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Yorkshire’s venues of infinite variety – ancient and modern, large, small and quirky

Jurys Inn Sheffield offers 9 meeting rooms
Jurys Inn Sheffield is a hotel conveniently located very close to the Sheffield railway station, but is actually on a steep hill, so, with luggage, a taxi is advisable. Driving there is no problem, as there is parking close by.
With 259 bedrooms, it is the largest hotel in South Yorkshire and a popular conference venue, not least because its Day Delegate Rate is only £25 to £30. On the lower ground floor in a dedicated area there are nine meeting rooms, all around an open space where delegates can sit, network and even smoke. Coffee and tea are permanently on tap. Corporate clients frequently book this whole sector of the hotel exclusively.
The hotel has a stylish moderately priced restaurant, whilst the large Il Barista bar is great for quick snacks and casual conversation.

Kelham Island’s unique spaces
About 900 years ago the people of Sheffield created Kelham Island in the middle of the River Don. It is fitting that it is now the site of the Kelham Island Museum that preserves evidence of the industriousness of the city. If you enjoy coming in close contact with massive marvels of heavy machinery, then a visit here is a must. There is the legendary 12,000 bhp River Don Engine that was built in 1905 to power steel rolling mills at Grimesthorpe Works and only stopped doing that job in 1973. Visitors can see – and hear! – the engine working at full steam.
There is the giant egg-shaped Bessemer Converter that was in use until 1975, converting iron to steel with the process dating from 1856.
But there are also lots of more generally appreciated exhibits, such as the silver-plated penny farthing with a red velvet saddle; a clock made in 1740, notable for a piece of steel that was one of the world’s first example of this new material; and a number of cars including the Charron-Laycock coupé that raced in 1921.
Surprisingly, the museum has a spacious upper gallery that can set 250 and which frequently sports a disco and bar. There is also access via a ramp so that vehicles can actually be driven up to it. Completing the hospitality facilities is a shop specialising in corporate gifts and awards. The Kelham Museum can provide an unusual venue for hospitality and events with an unrivalled flavour of Sheffield.

Motorpoint Arena is one of England’s largest
The Motorpoint Arena, named after the sponsoring car showroom company, is close to the centre of Sheffield but able to seat 13,500 people. It has hosted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and is the prized for concerts by international pop stars and comedians appealing to a massive audience.
It is a multi-purpose sports arena and events venue and it is the home of the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team. It has been the stage for the AGM of the Women’s Institute, a production of Phantom of the Opera and a UCAS education and careers exhibition. In January 2012 it will draw many thousands of spectators to the European Figure Skating Championships.
There is no doubting the success of the arena in many sectors and its management is always ready to consider large events of any kind.

Chatsworth House is an unrivalled venue
I was a little surprised that my last call on the itinerary organised by Welcome to Yorkshire Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire. I was really astonished when my Sheffield taxi driver asked for the address and postcode. I was able to give him the phone number and I heard him ring to ask for its street number. I then told him that he would understand why I was smiling when we got there.
We drove through some of the UK’s most glorious countryside, the Peak District, and then he also saw the joke when we looked up a beautiful valley and were presented with the huge outline of one of England’s greatest stately homes, Chatsworth House. Standing by the River Derwent, it is still the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, but it has also been the home of Mr Darcy in the television production of Pride & Prejudice.
It is a popular visitor attraction and is frequently thronged with tourists from all over the UK and the rest of the world.
However, corporate clients can be assured of privacy in the Stables block dating from 1760. The atmospheric Racing Room can seat 20 people, whilst up to 70 can be hosted in the Hartington Room which has all mod cons, including a Smart Wall.
The Day Delegate Rate is as low as £40 – and Chatsworth House is known for the way its chefs and bakers specialise in innovative dishes from local produce.
Groups can also be booked into exclusive tours of the property, whilst 1,700 acres of land should be enough for any kind of team-building activity.

Gemma Tissington - Sheffield Convention Bureau: 0871 700 2214

Contacts for Yorkshire’s conference regions that hosted ITCM:
Liz Neal - Hull and East Yorkshire Conferences: 01482 486 500
Emma Rollason-Taylor - York and Scarborough Conferences: 01904 554 459
Nicola Lockwood - Conference Leeds: 0113 220 6351
Gemma Tissington - Sheffield Convention Bureau: 0871 700 2214

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