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Welcome

World-Famous Welcome to a world-famous destination that is daringly different and unashamedly unconventional. Home to some of the greatest pioneers of our time, it is an inspiring place for business, with a reputation for celebrating powerful events.

Celebration of Imagination 2009 marks the anniversaries of three great British icons from Shropshire. The innovative vision of Charles Darwin, Abraham Darby I and Dr William Penny Brookes was nurtured here in Shropshire. The theory of evolution, the Industrial Revolution and the birthplace of the modern Olympics are all firmly rooted in this amazing destination.

Unique Experiences Dare to indulge, you won’t find anything bland about us. Discover attractions that are world class, gourmet dining, great shopping, championship golf and a culture scene with over 300 festivals and events every year.

Charles Darwin

Castles to Conference Centres You will be spoilt for choice for venues in Telford and Shropshire. From world class convention centres, steam trains, modern hotels, handsome country houses, stately homes or out of the box unusual venues, the choice is endless.

Edge of Adventure Breathtaking, challenging and exhilarating, our landscapes provide the perfect place for a team building day or rewarding incentives.

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World Class

Telford

Ironbridge

Shrewsbury

Welsh Borders

Telford takes its name from Thomas Telford, the renowned civil engineer. Today, major businesses invest here, attracted by the spirit of creativity and the great location. Delegates attending events at the The International Centre, Telford will find all the modern conveniences of a prosperous town – including cafes, bars, a large shopping centre and the 450 acre town park adjacent to the conference centre.

The spirit of the new town echoes the spirit of the old – Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The World Heritage Site of Ironbridge boasts no less than 10 museums telling the unforgettable story of how Ironbridge fuelled the development of industry across the globe. Ironbridge is brimming with wine bars, traditional inns, fine dining restaurants and a selection of small independent shops.

Looped by the River Severn, Shrewsbury is famed as the birthplace of Charles Darwin, who’s bicentenary celebrations take place in 2009. Largely unchanged by the modern world, it retains a sense of history and tradition displayed in its myriad of black and white timbered Tudor buildings. But look beyond the buildings to discover a cosmopolitan culture – offering fine restaurants, a huge range of specialist and independent shops, colourful festivals and art galleries.

Shropshire is undoubtedly a traditional English county in the first sense, but it lies on the borderlands of Wales. It is here, at the northern edge of the county that the land becomes enveloped in myth and legend – the birthplace of Queen Guinevere, the treasures of Clive of India, the romantic waterfall of Pistyll Rhaeadr and the beautiful landscape of Lake Vyrnwy. A truly inspirational landscape for delegates.

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Ironbridge – birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and a World Heritage Site Telford – home to the sixth largest dedicated conference centre in the UK “Shrewsbury is... one of England’s loveliest Tudor towns,” – Lonely Planet Guide

Locations Oswestry

Ludlow

Bridgnorth

Much Wenlock

Oswestry was once a strategically vital frontier town and is dominated today by an ancient hillfort. Surrounded by the mountains of Wales and with the Llangollen Canal flowing through, this stunning landscape offers delegates venues that promise a different pace of life and space to concentrate on their meeting.

Ludlow – the gastronomic capital of Shropshire is a town that has put itself firmly on the international map. Renowned for its food and award-winning restaurants, home grown produce and the famous annual food festival. Visitors to Ludlow cannot fail to be captivated by its obvious charm.

Bridgnorth is set on 2 levels – the High Town and the Low Town with its funicular railway linking the two. A trip on the Severn Valley Steam Railway will delight delegates as it passes through the impressive Shropshire countryside.

Much Wenlock is the birthplace of the modern Olympics. In 1850 local G.P. Dr William Penny Brookes, who introduced physical education into British schools created the Wenlock Olympian Games and inspired the rebirth of the modern Olympic Games for the “promotion of moral, physical and intellectual improvement.”

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Case Studies

When it comes to creating world class events Telford and Shropshire have the edge.

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Hawkstone Park The client: The venue: The event:

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Lambert, Leonard & May Hawkstone Park Hotel Your Great Escape outdoor team building day

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Weston Park The client: The venue: The event:

Connect Advertising & PR Exclusive use of Weston Park 1920s themed event and dinner

Lambert, Leonard & May brought 20 delegates to Shropshire to enjoy outdoor challenges and activities in the stunning setting of Hawkstone Park – a 400-acre estate with historic follies and magical natural caves. The ultimate adventure activities included duck herding, hovercraft driving and falconry, as well as other challenges around the caves and ravines of the Follies.

