‘Winning’ Venues: the best spaces for your awards ceremony

By poppy millett -

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to put the spotlight back on where it matters most -  your staff. Award ceremonies are a perfect way to wrap up your year. It’s a prime opportunity to recognise your team’s achievements and align your focus for the New Year. At Prestige Venues & Events we are defined and guided by our Marks of Distinction - they are the qualities of our work that set us apart. Just as we celebrate our successes, we invite you to celebrate yours this winter.

This month, we’re looking at our Christmas party venues most suited to award ceremonies. So suit up, look sharp, and start practising your acceptance speeches in the bathroom mirror. The nominees are…


The Athenaeum, Bury St EdmundsThe Athenaeum

The Grade I listed Athenaeum was originally purpose-built for the local community to come together and relax - play cards, read books, and socialise. Having hosted centuries of local celebrations, The Athenaeum is a superlative choice for award ceremonies, particularly in the magnificent Georgian chandeliered ballroom. After the ceremony, toast your success with one of the catering team’s excellent drinks receptions. If you choose to hire the whole building for the evening, The Athenaeum can comfortably hold up to 400 of your guests for a special event followed by a Christmas party.


IWM, LondonIWM London, The Atrium

The Imperial War Museum London is famous for commemorating lives affected by war. In addition to their permanent exhibitions and archives, IWM London hosts an impressive programme of limited and permanent exhibitions, film screenings, and remembrance events. The building is an iconic hub of reflection and a place to be awestruck, making it a particularly remarkable venue for an awards ceremony. With a range of spaces for hire, including the magnificent atrium which can seat an impressive 320, IWM is bound to make an impression on your guests.


American Express Community Stadium, Brighton

On the pitch, the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton hosts a range of sports - including some matches for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Off the pitch, the stadium is one of the south coast’s premier event venues. The rooms available for hire are airy and modern, with huge flexibility for set-up and decoration.

The ApexThe Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Boasting a state of the art auditorium, The Apex is perfect for events that involve an element of presentation (or performance!). Famous for music events, The Apex welcomes an audience. Host a traditional theatre-style ceremony, or transform the space into a flat-floor dinner area for a seateddinner. Once your team has cleaned up the awards, shake it off on the dance floor. The venue is yours for the night, and can hold up to 600 guests.


The Crystal, LondonThe Crystal

Cutting a unique shape against the London docks’ skyline, The Crystal is an exciting addition to this list. One of the world’s most sustainable buildings, The Crystal showcases the latest technologies to generate its own energy. Complete with a beautiful bright red auditorium housed in a circular structure at the centre of the building, The Crystal is a truly inspiring venue to host your awards ceremony this year.


Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds

A site steeped in sporting legend, Emerald Headingley Stadium is the perfect place to cheer on your team. With space for up to 1,000 guests, it’s ideal for large-scale awards ceremony for attendees looking to be inspired. Guests can even stay overnight at the on-site hotel!


The Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Nestled in 70 acres of horticultural excellence, you’ll find the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh. The garden is home to 100,000 plants, including over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world. The venue has four unique spaces available all year round - indoors and outdoors - and the gardens are an elegant choice for an awards ceremony. We suggest you announce your winners in the opulent Caledonian Hall, with the purpose-built permanent marquee just next door.


Wherever you hold your celebration this year, it’s nice to know that when you choose a Prestige venue, our dedicated events teams are on hand to provide exemplary catering and hospitality expertise. Everyone’s a winner.


To make an enquiry about any of our venues and/or events please contact The Hub at venues&events.prestige.uk@sodexo.com or call them on 0845 6055 699.

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