As Coventry gets ready to be UK City of Culture in 2021 and a host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games there has never been a better time to bring your meeting, conference or event to Warwickshire.
Situated at the very heart of England with links to all major motorway networks, Coventry is under one hour from central London by train, just 10 minutes from Birmingham Airport by train and within a three-hour drive of 75% of the UK. With an incredible variety of residential conference venues, offering high quality accommodation, and superb non-residential experiences to suit any budget or event size.
Warwickshire is an established conference, business and event destination, internationally known as a global leader in innovation, technology, enterprise, automotive, air, rail and learning, which is at the heart of why we are truly successful in business.
The region is home to many different sectors. The heart of region’s industry sector is the UK’s proud automotive industry that has a reputation as a world-class centre for advanced manufacturing and engineering. We have over 30 automotive vehicle brands including Aston Martin, BMW, London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), Jaguar Land Rover, TATA Motors and more! Because of this huge industry, the region is naturally an established leader in the development of driverless technology and low carbon technologies.
It doesn’t stop at the automotive sector though; other key sectors in the area include aerospace, rail, motor sport and gaming. What’s more, the tourism industry is booming and it’s no surprise as the region has a rich history with legends such as Lady Godiva and William Shakespeare, plus world-class tourist attractions, museums, sports venues, theatres and historical sites. It is easy to see why Coventry was named UK City of Culture for 2021.
The Ricoh Arena is a hub of sport, business and entertainment – home to Wasps Rugby Club and Wasps Netball Team; it has over 80 versatile conference exhibition suites, an on-site 121-bedroom DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and 20,000 sqm of flexible event space including a 6,000 sqm indoor hall. Located just off junction three of the M6 and with 2,000 on-site car parking spaces alongside an on-site train station its easily accessible for delegates.
Coventry is home to two of the top 20 universities in the UK according to The Guardian’s 2019 league table, with Coventry University ranking at number 13 and the University of Warwick coming in at number eight.
Warwick Conferences, based on University of Warwick campus, is made up of five unique venues, Scarman, Radcliffe, Arden, Conference Park and its newest addition The Slate. It has flexible spaces across the venues to meet all your needs and objectives from traditional meeting spaces and small meeting rooms, to comfy armchairs and informal work environments in creative spaces.
Warwick Conferences can hold events for up to 1,200 delegates and have 1,600 bedrooms on-site varying from four-star hotel-styled bedrooms to simple campus rooms. Also home to an award-winning catering team, they source all food locally and provide a menu that fuels the right result for you.
Go Ape is new to Coombe Abbey in 2019, the tree top adventure is perfect for team building activity and development or a family day out. Coombe Abbey Hotel is set in 500 acres of stunning parkland and dates back to the 12th century. The hotel has a variety of elegant meeting rooms, impressive functions rooms and a magnificent marquee, which can hold up to 500 delegates. At Coombe Abbey no two bedrooms are the same, however all 119 are just as surprising and luxurious as each other. While you are there you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea or get involved in one of its fantastic medieval banquets.
St Mary’s Guildhall is one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the country and has stood for almost 700 years which makes it full of historic and famous stories. The guildhall is located in Coventry city centre’s historic quarter just opposite Coventry Cathedral’s ruins. The venue has been one of the region’s premier event venues for hundreds of years. The Guildhall has a range of unique and versatile rooms bound to create a memorable setting for any events.
No matter what your taste, event requirements, delegate numbers or budget, the Coventry and Warwickshire region really has it covered.