Stevenage is a bustling town, just thirty miles north of London, with excellent transport links. It is served by the A1M motorway which, from junctions 7 and 8, provides easy access to all the conference venues in Stevenage. For those attending conferences and meetings in the town and travelling by train, Stevenage railway station provides excellent access from central London as well as from Scotland and the North of England.
Today’s Stevenage is a bi-product of government legislation in the 1940s which drove a major new town development scheme that began to take shape in the 1950s and delivered a modern, urban area known as Stevenage New Town as well as the much more traditional Stevenage Old Town – both are minutes away from each other and offer conference venues as well as space for small meetings.
The modern town of Stevenage is now home to global companies such as Airbus Group, GlaxoSmithKline and MBDA, which are amongst the town’s biggest employers. The new town area was the first pedestrianised town centre in Britain and continues to offer visitors traffic-free shopping. While, with its attractive buildings full of history, Old Stevenage, as the name suggests, offers a calm, quaint alternative to the adjacent, bustling Stevenage New Town. Old Town Stevenage’s high street has a variety of different independent and high street shops and businesses, and boasts a monthly Saturday farmers’ market.
Stevenage has a vibrant leisure park offering lots of scope for conference organisers to include team building sessions in their programmes or simply off-site excursions for relaxation. Leisure outlets on the park include a multi-screen Cineworld – including 2D, 3D, IMAX and 4DX screens; a new Air Space trampoline park with over 100 inter-connected trampolines; a Hollywood Bowl ten pin bowling centre plus a Mr Mullingan’s Lost World Golf - for an adventure golf experience; many well-known restaurant brands can also be found on the Stevenage Leisure Park.
The popular Gordon Craig Theatre hosts a variety of shows ranging from stand up comedy to psychic nights and pre-booked tickets may be a good option for conference organisers to consider. The home of Stevenage FC is also easily accessible from Stevenage old or new towns, the club competes in England’s League Two; the stadium which offers meeting room space is based in Broadhall Way, just off the A602, close to J7 of the A1m and Stevenage railway station.