June, 2016

Conference & Hospitality Show Leeds 2016

Our girl Laura tells us about her recent trip away from the office…..

On the 26th April 2016 I went to the First Direct Arena in Leeds for the Conference and Hospitality Show #CHSRocks and I can safely say this show did ‘rock’. The day started in glorious sunshine on a First Trans Pennine train to Leeds and ended in on a First Trans Pennine train back to Manchester in drizzly rain/ sleet and miserable grey skies. Basically a day in which Leeds was hit with 4 seasons in one day.

Anyway enough of the weather (so typically British, always complaining about the weather, pretty sure in my last blogpost I moaned about snow) let’s get onto #CHSRocks.

I was a VIP (oh so fancy, I know) which meant a received a lovely little pack pre show with my lunch voucher and competition opportunities to enter. At the show there was a VIP Lounge which was great when you needed a quick little rest some snacks and a glass of prosecco. I also got gift bag of goodies on the day (below). It was a great day where I got to catch up with other agencies and venues I already know as well as meeting new venues and new contacts which we can now offer to our clients.

From the show I have two (new to me) standout venues I would like talk about. The cool and edgy Titanic Hotel & Rum Warehouse in Liverpool and beautiful and quirky Camp Hill Estate in North Yorkshire.

The Titanic Hotel & Rum Warehouse are located at the beautiful Stanley Dock in Liverpool. If you haven’t heard of them then they are quite similar to Victoria Warehouse Event Space and Hotel in Manchester in that they are both converted warehouses and both have hotels on site. Both venues are quite unusual and have a very cool and rustic vibe about them.

The Titanic Hotel has 153 bedrooms, all the bedrooms are large and have earthy rustic furnishings to make for a relaxing stay. The hotel also has a gym and spa which features a Roman-bath and aqua thermal experiences.

Joint on to the hotel is the Rum Warehouse. This area is so versatile and can accommodate pretty much anything and everything. The whole of the Rum Warehouse can be branded up to make for an event that is all about you and what you do. The warehouse has 8 event spaces and the largest, the Ground Floor, can hold 850 theatre style and 448 cabaret style.

Next up we have the Camp Hill Estate which is in Bedale, North Yorkshire. This venue is so quirky and the things dreams are made of. It has something for everyone. It is set in 300 acres of countryside so is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This venue is perfect for team building away days and trips.

Onsite they have quad bikes, segways, rage mud buggies and a climbing wall to name a few. The venue provides all the team buildings activities such as raft building and scavenger hunts so there is no need to bring in an external team building company.

But the fun doesn’t end at the activities, when you go to Camp Hill Estate you can stay in bunk barns, a safari tent or a yurt.

But the venue isn’t only for team building events, they have conference facilities for up to 250 people, smaller meeting and syndicate rooms and a rustic barn for up to 100 people. I meant it when I said there is something for everyone.

Whilst at CHS Rocks I attended a talk by Bianca Robinson on Social Media Campaigns. Bianca was full of usefull tips and tricks to make your social media campaign successful. Such as the importance of branding. Every touch point with your customer is a reflection of your brand so you need to make sure that every single interaction your customers have with your brand is showing your brand the way you want it to. Another top tip is to engage with people with good social media outlets.

Overall, I had a great day catching up with old and new contacts and learning more about social media. Thanks CHS Group! The show really did ‘rock’.


Ps. I also met Olly Murs!! (Okay okay, it wasn’t the real Olly Murs but it’s probably the closest I am going to get so I’m taking it).


If you are interested in knowing more or putting on an event at any of these venues then please get in touch with us.

You can email us at theteam@top-venues.co.uk or give us a ring on 0844 8709963.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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