I was lucky enough to attend the Leeds Big Sleepover and had a fantastic time. Leeds Big Sleepover was the biggest familiarisation trip ever to be hosted in the UK, and brought together a showcase of all it has to offer in terms of its business and leisure tourism. I was born and raised in the Leeds area, so it was a great opportunity to go back and see what it has to offer. My guest and I stayed at the lovely 4* Metropolitan Hotel for two nights, and participated in a number of activities, tours and networking events organised by the Leeds Big Sleepover team.
Our stay kicked off by visiting the 4* The Cosmopolitan Hotel where we were treated to a very impressive three course meal and drinks, followed by a show-around of the bedrooms and conference suites. They have an impressive collection of every single Vogue issue ever published which adds a unique touch to the decor of the main bar/ restaurant area.
In the evening we went to De Vere Oulton hall where we spent the evening relaxing in the spa, and then having our nails done in the VIP treatment room.
After a very tasty buffet breakfast at The Metropolitan, I had a show-around to see all of the conference and meeting facilities that the venue had to offer.
In the afternoon we went to PPiK (Pole Position Indoor Karting) and spent over an hour on the tracks in teams, seeing which team could complete the most amount of laps. Unfortunately my team didn’t win the trophy and bottle of champagne that was presented at the awards presentation before we left.
In the evening I attended a welcome event at Park Plaza where I got to meet representatives from the venues and associations involved with the Big Sleepover. The park Plaza provided drinks, nibbles and entertainment and it was a lovely evening.
After gorging on another delicious buffet breakfast at The Metropolitan, we headed over to an exhibition where I got to talk to different suppliers. I loved the jasmine tea that The Radisson Blu had on show. Jasmine scented tea leaves are tied around the base of a flower and as the tea steeps, the leaves gently open and bloom.
The Park Plaza also had a lovely display of fruit sushi which I was keen to sample, as I love sushi but have never tried a sweet version. It was delicious and is very nice to look at when it is displayed on a table and when you can see it being made in front of you.
Finally, we went on a tour of the new First Direct Arena. We were informed that we were only the third group to have been inside this new development, and we were very impressed with what we saw. To begin with we were given coffee and cupcakes, and then we had a tour of the arena. It opens this summer and has a 13,500 capacity, is designed in an innovative fan-shape and has excellent acoustics (as demonstrated to us in our tour).
My guest and I had an excellent time; this was a very well planned and thought-out event and I would like to thank the Leeds Big Sleepover team for working tirelessly for over a year to organise this event.
The hospitality we received at The Metropolitan was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and had such a good nights sleep in their amazingly comfy beds.
All of the activities and venues we visited were also excellent, and I have included links to their websites below. If you would like impartial advice on booking with any of these venues (or indeed any other venue in the country), or if you need help thinking of unusual team-building activities for any of your future events, please do send me an email: email@example.com or phone me on 0845 225 3860.
List of suppliers mentioned in article:
- The Met Hotel
- The Cosmopolitan Hotel
- Oulton Hall Hotel and Spa
- PPiK Pole Position Indoor Karting
- Park Plaza Hotel
- Radisson Blu Hotel
- First Direct Arena
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