Three reasons to choose Harrogate as your event destination
What do you look for when booking a venue? Size? Accommodation? Access? Value for money? Or do you prioritise a convention centre that makes your event unique?
With every logistics organiser booking venues based on a “bigger
is always best” approach, you can feel pressured into putting other important items on your agenda down the list of priorities. Items that can influence the
effectiveness of your event.
With almost 200 years in the event industry, we understand
the importance of making sure your event ticks every box. Not just size, but
location, service and — importantly —
Post event, do you want your guests to reflect and think,
"yes that venue accommodated us all"?
Or do you want them to say, “Wow, I didn’t expect that!”
Just small enough, just big enough
Being a convention centre that caters for all sizes, we
understand the importance of having a venue that can grow with you. New events in
particular may need to start somewhere smaller and still have room to grow.
With a multitude of event halls to choose from, from 425m2 to
13,700m2, Harrogate provides flexible functionality for exhibitions
and conferences alike.
A ‘retreat’ for mind and body
Often events run in big cities can feel as stressful as
whatever it is their audience is trying to retreat from. Whether it’s an
association congress, corporate conference or a bridal show, the secret of a great event experience is to make your visitors feel at ease.
So imagine being able to spend time in a town voted one
of the friendliest places to live, home to the
happiest people. Imagine how that would make your guests feel, how
comfortable they would be visiting for a few days, and how it would influence
their experience of your event.
Space to think
While we often talk about the size of a conference centre,
it’s important to consider the environment the venue resides in. For a really
productive event, the chance for delegates to clear
their heads and think is as important as making sure they are fed and
In Harrogate we love the fact that we aren’t another event centre
beside a motorway or boxed in by concrete and glass. Instead, we offer walking
proximity to parks and gardens, friendly local amenities and over ground
transport in idyllic scenery. The right environment in which to unwind and
96% of our visitors agree by recommending Harrogate as an events destination in Visit Britain's 2018 Business Events Survey of the UK's conference and exhibition cities. Unsurprisingly Harrogate topped the survey for visitors who would return to the event destination in their own leisure time.
If you’re interested in visiting Harrogate or
considering hosting an event here, take a look at why
this modern-day spa town can be the perfect location for your next conference