Sixty clients and their partners enjoyed exclusive use of one of England’s finest stately homes for a 1920s themed murder mystery evening. Flapper dancers and murder mystery players provided the entertainment at a champagne reception in the Orangery. The guests were then treated to a luxurious four-course dinner in the superb dining room, followed by an overnight stay.

“Thank you so much for such an enjoyable and different team away day experience. The organisation was great and Your Great Escape were very patient and accommodating with changes we had to make to the booking before it was finalised.”

“Weston Park provided the perfect setting for our corporate evening. Hosting an entertaining corporate event that encompasses fine dining, lavish accommodation, and which can keep everyone enthralled can be a difficult task – but Weston Park made the whole process effortless. First class service, and the impressive location simply adds to the experience.”

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Event Case Studies Case Studies

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The National Cold War Exhibition The client: The venue: The event:

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP National Cold War Auditorium, RAF Museum, Cosford Launch party

With a jazz band nestled under the wing of a Hasting, and a pianist performing under the nose of a Valiant, guests enjoyed one of the first corporate events in the newest building at the world famous museum. Magicians in military uniforms entertained throughout the evening, and guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the shadow of some of the most famous aircraft in history.

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The International Centre, Telford The client: The venue: The venue:

Mediamaker The International Centre, Telford Conference and Awards Dinner for 4000

Mediamaker were tasked with the mammoth job of producing a working conference for up to 4,000 delegates, over two days, including two gala awards dinners for two different audiences – no mean feat! They worked with the catering and logistics teams at The International Centre, to create perfection. “The TIC team did a superb job, and the result was terrific. We couldn’t believe that 2000 people had been served a threecourse dinner in an hour-and-a-half, and comfortably our schedule was on time and the evening was a stunning success. We can’t wait for the next one – thank you!”

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Ranked among the Top 10 Conference Centres in the UK - The International Centre Telford

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The Ultimate Venue Discerning, discreet, bold or bustling Telford and Shropshire has a venue for every occasion.

Urban to suburban, medieval to modern, you will be spoilt for choice in Telford and Shropshire with every type of venue you can imagine for 4 delegates to 4000. For events with everything under one roof, The International Centre is a world class convention centre for up to 4000.

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Telford and Shropshire is building a national reputation as a major events centre, chosen as the location for the G8 Conference Away Day, Pro Retail, the Youth Sport Trust and World Snooker. It’s not just the location that makes it popular it’s the choice of venues available.

Academically speaking you will find a range of campus and training centres. Exclusively yours, our Castles and Stately Homes have welcomed international leaders and dignitaries providing luxury, exclusive spaces and attention to detail to create a memorable experience.

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With so much choice and diversity to digest, cooking up the perfect conference can be a tough task.

How’s this for starters... CONFERENCE FOR 500

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Venue: The International Centre Conference Facilities: Ironbridge Suite and exhibition Hall 1 Entertainment: Gala Dinner at RAF Museum, Cosford Accommodation: On-site for 250 and more in surrounding hotels Extras: Range of social programmes and extended stay packages

RESIDENTIAL CONFERENCE FOR 100

Venue: Q Hotels Telford Golf and Spa Hotel Conference Facilities: Great Hay suite and 5 Syndicates Accommodation: 114 en suite rooms Activities: Championship golf and luxury spa Other Venues: The Park Inn, The Holiday Inn, Telford Whitehouse Hotel, Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel and Mercure Albrighton Hall Hotel

PRODUCT LAUNCH FOR 200

Venue: Enginuity at Ironbridge Gorge Museums Facilities: Reception in amongst the interactive science centre, launch held in the Grade 2 Listed Engine Shop Entertainment: Get interactive with fun and games from the Enablers

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Creating your event EXCLUSIVELY YOURS FOR 50

Venue: Weston Park Facilities: Exclusive use of the house Entertainment: Welcome drinks in the Marble Halls, dinner in the Orangery Accommodation: 28 luxury en suite rooms in the stately home Extras: Traditional pursuits day in the park, plus other tailor-made options Discover

