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Bowland Hall, Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW
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With a portfolio like ours, we have the perfect space for a broad range of events. Rooms for meetings, halls for banquets, suites for receptions and theatres for lectures – not to mention dining facilities, overnight accommodation and outdoor spaces. Yet the physical space is just the beginning. We also offer the human element, with a team full of experience and expertise.

From the first steps of planning to last-minute queries and requests, our professionals are on hand and ready to help. We can take you through your options for buildings, rooms and layouts, ensuring you have the perfect space to meet your needs. We can provide the technical support to put our technology at your fingertips, for presentations, exhibitions and screenings. And, with the support of our catering team, we can lay on everything from a morning cup of coffee to a feast for hundreds.

We have 80 dedicated guest rooms throughout the year, rising to more than 1000 rooms during the summer, with a mix of single, twin and double rooms, all of which offer Wi-Fi, tea & coffee and complimentary toiletries.

We understand that events can seem daunting and we know that every detail matters. But whatever your needs, we’re here to help.

Your event. Our expertise.

The Conference Centre
Max Capacity 200

Successful conferences start with a tailor-made conference facility. Our dedicated venue provides the variety, flexibility and services to meet the demands of all sorts of conferences, meetings or training courses. We have three large suites, each with room for 100 guests, together with a selection of meeting rooms, breakout areas and a light, open foyer area that’s perfect for registration or welcome sessions.

However, our Conference Centre is more than a selection of spaces. Here, you’ll find the technology for engaging presentations, the catering service for tasty meals and refreshing breaks, and all the professional support and events expertise to plan, manage and host the best possible conferences.

Forrest Hills
Max Capacity 100

The perfect venue is a combination of space, service and setting. On all three counts, Forrest Hills excels. It’s an award-winning facility that offers the complete package for everything from weddings and family functions to corporate events and business meetings.

Full of natural wood and stone, it’s a building crammed with character: this is no grey, corporate space, but a beautiful venue designed to blend with its surroundings. And it boasts wonderful surroundings. With a lakeside setting at the edge of the Forest of Bowland, Forrest Hills offers a lush, leafy and scenic setting for a range of events.

Across its two rooms, there’s space for 50 guests to sit for talks, ceremonies or presentations, as well a charming area for 18 people to meet or mingle – not to mention the spaces and seating area outside, ideal for breaks and refreshments when the sun’s out. With the expert support of events team, we’ll help you make the most of it all, whatever the weather.

Private Dining Room
Max Capacity 200

From light lunches and relaxed buffets to formal dinners and banquet celebrations, our Private Dining Room provides a versatile space for every kind of mealtime. Our team can make sure the food matches up to the occasion, working with our catering service to tailor your menu to your guests’ requirements.

Yet while it’s a space made for food, it’s also equipped for professional, business-focused events. The room offers flexibility, with a partition splitting it in two – in case you don't need its full capacity of 200 for standing receptions or 160 for banquet seating. And, because the room is fully equipped with AV facilities, it has everything you need for presentations, speeches and talks.

Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA)
Max Capacity 800

This is a space created for wonderful performance. Here, it’s not just the arts that are contemporary – everything at LICA is modern, equipped with top-spec facilities and the latest environmentally-conscious design. The result is a structure with a BREEAM outstanding rating for its sustainability, and a venue perfect for a wide range of large-scale events.

Despite its size – it offers almost 600 square metres of floor space – the building is nestled among the campus greenery, with a footbridge over a pond providing access. Step inside and you’ll find a large foyer, ideal for receptions or even as an exhibition space.

However, the biggest feature at LICA is its huge, double-height performance space. The room is open and airy, big enough to be a flat-floored theatre for an audience of 800, a banquet hall for 320 diners or a reception room for 200 guests. With flexible partition options, it can be divided into smaller areas for various uses. And it has the lighting and sound equipment for all sorts of productions, from awards presentations and gala dinners, to keynote addresses and major launches.

George Fox Building
Max Capacity 350

In reality, the George Fox Building is not a venue, but a succession of venues. Inside, beyond a foyer space brimming with natural light, you’ll find flexible spaces full of versatility and possibility. It’s home to the largest lecture theatre on campus, which can seat an audience of up to 350 guests, together with a collection of six other large rooms big enough for parallel sessions, team meetings or smaller talks for around 40-100 people.

While any of the spaces and rooms can provide the venue for a one-off meeting, exhibition, presentation or training session, having all these different spaces under one roof means the George Fox Building offers an ideal, self-contained setting for conferences, company away days and major meetings.

Management School
Max Capacity 200

Our Management School was made for business – a building rooted in the standards and practices of professional collaboration. In other words, it’s the perfect setting for a range of meetings.

