Lida de Souza from De Souza Associates has written this blog about a great selection of alternative venues.

Choosing an alternative or unique venue for your corporate event can boost engagement, attendee numbers and also inspire your delegates.

Here are just a few suggestions if you are looking for an alternative or unique event venue to inspire your delegates. However, we know many more so please do get in touch.

Please note any capacities quoted below do not allow for social distancing and would currently be subject to any government restrictions and guidelines.

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester

Silverstone is much more than a motorsport circuit, it has over 600 acres of outdoor space and a variety of spaces that will suit any event.

The International Conference and Exhibition Centre has 12,500sqm which is the largest covered events space outside of London.

This includes 5 halls with vehicular access, an auditorium and smaller conference rooms ranging from 20 to 100 theatre style.

There is plenty of space for team building activities if you don’t fancy the driving challenges.

Coming later this year will be the onsite Hilton Garden Inn which will have fantastic views of the starting grid, along with a rooftop bar and 197 guest rooms (some with track views and balconies)

Why choose this alternative venue?

The home of the British Grand Prix – the home of motorsport & racing legends. Perfect for any motorsport fanatic and car enthusiast!

They offer some great team building activities:

  • Discover the real team players when the pressure’s on in a Pit stop challenge
  • Find out who will take the chequered flag and who will crash and burn in a four-seater simulator challenge.
  • Take on a skid control challenge with a car that’s had its standard traction removed
  • 4×4 challenge

National Space Centre. Leicester

Located near to Leicester’s City Centre, the National Space Centre is a place for inspiration and innovation. It is the UK’s only venue dedicated to the excitement, history and exploration of space.

During an event your delegates can enjoy the stunning Rocket Tower, six space-themed galleries and the UK’s largest Planetarium.

The National Space Centre can be used for a variety of events; conferences, product launches. Christmas parties and dinners so offering something for everyone in a unique, fascinating and inspiring location.

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium can accommodate up to 192 people, it is available to hire for breakfast meetings, evening events and, on selected days, as a lecture theatre. They have a library of unique space themed backdrop to add something unique to your event.

The Shuttle Suite can be used as one main room or divided into 4 smaller rooms; Endeavour, Atlantis, Discovery and Columbia Rooms.

Boosters is situated at the bottom of the Rocket Tower and is available for both breakfast meetings and evening hire – perfect for cocktails receptions and small dinner dances.

Why choose this alternative venue?

Exciting team-building packages can be offered to your delegates, focusing on the exciting challenges of living and working in space. These range from icebreakers to designing and building a rocket that can be launched to the moon via their specialized rocket launcher

  • Unique collection of artefacts and objects which are both educational and interesting.
  • Have your pre-dinner drinks pre-dinner drinks served in the 42m high Rocket Tower. Admire the two, real rockets suspended above them, or venture up the tower and take part in the different interactive exhibits.

National Football Museum. Manchester

Stunning architecture, state-of-the-art galleries and great flexible spaces make the National Football Museum the perfect venue for your event. Whether you are organising a gala dinner, reception, meeting, private party, or launch, they offer a unique experience that will make your event stand out.

The National Football Museum is also a charity and any revenue made from events is put back into the running of the museum, and its work with local schools and the community.

Located on the top floor of the National Football Museum the 5th offers clients a uniquely modern event space that benefits from having floor to ceiling glass walls; it is fully accessible and has its own private entrance and lift.

The 5th is designed over two floors joined by a glass staircase offering stunning views across the city and works perfectly for product launches, private dining, Christmas parties and receptions.

The Museum has recently changed its opening hours and can now offer daytime conferences on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The ground floor Pitch Gallery is available for events for up to 200 on these days.

Why choose this alternative venue?

Be inspired by the football memorabilia drawn from the largest collection in the country.

Access to galleries & interactive games.

Private museum tours are available

Prestigious football collections including the FA and Premier League trophies.