FULL STEAM AHEAD MEETING FOR 10 to 300

Venue: Severn Valley Railway Facilities: Meet on board one of the historic steam trains in one of the exclusive Salons Menu: Afternoon tea served in traditional style Extras: Landscape which will inspire, motivate, and provoke “out of the box� thinking

UNIQUE TEAM DAY FOR 30

Venue: Mercure Albrighton Hall Hotel Activity Suppliers: Adventure Rope Course and The Tandem Experience Experience: Build the ultimate Team with two unique activities to test your team skills and spirit

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Weston Park, one of England’s finest Stately Homes 10

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Entertaining Shropshire The art of entertainment comes naturally in Telford and Shropshire. Weston Park in their opulent Orangery or enjoy a medieval banquet. If al fresco is your taste enjoy summer Garden Parties at one of our country house hotels.

How about dinner on board the historic Severn Valley Railway, transporting you back to a magical age of steam. A jive, jitterbug and bop at a 1940s-themed evening inside one of the amazing giant hangars at RAF Museum, Cosford or a Victorian Supper and all the fun of the Fair at the 54 acre Blists Hill Victorian Town? For the creative there is Enginuity and the great Furnace in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge.

Time your stay to perfection and take in one of our many annual festivals, Ludlow Castle’s Shakespeare showpiece or the internationally famous Ludlow Food Festival or flourishing Shrewsbury Flower Show. A day at the races, wine tasting or a night out at the new Theatre Severn. Whether it’s Michelin-starred fine dining or award-winning pub food on the menu, you’ll struggle to find a more tasty offering.

Dine like a King or Queen at one of England’s finest Stately Homes,

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Whether it is for a Gala Dinner during a major National Conference or exclusive Client Hospitality, Telford and Shropshire has a venue to match.


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The Adventure Rope Course, Albrighton Hall 12

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Edge of Adventure Breathtaking hillsides, epic and magical caves and follies, sweeping river gorges and Capability Brown Parklands, it is the ultimate incentive playground, a great Team Building location and an unforgettable visitor experience.

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An action packed destination there are plenty of adventure activities and challenges to really get the adrenalin going for groups. You won’t find Caves like these anywhere else – Hawkstone Park the ultimate Adventure. Take to the trees on the Adventure Rope Course at Albrighton Hall Hotel or go all out with the Great Escape Days, they know how to get a team going. Take to the road and challenge your team with a truly unique activity, the Tandem Experience. There are country pursuits at some of the Finest Stately Homes, Off Road Driving, Hang Gliding or Hot Air Ballooning.

Heritage and culture, you can enjoy it at its very best from the 10 amazing museums in Ironbridge to Planes, Trains and more at RAF Museum, Cosford and Severn Valley Railway. Tee off on one of the 33 top golf courses including championship Patshull Park, Hawkstone Park and Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, following in the footsteps of home-grown stars such as Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle. When the day is done, sink into one of our many top spas, indulge in traditional fayre or gourmet dining and enjoy top-rate entertainment – including the new flagship Theatre Severn, which opens in April 2009.

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Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel 14

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Accommodation Telford and Shropshire has an unbelievable choice of accommodation with over 6000 bed spaces within a 30 minute drive. Country House Hotels, modern business hotels, guest houses and budget hotels, we have something for everyone.

For more information on the accommodation available visit our website www.telford-shropshire.com

You can rest assured you will enjoy a comfortable stay.

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Welcome Discover

As one of the UK’s top visitor destinations we are careful to ensure that the levels of service and facilities offered by our accommodation providers are the best they can be. That is why all our accommodation listed on our visitor websites is assessed by Enjoy England and the AA.


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Creating Perfection

There has been an explosion of investment creating new and exciting venues including the £10million Q Hotels Telford Golf and Spa Hotel, the world class £12.5million National Cold War Museum, the iconic £28million new Theatre Severn opening April 09 and the £10million expansion of Blists Hill Victorian Town. Also a new Direct Train Service from London to Shropshire and development of the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge to create a world class visitor experience.

