Conference Eastbourne is preparing for a busy season ahead with large-scale conferences planned to return to the Devonshire Quarter later this year, in line with the government roadmap.

A number of events have been confirmed including the annual English Bridge Union’s Summer Meeting from 6 – 15 August and Rotary District events in October, in addition to a number of new enquiries regarding corporate award ceremonies and sporting events.

Eastbourne Borough Council Head of Tourism & Enterprise, Annie Wills said “We are delighted to welcome the return of conferences and events back to the Devonshire Quarter, after Covid-19 restrictions put large-scale events on hold.

The new bookings and enquiries are brilliant news for Eastbourne’s economy, with the return of delegates providing a much needed boost to hotels, restaurants and many other local businesses.

Conference Eastbourne has done a superb job adapting to the various challenges over the past 12 months and we are looking forward to providing first-class facilities for conferences and events once again!”

The Conference Eastbourne team have remained busy since March 2020 by running facilities for vital food box preparations, large-scale vaccination centres and providing a Covid-Ready venue for essential meetings and training events for organisations including the NHS and East Sussex County Council.

Recently crowned as the ‘Business Events Venue of the Year’ at the prestigious Beautiful South Awards, the Devonshire Quarter conference, sporting and entertainment complex has benefitted from a major transformation in recent years.

The extensive £54 million refurbishment includes the 1,655 seater Congress Theatre auditorium and the Devonshire Park Theatre, in addition to the new Locker Room meeting facilities and Welcome Building with state-of-the-art exhibition halls, café, outdoor plaza and breakout space. The Winter Garden, currently undergoing refurbishments, will be open for events and conferences in the Autumn.

The Conference Eastbourne team are available to discuss advance bookings for all business events, awards nights, galas, private functions and weddings, with site visits and 360˚tours online of some facilities.

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