Gloucestershire plays host to a sparkling array of Christmas party venues, so whether you are looking for the perfect setting for your office party, festive celebrations with friends, or somewhere for a family get together to treasure, you’re sure to find it in the hugely popular annual SoGlos Christmas party guide 2018.
From Champagne toasts, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, and crackers, to mince pies, magical live entertainment and energetic dancefloor moves, plan your perfect Christmas party, with the following sensational Gloucestershire party venues all coming highly recommended for hosting the finest festive merriment in the county.
Plus, don’t miss the Christmas day suggestions, if you’re looking for the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry on Tuesday 25 December 2018.
On the menu: Get into the seasonal spirit at DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham, with the hotel offering two grades of Festive Party Nights including silver and platinum. Both invite party-goers to indulge in a three-course dinner, before dancing the night away to tunes from a resident DJ. Dishes include a traditional roast turkey, pan fried Scottish salmon, and Christmas pudding. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, check out the Festive Afternoon Tea offering a seasonal finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade festive cakes. Children will adore meeting Santa at Santa Sunday Lunch; take your pick from a tempting three meat carvery with all the trimmings and then indulge in the delicious dessert table, while Father Christmas entertains the kids.
SoGlos loves: Enjoy a Christmas break without the stress of organisation thanks to a Christmas break at Doubletree by Hilton Cheltenham. Arriving on either Sunday 23 or Monday 24 December 2018, guests can enjoy a three or four-night package including a quiz, films in the Garden Room, carol singing and festive dinners and lunches each day.
When: Silver Party Nights are available on Thursdays 6, 13, and 20 December; Fridays 23 and 30 November, and 7, 14 and 20 December; Saturdays 24 November, and 1, 8, 15 and 22 December; Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December 2018. Diamond Party Nights are available Fridays 30 November and 7, 14 and 21 December; Saturdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 December 2018. Festive Afternoon Tea is available throughout December, but must be pre-booked. Santa Sunday Lunch is available on Sundays 9 and 16 December 2018; while the Festive Lunches are available from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 30 December, excluding Christmas Day.
How much?: Silver Festive Party Nights are £24.95 per person in November, £28.95 per person in December and £24.95 on Sundays in December; Platinum Festive Party Nights are £34.95 per person. Festive Afternoon Tea is £13.95 per person; Santa Sunday Lunch starts at £8.95 for children under 12. Festive Lunches are £23 for the set menu and £26 for the choice menu; the Christmas Packages are £419 per person for three nights, and £469 for four nights.
On Christmas Day: The hotel’s four-course festive feast is perfect for those wanting a stress-free Christmas Day, with the lunch £79.95 for adults and £35 for children aged 12 and under.
To book: Call (01242) 222021, email email@example.com, or visit doubletreecheltenham.com directly.
On the menu: Wrap up in your finest winter gear and gather the troops for a Christmas party that’ll go off with a bang! Join the team at Ian Coley Shooting School, offering professional tuition, gun hire, clays, cartridges and all safety equipment, for groups of 10 people or more. Choose from the Christmas Cracker shooting package which invites guests to try a variety of different clay targets before taking on a best of 10 challenge, followed by tea, coffee and mice pies. The Not So Silent Night package also offers the chance to test out your skills on a host of targets, with sloe gin included alongside tea, coffee and mince pies. For those looking for the ultimate shooting experience, there’s the All The Trimmings package, which includes two hours of shooting alongside lunch at a local pub or hotel. Perfect for team building during the festive season, this activity is a great party for colleagues who want to enjoy an activity during the day, rather than in the evening.
SoGlos loves: The on-site shop at Ian Coley is great for picking up festive gifts for country sports enthusiasts, with a wide range of new and used shotguns, along with accessories and clothing.
When: Throughout November, December and January.
How much?: Minimum booking for 10 people, with the Christmas Cracker package priced at £50+VAT per person. The Not So Silent Night package is £70+VAT per person; and the All the Trimmings is from £98+VAT per person.
To book: Call (01242) 870391, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit iancoley.co.uk directly.