It’s one of the most popular choices for conferences and events on campus, not only because it offers an impressive variety of rooms, but also because everything is gathered around a central hub – an ideal space for networking, reception events, lunch time refreshments and evening canapes. The School has no fewer than twelve lecture theatres, ranging in capacity from 32 all the way up to 150, together with a collection of glass-fronted meeting rooms with space for up to ten people.

With such a wealth of options, it’s ideal for everything from small meetings and training sessions to complete conferences and multi-day events.

Faraday Complex
Max Capacity 280

In a word, the Faraday Complex offers flexibility. That’s thanks to a comprehensive range of meeting and event spaces, all in one self-contained building.

While it has the spaces ideal for team meetings, training days or presentations, it also offers the scale for department-level events or large-scale conferences – with enough space in its lecture theatres for up to 620 people at once. Its largest lecture theatre has space for an audience of 280 people, while there are other tiered theatres for up to 140 and up to 60. There are four seminar rooms, handy for breakout sessions or meetings of up to 24 people. And, the central foyer area that not only links all the other facilities, but also provides the space for event registration or break-time refreshments. With a few screens, you can even split the area into a smaller event space.

We’re here to help you make the most of that flexibility. From mapping out the spaces that fit your event, to arranging all the projection, presentation and audio equipment you need, all you need to do is ask.

Great Hall
Max Capacity 800

From grand openings and showpiece finales to glittering ceremonies and keynote talks, our Great Hall provides the space for major events. It’s a space made for presenting awards, giving talks, sharing ideas and entertaining guests (and, in our case, awarding degrees).

As the name suggests, it’s the biggest space at Lancaster University – a theatre for an audience of up to 800, a banquet hall for up to 340 diners, or an exhibition hall for 250 guests. It offers the adaptability, the space and the technical facilities to offer the setting for major standalone events, ceremonies and speeches. And, because it’s only a short stroll from our facilities at LICA and the Faraday Complex, it's also provides a fitting stage for kicking off or concluding major conferences.

Charles Carter Building
Max Capacity 50

For smaller-scale conferences and team or department-level events, the Charles Carter Building provides a stylish and modern venue. It’s not only an attractive building, but a sustainable one too – having been built to the BREEAM excellent standard. With a range of spaces on offer, it can act as a self-contained venue for conferences of around 60 people, or as an extra resource for talks, meetings or additional sessions as part of a larger, more complex conference event on campus.

At the ground level, the atrium provides a light, open heart to the building. It’s an airy space, ideal for receptions and refreshments, or for networking in between meetings. On the upper floors, the building is home to five spacious rooms for presentations and discussions, the largest of which can hold up to 54 people, together with three smaller meeting rooms with space for 20 people. Throughout the building, modern standards mean high-quality AV equipment, matched only by the support and service our events team offers.

Bowland North
Max Capacity 150

With a wide number of rooms and spaces, Bowland North offers flexibility on a grand scale. As well as two lecture theatres, both of which can host an audience of up to 140 people, there are no fewer than 27 meeting rooms of various sizes, for groups between 20 and 60 people. And, while the capacity varies, all these rooms offer natural light, easy Wi-Fi access and all the AV equipment you could need for presentations, meetings and interactive sessions.

With such a wide range of spaces on offer, Bowland North’s flexibility makes it an excellent setting for multi-faceted or multi-stage events, from assessment centres to complex training programmes to team-building sessions. And, because it’s only a short walk from our other facilities at the Faraday, LICA and Great Hall, it can also provide the perfect setting for breakout meetings or parallel sessions as part of a large-scale conference event.

e’re ready to help you unlock the potential at Bowland North – finding the right selection, layout and support services to make a success of your event.

Bowland Hall
Max Capacity 60

As a space that’s made only for meetings and events – with no teaching happening on site – Bowland Hall isn’t just available throughout the calendar, it’s also one of our most business-focused facilities on campus. Here, there are two rooms, both equipped with AV facilities, with a large meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 as a theatre, and a smaller boardroom with space for up to 15 people.

That makes it a venue ready to host a range of events, from smaller meetings and seminars, right up to larger team or department-level meetings. As a combination, it offers a range of possibilities, with training days, workshops and events with breakout groups or side meetings. Whatever you have planned for your event, we’ll be ready to help you make of it – from organising room layouts and refreshments, to providing technical support for presentation equipment.

Marketplace
Max Capacity 50

When it’s time to take a break from major conferences or important meetings, the Marketplace offers a relaxed space. First and foremost, it’s an ideal setting for refreshments, where attendees can have a bite to eat and take it easy on the comfortable sofas and seating areas.

But, while it’s tailor-made for breakfast for overnight guests or light lunches for conference delegates, it can also serve as a venue in its own right. With space for cabaret seating for up to 60 guests, it can host informal meetings and presentations, with the catering facilities close by, providing snacks, drinks or meals. Whatever your appetite, our team is on hand to cater to your needs – whether it’s fuel for the day ahead or a relaxed drink when the evening comes.

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