We Won – Nottingham is Officially England’s Home of Sport!

We Won – Nottingham is Officially England’s Home of Sport!

Nottingham was recently crowned England’s Home of Sport! The city has taken the prize, fighting off competition from Manchester, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Rugby and London.

Both the city and the county boast a host of sporting conference and event venues that are perfect for any kind of occasion and celebration. From the city centre to the city outskirts and the rural areas beyond, our beautiful county’s got what you need to make your next event a great success, and with the help of our dedicated Events Team it’s going to be a one to remember.

To celebrate Nottingham’s triumph in Visit England’s Home of Sport competition we’ve put a spotlight on our sporting venues to tell you more about them and what they have to offer. We’re proud to celebrate Nottingham as England’s Home of Sport as well as the venues which provide many of the reasons why Nottingham was the winning destination.

In the heart of Nottingham’s city centre you’ll find the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. Conferencing at the Arena, the UK’s Premier venue for entertainment and ice sports, could not be better. This venue is an ideal facility for large scale events, AGM’s, product launches and exhibitions. In addition to the main auditorium, Nottingham Arena boasts bespoke conference facilities capable of accommodating up to 220 delegates. The Main Arena can host up to 10,000 delegates in a theatre style.


On the banks of the River Trent, The City Ground, home to Nottingham Forest Football Club, is an inspirational backdrop for your business event or celebration. Only a mile from Nottingham city centre and train station, The City Ground has earned an enviable reputation as one of the East Midlands’ most popular venues. The venue offers a variety of event suites that combine warm, contemporary furnishings with a unique twist which adds personality and charm to any event. The City Ground has several intimate suites which are perfect for board meetings, private dining and business critical training and recruitment. They also have larger suites with a bar, dance floor and inbuilt AV equipment which are just as popular for conferences and small exhibitions as they are for parties and depending on your room layout, can accommodate up to 600 people.

Just around the corner you’ll find the world famous Trent Bridge – home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. The Cricket Ground offers high quality conference, banqueting and trade show facilities as well as weddings and dinners throughout the year. Trent Bridge can offer you the opportunity to host your meeting and if necessary, use the residential facilities. With a wealth of facilities of varying shapes, sizes, designs and atmospheres, the ground can comfortably accommodate groups of any size – from 2 to 250. And with all the rooms offering views across the historic playing surface, there is the added extra of the unique Trent Bridge ambience – whatever the function.

Head to Holme Pierrepont Country Park home of The National Water Sports Centre to discover this famous sporting venue and try out one of the best sporting facilities in the Midlands.  As well as being a World Class facility for sporting activities, Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of The National Water Sports Centre also provides facilities for conferences, training, seminars and team building. It has a range of newly refurbished meeting and conference rooms with multimedia aids to meet your requirements. In addition there is a restaurant providing a quality catering service and a new bar area.

Head to Southwell to see another stunning Racecourse – Southwell Racecourse offers you The Minster Suite, overlooking the racecourse and able to accommodate 300 people, in addition to seminar and breakout rooms, so you can get the most out of your company meetings. The Grandstand concourse can also be utilised for conferences as pictured above. Conferences and meetings are not limited to non-race days as many can be combined with a morning meeting and an afternoon’s horse racing, or a round of golf at the onsite Southwell Golf Club. The picturesque Southwell Racecourse is also an ideal venue for a wedding reception, and the onsite caterers will tailor a wedding breakfast or buffet to suit your requirements.

Another exciting option for all golf enthusiasts is The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club which is the ideal venue for corporate dinners, meetings, conferences, charity balls, team building and other corporate events. Just 6 miles from Nottingham city centre, the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club guarantees you an unforgettable experience that’s tailored to your every need. Originally built in 1991, The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club boasts two magnificent 18-hole courses spread over 340 acres of beautiful rolling hills in the Nottinghamshire countryside. Experience The Nottinghamshire – leave with treasured memories.

For a full list of Nottinghamshire’s venues visit our dedicated listing page, where you’ll find all the information you need. If you’re not sure which venue to choose, contact our Team and we’ll be happy to assist you.