On the menu: This stylish bar and restaurant is great for those wanting to party in a casual environment, where the drinks keep flowing! Specialising in artisan spirits and flavoured vodka cocktails, Revolution Cheltenham’s location inside a former church makes it a party location to remember. Guests can hire all or part of the venue, with Revolution’s mezzanine bar perfect for groups of up to 100. When it comes to food, the venue doesn’t disappoint, with a Christmas buffet option including delicious tapas-style dishes such as houmous and vegetable batons, mini baked potatoes and prawn and chorizo skewers. There’s also a three-course dinner option including roast turkey ballotine, grilled wild hake, and short rib of beef. Sweet treats include the boozy Gin ‘n’ Juice Cheesecake and a more traditional warm Christmas pudding. If your team loves a drink, there’s plenty of offers to add to the festivities, including adding sink of Peroni beer or a box full of gin cocktails to your booking.
SoGlos loves: This laid-back party venue has a number of different hiring options within the same space, so even if you’re part of a small team, there’s still the chance to enjoy the live DJ and party atmosphere of a bustling bar, whilst maintaining your own private space to dance and drink. Options include hiring the downstairs restaurant area, main bar area, back bar booths, Soloman’s Table, Mezze Booths, Mezze Bar or even the Stained Glass Pulpit.
When: Celebrations can be booked for most evenings throughout November and December 2018, subject to availability.
How much?: Revolution’s Christmas buffet costs £14.95 per person, with the three-course option costing £19.95 per person during lunch time or £26.95 per person in the evening. Drink packages range from £4.90 for a glass of prosecco, through to spirits by the bottle from £125 including mixers.
On Christmas Day: Revolution is closed for bookings on Christmas Day 2018.
To book: Call (01242) 234045, email email@example.com or visit revolution-bars.co.uk/bar/cheltenham directly.
Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
On the menu: Transport yourself from the heart of Cheltenham, to the streets of New York City, as Hype Agency turns the Town Hall into a magical wonderland, themed around Christmas in the Big Apple. Indulge in a drinks reception before taking your seats for a themed three-course meal. Relax in the Central Park chill out area, party to live entertainment throughout the night, and take home some amazing memories from the on-site photo booth. The menu for this fairy tale evening includes Central Park corn chowder with a pretzel roll; NYC Hickory smoked chicken with dauphinoise potato and vegetables; and a deliciously American Blueberry slice to finish. Available on four nights throughout December, this extravagant Christmas party is planned by events company Hype Agency, a firm well-known for producing the biggest and best Christmas parties in the south west, which sell-out year on year. Be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment and prepare for a memorable night.
SoGlos loves: Attention to detail at a Hype Agency Party is second-to-none. Guests will hardly recognise Cheltenham Town Hall underneath a forest of snowy trees and starry skylines. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail as you stroll along the side walks of Fifth Avenue, take in the Rockefeller Tree and leave footprints in the snow at an indoor Central Park. This night will be one to remember.
When: The Fairytale in New York party is available on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 December 2018.
How much: Ticket prices start from £42 + vat per person, depending on which night you attend.
To book: Call 0117 971 0320, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hypeagency.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Get into the seasonal spirit this December at waterfront hotel, De Vere Cotswold Water Park. Offering joint parties with The Mallard Suite Christmas party nights and Private Christmas parties as well as Santa Sundays perfect for younger guests. The Mallard Suite parties start with a Kir Royale cocktail on arrival, followed by a three-course meal with coffee, and concluding with a DJ who’ll play until the small hours. Private Christmas parties at De Vere Cotswold Water Park offer the same festive feast, welcome drinks and DJ as the joint parties, but are best suited to larger companies. Santa Sundays include a three-course carvery alongside a visit from Father Christmas himself, who will give each child a special gift to take away.
SoGlos loves: The hotel is offering party-goers the chance to take advantage of its special overnight Christmas rate, with bed and breakfast priced at £88 per room per night, meaning you won’t have to worry about queuing for a taxi home!
