Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation & educational charity which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project. The Clifton Pavilion can offer the perfect venue for any occasion. Built in the 1920’s, the building's graceful architecture offers elegant rooms with beautiful views overlooking the west lawn and flamingos.
Bristol & South West England
Unique and unusual venues to hire in Bristol and South West England
M shed is a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbour side in the heart of Bristol. The building’s industrial heritage has been retained but now offers a purpose built event suite, suitable for corporate and private events. Guests have access to the roof top terrace, giving fantastic panoramic views across Bristol's harbour.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is a stunning landmark venue, located in the heart of the city. The magnificent Edwardian Baroque building is a famous city landmark and its world class collection of art, archaeology, geology and natural history provides an inspirational backdrop for corporate hospitality.
Home of the Gold Cup, Cheltenham Racecourse is a world famous sporting venue with superb facilities for conferences, exhibitions, banquets, Christmas parties and major PR events. Catering for 2 to 2,250 guests and with free parking for 10,000 cars, it has the versatility to stage profile corporate or private function.
Exeter Racecourse is a renowned conference centre surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. Exeter Racecourse is the perfect place to host a conference, meeting, dinner or wedding with a host of flexible rooms, lots of outside space, easy access and free car parking. Can accommodate up to 300 in theatre style or 180 cabaret.
On days that we are not racing the indoor facilities provide exclusive views and a unique ambiance that is perfect for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, and exhibitions. For out door events such as horse and pony shows, dog shows or car rallies we have up to 90 stables and approximately 50 acres of flat grassland.
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Visit Bristol for your next meeting or event
Individuality. Creativity. Passion. Bristol is certainly a unique city with a very beautiful story. Home to artists and activists, its quirky vibe and energy is unrivaled. The city has much to offer both leisure and business travellers with a bustling centre, no shortage of sights to see, restaurants to visits and attractions such as zoos and art galleries to enjoy. If you’re hosting an event in a location with such strong identity, then why wouldn’t you use a venue that is bursting with character? Creative professionals, including writers, directors and architects have all flocked to seek inspiration in this ideas hub. It truly is that perfect location to allow creativity to flow.
Embrace the character of Bristol
Recently voted as European Capital of 2015, Bristol is the first UK city to win this prestigious award. Known to some as ‘UK’s answer to San Francisco’ the city is nestled in the lush hills of the South-West and perfectly combines nature with suburban culture. The city possesses a rich maritime history and is famous for its landmarks, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and dockyards. World famous artist, Banksy, was once a child with a spray-paint canister on the streets of Bristol; it’s a place of inspiration and development.
As you arrive in Bristol you’re immediately welcomed by a sense of strong community pride. The word is out about the fine local produce. It’s an ideal destination for foodies to indulge in hearty, local grub. Grab a bike and cycle around the surrounding landscape, re-energise with a delicious frothy latte, then begin an afternoon of further exploring. The music scene is pumping with a wide variety of events regularly hosted. Early August is a fantastic time to visit during the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Witnessing the spectacular sea of hot air balloons simultaneously taking flight is truly unforgettable.
Clifton – top location for meetings and events
Clifton is an area of Bristol that is not to be missed. It’s chic, rustic charm is quite simply picturesque. Clifton is also home to our beloved venue, Bristol Zoo Gardens - Britain’s oldest zoo and a top choice for meetings and events. Picture the high ceilings, large balconies and natural daylight beaming through the French windows, as you look out onto the resident flamingos, neatly poised in the sunshine. With unrivalled opportunities for your guests to get up close with over 450 species of exotic and endangered animals, it is a true crowd-pleaser for your next event.
The impressive Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is also set in the heart of Clifton. The moment you enter the venue, prepare to be dazzled by an outstanding high glass roof, arched balconies and marble floor. Your event will be unmistakably impressive with its luxurious backdrops and world-class collection of art and history surrounding your guests. Ranked in TripAdvisor’s top 10 places to visit in Bristol, it is an opportunity to seize.
And let’s not forget Bristol Harbourside for your event
Bristol is rich in maritime history. Once upon a time this lively tourist hotspot was a busy port for trading goods and ships set off on voyages of discovery. Nowadays visitors flock to enjoy the dining and entertainment by the animated waterside.
With superb views of the harbour, M Shed museum sits amongst the action of the restaurants, bars and water sports. It’s the chameleon of event venues. With 6 rooms available, M Shed can cater from small team meetings to large conferences. The stories of the city come to life in a thought-provoking and entertaining way. After completing an engaging and productive meeting, it’s time to treat yourself to a satisfying class of local cider at the local bar. Perfection.
Transportation to Bristol
Located on the intersection between the M4 and the M5, Bristol is well connected by road and is only 90 minutes to London, thanks to the high speed rail links. In addition, Bristol's international airport makes this city a great solution for international business visitors.
Further Afield – The South West
The south west of England is a sought after location and renowned for its wonderful countryside, seaside towns and sunny climate. Our venues in the south west include a number of the UK's leading racecourse venues including Exeter Racecourse, Wincanton and perhaps the most famous of all Cheltenham. Each not only provides great facilities for conferences, meetings and dinners within their grandstands and private boxes, but perhaps more importantly each offer delegates the opportunity to really take in their surroundings and enjoy the amazing views and natural daylight.
Watch our video to discover three of Bristol's most Unique venues
Thinking of visiting Bristol or hosting an event here?
You might find the following resources useful in planning:
Visit Bristol: www.visitbristol.co.uk
Bristol Post: www.bristolpost.co.uk
Lonely Planet Bristol: www.lonelyplanet.com/bristol