Tuesday 20 October 2020

Gloucestershire Christmas party guide

Discover the perfect Covid-safe venue to host your smaller Christmas party celebrations in Gloucestershire in 2020.

Gloucestershire is home to a sparkling array of party venues, promising Christmas cheer and festive merriment while safely adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Whether you’re looking to host an intimate office party, celebrate the holiday season with a small group of friends or treat your household to something special, SoGlos is showcasing the venues that have gone above and beyond to make Christmas parties as magical as ever in 2020.

Plus, don’t miss our Christmas Day suggestions for the best places to eat, drink and be merry on Friday 25 December 2020.

Please note, this guide will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Christmas party venues in the Cotswolds 2020

Cowley Manor

On the menu

Promising a winter refuge for those planning a Christmas get-together, Cowley Manor has several private dining options to host your bau-bubble in December 2020.

Featuring a classic Christmas turkey roast with a contemporary twist, as well as luxurious meat and seafood options for both starters and mains, the festive menu offers something for everyone. Veggie-friendly choices include a butternut squash and pumpkin soup starter and a baked portobello mushroom with chickpea and lentil ragout main.

Sweet-tooth diners can opt for a traditional Christmas pudding dessert or indulge with whiskey and vanilla cheesecake or dark chocolate mousse with spiced poached pear – with a locally-sourced cheese board available for lovers of all things savoury.

Cowley Manor is also offering a festive afternoon tea with finger sandwiches including roast turkey and cranberry, fresh scones and a selection of Christmassy cakes.

On Christmas Day

Celebrate a truly relaxing Christmas in the Cotswolds, with guests welcome to stay at Cowley Manor over the holiday season.

Arriving on Christmas Eve and departing on Sunday 27 December 2020, visitors will be treated to sparking afternoon teas, indulgent brunches and decadent full-course dinners, with fantastic festive activities planned. Plus, there will be a Christmas tree in every suite to make the experience extra magical.

No cooking is required on Christmas Day, with Cowley’s expert kitchen serving up a Buck’s Fizz breakfast and epic five course festive lunch – with an evening hamper for the whole family to enjoy, too.

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Something a little different for 2020, visitors can get crafty at Cowley Manor with several festive classes running throughout December.

Make your own wreath to hang proudly on your front door, try your hand at inking and bauble art, or create handmade candles perfect for gifting loved ones. All materials, refreshments and even festive afternoon tea is included at each event.


Cowley Manor will be running its Christmas offering throughout December 2020.

How much?

Festive lunch costs £19 for two courses or £23 for three, while dinner is priced at £29 for two courses and £35 for three. For festive afternoon tea, it’s £20 per person, with an extra £5 for a glass of champagne.

Christmas holiday packages begin at £1,710, based on two adults sharing one bedroom for three nights, with additional options for children and teenagers too.

All craft classes cost £65 per person.

To book

Visit cowleymanor.com/christmas.

Christmas party venues in Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury Park

On the menu

Gather your nearest and dearest for a festive feast at Tewkesbury Park, this Christmas. Welcoming groups of up to six, bubbles can enjoy a variety of different festive dining options for a special celebration at this glorious countryside retreat.

With options for lunch and dinner, the three course Festive Feasting Menu features wild game terrine for starters; roasted Cotswold turkey with all the trimmings for the main course; and Granny McIntosh’s Christmas pudding for dessert.

Opt for a Festive Afternoon Tea for Christmassy cakes, sandwiches and a tower of sweet treats. While the Festive Sunday Brunch includes enjoy bottomless tea and coffee, an impressive savoury spread and a spectacular chocolate fountain.

On Christmas Day

Let Tewkesbury Park take care of everything with a three-night Christmas Retreat. On Christmas Eve, enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea accompanied by carols, followed by a cracking Christmas film with popcorn, hot chocolate and marshmallows, then get dressed up for drinks, canapes and a three-course dinner.

Christmas Day starts with breakfast and Buck’s Fizz before moving onto Champagne around the Christmas tree for gift giving, then a traditional four-course festive lunch. Anyone who’s still got room later can take their pick from a relaxed evening spread, which includes homemade Christmas cake and local produce.

Start Boxing Day the right way with brunch and bubbly, followed by cocktails, music and dinner in the evening, then tuck into a hearty Cotswold breakfast before checking out the following morning.

The three-night Christmas Retreat at Tewkesbury Park costs from £897 for two people sharing a room.

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For an extra special celebration with your closest friends and family, Tewkesbury Park offers two private dining rooms – the Earl of Warwick and the Duke of Gloucester. Situated in the old manor house, boasting traditional décor, huge windows overlooking the grounds and a luxurious feel, they’re ideal for an intimate Christmas meal.


Enjoy Tewkesbury Park’s festive dining options throughout December 2020, with Festive Sunday brunch available on Sundays from 11am until 2.30pm.

How much?

Festive lunches cost £25 per person for two courses or £30 for three courses with dinner costing £30 per person for two courses or £35 for three, all including tea, coffee and mini mince pies for afters.

Festive afternoon tea is £20 per person, or for a more indulgent option, £28 with a glass of Champagne, while festive Sunday brunch is £20 per person or £26 with a glass of prosecco.

To book

Call Tewkesbury Park on (01684) 272300 or visit tewkesburypark.co.uk.

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Thursday 08 October 2020

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