Looking for a large venue to hire out this festive season? Whether it’s a get-together for 50 or a party for 500, there are plenty of places available to book for big events. Here are just a few of our favourites in the East Midlands
Prestwold Lane, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5SQ
This privately owned mansion in the heart of the Midlands is the ancestral home of the Packe-Drury–Lowe family, who open their doors for a wide variety of events, including Christmas parties. Prestwold Hall is a magnificent venue for a Christmas shindig and can be hired exclusively for up to 140 guests (minimum 80 people). The Christmas package includes a welcome cocktail, three-course seated dinner with coffee and petits fours, and a DJ and disco until midnight.
Market Place, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY
This stunning 16th-century coaching inn can accommodate 125 guests in its Garden Room for a fabulous Christmas shindig. The venue is cosy (think wooden beams and roaring fires) and all the food is locally sourced and cooked to order. The festive menu includes mouth-watering dishes including traditional roast breast of Norfolk turkey and 21-day-aged roast-pot beef. The hotel, which assign an events coordinator to every party booking, is also able to arrange discos, entertainment, photo booths, decorations and table plans.
Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RJ
Located within 330 acres of the University of Nottingham’s landscaped parkland, De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre has two large rooms that can be hired for festive celebrations. The venue has capacity for up to 1,000 guests, and packages include room hire, a cocktail on arrival, a three-course dinner, dance floor, DJ and lighting. There is also complimentary on-site parking. The adjoining De Vere Orchard Hotel is perfect for those looking to extend the celebrations with an overnight stay.
1A Bolero Square, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1LY
This cool, upmarket bar in central Nottingham is able to cater for parties up to 500 guests (or 100 for a sit-down meal). The venue is spacious and is split into three main areas: the central bar and lounge, the Box restaurant and a first-floor private area with a bar. There is also a stage and a sound system for groups who want to provide their own entertainment. Alternatively, the venue can book bands, musicians, DJs and entertainers to fit organisers’ budgets and requirements.