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 options for big events. Here are just a few of our favourites in the South West
Lucknam Park , Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ
This beautiful country house, which is set in 500 acres of listed parkland, has 42 bedrooms and suites, and can accommodate up to 110 guests for an exclusive Christmas event. Hire of the hotel includes access to the lounges, function rooms and Restaurant Hywel Jones – a Michelin-star eatery headed up by top chef Hywel Jones. As well as exquisite cuisine and a luxury spa, Lucknam Park has a cookery school, which offers half-day and full-day courses, and an equestrian centre.
Clevedon Hall, Elton Road, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 7RH
A stunning corporate events venue, Clevedon Hall promises a Christmas bash of inimitably grand proportions. Having recently completed a £4.2m six-year revamp to restore the Jacobean-revival building to its former glory, the venue provides a winning combination of comfort and style. The stately manicured grounds, a palatial exterior and elegant decor make the venue an impressive location for a shindig. There is also an on-site events team to help with party planning.
Ashton Court Mansion, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN
Just a short distance from Bristol city centre, this Grade II listed venue is decorated traditionally for the festive season. Set in beautifully manicured grounds, Ashton Court Mansion’s party options range from a fantastic festive buffet to a magnificent three-course feast. And, of course, there is an amply stocked bar to keep everybody’s favourite drinks topped up while they dance the night away. There is also complimentary car parking on-site for guests.
Racks Bar & Kitchen, St. Pauls Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LX
The cosy alcoves and warming fireplaces at this Clifton bar make for a great festive atmosphere. With the heated Winter Wonderland Marquee and The Playroom, Racks can cater for groups of up to 150 and has a license to host a band or DJ in the evenings. The mouth-watering festive menu includes dishes such as Norfolk black-feather turkey with smoked bacon and cranberry stuffing, and salmon fillet with leek, juniper and maple glaze.
The Bristol Pavilion, Gloucestershire Cricket, Brightside Ground Bristol, Nevil Road, Bristol, BS7 9EJ
With private rooms catering for parties of 60-300 people and just a stones throw from Gloucester Road, Bristol Pavilion is the perfect choice for an exclusive corporate party, or if you’re looking to entertain important clients. Venue sharing is available and you can book just a table so you can soak up the lively atmosphere whilst indulging in delicious food and drink.