SoGlos’s Gloucestershire corporate venue guide provides a handpicked selection of some of the best business venues in and around the county.
The indispensable guide spans a range of venues perfect for hosting conferences, business meetings, exhibitions, exclusive use and launch events across the county.
From luxurious hotels and world class educational establishments to country inns and unique locations, SoGlos’s Gloucestershire corporate venue guide provides plenty of inspiration for your next business event.
Lowdown: Gloucestershire College’s Cheltenham campus provides first-class facilities for hosting conferences, meetings and staff training on the outskirts of the town. Catering for events spanning from two to 250 delegates, Gloucestershire College’s corporate venue hire offering spans a variety of different spaces depending on your budget and business needs, with room-only and fully catered options to choose from. There are also rooms to hire at the Gloucester and Royal Forest of Dean campuses.
Function rooms: There are a range of rooms to suit different criteria at Gloucestershire College, all benefitting from free Wi-Fi. The Inspire Lab accommodates up to 10 people and features an interactive whiteboard, while The Boardroom can accommodate up to 50, making it a good option for staff training. Other options include the Oakley Room, which is well suited for video conferencing with capacity for up to 18, along with a host of smaller general meeting rooms at your disposal, including the Function Hall which is perfect for staff training.
Catering: Those looking for fully catered options have two packages to choose from, with one offering morning hot beverages with cookies, a lunchtime sandwich platter, afternoon tea and coffee, and a bowl of soft mints and popcorn for the room, while the other includes morning hot beverages with fruit and granola, a lunchtime salad platter with couscous, pasta and more, afternoon tea, coffee and fruit teas, and a bowl of nuts, seeds and fruit for the room.
Parking: Free parking is available at all three of Gloucestershire College’s campuses.
Accommodation: There is no overnight accommodation available at Gloucestershire College.
Perfect for: Businesses looking for versatile spaces to host corporate functions.
SoGlos loves: For those planning award ceremonies or formal dinners, the Function Hall in Cheltenham is an ideal, modern venue and also benefits from its on-site licensed restaurant, Food Central, which can host parties of up to 250 people.
More info: Call (01242) 563212, email email@example.com or visit gloscol.ac.uk directly.
Lowdown: The stunning architecture of Cheltenham Ladies’ College offers the perfect backdrop for hosting an impressive corporate event at this historic Cheltenham landmark. Delegates have a selection of packages to choose from, with rooms equipped with the latest technology to ensure that your event runs smoothly and efficiently.
Function rooms: Cheltenham Ladies’ College is a versatile venue, which suits events both big and small, with the modern conference rooms ideal for business meetings of all sizes. Those planning large events can take advantage of the College’s Princess Hall, an impressive setting with space to welcome 800 for a lecture-style conference, or 250 for a seated dinner. The College’s Parabola Arts Centre, housed in a grade II listed building, boasts a state-of-the-art theatre with capacity for 325 guests, along with rehearsal spaces, five breakout rooms and a dance studio, making it ideal for festivals, launch events and presentations.
Catering: Cheltenham Ladies’ College’s experienced catering team can design a unique menu to suit your occasion, whether you are planning a formal dinner, a drinks reception with canapés or snacks and refreshments for day-long functions.
Parking: There is on-site parking available on the main College site, with limited spaces also at the Parabola Arts Centre.
Accommodation: During the school holidays, the modern and well-equipped boarding houses can be used on a residential basis, with single, twin and dormitory-style rooms.
Perfect for: Companies looking to host business events in a venue that’s steeped in history.
SoGlos loves: If you are planning a residential stay, take advantage of the College’s CLC Sports Centre, with a 25-metre pool, fitness suites, tennis and squash courts and more available for hire.
More info: Call (01242) 707484, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit clcvenues.co.uk directly.
Lowdown: Tucked away in a quiet spot in the hamlet of Cockleford, The Green Dragon Inn is ideal for those looking to host a corporate function in a tranquil setting that’s within easy reach of Cheltenham. The 17th century country pub is steeped in history, with period features aplenty from beamed ceilings and flag-stoned floors, to cosy fireplaces and exposed stone walls, to provide a characterful venue in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Function rooms: The Green Dragon Inn has two function rooms available for hire, The Long Room which has space for 10, and The Terrace Bar which offers capacity for up to 60 delegates seated in a theatre-style format. There’s also the option of hiring both adjacent rooms together which, with a private bar and toilet facilities, ensure you have an exclusive venue for hosting your function. Free superfast Wi-Fi is available, along with flip charts, a screen and projector at no extra cost, to ensure you have everything you need for a smooth-running business event.
