With summer just around the corner, it’s important for meeting and event planners to start thinking ahead in terms of their seasonal venue choices as the summer months provide a great opportunity to utilise the benefits of the better weather and outdoor venue options.
It’s a well-known fact that office workers are spending too much time sitting down at their desks, so this is the perfect time of year for businesses to encourage their clients and teams to get outside more.
Working in outside spaces can inspire creativity in employees and event delegates as it not only cultivates better mental health, but it has also been scientifically proven that nature has a calming effect on the mood and generates endorphins.
With this in mind, ExecSpace has put together a list of some of their favourite venues in the UK, that offer impressive meeting facilities, as well as a chance to get outside and explore.
Regent’s Conferences & Events, London – Situated in London’s peaceful Regent’s Park, just minutes’ walk from Baker Street tube station and the West End, Regent’s Conferences & Events offer beautiful outdoor spaces and an affordable range of attractive meeting and function rooms. With ample space to accommodate up to 1,200 guests, this is genuinely a show-stopping space.
Edinburgh Grand – A new addition to Edinburgh in a famous ex-bank building, The Edinburgh Grand offers three impressive event spaces. The Penthouse boasts unrivalled views of the city and is an ideal location for a party that aims to impress. An expansive contemporary kitchen, dining and comfortable seating area makes it the perfect place to gather whilst the immense glass backdrop and giant wrap-around outdoor terrace space will take your social gathering to lofty heights.
The HAC, London – Located just a stone’s throw from Moorgate and hidden away in a quiet location unseen from City Road, the HAC, with its five-acre garden, is an oasis of green in a City of glass and steel. Armoury House features a variety of elegant, high-ceilinged rooms including the lovely Long Room, which is richly decorated to reflect the HAC’s long and distinguished history. The Long Room can be hired in the evenings for dinners and receptions.
Edinburgh Zoo – Mansion House – With a wide range of rooms situated in the middle of the beautiful zoo gardens, planners will not only impress their delegates but also ensure they have a relaxing and enjoyable experience. There is also the option to combine business with an exciting animal-related experience on offer from the Zoo Education staff.
De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire – Nestled at the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, within 56 acres of scenic countryside, this impressive venue is proof that business can be mixed with pleasure. The conference venue has a private lake, nature reserve and woodland. It also offers a scenic retreat from the distractions of the world outside.
For a more comprehensive list of outside venue inspiration for Summer 2019, contact Emma Whyte at ExecSpace.