Whether it’s a big birthday extravaganza, an anniversary celebration, or a party for the sake of a party, why not go all out to plan a memorable day for all of your guests? With so many amazing venues in the Cotswolds, there’s plenty of flexibility, especially when it comes to theme.
1. Alice in Wonderland themed party at Cowley Manor
Visited by the author of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, Cowley Manor provided inspiration for the famous storybook. There’s no better place to hold a wonderland-themed party than here, that’s for sure. Inspire curiosity with decorations and, of course, fancy dress. You could opt for a mad hatter’s tea party inspired buffet, or perhaps play some Wonderland-themed games out on the lawns. Exclusive hire at Cowley Manor includes full use of the venue, including the luxury bedrooms, C-Side Spa, restaurant and library.
2. Rustic countryside party at The Barn at Upcote
Strip things back with a party in the beautiful The Barn at Upcote – an idyllic location for a celebration in the Cotswolds. Decorate with flowers galore, distressed furniture, fairy lights and props such as wheelbarrows, crates and straw bales. The Barn at Upcote’s main building, the Threshing Barn, can seat 100 guests, while the Grain Store and Sheep Shed barns provide a relaxing setting for guests and can be decorated to suit your theme.
3. Summer party at Cornwell Manor
With beautiful grounds and rolling countryside views, Cornwell Manor in the Cotswolds makes a great venue for an outdoor summer party. Sit back with a picnic out on the lawns, listen to live music and enjoy the summer sun. With 2,000 acres of estate to enjoy, you can hire out Cornwell Manor for exclusive use, meaning you and your guests can make use of the 12 bedrooms and on-site chef.
4. Las Vegas themed marquee party in the Cotswolds
With plenty of scope for creativity, a Las Vegas theme is great fun for a big birthday celebration. From gamblers and cabaret dancers to magicians and piano players, the possibilities are endless. Hiring a marquee is a great way to start with a blank canvas, so that you can design your space from scratch. With free reign on lighting, colour theme, furniture and music, a marquee venue can be as extravagant as you like it.
5. Ultimate birthday bash at Elmore Court
Elmore Court’s Gillyflower venue is a contemporary marquee-hall, where guests can dine and dance into the night. Surrounded by Cotswold countryside, the venue has stunning views and, with no neighbours, the music can be amped up without a worry. The state-of-the art surround-sound system and LED mood lighting create a brilliant party atmosphere. Priding itself on offering bespoke experiences, Elmore Court provides exclusive use hire. So, whether you want a live band, street performers or a banquet, you can have the place to yourself.
6. Fairytale themed party at Sudeley Castle
What could be more fairytale-like than a party in a castle? Its Terrace Pavilion provides panoramic views of Cotswold countryside and the Medieval Banqueting Hall is perfect for an enchanting sit-down meal. Be transported to another world within the castle walls, with some scope for fantastical decorations and fairy tale theming. Bursting with romance, the castle also makes a stunning location for a wedding.
7. Disco party at Egypt Mill
Egypt Mill is a unique setting for a party; the refurbished 16th century mill is full of characterful charm and with 32 beautiful bedrooms, it’s an ideal place to throw a good party. Happy to suit any theme, the function room has a great space for a dance floor and with catering options available, you can treat your guests to some delicious food, too.
8. Festival themed party at Cripps Barn
Ideal for the summer months, an outdoor festival party makes a great theme for a birthday extravaganza. From entertainers to live music, the possibilities are endless. Cripps Barn in the Cotswolds provides a rustic venue for this theme, complete with rolling countryside and beautiful views. Get branded lanyards and festival programmes for your guests upon arrival, and decorate with fairy lights, bunting and straw bales.