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A unique setting for your next conference

Spring has arrived and Keble College has once again opened its doors for conference season.

Location, Location, Location:

One of the main considerations for any event is travel. Keble College boasts an enviable location within the heart of Oxford. Situated on the northern edge of Oxford city, it provides easy access for delegates travelling from any area via bus, train, car. (It is recommended that drivers utlise one of the multiple Park & Ride hubs).

Scalability:

As one of the University of Oxford’s largest colleges, Keble is a popular destination for conferences and events. Whatever your requirements, Keble can provide a solution.

The College has 14 conference rooms which can be split into smaller areas or used standalone. Accommodating a variety of small meetings to larger scale events, its largest conference space accommodates up to 250 delegates. With over 450 rooms on site, hundreds of delegates can also stay for the duration of their event.

Keble’s sizeable Dining Hall is also the longest in Oxford, seating up to 300 guests. The High Table overlooks three lines of historic bench seating, perfect for banqueting and corporate events, whilst private dining spaces accomodate more intimate celebrations.

A unique venue steeped in history:

Keble College dates back to 1870 and is one of Oxford’s most interesting, historical and architectural landmarks. A guaranteed conversation starter, Keble offers an iconic setting for your conference from tranquil Quads and magnificent views to the famous red brick buildings of architect William Butterfield.

Boasting more than 152 years of history, Keble College is famous for breaking the mould and becoming the first Oxford College of the modern era. The College’s two sites, Keble College and The HB Allen Centre, offer a choice of Neo-Gothic, Grade 1 listed history or cutting-edge, architectural design. Guests can wander the beautiful Quads or discover hidden gems such as the stunning Chapel, one of the most distinctive buildings in Oxford. Keble’s Gothic Chapel boasts beautiful mosaics, stained glass windows and gothic arcades, but perhaps most significantly, it hosts William Holman Hunt’s, world-famous painting, ‘The Light of The World’.

Keble also offers a unique dining experience in its magnificent, Grade 1 listed, Gothic Dining Hall. Featuring beautiful stained-glass windows, long tables and high ceilings, it’s capable of hosting exclusive Gala dinners and events, with catering of the highest standard.

Diverse Facilities:

Keble’s sites provide a diverse range of meeting spaces to meet your requirements. All rooms feature AV and WIFI accessibility with varying capacity and functionality. At Keble College, the Sloane Robinson Building houses meeting rooms where historical charm meets modern facilities.

The Douglas Price room provides ample light and a room with a view! It can accommodate up to 100 delegates, featuring a glass wall overlooking the attractive Newman Quad with flexible layout capabilities.

For larger events, the O’Reilly Theatre provides tiered seating for up to 250 delegates with access to seven additional meeting rooms – ideal for breakout sessions and workshops. The modern theatre comes equipped with individual writing tablets and full audio-visual facilities to support live streaming.

Honouring tradition, Keble’s Pusey Room is not only named for a member of the Oxford Movement, but it boasts a large, Victorian meeting space that is bathed in natural light. Accommodating up to 100 delegates it can be arranged in theatre, classroom, boardroom, U-Shape and Cabaret layouts.

The site provides further diversity via its Arco rooms, a 200sqm area that can be partitioned into several configurations. The perfect setting for exhibits and refreshments, this Rick Mather designed building overlooks Keble’s Newman Quad and can be used as three separate rooms, one large meeting space or as an exhibition space to complement events elsewhere in the College.

For smaller meetings, breakouts and workshops, delegates can utilise Keble’s comfortable, character-filled Gibbs room which has a capacity of 40 delegates in a more intimate setting.

In contrast The HB Allen Centre is one of the most exciting and significant new building projects in Oxford. Just a 5-minute walk north of the main site it expands Keble’s conference offering further with a unique, multi-purpose set of buildings showcasing modern charisma.

The HB Allen Lecture Theatre offers a Havard style lecture space that can accommodate up to 100 people with state-of-the-art equipment including projectors, cameras and microphones to support recordings or live streaming.

The smaller Glen Callater, Mille’s and Minnie’s Rooms cater to a variety of needs, offering the flexibility to create a larger open space, or several individual seminar rooms. Featuring built in projection, mobile TV connectivity and sound facilities, they’re perfect for small meetings, breakouts and workshops.

On site accommodation:

Keble offers a range of on-site single, double and twin ensuite bedrooms in distinctive settings – a great way to add a unique bed and breakfast experience to your event. The main site has 245 comfortable ensuite bedrooms with an additional 55 standard rooms. The modern HB Allen Centre adds a further 250 rooms. Accommodation includes tea and coffee making facilities, towels, free WIFI and a generous selection of toiletries.

Take the next step:

The Keble conference team understand that every event is unique and they draw from years of experience to ensure that every detail is considered. Their commitment to each and every booking is what makes the College so highly recommended.

A truly unique conference venue, Keble College combines a beautiful setting to create lasting memories for delegates with a range of meeting spaces and facilities to suit every need. Click here for more details on how to host your next event at Keble and one of the team will get back to you shortly.

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