September’s venue of the month – Yorkshire Event Centre

Home to some of the North’s biggest events, 2016 saw an £11 million new build of Hall 1 now with an increased capacity of up to 3,000 guests in theatre style or 2,500 guests for a banquet. Yorkshire’s biggest single event space, made up of 2 large halls, Yorkshire Event Centre is perfect for exhibitions, trade shows, consumer shows, corporate events, large scale conferences, awards ceremonies, dinners, sporting events and concerts.

We are proud to have been catering partners with the venue for over 20 years, and have worked with the YEC on all manner of events including the Great Yorkshire Show (which we have catered for over 50 years) providing 12 cafes, and multiple bars and restaurants across the site for members and the public. A recent highlight was the return of The Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards to the YEC in 2016, an event celebrating the very best of our county’s tourism industry. The theme was “A Night at the Movies; Lights, camera, Yorkshire!” so it seemed fitting to present guests with a suitably themed dessert of burger and fries! Don’t be alarmed, the dish was a trick on the eyes, featuring a chocolate mousse ‘burger patty’ sandwiched in a Victoria sponge bun, Madeira cake French fries, raspberry ‘ketchup’ and mini milkshake, the perfect way to end a ‘Night at the Movies’!

Planning an exhibition or trade event? The YEC has proven that it’s one of the best choices of venue having recently been awarded a national award and fantastic accolade of ‘Best venue under 8,000sqm’ in the Exhibition News Awards 2017.

The venue occupies a sought after location on the edge of Yorkshire’s beautiful spa town of Harrogate. With great access routes, enormous amounts of parking and stunning surroundings, Yorkshire Event Centre is the most modern, inspiring and dynamic event space in the region and arguably the country.


Yorkshire Event Centre have put together a handy list of 10 ways you can use a large event space practically and successfully , we’ve chosen 6 from the list:

1.Awards dinners

Corporate awards dinners are an easy way to fill a large party venue as you need a stage, maybe some space for entertainment and also as many tables as you can accommodate. You can invite as many people as the venue can cater for as everyone likes to think they are in with a chance of winning an award.

2.Product launches

Naturally this depends on the type of product being launched, but usually such an event requires space for product demonstrations, maybe a stage, a video screen and space for stalls and product storage.

3.Motor exhibitions

This could be cars and motorcycles or caravans and other mobile homes, but certainly the exhibits require a lot of space and you need sufficient room for people to wander freely between each vehicle.

4.Clothes show

Fashion shows require space for guests, video screens, walkways, dressing rooms and stalls from different designers, make-up artists and hair and beauty salons.

5.Lavish weddings

Of course the dream wedding for many people is a huge affair with no expense spared, or a themed wedding with props and decoration. An Asian wedding venue also typically has to cater for a large guest list with extensive catering requirements. Such events require a large capacity venue that can adequately cater for your guests.

6.Food and drink shows

Another very popular event for large capacity venues is a food and drink show, where space is required for food preparation, demo areas and various stalls. Health & Safety requirements dictate that certain food prep areas need to be kept isolated which also impacts upon the space and facilities required from your venue.

To see the full list visit Yorkshire Event Centre’s blog.


Intrigued to find out more? To enquire about holding your next event at the Yorkshire Event Centre, please contact:

To book hospitality at an upcoming event at the YEC please click here: Bookings at the YEC

More information is also available on the Yorkshire Event Centre’s website:

Great Yorkshire Showground
North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

01423 544 544


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