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If you’re looking for a large event venue and want to know that your event is going to do some good in the local community – look no further. Ideally located in the heart of Oxford, is a gem of a venue that you may not have heard of. The Kings Centre Oxford is a not-for-profit organisation, with all revenue re-invested back into local community projects.

The King’s Centre was formerly the home of Oxford Instruments who, at this site and others, developed and built the first whole body superconducting MRI magnet – commemorated by an official Blue Plaque – the perfect selfie stop for anyone attending your event! Since then the property has continually been developed and upgraded, and now functions as the largest and most flexible conference and events facility in Oxford.

The venue itself has over 9,000m2 of event space across 12 different rooms, giving you a flexible and well-presented space regardless of the size of your event. The Thames Hall their flagship space is a modern and highly practical room that can accommodate a massive 550 delegates cabaret style – it also boasts a full PA system, LCD projectors, screens and modular staging area with static lighting rig. The Thames Hall also has the benefit of ‘loading bay’ access meaning event production can be managed with ease. With direct access to the Thames Hall, the Atrium sits right at the heart of The King’s Centre and is a lovely bright space that is perfect for registration and refreshments.

Catering for events is reasonably priced and well considered, Fairtrade is used wherever possible and the Centre is a member of the Sugar-Smart scheme, working to reduce hidden sugar in our meals.

As well as conscious food policies, the venue have a real focus on sustainability and ‘green’ endeavours. These include:

        Solar panels that offset 24.59 tonnes of carbon per annum with savings paid into community climate change products

        Movement operated light switches

        Low energy bulbs

        Highly efficient heating and ventiliation system throughout

        Green Travel Plan developed in association with Oxford City Council, which encourages non-car modes of transport wherever possible. The train station and local bus stops are only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk away.

        Wherever possible, ‘green’ chemicals are used in cleaning which have low aquatic toxicity and degrade quickly

        All waste is recycled whenever possible

In short, if you are planning an event in Oxford, regardless of the size – your wallet and your conscious will thank you for considering The Kings Centre.