Exclusive access up for grabs at Alton Towers

Event planners can unlock exclusive theme park hire by getting the keys to the Alton Towers Resort on just a handful of dates. The park can be hired exclusively on 10 November, 15 November, and 20 March 2015 for £17 per person, based on a minimum of 5,000 guests. Delegates can enjoy unlimited access to the entire theme park between 10am and 4pm in what Alton Towers called 'the perfect way to celebrate a milestone, say thank you to hard-working employees, entertain clients or just blow away some of those corporate cobwebs'.

Escape the office with Ireland lake tours

Get a fresh perspective on business meetings by getting out on the water with a new offering from Luxury Yachting Ireland. The firm, based in Killaloe, County Clare, presents an unusual setting for corporate events, with Ireland’s first and only skippered motor yacht operating a range of bespoke lake tours. With Wi-Fi and refreshments on board, Luxury Yachting Ireland claims to be giving delegates the perfect chance to escape the office, as well as offering guests exclusive access to a range of private lake-shore properties as a unique incentive and hospitality offering. Bespoke tours can range from three to eight hours, for up to eight guests at a time.

Golf resort takes aim at meetings market

La Cala Resort on Spain’s Costa Del Sol has unveiled new branding and hired a UK representation company to launch itself to the corporate events market. The resort in Mijas Costa – between Malaga and Marbella – is well known for its three golf courses, but now hopes to attract meetings and incentives after adding facilities including an outdoor canopy structure accommodating 250 and a thalassic spa. The four-star 107-bedroom venue also offers three additional event spaces, multiple dining locations, a golf academy and FIFA approved professional football pitch. La Cala Resort has appointed Perception Sales and Marketing to represent it in the UK.

Ace meeting rooms unveiled in Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch has unveiled its new seventh floor events spaces - a collection of conference rooms, meeting places and event halls that will join the already-open 600 sqft 100 Room. The Britannia is 837 sqft with a private 345 sqft balcony, while the sibling Griffin and Empire rooms are 886 and 721 sqft respectively. The smaller Bower and Stingo come in at 391 and 424 sqft. With wide windows showcasing panoramic views of the city, the meeting rooms are each equipped with teleconferencing systems, Wi-Fi, multi-zone audio, portable projection screens and digital projectors. Full service catering is available from the on-site restaurant.

Artists make their mark at Andaz Liverpool

A series of street art rooms are to be launched at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel in East London. The first to be unveiled is inspired by the area’s Pearly Kings and Queens. Created by artist Chris Price, The Pearly Room showcases a painstakingly detailed giant Pearly King and Queen in a bustling market place outside the Christ Church Spitalfields. The next room will be launched in October featuring work by Patrick Vale, best known for his ‘Empire State of Pen’ — a freehand drawing of the view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building. Two further rooms will open in January and April decorated by ILoveDust and Patrick Morgan, respectively. The rooms cost from £246 to £348 per night (including VAT).

Become a screen star at South Lodge

Colleagues can connect around the world at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel in West Sussex, with its new video conferencing suite. The high-tech addition means up to 20 delegates to communicate and share content at the click of a button in luxury surroundings. The hote's Arundel Suite, which features the latest AMX Enzo system, is available to use as part of both day delegate and 24-hour rates to suit businesses’ needs. Day delegate packages include homemade treats, 10mb Wi-Fi connection and lunch at the Camellia restaurant, while those opting for a 24-hour package will receive luxury overnight accommodation at the hotel.

Put your team behind bars in Oxford

Jailbreak, a new team building game at Oxford Castle Unlocked, challenges participants to break out of a real prison cell. Participants will be provided with details of a case from 1952 when Oxford’s finest detectives were confounded by the disappearance of prisoner number D42. The group will have just one hour to solve the ingenious puzzles and clues left behind in order to make their escape.
Oxford Castle Unlocked is a 1,000-year-old castle, which was also used as a place of incarceration for over 800 years, until the closure of Her Majesty’s Prison Oxford in 1996. The attraction also offers a 40-minute guided tour with a costumed character from the castle’s history, exploring the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower, the atmospheric crypt and the preserved prison wing. Each one hour Jailbreak session costs £54 and is suitable for teams of between three and five people.

Regus Express roll-out continues apace

Regus has opened a drop-in business lounge and meeting rooms at Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield and Broughton Shopping Park in Chester, catering for local retailers and mobile workers. Further Regus Express locations are planned for Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park in Edinburgh and Drake Circus in Plymouth. The business lounges offer a workspace with secure Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, co-working spaces, private workstations called ‘Thinkpods’ and complimentary refreshments. The meeting rooms can be booked by the hour and are expected to be used by retailers based at the shopping centres as a location for team and management meetings.

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