Summer is coming and now is the time to plan your big event. Whether it’s a corporate event for entertaining clients, team building or a personal event for a retirement or reunion, every event needs its foundation: location, location, location!
Restaurants and conference centres are obvious choices for an ordinary event. But chances are you want something more memorable. Take a look at these Brighton venues to Host your Summer Events which offer more than the average buffet and slide show…
American Express Community Stadium
Go big or go home. Sporting complexes offer a wide variety of event choices, whether your goal is to take over the entire arena or entertain during an already scheduled larger event.
The American Express Community Stadium, which has an average attendance of 29,000, and is home of the Brighton & Hove Albion FC, can accommodate everything from 1000 person major conferences to small executive groups. With a record attendance of 30,292 on May 2, 2016, the stadium can be an exciting place to host an event during a game.
The facility offers an onsite main line rail station and complimentary parking for up to 1000 guests. The exhibition halls and award winning catering service make it ideal for a trade show or similar large event. The field is even available for outdoor team building experiences, and there are a multitude of smaller venues for any size party.
The Bupa Lounge and the Overline Lounge offer great views for larger groups while each one of the 14 luxury executive boxes is an outdoor terrace to take in the game if you wish so. With a venue as popular as this, it is imperative to book early, especially if you want your group to attend a game.
Summertime is the best time for outdoor activities and events and so it’s a good idea to choose a venue that already has exciting events going on, like the Brighton Racecourse. Set high on Sussex Downs, the Brighton Racecourse has been called “undoubtedly one of the most picturesque settings of any course” by Channel 4 reporters. While it is one of the smaller racecourses in the British Isles, it has quite a history. A quirky horseshoe-shaped course provides a unique test for the horses. It has been a landmark for over 200 years. Top American jockey Steve Cauthen won his 1000th British race at Brighton.
The Brighton Racecourse offers several hospitality packages for groups of any size. Each can include gourmet dining, various open bar options and tea service. There are also added extras including tipsters and betting vouchers so guests can partake in the thrill of betting on race day.
Race day parties are a wonderful way to entertain clients, treat your staff or enjoy friends and family. It definitely helps to understand the rules and the odds of betting on horse racing. Take a look at a horse racing betting page and pay close attention, so you can be knowledgeable in assisting your guests place their wagers on their favourite horse, especially if they’re newbie bettors. Race season generally runs May through October with around 20 events each season.
Want to know your odds before making a bet? You can use the betting calculater Betulator to help answer those tricky questions!
East Brighton Golf Course
While not nearly as exciting as horse racing, the East Brighton Golf Course is an excellent venue for a benefit or a corporate event. Normally a members-only club, The Clubhouse is available to host meetings, seminars or parties in either their Oak Lounge or Oak Room. The classic oak panelling and traditional décor reflect its 123 year-old heritage.
The 18-hole course provides a genuine challenge for golfers of all handicaps and is a great way to break the ice before or after a business event. After all, the game of golf, which gained its popularity in the 19th century but is considered to have been played as early as 1297, is a classic choice for business associates and partners to talk shop. There are spectacular views of the English Channel and on a very clear day, the Isle of Wight is just visible. The Clubhouse is also available to provide outdoor events and barbecues during the summer months, while there are bar and catering facilities available year round.
Yellowave Beach Sports
Brighton Beach is the most popular destination for overseas tourists with over 400,000 visitors in 2015. If you want a truly unique team building experience or a super fun family reunion, Yellowave Beach Sports offers a variety of packages, right on the beach, catering to groups from 10 to 180 people.
Host a volleyball tournament between the managers, execs and assistants or put together a multi-activity team building day with clients. All games and tournaments can come with referees or coaches, depending upon your personal needs.
You can also add-on the outdoor BBQ to round out the event or move indoors and rent the Clubhouse for a more formal catered event by the Barefoot Cafe. Volleyball tournaments and other beach activities is also a great way to include families of staff or clients, building up the reputation of your company and it’s a great way to maintain friendly competition in and out of the office.
Located on the beach near the Brighton Pier, which attracts over 3 million visitors each year, Yellowave is a more casual way to organise an event. It is the self-proclaimed “only permanent beach venue in the UK,” and while it is open year round, it makes a better summer venue for outdoor events.
Sea Life Centre
Many don’t know it, but Brighton is the home of the world’s oldest operating aquarium, the Sea Life Centre. It is open every day of the year except Christmas and offers the facility for hire for special events and parties. This colourful and festively lit venue is definitely one-of-a-kind.
At the new Jurassic Seas exhibition guests can meet prehistoric sea creatures that outlasted the dinosaurs. Their state of the art technology screens also introduce us to mighty creatures that no longer exist in our seas.
The centre is more of a do-it-yourself venue as they do not have hospitality or catering packages, but they do allow you to hire outside catering and bring in virtually anything you want as long as it does not endanger or unsettle the sea creatures. The vast array of underwater spectacles from sharks to rays to graceful turtles provides a captivating background for any event, business or personal.
If you are looking to offer something more along the lines of an entertainment event, look no further than the Komedia Brighton. With over 700 performances ranging from comedy and music to cabaret and theatre, Komedia features the very best in international and local performers.
Since 1994, when it began its trademark variety and comedy programme in a very tiny venue, Komedia has been dedicated to inspiring new acts and attracting more established acts to their theatre. As the entertainment company has relocated and expanded, Komedia has become a thriving entertainment business.
Komedia Brighton offers two well-equipped performance spaces, The Main Space and The Studio. The Main Space seats 40-180 in various formats while The Studio is a much more intimate venue. While the space for hire is pretty cool in and of itself, even more important are the services Komedia can offer to providing great entertainment for your event. Alongside a wide range of acts, Komedia offers the best in food and drink catering for your events.
Brighton Music Hall
Finally, if you just want to host a great event in a unique venue on the beach, Brighton Music Hall offers two great options. The Music Hall is more ideal for a daytime conference or meeting with its newly renovated Victorian arches overlooking pier to pier views.
For an evening activity, the Tremendous Tipis are altogether magical out on the terrace. With open fires and 8-meter high poles draped in canvas, the tipis are perfect for 80 to 300 people, complete with gourmet catering and bar service.
Brighton Music Hall also has the unique privilege of having a late license for music, allowing live entertainment to go on until 2 AM. That being said, they have relationships with many local musicians and variety acts and can easily book whatever entertainment your event requires.
Whether it’s inside or outside, team building or family reunion, Brighton offers a plethora of unique venues to create memorable events. With summer on its way, now is the time to book and plan your venue – make it an event to remember rather than go with old and boring. Try out one of our recommendations!