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Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells opens


The Ivy Collection has opened its newest site, The Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells. Set just a few minutes’ walk from the iconic Pantiles Georgian colonnade, the Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells offers all-day dining to local residents and visitors alike. This is the newest addition to The Ivy Collection, which is continuing to grow regionally with a number of sites outside of London, where it was originally established. The restaurant will have approximately 105 covers, making up the main restaurant, bar and a Parisian style alfresco seating area.
 

Crieff Hydro has self catering revamp


Crieff Hydro has completed a £800,000 revamp of its extensive self-catering facilities, which make up a third of bookings at the resort. The refurbishment includes full kitchen and bathroom refits, new décor and furniture and replacements to kitchenware and utensils. Alongside the revamp, Crieff Hydro has launched a new app which gives guests the opportunity to rebook, receive flash sale notifications and to use as a point of reference when navigating around the 900-acre estate.
 

£80 million renovation for Royal Lancaster


Royal Lancaster London has unveiled its brand new design following an £80 million renovation. The hotel, which overlooks Hyde Park, has been completely transformed and has reinstated its original name ‘Royal Lancaster London’ in time for the hotel’s 50th anniversary. With a total of 16 meeting spaces and state-of-the-art banqueting kitchens, Royal Lancaster London’s conference rooms can cater for events of all sizes, from boardroom meetings and conferences, to exhibitions and gala dinners. The Nine Kings and Westbourne Suites can hold 2,400 guests collectively for a seated dinner.
 

The Drop opens at Center Parcs Woburn


Center Parcs has announced its adrenaline-fuelled challenge, The Drop, is now available at Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Following the launch at Elveden Forest in October 2016, guests at Woburn Forest will now be able to experience The Drop. The 10 metre climb up The Drop tower takes guests to the forest canopy where they stand at the height of a three-storey building. Once at the top those that are brave enough can try the Double Drop Zip Wire, Air Bag Jump, Leap of Faith and Quick Jump.
 

Adare Manor reopens after transformation


Ireland’s luxury hotel project, Adare Manor, has opened following a 2 year restoration, renovation and expansion project.Set on an 842-acre estate surrounded by medieval ruins, walled gardens and woodland, the European castle and golf resort has a new 42-bedroom wing, ballroom, La Mer spa, Tom Fazio designed championship golf course, and gastronomy programme.
Adare Manor offers a range of flexible indoor and outdoors spaces for parties of all sizes.The Grand Ballroom can cater to groups of up to 350 guests and can be divided into three separate suites by fully soundproof folding doors with built-in AV and screens. A 30-seat Executive Boardroom and 28-seat Cinema also provide meeting spaces
 

Center Parcs plan new Waterside Lodges


Center Parcs is expanding its accommodation offering to meet increased demand from both corporate clients and leisure guests, with the introduction of three new Waterside Lodges next year. Available at Elveden Forest in Suffolk, the lodges will benefit both leisure and corporate guests by providing luxury accommodation in the heart of the forest.The Waterside Lodges are set for completion in summer 2018 and form part of a £90m investment by Center Parcs across all five UK villages, including accommodation, leisure facilities, restaurants and the introduction of new activities.In addition to the three Waterside Lodges, Elveden Forest will have 51 brand new Waterfront Apartments, which are also due to be completed in the summer. These newly built apartments will offer a mix of self-catering and standard rooms, whilst nine new three-bedroom Executive Lodges will also be located nearby between the lake and the Village Square.The Waterside Lodges at Elveden Forest are available to book now for corporate and leisure guests from summer 2018 onwards.
 

Spaces to open new work hub in Bath


Amsterdam-based creative workspace company Spaces is to open a 1,600 sqm work hub in Bath. The new Bath site will house a large, open-plan co-working area, along with meeting rooms available to hire and over 100 private offices. The workspace will be located across the second and third floors of Northgate House, in close proximity to Bath's famous city centre shopping, Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. Since its launch in the UK in 2015, Spaces has opened eight centres in locations including London, Glasgow, Liverpool and Brighton and plans to open several more in the coming months.
 

Arboretum branches out into conferences


The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire has been granted planning permission for a new events building featuring flexible event spaces and meeting rooms. The new building replaces a large marquee that was erected temporarily several years ago. The events space will enable conferences to take place at the Arboretum, capable of accommodating 500 theatre-style and banquets of up to 300 people. A new bar area will provide a dedicated informal space for drinks receptions, registrations, break-out sessions and evening functions. The new facility will also feature a large suite, divisible by three, which provides six possible configurations and spectacular views across the Arboretum site. A further four smaller meeting rooms open up to provide a second, smaller suite.
 

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