Five in focus: By the sea

1. Bournemouth International Centre (pictured)

The centre was opened on 6 September 1984 as a multipurpose events centre and by the year 2000 had firmly established itself. A £22m expansion and redevelopment programme (co-funded by the South West Regional Development Agency) was agreed in 2003, to provide a fourth auditorium, the 1,250sqm Solent Hall, and an increased capacity Windsor Hall, making the BIC overall, the largest venue on the South Coast when it reopened in 2005. The Windsor Hall has a capacity of 6,500.

Rates vary based on room hire

Visitors per year
158,000 day delegate visits

Largest event
UNISON conference for 6,352 delegates

2. Venue Cymru, Wales

Venue Cymru sits beneath the foothills of Snowdonia and occupies spectacular views out to sea. It is located in Llandudno, in the centre of the North Wales coast. It has recently been expanded to offer purpose built modern conference facilities and can host events for five to 5,000 delegates. Manchester and Liverpool are one hour drive away from the venue. It has 7,000 sqm of space and can provide banqueting for up to 1,000 people. it also has a seafront boardroom.

Day delegate rate

£43

Visitors per year
150,000 day delegate visits

Largest event
The Barbershop Convention for 2,500 delegates

3. Scarborough Spa Complex

The spa dates back to the 1620’s and has seen many transformations in the years that preceded this. It was completely destroyed by fire in 1876 and was rebuilt in the 1880s. The Spa today encompasses the Spa Theatre, the Grand Hall for concerts, the Ocean Room, the Promenade Lounge, Suncourt for open air concerts, and various other rooms, cafes and bar areas. The complex measures nearly half a mile in length and accommodates conferences of 2,000 delegates.

Day delegate rate
£32

Visitors per year
60,000 day delegate visits

Largest event
Federation of Small Businesses for 700 delegates

4. Blackpool Pleasure beach

Blackpool’s convention bureau, Visit Blackpool, has recently launched a campaign to change the perceptions of the seaside town and to push business tourism to the area. Blackpool Pleasure beach Resort is behind the campaign. The resort, founded in 1896, spans a 42-acre site and can offer space adequate for large conferences, exhibitions and meetings. It also offers teambuilding to guests and offers programmes such as ice skating, treasure trails and adventure golf.

Day delegate rate
£30

Visitors per year
105,000 day delegate visits

Largest event
BIBA award ceremony for 1,000 delegates

5. Riviera International Centre, Torquay

The 20-year-old Riviera International Centre is a dedicated conference facility which can host events for up to 1,500 people. It also has an onsite fitness facility and leisure pool. The venue prides itself on its catering and supports local suppliers, promotes local produce and created dishes that reflect the Torquay region. It is a member of the Local Produce 1st Group set up by Frank H. Mann Ltd, one of the largest fruit and vegetable wholesalers in the South West of England.

Day delegate rate
£32

Visitors per year
42,000 day delegate visits

Largest event
National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs 4,500 delegates

Paul Colston

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