Catering: Choose from a range of buffet menus or if you’re on a tight schedule opt for the working buffet, which includes tea and coffee throughout the day. Guests can also choose to take a break and enjoy a pub lunch in the restaurant, while barbecues are available during the warmer months.
Parking: There are plenty of spaces for guests to park.
Accommodation: The Green Dragon Inn has nine bedrooms available for overnight accommodation.
Perfect for: Those looking to combine a rural setting with the convenience of Cheltenham’s transport links and amenities.
SoGlos loves: In the summer, take advantage of the spacious patio area and soak up the stunning views of one of the Cowley lakes, perfect for getting some fresh air during business meetings.
More info: Call (01242) 870217, email email@example.com or visit green-dragon-inn.co.uk directly.
Lowdown: Located in a stunning Georgian building in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham, Hotel du Vin offers an elegant setting for hosting a variety of corporate events, spanning networking evenings, product launches, staff training, meetings and more. The venue is easily assessable from the M5, within easy reach of Cheltenham Spa train station and an hour’s drive from Birmingham airport, making it a convenient choice for those travelling from further afield.
Function rooms: The venue has three flexible spaces to hold events, with the Sinners Enclosure the largest of the function rooms offering capacity for up to 40 delegates; The Chef’s Tab welcoming up to 30 for meetings; while the Almaviva is able to seat up to 20 in the light-filled space. The modern, airy rooms benefit from natural daylight and are all kitted out with audio-visual equipment and free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s Day Delegate package includes meeting room hire, conference stationery, mineral water, a tuck shop, a flip chart and pens, complimentary Wi-Fi, two tea and coffee breaks, and a two-course lunch, with prices from £40, while there’s also the option to create bespoke events.
Catering: The bistro specialises in serving simple classic dishes inspired by French home-style cooking and offers plenty of choice, whether you want to serve hot drinks and cakes, lunches or afternoon snacks, while for smaller groups there’s also the choice of dining in the restaurant.
Parking: Hotel du Vin offers on-site parking for up to 24 cars.
Accommodation: The hotel benefits from 49 stylish guest bedrooms, ranging from standard rooms to suites, giving visitors plenty of accommodation options.
SoGlos loves: The hotel’s on-site spa, Health du Vin, offers the perfect chance to treat employees attending corporate functions to a relaxing treatment.
More info: Call 0844 736 4254, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hotelduvin.com/Cheltenham directly.
Lowdown: Cheltenham’s Storyteller Restaurant offers a flexible venue for hosting a variety of corporate functions, whether you’re planning a team meeting, a brainstorming session away from the office, or lunch with clients.
Function rooms: The restaurant has capacity for up to 140 for a sit down meal, while it also benefits from two smaller rooms offering space for 40 or 10 guests – making it ideal for all sorts of occasions. Businesses can choose to use the venue for the morning, afternoon or opt for the whole day, which offers the chance to serve tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon, along with lunch. The venue has free wi-fi and the team can arrange for a large screen for those requiring it for their corporate function.
Catering: The restaurant’s experienced chefs can cater menus to suit the needs of each business or meeting, spanning three-course dinners to working lunches.
Parking: There is no on-site parking but there is a large car park nearby.
Accommodation: There is no on-site accommodation but the venue is within walking distance of the centre of Cheltenham which benefits from a variety of accommodation for all budgets, with further details listed in our directory of Cheltenham hotels.
Perfect for: Informal corporate functions located in the heart of Cheltenham.
SoGlos loves: The Storyteller’s impressive cocktail and wine menu is perfect for winding down after a day of meetings, while its alfresco terrace makes a great spot for socialising during the summer months.
More info: Call (01242) 250343, email email@example.com or visit storyteller.co.uk directly.
Lowdown: Surrounded by peaceful Cotswold countryside, yet just a mile from the town of Cirencester, the Royal Agricultural University is the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world and offers a versatile setting for hosting business meetings and events in Gloucestershire. Within an hour of Bristol, Oxford, Bath and Cheltenham, and just 90 minutes from London, the prestigious university benefits from a convenient location with easy road and rail access, while the flexible meeting spaces, complete with modern audio visual technology, can cater for up to 300 delegates.
Function rooms: The Royal Agricultural University benefits from a selection of function spaces including the Kenneth Russell Room and Boutflour Hall, both of which are available throughout the year and can welcome 100 and 300 delegates respectively, for theatre-style events. Set on 25 acres, the extensive grounds are also ideal for team building events, outdoor activities and summer away days with colleagues, while the 17th century tithe barn bar and lounge area are ideal for relaxing in after a busy day of meetings. There’s also an on-site café, gym and shop to provide ample facilities for those hosting a residential event at the university.
