Venues near the M1

There are plenty of great event spaces within easy access of the M1 which is the UK's main road artery connecting the North with the South. Check out SquareMeal's list of recommended venues within easy striking distance of the M1

Updated on 07 March 2017

Venues near the M1

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Well Met Conferencing

Well Met Conferencing

Well Met Conferencing
Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 500

City Campus, Leeds Beckett University , Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HE

Operating two sites that form part of Leeds Beckett University, Well Met Conferencing holds the keys to some great meeting spaces in the UK’s third largest city. Whether you decide to base your event in the flagship Rose Bowl or elsewhere, your space will be Aim Gold-accredited, the wi-fi will be free and a dedicated event manager will be on hand. During the summer, additional accommodation is available, including the purpose-built Carnegie Village on the Headingley Campus, where residential conferences or congresses for delegates can be hosted. There’s also a four-acre outdoor space here, as well as sports facilities.

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Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa

Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa

Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa
Max Meeting 120
Max Theatre 29
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 120

Fawsley, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3BA

From medieval beginnings, Northamptonshire’s Fawsley Hall has grown into an atmospheric country house hotel. Tapestries still hang on walls and the high-ceilinged Salvin Longroom has retained all of its grandeur. The Salvin and Georgian Boardrooms also have a traditional feel. The property’s biggest event space, Saunders, is away from the main house in listed Knightley Court, where there’s also a Cinema and the Valentine Suite. Around and about, formal gardens and Capability Brown-landscaped parkland lend themselves to teambuilding.

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Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest
Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 550
Max Banquet 480

Rufford, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DN

Set within 400 acres of woodland, the rural location of this Center Parcs is made for teambuilding, with a host of activities to motivate delegates. For meetings, there’s a dedicated conferencing space – The Venue – where smaller rooms have views of the woods through floor-to-ceiling windows. Residential packages range from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom luxury Treehouses complete with hot tubs and games rooms.

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The Woburn Hotel

The Woburn Hotel

The Woburn Hotel
Max Meeting 35
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 80

1 George Street , Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, MK17 9PX

One of the country’s finest historic houses, Woburn Abbey has been home to the Dukes of Bedford for over 300 years. The 13,000-acre estate offers four completely different venues for events against the glorious backdrop of surrounding woodland. The estate also encompasses Woburn Golf Club with three championship courses. The Woburn Hotel offers five stylish meeting rooms – The Canaletto Suites (1 and 2), Red Room, Conservatory and Covent Garden – that can accommodate groups of between eight and 100 delegates, and come with AV facilities and Wi-Fi. The hotel has 48 contemporary en-suite bedrooms available while, across the courtyard, there are seven individually decorated cottages, offering further accommodation for corporate guests. Close to Milton Keynes and the M1, Woburn is about an hour from London, with great transport links from around the UK.

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Cineworld Sheffield

Cineworld Sheffield

Cineworld Sheffield
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 0

Valley Centertainment, Broughton Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 2EP

As the largest member of the famous cinema chain, with an impressive portfolio of 20 screens spread over three floors, Cineworld Sheffield has a great location opposite the Sheffield Arena in the Valley Centertainment Leisure Park. Access from the M1 is easy, there is plenty of parking and regular trams run from the centre of the city. The largest screen has a seating capacity of 585 and the cinema’s state-of-the-art digital projection makes it ideal for conferences, private screenings of movies, live sporting events, or even theatre and music. There are few Sheffield venues with sharper AV for PowerPoint-based presentations or large-scale product launches either, and there is also scope to host interactive gaming events. A licensed bar is available as a breakout space or to host pre- or post-screening receptions, supported by the traditional gamut of cinema snacks, including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and popcorn.

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Warren Weir (at Luton Hoo Hotel)

Warren Weir (at Luton Hoo Hotel)

Warren Weir (at Luton Hoo Hotel)
Max Meeting 388
Max Standing 340
Max Banquet 280

The Mansion House, Nr Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ

Warren Weir is set amid the Capability Brown-designed parkland of Grade I-listed Luton Hoo Hotel. Named after the weir that tumbles through its grounds, this purpose-built meeting and events venue is comprised of function rooms, a hospitality lounge, authentically styled bedrooms and leisure facilities that include a swimming pool and gym. The venue lays on its own fleet of London cabs to transport delegates between Warren Weir and the main mansion house with its grand entertaining spaces. Teambuilding activities on the 1,000-acre estate include grass karting, water zorbing, and dog-and-duck handling.

