Best Unusual or Unique Venue
Considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain, the site of Dreamland dates back to the British railway boom of the early 1870s when, in its original form, the ‘Hall by the Sea’ was operated by the famous circus impresario, ‘Lord’ George Sanger.
In 2017, Dreamland received a significant investment and the amusement park was re-landscaped to provide a space that brings together lovingly restored vintage rides set against a backdrop of art installations, adventurous street food, unique bars and an eclectic programme of live events.
The iconic attraction now has an outdoor event space, which can accommodate 15,000 people, and has already welcomed the sold-out Demon Dayz festival headlined by Gorillaz, putting Dreamland firmly on the music venue map. This is alongside the legendary 1200 capacity Hall by the Sea, which once famously played host to The Rolling Stones and The Who.
The park has introduced more rides, further catering facilities have been installed, hirable spaces have improved and been rebuilt, and there is a significantly increased entertainment offering. This has led to a huge uplift in footfall, with over half a million visitors since Dreamland reopened in May 2017.
Imperial War Museum North
Established while the First World War was still being fought, people have entrusted IWM with their stories of war in the knowledge that we will continue to share these stories with future generations. At IWM North we explore the conflicts that Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in since the First World War to the present day through a timeline of objects, unique and immersive 360 degree cinematic experiences, and a wealth of historical objects that have borne witness to historic events, such as a First World War Fire Trailer, Second World War Matilda Tank, and Harrier Jump Jet.
Housed in an iconic aluminum clad building, representing a globe shattered by conflict – IWM North is the first museum in the UK to be designed by internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind. Our wealth of space is capable of hosting conferences, lectures and large scale private events from 1 to 700 people, effortlessly. Its unique design, variety of modern flexible spaces, and state of the art AV technology makes it a compelling venue, providing uniqueness and versatility as a standard, whilst ensuring no two events are the same.
National Space Centre
The National Space Centre (NSC) is the UK’s only venue dedicated to the excitement, history and exploration of space From the moment guests catch sight of our iconic, award winning Rocket Tower, they are excited to enter an ‘out of this world’ event and are inspired by our real rockets, six space-themed galleries and the UK’s largest Planetarium.
Venue Hire is a vital part of the business, exploiting the highly themed surroundings of the award-winning building and exhibition to provide a unique experience It has become firmly established as one of the UK’s premier event’s venue; hosting 250 events and welcoming 16,000 corporate visitors per year.
Making the most of the spectacular content and the state-of-the-art building, including the UK’s largest planetarium, the centre offers a wide range of dynamic venue space for conferences, meetings, team building, weddings, Christmas parties and private functions.
The centre has hosted an amazing variety of events, including visits from legendary astronauts such as Tim Peake, Buzz Aldrin, Chris Hadfield Helen Sharman and UK astronaut Piers Sellers It continues to evolve through the development of new galleries creating new shows in Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium and experiences.
Serpentine Pavilion 2017
The Serpentine Pavilion is a temporary structure situated on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in the heart of Kensington Gardens that can be hired for private events between June and October annually.
Each summer the Serpentine Galleries invite an internationally known architect to create their first built structure in England. Selected by Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers, the immediacy of the process, a maximum of six months from invitation to completion, provides a unique model for commissioning architecture. Since its launch in 2000, the annual Pavilion has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season of culture. It provides an unrivalled setting for summer parties for up to 500 guests in combination with the Serpentine Gallery and has become increasingly popular over the years, hosting over 7,500 guests at private events in 2017.
Situated in the heart of Manchester, Victoria Warehouse is a completely unique and innovative event space.
Initially a cotton storage facility built in the early 1900s, it quickly became a symbol of strength and innovation in the city. Today it’s a vibrant and flexible venue that can house everything from a six-person boardroom to a trade show welcoming thousands of guests.
From the BBC to Audi, Facebook to Heineken, major brands have put their faith in Victoria Warehouse to deliver creative and memorable events time and time again. The stunning original features and the variety of spaces make it completely adaptable for an array of events, yet still staying true to its industrial character and heritage.
Windmill Hill was built in 2011 on the Waddesdon Estate to serve as a research and archive centre for Waddesdon Manor and a home for the philanthropic work of the Rothschild Foundation. The building provides an imaginative state-of-the-art space to hold conferences, meetings, private dining, discussions and debate. Although ultra-modern in design, there are strong references to the buildings agricultural past including its layout, and the materials chosen – oak windows and shutters, rendered walls, wood cladding and zinc roofs. The entry courtyard forms a large outdoor room (perfect for alfresco drinks) providing a dramatic point of arrival for guests. Reflective pools run the length of each side and enhance the serenity of the space. Meticulous internal design and a contemporary art collection emphasis at every opportunity the stunning views of the landscape. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and a warm welcome that is synonymous with booking your event with Waddesdon. Ever client is assigned an events planner who will work with them from initial enquiry to coordination on the day. Our team are experienced and incredibly dedicated, and provide a first-class individual and personalised service.