There are numerous conference venues in Oxford, each of which reflect Oxford’s charm and character. However, not all that many of them cater for large events, so it’s important to know which ones do before you go ahead and hire one for your conference. Below I’ve outlined 5 conference venues in Oxford for large events and gone on to say which makes each one special.
Said Business School is spread across two sites: Park End and Egrove Park. The world-class Park End venue houses a wide range of meeting rooms equipped with the latest audio-visual facilities and a combination of spaces including seminar rooms, classrooms and lecture theatres. With its convenient location in the heart of Oxford, and vast capacity of up to 1,000 delegates, this is my number one recommendation for large events.
Set in 37 acres of lush parkland, Said Business School at Egrove Park is unique in that it has a large outdoor amphitheater, making it perfect for conferences held throughout the summer. Inside the venue, there’s a variety of spaces available across three wings, and over sixty comfortable bedrooms. During breaks, why not take advantage of Said Business School’s peaceful surroundings and go for a walk or jog, or perhaps enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn. Other facilities include a fully-equipped gym, squash courts and a tennis court.
The University of Oxford Examination Schools is the largest conference venue in Oxford’s city centre, with 13,000 square feet of floor space and three rooms, which can accommodate up to 440 people. Originally constructed for Oxford University students to take their exams, this exquisite Victorian building is now also used for large academic conferences, corporate conferences and exhibitions. In November last year, the Examination Schools received the Customer Service Excellence Accreditation, so rest assured that their friendly, experienced team will help ensure that your event runs smoothly.
St. Aldates is another great space for large events, as it’s comfortable and the staff are both friendly and professional. There are three meeting rooms, with a capacity of 100 people, and a wide range of conference equipment, such as a video projector and large screen, flipcharts, a white board and pens, all of which is available for daily hire. They also have an in-house catering team, who can provide lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Above all, they offer extremely competitive rates and are very flexible.
The Oxford Town Hall is a Grade 2 listed building with fourteen rooms, which can can cater for up to 700 guests. Located in the centre of Oxford, it offers a magnificent setting with ten meeting rooms and three large function rooms, bespoke menus featuring locally sourced produce and unbeatable hospitality. Recent improvements have been carried out here, such as decorations and the installation of Wi-Fi throughout, and reservations during off-peak season will be discounted, so there are many reasons to choose the town hall as your large conference venue.
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