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Bristol Zoo Gardens Events

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About this venue

You and your delegates can have the zoo to yourselves by holding your event at Bristol Zoo Gardens. With a variety of spaces available, Bristol Zoo Gardens is perfect for everything from conferences or team meetings to the office Christmas party.

As well as the gang of adorable zoo animals, guests will love the elegant rooms and the charming 1920s architecture of the Clifton Pavilion. To top it off, the catering option does not disappoint – expect fantastic seasonal food for lunch or dinner, morning or afternoon refreshments, and top-drawer hospitality from start to finish.

Event Spaces

Bristol Zoo Gardens offers a variety of space to suit your event, with great audiovisual facilities and plenty of syndicate space.

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    Clifton Suite

    Capacity: 120

    On the first floor adjoining the Lecture Theatre, this space features a balcony overlooking the spectacular Zoo grounds. Ideal for receptions or dinners.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Great Views
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    Lecture Theatre

    Capacity: 119

    With tiered seating and full audiovisual, this space is ideal for seminars and presentations.

    • Lecturn
    • PA System
    • Screen & Stage
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    Council Room

    Capacity: 22

    Well-lit space with direct access to the balcony overlooking the Zoo grounds. Ideal for board meetings.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Screen
    • Wi-Fi
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    Garden Room

    Capacity: 150

    With a private bar and French doors opening onto the Zoo grounds, this is great for Christmas parties, awards dinners and conferences.

    • Bar
    • Cloakroom
    • Natural Daylight
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    Members Room

    Capacity: 150

    A great space for team planning sessions, board meetings or conference breakout space, with doors opening directly into the zoo grounds.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Screen
    • Wi-Fi
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    The Aquarium

    Capacity: 100

    A great talking point for delegates who can discover over 90 species of fish, from a variety of tropical, temperate, freshwater and marine habitats.

    • Unique Space
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    The Reptile House

    Capacity: 100

    Home to a host of reptiles and amphibians of all shapes, sizes and colours. A great addition to your event that will keep guests or delegates entertained.

    • Unique Space
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    Wild Place Project

    Capacity: 22

    Found in a separate location just off the M5, this is a great place for team building activities and company away days, including freshly made lunches.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Unique Space
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    The Hide

    Capacity: 300

    A fun and flexible event space located at the heart of the zoo – great for gala dinners, awards dinners, Christmas parties or weddings.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Bar

Capacity at a Glance

Event Space Reception Theatre Boardroom UShape Dinner / Dance Cab Lunch / Dinner Max Capacity
Clifton Suite 120 120 50 50 120 90 120 120
Lecture Theatre - 119 - - - - - 119
Council Room 20 - 22 - 22 - 22 22
Garden Room 150 120 50 50 90 70 90 150
Members Room - 15 12 - - - 12 150
The Aquarium 100 - - - - - - 100
The Reptile House 100 - - - - - - 100
Wild Place Project 22 22 - - - - 22 22
The Hide 300 - - - - - 300 300

Location

Bristol Zoo Gardens, close to Bristol city centre, is a short walk from Clifton Down train station and within 7 miles of Bristol International Airport. It’s also accessible by car, with 250 onsite parking spaces and the M32 just a couple of miles away.

Travel

  • Clifton Down 0.5 Miles
  • M32 JCT 3 2.4 Miles
  • Car Parking: Onsite (250 spaces)
  • Bristol International Airport 6.4 Miles

Address

College Road, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 3HH

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Special offers at Bristol Zoo Gardens

  • New Delegate Package

    Ways to be Well

    Our nutritionally designed menus have been created by incorporating a holistic approach to nutrition and wellbeing with a focus on how they can support both physical and mental wellbeing.

Accreditations

  • Good To Go England

    This venue has been awarded the ‘Good To Go’ UK industry mark, the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business can demonstrate they are following the government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

  • Code Of Practice Logo MASTER 1

    This venue is a member of the HBAA and supports their Code of Practice to assure best practice between agents, hotels and venues – ensuring every client receives a professional service.

  • MIA

    This venue is accredited by The Meetings Industry Association (mia), providing each of its clients with the assurance of excellence in business meetings and events across service, safety, health and responsibility.

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Meeting rooms

The Bristol Zoo Gardens meeting rooms, managed by Bristol Zoo Hospitality, can offer large entertaining rooms, small boardroom style spaces and a fully fitted lecture theatre.

It’s also possible to hire the entire zoo grounds for an evening complete with private viewings of the animal houses. These are popular for large staff parties or summer performances.

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Conference rooms

Bristol Zoo Gardens conference venue includes Clifton Pavilion, a completely unique conference space featuring five rooms over two floors, all of which benefit from natural daylight. Meanwhile, you can use various other Bristol Zoo Gardens conference rooms, including the impressive Hide restaurant.

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Celebrations

The Clifton Pavilion is one of the most unique wedding venues in Bristol. It provides the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and evening parties thanks to its unique location, set in the beautiful grounds of Bristol Zoo. Built in the 1920’s, the building’s graceful architecture offers elegant rooms with beautiful views overlooking the west lawn and flamingos.

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Catering

Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates (RA Venues) are proud to work with some of the UK’s most iconic and unique venues, from Tudor castles to contemporary art galleries. Their food philosophy is underpinned by their commitment to championing sustainability through seasonal menus and ethically sourced British produce. They deliver everything from intimate receptions to grand dinners, parties, exhibitions, conferences and meetings, and believe in making every event extraordinary.  

Find out more: www.restaurantassociates.co.uk

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Sustainability

This venue recognises the risks posed to the planet from climate change and the consequences of this change being felt by people all around the world. That is why they operate a Meetings For Change promise: 

  • We believe in using fresh, seasonal products

    We aim for 80% of the ingredients on our menus to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured. 

  • We believe in the power of plants

    We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins. 

  • We believe in zero waste 

    Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event, our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can. 

  • We believe in ethical sourcing 

    Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 

  • We believe in protecting our planet 

    Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030.  In addition, this venue has further sustainable priorities. Please contact a venue expert for more information.