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‘Academic Venue’ - what do you think when you hear it?

Once a niche proposition limited by the academic calendar, these types of venues were thought to only offer basic accommodation, lecture theatres and refectory dining facilities, as a budget-friendly conference venue option.

We are located within the University of Warwick campus and our venues have been significantly developed to redefine the term ‘academic venue’. This is through our portfolio of highly flexible conference and event venues.

Scarman, Radcliffe and Arden are our dedicated training and conference centres, whilst The Slate is our latest flat floor venue, ideal for exclusive events for up to 400 guests.

By no means a restriction

We perceive our academic environment as an advantage and by no means a restriction. Not only are we centrally located with an accessible location, but our environment can offer strong academic links to compliment academic conferences and we are also surrounded within a distraction-free setting – something the commercial hotel can’t offer.

The development of our facilities now allow our venues to be positioned comfortably alongside conventional conference venues. Let us tell you why.

Perceptions vs reality

Accommodation - student digs or hotel-styled?

When you think of attending a conference at a University for a 2 night stay, what do you think? Student halls of residences, box bedrooms, singles beds, shared bathrooms and dated décor?

Bed in Scarman venue

Our training and conference centres offer 358 double hotel-styled bedrooms, with en suite bathrooms. When residing in our facilities, guests are spoilt for choice with both a room service and a pillow menu. For those looking for even more luxury, we also offer a range of upgrade packages where guests are able to enhance their stay with a VIP treatment.

Bathroom and shower gels

Catering - canteen or fine dining?

Canteen catering, simple pre-cooked food, refectory dining? Think again, the food offer at Warwick Conferences is award-winning, locally sourced and accredited by the Soil Association. This means that where possible, our produce is chosen with a clear provenance supporting nearby local suppliers.

Food on table and dining room

Our team of skilled chefs and varied force of hospitality operatives have also attended a range of insightful study tours designed to develop their expertise, whilst learning about upcoming food trends and service styles that can be applied to enhance our best practice internally. In addition to our spacious and stylish restaurants that can cater up to 225 delegates, our training and conference centres also offer intimate private dining experiences.

The added value of an academic venue

Our training and conference centres offer dedicated residential conference facilities that are available year round. Scarman, Arden and Radcliffe all offer flexible event and exhibition space, a large number of breakout spaces, coffee lounges with unlimited refreshments, executive boardrooms and a tiered lecture theatre for up to 130 delegates.

But what about the surrounding location?

being located on the University campus, delegates are welcomed by a wealth of on-site facilities and amenities all in a centralised location. From restaurant, bars, state-of-the-art sport facilities and a world leading arts centre, there’s plenty to keep delegates occupied during their downtime.

And if that’s not enough, located in the heart of the midlands – Coventry city centre, Leamington Spa, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, are just a short drive away – all full to the brim with a rich heritage and engaging attractions.

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