Meeting Show 2016

Meeting Show 2016…….Bigger and better. New hall, new date and lots of new faces!!

The Meeting Show 2016 opened its doors once again to key industry professionals. The show returned to Olympia on the 14th-16th June and the team certainly brought the wow factor for 2016. Held in the Grand Hall for the very first time since it began, the show had a grander and fresher feel than ever before.

Now in its fourth year, The Meeting Show has become a vital event for all meeting professionals to attend. The exhibition boasts UK and international destinations, venues, hotels and suppliers. The Grand Hall was a buyers playground bursting with a wealth of knowledge from industry professionals. Added benefits of the show included education seminars and various networking events. One day is not enough for visitors to take full advantage of all the show has to offer.

The hosted buyer programme is an integral part of this show. It allows buyers to pre-book appointments with exhibitors online. This enables buyers to make the fullest use of their time and fit these meetings around the seminars and sessions they also wish to attend. This programme also works well for exhibitors as they have the benefit of fixed appointments combined with the flexibility of walk on appointments. Not all shows offer this balance.

Together with Hotel Football and the University of Manchester, we exhibited on the Manchester Pavilion to promote both Manchester and our own individual venues. It was a pleasure to meet with so many buyers and network with other colleagues within the industry. Hannah and Tom were excited to share the exciting things that Manchester Conference Centre has to offer. We hope you found your time with us beneficial. We look forward to working with our new contacts and developing our relationships further with our existing clients.

We thank The Meeting Show team for organising such an amazing event. A special thanks to Jack, Julie and Justine for their support and professionalism, it’s been a pleasure to work alongside you all.

We look forward to #TMS17. Make sure the date is in your diary 13th-15th June 2017.

For any further information on Manchester Conference Centre, please do not hesitate to contact the team:


Hannah Marshall Sales Manager


The Team

0161 955 8181

IMEX 2016

Manchester to Frankfurt for IMEX 2016.

Two weeks ago, two members of our sales team, Hannah Marshall and Jay Sodhi ventured to Frankfurt to exhibit at the highly regarded international trade show, IMEX 2016.

Manchester Conference Centre had the pleasure to be  a part of the Visit England stand. Other partners on the stand included fantastic venues from around England as well as the convention bureaus. It was a privilege to be among this group and showcase to the global meeting market what a strong offering England has in regards to meeting, conference and event spaces. Our fellow stand partners ranged from hotels, convention centres, conference centres, independent venues, branded venues, all of which had something unique to offer.

Present from Manchester were ourselves, Marketing Manchester and Manchester Central. Each of us were excited to share our passion for Manchester with visitors and it’s great offering for meetings and events. Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at Marketing Manchester, led a number of presentations over the course of the three day show which attracted many of you. It was great to see that there was so much interest in the North of England.

In addition to all the great appointments, the Visit England Stand was alive with various activities throughout the duration of the show: presentations, smoothie sessions, afternoon tea, prize draw give a ways and we hope everyone got the chance to see the fabulous A Capella Choir and cocktail duo.

Thank you to all that visited our stand and met with Hannah and Jay. For those that were unable to meet our team, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would love to hear from you and discuss the facilities available at Manchester Conference Centre & Pendulum Hotel with you and your requirements further.
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Manchester Christmas Markets – Shopping Tips and 2015 Highlights

With over three hundred stalls and a truly international feel, the Christmas markets have an irresistible draw for countless visitors planning winter mini breaks in Manchester. Taking place over a wide area and open conveniently late as the evenings draw in, this hive of activity, just a short walk from our doors at the Pendulum Hotel, is a shopper’s paradise.

Image: Mark Waugh
Indeed, with so many unique traders offering food, drink, crafts and so much more, it’s hardly surprising that these markets are a mainstay of Christmas shopping in Manchester. This year is no different as the city welcomes a treasure trove of stallholders, from local artisans to those from every corner of Europe. Indeed, you would have to go a long way to find a bigger or better selection of stalls and goods anywhere in the EU,

Manchester Christmas Market opening times and sites

Dates: Saturday 14 November and Monday 21 December

The Main Event: The biggest market site in the city is undoubtedly  Albert Square (M2 4JW), which is where you’ll find a huge concentration of stalls of all kinds, but especially good for street food and drink. Open from 10:00-21:00 daily, this is also ideal for a late bite to eat or last minute purchase!

