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A Focus on a Favourite Nottingham Venue: DeVere East Midlands Conference Centre

As Event Professionals, we’ve lucky enough to work at some great venues and have developed great connections with many venues and their teams. We’d like to review another venue we are missing during lockdown and that’s the awesome DeVere East Midlands Conference Centre.

The venue is not just known for its sustainability, but also its incredible professional Sales and Operations team who deliver personal service like a small boutique hotel whilst having the branded badge of DeVere. The venue offers great options for holding large and small events across the site. Let’s discover some of our favourite events that we have worked on here.

A Venue for Large and Small Events in Nottingham

DeVere East Midlands Conference Centre is an idyllic location for conferences and conventions. Its set in 330 acres of the University of Nottingham’s landscaped parkland so it feels like you’re a million miles away but you’re not! De Vere East Midlands Conference Centres has recently been refurbished and is a stone’s throw from the eco-friendly De Vere Orchard Hotel.

Voted as Best Auditorium and short listed for the Best Onsite Audio Visual at the CHS 2018 Awards, East Midlands Conference Theatre provides a great space for up to 550 delegates. The Auditorium has tiered seating and a large screen for symposiums and presentations as well as a Banqueting Suite that offers a flexible space for exhibitions, awards evenings, and gala dinners, hosting up to 1000 for a conference or 580 for a meal.

With a choice of 21 meeting rooms plus accommodation of 202 bedrooms at DeVere Orchard Hotel, it’s a perfect location for a residential conference in the East Midlands or a full day conference and Awards dinner.

Highlights of the Venue

  • 21 flexible meeting and event rooms for conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners, and meetings
  • Easily accessible via road, rail, or air with East Midlands Airport nearby
  • 10 minutes to Junction 25 off the M1
  • Can accommodate events large or small, for up to 1000 guests
  • Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 1Gb is available throughout the venue
  • Intuitive, smart technology with dedicated in-house tech savvy support
  • Dedicated conference host on hand throughout to help with the event
  • 202 guest rooms at DeVere Orchard Hotel

We share some of our most favourite events at the venue over the years which gives you great ideas of how versatile the venue is for a range of events and just why we’ve chosen to rave about it!

Christmas Ho Ho Ho Down for Capital One

The financial firm Capital One hired the Eventologists Team to design and deliver one of the biggest Christmas Parties at East Midlands Conference Centre with almost 1000 party revelers. Going away from your traditional Christmas Theme, we worked with them on a Wild West Themed Showdown for their staff Christmas Party. With long tables, wild west themed props, full room transformation, can-can dancers and other wildwest entertainers such as a Rodeo Bull, Shoot Out Games as well as Wild West Photobooths! What a night to remember! 

Gala Dinner Decor – Futuristic Theme

Eventologists often get requests for futuristic themed table centres or modern centrepieces to fit in with a future theme gala dinner. Futuristic Themes are great at East Midlands Conference Centre as the building itself is so modern and contemporary. Our client, who is a logistics company gave us a brief of lit table centres and we suggested our Light Up Bubble Vase Table Centres along with a futuristic tunnel and blue and white lighting. It’s a great theme for male dominated awards events and also a popular theme for scientific companies, IT companies and manufacturing companies!

Venue Décor – A Night at the Movies – Oscars come to Hollywood!

We have designed some unique Christmas party for Capital One at DeVere East Midlands Conference Centre. This time the theme was A Night at the Movies. It’s an alternative idea to an Oscars Themed Event or a Hollywood Theme Corporate Event. Our ideas for this staff party with a twist included a secret cinema space, Hollywood poster props, glitzy Hollywood entrance as well as an array of Hollywood Theme Entertainment and Hollywood Look-a-like entertainers to amaze guests with their canny resemblance to Hollywood Super stars. An Oscar Themed Party is always popular at Christmas or for Awards Dinners as its such a celebratory theme. We have so many Oscar Themed/Hollywood Themed Décor and Entertainment to choose from, so you can be guaranteed that no one event will be the same! 

Festival Themed Conference

Another great event was hosted at East Midlands Conference Centre and Nottingham University where Eventologists were given just 4 hours to transform the entire site in a festival theme. The event was a 2-day conference held at the venue

We were given a task of transforming the entire site in a sustainable festival theme. The Summer Festival event had the objective of a space where people could network, share creative ideas and future thinking and collaborative.  Décor include summer artificial trees, a living sponsor wall, artificial turf hire, foliage pillar wraps, a cloud in the blue-sky thinking space, giant festival letters with real plants for people take away and pallet furniture for booths and outdoor seating.

Gala Dinner – Great Gatsby Theme

One of our favorite spaces at the East Midlands Conference Centre is dressing the long corridor that leads to the main banqueting suite. There’s just so much that you can do with entrances especially when it’s a Great Gatsby style entrance area. Stunning 20’s style fret screens, art deco fan props, stunning Great Gatsby themed table centres.

Nottingham University Conferences and East Midlands Conference Centre feels like home from home. We can’t wait to do our next event there. This a great space for Self-distancing Events in Nottingham and a Corporate Venue in Nottingham that has so many possibilities for any type of corporate event – a dream for Event Management Companies or Venue Search Companies!