More is planned for 2009 and beyond. Already positioned as one of the UK’s top 10 Convention Centres, The International Centre is planning a major expansion of their conference space and hotel capacity with the development of a Convention Quarter. Telford town is being transformed through a multi million pound master plan including new restaurants, bars, cultural and activity experiences. Telford has a blueprint for one of the largest, and most impressive covered shopping centres in the land – work on the £350million project is already well under way.

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Welcome Discover

Pioneering by tradition Telford and Shropshire are not resting on their laurels. The destination is now investing more money than ever to create new venues, visitor facilities, cultural attractions and transport connections to meet the needs of tomorrow’s delegates.


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Free for Booking Agents. The Conference team offer a free venue finding service for event agents and will not take any commission.

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The Personal Touch Welcome to Telford & Shropshire Conferences, your personal guide to organising your event in this world famous destination.

Telford & Shropshire Conferences offer FREE impartial advice and event support for event organisers to help create the perfect event whether it be for 10 or 4000 delegates.

Services for Event Organisers: Venue Finding & Booking Event Bidding Unit Accommodation Service Site inspections and facility visits Social and entertainment programmes

Call the Conference Team now on 01952 567 560 or visit www.telford-shropshire.com

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Provision of maps and guides


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Social Programmes For a social programme, study tour or evening event, let us be your guide as you explore our inspirational landscape, history and heritage.

Whether it’s a leisurely tour of Shrewsbury’s black and white timbered Tudor buildings, an exhilarating ride up the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, or an expedition into the Welsh borderlands with its myths and legends, we’re sure you’ll find inspiration.

For more ideas for your social programme call 01952 567 560

Tour Guides: Pam Roberts-Powis Tel: 01743 359729 Email: pampowistourguide@msn.com Tour Areas: Ironbridge, Ludlow, Shrewsbury Dorothy Nicolle Tel: 01939 235 333 Email: dorothy@nicolle.me.uk Tour Areas: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Shropshire Sara Hunter Tel: 01295 688 165 Email: sara_bluebadge@lycos.co.uk Tour Area: Shropshire Roger Thomas Tel: 01782 620 701 Email: bluebadgesot@hotmail.com Tour Areas: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Ian Braisby Tel: 0121 325 0575 Email: ian@iabtours.com Tour Areas: Ironbridge, Shropshire Visit telford-shropshire.com 21

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However large or small your group may be, our official tour organisers and Blue Badge guides will tailormake the perfect hosted visitor experience and social programme.


Welcome

For more 2009 Events and Festivals visit www.telford-shropshire.com

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Here’s a taste of what’s in store... From international food festivals and flower shows, to A-list pop concerts and outdoor Shakespeare... there’s something for everyone in Telford and Shropshire in their Annual Events and Festivals calendar.

March

May

21st March Last Night of the Promsms Theatre Severn

June

5th – 6th March The Barber of Seville Theatre Severn

April

4th April CBSO – British Classics Concert Theatre Severn 23rd - 26th April Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival Shrewsbury

9th May Baroque Brilliance Concert Theatre Severn

1st – 6th June Blood Brothers Theatre Severn 14th June Cosford Air Show RAF Museum Cosford 27th & 28th June West Mid Show West Midlands Showground Shrewsbury

2009 is a very special year of celebrations for three British pioneers who’s roots are firmly rooted in Shropshire, Abraham Darby, William Penny Brookes and Charles Darwin. Join us in celebrating their imagination and innovation at one of the hundreds of events planned.

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Highlights of 2009

16th July Le Grand Cirque Fantazie Theatre Severn 10th - 13th July Wenlock Olympian Games Much Wenlock 18th - 19th July Brass Band Festival Ironbridge

August

15th - 16th August Shrewsbury Flower Show The Quarry in Shrewsbury 22nd - 23rd August V Festival Weston Park 31st August Coracle Regattanbridge Ironbridge

September

October

19th - 20th September Midland Game Fair Weston Park

November

11th - 13th September Ludlow International Food Festival Ludlow

26th September Ironbridge World Heritage Site Festival Ironbridge

23rd - 25th October Bridgnorth Jazz Festival Bridgnorth

7th November Darwin Firework and Bonfire Spectacular West Midlands Showground Shrewsbury

2009 Anniversaries. Come and join the celebrations with over 200 great events

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Choosing your Venue To help you quickly locate the most suitable Telford and Shropshire venue for your event, we have divided our guide into a series of sections.

