East of England Arena wins best venue over 8000 sqm award

On Friday night at the Exhibition News Awards, the East of England Arena and Events Centre secured the title of Best Event Venue over 8000 square metres by redefining what it means to host an exhibition.

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“I am hugely proud to have won this award. The shortlist of venues in this category was a list of the biggest and most capable exhibition venues in the country. To be counted amongst them was an achievement, to win the award is a testimony to our belief that exhibitions are not only indoor events. Traditionally exhibitions have been seen as events that take place within an exhibition hall and consist mainly of shell scheme stands – the rows of booths that we have all seen. We disagreed with that narrow definition,” explains venue director, Jason Lunn.

“We host events such as Plantworx, an event that is a business to business trade show and one that covers the entire site. The organisers and exhibitors need to demonstrate very large pieces of plant, something that cannot be done in traditional exhibition halls. Not only that, some of the displays simply cannot easily be accommodated inside an exhibition hall – we are only limited by how low the clouds may be. We also offer organisers a level of service to match any other venue” he added.

Alongside Plantworks the venue hosts a number of industry trade shows that need to use both the indoor and outdoor spaces including the trenchless technology show – No Dig, and TCS&D, the exhibition & conference for the frozen and chilled foods and pharmaceutical sectors. Alongside the venue also hosts the well established public shows the MCN Festival of Motorcycling, Truckfest and The National Motorhome & Campervan Show.

“An exhibition is simply a place where goods and services are put on display for customers to look at and purchase, having part of that event held outdoors does not mean it is no longer an exhibition. In fact, it is the original hybrid event,” concluded Lunn.

The judges summing up concluded: “The venue has invested heavily over the past year in infrastructure, electrical upgrades, plant & outdoor areas & venue services as well supporting the local community and agriculture in the region. They have improved compliance by 30% around H&S, installed a £400k solar system and hosted several information events (security, policing, terrorism) FOC to assist organisers. Impressive growth, retention, and investment. Congratulations!”

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By Rail

Peterborough is located on the East Coast Main line running from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh. A number of fast trains run on this network, making London accessible in 45 minutes on specific trains.

The station has its own taxi rank, which means reaching the East of England Arena is approximately 15 minutes away once the train has arrived in the station.

By Car

Arriving by car, you will be guided to one of our hard standing or grassed free parking areas. There are 22,000 spaces – so plenty of room for everyone. We also have plenty of disabled parking bays.

Travelling from Peterborough City Centre – take the Nene Parkway/A1260, follow directions to Oundle Road/A605 and turn right onto this road, which will lead you directly to the venue. The brown highway signs indicating East of England Arena/Showground will help to guide you. The journey is approximately 16 minutes from the centre of Peterborough.

Travelling from the A1(M) South – continue along the A1(M), passing the Peterborough Services (Extra MSA); continue forward onto the A1 and then take the next turn left, signposted East of England Arena/Showground. At the junction with the A605, turn left and travel half a mile. At the roundabout, turn right, and you have arrived at the East of England Arena.

Travelling from the A1(M) North – ignore the very first signpost for Peterborough and continue travelling along the A1 picking up the brown highways signposts indicating East of England Arena/Showground. Follow these signs and leave the A1 at Alwalton, taking you through the village and onto the A605 Oundle Road junction. Turn left at this junction and at the very next roundabout, turn right and you’ve arrived at Peterborough Arena. If you are in a heavy vehicle, or towing a trailer, we advise you to avoid driving through Alwalton. In this case continue on the A1, leaving at Junction 17. Turn left onto Fletton Parkway A1139. After half a mile exit onto the Orton Parkway (still A1139) taking the second exit at the roundabout. Continue on Orton Parkway at the next roundabout. After half a mile turn left onto Oundle Road where you will find the entrance of the Arena on your left after 600m. 

By Public Transport

Peterborough City Centre has a number of taxi ranks, as well as a coach park and bus station located within the Queensgate Centre. The Stagecoach bus service runs a half-hourly service during the week and two-hourly Sunday service, stopping just outside the East of England Arena. The bus number to look for is X4 leaving Bay 15 at Queensgate, Peterborough.

The bus stop is located at the Marriott Hotel, Lynchwood.  A  fifteen minute walk will bring you to our main entrance gate. 

By Air

East of England Arena’s location makes it central for London Stansted, London Luton, East Midlands and Birmingham airports – all four are approximately 60-90 minutes away by car.