In Part 2 of our list of alternate exhibition venues (read part 1 here)  we’ve made another selection of our favourite UK event venues, looking further afield all the way from the South Coast of England to Scotland.  

So if you’re stuck for an exhibition space, let Clements and Street give you a helping hand in finding a unique location for your next show. And remember, if you’re looking for a fast and efficient way to create your next stand design, you can grab our free briefing guide by clicking here.


Check out part 1 of this list here - venues

If you are in the process of organising a trade show and would like to discuss how Clements and Street can help you, please call us on 0044 (0) 1527 510154  


Event city, Manchester


Event City is the largest exhibition centre in the North West and delivers four flexible and unique exhibitions spaces totalling more than 25,000 sq m. It also has over 1000 hotel rooms on site, meaning that if your conference is more than just a single day, accommodation is just a few steps away.

 Used by companies including Virgin Media, Talk Talk, and Capita, Event City class themselves as the UK’s most sustainable event venue, following a range of initiatives that will bring them ever closer to the goal of celebrating Certified Sustainable Venue status (ISO20121). Over 98% of the waste generated on-site is diverted from landfill, with 69% being recycled and 29% turned into energy.

 So if you’re looking for an eco and environmentally friendly venue to support your next exhibition, Event City may be the perfect fit. 

    1. Location: Manchester, UK
    2. Nearest train stations: Humphrey Park and Trafford Park
    3. Facilities: WIFI, toilets, a host of private meeting rooms, bar, kitchen, on-site-chef, restaurant, audio, visual, IT & production facilities, disabled access and sustainable transport
    4. Square meterage/ space – +25,000 sqm

 Event City, Manchester

Event City, Manchester

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Coventry Ricoh Arena

 The Coventry Ricoh arena is arguably known most famously as home to Wasps Rugby, but if if you’re not a fan of the game, don’t let that deter you from checking out event capabilities of this stunning venue. 

The pillar-free Ericsson Exhibition Hall is 6,000 sqm with a retractable wall, that can divide the area into two 4,000 sqm and 2,000 sqm spaces. It can be transformed to accommodate exhibitions, conferences, sporting events and concerts and has been used by big TV and Radio brands like BBC Radio 1xtra and Britain’s Got Talent, in addition to artists such as Jess Glynne and even Deadmau5!

 With 5 halls and a further three lounges this venue is perfect for large and small events alike. Don’t believe us, check them out on Google to find out more. 

    1. Location: Coventry
    2. Nearest train station: Coventry Train Station
    3. Facilities: High speed broadband, WIFI, on-site parking, toilets, catering, audio visual options and disabled access
    4. Square meterage/ space – 20,000sqm

Ricoh Arena

Coventry Ricoh Arena

 The Brighton Dome 

You might not have visited Brighton for a conference or Trade Show, but that doesn’t mean it should be ruled out for your next choice. Being only 50 minutes from central London, and less than ten minutes from Brighton station, the Dome provides one of the most iconic, versatile and stylish venues to hire in the South. 

Currently undergoing a £21million redevelopment with new spaces available from 2019, it offers exhibitors a host of spaces from conference hall hire to more intimate private dining affairs.

And with easy access from a number of UK destinations, plus some of the UK’s leading restaurants and hotels nearby, Brighton could make the perfect location for your next event- especially if you’re looking to entertain your customers after! 

  1. Location: Brighton, UK
  2. Nearest train station: Brighton
  3. Facilities: Catering, IT and WIFI, toilets, five event spaces, kitchen, disabled access and 430 bedrooms on site!
  4. Square meterage/ space – +1000 sqm 

Brighton Dome - UK venues Brighton Dome


St Mary’s Stadium


Staying with the theme of the south coast, Halo Conferences and Events at Southampton Football Club provide a multitude of event spaces suitable for large conferences and smaller trade shows.

Southampton is easily accessible from London and St Mary’s has a perfect view of the River Itchen, with many restaurants and hotels close to site. The stadium has also held star-studded film premieres for movies including Daniel Craig’s first stint as James Bond in Casino Royale.

Whether a fan of football or not, St Mary’s is arguable the best conference location in Southampton, and with their on-site, award-winning events staff on-site, they’re well placed to help you plan the perfect trade show or conference. 

  1. Location: Southampton, UK
  2. Nearest train stations: Southampton Central
  3. Facilities: Catering, IT, WIFI, toilets, event spaces, kitchen, disabled access and parking on-site!
  4. Square meterage/ space – 3000 sqm 

 St Mary's stadium

The SEC, Glasgow


The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) is home to some of the UK’s largest and most successful exhibitions, combining 22,500sqm of dedicated exhibition space, hosting over 50 events annually to attract more than half a million visitors.

 For 30 years the SEC has been at the heart of Glasgow’s story, hosting major events, exhibitions and conventions. The city is Scotland’s largest, making the venue an excellent location for consumer and trade shows alike.

Used by exhibitions such as Installer Scotland and All Energy, the venue delivers a highly sophisticated suite of services including AV, IT, branding and business services. They also have an award-winning events team to fast track your planning and deliver the perfect venue for a trade show in the North of the UK. 

  1. Location: Glasgow, Scotland
  2. Nearest train stations: Glasgow Charing Cross and Exhibition Centre
  3. Facilities: Disabled access, WIFI, baby changing, parking, 800 hotel rooms on-site, medical centre, box office, cloakroom and toilets
  4. Square meterage/ space – Hall 1: 22,500sqm

SEC, Glasgow

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