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The Grove

The Grove

The Grove
Max Meeting 450
Max Standing 700
Max Banquet 480

Chandler's Cross, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG

Sitting in 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside just 30 minutes from the West End, it’s no surprise that ‘London’s country estate’ is such a hit with corporate groups. The 18th-century manor house’s interiors are refreshingly relaxed. As well as 227 bedrooms and suites, three restaurants and modern meeting spaces, there’s a championship golf course and an awardwinning spa. For alfresco entertaining, the three-acre Walled Garden is an enticing space, and the events team organises teambuilding exercises like barbecue masterclasses or beach volleyball. 

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Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel
Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 160

Shipton Road, Skelton, North Yorkshire, YO30 1XW

This Georgian manor house hotel sits in six pleasant acres on the outskirts of York. Alongside a mix of modern and traditional bedrooms, four-star Mercure York offers six smart function spaces. For large-scale events, Park Lane and Park Avenue join together as the Parkside Suite, with its own bar and dancefloor. The more intimate Oak Room has oak panelling and a tented ceiling, and there’s more handsome woodwork in the Library, with its solid oak boardroom table.

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Donington Manor Hotel

Donington Manor Hotel

Donington Manor Hotel
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 118

1 High Street, Castle Donington, Derby, Derbyshire, DE74 2PP

Historically known as an 18th-century coaching inn, Donington Manor Hotel now welcomes travellers from much farther afield. East Midlands airport and the M1 are within a couple of miles, giving easy access to its mix of traditional and modern event spaces. The rooms offer wi-fi, natural light and touches of the venue’s heritage. The Rawdon Suite has a private garden and the hotel restaurant is available exclusively via the Sage Room. The Gun Room offers oak-panelled seclusion for private dining.

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Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 160
Max Banquet 120

The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ

Grade I-listed Luton Hoo sits proudly in over 1,000 acres of parkland. The 18th-century stately home incorporates individually styled bedrooms, while its event spaces range from converted stables to ornate state rooms. The spa comprises a large indoor pool and there’s further indulgence to be had in the fine-dining Wernher Restaurant. Also on the Luton Hoo estate is Warren Weir, a self-contained meetings facility by the river Lea. The 18-hole golf course is another draw.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 480

Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR

The studios that brought Harry Potter to the big screen can be booked for events. Among the spaces are the Great Hall, a range of interior sets including the Gryffindor Boys Dormitory (housed inside a sprawling studio), and the Platform 9¾ experience. The green screen area enables guests to recreate scenes from the films – such as flying on a broomstick – while experts who worked on the films can be brought in to speak and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets.

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Laura Ashley Hotel The Manor Elstree

Laura Ashley Hotel The Manor Elstree

Laura Ashley Hotel The Manor Elstree
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 66

Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3RE

A showcase for the famous Welsh textiles designer, Laura Ashley The Manor Elstree sits in 10 acres of landscaped gardens. Neutral tones set off the brand’s signature prints and soft furnishings throughout. Within the 16th-century main building, the laidback Cavendish restaurant serves British cuisine, and a private dining room overlooks the lawns and London beyond. In a newer wing, there’s a clutch of well-equipped modern meeting rooms.

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Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Center Parcs Woburn Forest
Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 600

Millbrook, Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HZ

This Bedfordshire retreat features a dedicated conference centre (The Venue), with a large meeting room that can be broken up into eight separate spaces. There’s also a business centre, which can accommodate 10 delegates. For overnight stays, there are 700 luxury lodges, all within woodland, and a 75-bedroom hotel. As you’d expect, the focus can be as much on leisure as business, and there’s a wide range of teambuilding activities on-site.

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High Elms Manor

High Elms Manor

High Elms Manor
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 100

High Elms Lane, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD25 0JX

High Elms Manor is a Grade II-listed Georgian country house in Hertfordshire. Having hosted Midsomer Murders no less than three times, it is also a regular on TV. The house was used as a rehabilitation centre after WWII, and then a school in the 1990s, but it now serves as a smart venue for weddings and corporate functions. A 20-seater mahogany boardroom table has been added to its dining room and a crystal chandelier to the Ballroom. Licensed for civil ceremonies, the library has become an elegant wedding destination with floorto- ceiling silk curtains. There’s even a helipad for anyone planning a particularly grand entrance.

