Reception Venues In Bristol

Unique and unusual reception venues to hire in Bristol and South West England

Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Max Capacity 300

Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and educational charity which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project. The Clifton Pavilion can offer the perfect venue for any occasion. Built in the 1920s, the building's graceful architecture offers elegant rooms with beautiful views overlooking the West Lawn and the zoo's resident flamingos.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Max Capacity 300

Bristol Museum and 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 exhibits of art, archaeology, geology and natural history provide an inspirational backdrop for corporate hospitality.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

M Shed, Bristol

M Shed

Max Capacity 300

M Shed is a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbourside 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 rooftop terrace, giving fantastic panoramic views across Bristol's harbour.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Cheltenham

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 2250

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 high-profile corporate or private functions.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Exeter

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 300

Exeter Racecourse is a renowned conference centre surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. The venue 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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

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Bristol is one of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful cities.  It may be small by comparison to London, Birmingham or Manchester, but it’s perfectly formed, enjoys a rich cultural scene and could be the ideal place to host your evening reception event.  If you decide to host your reception here, you’ll find an amazing array of unique reception venues in Bristol, all able to tailor their services to whatever style of event you wish to arrange.

To see you and your guests make the most of your time in this city both before and after your Bristol reception, here are just three reasons to choose a Bristol reception venue for your next corporate event…

Three Reasons to Choose Bristol for Your Corporate Reception Event

The History

Bristol was once notorious for the slave trade, and alongside Liverpool was a stopping off point for slaves being transported from Africa to the Americas.  Nevertheless, it’s also had plenty of positive history – Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the Great Western Railway between here and London, and the city once had thriving copper and brass industries.  You can find some incredible Gothic architecture from the Victorian era, as well as older examples of Medieval and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century buildings.

Bristol’s wonderfully rich history is celebrated at the magnificent Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, a stunning landmark which also hosts receptions in Bristol.  Should you host your Bristol reception here, your guests can enjoy a canape and champagne reception amid the elegant surroundings of the Edwardian Baroque Winterstoke or Willis Halls, and take in the exhibits which explore the history, art and archaeology of this wonderful city.

The Cultural Scene

Bristol has one of the most dynamic cultural scenes of any British city.  You can enjoy live theatre at the Bristol Old Vic, little sister to London’s Old Vic Theatre, or at the Bristol Hippodrome or the Tabacco Factory.  There’s also plenty to take in if you like live music – the Colston Hall can seat up to 2,000, while smaller venues such as The Croft, The Fleece, Fiddlers and The Old Duke showcase everything from folk to rock and jazz to drum and bass.  Alongside the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery there are plenty of places to see collections of fine art, contemporary photography and sculpture, including at M Shed.

M Shed is one of our most unique venues, and houses an eclectic collection of artworks.  It also has a great reputation for hosting receptions in Bristol, allowing you and your guests to enjoy an evening of drinks and tray service food in the most atmospheric of settings.  With stunning views over Bristol’s historic docks and function rooms which have preserved this fine building’s industrial past, this is an unusual venue which is ideal for entertaining and networking.

The Countryside

Step just outside the city during your stay in Bristol and you’ll find some of the loveliest countryside in the United Kingdom.  Bristol itself has been celebrated as Britain’s ‘most sustainable city’, and the environment and green matters are a high priority here.  In 2015 it received the European Green Capital Award and is rightly proud of its eco-friendly credentials.  As well as the incredible surrounding countryside, the city itself boasts many parks and green spaces to explore during your time here, with Bristol Zoo Gardens a prime example.

Host your Bristol reception event at Bristol Zoo and you can entertain guests with fine wines, bowl food and buffet delicacies prepared by an expert team of caterers and top chefs.  The elegant Clifton Pavilion could provide the perfect backdrop for your corporate reception in Bristol, with sweeping views over the lush green, immaculately manicured lawns and the flamingos.  Attendees can even enjoy a visit to the animals, making this a perfect venue for those wishing to embrace Bristol’s environmentally-friendly status.

Bristol is a beautiful and dynamic city, the ideal place to host your reception whatever the reasons for your event.  For more information on these incredible bespoke venues or any of the venues we have right across the country, please get in touch with Lime Venue Portfolio today.