Location is key for any event but if you’re looking for some fresh air and headspace for your delegates, the big cities are not necessarily the right place. When it comes to organising a memorable event to generate fresh energy for your business, why not get away from it all and choose a venue in the countryside? After the recent covid pandemic, everyone needs a bit of space and a rural venue makes perfect sense.
Out-of-town event spaces have been steadily increasing in popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see their appeal compared to the stuffy urban meeting spaces we’ve all grown tired of. Whether you’re putting together a training seminar or team building event at Lane End, organising an office away day at Amber Lakes or arranging for an executive board meeting at Stoke Rochford Hotel, the countryside has a huge amount to offer.
1 – Relaxed environment
Take your team away from the hustle and bustle of busy urban areas and what do you get? A slowing down of body and mind, a restored sense of calm and relaxation, fewer distractions and a chance to destress. Suddenly, there’s an opportunity to develop (or perhaps rediscover) thoughts and ideas that don’t seem to get a look in during the normal working day. The rural peace and quiet aids concentration, which results in more creative and productive meetings that have a positive effect on all concerned.
2 – Lots of space
It is unfortunately a fact of commercial life that, as far as physical space is concerned, urban venues are always under pressure. Compare that to expansive country venues such as this one, where generous room sizes and huge areas of open space are the rule rather than the exception. Particularly if you’re looking at a substantial guest list, you may find that the space offered at a countryside location offers not only greater flexibility for both indoor and outdoor events, but much better value for money too.
3 – Added facilities
Business venues in rural areas are well adapted to offering everything the event organiser requires and more. Spacious and tasteful meeting and conference facilities in often sumptuous settings will have all the usual AV/IT facilities including WiFi, plus the bonus of generous accommodation and onsite catering including locally sourced, fresh produce. Leisure facilities including swimming pools, spas and gyms, golf clubs, equestrian and other countryside pursuits can turn a regular business meeting into a memorable event.
4 – Easy parking
In contrast to city venues where parking is always a major issue – in terms of availability, proximity and cost – rural venues win hands down. With plenty of free and easily accessible car parking available for as many delegates as you can attract, it all makes for a stress free arrival – which will not only put your attendees in the best possible mental state to make the most of your business event, it is also likely to increase the turnout on the day.
5 – Beautiful setting
Surely, there can’t be a better backdrop for a business event than the truly special British countryside, whether you’re organising a gala dinner at a historic country manor, planning outdoor activities for a team building day or hosting a corporate hospitality event with added entertainment. From rolling hills to heritage architecture and pretty villages nearby, manor houses and stately homes are becoming increasingly popular as alternatives to traditional venues, offering memorable experiences without being overly corporate.
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