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The West London Shooting School

The West London Shooting School

The West London Shooting School
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 72
Max Banquet 40

Sharvel Lane, West End Road, Northolt, London, UB5 6RA

Set amid hills and parkland, West London Shooting School’s stately clubhouse and shooting grounds feel utterly rural – and yet central London is only 12 miles away. The impressive range of corporate packages includes a morning shoot that can have participants back at their desks by noon. Alternatively, you can book in for an evening shoot with a barbecue, or a multi-activity day combining shooting with quad biking, 4x4 driving or archery.

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Laura Ashley Hotels

Laura Ashley Hotels

Laura Ashley Hotels
Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120

Various locations, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3RE

Floral print purveyor Laura Ashley owns and operates two boutique hotels, which mix state-of-the-art facilities with the textile designer’s trademark statement wallpaper and furnishings. Up in the Lake District, Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield makes the most of its scenic surroundings with a property on the edge of Lake Windermere. The 62-bedroom hotel has six conference suites that range from small boardrooms through to a large conference space for 120 delegates, plus a fine-dining restaurant.  Just outside London, Laura Ashley The Manor Elstree is set in a Tudor-style building within 10 acres of landscaped gardens. As well as a clutch of modern meeting spaces in the New Wing, we like the private dining room, which looks out over the grounds. Both hotels hold wedding licenses.

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Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 0

Leicester Tigers Rugby Club Aylestone Road Leicester , Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 7TR

Hosting 24,000 fans on match days, Leicester Tigers is the home of England’s most successful domestic rugby club, and one of the largest spaces for events in the Midlands. The venue is well versed in exhibition hosting, but isn’t averse to some rock ’n’ roll, with stages and crowds taking over the pitch for live concerts. The spaces also work well for seminars, parties and wedding receptions. In 2016, the Clubhouse conference centre was added as part of an £8m investment. Full of light, the double-aspect room has pitch views and a refreshingly contemporary feel – while still preserving the club’s rich history.

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Topgolf Watford

Topgolf Watford

Topgolf Watford
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 212

Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD24 7AB

As well as its 18-hole adventure-putting course, Topgolf Watford has a range of teambuilding games where players score points for hitting microchipped balls towards targets. Groups can take over the six-person bays (taking 294 players in total), tucking into drinks and sharing platters between strokes. Exclusive hire of the on-site restaurant is an option. It’s a good spot for the obligatory after-party and trophy presentations.

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Stapleford Park

Stapleford Park

Stapleford Park
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 180

Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF

With its imposing façade, this Grade I-listed country house conveys an immediate sense of grandeur, while its surrounding 500 acres of Capability Brown-designed grounds conjure a tranquil atmosphere. Indoors, a range of period-decor spaces add panache to events ranging from conferences to close-quarters private dining. For the former, look to the Grand Hall, which combines with the Orangery to form a formidable space, with access to an elegant terrace.

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Brocket Hall

Brocket Hall

Brocket Hall
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150

Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG

A traditional country house atmosphere is the order of the day at Brocket Hall, just 22 miles north of Hyde Park Corner. This Grade I-listed country house matches a classically English setting to elegant modern facilities. The Hall is available for exclusive use, and its two challenging courses and renowned academy facilities make it a great golfing destination. Meeting and dining facilities are also available at nearby Auberge du Lac Restaurant and the Clubhouse.

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Center Parcs

Center Parcs

Center Parcs
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 0

One Edison Rise New Ollerton Newark Notts , Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DP

Center Parcs revolutionised the holiday market in Holland over 30 years ago and did the same in the UK when it opened its first village at Sherwood Forest in July 1987, offering short break holidays on a year round basis. Parcs concept is to provide a range of outstanding leisure facilities, surrounded by a forest environment which is both protected and enhanced. Activites on site are designed to motivate and bring out the best in guests, and with several locations to choose from, there are a good range of teambuilding and meeting packages available for corporate hire.

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