Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes was once a collection of towns and villages, but was transformed into a 'New City' in the 1960s as part of a government scheme to relieve London's housing congestion. Now an economic success story, Milton Keynes is home to organisations including Santander, Volkswagen, Network Rail and Mercedes Benz.

WOW FACTOR
Name: The Arena MK
Address: Stadium Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
Tel: 0844 902 7777
Web: arenamk.com

This significant exhibitions and event venue opened in 2014 and can host up to 3,500 for a conference. It has numerous offices, bars and green rooms spread across three floors. The space is pillarless and totally customisable. The venue also provides banqueting menus and in-house production if required. Due to the versatility of the space, call for a quote.

QUIRKY VENUE
Name: National Museum of Computing
Address: Bletchley Park, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB
Tel: 01908 374 708
Web: tnmoc.com

Events are hosted within its galleries and displays, which include WWII's famous Enigma codebreaker. Facilities include a 40-seater meeting room with three large screens, buffet catering options and wifi throughout. Corporate events have the option of private tours with experts and so are priced according to requirements.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Woughton House – Mgallery by Sofitel
Address: Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3LR
Tel: 01908 661 919
Web: sofitel.accorhotels.com/mgallery/milton-keynes

Situated just outside of town, this elegant hotel has four meeting rooms and a Clubhouse Suite able to host up to 250. A day meeting for ten starts at £390 and includes AV facilities, wifi, pastries and buffet lunch. There are also breakout spaces indoors and out, plus walking trails to enjoy.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: The National Badminton Centre
Address: Bradwell Road, Great Holm, Milton Keynes, MK8 9LA
Tel: 01908 268 479
Web: badmintonengland.com

The world-class badminton club can cater for meetings of up to 100 delegates and rooms can be set up in a range of configurations. Conference rooms feature AV, flipchart, pens, tea and coffee, and a buffet lunch is included. Room hire for the smallest room starts from £145 per day. DDRs are available from £29.95.

WIRED UP
Name: Venue Cranfield
Address: Duncan Road, Wharley End, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0HG
Tel: 01234 754 885
Web: venuecranfield.co.uk

The facility comprises four flexible venues in one, which are suitable for conferences, meetings, and accommodation. There are over 65 rooms in all, suitable for up to 250 delegates. There is high-speed wifi, a 24-hour reception, exercise and leisure areas and a licenced bar and restaurant. Enquire for DDRs.

OUT OF TOWN
Name:Whittlebury Hall
Address: Whittlebury, Towcester, NN12 8WP
Tel: 01327 857 857
Web: whittlebury.com

The 254-room hotel is located 20 minutes north of the city and comprises 20 conference and training suites, 28 syndicate rooms, an executive boardroom and three private dining rooms. Event organisers can also make use of the two banqueting and conference suites that can hold up to 500 delegates. DDRs are from £31 plus VAT.

GETTING THERE
The city benefits from direct mainline train services from London Euston which take less than an hour. By car, Milton Keynes is accessible via the M1 and the journey time from London is upwards of an hour. For further information, Contact Destination Milton Keynes for advice on organising a conference or event. Destinationmilton keynes.co.uk has details of venues and accommodation available. Call 01908 688 293 or email info@destination miltonkeynes.co.uk