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Festivals have changed. Now more Moët swigging than mudslinging, they’ve become a viable option for corporate hospitality. V&E explores the options...
Carpet-like greens, striking scenery and some impressive nineteenth holes, here’s our pick of the UK’s best golf courses for groups.
Shakespeare Country may not seem like venue-rich territory at first glance, but look more closely and you’ll find a cluster of serious event spaces well worth exploring in The Bard’s back yard
Not long ago V&E caught the train from Marylebone and headed north. The team’s day and a half adventure saw them darting about this picturesque part of the country looking for the best event-ready venues. Country-house hotels, museums, theatres, castles, restaurants and the back seat of off-road vehicles – it’s not short of spaces. Click through and see what the team had to say.
At this stately East Lothian mansion, 18th-century backdrops come with a 5,000-acre playground and a hearty dose of Scottish hospitality. Gosford House is certainly not just a pretty face
Take a refreshing break in one of these four hand-picked bolt-holes. From luxury Lakeland suites with a private pool or hot tub (at Gilpin Lodge, pictured), to stately spas in Surrey or boutique beachside bliss in East Sussex, there’s something to suit every budget, says Sophie Dening.
Where high-fliers go when they've touched down at Heathrow.
We went to Scotland and all we got was...£450m-worth of shiny new event space. Here's the latest from Glasgow and Edinburgh
As his new restaurant opens on Folkestone’s harbour front, acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant discusses the unique tastes of his home county
Long overlooked, London’s south-easterly neighbour has lots to offer event organisers, not least by way of exciting venues. It’s time to rediscover the new, grown-up Garden of England
Birmingham has thrown off the shackles of its industrial past and reinvented itself as Britain’s conference capital. If it’s not already on your events map, you really need to buy a new one
If you’re entertaining clients or colleagues before or after they catch a flight, the next four pages will be indispensable, outlining the best beds, food, meeting spaces and entertainment in the Gatwick area
Tired of turkey?
The hot ticket at Venues & Events 2010 was undoubtedly the fiercely fought Square Meal Canapé Cup. Ten exhibitors threw their aprons into the ring, but who emerged victorious?
Academic institutions are shaking off the chalk- dust image and investing millions in sharp, new facilities to attract lucrative events business
Handsome warehouse conversions rub shoulders with bold, modern constructions in this conference-friendly city. Anna Longmore discovers Manchester
From the Northumberland coast to the Durham Dales, Anna Longmore finds plenty of space to stretch both mind and legs in the North East
Victorian landmarks and gleaming new venues meet first-class restaurants, bars and hotels. Anna Longmorewonders why it has taken us so long to discover Leeds...
There has never been a better time to hold events in Wales. Annica Wainwright reports on a hive of activity around Cardiff, while Anna Longmore checks out the country’s scenic North
Despite the recession, the spa industry shows no sign of slowing down. Suzanne Archer discovers that combining meetings with massages can have huge benefits for corporate groups
Run by the clan that inspired Summer Holiday, the Sundial Group blends family values with functional space in its conference hotels. Mark Sansom checks in
Top-notch food, breathtaking scenery and cool venues make Devon and Cornwall great destinations for corporate getaways – particularly as the pound falters against the euro. Anna Longmore explores the event potential of these not-so-distant shores
In the year of 'Homecoming Scotland', Annica Wainwright finds plenty of reasons to hold a range of corporate events north of the border.
West London echoed to the sound of smashed clays as Square Meal treated the big guns of the event industry to a shooting party
Marble columns, sweeping staircases and manicured gardens. Think you know Luton? Think again. Anna Longmore gets acquainted with Luton Hoo
The boldly refurbished Grand Jersey strengthens the island’s appeal as a year-round destination. Annica Wainwright reports from the launch
With top conference facilities, gourmet appeal, and golfing greens as far as the eye can see, Ireland’s draw for the events market is already assured, yet investment continues to pour in. Catherine Quinn takes stock of the latest developments
Once famed only for the smoky chimneys of its heavy steel industry, Sheffield has forged itself a thoroughly modern identity. Anna Longmore heads north
As the birthplace of golf, Scotland provides challenges to suit all players. Vic Robbie, editor of Golf & Travel, recommends the best courses
With six distinctive properties under its belt and plans for two more in the pipeline, the Four Pillars Hotel Group is expanding fast. Karen Doyle checks out its three top hotels
As London's A-list heads for the hills to party in private, Square Meal selects the best of the Cotswolds' vast range of exclusive use venues so you can do the same.
As Liverpool celebrates its year as European Capital of Culture, Anna Longmore discovers a city with ever-increasing potential for events organisers
Pre-conceptions about Bournemouth may be rife, but the Dorset destination is battling its ‘tired, old resort’ image with some zeal, and plenty of investment
With its unique brand of quirky individuality and cosmopolitan cool, the classic seaside city is setting the standard for the regeneration of the south coast
The regeneration of Portsmouth’s waterfront has opened up a wealth of possibilities for events
Contemporary city centre hotels and sporting facilities meet the Solent and the New Forest to make Southampton an ideal destination for corporate events with an active approach
Its handy location and accommodating events team make Down Hall one of the UK’s most approachable grand country houses. Anna Longmore discovers a corporate destination with all the graces but none of the airs
With millions of pounds worth of investment and a burgeoning events market, Jersey is becoming a ‘don’t miss’ destination for corporate groups. Square Meal returned to the island to catch up with the latest goings-on