Catering: The Royal Agricultural University’s professional catering team can tailor menus to suit the needs of your event.
Parking: There is free parking for over 200 cars.
Accommodation: There are 25 en-suite rooms available year round, during university holidays there are 150 en-suites and 88 standard rooms, all with internet access, also available.
Perfect for: Businesses looking for a rural, history-rich setting for hosting corporate events.
SoGlos loves: Known as ‘the Oxbridge of the Cotswolds’, the Royal Agricultural University is well placed to combine a corporate function with team days and weekend events in the Cotswolds, with Cotswold Country Park and Beach offering a range of watersports nearby or Cirencester Park Polo Club providing a perfect place to catch some chukkas.
More info: Call (01285) 652531, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit rau.ac.uk directly.
Lowdown: De Vere Cotswold Water Park is a contemporary and luxurious four-star hotel, set among lakes, woodland and 56 acres of parkland in the Cotswolds countryside, near Cirencester. The venue is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the M4 and M5, and also offers extensive spa and leisure facilities.
Function rooms: The spacious hotel benefits from 21 flexible meeting rooms, conference and events spaces, with all benefitting from flexibility presentation and seating configurations, modern AV technology and free super high speed Wi-Fi. The two largest conference rooms can each accommodate up to 400 delegates, while the permanent marquee caters for 500 with potential to extend to welcome 1,000 guests.
Catering: Choose from a wealth of catering options spanning working lunches, barbecues, and private dining, with menus devised by the experienced in-house team.
Parking: There is complimentary parking for up to 500 vehicles.
Accommodation: The hotel offer 328 bedrooms, making it a perfect venue for residential events, while there is also a selection of self-catering apartments to choose from.
Perfect for: Businesses organising events for large numbers of delegates.
SoGlos loves: If you want to make a weekend of it, the hotel can organise entertainment and themed evenings. Or, if you want to tie in some team building activities, the hotel can arrange everything from wakeboarding to dragon boat racing.
More info: Call (01285) 864333, email email@example.com or visit phcompany.com directly
Lowdown: The Kings Head Hotel offers ample conference and meeting facilities, with its central Cirencester location providing added convenience for businesses planning to host corporate events in the Cotswolds.
Function rooms: If you’re looking for space for up to 40 guests, the hotel’s Watermoor meeting room is ideal for presentations or training sessions. The L-shaped room adjoins a mezzanine area that’s perfect for break-out sessions, while it also benefits from access to the hotel’s roof top garden. For larger events, companies can choose from the Chesterton room and Vaulted Cellar, which can welcome up to 200 guests, or the Assembly Room, which has space for 250 delegates. The function rooms benefit from Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and adjustable lighting to ensure your events go without a hitch.
Catering: The hotel’s experienced catering team can create a variety of menus to suit a host of different events, whether you want hot or cold buffets, or canapés for an evening cocktail party.
Parking: There is no on-site parking but there is a car park within walking distance of the hotel.
Accommodation: The Kings Head benefits from 45 bedrooms and five one-bedroom apartments, and offers special overnight rates for delegates.
Perfect for: Businesses looking to host corporate functions in the heart of the Cotswolds.
SoGlos loves: The Kings Head’s experienced events team can help you add a range of activities to your corporate function, with the choice spanning treatments in the hotel’s on-site spa, wine-themed master classes, a visit to the polo, or shooting and fishing trips.
More info: Call (01285) 700900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kingshead-hotel.co.uk directly.
Lowdown: Situated in a picturesque location in the Forest of Dean, Hillside Brewery offers a versatile, flexible and unique setting for business events away from the office. The brewery, based in Longhope, launched in 2014 and has fast become known for its top quality beers, giving delegates the popular chance to sample some tipples during corporate events.
Function rooms: The vast barn space offers capacity for more than 200 on the ground floor area, making it ideal for an array of occasions, including team building activities and bespoke events. The mezzanine floor can be hired separately and benefits from an interactive whiteboard, unlimited Wi-Fi, and AV equipment, along with the option of having exclusive use of the space. The brewery also offers bespoke team building and experience days that combine activities, brewery tours and of course, beer.
Catering: Hillside Brewery has an on-site bar and café and can also provide bespoke catering for larger groups.
Parking: There is parking for 100 cars.
