Looking for a large venue to hire out this festive season? Whether it’s for a get-together for 50 or a party for 500, there are plenty of places available for big events. Here are just a few of our favourites in the Thames Valley
High Street, Hurley, Berkshire, SL6 5LX
This charming inn, which dates back to 1135, has a magnificent 16th-century Tudor barn for up to 120 guests, which is available to hire this Christmas. For those looking for a venue with accommodation, The Olde Bell also has The Malthouse – a detached Victorian building comprising 14 bedrooms, its own private entrance and five splendid function rooms. Packages are bespoke and include a delicious three-course meal and DJ until late.
Church Lane, Hook, RG27 0LG
Beauty and the Beast fans delight! This gorgeous Queen Anne-style mansion is transforming into the setting from the famous fairy tale. As well as offering shared parties, Highfield Park can be hired out for large events of up to 90 people in November, December and January. Enjoy a delectable three-course Christmas meal, which includes a choice of roast turkey, grilled sea bass or mushroom and cashew-nut wellington, and half a bottle of house wine, DJ and a disco.
Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Bearwood Road, Sindlesham, Berkshire, RG41 4SJ
This historic golf course was originally part of Windsor Great Park and is built on land bought in 1860 by the founder of The Times. Today, Bearwood Lakes is a popular golfing hotspot – and has a fantastic club house that can host parties for up to 120 people for a sit-down dinner or 160 for a buffet (minimum 80 people). The club house, which will be transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland this Christmas, can be hired out exclusively or for private event.
18 High Street, Windsor SL4 1LJ
This characterful hotel is one of Windsor’s oldest buildings and is a stylish and an upmarket venue for a large Christmas event. The Castle Hotel is focussing on tradition this festive season and can be hired out for parties of up to 300 people for dinner. The package includes a drinks reception, three-course meal with a half-bottle of wine per person and entertainment from the hotel’s resident DJ.