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Brighton Dome gets Wi-Fi boost


Brighton Dome has launched enterprise class Wi-Fi across all of its five event spaces. The technology available at the Brighton Dome is now equipped to handle up to 10,000 concurrent users. A free shared wireless internet service is currently available to all visitors to the venue, with coverage in all spaces offering a bandwidth of up to 20mbps. Events that require faster internet connectivity can now upgrade with tailored packages offering sole use access to the wireless system and providing up and download speeds of up to 100mbps. Brighton Dome can comfortably accommodate between 50 and 1,700 delegates offering first-class front of house facilities combined with elegant architectural features.
 

Park Crescent's Theatre gets £250k refit


Central London conference venue Park Crescent Conference Centre (PCCC) has relaunched its largest space, The Theatre, following a £250k makeover. The project, designed by Peels, has seen PCCC’s 300 capacity auditorium redesigned to complement the venue’s seven other conference and seminar rooms. The new look Theatre is now PCCC’s most versatile space with an elevated stage, new central lighting rig and new wooden flooring. Interchangeable black and white side panels are able to move from day to night with the flick of a switch, while The Portland, The Nash and The Gulbenkian meeting rooms and the bar of The Theatre have also been refreshed as part of the makeover.
 

Trinity Hall refit combines old and new


Trinity Hall College has opened the doors to its newly refurbished dining hall, which combines traditional features with the latest technology following an extensive project lasting seven months. The Cambridge college combined careful refurbishment of some of the original features in the hall, together with installing the latest light, sound and heating technology. Major features include the re-opening of the Minstrels’ Gallery; restoring the roof beams to their natural oak finish; and repairing and redecorating the fireplace. The dining hall can seat up to 150 people (an increase from 110 previously), including 16 seats in the Minstrels’ Gallery. The hall can seat 120 theatre-style or 72 cabaret-style.
 

Traverse the iron road in North Yorkshire


How Stean Gorge in North Yorkshire, which is growing in popularity for team building groups, has just opened a new extension to its via ferrata course – three new aerial cable walkways. The via ferrata – Italian for iron road – enables visitors to explore the gorge surroundings by being clipped onto a network of iron cables fixed to the rock. The via ferrata, only the second in England, opened in 2009. Now How Stean has added the Ultimate Via Ferrata, a series of high level cable walks enabling visitors to test their nerve by traversing heights of up to nine metres above the floor of the gorge. How Stean offers a discount for groups of eight or more.
 

Brewery on the ball with World Cup packages


The Brewery, London, is preparing to kick off a summer of sport by launching World Cup entertaining packages for groups from 60 to 1,000. The packages are available from 12 June to 13 July and start at £75 per person. As well as screening all matches in group and final stages on large HD screens, the venue will lay on gourmet pie and mash during half time, and unlimited drinks during the matches. There is also an option for The Brewery to source a guest speaker, such as a sports personality, to attend the event for added excitement.
 

Get your cakes on at the Waldorf


The Waldorf Hilton, London, launches its Patissiere Masterclass in May. Hosted by David Conlon, the hotel’s pastry chef, budding cake designers are invited to try their hand at decorating the perfect sweet treat. Conlon will share his top tips with masterchefs in the making as they learn hotel quality cake skills. During the two-hour class, guests will have the opportunity to decorate three separate cakes, before taking their masterpieces home to enjoy. Classes will teach up to 16 participants and are priced at £55 per person, with £5 from each participant donated to Barnardo’s, the hotel’s partner charity. The Patissiere Masterclass was launched by celebrity ambassador and Birds of a Feather actress, Linda Robson.
 

Small is beautiful at Penshurst Place


Event planners can save a third off the usual cost of hiring Penshurst Place in Kent for events for up to 30 people during May, June or July. The late-availability summer rate applies Monday to Wednesday at the house, a former hunting lodge of Henry VIII. Rooms are available for private hire within the manor, which dates back to 1341, including Baron’s Hall, the Sunderland Room and the cosy Buttery. For outside events, the 11-acre Grade I-listed Elizabethan gardens date from 1346, with the surrounding parkland covering 48 acres.
 

Get closer to art with Barbican's new package


Barbican Business Events has developed a range of new services in partnership with the the venue's world-famous arts offering. The bespoke packages mean future art exhibitions - like the forthcoming Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition - will be available for private events and viewings. Shows like The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which opens on 9 April and runs until 25 August, can be booked exclusively for a minimum of 55 people from £75 per person, including canapes and wine. Curators can also be included as part of an event, to offer insight and information on the exhibition, its content and background.
 

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