Successful conferences and meetings depend as much on the venue as they do on the Agenda or Programme of the event. A successful venue should offer more than a place to meet, and in Torquay we are confident that we offer all the vital ingredients that take a conference from being just good to being fantastic!
Conference English Riviera – a one stop shop of planning and information. Torquay has many conference venues to choose from ranging from the purpose built Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC), to top business hotels, and more unusual venues such as Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens , Paignton Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and Kents Cavern Underground show caves; the most famous Stone Age home in Britain.
The RICC is the largest venue offering a choice of conference facilities for up to 1500 delegates and breakout and meeting rooms for up 350, 1750 m2 exhibition facilities and banqueting for in excess of 1200 guests, all located just off the seafront!
When you are in Torquay, you’ll appreciate why the area is called the English Riviera. The clean air, spaciousness and pace of life have contributed to attracting new business set-ups, e-commerce businesses and boltholes for city dwellers. As a conference destination Torquay is a great place for clear thinking, a relaxed environment and far away from a pressured city environment.
As the only urban UNESCO accredited Geopark in Europe, Torbay has a wealth of history, its Jurassic Coastline can be explored not only from the sky but also by boat or by an informative bus tour. All of these attractions make excellent partner programmes or out of conference activities for delegates.
Access to a destination makes all the difference to Delegates so Torquay has a distinct advantage. Just around 2 hours 40 minutes by train from Birmingham or London, or a short flight from Manchester to Exeter in an hour. Offering discounted rail fares from £47 return London to Torquay!
Conference English Riviera, with their on-line free accommodation booking service will help delegates find the serviced or self-catering accommodation that suits them and their budget. Where else can you find over 2,000 beds within walking distance of the venue, many on the seafront!
Another essential component of any successful conference is “food”, whether it is a banquet for hundreds or a simple brunch with friends Torquay can offer you a complete range. In terms of large scale banqueting there are many suitable venues to choose from, naturally the RICC being the largest venue, can accommodate over 1200 guests for a formal sit down gala dinner, prepared by their own in house catering team. Known officially now as The Seafood Coast your delegates can take advantage of some amazing seafood restaurants or even more unusual dining experiences at the adjacent Torre Abbey, the Zoo or Living coasts amongst the penguins. For more elegance the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth offers a magnificent setting overlooking the River Dart.
With all this choice, history, culture and scenery, it isn’t a wonder that Torquay has become such a popular choice for conferences.
"Nicky has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she combines effortlessly with her friendly and professional personality earning the respect of everyone she works with. Rob Watson Waggle Events"
- March 9th 2020