Robin Hood and his band of merry men might have moved on, but Nottingham now has its own band of modern day merrymakers in the form of a large student population. The city's two universities are among the biggest employers in the area, while the city is also gaining recognition for its strength in life sciences, digital content and clean technologies. The chemist chain, Boots, was founded in Nottingham and is still based in the city, while Capital One and the Inland Revenue also have a significant presence
Name: East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel
Address: The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ
Tel: 0115 876 0900
Set in 330 acres of the University of Nottingham’s landscaped parkland, the East Midlands Conference Centre has meeting and event facilities for up to 850 delegates. A banqueting and exhibition suite is the largest space, while a conference theatre can seat 500 and numerous smaller rooms have capacity for as few as ten delegates in a boardroom set up. Adjacent to the De Vere venue is the Orchard Hotel, a 202-room, eco-friendly hotel with four meeting rooms of its own.
Name:Galleries of Justice Museum
Address:The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HN
Tel: 0115 952 0555
This historically rich site in the Lace Market area makes a unique venue for events and is well located too, close to bus, tram and rail stations. There's a range of rooms available for corporate hire, from the intimate Magistrates Suite to the plush Grand Jury Room – for up to 90 people – and the impressive Civil Courtroom with a capacity of 140. The whole venue can be hired exclusively or book in for a 'terror tour supper'!
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Park Inn by Radisson
Address: 296 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 2BT
Tel: 0115 935 9988
The three-star Park Inn by Radisson Nottingham offers modern conference and events facilities close to the city centre. Its 11 meeting rooms range in capacity from a maximum of ten delegates through to 180. It has the added bonus of complimentary on-site parking.
Name: Nottingham Conference Centre
Address: Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
Tel: 0115 848 8000
This dedicated conference facility is located in the heart of Nottingham city centre. It is set within a grade II listed building and offers state-of-the-art facilities and a variety of rooms, from the Central Court, Old Library and Victorian Chemistry Theatre with its ornate roof structure, to the modern, 450-capacity lecture theatre. There are eight large spaces and five smaller rooms.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Hart’s Hotel
Address: Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, NG1 6FN
Tel: 0115 988 1900
The highly regarded Hart's Hotel opened in 1997 and enjoys excellent views over the city from its secluded gardens. It also has two convenient spaces for corporate events: a private dining room for parties of up to 14 delegates and Hart's Upstairs. The latter is a bright and contemporary room that can host up to 100 delegates for private functions. The hotel is a 15-minute walk – or a short taxi journey – from Nottingham Station.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Woodborough Hall
Address: 1 Bank Hall, Woodborough, Nottingham, NG14 6EF
Tel: 0115 965 44663
A ten-minute drive from Nottingham lies Woodborough Hall, a classic country house hotel dating from the 17th century but with a past that stretches right back to the 11th century. The grade II listed building enjoys a tranquil, rural setting and is today home to four guestrooms, several dining spaces – including the Orangery conservatory with open aspect for up to 30 seated diners – while meetings space includes the main function room for up to 150 and a boardroom for 12.
Getting there:Flights to East Midlands International Airport (around 25 minutes from Nottingham city centre) are available from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Guernsey. Trains from London to Nottingham and East Midlands Parkway take as little as one hour, 45 minutes. By road, the city is easily accessed via the M1.
Contact: For more information on meetings and events venues in Nottingham, see: www.nottinghamevents.uk.com
Tel: 0115 9628320