SoGlos’s Gloucestershire corporate venue guide provides a handpicked selection of some of the best business venues in and around the county for when we can return to offices.
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.
With space for up to 80 people, The Great Oak Hall at Westonbirt Arboretum is an adaptable space to suit a range of needs, whether you’re looking to host a small meeting, a large conference or a dynamic workshop.
An incredible building set in a picturesque landscape just outside of Tetbury, The Great Oak Hall is easily accessible from a number of areas including Bristol, Swindon, Bath, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and is just two and a half hours away from London.
The space at the Great Oak Hall is adaptable and includes all the facilities you could need for a working day at Westonbirt Arboretum, including an audio-visual system with large screen, free guest Wi-Fi and optional onsite catering – as well as the option to breakout into the stunning arboretum itself for larger meetings.
There is optional onsite catering available at The Great Oak Hall.
Westonbirt Arboretum has ample free parking and a well-signed approach, to ensure it’s easy and convenient to get to.
There is no overnight accommodation at The Great Oak Hall in Westonbirt Arboretum but there are plenty of hotels in Gloucestershire to choose from.
The beams used to create the Great Oak Hall are made from large oak trees — including 60 oaks from the arboretum itself — while the stone flags were cut from Cotswold limestone which contains fossils dating back over 50 million years.
Traditional methods were used wherever possible to construct the building, which is located at the heart of the arboretum, so you can enjoy the beautiful views during meeting breaks.
Eastwood Park provides a huge number of options for corporate groups or team getaways in a stunning setting within 200 acres of Gloucestershire countryside. Based in Wotton-under-Edge, Eastwood Park is easily accessible from Bristol, Gloucestershire, the Midlands and south Wales.
Choose from 10 conference and meeting rooms and include added extras such as Danish pastries, laptop hire, flipcharts and an afternoon tea cake selection with the Pick ‘n’ Mix package. With prices available per-person, Eastwood Park makes it simple to create a bespoke meeting space, suited to your individual team’s needs. Alternatively, organisers can benefit from a number of standard packages, including day delegate packages and overnight options.
The catering team at Eastwood Park offers a number of tasty options for both small groups and large corporate events. Two- and three-course lunches and dinners are available alongside afternoon teas, bowls of chips, sandwich platters, energy boosting chocolate platters, bacon rolls, pastries, fruit and hot drinks.
Ample free parking is available in Eastwood Park’s on-site car parks.
Eastwood Park offers 70 en-suite bedrooms throughout the hotel’s main house and new Garden Wing. Some of the main house rooms are decorated in a more traditional style than the contemporary garden rooms, giving a nice range of options for a comfortable overnight stay during a corporate getaway.
Team building breaks are also available to book through Eastwood Park’s events team. Options include quad biking, crossbows, air rifle shooting, rage buggies, hovercraft, it’s a knockout, Segways and indoor office Olympics challenges. Perfect for competitive teams!
Call Eastwood Park on (01454) 260207 or visit eastwoodpark.co.uk.
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.
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.
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.
There is no on-site parking but there are plenty of pay and display car parks within walking distance of the venue.
There is no overnight accommodation at The Fountain Inn but there is a wealth of choice in Gloucester.
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.
Call The Fountain Inn on (01452) 522562 or visit thefountaininngloucester.com.
Set within picturesque countryside, Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall offers tranquil surroundings just three miles from the hustle and bustle of Gloucester city centre. An ideal location to hold a corporate event, the four-star hotel has flexible meeting packages to suit various requirements. The on-site meetings team takes care of all planning –managing the whole process from initial booking, right through to the day of the event.
With six meeting rooms available and the largest able to host up to 180 people, there’s plenty of flexibility depending on the type of corporate event you wish to hold. Guests can choose the design and layout of the room, with several different seating options. Every room benefits from complimentary high speed WiFi, LCD Projector and screen, controllable lighting, audio and visual equipment.
Coffee and teas will be served throughout the day. Enhanced refreshment breaks include a fruit smoothie ‘shot’, freshly baked cookies, flapjacks and cakes. To go the extra mile, upgrade your refreshment package to include Danish pastries, breakfast sliders, and cinema breaks, which include ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks.
Providing something a bit different, the hotel also offers a breakout menu to give your employees and colleagues an afternoon boost. The ‘orange break’ includes Jaffa Cakes, orange jelly, juice shots, orange sweets and more, while the ‘apple break’ offers apple crumble, toffee popcorn, slab cake, sweets and other apple flavoured goodies.
Bowden Hall Hotel serves healthy lunch options in the form of a two-course meal, conference lunch, or finger buffet. Menus for the conference lunch take inspiration from a range of cultures, from Italian to Asian, Mediterranean to South American. The working buffet menus have five different selections which include open sandwiches, wraps and baguettes as well as sweet treats.
There’s free parking for 150 cars, as well as designated spaces and accessible entrance for disabled guests.
The hotel has 72 bedrooms including 27 twins and 45 doubles, ideal for those travelling from a little further afield.
With the option to have a station for sweets and nuts within your conference room, delegates can boost concentration throughout the day while enjoying a sugary treat.
Call Mercure Bowden Hall on (01452) 255012 or visit mercuregloucester.co.uk.
