Off-roading on the cards at Hedsor House

Live event specialists M&MR and Hedsor House have joined forces to offer corporate 4x4 experience days at the Georgian country mansion in Buckinghamshire. The new partnership will see guests given the chance to enjoy the mile-long off-road track, which runs through part of the house’s 100 acres of historic parkland, as either a standalone experience or as part of a wider team-building day. Hedsor House’s ballroom can seat 180 theatre-style and has French doors opening onto the gardens, while the Grand Hall can host private dinners for up to 140 people. Cocktail parties for up to 400 can be staged and the grounds provide a stunning setting for marquees.

Have a suite stay in the Sussex countryside

Luxury hotel Alexander House in Sussex will officially unveil 19 new suites next week following a £2.5m investment. Located in a new building next to the original 17th century hotel, the five-star Cedar Lodge suites have their own concierge and reception. Spread over two floors, each 57 sqm suite offers a separate dining area, two-person bathtub and private balcony or terrace. Meanwhile, the 100 sqm Duplex Garden Master Suite features a separate lounge and cloakroom, and floor-to-ceiling windows, which lead out onto a private terrace with countryside views. The new suites can be booked from September.

A way to take stress out of meetings?

A North Yorkshire hotel is helping guests enjoy a more relaxed stay - by introducing Mindfulness Moments. The 28-room boutique Old Lodge Malton, which features an antique wood panelled boardroom, wants to take the stress out of business meetings by encouraging business and leisure travellers to explore mindfulness, which is a way of calming and connecting yourself, improving your awareness and shutting out negative thoughts. “We provide the space where people can take advantage of our stress-free environment and especially the extended lawned gardens that are just perfect for easing anxiety," said hotel director Tracey Holroyd.

Have a ball at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

The Westminster Ballroom has been revamped to hold 2,000 delegates at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. The hotel on the South Bank has introduced a new style of layout, increasing its capacity by 150 for a theatre-style set-up. The extension follows an increase in requests for holding large-scale meetings at the venue. “We have reviewed our reception and event areas following the increase in demand and client feedback and now offer space for a higher delegate capacity and tailor-made parties with exclusive entertainment zones," said general manager Daniel Pedreschi.

Kew Gardens unveils fine specimen for events

Kew Gardens has made a new venue available for private events. The Marianne North Gallery houses 832 paintings depicting more than 900 species of plants, all created by Marianne North, a Victorian explorer and artist. The gallery was originally opened in 1882 and has now been beautifully restored. The standalone venue is available for evening drinks receptions for 80 guests or seated dining for 50, catered by Blue Strawberry. Upon special request the neighbouring Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art may also be used for larger events.

Fall for Zambia's new conference centre

Bookings are flooding into the Victoria Falls Conference Centre at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, which hosted its first conference on 18 August. The meeting space overlooks the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park at the five-star safari lodge, situated 8km from Victoria Falls. The venue can accommodate 280 guests in cinema-style seating, or 192 guests for a banquet, and the event space continues outside with a Bedouin-tented patio area seating 160 guests overlooking a waterhole frequented by elephant, impala and local birdlife. There is also an exclusive boardroom facility for up to 12 guests and an open-air amphitheatre venue which can host traditional cuisine, experiences and performances by local talent.

London venues climb aboard Priava Cloud

Cloud-based venue management software company Priava has announced a number of leading central London venues have moved from the premise-based Events Perfect solution to Priava Cloud. Designed to add value and a rapid return on investment to venue owners and operators, Priava’s new purpose-built enterprise venue and event management booking system incorporates event logistics, catering, equipment and resource requirements. Venues that have moved to Priava Cloud include Drapers Hall, The Congress Centre and 8 Northumberland Avenue.

Here's a fort - new venue in the Solent

No Man’s Fort; a man-made island in the middle of the Solent, will open its doors in November after undergoing an extensive renovation. One of three forts owned by AmaZing Venues, the location will be available for overnight stays, corporate events and meetings from November. Built between 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth from Napoleon III, the redeveloped fort features 22 bedrooms and will be able cater for events for up to 200. Other developments include two helicopter pads, a nightclub, laser tag, games rooms, snooker room, meeting space, rooftop pool, lighthouse, gallery restaurant, wine bar and spa facilities with signature sea salt treatments.

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