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20 April 2014

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New heights: What's new in Ireland - UK & Ireland Features New heights: What's new in Ireland

With venues being built and refurbished all over the Emerald Isle, we popped across the water to check on developments, dropping by a few old favourites along the way.

Leeds: top venues - UK & Ireland Features Leeds: top venues

From the UK’s latest shopping centre to a £60m arena development, Leeds is undergoing a serious makeover. V&E uncovers the latest from West Yorkshire’s coolest city

All grown up: festival hospitality - Hospitality Features All grown up: festival hospitality

Festivals have changed. Now more Moët swigging than mudslinging, they’ve become a viable option for corporate hospitality. V&E explores the options...

Fairway to heaven: corporate golf - UK & Ireland Features Fairway to heaven: corporate golf

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: top venues - UK & Ireland Features Shakespeare Country: top venues

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

36 hours in Shakespeare country - UK & Ireland Features 36 hours in Shakespeare country

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.

Glorious Gosford  - UK & Ireland Features Glorious Gosford

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.

Something for the weekend: luxury getaways on a budget - UK & Ireland Features Something for the weekend: luxury getaways on a budget

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.

Airport Focus: Heathrow - UK & Ireland Features Airport Focus: Heathrow

Where high-fliers go when they've touched down at Heathrow.

Och Aye: The New - UK & Ireland Features Och Aye: The New

We went to Scotland and all we got was...£450m-worth of shiny new event space. Here's the latest from Glasgow and Edinburgh

Cooking on the dock of the bay - UK & Ireland Features Cooking on the dock of the bay

As his new restaurant opens on Folkestone’s harbour front, acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant discusses the unique tastes of his home county

Kent reborn - UK & Ireland Features Kent reborn

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

Meet in the Middle - UK & Ireland Features Meet in the Middle

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

Touch Down - UK & Ireland Features Touch Down

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

Canape Cup - News & Trends Canape Cup

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 Venues - UK & Ireland Features Academic Venues

Academic institutions are shaking off the chalk- dust image and investing millions in sharp, new facilities to attract lucrative events business

Boom Town - UK & Ireland Features Boom Town

Handsome warehouse conversions rub shoulders with bold, modern constructions in this conference-friendly city. Anna Longmore discovers Manchester

Breathing Space - Newcastle - UK & Ireland Features Breathing Space - Newcastle

From the Northumberland coast to the Durham Dales, Anna Longmore finds plenty of space to stretch both mind and legs in the North East

Northern Lights - UK & Ireland Features Northern Lights

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...

Regional Focus - Wales - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - Wales

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

Spa Special - Pool Resources - UK & Ireland Features Spa Special - Pool Resources

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

Group Focus - Sundial Group - UK & Ireland Features Group Focus - Sundial Group

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

Regional Focus - Devon & Cornwall - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - Devon & Cornwall

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

What's new in... Scotland - UK & Ireland Features What's new in... Scotland

In the year of 'Homecoming Scotland', Annica Wainwright finds plenty of reasons to hold a range of corporate events north of the border.

Venue focus - West London Shooting School - UK & Ireland Features Venue focus - West London Shooting School

West London echoed to the sound of smashed clays as Square Meal treated the big guns of the event industry to a shooting party

Venue Focus - Luton Hoo - UK & Ireland Features Venue Focus - Luton Hoo

Marble columns, sweeping staircases and manicured gardens. Think you know Luton? Think again. Anna Longmore gets acquainted with Luton Hoo

Venue Focus - Grand Jersey - UK & Ireland Features Venue Focus - Grand Jersey

The boldly refurbished Grand Jersey strengthens the island’s appeal as a year-round destination. Annica Wainwright reports from the launch

What's new in... Ireland - International Features What's new in... Ireland

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

Regional Focus - Yorkshire - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - Yorkshire

Once famed only for the smoky chimneys of its heavy steel industry, Sheffield has forged itself a thoroughly modern identity. Anna Longmore heads north

Corporate Golf - Scotland - UK & Ireland Features Corporate Golf - Scotland

As the birthplace of golf, Scotland provides challenges to suit all players. Vic Robbie, editor of Golf & Travel, recommends the best courses

Group Profile: The Four Pillars Hotel Group - UK & Ireland Features Group Profile: The Four Pillars Hotel Group

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

Regional Focus - Cotswolds - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - Cotswolds

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.

Regional Focus - Liverpool - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - Liverpool

As Liverpool celebrates its year as European Capital of Culture, Anna Longmore discovers a city with ever-increasing potential for events organisers

Regional Focus - South Coast (Bournemouth) - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - South Coast (Bournemouth)

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

Regional Focus - South Coast (Brighton) - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - South Coast (Brighton)

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

Regional Focus - South Coast (Portsmouth) - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - South Coast (Portsmouth)

The regeneration of Portsmouth’s waterfront has opened up a wealth of possibilities for events

Regional Focus - South Coast (Southampton) - UK & Ireland Features Regional Focus - South Coast (Southampton)

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

Regional Venue Focus - Down Hall - UK & Ireland Features Regional Venue Focus - Down Hall

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

What's new in... Jersey - UK & Ireland Features What's new in... Jersey

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