When looking to add new spaces to our collection of venues, we don’t just look for the unique setting, we look at what that venue can bring to the overall event experience. Whether as an incentive group, as a corporate catered event, or when a clients event just demands to be different.
We’re proud to have grown our venue portfolio from one space in South Wharf, to a collection across Melbourne’s CBD and inner city suburbs.
With former docking sheds along the Yarra’s edge, and the newly redeveloped State Library Victoria in the CBD, through to outdoor spaces along the Port Phillip Bay and sprawling parklands, Showtime Event Group now boast the ability to be able to cater for any event, any size, that reiterates our ‘never say no’ attitude.
OLD MELBOURNE GAOL
Completed in the mid 1800s and located in central Melbourne, the Old Melbourne Gaol is constructed in blue stone and still contains the original cells and historic features. In these cells some of Australia’s most notorious criminals were held, including the infamous bush ranger Ned Kelly.
One of Australia’s most fascinating and unique spaces, the Gaol has capacity for up to 120 guests for a banquet dinner, or 350 for a cocktail reception. Add to the experience with some entertainment of an educational element, including guest appearances from Ned Kelly to duty sergeants and gaol governors; or bands, DJs and roving performers.
The precinct also includes the Former City Watch House and Old Magistrates Court available for private events. The Old Melbourne Gaol is a venue that will stir the senses and get your guests talking.
STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA
The Library is one of Melbourne’s most distinctive landmarks, offering a unique venue for your next function or conference. The choice of venue hire includes the 19th-century Cowen Gallery, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, architecturally stunning La Trobe Reading Room, two contemporary spaces, the Village Roadshow Theatrette and a range of seminar rooms.
Boasting beautiful surrounds, heritage features and modern amenities, State Library Victoria is the perfect place to host special events. From conferences, workshops and lectures to dinners, weddings and parties, we will make your event a truly memorable occasion.
The Alumni courtyard situated adjacent to the Gaol main hall is a great space enclosed by the Old Melbourne Gaol bluestone walls. Redeveloped by RMIT the centre grounds have been finished with an artificial turf bringing colour and year round consistency to the precinct.
The area is the perfect open air space for events looking to be outside while maintaining a private feeling. The courtyard can be used in conjunction with the Gaol main hall or other precincts to offer guests a wide range of choice and spatial diversity during large scale events.
SHOWTIME EVENTS CENTRE
A custom designed chandelier bar installation and modern green room facility compliment the original heritage features. Formerly known as Shed 11, Showtime formed part of the dining hall in this historic docking area and continues to drive South Wharf as a destination in excellence in hospitality. Beautiful wooden floorboards and wrought iron wall features pay tribute to its legacy, while an award winning in-house catering and operations team continue to elevate the offering and deliver truly VIP experiences.
Showtime has a character, warmth and feel that is to sure to impress each and every one of your guests.
Seating from 80 to 280 guests banquet-style or up to 1,000 for a cocktail event, The outdoor venue space can be incorporated to produce a precinct party for up to 5,500 guests.
FORMER CITY WATCH HOUSE
The Former City Watch House operated as Melbourne’s central custody centre or ‘holding place’ for people arrested and awaiting trial. For almost a century, every person arrested in Melbourne was lodged in the City Watch House opposite the Russell Street Police Station.
Today the cell block reverberates with the sounds of tourists walking where some of Australia’s most infamous prisoners were once held. The precinct includes Melbourne’s oldest prison, the historic Magistrate’s Court and former Police City Watch House and has been the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840’s. Bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within its walls.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be arrested? The Watch House Experience is a 40 minute interactive experience like no other. With a Charge Sergeant as guide, visitors are ‘arrested’ and encounter what it is like to be locked up. Nothing has changed in this minimalist site since the police and inmates left in the 1990’s. After the role play, visitors self guide through the watch house taking in sound points and multimedia imagery that is educational and informative.
OLD MAGISTRATE COURT
Many of Victoria’s most notorious criminals stood here for committal and bail hearings including gangster Squizzy Taylor, Julian Knight and Chopper Read when the Court operated from 1911 to 1994. The Old Magistrates Court sits on the site of the original Supreme Court of Victoria where Ned Kelly was sentenced to death by Judge Redmund Barry in 1880.
The Court is a perfect setting for creative conferencing, an intimate dinner for up to 60 guests, or a unique way to enjoy pre dinner drinks before heading in to the Watch House or Old Melbourne Gaol.
Cargo Hall is one of the most sought-after locations for a stylish event with some old world industrial charm. The venue boasts exquisite views across the city skyline and iconic Yarra River, a few minute’s walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Incorporating modern design whilst retaining its unique nineteenth century maritime character, Cargo Hall is a vibrant and refreshing addition to Melbourne’s Event scene.
Situated directly opposite the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the venue benefits from the local accommodation and public transport options as well as over 2000 adjacent parking spaces. This pillar-less, fully open space can accommodate up to 220 people for a sit-down event and up to 600 people for cocktails with fantastic views over the river and city skyline.
The raw, industrial heritage of the building shines through in the exposed beams, wide open space, and warehouse feel. Unique characteristics include a contemporary designed suspended mezzanine floor, original trusses, heritage floorboards and classic façade. An all weather glass conservatory and abundance of natural light make this the perfect venue for any occasion.
After travelling 1.5 million miles and circumnavigating the world 17 times The Polly Woodside now welcomes you aboard. Built in Belfast in 1885, the three masted cargo vessel carried coal and wheat between England and South America.
“Experience the sensation of being on an authentic tall ship nestled alongside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Yarra River. Find your sea legs as you enter the motion room to the modern gallery and theatrette and be absorbed by the gripping stories, emotions, and characters behind this unique attraction.
Then, step aboard the 19th Century Polly Woodside and be immersed in what life was like at sea.”
Chat to us about using Polly Woodside and the surrounding decking‘ and park areas for an event up to 800 people.
SOUTH WHARF PROMENADE
Outside the Patch area, Showtime Event Group also activates the South Wharf promenade as a space for major events. SEG currently host up to 10 promenade events a year, not only taking over the venues run and managed by the group, but also surrounding venues in the precinct including West Village, Melbourne Cellar Door, Munich and Ariel. Stretching into these spaces allows for capacity in excess of 6,500 delegates.
Docklands Studios’ sound stages are ideal venues for large seated and standing corporate events, with capacity for over 1000 guests.
Docklands Studios Melbourne is a campus of 5 cavernous sound stages 5 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. In its short life the Studio has hosted some extraordinary corporate events that include car launches, fashion runways, music rehearsals, VIP-only concert performances and even an indoor soccer match for visiting soccer team, Real Madrid. Anything is possible in this intriguing venue that is still relatively unknown outside the screen industry.
The Studio’s central location, ample parking and easy vehicle access enable a straightforward approach to event management.