Located in the centre of Gloucester, Kingsholm Stadium makes a great central location for corporate events, meetings and socials. With the option to hire out conference rooms, or even a hospitality box, Gloucester Rugby’s home makes a unique venue for hosting clients. With options to personalise experiences, the Kingsholm Stadium offers a range of services organised by the events team.
For something a bit different, hire out a conferencing room at Kingsholm Stadium, the home of Gloucester Rugby. Providing great views over the pitch, the conference rooms at the stadium are of various sizes to suit different parties, hosting up to 350 delegates. With free parking and Wi-Fi, as well as a fully-catered service, the facilities at the stadium are ideal for corporate meetings, training days, and workshops.
Gloucester Rugby’s facilities offer full catering and packages can be tailored to suit your needs. The catering includes tea; coffee; pastries; biscuits; and cake. For lunch, businesses can choose between a selection of sandwiches and wraps or a hot and cold buffet.
There is free on-site parking at the venue.
Hosting lots of exciting matches throughout the year, Kingsholm Stadium is centrally-located in the city of Gloucester, making a great base for corporate events. The executive boxes offer great views of the pitch and are a fantastic way to reward employees and host clients. The private boxes include an exclusive balcony, which seats up to 16 guests. With reserved car parking, matchday programmes, advertising signage and discounts on club merchandise, hiring an executive box has many additional benefits.
Gloucester Guildhall is an iconic performance venue, nestled in the heart of Gloucester city centre. The venue is connected to Gloucester Blackfriars, and the City Museums and can offer a range of private hire locations perfect for events, product launches and corporate meeting spaces.
The Guildhall is right in the centre of historic Gloucester, and has a range of beautiful period rooms to choose from. Pick from the main hall, cinema, gallery and exhibition space, music studio or a further five meeting rooms of various sizes. Equipped with all the facilities you’ll need for a meeting or event to run smoothly; Gloucester Guildhall has a dedicated hire team who will make sure that you’re well looked after.
Using local suppliers and fresh and organic produce, the team at Gloucester Guildhall can provide food for all of its meetings and conferences. There are a range of sample menus available, but the venue says it is happy to adapt its menu for vegans and vegetarians.
While there is no parking at the venue, being centrally located means that Gloucester Guildhall is easily accessible via train, bus or car, with a number of car parks available in the city centre.
There is no overnight accommodation at Gloucester Guildhall, but there are a number of affordable options in Gloucester.
There are a range of different options available to suit all budgets. Starting with Standard hire, you’ll get room hire, free Wi-Fi and jugs of water for guests. Premium includes use of meeting and conference equipment, while Premium Plus also includes the headed paper, pens, highlighters and spring water for all guests.
Call Gloucester Guildhall on (01452) 396372 or visit gloucesterguildhall.co.uk.
This stunning 17th-century manor house hotel is the perfect base for meetings and events, in a peaceful location overlooking Stroud Water Canal. Boasting glorious views, Stonehouse Court Hotel is the largest meeting venue in the Stroud Valley; located just 30 miles from Cheltenham and 10 miles from Gloucester, with excellent links to junctions 12 and 13 of the M5.
Conferencing facilities are available for groups of 10 to 150, offering options for intimate board meetings, product launches, awards dinners and even team building activity days. Stonehouse Court Hotel’s dedicated events team promises to cater its facilities and spaces to meet each company’s individual needs and prides itself on providing ‘the perfect environment to inspire fresh creativity’.
There are four meeting rooms available for hire at Stonehouse Court Hotel. The largest is the newly refurbished Caroline Suite, where guests overlook the beautifully landscaped lawn and garden; there’s space for 150 delegates when sat theatre-style, or 120 people for a private dinner.
For smaller groups, The Crellin Room on the hotel’s ground floor features authentic wood panelling and architecturally stunning mullioned windows. There’s also private access to the gardens, giving it a delightful atmosphere for board meetings and private dinners.
For groups of up to 12 people, the Sankey Suite, set on the lower ground floor of the hotel, overlooks the gardens and offers a large oak table with leather chairs.
Finally, guests can book the Sandford Suite with its large windows, allowing the room to be drenched in natural sunlight; with direct access onto the hotel’s terrace, this room is perfect for smaller meetings or as a breakout room for larger groups.
Stonehouse Court Hotel’s catering team can offer a number of food options including a Finger Buffet Lunch of wraps, baguettes, sandwiches, wedges and salad; a Hot and Cold Buffet Lunch with a sweet option; or a Deluxe Hot and Cold Buffet.
Stonehouse Court Hotel has ample space to accommodate a large number of vehicles.
The venue has 36 en-suite bedrooms. Some of the larger rooms in the main manor house have been recently refurbished. There are also smaller garden rooms located in the hotel’s newest extension. All of the hotel’s rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi and are decorated in a contemporary style.
Stonehouse Court Hotel has teamed up with a local events team, which specialises in team building activities. These can be booked in advance and executed within the hotel’s grounds. The venue even offers boat trips in collaboration with Glevum Boat Hire, where delegates can board their vessel at the foot of the hotel’s grounds on a tranquil stretch of water known as the Stroudwater Navigation.
Call Stonehouse Court Hotel on (01453) 794950, or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk.
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