We offer comprehensive, flexible conferencing solutions based in 75 acres of beautiful grounds. The historic architecture of original buildings combines with new, state-of-the-art conferencing resources to impress anyone.
We have years of experience of working with clients to ensure their events are a success, delivering a first class service and meeting the ever-changing needs of the conference world.
It isn’t just the warm welcome, state-of-the-art facilities and idyllic setting that set us apart from other educational conference venues. We also offer the following benefits to enhance your experience:
- good transport links to the North West, just a short drive from Junction 3 of the M58 and a 15 minute walk from Ormskirk train station for regular connections to Liverpool and Preston
- a landscaped campus including rose gardens, reed bed, rocky stream, piazza area and lakes
- self-contained site with extensive amenities, from cash machines to catering outlets, a general store and 24-hour security
- the Arts Centre, a favourite of visiting professional theatre and dance companies. Events and performances are open to conference delegates and the Rose can also be hired for private use.
- Edge Hill Sport, our 25 acre sporting and recreational complex, is fully accessible to wheelchair users and others with disabilities and offers some of the best facilities in the North West
- majority of buildings, teaching rooms, social areas and leisure facilities accessible to delegates with a variety of impairments. Hearing loops are installed in the main lecture theatres and a portable loop is available, lifts and accessible toilets are available in all conference buildings and there are designated parking spaces around campus.
Whether you wish to hold a team meeting or formal dinner, we have the facilities to meet and exceed your expectations, all on one site. Each building has a virtual tour you can explore, which is also available in fullscreen mode.
The Hub is at the heart of the campus ad offers excellent dining, retail and social experience facilities for all our students, staff and visitors.
The 3 main food and beverage areas in the Hub are:
- a grab and go sandwich outlet
- a hot food outlet offering traditional dishes, vegetarian options, live theatre cooking/cook to order, salads, soups and desserts
- a quality coffee shop offering Starbucks
Faculty of Education
The £9 million Faculty of Education building lends itself well to the conference market. In the Faculty of Education, you can find:
- 18 meeting rooms equipped with the latest AV technology
- a lecture theatre seating over 300 people
- Roots restaurant
- five IT Suites
- picturesque views of the campus lake and piazza.
Faculty of Health and Social Care
Our Faculty of Health and Social Care building is a state-of-the-art facility that can be used for many different conferences and events.
It’s in the western side of the campus the building and is next to the lake with views of the landscape gardens.
The main lecture theatre can hold 405 people, with an additional two lecture theatres able to accommodate 153 people in each.
On the ground floor you can find a large foyer area suitable for exhibitions and events. This is also an ideal area for registration, lunch and refreshments.
Eight class rooms that can hold between 30 and 50 people are available on the first floor. Each area can be adapted to become syndicate or meeting rooms with flexible seating available in various styles.
Full AV equipment with projectors and microphones are available with various sized screens (including plasma) also on offer in many of the facilities.
A prime example of 1930’s architecture, our Main Building has undergone extensive refurbishment to ensure delegates can enjoy a traditional setting with modern facilities.
- Sages restaurant, our elegant dining room, seating up to 180
- a newly-refurbished suite of well-equipped lecture theatres, four syndicate/classrooms and a shared refreshment serving area.
The Arts Centre
The Arts Centre houses the Rose Theatre (242 capacity) and Studio Theatre (139 capacity) and hosts a diverse range of high-quality professional productions, including comedy, dance, music and family-friendly shows.
There is also an open-plan, spacious bistro and even an outdoor amphitheatre for those innovative alfresco productions.
In addition to the theatre auditoriums, The Arts Centre offers state-of-the-art facilities including dance and drama studios, theatre design/costume workshops and fully-equipped digital sound studio and design suite.
There are also five accessible dressing rooms with showers and toilets.
The Wilson Centre
The Wilson Centre is a modern building capable of accommodating a large conference of up to 285 delegates, with syndicate rooms, lunch and refreshment facilities all available under one roof.
The £3.2 million development includes:
- a state-of-the-art lecture theatre seating 285 people with a loop system installed
- nine syndicates/classrooms, all with flexible seating for up to 50 delegates. All rooms include PC, LCD Projector, OHP, TV and video, screen, whiteboard and flipchart as standard
- an IT Suite seating 25 delegates, fully networked with high-speed internet access
- a large foyer area, ideal for registration and the serving of refreshments
- fully sprung, production standard dance studio
- suite of sports science and psychology laboratories for testing athletic performance.
We pride ourselves on tailoring catering services to meet your needs, offering flexible options from fast food to silver service, nutritional athlete regimes to healthy menus that will still appeal to teenagers.
The Hub offers excellent dining, retail and social experience facilities for all our students, staff and visitors.
Sages Restaurant offers a private silver service for lunches or dinners for up to 150 people.
Roots Kitchen is our vegetarian/vegan restaurant, allowing you to ensure you can cater for a variety of dietary requirements.
Although we have over 2,500 bedrooms on campus, bookings are extremely limited, and rooms are only available from the end of June until around the middle of September. Out of term-time is our only chance to carry out any maintenance works that need to be done ahead of the next academic year, and we also run our own events in the summer which a large proportion of rooms are reserved for.
If you are interested in booking accommodation, you should speak to the team as early as possible in the planning process. Accommodation often gets booked up a year in advance, so the earlier you get in touch, the more likely we are to be able to confirm your booking.