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Time To Think? Three reasons to choose Harrogate for your event

Harrogate Convention Centre


RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate
RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate

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 — experience.

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 watered.

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 think.

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 or event.

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