Outdoor space for visitors

Step outside and explore our outdoor spaces

As the UK's largest venue, the NEC has plenty of outdoor space for you to enjoy when you next visit. From a stunning lakeside and beach to tranquil woodland gardens, our array of safe and natural settings can help you to relax, refresh and re-energise before, during and after your event. So, whether you decide to take a short stroll by the water's edge or enjoy lunch alfresco in our gardens, you won't be short of places to take a break away from the venue and get some fresh air.

Stunning lake and beach

What better way to take five than next to our stunning lake? With integrated seating which arc’s around the beach, you can grab a front row seat to watch our resident geese peacefully swim by. Why not grab a Starbucks on your way to the waterside and enjoy a coffee break with an extra shot of vitamin D.

Tranquil lakeside gardens

If you're joining us for an event in the Piazza, make sure you take a break outside and enjoy our peaceful lakeside gardens. Simply head out of the front entrance and you'll find this tranquil green space less than a minutes walk away. It's the perfect quiet spot to get some fresh air and a moment to yourself.

Vibrant Piazza gardens

Our colourful Piazza Gardens offer a vibrant yet quiet haven away from your event. Located opposite Hall 3, you can stay close to the action but still enjoy a little time outside for a change of scenery and some fresh air.

Hidden rooftop bar

The campus' best kept secret can be found at Sky By The Water in Resorts World. The Secret Garden is a beautiful outdoor space complete with cosy covered pods and a stunning glass bar area, all in a secluded rooftop setting. It's the ideal spot for catch-ups over cocktails.

Perfect picnic area

Located next to the lake and beach is another area perfect for a lunchtime break. Lined with picnic benches, you can grab a seat outside and take in all of the scenery and greenery nearby. It's a calming spot ideal for refuelling and refreshing mid-event.

Wetherspoons pub garden

Enjoy a bite to eat or quench your thirst at Wetherspoons and take your pick of indoor or outdoor seating. Located in the main Piazza foyer, this visitor favourite boasts a pub garden at the back providing the perfect place to unwind post-event with a well deserved tipple.

Atrium outside areas

The Atrium side of the NEC campus also benefits from easy access to outdoor space so you can always grab a breath of fresh air no matter where your event is. Take a stroll past Hall 16 and enjoy the greenery right outside the entrance, perfect for a little escape.

Purpose-built bike track

Our abundance of varied outdoor space even extends to having our very own bike track! Used by some of our Organisers for their events, this versatile space is a great way to explore the scenery on two wheels.

Even more to explore...

If you're visiting us soon, take a look at our handy site map to help you find your way around the venue and navigate your way towards our safe and natural outdoor settings.

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