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50 . . May 2012May VENUE SHOWCASEamed for hosting year-round jump and fl at horse racing, including events such as the Coral Eclipse and Tingle Creek race meetings, Sandown Park Racecourse has also cultivated a reputation for holding a diverse and ever-expanding range of conferences, meetings, events and exhibitions at the Surrey-based venue. Located 25 minutes from London Waterloo at the southern gateway to the capital's public transport system, the site is increasingly benefi ting from a London footfall.The venue provides event spaces for small groups below 10, through to large conferences and events in the larger suites, seating up to 600 delegates theatre-style. In addition to the main fi ve conference suites in the Grandstand building, the Eclipse Pavilion has four fl oors of meeting and conference rooms for hire, providing 23 individual, fully serviced rooms for meetings and events. Over 1,000 diners can enjoy a FA racing change Sandown Park Racecourse has secured planning permission to erect a modern chain hotel onsite, CN looks at the venue's offering for the MICE marketseated banquet in the ground fl oor Surrey Hall, and with exclusive use of the entire venue this number can go up to 2,500 when outdoor areas are combined with indoor facilities.In 2011, the Sandown Park team hosted 56 repeat events alongside its 27 race days. Planning permission to erect a modern chain hotel on the site of the current Sandown Park Lodge was granted last year, and will improve the capabilities of the on-site facilities for delegates travelling from afar. Following investment in new audiovisual equipment in 2011, there are also plans to invest £80,000 into the refurbishment of the Tingle Creek Suite, which is a popular room for large seminars and corporate events.Katie Maier, Marketing Manager at Sandown Park said: "As a racecourse, we can provide something out of the ordinary through combining racing with our hospitality offerings. "The amount of repeat business we receive is testament to the relationships we build with our clients." Sandown Park Racecourse is reachable by train in 25 minutes from London Waterloo FAST FACTSSponsored by . Sandown Park has staged The Christian Resources Exhibition for 25 years, which is the largest event of its kind in the world and has in the past incorporated an infl atable church!. Sandown Park's main reception building was made over to look like Milwaukee Airport in a scene from the feature fi lm Love Actually.. This summer sees the largest conference Sandown Park has ever staged, with 1,000 delegates due to attend an event staged by LOCOG.

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