All change at The Vine as Fife venue showcases its diversity

The Vine Conference Centre is gearing up for another busy week as it prepares to turn over the Cairngorm Hall three times for a series of very different events 

The Vine Conference Centre in Dunfermline is no stranger to attracting new and unusual events, as well as new business to the town.
Between the Fife Business Awards and Liberal Democrats Party Conference to NHS procurement days and concerts, there’s never a dull moment – and this week is no exception.
It’s all change again as the venue prepares to transform its main Cairngorm Hall, which can seat up to 550 delegates, three times this week for a series of very different events.
First up is tonight’s Dunfermline Choral Union rehearsal ahead of the group’s Spring Concert, which is centred on a recital of Handel’s Messiah, to be held at the venue on Saturday, 11 March.
Choir set-up
Needless to say, the set-up is very different to the one needed by some 100 delegates expected to turn out for Friday’s First Aid Conference & Exhibition for Trainers & Practitioners.
And with lots of new, experienced and expectant parents soon to descend on the hall for Saturday’s Jack and Jill Market, it’s just as well the events team is a dab hand at manouvreing tables, erecting display boards and banners and making sure each gathering goes without a hitch.
The queue for the Jack and Jill market
It’s all in a day’s work for venue manager Tim Thomson, who’s an industry stalwart when it comes to turning his hand to all kinds of event configurations.
In fact, he claims that diversity and flexibility are key to the success of the venue, which has hosted around 2,500 events to date.
“It’s great to see our facilities being used for so many different styles of events,” he says.
“We really enjoy seeing the room set up in different ways to suit each event.”
Know Your Fife event
It’s thanks, in part, to this diversity that the venue has secured its place at the heart of Fife’s business community.
Thomas Moffat of Visit Dunfermline said: “Not many people may know this, but the generosity and faith shown by The Vine was pivotal in the development and growth of Visit Dunfermline.
“The help and support shown by The Vine in our first months is one of the reasons we are still here today.
“The Vine has grown into a venue of note, with wonderful facilities and services which, working in harmony with their caring and attentive staff, have raised the bar considerably when it comes to conferences and events here in Dunfermline.”
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