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 that are perfect for big events. Here are just a few of our favourites in Hampshire
This upmarket golf club has excellent catering facilities and is a great choice for a large event. This Christmas, the club will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland (think frosted trees, sparkling snowflakes and glistening baubles), and is available for parties of up to 400 people (casual catering) or 300 for a sit-down dinner. The events team can help organise bespoke events, including entertainment.
Easton Lane, Easton, Winchester, SO21 1EG
This large country pub (think dark wooden beams, soft furnishings and dark-red walls lined with tankards) is ideal for those looking for a more traditional venue to celebrate Christmas. During the festive season, the pub, which has two spacious lounge areas, will be available to book for parties of up to 100 people. Food is locally sourced and the festive menu includes dishes such as slow-braised short rib with cream potatoes.
67-75 LONDON RD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO15 2AB
This urban-style city-centre pub has its very own micro-brewery and is available to book for up to 200 people for a seated dinner (or 350 standing). The pub has a great selection of local and international beers, as well as its own casks and kegs. For food, choose from a delicious festive buffet or scrumptious pizza packages. There is also a private bar that can be hired out, live music on selected nights and a DJ until late.
Britannia Rd, Southampton, SO14 5FP
Home to Southampton’s Premier League football club since 2001, this spacious venue can accommodate up to 480 people for a Christmas party. The venue has three packages for private parties – an unlimited traditional and international buffet, a three-course set-menu option and a three-course meal of the person’s choice. All the packages include room hire, a drink on arrival, half a bottle of wine per person and a DJ.
36-38 The Boardwalk, Port Solent, Portsmouth, PO6 4TP
This stylish all-day restaurant-bar has fantastic views across Port Solent’s marina and is available to book for parties of up to 100 people. In the winter, this bright and contemporary venue transforms into a cosy eatery with roaring fires and a delicious festive menu. The Watermark is great for large functions and its Christmas offering includes a three-course meal followed by a DJ (for evening events only) until the early hours.