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Prize Draw Winners #Winning

13th August 2018

Back in May, we began our latest monthly Prize Draw for a fantastic Magnum of Champagne! 

After collating all the names in a rather large hat and sourcing a very official looking independent adjudicator (aka Robert), one lucky client was plucked at random. 

We are pleased to announce, that the winner is…

*drum roll please!*... 

…Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health!

They even sent us a picture to show just how happy they are: 

Prize Draw Winners #Winning!

Here’s what they had to say:  

‘This is such a wonderful surprise –thank you so much for all your help!’ 

Liz at The Conference People, who looks after RCPCH’s events said, ‘I’m really pleased for the events team to win this month’s prize, they are a fantastic company and genuinely lovely people to work with! Here’s to many more events!’. 

To be in with a chance to win this month's prize, give us a call on 01323 644 644 and let us help you find the perfect venue!


My Familiarisation Trip to Vienna July 2018

20th July 2018

My Familiarisation Trip to Vienna July 2018

By Sian Balsdon

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a FAM trip to Vienna organised by the Vienna Convention Bureau.

Day one

As soon as we arrived in Vienna we were transferred to our hotel and given a brief introduction on Vienna en route. My first night’s stay was 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier – an ultra-quirky hotel in the heart of the city. The hotel features 183 circus themed bedrooms and meeting space for up to 150 delegates. The crowning glory of the hotel is the roof terrace which is famous for its spectacular views of Vienna and surrounding area.

25h Hotel Bedroom

Day two

After a good night’s sleep at the hotel it was time to go and explore the city. First stop was the Spanish Riding School – for me, this was the highlight of the whole trip! The venue offers the perfect setting for any event in the surrounding of Vienna’s Old Town it will make every event into something very special and unforgettable. It has so much history and every day there are performances of the World famous white Lipazzan horses. It’s breathtaking!

The Magnificent Spanish Riding School

Next stop on the agenda was the Hofburg Vienna, a conference and events centre, really a palace, dating back to the 13th century with spaces for 150 up to 4,800 delegates!  

Hofburg Vienna

After stopping for an impressive lunch at Motto AM Fluss the site visits continued! Next swas Palais Coburg with 34 luxurious suites, an exclusive spa, Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant (awarded with two Michelin stars), a unique wine cellar and unique event facilities ranging from 14 all the way up to 232 delegates!

After a quick drink of sparkling wine from their very own wine cellar it was time for a Viennese transfer by horse and carriage to the Le Meridien where we would be staying for the next two nights. The hotel sits at the edge of the notorious Ringstrasse, moments away from the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Hofburg Palace, Albertina, Secession and MuseumsQuartier. With 294 stylish rooms, 8 conference rooms and 2 restaurants it’s the perfect base for residential events and I loved it.

After freshening up in the hotel, we were transferred to the Hilton Vienna which has space for up to 460 delegates and 500 bedrooms. The hotel is unrated whilst still maintaining a five-star service, making it perfect for pharmaceutical events.

We then had a short walk to our dinner venue – Salonplafond Im Mak. A beautiful venue with inside and outdoor space which you can hire exclusively for up to 160 people.

Day three

Our last day in Vienna!

In the morning we had a gorgeous private breakfast in one of the private dining rooms at Le Meridien. They definitely know how to eat! We were treated to smoothies, pastries, cheeses and even early morning chocolates – we were spoilt rotten!

For the rest of the morning we had a slightly different transfer… A motorized soapbox rally through Vienna! Such an amazing and fun way to see the city. Yes, this is me all dolled up for it!

We stopped off at the Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof for a quick show round of the space. It offers 4-star comfort with 266 bedrooms and meeting space for up to 350 delegates. I loved their smaller ‘creative’ meeting rooms.

 Once the soapbox rally came to an end it was time for lunch at the Park Hyatt Vienna.  Centrally located in the heart of Vienna, this beautiful hotel occupies a 100-year-old listed building that formerly served as the headquarters of a bank. The main space – Grand Salon is truly special and can hold up to 200 delegates. 

After lunch we had a couple of site visits at two non-residential venues – Palais Ferstel and Palais Wertheim both stunning venues holding up to 350 delegates.

Our last dinner stop before our flight home in the morning was at Hotel Imperial which was  originally built as the private palace to the Prince of Württemberg, Hotel Imperial Vienna was opened to the world in 1873. With 138 rooms and 5 meeting rooms with daylight and Michelin-starred cuisine it was definitely a spectacular way to end the trip!

 If Vienna appeals to your sense of adventure; give one of our team a call 01323 644644.


National Parks Week (22-28 July) – #FavouriteFive

17th July 2018

National Parks Week (22-28 July) – #FavouriteFive

Welcome back to our #FavouriteFive feature! To celebrate National Parks Week next week, we’re focusing on some of the greatest venues nearby some of our fabulous parks in the UK. Check out who made the top five and let us know your favourite! 

Let’s start with Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, it has passed through sixteen generations of the Cavendish family. This venue has the ability to host a variety of events such as meetings, exhibitions, product launches, drinks reception and private dinners for between 10 and 180 guests!

Chatsworth House

Perfect for: Visiting the Peak district

How about Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa? Located on the shores of Lake Windermere with 131 bedrooms and suites, a maximum capacity of 340 delegates, two restaurants and extensive leisure, fitness and water sport facilities, they really have got everything in one place!

Low Wood Bay

Perfect for: Visiting the Lake district

Or maybe you’d like Bovey Castle? First opened as a hotel and golf resort in 1930 by Great Western Railways, the luxury castle boasts 60 bedrooms, 22 self-catering country lodges, two refurbished restaurants, a spa and an award-winning 18 hole championship golf course. Add to that their maximum capacity of 120 theatre style, team building capabilities (including motorised pursuits), a five star rating for the hotel and three AA rosettes for the restaurants, it’s perfect for a team away day!

Bovey Castle

Perfect for: Visiting Dartmoor National Park

We definitely couldn’t forget Macdonald Linden Hall in our five favourites. This eighteenth century manor has an amazing 450 acres of private grounds to explore along with a spa and health club featuring an indoor pool. The Bigge Suite is the hotel's ballroom with room for up to 300 guests, it has its own entrance, dancefloor, patio, private bar and PA system, this elegant room is perfect for corporate banquets, or receptions for up to 200.

Linden Hall

Perfect for: Visiting Northumberland National Park

Finally, this feature wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Lake Country House Hotel and Spa. Of all our venues included, this one is slightly smaller with only 50 acres of Welsh riverside grounds! This property is best suited for events of up to 35 delegates unless you want to take the whole venue on exclusive use for between 90 – 120 guests.

Lake Country House Hotel & Spa

Perfect for: Visiting Breacons Beacons National Park

If you'd like to host your next event in one of these stunning venues - give one of our team a call today on 01323 644644.  Our international venue finding team are at your service!