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Step by Step First Choose the venue type to match your requirements – each venue is linked to the map, so you can clearly see where in the region it is based.

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LAKE VYRNWY HOTEL

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High on the Berwyn Mountains on the Shropshire border, in the 24,000 acre Vyrnwy Estate, this Victorian Country House commands panoramic views in a stunning yet tranquil location. Our personal event organisers have a huge range of creative training ideas and our dedicated business facilities make it the ultimate meeting, training, team building and outdoor events destination. The hotel’s cuisine focuses on fresh, local ingredients. A £2.5 million development was completed last year, in conjunction with the Welsh Tourist Board. The hotel offers 52 individually decorated bedrooms, some with four posters and balconies, 34 of which have lake views. The hotel Spa & Thermal Suite offers a thoroughly relaxing experience, including spa pool, dry sauna, Japanese salt & steam room and a fragrance mist & monsoon shower. Our treatment rooms offer exotic treatments from around the world. Elegant yet relaxed, we have been described as a little corner of paradise. Total number of Bedrooms – 52

Next Refer to our easy-to-read table which lists all the essential information at each venue, such as capacity, accommodation details, conference and banqueting facilities, and other special features. Finally Contact our FREE conference team and set our expert event teams on the case. They’ll swiftly get back to you with details on costs, availability, and support services for your chosen venue.

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The International Centre, Telford is a contemporary Convention and Exhibition centre with one of the best simultaneous conference, exhibition and banqueting environments in the UK. The Centre is in the heart of Telford’s vibrant business and commercial district, only 5 minutes from Road and Rail links and 10 minutes from the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge. A contemporary concourse leads to 11,000sqm of space in 3 pillar free Exhibition Halls, a range of Conference and Banqueting Suites, the largest being the Ironbridge Suite for 1600 delegates, and 15 Syndicate Rooms. The venue offers an all inclusive package of in house services from AV and Conference Production to Catering, Air and Rail Transport management, group Accommodation Booking and Executive Check-in to its 341 hotel Rooms. The International Centre has 251 on site bedrooms within two minutes walk of the halls and suites. Total number of Bedrooms – 341 (300 Store s m Exh 2 Add itio ibtio n Sp nal ace)

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Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Ironbridge Suite Ironbridge 1 Ironbridge 2 Ironbridge 3 Ironbridge 1 & 2 Ironbridge 2 & 3 Wenlock Suite Wenlock 1,2,3,4 Coalport Suite Coalport 1 & 2 Ryton Suite Beckbury Suite Beckbury 1,2,3,4 Pattingham Suite Pattingham 1 & 2 Jackfield Boardroom Hall 1 & 2 Hall 3

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For business or leisure The International Hotel is the ideal place to stay. Situated within the compact International Centre complex the hotel offers 101 bedrooms, is fully air conditioned throughout and has a fantastic range of guests facilities on site. Whether here on a business trip, attending a conference at the neighbouring International Centre or here for a weekend to explore Telford, the famous Ironbridge Gorge or Shropshire, it is the perfect place to stay. The hotel is within walking distance of Telford Shopping Centre with 160 Shops under one roof, the 450 acre Telford Town Park and is a 10 minute drive from the famous World Heritage Site of Ironbridge. Total number of Bedrooms – 101

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TOWN CENTRE HOTELS TELFORD

The Holiday Inn is located in the heart of Telford, adjacent to The International Centre and the 450 acre Telford Town Park. With easy access to the M54 motorway and mainline rail links it is ideally placed for business. The 150 bedroom hotel has 7 excellent conference and banqueting rooms, a business centre, bar and the popular Olive Tree Restaurant. The conference and meeting facilities all have natural daylight and the Business Centre works to Conference Network standards. After a busy day the inviting Leisure Club has a large swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, steam room and a range of health and beauty treatments to help you relax and unwind. Total number of Bedrooms – 150

Part of the Southwater Event Group

Telford Central

M54

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Birmingham

Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Theatre Class Board Banqueting Reception Dance Exhibition m2 Reynolds Suite 250 100 42 120 275 120 Heslop & Pritchard 80 18 24 50 105 50 Rathbone 30 12 20 24 55 24 Lord Silkin 20 4 10 10 45 10 Thomas Telford 20 4 10 10 45 10 Captain Webb 25 8 12 10 50 10 Abraham Darby 25 8 12 10 50 10 -

