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12 of the hottest outdoor venues to enjoy this summer

As the warm breeze of summer beckons, there’s an undeniable pull to book events at outdoor venues. Whether you’re seeking a vibrant cultural experience, a tranquil retreat amidst nature, or an electrifying evening under the stars, we’ve got the perfect space for you!

In this guide, we share 12 of the hottest outdoor venues. So, dust off your sunglasses, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to explore!

Outdoor venues

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Found on the west side of the Edinburgh Botanic Garden and inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010, The John Hope Gateway boasts contemporary and sustainable spaces that promise to leave a lasting impression on delegates. The bright and modern spaces are versatile, accommodating various event types. The floor-to-ceiling windows open onto an expansive terrace, offering panoramic views of the Biodiversity Garden—a breath-taking backdrop for pre-dinner drinks.

With full access to the Garden during events, attendees can enjoy the ultimate break-out and lunch break space in a serene environment. The venue is equipped with a PA system, Wi-Fi, and adjustable lighting, ensuring a seamless experience. Accessibility is prioritized, with wheelchair accessibility integrated into the design. The delegate capacity includes a Theatre setting for 120 and a classroom setup for 70 delegates.

Haydock Racecourse

Nestled within 127 acres of picturesque parkland, the beautiful Haydock Park Racecourse is a versatile venue that captures sheer elegance. With 1,000 square meters of indoor ground floor exhibition space and 13 acres of hard-standing ground, it offers a stunning backdrop for events of any scale. The venue’s flexibility caters to both large and intimate gatherings, making it ideal for exhibitions, trade shows, and product launches.

Whether set against the lush, green parkland outdoors or within the expansive and adaptable indoor spaces, Haydock Park Racecourse provides the perfect setting. The conference centre’s meeting rooms offer a sensational venue for indoor events, ranging from craft shows to fishing exhibitions, while the vast outdoor space is perfect for hosting large events like markets and fun runs.

With its scenic surroundings and adaptable spaces, Haydock Park Racecourse is the ideal choice for a wide range of indoor and outdoor events.

Barbican, London

Situated in the heart of the City of London, the Conservatory at the Barbican is a versatile and distinctive event space. Alongside the Garden Room, the venue can host up to 300 people for a standing reception, offering a vibrancy enhanced by colourful lighting integrated into the lush planting—making a great show after sunset. The Conservatory is adept at accommodating a diverse range of activities, from corporate lunches to seasonal parties.

Additional features include 13amp power outlets to cater to the technical needs of the event. Also, the Conservatory boasts an impressive collection of over 1,500 species of plants and trees, adding some natural beauty to the gathering.

The HAC London

Within the historic HAC are three venues: Armoury House, featuring six unique and characterful rooms; the Prince Consort Rooms, a spacious and contemporary suite with its own entrance, courtyard, and terrace; and the Artillery Garden, a sprawling five-acre expanse of lawns, ideal for both lively parties and sports matches.

The Artillery Garden, a five-acre outdoor event space in London, has gained fame as the home of the London Concours. This outdoor venue has played host to football teams from the Premier League and Championship, as well as rugby legends such as Saracens, the All Blacks, and Barbarians.

With a giant capacity for up to 5000 attendees, the HAC offers a historic and diverse setting for events. Blending the character of Armoury House, the contemporary appeal of the Prince Consort Rooms, and the expansive outdoor appeal of the Artillery Garden.

King Street Townhouse, Manchester

The South Terrace stands as a versatile and welcoming event space on the sixth floor of King Street Townhouse. Whatever the vision, the 6th Floor South Terrace can bring it to life. Equipped with outdoor heating and an overhead canopy, this space ensures that your event can be enjoyed irrespective of the weather conditions.

The South Terrace accommodates up to 150 guests, providing a picturesque backdrop for a range of occasions. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a larger-scale event, the 6th Floor South Terrace offers a unique setting for summer.

