2017 UK City of Culture, joint Best Creative Destination in the World, host to some of the country’s most prestigious events; from the Turner Prize to the British Science Festival…Hull and East Yorkshire are riding high right now.
Choose Hull for your next conference and you will find a stunning medieval maritime city with a vibrant conference zone, and a warm friendly welcome. The city is currently undergoing a substantial economic and cultural renaissance with investments of £1 billion, including major refurbishment of key venues, the opening of new facilities and a £25 million city centre makeover.
Plus for some delegate downtime the area has it covered, Hull’s cultural city centre is packed with versatile venues and diverse entertainment to help make your conference the most memorable.
There is a great selection of venues across Hull and East Yorkshire whether you are looking for a traditional conference facility or a quirky gala dinner, the area has got them all.
For traditional grandeur, consider Hull’s historic City Hall or the prestigious Hull Guildhall with its panelled walls and decorative ceilings, alternatively discover Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club or Tickton Grange Hotel for a taste of country house splendour.
Organisers can surprise delegates by using some of the area’s more unusual spaces, including Bridlington Spa’s Art Deco ballroom, the Albemarle Music Centre with its conical auditorium, rooms with a view: pitch side at the KCOM Stadium or the stunning Humber Bridge from The Hallmark Hotel, or by holding an event among the masterpieces at Ferens Art Gallery.
Hull’s 2017 UK City of Culture status resulted in over £110 million investment in hotels and venues. Hull welcomed the £25 million DoubleTree by Hilton with 1,000 seater flexible pillar-free conference space, 165 bedrooms, contemporary rooftop bar and Marco Pierre White restaurant.
City wide investments included major refurbishment of Hull New Theatre, Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Minster. All of which recently hosted world-class events, including a spectacular Royal Ballet Gala performance, the prestigious British Science Festival and the Turner Prize Awards dinner attended by over 200 guests.
The Bonus Arena, the new £36 million concert and conference centre is a fantastic addition to Hull’s conference portfolio. Since opening in August 2018 the arena has hosted a varied programme of events and conferences. The arena can accommodate 3,500 standing or up to 2,500 seated. It also offers 1,200m2 exhibition space, plus an 800-seater conference auditorium.
Universities play an increasingly important role in the conference market, after major improvements throughout its dining, conference and concert facilities, the University of Hull now offers conference organisers high quality contemporary surroundings to rival the best of venues.
Significant investment has also been made to enhance conference and bedroom facilities at Mercure Grange Park Hull Hotel and at Lazaat Hotel. Hull city centre now also boasts boutique style aparthotel the Hideout, furnished with locally sourced and crafted products.
But investment is by no means over. Hull’s ambitions to become a world-class visitor destination are firmly in sight. A £350 million plan is in place for further regeneration, including a new attraction to showcase Hull’s maritime heritage and development of a cruise terminal.
Let Hull Entertain You
Give your delegates a taste for Hull’s history and highlights during a dinner with a stunning backdrop. Dine beneath the impressive stained-glass windows of 14th century Hull Minster or host a meal at visitor attraction The Deep home to 3,500 sharks, fish and rays, dine between vast, floor-to-ceiling tanks in the Ocean’s Gallery or enjoy a business breakfast with a colony of penguins.
A definite on any delegate’s to-do list is the historic Fruit Market close to Hull Marina. A thriving cultural quarter with contemporary art galleries, pizza parlours to fine dining restaurants, quirky hipster joints, creative workshops, boutique markets and drinking establishments, including Hull’s very own gin distillery and the new Taphouse micro-brewery, ideal for informal drinks receptions.
A stroll away helping to cement the city’s reputation as a hotbed for art and creativity is Hull’s new legal ‘street art quarter’ including a piece by international artist Banksy which appeared overnight in 2018.
Not to be missed is the area’s stunning coast and countryside. Spurn Point is Yorkshire’s very own ‘Land’s End’, so go porpoise spotting or experience a Spurn Safari. In the traditional resort of Bridlington, your delegates can try their hand at making sticks of seaside rock or dine in the Lifeboat Station. Alternatively, visit the Yorkshire Wolds that inspired some of artist David Hockney’s major work.