Accommodation: Hillside Brewery can arrange on-site glamping but there are also plenty of bed and breakfast options in the Forest of Dean.
Perfect for: Those looking for somewhere a bit different to host a business function or away day.
SoGlos loves: The venue also benefits from an additional smaller barn which can be also hired for corporate functions, with its location making it ideally suited for those planning summer events.
More info: Call (01452) 830222, email email@example.com or visit hillsidebrewery.com directly.
Lowdown: Nestled in a rural setting in Longhope, Harts Barn Cookery School provides a multi-purpose venue for hosting an array of corporate functions in the Forest of Dean. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside views, Harts Barn benefits from a truly scenic location, making it an ideal spot for those looking to escape the confines of an office environment.
Function rooms: The Apple Barn is a flexible space catering for an array of events, from corporate functions to parties of up to 50 guests, with the option of hiring it on an individual basis or in addition to the adjoining cookery school. The Apple Barn is also ideal for meetings, with Wi-Fi and flip charts available, and offers access to the outside terrace and picnic area which is perfect for summer socials, with the choice of hiring an outdoor earth oven and fire pit with seating too.
Catering: Choose from a range of options at Harts Barn Cookery School, including staffed buffets, drinks receptions, a pop-up restaurant and the chance to hire a personal chef, with a host of culinary themes on offer.
Parking: There are plenty of spaces for guests to park at Harts Barn Cookery School.
Accommodation: There is no overnight accommodation at Harts Barn Cookery School, but plenty of options in the Forest of Dean.
Perfect for: Those looking to combine culinary experiences with a business event.
SoGlos loves: The school’s corporate cookery experiences are perfect for boosting team morale, with the added bonus of delicious food! The choice of packages include ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ challenges, cooking skills classes, chocolate making, cook and dine sessions, and more, while there’s also the option of creating a completely bespoke day to suit your needs.
More info: Call (01452) 831719, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk directly.
Lowdown: Located on the outskirts of Gloucester and within 10 minutes of the M5, Hatherley Manor provides a convenient base for hosting conferences, meetings or seminars in Gloucestershire. The three-star manor house hotel is set on 37 acres of beautiful grounds, offering ample space for an array of functions.
Function rooms: Hatherley Manor benefits from six function rooms, with capacity to welcome groups of all sizes. The Hatherley Suite is one of Gloucestershire’s largest function rooms, with space to accommodate up to 400 delegates for a seminar or 360 for a private lunch or dinner, along with the added bonus of having its own private bar, a separate entrance and access to the pretty walled garden. The other function spaces include the Mulberry Suite, accommodation up to 160 delegates; the Moat Suite, with space for up to 130 guests; the Mulberry Suite; the Redwood Suite seating 22; the Oak Suite, which welcomes up to 12; and the Dewinton Suite for up to six. All of the function rooms benefit from natural daylight, along with complimentary high speed Wi-Fi.
Catering: Hatherley Manor offers a range of catering options, tailored to your needs.
Parking: There is complimentary parking for over 300 cars at Hatherley Manor.
Accommodation: Hatherley Manor has 51 en-suite bedrooms, making it a perfect venue for residential events.
Perfect for: Businesses organising events for large numbers of delegates.
SoGlos loves: Hatherley Manor’s all-inclusive packages, including a day and a residential option, are perfect for stress-free corporate events, with everything from hot drinks and snacks to flipcharts and pens all included. And, if you have a bespoke event in mind, there’s also the possibility of creating completely bespoke packages.
More info: Call 0300 303 8302, email email@example.com or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
Lowdown: Situated in the heart of Gloucester, The Fountain Inn provides a convenient setting for hosting an array of business functions at the historic city centre venue. As one of the oldest known sites connected with the brewing trade in Gloucester, the venue offers the chance to hold a corporate event at a traditional English pub that’s steeped in local history. Located away from the hustle and bustle, delegates can expect a peaceful and functional space for everything from team meetings to brainstorming sessions.
Function rooms: The venue benefits from two function spaces, the Orange Room, which can welcome 60 delegates and benefits from disabled access, and the Long Room, located upstairs with capacity for 80. Both rooms have overhead projectors and the tables can be configured in any format to suit a variety of functions.
Catering: Choose from a range of food and drink options, from simple tea and coffee to buffets and full meals, with no charge for room hire when booking catering at the venue. There’s also the option to have private bar hire in the function rooms for a charge, while fans of real ale will enjoy rounding off a day of meetings with a cool pint in the cosy setting of the 14th century inn.
Parking: There is no on-site parking but there are plenty of pay and display car parks within walking distance of the venue.