When: The Mallard Suite Christmas party nights take place on various dates between Friday 30 November and Thursday 20 December 2018 from 7.15pm; while the Private Christmas parties are available from Saturday 1 December through to Saturday 22 December 2018 from 7pm. Santa Sundays are available on Sundays 2, 9 and 16 December 2018 from 12.30pm.
How much: Tickets for the Mallard Suite Christmas party nights range from £32.50 to £42.50 per person, while the Private Christmas parties are £37 plus VAT per person. Santa Sundays are charged at £9.95 for children aged between four and 12, and are free for under-fours.
To book: Call (01285) 864000, email email@example.com or visit phcompany.com directly.
On the menu: A delicious alternative to a traditional Christmas meal, Purslane restaurant in Cheltenham offers a wintery à la carte menu with a seafood focus. The venue is the perfect destination for enjoying a festive meal amongst friends or a small group of co-workers; ideal for those looking for a more intimate celebration. While the 2018 menu hasn’t been confirmed yet, the 2017 selection included starters such as Hand-dived Oban Scallop with sea kale, aster, douglas fir and cockle dashi; Sea bream tartare with heritage carrots, skyr, clementine and sea buckthorn; and Cotswold goose with liver parfait, quine, brioche and red cabbage ketchup. Mains featured Scottish halibut with beef shin, wheat berries, scots pine and hen of the wood; Home-smoked Loch Duart salmon with coal roasted beets, rainbow chard and bergamot hollandaise; and Winter squash pithivier with purple sprouting broccoli, chestnuts and Wiltshire truffle. Tempting desserts ranged from Sourdough black treacle tart with sea buckthorn, clementine and clotted cream ice cream, through to Ginger savarin with poached quince, mulled wine ice-cream and parkin meringue.
SoGlos loves: Purslane’s menu changes monthly, in line with what’s in season. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients, all of which are cooked on site. While its use of seasonal produce means there is a wintery theme to Purslane’s Christmas menu, there isn’t a roast turkey in sight; making this the perfect spot for foodies looking for a different festive flavour.
When: Group bookings can be taken throughout December, with a maximum of 10 people per party.
How much?: A three-course à la carte meal costs £41 per person or £60 for the tasting menu. Purslane can be hired on a private basis which incurs a room fee and a set menu, to be agreed in advance.
To book: Call (01242) 321639, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit purslane-restaurant.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Combining glamourous surroundings with a real party atmosphere, The Cheltenham Chase Hotel is the perfect place for hosting your festive celebrations this winter. Relive the best years of your life with the Retro Disco Party Night offering a three-course menu alongside a resident DJ spinning the tunes you’ll remember, until the early hours. If lady luck is on your side this Christmas, you won’t want to miss the Christmas Casino Nights featuring a number of fun casino table games alongside a delicious meal and disco. New for 2018 is the Winter Wonderland Party where guests can experience a magical Christmas themed party alongside three-courses, live entertainment and a disco. For those needing some down-time before the big day, the Spa and Party Night Sleepover shouldn’t be missed. Combining a pampering spa day, two 25-minute treatments, lunch and access to the Retro Disco Party Night it’s perfect for pre-Christmas pampering. There’s also more traditional Festive Lunches on offer, as well as a Festive Afternoon Tea.
SoGlos loves: The hotel offers special rate bedrooms for party-goers looking to avoid queuing for taxis home, with singles from £68 and doubles from £78 including a hearty breakfast; the perfect antidote to a heavy night!
When: The Christmas Casino Nights take place on Saturdays 1, 7 and 14 December 2018; Retro Disco Party Nights, and Spa and Party Night Sleepover on Thursdays 6, 13 and 20 December; Fridays 23 and 30 November, and 7, 14 and 21 December 2018; Saturdays 24 November and 1, 8, 15, 22 December 2018. Winter Wonderland Party nights are available on Saturdays 8 and 15 December 2018. Festive Lunches and Afternoon Teas are available throughout December, but booking is essential.
