Conferences, Meetings & Events

Conferences, Meetings & Events

By now, you’re probably already wondering how much floorspace we’ve got across our three main exhibition halls and our other conference and meeting rooms. You’re imagining your event being held here and wondering whether we’ll be able to squeeze you in.

Well, it probably won’t be a squeeze. Our three main halls combine for a maximum capacity of 11,500 square metres. The largest of these, Hall 2, spans 4,500 square metres and can accommodate up to 4500 delegates or visitors. The other two halls can accommodate a further 3000 delegates each.

We think that’s an impressive amount of floorspace and visitor capacity – and that’s before we even factor in our Grandstand Suite, Warwick Hall, Stareton Hall and Oak Tree conference and meeting rooms (able to accommodate a further 1900 people between them).

Now, we know we can’t compete with the amount of floorspace available at the NEC, for example. But then that’s not comparing like-for-like. When it comes to medium-sized events venues, we think we’ve all got the floorspace and capacity you’re ever likely to need.

Also, there’s so much more to Stoneleigh than just available indoor floorspace.

Staff

It’s about time we talked about our incredible staff and their “can do” attitude. Of course, you’d expect us to say that they’re amazing, dedicated, talented, loyal and incredibly creative in the way they can help you get best value from all our available space. But did you know they could also work for you?

We have a Technical Events team who have been delivering events on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Society of England for some time now. This has meant looking after 25,000 visitors and over 600 exhibitors across a range of indoor and outdoor events. Our team has taken charge of all the traditional event organiser responsibilities, encompassing everything from sponsorship and sales through to marketing and operational delivery.

Therefore, if an organiser feels they may lack the in-house skills or capacity needed to run their own event, we can do it for them. They can just sit back and enjoy the show.

Our broader team is structured as you might expect, providing event management, catering, facilities management and operational support to all our clients.

In real terms, this means that when you work with us, you’ll likely come across people like our catering manager, Jackie, and head chef, Jody. Not only do they run a crack catering team of six, they’re passionate about locally sourced produce and the provenance of everything that makes it onto your plate.

There are the venue managers like Andrew. You know the sort; the ever-reliable ‘fixers’ who deal with the unexpected issues that crop up from time to time. Ask him about trying to herd up some micro-pigs; you’ll see what we mean.

And then there’s our grounds, events services and facilities manager, Gary. The reason he takes such great personal care of our grounds and facilities is because he’s been here for decades and knows every single blade of grass on the Park. That’s a lot of grass.

Exhibitions

3 halls, multiple room conference complex, overall 21,000sqm of covered space. Blank canvasses don’t come any bigger than the NEC.

Let’s address the elephant in the room straight away, shall we? We don’t host the Royal Agricultural Show. In fact, no-one does.

The show finished in 2009 – yet some people still seem to think we host it. We’re very proud of our association with the Show (we hosted it for 46 years, after all). In its heyday, it was amazing, pulling in over 130,000 visitors. However, once it came to an end, we moved on too, reinventing ourselves as a very different type of event venue.

In all, the Show ran for 170 years and had a strong Midlands connections for much of its life. As well as being hosted at Stoneleigh, it also featured at what is now West Park in Wolverhampton, Wrottesley Park in Staffordshire and Victoria Park in Leamington Spa.

The first Show at Stoneleigh in 1963 attracted nearly 112,000 visitors. Near the end, crowds of over 100,000 were still commonplace but the event was no longer financially viable. Alongside other factors, the outbreak of foot and mouth in 2001 and the torrential rain which caused the event to be abandoned in 2007 accelerated its demise.

The legacy of the Show can still be seen in the various facilities around Stoneleigh Park and a host of evocative images of an event which once showcased the best of rural Britain.

Time waits for no man. Just as agricultural shows have reinvented themselves in recent years, so have we. That’s not to say we don’t like flicking through the old pictures though. Check out a few of our personal favourites here (link to photo gallery).

Parking

When it comes to exhibition parking at NAEC Stoneleigh, it’s rare to be spoilt for space. With around 19,000 spaces available you won’t need to search for a spot - once your satnav has brought you to NAEC Stoneleigh (CV8 2LG), follow the signs for the show you're visiting.

Onsite, hardstanding car parking close to each venue entrance.  Spaces are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Disabled Parking is available located near the Hall entrances. Please see our site map for locating these.

  • All entrances are on a level threshold and accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Corridors and gangways are well lit
  • Internal staircases are supported by handrails
  • Platform lifts and stair lifts to 2nd floor conference areas

Toilet facilities

  • Our exhibition and conference facilities have 6 unisex accessible and 6 enlarged cubicles within single sex areas.
  • Toilet facilities include:
    • easy to use locks and low reach door handles
    • colour contrasting fittings
    • raised toilet seats or toilet seat frame
    • low level hand basin
    • low level soap and paper towel dispensers
    • emergency pull alarm cord
    • signage identifying left or right hand side transfer  

Manual Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Hire

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for hire for use within the venue.  These can be booked in advance by emailing eventorders@stoneleighevents.com

Guide dogs

We welcome guide dogs and we are happy to make provisions to ensure that they are as comfortable on site as their owners.

hearing loops

We have 2 portable induction loops available.  If you are attending an event please ensure that you contact the event management team to confirm that this can be arranged.

Onsite Hotel

Our hotel has 3 accessible bedrooms with grab rails around the shower and toilet

Events

In recent years, we’ve diversified in terms of the types of events we host here at NAEC Stoneleigh. We’ve shifted from horse power to horsepower, for a start. The automotive sector is now responsible for around a quarter of the bookings made with us, making it the single biggest industry contributor to our current portfolio.