Cheshire puts delegates in touch with nature to boost creativity

Rooms To Breathe campaign injects energy into conferences  

Chester, 13 March 2018: Top conference venues in Cheshire are offering delegates Rooms To Breathe in a campaign focused on the creative and wellbeing benefits of a working environment that embraces the great outdoors.

According to research*, we’re more focused, creative and happy in a rural environment, our bodies and minds energised by raw nature, which Cheshire can offer in abundance. Now, six of the best conference venues in the county have launched the Rooms To Breathe campaign to help meeting organisers create itineraries in which natural spaces play an integral and refreshing role.

Rooms To Breathe features four venues in the heart of the Cheshire countryside and two in beautiful Chester, an historic city laced with green spaces and waterways. Each can offer conferences with that special natural magic to maximise a positive experience and fruitful outcomes. They include:

Peckforton Castle: This magnificent Victorian medieval-style fort is set on a wooded brow of the Peckforton Hills, with six meeting rooms and 48 boutique bedrooms. Conference delegates can walk and talk in the surrounding ancient woodland and even enjoy outdoor activities such as a spot of duck racing in the castle grounds.

Carden Park: There are 1,000 acres of thinking space at this country hotel just 20 minutes from Chester, with 18 meeting venues and 198 bedrooms. The hotel’s vineyard is just the place for a meeting (followed by a glass of the fizz they produce from these grapes) and, of course, there’s a chance to mix business and pleasure on its Nicklaus and Cheshire golf courses.

Combermere Abbey: This historic estate with its mere, woods and gardens, is a unique conference venue with three meeting rooms and bedrooms for up to 57 guests across luxury self-catering cottages and a boutique B&B. Discuss the business of the day while picnicking on locally produced delicacies on the lawn, and puzzle out problems in the world’s only Fruit Tree Maze.

Mere Golf Resort & Spa: A rural haven within minutes of the M6, M56 and Manchester International Airport, this hotel has six meeting rooms and 81 bedrooms. The terrace overlooking the beautiful mere that gives this hotel its name is a great spot for a pow wow, while thoughts can be expanded on during a refreshing round of golf on the Championship golf course.

Hallmark Hotel The Queen: Unique to Chester, this is the only hotel in the city that can host a conference for 250 delegates with bedrooms all under one roof, with 11 meeting rooms and 221 bedrooms. The charming Italian Garden is the perfect place for an outdoor break-out session, and is where delegates can gather for a fun barbecue lunch.

Crowne Plaza: With nine meeting rooms and 160 bedrooms, this hotel also offers a city-centre location just steps away from the green banks of the River Dee and Shropshire Union Canal, for invigorating walks into the countryside. Days start with stunning views of the Clwydian Hills from the Sables Bar and Grill.

More details about Rooms To Breathe can be found at Conferencing Cheshire (01244 405600; www.conferencingcheshire.com), where a free venue-finding service is one of the benefits offered by a knowledgeable local team.

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 *See ‘Get some fresh air to boost your creativity’, Psychology Today, December 2017.

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