Social Programme

Opening Reception at Manchester Town Hall

Affectionately known as “King Cotton’s Palace”, Manchester’s Town Hall is an opulent testament to the success of the city after the Industrial Revolution. The atmosphere created by the neo-Gothic styling – employing hammer beam ceilings, mosaic floors and clustered columns – creates a deep impression on guests. The Great Hall, modelled on a Flemish weavers hall is decorated by 12 murals by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Madox Brown and infers a gravitas on any gathering.

Location: City Centre

Conference Dinner at  Manchester United Football Club

The Ultimate Venue: Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. It is not only regarded as one of world football's greatest stadiums, it's also one of the leading banqueting venues in the UK.

The recent stadium expansion has brought a number of new benefits and added 2,949 sqm of hospitality, conference and event space. Boasting 24 purpose built event suites and a host of smaller meeting rooms, Old Trafford Football Stadium can cater perfectly for the CIE Conference Dinner dinner with space for over 1,000 guests.

Old Trafford is easily accessible; located less than two miles from Manchester City Centre and even closer to the motorway network. Manchester United has an expert event management team who are on hand to assist at all stages of the event planning process and when it comes to dining, Old Trafford offers a range of superb catering options.

Location: 2 miles from city centre

Closing Ceremony and Lunch at Alan Gilbert Square

The summer brings a large Marquee to the centre of campus in Alan Gilbert Square in which the CIE has been allowed to use for the Closing Ceremony and lunch.

Alan Gilbert Square is located at the centre of the campus, it is no more than a 5 minute walk from any of the other lecture buildings including the iconic University Place, which is the chosen venue to host the CIE Session.