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Five reasons to take your meeting away from the office

The large and spacious conference room at West Park.Looking for a bigger and better venue for your team meetings? Why not organise an away day with your colleagues? Away days are great for sharing ideas, brainstorming, fostering team work or communicating key messages. Being away from the hustle and bustle of the office is a bonus and can help get those creative juices flowing.

Do you need some help with planning your away day? Our checklist will point you in the right direction:

1. Location

The location is always important for a group meeting, you don’t want your delegates having to travel too far or hopping from train to train. West Park is located just outside of Dundee city centre, so if you’re on the hunt for a meeting venue in and around Dundee, come and pay us a visit!

2. Facilities

Being away from the office you want to be sure you’ve got the facilities and equipment you need for the day. We provide projectors, screens, laptops and flipcharts upon request. We also offer free Wi-Fi.

3. Refreshments

Providing the catering for a number of delegates can be a real headache. Not all venues provide catering, so it’s important to find this out. We offer a number of lunch packages including delicious delicatessen nibbles and freshly-made sandwiches.

4. Flexibility

Our dedicated team at West Park will be on board from the word go, we can help- you create a successful away day for you and your colleagues. Our team can assist with seating and layouts of your choice, setting up equipment on the day and most importantly, providing your refreshments.

5. Motivation

There are many truths to working away from the office; some have claimed speed and quality are compromised when employees work away. We believe it’s good to mix up your working environment, taking colleagues away from the office at least once a month is a great way to crank up those brains!

If you’re interested in booking an away day at West Park we've got some fantastic packages. Get in touch with our team or fill out our conference and meeting enquiry form.

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Classroom training or virtual training? Choosing the best way for your employees to develop

West Park offers facilities for staff training and meetingsTraditional classroom training can offer greater benefits than virtual training, if you choose an inspiring location, a motivating trainer and the right equipment. Check out the advantages of offering training in a classroom environment:

Staying focused  

An inspiring environment means there are fewer distractions and interruptions, so trainees are more likely to concentrate and stay focused. You can take advantage of useful tools, from audio visual equipment and projector screens to flipcharts. West Park, located in the quiet suburbs of Dundee, offers spacious training rooms and all the equipment you’ll need. Providing refreshments and a brain-stimulating lunch will also help your team to stay focused throughout the day. Our menus offer delicious healthy food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Interact with your trainer

The more interaction your staff have with the trainer, the more likely they are to learn. A good instructor will adapt the training content and the pace to meet your staff’s needs. Face-to-face learning also offers the chance for staff to pick the trainer’s brain.

Share experiences

The downtimes during breaks and over lunch provide ideal opportunities for staff to interact informally with each other. This is of particular value for staff from different teams, as it can help build relationships and break down silos. While online discussion forums provide an opportunity to interact, they don’t match the experience of sharing opinions face to face. West Park provides relaxing spaces both indoors and outdoors for trainees to network.

Removing the desk shackles

Offering some time out from the office environment can be the perfect way to motivate staff. The fresh air and the captivating scenery of West Park should help to build team spirit and get the creative juices flowing again. Opportunities like this can be rare, so your staff should be more likely to seize it with open arms.

If you’re planning a training session, our team at West Park can help you to deliver a successful event. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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Five things to do in Dundee this summer

West Park's location is great to visit attractions such as Discovery ship.If you’re after a change of scenery, come and relax for the weekend at West Park where we can offer you comfy beds, tranquil gardens and tasty food. Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre you’ll never be too far away to discover all the action Dundee has to offer.

Here’s our top five things to do in Dundee this summer, whatever the weather!

1. RRS Discovery / Frigate HMS Unicorn

If you’re one for historic findings, this is perfect for you. Spend a day exploring RRS Discovery and HMS Unicorn, both docked in Dundee’s attractive Victoria Dock.  Take a wander around below deck; checking out the craftsmanship and detail of the interior (including those muckle big guns,) you’ll be impressed.

2. Scone Palace

If you fancy treading the same ground as royalty, then pay a visit to Scone Palace, famous for being the site of the coronations of Kings of Scotland. There are some great walks in the surrounding grounds and a unique maze designed in the shape of a star, ideal for a gentle stroll and great fun for the kids.

3. Glamis Castle

Appearing on the back of the Scottish ten pound note and being one of Scotland’s finest castles, you really won’t want to miss this! Glamis Castle is the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth and only a 30 minute drive from West Park.

There are many events taking place here during the summer, including the Scottish Transport Extravaganza and Romeo and Julie outdoor picnic, perfect activities to enjoy with all the family.

4. Camperdown Wildlife Centre

If you want to get in touch with your inner animal, Camperdown Wildlife Centre is the place for you! And it’s only 10 minutes away from West Park! There’s an exciting array of animals on show from European brown bears to ring-tailed lemurs.  

