Top 10 unique venues
Once upon a time, team building meant a game of pool after a five hour meeting in a dusty boardroom. Fast forward to 2019 and the events industry has really upped its game. Investing in your employees is now considered a top priority for many companies, and managers are looking to offer their staff new opportunities. As a result, it’s no surprise that the demand for unique and quirky events is on the rise, as brands try their best to deliver the best conference and team building experiences possible. Part of the challenge to deliver a creative event with a wow factor is to pick the right venue. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite unique hotspots in the UK to help you stand out from the crowd.
1. The Other Place
Originally created as a rehearsal space in 1974, this creative hub in Stratford is part of the Royal Shakespeare Company. It’s now been converted into an events space, with a café atrium and a 200 seat studio theatre. You’re even able to use some of the original costumes as part of your event.
2. Carnglaze Caverns
If you’re heading towards the south coast, these man made caverns in Cornwall make a quirky event spot. The former slate mine boasts an underground lake, and guests can take guided and self-guided tours. It’s also home to The Rum, a 400-capacity events and concert space.
3. Good Hotel
Looking for something wholly unique in London? The Good Hotel is the one. This incredible, ultra modern building is a floating hotel, moored at the Royal Victoria Dock, sounds brilliant already, right? Designed by two Dutch designers, this floating masterpiece takes pride in both it’s quirky story, minimalist design and extraordinary charity work.
4. Glenapp Castle
Scotland isn’t short of spectacular castles and beautiful scenery. If you’ve always fancied getting your Hogwarts letter, Glenapp castle might be the venue for you. The luxury five star venue in Ayrshire offers a wide range of meeting and event spaces, and can even be hired out for exclusive use.
5. National Museum Cardiff
Most museums have recognised their potential as events venues, and the culture and history makes them a great choice for a quirky conference or awards party. The National Museum in Cardiff is well connected to other parts of the UK and offers and auditorium space that can seat 300.
6. Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
The beauty of a warehouse venue is that it offers a blank space to make your own. Industrial style venues are increasing in popularity, particularly amongst start-ups and urban brands. Camp and Furnace in Liverpool has space for up to 1200 for a standing event and the venue can be tailored to suit the needs of an individual brand.
7. London Zoo
For an event with a difference, many animal parks and zoos across the country are now offering rooms for private functions. In London, you can combine your meeting or event with a tour of the zoo for an added incentive activity. Set in the middle of Regent’s Park, it’s conveniently located with lots of transport links.
8. Arta, Glasgow
Themed restaurants are a great way to get your guests talking. Arta in Glasgow is a former cheese market turned Meditteranean bar, and home to a stylish late night space for parties. The venue can also host entertainment to suit different clients and brands.
9. Planetarium, Life Science Centre
Based in Newcastle, the Life Science Centre has a wide range of event spaces amidst its educational exhibits. For groups of up to 70, the Planetarium can be privately hired, while more traditional conference spaces are available for larger parties. There’s also a motion simulator ride and plenty of quirky exhibits to explore.
10. The Birdcage, Norwich
For private parties, this trendy little bar in Norwich city centre will whip up some amazing cocktails for you and your guests. Ideal for start-ups and arty companies, you can make the event your own at this venue with catering and a live band.