Bournemouth International Centre

Sum it up

A specially-designed South coast conference and entertainment venue that has one of the largest indoor capacities in the UK.

Purpose-built conference and entertainment venues make excellent locations for events, but the Bournemouth International Centre has much more on offer due to its large capacity and seaside location.

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Bournemouth International Centre is an award winning venue that not only attracts major international acts, but has been chosen by the UK’s major political parties as a location for lots of conferences. This shows how versatile the centre is, which is partly down to the fact that it was specially designed to provide a leisure, entertainment and conference centre to the public.

The town itself is a busy, cosmopolitan destination that is a popular hospitality, holiday and entertainment spot, making it a lively, picturesque place for all your functions. The many different meeting centres have been created for large shows, conferences and more intimate gatherings with food and drink available.

  • Chosen as a finalist in the World’s Best Congress Centre 2008 awards
  • Beautifully located near to Bournemouth Bay and offers panoramic sea views
  • One of the largest indoor venues in the UK with a 6,500 capacity in one room
  • Offers a range of small and larger venues for all your shows and conferences
  • Purbeck Hall and Solent Hall are connected to bars and cafes with varied menus
  • Seasonal ice rink in Purbeck Hall boosts visitors numbers by 80,000 each year

An award winning venue… and more

Not only has Bournemouth won a long list of accolades over the years, such as being voted the Best UK Resort in 2008 as part of the group leisure awards, the Bournemouth International Centre has also secured a string of awards. Since the complex opened in 1984 it’s become a firm fixture on the tour circuit for many international acts, as well as being chosen as a conference destination for the UK’s three main political parties over the years. One of the reason that the likes of Katy Perry, Michael McIntyre and Bob Dylan have taken tours to Bournemouth International’s stage in the huge Windsor Hall, is because it has a large capacity, with standing room for 6,500 people at a time.

Renovation and redevelopment

In both 1990 and 2003 the complex underwent renovation to improve the facilities and redevelop it further. Purbeck Hall was added as part of the 1990 redevelopment and in 2003 construction of Solent Hall and expansion of Windsor Hall began. This means that the overall licensed capacity for the venue currently stands at around a staggering 10,000 - showing why it deserves the title for one of the largest indoor venues in the UK!

Even before the redevelopment and expansion of the centre, the complex was proving popular and once the renovations were completed it went on to win lots of awards, including the Number 1 UK Town Convention Centre in 2006, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in the same year and in 2008 it was a shortlisted finalist in the World’s Best Congress Centre, as part of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) awards.

Internationally-acclaimed venue

This shows that the Bournemouth International Centre suits its name as it makes an impact on both the national and global congress sector. When you choose this venue you’re opting for a premium complex located in a fantastic area. The venue has amazing panoramic views across Bournemouth Bay, a beach that is also award winning. Although this venue is a regular location for tours by international artists, it’s also perfect for our furniture hire customers arranging large conferences, AGMs, smaller meetings, training days, product launches, fashion shows and other private gatherings. Windsor Hall is the grandest location on offer and is versatile enough to be used for a variety of events, including large-scale performances, conferences, political party conventions, sporting occasions and banquets. It has both flat flooring and tiered seating with room for 6,500 standing.

Largest capacity on the South coast

Tregonwell Hall is one of the original rooms of the centre and is a great space for when you require flexible spaces. Retractable seating can be moved to create a larger area for up to 1,500 people, and the carpeted floor and soundproofing results in a more intimate space. We have a large range of banquet chairs and circular banqueting tables that add elegance to all your sophisticated occasions. When you want easy access to refreshments and food, then Purbeck Hall and Solent Hall are ideal. These are the newer additions to the complex with the Purbeck Hall often chosen for social events and exhibitions, with its domed roof and elegant arched windows making it a beautiful location for events.

It’s also a favourite for sporting occasions, thanks to its uninterrupted floor, which is also converted into the complex’s seasonal ice rink. The integral bar means guests can order refreshments easily - ideal for your social occasions. The Solent Hall also provides easy access to tasty food and drink as it’s connected to two bars and cafes. This room accommodates up to 2,000 people standing and is another flexible space that can be used for large events, stage shows, exhibitions, conferences and banquets.

Smaller suites available

The Bournemouth International Centre is a large venue, but it also caters for much smaller events too. In fact the complex is home to a further 14 suites, lounges and pavilions that you can hire. These rooms vary vastly in size, with the largest catering to around 350 and the smaller suites perfect for groups of 20, such as the Presidents Suite. We know how important it is to have rooms well set up for delegates and can supply a range of modular tables and executive chairs that will complement boardroom meetings, conferences and away days.

Contact us for all your hire furniture needs

We can also help arrange your large show, conference, exhibition or private occasion by supplying all the furniture hire items you need, including meeting tables, lecture chairs, stacking chairs and screens for privacy and dividing up spaces. Log on to our website today to complete your order and arrange nationwide delivery of your items online - or speak to a member of our friendly sales team. We can transport you furniture hire products to you just the next day.

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