On Christmas Day: A stress-free festive feast awaits with the menu encompassing spiced parsnip soup, smoked salmon, roast turkey with all the trimmings, roasted pheasant with honey roast root vegetables, and desserts ranging from traditional Christmas pudding through to a trio of chocolate torte, cookie crumb and clotted cream, costing £78, £39 for children, and free of charge for under fours.
How much: Tickets cost £42.50 for the Christmas Casino Nights; from £29.95 for the Retro Party Nights; £44.50 for tickets to the Winter Wonderland Party; and from £118 for the Spa & Party Night Sleepovers.
To book: Call (01452) 519988, email email@example.com or visit qhotels.co.uk directly.
On the menu: From fabulous festive gatherings through to private parties, the four-star Hallmark Hotel Gloucester has Christmas all wrapped up for groups of friends, families and colleagues. Hallmark's Inclusive Party Nights include an all-you-can-eat three-course carvery; unlimited canapes and cocktails; as well as free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks during dinner. After the feast, there’s a disco and photobooth to make your evening one to remember. The hotel also offers a Dine and Disco option, combining a three-course meal followed by tunes from the hotel’s resident DJ. For those looking for a more intimate affair, why not book your party onto a Private Christmas Party Night combining a festive three-course meal and disco in a private room.
SoGlos loves: If you’re the person stuck doing the organising of this year’s Christmas party, Hallmark Hotel in Gloucester will reward you for all of that hard work! Offering a ‘bookers bonus’ of free afternoon tea, a complimentary dinner or even a free overnight stay, depending on the size of the party booked.
When: Inclusive Party Nights are available on Fridays 23 and 30 November 2018, Saturday 24 November 2018 and throughout December. Dine and Disco events can be booked Monday to Thursday evenings throughout December 2018. Private Party Nights are also available throughout December 2018.
On Christmas Day: Save the stress of cooking this Christmas and enjoy a Christmas residential break at Hallmark Gloucester. Offering a three or four-night break, guests can enjoy three meals each day, as well as live evening entertainment.
How much: The Inclusive Christmas parties cost between £49 and £69; Private Parties are £25 per person; and Dine and Disco parties cost £29 per person. Residential breaks over Christmas start at £299 per person for a three-night break and £375 per person for a four-night break.
To book: Call (01452) 525653, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hallmarkhotels.co.uk directly.
On the menu: This impressive 17th century manor house hotel, which overlooks the Stroud canal, is hosting a range of festive soirées throughout the 2018 party season. Combining decadent meals with tasty cocktails and dancing, party-goers can choose from a number of options to suit all budgets and group sizes. Starting with Festive Dining guests can enjoy a three-course festive menu, accompanied by crackers, party boxes and a disco until midnight. Dishes include smoked trout and orange salad, roast turkey with all the trimmings and a warming Irish cream cheesecake. For larger groups, or those looking for a more intimate Christmas event, Stonehouse Court’s Private Christmas Parties are the perfect solution. Including a three-course dinner and disco, guests can tuck into dishes such as chicken and leek terrine, roasted fillet of salmon or a traditional Christmas pudding
SoGlos loves: If you’re hoping to get away from it all this Christmas, you can create your own yuletide getaway at Stonehouse Court Hotel with the Residential Christmas Package. Guests can enjoy delicious breakfasts, tempting afternoon tea, board games, buffets, carols and midnight mass. For those looking for some evening entertainment, there’s even some artistic cocktail making demonstrations in Stonehouse Court’s 1601 bar.
When: Both the Festive Dining nights and Private Party Nights are available from Monday to Sunday throughout December until Sunday 23 December 2018.
How much: Both Festive Dining and Private Parties cost £29.95 on Thursdays and Sundays, and £35 per person on Fridays and Saturdays. Residential Christmas Packages start at £300 per person for a two-night break, and £380 per person for a three-night getaway.
On Christmas day: For £89.50 per person, you can forget slaving over a hot stove and join the celebrations at Stonehouse Court Hotel, with its four-course menu featuring the likes of terrine of chicken with leeks; roast turkey with all the trimmings; and caramelised lemon tart.
To book: Call (01453) 794950, email email@example.com or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.
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