Why should I use VenueScanner?
Because we’re richly experienced in helping event organisers to find their dream spaces. It doesn’t matter what the event type is per se - you could be sorting a high-pressure, 1,000-person business conference or a pilates class attended by one man and his dog - our data-driven approach is about connecting people with interesting venues.
We started in London but have been growing our network of venues in cities and towns across the UK for a while now. Brum is a city we’re incredibly excited about and, ever since COVID changed the way our industry operates, we’ve worked harder to expand so that we showcase the best outdoor venue hire Birmingham has to offer.
Using our platform is simple. You can either answer a few quick questions to start honing in on a venue that fits your spec or search Birmingham venues with outside space more broadly. Once you’ve arrived at a search results page, you can flick through each of the options, comparing essential data like facilities, location, pricing, capacities and layout. We have 3D tours of venues on many of our profile pages and, if you like what you see, it’s free to make an enquiry direct from our website.
We’ve also got a free Concierge service built for our corporate clients. More on that later.
The best venues with outside space in Birmingham
We won’t be able to list them all here, but we’ll have a ruddy good go at it anyway.
The Jekyll and Hyde is probably best known for its quirky cocktails and gin selection - there are over 100 of ‘em! - but there’s also a secret beer garden inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
The Botanical Gardens, located out towards Edgbaston, just about sums up the best outdoor venue hire Birmingham has to offer. It has three event spaces in total and is a popular choice for wedding venue hire in Birmingham, although it’s also used for corporate and much more private events, too. Booking an event here means you contribute to the charity and help to maintain these beautiful gardens by extension.
Home of live gigs and private events alike, The Mill has an open-top roof garden where you can take in some lovely views of the city skyline. There’s also The Drunken Tiger - another special occasion venue with a courtyard linked to its bar - and Edgbaston’s The White Swan, where you can enjoy freshly prepped food and real ales from their outdoor dining space.
The Plough serves mulled drinks and complementary chestnuts every evening from its Nightjar Garden, and The Canal House is a brilliant spot that’s located beside, well, the canal.
Truth is, there are bundles of great outdoor party venues to hire in Birmingham. You can find a good selection of them here on our site.
How to plan an outdoor event in Birmingham
It’s best to start with your budget. This rings true whether you’re looking to arrange a corporate away day at work or a much smaller and informal gathering with your friends. It’s worth noting that plenty of venues will operate on a minimum spend basis, which ultimately means that the venue hire is free - so long as your group meets a pre-agreed spend on food and drink at the bar.
Once you’ve figured out how much money you have to play with, it’s well worth getting a general consensus on a date that your group could all make. Anyone who is part of a group chat on WhatsApp will know this can be a nightmare, but ensuring that as many people as possible can attend your event is an important part of the process. We’ve got some tips on how to stage a virtual event here.
Now you have a budget and preferred date in mind, using a website like VenueScanner can help to compare different Birmingham venues with outside space. On our website you can look at pricing, capacity and layout, facilities, amenities and extra details - like the venue’s policy in the event of bad weather.
Once you’ve found a venue (or two) that you like, consider heading down to your chosen space for a site visit. These can be invaluable in giving you an insight into the venue’s layout, food and drink and equipment that you might want to use on the day of your event. If you’d rather not travel in these covid-times, many of the venues on our platform have 3D Virtual Tours instead.
What is VenueScanner Concierge?
It’s a bespoke concierge service built for corporate event planners. If you are sorting a business-related event - a conference, team away day or festive party, for example - and you frankly don’t have the time to arrange it, tag us in and we’ll find somewhere that fits your spec with a super quick turnaround.
The service is free. It saves you precious time and money. It’s also 100 per cent transparent - we’ll communicate with venues on your behalf, but you’ll be able to see all of the correspondence we have with them. We’ll negotiate the best possible rates for you and then summarise everything in one handy document. We aim for the whole process - from initial enquiry to confirmed booking - to be completed within one week.
How do I get started?
To start your search for outdoor venue hire in Birmingham, just click here. If you’d like to look for a different type of venue hire in the city - you could start your journey from our Birmingham hub page. If you’re not planning any events right now but might do in the future, our blog is a hive of activity with loads of inspiration and latest news.