Other Sites: are dotted all around the city centre, within handy walking distance, including all of the following:  Brazennose Street, King Street, St. Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square,  Corn Exchange, Cathedral Gardens.
All of these sites are open from 10:00-19:30, or till 20:00 in December.

Market Highlights & Shopping Tips

Street Eats

Fancy authentic Spanish paella, German bratwurst or Belgian waffles? Then you are in the right place. It is almost impossible to walk straight through the Festive Markets in Manchester with an empty belly! Those with a taste for continental food to take home or give to friends will also be impressed by the variety, whether you want to find a fine Chorizo sausage or a cracking Lancashire black pudding.
Tip: Although it’s tempting to buy the first treat that catches your eyes or nose, do have a good look around first because there may well be things you have never tried before. Groups and couples can also share dishes, enabling them to try several food types in one visit.


Things to do in Oldham

While central Manchester is rich in activities and places to eat, shop or explore, there is so much more to the city than the most popular spots. Oldham, for example, is a great place to hop on a tram and explore some of the wider city, with plenty to see and do. Ok, so there may be fewer blockbuster attractions; but what you will find are good value days out with a particular emphasis on families. Here some of the best places to visit in Oldham for an enjoyable day out:
Gallery Oldham (Greaves Street, OL1 1AL)
Along with Oldham’s library, this free entry attraction has so much more waiting within. In particular, there is a great balance of old and new within the collections and a regularly changing schedule of exhibitions. Visitors can expect everything and anything from pre-Raphaelite art to natural history gems, while there is always something engaging for younger visitors too, along with a café. An unsung Oldham gem, we think.

Manchester Pride and Big Weekend Events 2015

With a riot of colours, costumes, music, food and fun, Manchester Pride is now a huge event for Manchester. Join the huge weekender or any one of the many happenings and there is a magical atmosphere of celebration.

However, you only have to look back a few years to see how far the event has progressed. It was back in 1989 when the Northwest Society for Gay and Lesbian Equality took the bold step of organising the slightly wordily titled “Celebration of Gay and Lesbian Diversity”. Previous fund and awareness raising events had been jumble sales; gatherings where you were probably more likely to see a pair of rainbow coloured socks than a giant Pride banner.
25 years on however, and Manchester Pride is no longer a fringe fundraiser but a huge, celebratory feast for the senses. Big music acts, street food and the arts all feature, besides one of the biggest and most colourful diversity parades in the whole of the UK. So where should you head this August in Manchester? Here is our lowdown of highlights and ways you can join the fun:

Live Music and DJS at Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend:  For many revellers this year, the centrepiece will be the ticketed arenas, where Texas, DJ Fresh and Danni Minogue lead an impressive line-up of musical acts to get you into the party spirit. Meanwhile, there will also be special broadcasts from Gaydio and a mixture of edgier, alternative acts at the Sackville Street Boutique Stage including Heather Peace, Shelter and Jess Vincent.
For full ticket details, see the official site:

Great Ales and Craft Beer Breweries in Manchester

While the craft beer revolution might be a recent phenomenon, Manchester’s love of great beers is a centuries old affair. Exactly how you view the good stuff probably depends on which prism you look through (and perhaps how much you’ve drunk). Through the ages, drinkers have been both castigated and encouraged in the city. Purtianical types once damned drink of all kinds as the curse of the working classes, but progressive groups such as the Quakers viewed an honest pint of ale or two as a good way to keep workers off lethally cheap gin.

These days the craft beer scene in Manchester and the UK as a whole is a vital, celebratory and innovative movement. No longer is beer seen as a poor relation to wine- and it is not only hipsters who have cottoned on to the fact that we live in a golden age for the good stuff. New world beers appear alongside old brews, while new ideas ferment and yesterday’s clapped out tap houses become chic bars.

Five Manchester Breweries & Craft Ales to Try

If beer brewing in England was once a stranglehold of giant breweries and often uniform products, today’s scene is hugely varied, independent and original, with new establishments springing up almost on a daily basis. Manchester microbreweries are a point in case; scattered all over the city, each has its own ethos and ideas on what makes a great beer. Here are five of the current crop, along with some of the best Manchester ales to try next time you’re in town:

No shortage of variety or innovation for this enterprising, rising star of British brewing. A small but sumptuous range of beers includes a great IPA, EPA and a cracking porter. Find them at various craft markets and indie bars around Manchester.