Conference space in new Lausanne hotel

Lausanne Tourisme & Convention Bureau has opened its new three-star hotel and conference centre, Hotel Aquatis. The 143-bedroom hotel offers a dedicated conference and training centre within one wing of the site. The site will also feature a state-of-the-art fresh water aquarium complex, which will open at the end of 2016. The new hotel and aquarium complex is the latest in the portfolio owned by Boas Swiss Hotels, a group of 10 hotels in the western regions of Switzerland. The conference centre will feature two large conference suites with capacity to host up to 380 and two meeting spaces for board meetings of up to eight people. A second three star hotel in Lausanne, Hotel des Voyageurs, has also re-opened. It offers 35 rooms and suites for visitors and business travellers.

Royal celebration for castle's refurbishment

Bovey Castle put on the pomp and circumstance to celebrate a £2m refurbishment of its two restaurants, as part of a five-year upgrade plan. The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines performed for 150 guests at the historic Dartmoor venue's celebratory event. The finished renovation work included gutting and redesigning the Edwardian Restaurant to introduce a champagne bar and renaming it Great Western Restaurant. It also involved installing a striking fire pit at the renamed Smith's Brasserie, formerly Castle Bistro. The refurbishments have been planned to breathe life back into the historic venue since it was taken over by Eden Hotel Collection in mid-2014.

Mix with rugby greats at pop up club

Glaziers Hall will be transformed into London's first sporting pop-up private members' club for this year's Rugby World Club. It will give members the opportunity to rub shoulders with more than 30 rugby union legends including Lewis Moody, Andy Gomarcall and Kyran Bracken. The historic venue will be renamed HIRO House for the duration of the members club, which will open 17 September. Andy Moore, former Welsh rugby captain, said: "At HIRO House you could have a World Cup winner on your left shoulder and a TV pundit on your right, putting you at the centre of your very own world-class commentary team. It will be a truly extraordinary experience in a first-class venue.”

Re-coining events at The Royal Mint

The world's leading coin manufacturer will soon be able to host corporate events, with the development of a visitor information centre underway. Groundwork has begun on the site in Llantrisant, South Wales, and it is expected to open in Spring 2016. The 1,000-year-old organisation manufactures coins and medals for an average of 60 countries every year. Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s director of commemorative coin and medals, said: “We will be watching with excitement over the next few months as our new Visitor Centre rises from the ground and takes shape. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to a unique behind the scenes experience, showcasing over 1,000 years of coin-making history, and the craftsmanship and innovation for which The Royal Mint is known worldwide."

Vortex to cause a stir at Seaham Hall

Durham hotel Seaham Hall has added a new events space following a £2 million refurbishment. The Georgian manor house has four well-appointed meeting rooms across 99 sqm of event space, all with natural daylight and stunning views of the north east coast, and a new event space will be added in August. The Vortex is designed as a multi-use creative space for corporates with groups of up to 40 delegates, featuring built-in AV facilities and a unique design concept which includes giant vintage jellyfish illustrations, soft sculptural urchin-like furniture. The hotel has also teamed up with Valley Adventures and Karting North East to offer improved team building packages including falconry, paddle-boarding, and circus skills. Day delegate rates start at £55 pp.

Off road adventures at The Coniston

The Coniston Hotel has branched out into adventure tourism, after purchasing a fleet of six 4x4 vehicles for off-road exploring. The Yorkshire Dales venue is offering the 4x4 experience with a team of professionally-trained instructors, who will guide customers through obstacles including steep hill climbs, gullies, ridges and water splashes. The Coniston owner Michael Bannister said: “We have brought a superb fleet of Land Rover, Range Rover and Kubota RTV vehicles to the Estate and with the estate already boasting one of the best off-road sites in the north of England, we expect it to be very popular with businesses and tourists alike”. The venue is also set to open the Spa at The Coniston later this year.

Soak in sporting moments in one-off stadium tour

Visit Leeds and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby have launched the first ever behind-the-scenes tour at Headingley Carnegie Stadium ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Taking place during the international competition, the Headingley Heritage Tour will take visitors around the world-famous stadium and reflect on the memorable international sporting moments that took place there, including Sir Donald Bradman's 309-run game. Tour guide will be ex-player John Bentley, formerly of British and Irish Lions, England Rugby Union and England Rugby League. Headingley Carnegie is a ground steeped in sporting history, hosting the first international rugby league match in 1908, and it is the only stadium that has cricket and rugby pitches sitting side by side. The tours will run on 24, 25 and 28 September.

Shakespeare-themed launch for London gem

Guests are invited to become reacquainted with one of the UK's national treasures when the Museum of the Order of St. John officially launches its eight venue spaces. The historic location is home to a number of unique areas suitable for events, including the 16th century Chapter Hall and Council Chamber, the Museum Galleries, the Priory Church of the Order of St John and the scented herb garden. The venue is opening its doors to event planners and corporate clients on Wednesday 1 July from 3pm, where live music and extracts from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' will be performed and tours given of the venue.

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