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The University

The university, situated immediately to the west of the town, has a reputation second to none for its sporting facilities. It is the home for a number of national sporting bodies and teams and in 2012 will be one of the Olympic villages for international teams competing in the Olympic Games.

The university is one mile from junction 23 of the M1, three miles from Loughborough’s intercity railway station (90 minutes to London and with links onwards to Paris) and eight miles from Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

The campus itself is a mile across and is served by both a complimentary shuttle bus (which connects the railway station to the campus) and a bike hire company.

Loughborough University

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Conference facilities and Imago

The facilities for The Return of the Ring consist of:

  • Exclusive use of two central buildings surrounding a courtyard in which sits a party tree. These will be the hub for activities.
  • One building houses all the daytime events with lecture theatres and seminar rooms branching off the large central art and dealers’ area.
  • The second building is the dining and recreation facility with bar and large open areas and small breakout spaces for evening events. The ceilidh, masquerade and banquet happen here as do lunches and dinners.
  • Halls of residence providing comfortable accommodation are a short walk away as is the on-campus hotel Burleigh Court. There is additional Travelodge-style accommodation close by in the Link Hotel (also run by Imago).
  • Use of the university’s sporting facilities.
  • Hire of bikes.

The conference facilities, offered by our hosts, imago, have the benefits of:

  • Ideal central location
  • Free and secure car parking on-site
  • Campus facilities
  • High quality catering
  • Award winning – Hospitality Assured Meetings
  • Dedicated team – Investors In People
  • Excellence in customer care guaranteed

The imago promise is to go out of our way to exceed your expectations. To never lose sight of the extra touches you value so much and use our energy and ingenuity to make every event we host a resounding success.

Imago Conference Services


The town of Loughborough (pronounced luff-burr-er) is situated in the county of Leicestershire, England, near the river Soar and on the Loughborough canal, eleven miles to the north north west of Leicester by road.

There was a settlement in the vicinity prior to the Roman invasion but actual evidence of the Roman occupation is scanty.

In Saxon times Loughborough was becoming a place of some size and reference was made to the township in the Doomsday Book. Grants for markets and fairs were made to the town in the thirteenth century when the wool trade was an important feature of the district.

Later, lace-making was to become the chief industry, but when the machines were destroyed by the Luddites the industry lost much of its importance.

Loughborough is a marketing centre in a large and fertile agricultural district which lies to the east of Charnwood Forest. The Town Hall and Corn Exchange (1855) stand prominently in the market place.

Principal industries are electrical engineering, bell founding (begun in 1839) and the manufacturing of hosiery, lifting machinery and pharmaceutical goods. It was one of the first towns to have proper sewage and drinking water supplies.

The memorial for both world wars is a tower with a carillon of 47 bells, built by public subscription and opened in 1923.

Although the town seems to have played no major part in Britain’s history it does house the Bell Foundry Museum and the GCR museum. Additionally it has carved out its own niche as a centre of excellence for sports.

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