Accommodation: There is no overnight accommodation at The Fountain Inn but there is a wealth of choice in Gloucester.
Perfect for: Those looking for a venue brimming with history in the heart of Gloucester.
SoGlos loves: The outdoor seating at The Fountain Inn offers a quiet and relaxing space to enjoy a break between meetings or an alfresco lunch during the summer.
More info: Call (01452) 522562, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Fountain Inn Facebook page.
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Lowdown: Located in a picturesque setting on the outskirts of Gloucester, Elmore Court is set on a stunning 1,000-acre estate with views across the Cotswolds and River Severn. The historic house has been in the Guise family for over 750 years and was opened to the public at the end of 2013 under new heir Anselm Guise. The venue offers a completely bespoke service to cater for all your corporate needs.
Function rooms: The Main House, a beautifully restored grade II-listed mansion, offers four distinctive reception rooms available for hire. In addition to this, the venue benefits from The Gillyflower, a purpose-built space made from earth and natural materials from the estate, is a fabulous eco-space constructed using the ancient technique of ‘rammed earth’.
The venue can cater for up to 200 delegates and benefits from free Wi-Fi throughout.
Catering: Elmore Court has a highly skilled catering team that can design menus to suit your event. Chefs blend the freshest local ingredients to create delicious and stylish food.
Parking: There is ample free on-site parking.
Accommodation: The Main House has 16, mainly en-suite rooms, and has capacity for 39.
Perfect for: Those looking to experience a unique and private setting, while benefiting from nearby transport links.
SoGlos loves: The venue’s vast grounds are ideal if you want to plan team building games, summer barbecues or even glamping – adding to the versatility of Elmore Court.
More info: Call (01452) 720293, email email@example.com or visit
Lowdown: Housed in a beautiful grade II listed property and set on a stunning 42-acre site near Stroud, Hawkwood College, offers a versatile space for holding meetings, corporate events, away days, seminars, courses and workshops. Benefitting from a peaceful location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, yet within close proximity of both the M4 and M5 motorways, Hawkwood College is ideal for those looking for a venue that combines a rural setting with easy accessibility. With the option of hosting day-long events along with residential retreats, the college’s bespoke packages are tailored to suit your needs, with its dedicated team able to help with planning your event. A testimonial from a recent course participant said, ‘unlike so many hotels and conference venues, Hawkwood can be justifiably proud of these five attributes: environment, atmosphere, services, facilities and courses.’
Function rooms: There are five meeting rooms, catering from small to large groups of up to 100 delegates, in the main house, along with two studios in the converted stable, in order to offer plenty of space for hosting all manner of events.
Catering: Hawkwood College is renowned for its home-cooked food, specialising in serving, where possible, seasonal, locally sourced, organic dishes.
Parking: Hawkwood College has ample space to accommodate a large number of vehicles.
Accommodation: The venue can sleep up to 50 guests in its 13 single rooms, one double, 12 twins and four triples, which benefit from picturesque views.
Perfect for: Those searching for a versatile venue in the heart of the Cotswolds.
SoGlos loves: Get in tune with nature when hosting an event at Hawkwood College, with its impressive grounds spanning mature gardens, orchards, water features and abundant woodland, perfect for outdoor seminars, relaxing retreats or summer socials.
More info: Call (01453) 759034, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hawkwoodcollege.co.uk directly.
Lowdown: The Falcon Inn is a charming family-run pub located in the Cotswold town of Painswick. Whether you’re looking for a day out of the office or a base for a weekend retreat, the pub offers a laidback and welcoming atmosphere.
Function rooms: The Shires, a renovated stable block, is a self-contained space that can seat up to 50 guests for a corporate event. The secluded courtyard is ideal for alfresco summer socials and combined with The Shires, can welcome groups up to 80 for informal barbecues, buffets and hog roasts. The Falcon also has a rear restaurant that offers a semi-private space for parties of 10 – making it ideal for small gatherings or client entertaining.
Catering: The pub champions seasonal British food with a twist, and serves up everything from hearty Sunday lunches to delicious afternoon teas.
Accommodation: The Falcon Inn has 11 en-suite bedrooms, with some benefitting from rooms over St Mary’s Church and its famous 99 clipped yew trees.
Perfect for: Team dinners, client entertaining and summer days out of the office.
SoGlos loves: With stunning walks on its doorstep, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a team ramble before tucking into some hearty pub grub.
More info: Call The Falcon Inn on (01452) 814222, email email@example.com or visit falconpainswick.co.uk directly.
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