Meetings and Events across Yorkshire have grown dramatically in recent years with more and more conference organisers choosing a Yorkshire destination to host their meeting, incentive event, conference or exhibition.
With over 440 venues to choose from, in city or rural locations, Yorkshire offers an extraordinary range of inspiring venues for successful events - from purpose built convention centres to award winning out-of-the-ordinary venues and magnificent country houses in truly stunning locations.
With major cities such as Leeds, York, Sheffield and Hull offering a versatile range of meeting and hotel accommodation, and rural locations such as the North York Moors providing exclusive resort-style venues, Yorkshire offers an eclectic range of venues for organisers.
There are numerous new developments and refurbished venues across the region, below is a selection of the latest.
Harrogate International Centre (HIC) has enjoyed a strong start to 2013, contracting 13 significant business wins during January worth over £3.5 million to the local economy.
Commenting on the wins, Paul Ashton, Acting Head of Sales said:
'This is fabulous news for both ourselves and the local economy as it is estimated that these 13 events will bring in over £3.5m to the local area. 2013 is set to be a fantastic year for HIC. We have some significant events already booked but 13 signed contracts in the first month of the year is a record. From our point of view, the icing on the cake is the fact that 11 of the events take place this year. Many of these clients have chosen Harrogate for its great central location and the reputation Harrogate has for looking after event delegates.'
The Bridge Hotel & Spa at Wetherby on the A1, is steeped in history from its 17th Century origins as a Coaching Inn, yet refurbished to the highest modern day standards, in keeping with much of its character.
This independent 4 star, award-winning venue in the heart of Yorkshire offers Meeting and Event Planners a range of meeting rooms seating up to 180 theatre style and offers first class cuisine and traditional Yorkshire Hospitality.
With 37 bedrooms and a spa on site, the venue has been lovingly restored to offer superb facilities for the corporate guest.
Newly opened luxury – Rossington Hall near Doncaster.
In May 2011, in one of the most exciting property transactions in Yorkshire for some time, Rossington Hall was purchased, along with the surrounding 250 acre estate, by Doncaster business couple Gary and Michelle Gee.
The Hall and grounds have been restored to their former Victorian Glory and now offer a prestigious location for special events and private dining.
The sumptuous dining room or sitting room can be booked for a private dining experience. Exquisite food created by the onsite chef and a personal service make this venue one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets.
Sledmere House provides a wonderful venue for weddings, conferences and many other special occasions. This exclusive and charming country house venue has captivated visitors for over 200 years.
With its impressive architecture and stunning terrace and gardens, it provides a beautiful backdrop for a corporate event.
Sledmere is a Georgian House – and it is also an Edwardian House. Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd baronet, rebuilt and redecorated the house in the 1790s, but in 1911 it was almost completely destroyed by fire. Fortunately most of the contents were rescued and they can still be seen on view today.
With fine examples of Joseph Rose’s plasterwork and furniture by Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton, Sledmere House is a discerning venue.
The House and Grounds are not normally open to visitors on Saturdays allowing wedding and other parties to enjoy exclusive use. There are three principal state rooms; The Library, Main Hall and Drawing Room.
Full of history and charm, Sledmere House provides a perfect setting and backdrop for any event.