Bringing colleagues, guests, delegates and suppliers away from the office for a conference or corporate event can be an incredible way of retaining focus, building loyalty and sparking creativity, but for event organisers playing host, it can feel a little overwhelming. There are many things to consider and plan for, including finding adequate business accommodation, identifying suitable venues and conference rooms for meetings and events, and getting familiar with transportation links and routes. And, of course, you’ll want to explore the area and discover all the exciting activities and attractions it has to offer so that you can plan a business trip that’s both exciting and enjoyable.
So, if you’re considering hosting your next business event in a town where business meets pleasure, here’s your bumper guide to conferences in Blackpool.
Planning Your Conferences
The first step to planning a successful conference always begins by identifying the requirements of your corporate event. Are you visiting for a networking event? Perhaps a business dinner or a major awards ceremony? Or something else? All events will require a different venue to meet your specific needs.
If you have an idea about the type of venue you need or how you want your event to look but need help selecting a suitable venue and accommodation options, our Convention Bureau team can assist you. We have the local knowledge, expertise, and connections required to conduct an in-depth venue search on your behalf. We can save you time by providing you with rates and availabilities for a range of venues.
Not forgetting the other activities that need to happen around your event to make it successful, we also offer a comprehensive bespoke planning service to cover everything your event might need. This means we can support you with everything from finding a perfect venue to coordinating logistics and supplies you might need for your event.
We also understand that planning needs to start somewhere. So, even if you don’t know the full details surrounding your event yet, don’t worry. We can also guide you from the very start of your planning process to get you started in the right direction.
Choosing a Venue
Blackpool has a long-established history in the events space. With iconic venues like the Winter Gardens alongside brand new state-of-the-art facilities like Blackpool Conferencing and Exhibition Centre, and more, it’s no wonder Blackpool is becoming an ever more popular choice for event organisers and large corporate events. However, it might feel challenging to find a starting point when choosing a venue in an area with so many options.
We understand how important your time is during the planning process so our Venue Location Service collates an ever-growing list of the resort’s most popular venues in the area into one convenient place for easy view.
We also often assist with the production of bid documents to help you put forward an offer that meets your budget and secure the ideal venue for your event.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Before you visit anywhere new, you need to familiarise yourself with the area and transport links. Blackpool has a range of convenient transportation options for you and your delegates to choose from.
Blackpool Transport is the main public transportation provider, offering bus and tram services. Depending on the length of your event, you can purchase a day or weekly pass that provides unlimited access to both buses and trams. These buses can also be used to travel to accompanying villages such as Lytham, St. Annes and Poulton for additional leisure time.
If you prefer to drive, Blackpool has excellent links to major motorway networks in the North West. Simply take junction 32 off the M6 and follow the M55 to reach the seafront and town centre. Furthermore, if you’d like to rent a car for the duration of your visit, we can recommend a suitable vendor for you as well.
For those travelling via train, Blackpool is well-connected to the national railway network. Major railway providers run direct services from London, Birmingham, Preston, Glasgow and Edinburgh. With these regular services, Blackpool is easily accessible for delegates relying on the railway.
In addition to public transportation, Blackpool offers a variety of taxi services to choose from. If your event is running late into the evening or you require a more direct means of transportation, we can recommend a reliable vendor to meet your needs.
Entertaining Your Delegates
One of the benefits of hosting a business event in Blackpool is that there are plenty of entertainment options to keep your delegates busy.
Stroll along Blackpool’s stunning seafront for breathtaking views of the Blackpool Tower and the beach. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can experience the thrill of white-knuckle rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Alternatively, you can spend the evening watching a live theatre, musical or comedy performance at one of the many entertainment venues available.
If you’re in Blackpool to celebrate a significant business milestone or achievement, or if you’re just looking for a place to visit after your event, you might want to explore the town’s vibrant nightlife with your delegates. For a more relaxed atmosphere, visit local favourites such as Velvet Coaster, Bloom Bar, or Spy Glass.
Our team of experts is always available to provide you with support and assistance in making your Blackpool event a success. If you have any queries or require assistance finding a suitable venue, accommodation or entertainment for your event, please contact us.