What a month February has turned out to be!
In between flipping pancakes and swapping valentine cards, we’ve gone live with the inaugural Venuefinder Awards, taking place at The Brewery, London on 23 October, plus we’ve welcomed a stack of new member venues including the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and a 70-acre Hertfordshire estate featuring the sculpture of Henry Moore.
Other new additions to our free-to-use venue-finding service this month have included one of rugby’s oldest and most famous premiership teams, a Birmingham conference centre, a hidden gem in Southampton, a 280-year old Georgian London town house, plus a convention centre in Norway!
As a result, we're delighted to introduce:
Hever Castle in Edenbridge, Kent boasts 700 years of history beyond the walls of this double-moated, 13th century childhood home of Anne Boleyn - second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I.
Planners have access to 32 bedrooms and two event spaces.
The Tudor Suite can seat 60 theatre-style or 100 for a standing reception, whilst the Guthrie Pavilion can seat 200 theatre-style or 280 standing.
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Set in the Hertfordshire countryside, the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens comprises a 70-acre estate showcasing Moore’s iconic sculpture.
The visitor centre, Dane Tree House, provides space for up to 180 guests, with views over the sculpture lawns. The Interpretation Suite comes fully equipped with a 75-inch HD LCD screen, complementary WiFi and flip charts.
In contrast, a stunning 16th century Aisled Barn (pictured above), decorated with tapestries can create a unique event backdrop and is particularly suited to receptions and dinners for up to 120 seated guests.
Harlequins Rugby Club
The Stoop is the home of the Harlequins, one of rugby’s oldest and most famous premiership teams.
Part of the Lime Venue Portfolio, Harlequins has 44 available event spaces for up to 400 delegates theatre-style or 1,000 for a standing reception.
The stadium can offer everything from small meetings, conferences, exhibitions, team-building, summer pitch-side drinks and barbecues, to the full hire of the stadium for concerts and large-scale events.
IET Birmingham: Austin Court
IET Birmingham: Austin Court is a unique conference and events venue in the heart of Birmingham city centre.
It’s a beautiful blend of modern design and period features, coupled with state-of-the-art AV facilities, in-house catering and an inspiring waterside location.
Event planners can choose from 14 versatile rooms, including a state-of-the-art 150-seat lecture theatre, characterful flat-floor rooms, a landscaped courtyard and stunning glass atrium.
Central Hall is a hidden gem in Southampton with a 705-seat auditorium and four other event spaces including a smaller hall for 180 theatre-style.
The main auditorium has a ‘wrap around’ seating configuration, providing unrestricted views of the stage.
The hall also benefits from a 14ft x 7.9ft rear projection screen and full audio rig.
The Union Club is a beautiful 270-year-old townhouse in the heart of Soho, London.
This private members club offers Baroque meeting rooms for up to 30 delegates, studio space for events for 180, plus additional event space in Bohemian, eclectic surroundings that can cater for up to 300 guests across the whole building.
Oslofjord Convention Center
Oslofjord Convention Center is Europe’s largest fully integrated convention, hotel, resort and multi-sport facility.
Its convention hall and breakout rooms can cater for between 400 and 12,000 delegates in a beautiful location overlooking the sea with its very-own beach and marina.
Some 2,500 hotel apartments provide ample accommodation and the on-site sports arena has a full-size ice hockey rink and two football pitches.
These facilities and grounds have played host to many global organisations and businesses, including, Volkswagen, Ernst and Young, Coca-Cola, Mercedes, Exxon Mobile, Peugeot and many more within the sector of sport and lifestyle.
By Mike Fletcher