Regarded as one of the country’s foremost conference, meeting and event destinations, the county of West Midlands is a favourite amongst discerning meeting planners seeking both city and country locations.
This region, commonly called the heart of England, may be one of the most urbanised counties within the UK but don’t let that fool you as the West Midlands also offers stunning countryside such as the Black Country, Barr Beacon, Sandwell Valley, nature reserves and several rivers where adventurous delegates can participate in outdoor pursuit teambuilding events and corporate activities whilst those less daring enjoy the peace and tranquillity, perfect for corporate retreats and undisturbed meetings.
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Of course the county is most well known for its cities, Birmingham and Coventry, both vital business centres and much loved conference destinations given the diversity of meeting venues available experienced in catering for the full spectrum of corporate events. Alternative locations such as Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and Wolverhampton also offer a varied selection of equally well equipped value for money conference and event spaces whilst remaining in close proximity to city attractions.
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Event organisers also appreciate the West Midlands as an easy to reach meeting point for both national and international delegates having excellent access countrywide via both the motorway and railway network and globally via Birmingham Airport. The Birmingham Airport area is of course ideal for conference delegates attending ‘fly in fly out’ meetings and events needing to remain close to transport links.
The 2 exciting cities undeniably provide an abundance of world class meeting venues but the county as a whole offers an extraordinary choice of illustrious sporting and academic venues, historic buildings, country house hotels, stately homes and contemporary conference centres thus being able to provide the perfect venue for any event. For example, the National Indoor Arena and NEC, the latter being the UK’s largest exhibition centre, provide vast, adaptable conference and meeting spaces with capacity for 13,500 delegates whilst other equally versatile dedicated conference centre venues include the Sapphire Conference & Training Centre, Renewal Conference Centre, Cranmore Park, Heart of England Conference & Events Centre, Conference Aston, Hillscourt Conference Centre, Bethel Convention Centre, The Venue and The Clarendon Suites which alone provide stylish spaces for 800 delegates.
West Midlands Safari Park and other attractions.
The region has a strong sporting affiliation and therefore boasts a number of sporting venues equipped with superb conference and banqueting facilities such as the Sixways Stadium, Teamworks Karting Birmingham, the world renowned Belfry, Aston Villa FC, Birmingham City FC, Ricoh Arena, Wolverhampton Racecourse & Conference Centre, and Molineux Stadium.
Of equal standing are the highly regarded academic venues which provide meeting and training rooms, conference and banqueting suites as well as large lecture halls such as the Warwick Conferences Conference Park, Bournville College Conference & Events and venuebirmingham whilst those wanting to find an unusual venue should consider the innovative Birmingham Botanical Gardens, National Motorcycle Museum or Dudley Zoological Gardens.
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Both modern and historic cultural and civic venues present ideal conference rooms and meeting spaces suitable for all corporate events such as the Dudley Concert Hall, Forest Arts Centre, Birmingham Town Hall. Home to a wealth of Historic venues sure to provide impressive backdrops for banquets, hospitality events and conferences, The West Midlands is an inspiring location for tradition and histroy. Included in the list of historic venues include Best Western Stone Manor Hotel, The Limes Country Lodge, New Hall Hotel & Spa, Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, Macdonald Ansty Hall, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn Hotel and Hampton Manor.
There is of course an inexhaustible supply of superior quality hotels amongst which the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, The St Johns Hotel, New Hall Hotel & Spa, Paragon Hotel and Coombe Abbey Hotel stand out as fine examples whether hosting conference retreats, strategy meetings, corporate hospitality events, banquets or weddings. Major hotel groups represented in the West Midlands county include Best Western Premier, Brook Hotels, Citibase, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, etc.venues, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott, Park Inn by Radisson, Principal Hayley Group and Thistle Hotels.