Over the past few months times have changed, but so have we! We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure our facilities and services are of the highest standard for you to enjoy safely.
We have also rebranded from ‘Lancaster Conferences+’ to ‘Lancaster University Conferences & Events+’ to strengthen our brand and improve the customer experience. Our new website offers comprehensive information on our facilities and services such as outdoor and big indoor spaces, new Academic Services, Food & Dining and Guest Rooms. Our conferences are more than just an event offering or facilities for hire, our team of friendly, flexible, professional conference experts help provide a bespoke experience, which offers much more.
Your event. Our expertise.
Here at Lancaster University we are lucky to have some amazing outdoor spaces for you to host your event. Meeting outdoors can re-energise your team. The natural daylight is a perfect way to boost delegate productivity. Set in 560 acres of parkland we have the luxury of large spaces to be creative with.
Forrest Hills offers a unique space, service and a peaceful setting. On all three counts, Forrest Hills excels. It’s an award-winning facility that offers the complete package for everything from corporate events such as; business meetings, team building activities and strategic planning away days. Event organisers can use this space for team building games and activities to encourage working together. Most importantly our outdoor space can be used for fun during your event, either as a main session or to re-energise during breaks and at lunchtime.
The grounds at Forrest Hills are perfect for relaxation, and the main building itself is full of natural wood and stone and crammed with character: this is no grey, corporate space, but a beautiful venue designed to blend with its outdoor space. 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. Give your delegates the chance to rest and take in what they have learnt in beautiful surroundings.
At Lancaster University Conferences & Events+, we are in the fortunate position to be able to adapt our facilities seamlessly to accommodate meetings and events while following social distancing guidelines.
We know how important face-to-face time is and we can offer you venues to meet safely. Our brand new venue ‘Margaret Fell Lecture Theatre is now the largest on campus seating up to 400 people*, featuring state-of-the-art audio visual equipment.
If the Margaret Fell Lecture Theatre doesn’t suit your needs then why not explore the George Fox Building. This venue is home to the second 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.*
Plenty of our venues offer large suites, together with a selection of meeting rooms, breakout areas and light, open foyer areas that are perfect for registration or welcome sessions. Other Big Spaces we have on offer are Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA), The Great Hall, Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and Faraday Complex.
We have the facilities to host a variety of residential events where delegates can benefit from the convenience of staying in our award-winning guest room accommodation with up to 1000 rooms over the summer periods and 80 all year round.
* Please note due to current Government Covid-19 guidelines we can only accept a maximum of 30 people per venue/event.
We have adapted to the changing world to ensure we help you expand your meeting and event potential without gathering everyone in a small space. Lancaster University Conferences and Events+ will find and source excellent digital solutions in order for you to make the most out of your event.
Lancaster University Conferences and Events+ uses the ‘Janet Network’, a reliable, secure network system, ensuring you can stay connected digitally which is more important now than ever. This service is also complimentary. We have hybrid and virtual solutions available via our in-house digital team allowing larger meetings to stay safely distanced and encourage the best use of spaces.
If you are thinking about hosting a hybrid or virtual event, please contact us so we can understand your individual requirements and work with you to provide the best solution for your event.
Food & Dining
Lancaster University’s Food & Dining team understand the importance of excellent food for your event, which is why our multi award winning team can deliver a tailormade product that will exceed your expectations. From sandwiches to fork buffets and full dining to barbecues, we can offer a full catering service for your conference or event, indoors or outdoors. Where possible, the team strives to use a selection of locally sourced, traceable and sustainable ingredients to showcase the best produce that the North West has to offer.
Our Food & Dining team also caters for all dietary requirements. As the first University in the country to achieve full Allergen Accreditation across all of our food on campus, we take the concerns around allergens and food intolerances seriously. As such, we provide meals that cater for all 14 Allergens and other main food intolerances. Please talk to us about your needs.
Our in-house catering can be delivered and served almost anywhere across the campus and we will highlight the best area for you. These options include Barker House Farm, our 16th Century farmhouse ideal for full dining, or The Hub at InfoLab with panoramic views of the Lancashire countryside. Whatever your requirements, from academic conferences to team away days, our catering team will be able to create a package just for you! As well as sampling our award-winning food, why not visit one of the 10 bars available across the campus. From cocktails in Grizedale Bar, real ale at Barker House Farm and a wide selection of wines in Furness Bar, there’s something to suit all tastes!
Academic Events Service
Academic events provide the perfect environment for you to swap ideas, forge relationships and drive innovation – a chance for professionals to drive better businesses, for thinkers to develop stronger ideas and colleagues to discover better ways of working.
The Academic Events Service, makes all of the above easy to organise, bringing academics and professionals to Lancaster University, where we can showcase the best of the best and encourage engagement on a regional, national and international level.
How can we help you? We can provide you with pre-event advice and expertise, add value to your event and be on hand during the event ensuring organiser peace of mind and enhancing delegate experience.Back to News