Unique Venues Birmingham – Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is comprised of The Terrace, The Gallery, and The Highlight – each space has its unique charm, making it well-suited for a variety of occasions.

The Terrace stands out with its breath-taking panoramic views overlooking Centenary Square and the city skyline, providing an unparalleled setting for events in Birmingham. The built-in bar enhances its allure, accommodating up to 300 guests for drinks receptions, rooftop parties, and vibrant summer BBQs. The exclusive views of the Birmingham city skyline from The Terrace create an unforgettable backdrop.

Adjacent to the Library’s in-house Art Gallery, The Highlight enjoys views over the Book Rotunda’s famous balconies. This intimate space is perfect for drinks receptions hosting up to 100 guests.

The Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch

Perched with a panoramic view of the City of London skylines, the Upper 5th Shoreditch at the Courthouse Hotel offers a splendid venue that can host up to 200 guests in a reception-style setting. The ambiance is enhanced by comfortable seating and a state-of-the-art music system, creating an inviting atmosphere. In the summer months, a BBQ kitchen is available, weather permitting, adding a delightful culinary element to the experience.

Whether seeking a relaxed setting for a group gathering or an event with a panoramic cityscape backdrop, the Upper 5th Shoreditch provides a versatile space for memorable moments and enjoyable experiences.

The Ned, London

Hosting 26 guests for dining or 70 for standing on each terrace, The Ned’s two expansive terraces provide stunning views overlooking the City of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. The terraces are secluded, offering both privacy and a dramatic view that sets the stage for memorable events. These outdoor spaces are perfect for pre-dinner drinks when paired with their larger event spaces.

The terraces offer an al fresco dining experience, accommodating up to 26 people each, providing an intimate setting for summer lunches and dinners. Catered by their events kitchen, these outdoor spaces offer an exceptional atmosphere for guests in the heart of London’s iconic skyline.

Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre – Roby 1844 Terrace

The Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre presents 14 cutting-edge meeting rooms, each accommodating up to 200 attendees, equipped with built-in screens, projectors, a high-quality sound system, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. For a dose of city ambiance, attendees can enjoy Roby 1844, the stunning Al Fresco Canalside Terrace Bar & Eatery, while soaking in the surroundings. A perfect spot during the warmer summer months.

Embracing the vibrant spirit of Manchester’s celebrated music scene, the hotel pays homage to iconic figures such as Tony Wilson and Morrissey, with each of its 14 event spaces named after famous faces.

Freight Island, Manchester

Freight Island is an impressive outdoor space that can be transformed for a range of summer events. With adjoining spaces that offer many opportunities, from bustling markets to retail exhibitions and filming opportunities, the potential is limitless. The energetic nature of this space allows for a wide range of events and activities to come to life.

The Plant Room, their popular tropical urban escape, stands out as a unique gem with its private entrance and bar. This exclusive venue has its own heaters and is fully covered. Ideal for parties and private hires, the Plant Room can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Sabine at Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

Sabine at Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s provides a secluded space, away from the bustling London streets. Guests can enjoy the serene surroundings while taking in beautiful views of St Paul’s.

Sabine Rooftop Bar, with its outside terrace and glass-domed roof, is the go-to destination for a fantastic summer event. The rooftop bar provides a great atmosphere to enjoy the evening with an open-air terrace experience. From a peaceful secret garden meeting, to a Sabine Rooftop Bar party, the spaces offer tailored experiences.

The Hurlingham Club, London

The outdoor space at the venue allows guests to spill out onto beautiful terraces during the summer months. This creates an inviting setting for reception drinks, barbecues, or simply to appreciate the views of the landscaped gardens. The Hurlingham Club becomes a hub for summer events. The space features the Club’s stunning south-facing terraces with glorious sunsets and panoramic views across the river Thames.

Transforming into a summer country escape in the heart of Fulham, The Hurlingham Club caters to up to 1200 guests. With its expansive outdoor spaces and the charm of the terraces, the venue provides an idyllic backdrop for summer events.

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