Nottingham

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

WOW FACTOR
Name: Nottingham Conference Centre
Address: Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU
Tel: 0115 848 8000
Web: nottinghamconferencecentre.co.uk

The Centre opened in 2010 following a refurbishment of two Grade II-listed Victorian buildings. It can host up to 500 in a variety of flexible event spaces including the Old Chemistry Theatre with its glass vaulted ceiling, the Old Library and the large Central Gallery. In-house catering and event management are available.

QUIRKY VENUE
Name:The National Justice Museum
Address:High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN
Tel:0115 993 9822
Web: nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

Situated in the Lace Market, the museum has a choice of rooms for hire, ranging from the grand Shire Hall, which houses the crime and punishment displays, the split-level Magistrates’ Suite, and the ornate Victorian Courthouse for up to 120 theatre style. Tours and costumed performers can be organised for groups.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Cellar 9 at Baresca
Address: 9 Byard Lane, Nottingham NG1 2GJ
Tel: 0115 948 3900
Web: barescatapas.co.uk

This atmospheric cellar bar sits underneath the popular Baresca tapas restaurant and makes an intimate space for private parties and networking drinks. With a capacity of up to 100, the venue has a PA system, overhead projector and screen available and the bar has excellent acoustics, making it ideal for live music. The kitchen team at Baresca will tailor menus according to taste.

WIRED UP
Name: Crowne Plaza Nottingham
Address: Wollaton Street, Nottingham NG1 5RH
Tel: 0871 942 9161
Web: crowneplaza.com

The 210 bedroom hotel has a total of 17 meeting rooms, including its Royal Suite banqueting room which can accommodate 400. Delegates can use the business centre and an in-house technician is available to assist with AV and production. There are two restaurants, a bar, leisure club and spa, and ample car parking.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Hart’s Hotel
Address: Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, NG1 6FN
Tel: 0115 988 1900
Web: www.hartsnottingham.co.uk

This independent boutique hotel is built by the ramparts of Nottingham’s medieval castle and boasts an upscale award-winning restaurant. Its private dining room can cater for up to 14, or larger groups can opt for Harts Upstairs, a dedicated event space for up to 100. The hotel has 32 smart bedrooms, private parking and a garden.

OUT OF TOWN
Name: Nottingham Racecourse
Address: Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE
Tel: 0115 958 0620
Web: jockeyclubvenues.co.uk

Set in 280 acres of Colwick Park two miles from the city centre, the racecourse offers six flexible event spaces with the largest for up to 150 delegates. A further 12 syndicate rooms can be set up in various configurations. Outdoor teambuilding packages and events can be arranged in the parkland. DDR starts at £19.99.

NOTTINGHAM INFORMATION
Getting there:Centrally located, Nottingham offers excellent road, rail and air links. Trains from London St Pancras to Nottingham take just over 90 minutes, and the city is easily accessible from the M1. East Midlands Airport is 13 miles away with connections to Europe and the US.

Contact: Contact Meet in Nottingham for advice on organising a conference or event. Meet in Nottingham has up to date information on venues and accommodation available. or email conferences@visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk
Tel: 0115 962 8320