Why Hold a Conference in South Devon?
If you’ve read our previous blog articles, you may have noticed how we like to mention the beautiful landscape that South Devon has. Granted, we may be a little biased as we live here, however, it truly is a lovely part of the world, and somewhere in the UK that we think everybody should visit! That said, holidays often aren’t the only reason we travel, and occasionally we have to pack our bags and head out on the open road for work arrangements. Whether this is for a meeting with a potential client, for your day to day job, or, as we look at in this article, for business conferences. If you’re in the planning stages of holding a conference, or would like to bring your team away for some team building sessions, here’s why South Devon should be your top choice!
First and foremost, South Devon as a location is truly stunning. The coastal path that follows the edge of the land looking out to sea is a sight to behold. While inland there are rolling hills and vast moorlands inhabited by some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife. Arranging a conference in South Devon will mean that you and your attendees will be surrounded by gorgeous natural landscapes, who doesn’t want that?
Cheaper than City Prices
As you would expect, venturing out of densely-populated areas to more-rural locations such as South Devon will also bring with it some financial benefits. Typically the cost of venues will decrease when looking outside of large towns and cities which means you’ll be getting even better value for money. Granted, there may be a few instances where rural locations are more expensive, however, we’re confident that the rates we offer at our large party hotel in Devon are highly competitive.
Rail Connections to the Rest of the Country
Devon, and South Devon specifically, has excellent rail connections to the rest of the country. The two main cities in the area, Plymouth and Exeter, both act as hubs for you to be able and connect to other local train networks. If you’re looking to visit Dawlish for your conference, typically you can expect only one change at either Bristol or Exeter, making your journey down to the region quick and straightforward! Travelling from London, train journey times can range between two and a half to three and a half hours. From Bristol, journeys are roughly one and a half hours.
Attendees Will Feel Valued
Bringing your employees/attendees to a beautiful part of the world such as South Devon will make them feel loved and valued. Although there are many options of things to do in cities during the day and into the evening, these can also act as distractions and take the focus away of the purpose of the conference.
Team Building Opportunities
Thanks to South Devon’s glorious coastline, there are myriad opportunities to take the conference attendees out and get involved in some team building activities. Whether this is a sporting event such as a surf lesson or kayaking, or a recreational event such as a cooking lesson with some fresh local ingredients, you’ll have a great time getting stuck in and building some new relationships.
Really Feels Like a Break-Away
When you head out of the town or city, it gives you a chance to recharge and relax, this should also be the case during a business meeting or conference (outside of working hours, of course). Holding an event in a rural and picturesque location somewhere in the region of South Devon will allow everyone to get some fresh charge in their batteries. Being able to step out into the fresh air and admire the beautiful surroundings is something that people will value from the event, they might even decide to bring the family back with them next time!