The Forum enjoys spectacular views of the Bay through full height windows 

It is located over two levels with the main auditorium located on the ground floor with additional seating on the balcony.

As the seating is completely removable, this room is highly flexible and can accommodate different styles of conference as well as various types of events including exhibitions, entertainment and banquets.

Its location within the Centre makes it easily accessible, being adjacent to both the Arena exhibition hall and the Rosetor.

Direct access to back-of-house catering areas ensures fast, efficient food service for banquets and entertainment events and the fixed stage has direct access to four dressing rooms with toilet and shower facilities.


Ground Floor - 949
Balcony - 511

Ground Floor - 280
Balcony - 105
Banquet Rounds:
Ground Floor - 400
Balcony - 190 
Boardroom: n/a Dinner Dance:
Ground Floor - 400 
Ground Floor - 1455
Balcony - 1455 
Ground Floor - 471


  • Removable seating allowing any style conference or banqueting layout
  • 1500 theatre style capacity
  • 1320 square metres of exhibition space
  • Purpose-built stage with back stage dressing rooms
  • Banqueting capacity for over 700 guests
  • Free WiFi internet access
  • Natural light with views over the bay
  • Total blackout capability

The RICC and ESW Solutions have worked together for many years, and as such ESW have built up a vast wealth of experience working on-site at the Riviera Centre.

Any stage set and audio visual requirements can be catered for. The team have devised a choice of packages to suit most event needs or they would be delighted to provide a tailored quote based on your specific AV requirements.

Audio Visual Starter Package

On-site Technician

Sound system suitable for Conferences & Dinner Dances inc:

  • One handheld radio microphone
  • One lectern style microphone
  • CD player
  • Inductive hearing loop (in front of Forum stage area)

Lighting to provide:

  • A white wash from advanced lighting bar
  • A full-colour wash from the advanced lighting bar
  • Five profile lanterns for individual spots

Use of in-house tie lines, generic risk assessment and method statement

£175 for up to 9 hours
£25 per hour thereafter

Forum Conference Package

Audio Visual Starter Package
  • Use of in - house screen
  • One 4500 lumen projector
  • Two top table microphones
  • Two wireless microphones
  • One top table monitor
  • One lectern monitor
  • One laptop
  • One seamless switcher
  • One cue light
  • One lectern

£650 for up to 10 hours
£25 per hour thereafter

Forum Entertainment Package

Audio Visual Starter Package
  • Four moon flowers for dance floor
  • Two radio microphones
  • Three wired vocal microphones with stands
  • One powered stage wedge
  • Two DI boxes
  • One smoke machine
  • Background music
  • Centre section of stage draped with star-cloth

£395 for up to 10 hours
£25 per hour thereafter

PC, projector and projection screen (available with this package only) £125. All prices are excluding VAT.

Capacities: Ground Floor & Balcony Ground Floor Balcony
Theatre 1500 950 511
Classroom 471 471 -
Cabaret (based on tables of 7) 405* 300 105*
Banquet Rounds 630 440 190
Banquet Sprigs 836 566 270
Dinner Dance (max) 358 358 -
Standing 2910 1455 1455
Total floor space  1320m² 887m² 465m²
Length    33.5m 29.2m
Width   23.4m 27.7m
Height (min)   3m 6m
Height (max)   10.42m 6m
Max no. stands
(based on 3m x 3m and 2m aisles)
56 31 25
Net space  482.50m² 253m² 229.5m²
Type of Lighting Tungsten
Spotlight fixed/movable
Controls in room
No. 13amp sockets 15
3-phase available
Air conditioning
Direct to outside
Access door size (height x width) 2.6m x 1.6m 
Access to WiFi
Fixed Stage:
Size: (length x width x height) 15.5m x 7.5m x 1.05m

All dimensions and details are for guidance and it is advisable to obtain verification prior to definitive planning.

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