A TASTE OF YORK
Check in at the chocolate-themed Hotel Indigo, where each of the 101 rooms is equipped with a chocolate mini bar. The hotel is also home to one of the UK's only speciality meatball restaurants, which has a private dining area seating ten. Familiarise yourself with the city by joining a Yorkshire Food Finder trail. Groups of 12 can discover the gourmet nooks and crannies and unearth the best artisan food producers, ending with a feast at the Star Inn the City.
Start the day with a meeting at York Racecourse's new, 120-capacity Parade Ring restaurant. Pay a visit to the famous Bettys tearooms for lunch - its Imperial Room can host groups of up to 80 seated or 100 standing. Learn about the city's past with a tour and canape reception at Jorvik Viking Centre, followed by a medieval banquet at Barley Hall for up to 45 guests.
After breakfast, travel to Goddards, the family home of the Terrys (of Chocolate Orange fame), for a morning meeting. The Grade I-listed house offers a variety of spaces for up to 150 guests. Afterwards, head to York Cocoa House for an Apprentice-style chocolate challenge, which caters for groups of up to 500. Round off the day with a visit to the National Railway Museum for afternoon tea in the newly refurbished Countess of York railway carriage, holding groups of up to 33.
Contact: Visit York 4 Meetings
T: 01904 554653
CULTURE IN HULL
Check into the city's Holiday Inn hotel. The 100-bedroom property has views across Hull Marina and is a stone's throw from the Fruit Market - Hull's emerging cultural quarter. Start the day with a guided walking tour of the UK City of Culture 2017, ideal for groups of up to 50. Visit Ferens Art Gallery, one of Hull's eight free museums, followed by lunch at Go Dutch Pancake House for 80. In the evening, host a real-ale tasting and tour at Brewery Wharf for up to 120 guests, before heading around the corner to 100-cover, fine-dining restaurant 1884 Dock Street Kitchen.
After a morning meeting in one of the Holiday Inn's four meeting rooms - the largest of which holds 120, theatre-style - enjoy a matinee performance at Hull Truck Theatre. The 425-seat venue is also available for conferences and meetings. Stop off at Hull Guildhall for afternoon tea surrounded by the city's collection of civic silver for up to 250 guests. Enjoy a drinks reception in the glass observatory at The Deep, then dine among the fish, sharks and penguins with up to 180 guests next to the underwater attraction's largest tank.
Finish up business with a morning meeting, then head across to the Marina for lunch at Thieving Harry's, a quirky retro cafe in a refurbished warehouse seating 20. Spend the afternoon in the workshop at the nearby Oresome Gallery where groups of up to 15 can make their own unique piece of silver jewellery.
Contact: Visit Hull and East Yorkshire
T: 01482 391535
Check in at the 86-room, clifftop Crown Spa Hotel, which has views over the south bay and ten meeting rooms holding up to 260 delegates. Hire an open-top bus that will take guests along the coast road, from the south bay to the north bay. Stop off for fish and chips at The Golden Grid seafood restaurant, which can seat up to 150 people. In the evening, host dinner back at the hotel before enjoying a show at the 400-seat Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Take the cliff lift down to Scarborough Spa, the town's dedicated 3,000-capacity waterfront conference venue, for a morning meeting. Break off for afternoon tea at the AA Rosette-awarded Palm Court Hotel, which has its own conference suite seating 60, followed by a boat trip on one of Scarborough's Pleasure Steamers. Head to country house hotel Wrea Head Hall for dinner, where the private dining room seats up to 24 people.
After a breakfast meeting at the hotel, go down to Scarborough Bay to search for evidence of the Jurassic period on a dinosaur footprint walk with Hidden Horizons (groups of 25 people per leader). Enjoy lunch and the panoramic views over the Yorkshire coastline at Castle by the Sea tearooms, and then take your time to explore Scarborough Castle itself.
Contact: Yorkshire Coast Conference Bureau
T: 01723 384368
Welcome to Yorkshire
Tel: 0113 322 3500
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