Bringing you the latest on new venues, venues offering something just that little bit different, others which are hitting the refurbishment trail and those that simply have a story to tell! And don’t worry, if we’re giving you the heads up on venues that aren’t available to review just yet, they soon will be!
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
WHO – Tinwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex
WHAT – Purpose built “Tasting Room” offering multifunction event options
WHY – Beautiful setting, flexible space plus enjoy quality English sparkling wines – what’s not to like?!
Tinwood Estate, a 65 acre vineyard at the foot of the Southern Downs near Chichester could be the perfect place for those looking for a venue with a little bit of fizz and excitement! The English sparkling wine vineyard has just unveiled a beautiful new tasting room facility, ideal for small meetings, corporate hire and special events. With great views overlooking the vines, the Tinwood Tasting Room’s modern contemporary design features a glass-covered veranda and patio area. For those looking for party space or formal/informal lunch and dinner options the Tinwood certainly doesn’t disappoint! Offering a range of catering options using a carefully selected group of local suppliers, organisers also have the option to bring in their own caterers. But you can always keep things simple for clients and colleagues with a cheese and wine sampling session. And of course, no visit is complete without an informative and fun tour of the estate complete with a cold glass of Tinwood – a perfect way to end any business meeting!
JUST THAT LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT…
WHO – The EngineRooms, Birchwood Park, Cheshire
WHAT – Dedicated event and meeting spaces in a beautiful environment, for up to 150
WHY – Thoughtfully designed inside and out. Flexible meeting & event packages with great food options
If inspirational spaces, thoughtful touches and food that is anything but ordinary are at the top of your wish list, the EngineRooms at Birchwood Park won’t disappoint. The perfect central location for nearby major cities of Liverpool and Manchester, nestled in beautiful parkland with a stunning lake, the EngineRooms tick all the boxes for meetings and events, be it training, senior team meetings, product launches, networking space or exhibitions. The purpose–built Auditorium (The Generator) certainly delivers the WOW into any event with its BIG screen capability as well as private break out space. An additional 8 versatile event spaces work for both breakout areas of small meetings from 6 delegates. Part of a larger community complex the EngineRooms features a unique food hall where delegates can refuel and tantalise their taste buds with a choice of locally sourced food options from Street Food, The Bistro, The Healthy Carrot or The Salad Station. Lunchtime is also the perfect time to destress, relax and recharge. Check out the manicured green spaces, say hi to the friendly ducks or enjoy the recreational games provided. With an onsite team that truly go the extra mile to make each and every event personalised and memorable, the EngineRooms really do get all the cogs working in sync to deliver more.
MORE THAN A LICK OF PAINT
WHO – British Motor Museum, Warwickshire
WHAT – Large creative conference, exhibition and event space recently refurbished
WHY – An iconic, historic themed venue, centrally located where you can dine amongst the cars!
Following a four-year absence from the Meetings and Events Market and a £2million refurbishment programme, the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire is very much open for business! Having re-branded from the Heritage Motor Centre, the 65–acre site offers impressive internal and external event space for up to 5,000 visitors and a unique environment for conferences, exhibitions, events and product launches. The refurbishment includes its’ fabulous new look, re-named roof top rooms, ‘The Sky Suite’ for up to 200 theatre-style and 240 for dining. Stunning panoramic views over the Warwickshire countryside and a patio roof-garden further enhance event options. The ‘Conference Suite’, with a capacity of 600 theatre style and the ‘Lecture Suite’ which seats up to 150 theatre style have also been refurbished. And flexible room arrangements now offer 2,000 sqm of internal exhibition space including a 680 sqm Exhibition Gallery, with an additional 20 rooms for smaller meetings for up to 50 delegates. A must do is dining amongst 300 historic British cars – a unique option available for those looking for that special dining experience and one that is sure to impress.
STORY TO TELL
WHO – The Postal Museum, London
WHAT – Creative space for meetings, product launches and special events
WHY – Unique subterranean setting and the chance to ride beneath the streets of the capital
What did we all do before Twitter and Facebook? Well the Postal Museum reveals the surprising and fascinating story of the first social network and is a unique venue for any corporate, experiential or private event. Located in the heart of Central London, impress your guests in the interactive galleries and even take a ride on an immersive subterranean mail train! The Courtyard is a contemporary space that offers access to the museum Galleries and is perfect for presentations and even features a living wall and original phone box – a lively backdrop for events. The Mail Rail event space is a blank canvas which is ideal for dinners, drinks receptions and parties through to award ceremonies and product launches and presentations. The industrial event space features vaulted arches, original exposed brick work and inspiring Gallery space with a capacity of 275 standing and 150 seated. The meeting room is a bright space with views of Mount Pleasant Mail Centre and is ideal for workshops, team away days, strategy sessions and round table meetings. But no visit is complete without a trip on the on the Mail Rail Ride! Deep beneath the streets of the capital, London’s secret 100-year-old Post Office railway was opened to the public in 2017. Guests and delegates can embark on a thrilling journey 30ft underneath the streets of London in a narrow network of hidden tunnels.