Looking for a destination to host your next conference? Have you considered conferencing in East Yorkshire? Hull could be just the place. There you’ll find a beautiful, medieval waterfront city with a vibrant conference zone that has a warm and friendly welcome, the UK’s fastest fibre broadband and offers great value for money.
For traditional grandeur, consider Hull’s Baroque Revival City Hall with its striking dome and sweeping staircase, or the prestigious Hull Guildhall with its panelled walls and decorative ceilings. Both offer flexible meeting space ideal for conferences in East Yorkshire, exhibitions and dinners.
Perfect for larger events are Hull’s newest venues, the £36 million state-of-the art conference and concert centre Bonus Arena or the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull a 10-minute walk away are ideal. The four-star hotel offers a modern 1,000 seat pillar free ballroom, 165 deluxe bedrooms, rooftop bar, leisure facilities and Marco Pierre White restaurant.
Big Business in East Yorkshire
As well as now being able to attract events on a larger scale, Hull thinks big when it comes to industry, too. Tapping into this locally based wealth of research expertise and knowledge can enhance conference programme content and provide industry related field trips.
International health care giants Smith & Nephew and RB (Reckitt-Benckiser) are both headquartered in Hull, with RB recently expanding its research and development programme by investing in a new £105 million Centre for Scientific Excellence in the city.
Thanks to pioneering ventures at the University of Hull, developing the LCD technology used in screens across the globe and life-saving osteoporosis scanning equipment to name just two, the region is a world leader in research fields from healthcare to offshore wind energy, and the study of slavery and emancipation. The university has recently invested in its conference and meeting offer and provides high quality contemporary facilities to rival the best of venues.
The region’s thriving chemical, tech-digital and cultural industries are fast becoming national hubs of excellence and its unique location makes Hull and East Yorkshire a focal point for the UK and worldwide renewable energy trade as home to the UK’s biggest port complex and Siemens’ world-class wind turbine manufacturing plant – suppling turbines for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, located off the East Yorkshire coast.
During 2017 as UK City of Culture, Hull’s reputation as a centre for culture and creativity grew worldwide, the city hosted numerous cultural conferences and continues to attract both national and international arts conferences to the area.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Sewerby Hall, set high above the sea on the East Yorkshire Coast or Bridlington’s flagship venue The Spa, with its stunning Art Deco ballroom and Edwardian Theatre are must visits. Both Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club and Tickton Grange Hotel set in their own grounds offer a taste of country house splendour too.
All great conferences need great delegate downtime; conferencing in East Yorkshire’s got it covered with culture on every corner. Give 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 submarium, 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 galleries, creative workshops and boutique markets alongside pizza parlours, fine dining restaurants, quirky hipster joints, and Hull’s very own micro-brewery, the Taphouse – ideal for informal drinks receptions.
For those looking for something a little more hands-on, delegates can enjoy gin making at Hotham’s Gin School in Hull’s quirky Hepworth’s Arcade or chocolate making with Coco Chocolatiers. In the traditional resort of Bridlington, delegates can try their hand at making sticks of seaside rock or go porpoise spotting at Spurn Point, Yorkshire’s very own Land’s End.
Whether you’re looking for an informal space, urban chic, a grand rural retreat or simply the latest place to be seen, then conferencing in East Yorkshire and Hull has it all.