Holiday Inn Address: St Quentin Gate, Telford, TF3 4EH Tel: 01952 527 000 Web: southwatereventgroup.com Email : conference.sales@south watereventgroup.com

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GRAYS HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

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TOWN CENTRE HOTELS TELFORD

Grays Hotel and Conference Centre is a dedicated meeting and conference hotel located in Telford’s busy business district, ideally located next to the main motorway and rail networks. Grays has 90 en suite bedrooms, 19 meeting rooms and a range of guest services ideal for day and residential events from private boardroom meetings and creative team building sessions; to conferences with multiple seminar streams. Grays Hotel and Conference Centre is perfectly located for visitors to the area. It is within walking distance of Telford Town Centre and its main attractions and it is on the doorstep of the famous World Heritage Site of Ironbridge and the rest of what Shropshire has to offer. Total number of Bedrooms – 90

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Grays Hotel & Conference Centre Address: Forgegate, Telford Town Centre, Telford, TF3 4NA Tel: 01952 425 000 Web: s outhwatereventgroup.com Email : c onference.sales@south watereventgroup.com

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Telford Central

M54

Birmingham

Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Theatre Class Board Banqueting Reception Dance Exhibition m2 L2 (1-3) 100 80 40 L2 (4) 30 12 18 L2 (5) 30 16 16 L3 (1-3) 100 80 40 L3 (4) 30 12 18 L3 (5) 30 16 16 L14 100 60 25 Merlots Restaurant 100 Grays has a total of 19 meetings rooms, the largest are highlighted in the capacity chart.

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THE PARK INN

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TOWN CENTRE HOTELS TELFORD

The Park Inn is part of the Rezidor hotel group, Europe’s fastest growing multi brand hotel group with over 322 hotels worldwide. The Park Inn is a stylish hotel situated in the heart of the Telford town centre, perfectly located just off junction 5 of the M54 with easy access from the M6 motorway. Whether you need a high quality training environment or a venue for a large event our specialised operations team have a wealth of experience and will ensure your event is a success and hassle free. Popular with delegates our 9 ground floor meeting rooms can accommodate delegates from 2 to 475 and the Telford Suite is famous for show casing large machinery and car launches. The hotel houses 153 comfortable guest rooms, full leisure facilities, stylish restaurant & bar and wi-fi throughout the hotel. Total number of Bedrooms – 153

475

2 minute walk

M54

Birmingham

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Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Theatre Class Board Banqueting Reception Dance Exhibition m2 Telford I 200 90 40 120 120 185.50 Telford II 180 80 40 108 108 185.50 Telford Suite 475 200 80 336 300 372.75 Telford III 60 45 30 60 50 115.26 Ironbridge 160 90 60 120 108 206.70 Ironbridge I 50 30 24 48 83.74 Ironbridge II 15 15 28.44 Ironbridge III 50 30 24 48 83.74 Bridgnorth 15 12 20.1 Shifnal 15 12 20.1 Modern Meeting 25 15 16 36.58 Room

The Park Inn Address: Forgegate, Telford, TF3 4NA Tel: 01952 429 988 Web: telford.parkinn@.co.uk Email: conference.telford@rezidor parkinn.com

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TELFORD WHITEHOUSE HOTEL

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TOWN CENTRE HOTELS TELFORD

The Telford Whitehouse Hotel has become one of the leading hotels in the area. This purpose built venue located at the brand new Telford Stadium is just minutes from the main motorway and mainline rail network so perfect for day meetings and national residential events. The hotel has a range of superb conference and hospitality suites seating up to 400 and 10 hospitality boxes ideal for breakout and seminar sessions. Telford Whitehouse has 90 en suite rooms, a popular brassiere restaurant and lounge and sports bar. The more active guest will enjoy the hotel’s leisure club. After the conference day Life@Whitehouse is the perfect place to relax with its pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, state of the art gym and health and beauty suites. Total number of Bedrooms – 90

Venues

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Whitehouse Hotel Address: Watling Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NJ Tel: 0  1952 250 700 Web: whitehousehotels.com Email: e  nquiries@ telwhitehouse.com