5. Dundee Museum of Transport

This newly open Museum is the centre point for Dundee’s transport heritage, from public buses, to a 19th century horse-drawn Ambulance. As well as an array of display areas there is also a perfect little tea room to take a break.

If you’re staying with us at West Park and plan for an early start, make sure you let one of our staff know. We can arrange a grab and go breakfast to take for your journey so you won’t be left hungry for the day ahead.

For more information on booking your West Park accommodation, call us now on 01382 647171, or email enquiries@westpark.co.uk

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Five tips for booking city break accommodation!

West Park flats exteriorThe summer has officially arrived! What better excuse to head off for a city break.  The British summer is well known for being unreliable, but by following our five tips for booking your accommodation, you’ll find the ideal stay that won’t let you down!

The vibrant Scottish city of Dundee provides the perfect setting for all types of breaks. Sight-seeing in the city, family trips and golfing weekends; where better to stay than West Park

1. Select a good location

The last thing you want on a sight-seeing break is to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to do. Be sure to check your accommodation is in walking distance of the nearest city, you don’t want to be spending hours finding a parking space. West Park is a short walk away from Dundee and just an hour away from Aberdeen and Edinburgh. You won’t know which city to visit first!

2. Choose comfort

It’s important that you feel relaxed and stress-free in your chosen accommodation. Comfortable beds and clean en-suites are essential for your stay. Enjoy a long night’s sleep in your choice of single or double rooms with your very own en-suite at West Park. And yes, you can help yourself to complimentary toiletries and all the tea and coffee you wish!

3. Never go hungry

There’s nothing worse than arriving to your location, tired after a four hour drive with your empty stomach grumbling, to find there is nothing available to eat. Book accommodation with an on-site restaurant and bar to cater to your needs.

4. Stay connected

Excited to boast to all your friends about winning the golf but can’t get any signal? Want to show off your delicious evening meal but can’t get a connection?  Ensure your accommodation has a Wi-Fi connection. You’ll stay up-to-date with news and weather whilst posting pictures to Facebook to make all your friends jealous. Wi-Fi is available in some of our communal areas.

5. Pick affordable prices

We’ve all experienced the moment of disappointment when we’ve seen the beautiful photos, read the fantastic reviews, and then seen the sky-high prices! For as little as £35 per night you can enjoy a comfortable bed in a fantastic location throughout the summer months. West Park has over 200 rooms available and with excellent offers for groups, all you have to do is pick your weekend! 

Experience all of the above and more this summer at West Park, your ultimate city break in Dundee!

For more information on booking your West Park accommodation, call us now on 01382 647171, or email enquiries@westpark.co.uk

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Five tips to plan the perfect leavers’ ball

West Park dining room place settingsThey say your school days are the best days of your life.  What better way to let off all that post exam steam than by having a leavers’ ball to remember. Forget trying to jazz up your school hall, celebrate in style with one of our ball packages, here at West Park.

Have you been given the responsibility to plan the ball? You’ve got the best job! Check out our five tips to help you create a spectacular evening for you and your classmates.

1. Have you got a theme?

A themed party can be a lot of fun, and gives you an opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate the end of school. If you can’t decide on a theme, why not put a list together for your fellow classmates to choose from. Whether it’s red carpet glamour to a night in Vegas, we can help you capture it at West Park.

2. Food and catering

Our menu won’t disappoint your guests and nor will the cost. Starting at just £24.95 per person, you’ll be able to enjoy a three course meal that could include tasty treats like tomato and basil soup with a crusty bread roll, chicken breast with bacon wrapped chipolatas and a lightly roasted jus, and sticky toffee pudding with hot toffee sauce and ice cream. Yum!

Just give us a call to have a chat about your requirements; we’ll be able to put together a menu to suit both your taste buds and your budget.

3. What to wear?

Although the girls usually spend a lot more time than the guys finding the perfect ensemble, having the right outfit is one of the most important things for everybody.

Your theme can play an important part here,  if you’re going for fancy dress do you need a hand in finding the perfect costume? Our events team can help by linking you up with local suppliers.

4. Music

Whether you’re planning on getting groovy to a live band or dancing to the latest tunes from a DJ, there’s plenty of room at West Park for whatever you fancy. A disco is included in the price of some of our packages, and we can help if you’d like details of local bands. 

5. That little extra something

You might want to think about adding a few extra touches to make the celebration extra special. For a lasting reminder of the evening why not consider a photo booth, or a sweet cart for guests to help themselves to? We’re happy to help make your event the best in town.

From the early stages of planning through to the evening, our West Park events team will help you put together a night to remember.

For more information or to book your special night, call us now on 01382 647177, or email enquiries@westpark.co.uk

 

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