Birmingham, or ‘Brum’ as it is affectionately known, is the second largest city in the UK attracting 34 million visitors a year. An hour and 25 minutes from London and home to the UK’s third largest airport, Birmingham can be reached by 90% of the UK population within four hours – ‘the’ central destination.
Europe’s youngest major city is an eclectic mix of contrasts between old and new, and its event venues reflect the variety of culture. With more miles of canals than Venice, sleek modern developments like The Cube reside alongside restored industrial heritage buildings, Michelin-starred Restaurants draw as many visitors as the city’s famous Balti Triangle, and live events, festivals and a stylish shopping centre make Birmingham an attractive location.
Just like its culture, Birmingham’s venues are many and varied; it can be hard to know where to begin when searching for the perfect venue for your event! One of our expert Event Consultants, Sally McNamara, spent the day recently visiting some of Birmingham’s conference venues, and shared with us her experience…
This waterside meeting and conference venue is located just behind the International Conference Centre, in the heart of the city centre. You might be forgiven for thinking it is a standard conference centre but on visiting you will see it has some really interesting space. Austin Court has a courtyard, a tiered lecture theatre and the waterside, which is really lovely area that can be used for catering, exhibitions, drinks receptions and launches. The glass panelled frontage lets in streams of light and the upstairs function spaces have wooden beams and arches, which inject some welcome character.
Hotel Indigo, Marco Pierre White’s and now Canalside, a brand new function space, are all located at The Cube; three venues in one! Canalside is large contemporary room with a small Restaurant which can be used for breakout space if required. It is a blank canvas space which leads directly out onto patio, canal and an outdoor terrace which is particularly lovely in the summer months. If you want to combine venues for your event Marco Pierre Whites has three private dining rooms at the top of the Cube with stunning views of the skyline, and if you require accommodation you can utilise Hotel Indigo’s 52 bedrooms.
Close to Broad Street, Paradise Circus and walking distance from central Birmingham train stations this hotel is finished to a good standard. The largest meeting space can take up to 300 guests and all of the meeting space is on one dedicated floor, which is ideal if you need lots of small breakout areas. Depending on your event’s programme this floor works really well for a variety of breakout or catering spaces and there is also a private dining room at the rear of the Restaurant which is a great alternative for Dinner if you are using the largest room for your event during the day.
The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre located next door to the Holiday Inn is huge with a maximum capacity for events of 1000 people. The venue has undergone a massive refurbishment and its largest function room has a pre-function area with two bars. On the ground floor the 25 meeting rooms are very modern and sleek, with glass panels and high tech facilities. There are good breakout areas which can be utilised for add-on meetings or catering – a mix of versatile event spaces ideal for conferences, exhibitions, board meetings, private parties, networking and special events.
A short walk from the landmark Bullring Shopping Centre this modern hotel is a stone’s throw away from attractions such as the Thinktank, Custard Factory, Sea Life Centre, Cadbury World and Birmingham’s International Conference Centre in a re-development of the city. The hotel has 174 luxurious bedrooms and the sophisticated Auden Rooms conference and events floor is designed with comfort and practicality in mind. The modern surroundings ensure delegates can just turn up, plug in and get going with nine separate conference and meeting spaces to choose from, as well as a roof terrace and private dining room. A sleek and stylish option!
Of course we haven’t mentioned Birmingham’s really large event spaces such as the National Exhibition Centre or the International Conference Centre, nor have we covered the more bijoux and unusual venues that Birmingham has to offer – of which there are many! If you have the job of finding a venue in Birmingham for your next event, do give us a call on 02476 369720 or email us. With such a variety to choose from we can help you navigate your way through the options and find the perfect venue in ‘Brum’!