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Wellington

Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Theatre Telford 400 Ironbridge 120 Wellington 140 Ercall 40 Fletcher 20 Turner 10 Saxton 10 Ferriday 10 Saxton & Ferriday 25 combined Pearce 10 Smith 10 Pearce Smith 25 Combined Williams 15 The Boardroom 25 Powell 15 Bagnell 10 Bentleys 50

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M54

Birmingham

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THE LION HOTEL

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TOWN CENTRE HOTELS SHREWSBURY

The Lion Hotel is a beautiful Grade I Listed 16th Century Coaching Inn set in the heart of Shrewsbury. One of Shrewsbury’s most distinguished hotels, it offers beautiful surroundings and every guest comfort for the business and leisure visitor. The hotel has 4 Conference and Banqueting rooms including the opulent surroundings of the Lion Room, 59 en suite bedrooms, a fine dining restaurant and choice of 2 relaxing lounge bars. Located in the heart of Shrewsbury it is just steps from the main boutique shopping areas and business district and with easy access to the main motorway and rail network. Total number of Bedrooms – 59

Shrewsbury

Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Theatre Class Pickwick 35 20 Lion Room 80 40 Adam Ballroom 200 80 Ante Room 40 20

M54

Venues

200

Birmingham

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The Lion Hotel Address: Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1UY Tel: 01743 353 107 Web: thelionhotelshrewsbury.co.uk Email: info@thelionhotel shrewsbury.com

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UNUSUAL VENUES

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BLISTs HILL victorian town

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IRONBRIDGE

Blists Hill Victorian Town is an authentic recreation of a Victorian town covering an area of 52 acres offering an exciting range of unique possibilities for event organisers. Specific venues can be hired individually or the entire Victorian Town can be booked exclusively for the evening, allowing guests to wander leisurely around the shops and cottages giving them an unforgettable experience of Victorian Shropshire. The Forest Glen Pavilion with the adjacent traditional Victorian funfair promises an enchanting way to entertain up to 100 guests for the evening. Guests can get dressed up in Victorian Costume, enjoy a gas lit dinner in the New Inn Public House or be entertained by the renowned Victorian Theatre Company. Blists Hill ÂŁ10million expansion in 2009 will see this world class attraction introduce a range of new outdoor spaces for concert and marquee events.

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Blists Hill Victorian Town Address: Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7DQ

M54

Birmingham

Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Theatre Class Board Banqueting Reception Dance Exhibition m2 Forest Glen 100 100 90 Private Dining 12 12 Room The New Inn and Club Room

Tel: 0  1952 435 900 Web: ironbridge.org.uk Email: c orporate@ ironbridge.org.uk

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ENGINUITY

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UNUSUAL VENUES IRONBRIDGE

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s, Coalbrookdale Conference Centre is an iconic event location in the heart of the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge. The complex includes the Grade II listed Engine Shop with 700sqm of pillar free space and capacity for dinners and conferences for 400. The Engine Shop is also ideal for Exhibitions and Product Launches with cathedral like ceilings, easy vehicular access and 3 phase power throughout. The Engine Shop is supported by a network of “breakout rooms” to seat from 10 to 200 delegates, and is adjacent to Enginuity, an exciting new hands on engineering and technology centre which is perfect for hosting a truly memorable drinks reception. Next to Enginuity is the great Furnace where Abraham Darby sparked the Industrial Revolution offering a truly spectacular and exclusive outdoor space for Marquee and Concert events. The venue recently hosted the Cultural Olympiad Concert and Son et Luminaire.

The World’s first steam locomotive was made here in Coalbrookdale 27 years before Stephensons ‘Rocket’.

Telford

M54

Birmingham

Meeting Room Capacity Room Name Theatre Class Board Banqueting Reception Dance Exhibition m2 The Engine Shop 400 200 250 250 696 Glass Classroom 120 50 25 153 The Boardroom 90 50 30 70 100 Members Room 20 20 39 Covered Bays 150 150 318 Coalbrookdale 80 25 50 100 103 Gallery Footprint GalleryJackfield

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Enginuity at Ironbridge Gorge Museums Address: Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7DQ Tel: 01952 435 900 Web: ironbridge.org.uk Email: corporate@ ironbridge.org.uk

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