The ultimate checklist for venue hire Manchester.

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You are planning a corporate event, a celebration, a business conference or public seminar and you want to find an amazing venue in which to hold it. But, if you are looking for somewhere near Manchester, there are literally thousands of places to choose from. So, how do you go about selecting the right one?

We’ve put together a guide that will help you to eliminate unsuitable places and whittle down your choices until you find the perfect venue to book for your event.

How big do you need the venue to be?

Start with the number of people you expect to attend the event. Immediately discount venues that are too small but don’t cross off the ones that are too large from your list just yet. Finding somewhere that is the right size would be perfect in terms of cost effectiveness and creating the right atmosphere. However, the larger venues may be adaptable to accommodate smaller numbers. Therefore, if the location works for you because it’s convenient, ask the question about how flexible their layout is.

What does the venue charge and what is included in their price?

Cost is always going to be a significant factor when booking a venue. You may not be looking for the cheapest place but you will certainly be expecting value for money. How much a venue charges will be dependent on where it is, what they include and how they have positioned themselves in the market. However, if your event doesn’t have to be held on a specific day of the week, such as a Saturday, you may be able to secure a great deal in a fabulous place if you can be flexible.

Your requirements will vary according to the nature of your event. Before you confirm your booking, however, always ask the venue what is included in their price. Be clear about their policies regarding:

  • furniture inclusion or removal
  • bringing in specialist equipment
  • the provision of meals and refreshments
  • the putting up/taking down of decorations
  • corkage, staff overtime and cancellation fees
  • making a point of contact available on the day

Failing to pay attention here could mean having to pay unexpected additional costs that weren’t factored into your budget.  

How to save on venue hire costs.

Choosing a venue that matches your requirement in terms of style and décor will save you time as well as money. Alternatively, you could choose somewhere neutral or classic that sets the right tone and needs very little adding to it.

Also, ask you venue if it offers packages with tiered levels of service and menus, for example. Opting for a per head package will help you to keep costs under control rather than trying to source everything you need separately.   

Consider the venue location along with the facilities.

To make sure your event is successful and people attend, the venue needs to be conveniently located and easy to find. Make an appointment to visit the site to assess this for yourself before you make any decisions. While you are there, you can also find out about:

  • parking space
  • restaurant facilities
  • equipment provided
  • cloakroom/dressing room or breakout room space
  • additional activities on-site
  • any noise or photography restrictions
  • security
  • licenses obtained for alcohol or weddings

If you need a venue because of the outside space it offers, also find out about what contingencies are available to move the event inside in case of bad weather.

Hold your event at Dunham Forest Golf & CC. 

Dunham Forest Golf & CC offers an elegant clubhouse and parkland golf course in the midst of Cheshire’s outstanding countryside. As an experienced events host, our venue can accommodate:

  • birthdays, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs 
  • stag and hen parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • cocktail parties, afternoon teas, picnics and BBQs
  • corporate and charity golf day events
  • business meetings, conferences, workshops, networking events and seminars
  • breakfasts, lunch, dinner, and snacks

We are conveniently located 15 miles from the centre of Manchester, 8 miles from Manchester airport and 5 miles from Junction 8 of the M56 and have ample parking.

We offer a range of meeting room, corporate event, wedding and party packages or we are more than happy to tailor our offering to match your requirements.

Dunham Forest Golf & CC offers venue exclusivity, which means no other weddings or conferences, will be happening at the same time.

Charges for this vary according to the time of year, however, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further details by emailing laura@dunhamforest.com or mike@dunhamforest.com or call us on 0161 928 2605 to book a viewing.