spaces


Lifestyle hotel to open in London – https://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/hart-shoreditch-hotel-to-join-curio-collection-in-february/


Warwick Conferences achieves benchmark for workplace learning – https://warwick.ac.uk/services/conferences/news/workplace-learning-facilities