Located at the Heart of England, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent offer a range of venues for all kinds of events; from conferences and meetings to corporate hospitality and incentive travel.
The diverse county of Staffordshire offers rolling countryside and charming historic market towns to vibrant and lively cities. With its rich industrial heritage Stoke-on-Trent has claimed the title of the ‘world capital of ceramics’.
Wedgwood, Emma Bridgewater, Burleigh, Portmeirion and Moorcroft are just a few of the UK’s leading lifestyle brands you’ll find in this unique city. At the World of Wedgwood, delegates can try their hand at the potter’s wheel in the Master Craft Studio or create a piece of Wedgwood bone china in the Decorating Studio. Afternoon tea in the Wedgwood Tea Conservatory is a truly elegant and memorable experience.
Top of the Class
Staffordshire is home to an abundance of high-quality venues for those events requiring a touch of class. Swinfen Hall Hotel in the south of the county is an Inspector’s Choice four Red AA-star hotel and sits within 95 acres of stunning parkland, formal gardens and a wild deer park, providing a prestigious setting for meetings, dinners and events. Heading north, the Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House is the former family home of Josiah Wedgwood and can accommodate up to 650 delegates in theatre style.
Relax and unwind at Gradbach Mill, set among the Peak District’s most beautiful scenery and hugs the banks of the River Dane. Gradbach is rich in history and heritage and is available to hire on a fully catered basis, organised groups, team building and corporate away days. Feel de-stressed from head to toe at the spa at Crewe Hall. The perfect chance to take time out for a little ‘me time’. Guests can enjoy pre-booked packages and is a great way to reward staff.
The award-winning Keele University Conferences & Events and Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre are popular choices too for large-scale residential conferences, both offering a wealth of facilities for every type of event and budget.
Venues with a Difference
Unique venues like the Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent’s cultural quarter offer conferences with a difference. Both venues can cater for larger corporate events and delegates can be treated to a full theatre tour as part of a delegate package. One of the UK’s most unique attractions and home to 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, Trentham Monkey Forest is the ideal venue for small conferences and company away days. Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium boasts variously sized conferencing suites for events of all sizes, along with several executive boxes which overlook the pitch.
Staffordshire features two theme parks – Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park. The Alton Towers Resort offers an award-winning conference centre, featuring the impressive State Room which can hold over 500 delegates. The resort boasts 516 hotel bedrooms and one of Europe’s top indoor waterparks which can be hired for corporate events of a singular nature. Drayton Manor Theme Park offers a range of creative and flexible spaces, from a large conference room which caters for up to 500, a unique 4D cinema and plentiful outdoor space including a 15-acre zoo! These options coupled with its 148-bedroom four-star hotel means the options near endless.
Located in 330 acres of stunning Staffordshire countryside, St. George’s Park is another must-see venue for your upcoming event. The FA’s national football centre boasts a unique meeting, conference and event offering. The nearby National Memorial Arboretum is the year-round centre of remembrance – a reflective yet uplifting site providing an environment conducive to thinking, gaining perspective, building teams and celebrating achievement. Here it has Aspects, a new facility which, complete with stunning views, provides contemporary flexible spaces for up to 500 people.
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For a copy of the latest ‘Meetings on a Plate’ Staffordshire Conference Guide visit Conferencestaffordshire.co.uk.