VENUE WATCH32 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukBrighton Brighton Racecourse dates back to 1783, when the first official race meeting was held in the area. Set within 20 acres of countryside, the venue has four main exhibition spaces: The Grandstand Hall (985sqm), Premier Hall (580sqm), Silks Suite (340sqm) and Prince Regent (265sqm).Its main shows in 2011 were a tattoo convention in January which attracted 5,000 visitors, the Surrey Care Association Showcase last March and a wedding fair, also in March.Samantha Creswell, racing and events commercial manager at Brighton Racecourse, said the venue plans to target more regional venue finding agencies, offering them enhanced commission and cost effective solutions for new bookings taken in the first quarter."We have also researched some of the largest companies and associations in the South East and will be offering them added value if they book with us such as discounts off meeting room prices and free syndicate rooms," she said.Creswell said the venue has a diverse client base from NHS and associations to private and blue chip companies."Our racecourse has 18 meeting rooms - our largest is 985sqm and is perfect for shell schemes," she said. "We also have 1,800 car parking spaces which is fantastic for the ease of those attending the exhibitions, and we are only one mile from the seafront."Creswell said the venue is looking to more weekday exhibition business to its roster.Sandown has two main exhibition venues and additional facilities situated in the grandstand.Surrey Hall is the largest of the exhibition halls. It is directly adjacent to the main entrance and registration foyer and provides a ground floor drive-in facility with 2,740sqm of space. The hall features multiple loading doors and over four metres of headroom for larger displays. It also includes an organiser's office, dedicated catering areas and adjacent seminar rooms.The Esher Hall is self-contained with its own organiser's office, dedicated entrance and catering facilities. It has 1,100sqm of exhibition space and is pitched at smaller launch exhibitions, perhaps to test the market, and for private market research events.Also on offer is the Grandstand & Sandown View on the first floor of the Grandstand, which provide views of the London skyline. This provides an additional 900sqm of space."We see exhibitions as an integral part of our business here at Sandown Park and are looking to increase our profile within the industry accordingly," said the course's commercial director Simon Kershaw."We currently have an enviable portfolio of diverse events demonstrating our capability to deliver however we are constantly reviewing our products and services to ensure they are market leading. "Going forward, our intention is to expand this portfolio, in both consumer and trade, to ensure we are recognised as the south east's premium exhibition venue and seen as much more than a racecourse."Sandown parkThe racecourse re-opened as a new events venue in September 2007, following a £34 million redevelopment. It can accommodate free parking for up to 3,000 vehicles and is seven miles from Doncaster Airport.The biggest venue at the course is the Lazarus Exhibition Hall, which offers 3,500sqm. It also has four function rooms, spread over three floors, and a range of adjoining function, meeting and syndicate rooms. Event sales executive Julie Steele said its biggest shows last year accommodated 6,000 visitors."We host the International Tattoo Jam in August, which uses all of our possible exhibition space, as doncaSter well as a summer crafting fair," said Steele.The Yorkshire venue's other leading shows include a logistics expo in September and a Doncaster chamber of commerce event, which this year will be held in March.Steele said the venue is looking to target the automotive and renewable energy industries due to their strong local presences in the area."As we are situated close to Hull, there are a lot of renewable energy business nearby. We also have good links with automobile providers," she said.Steele also stressed the venue's location. "Many people think we are further north than we actually are, so we are always keen to promote our transport accessibility."
Big advantagesteamgreatApossibilitiesMassive Situated just 25 minutes from London Waterloo we can offer sweeping views over Surrey and a stunning panorama of the London skyline. With over 5,000 sq m of exhibition space our flexible and modern facilities enable us to create truly bespoke packages for event organisers. 3,000 car parking spaces and convenient transport links make Sandown Park the perfect venue for exhibitions, events, hospitality and conferencing.We believe it is just as much about people as it is about facilities. Our dedicated events team will be with you every step of the way with our catering team on hand to provide award-winning cuisine. Our marketing team will even supply you with invaluable marketing support should you want it. If you are looking for a venue with all the added benefits please call our dedicated team today on 01372 46 43 48 or visit www.sandown.co.uk