As the nights get lighter, and the weather gets warmer, you might be starting to think about where the best Cotswold event venue with great outdoor event space is to hold your summer party or away day. Whether you are planning a corporate gathering or a private affair, the Cotswolds is a great location for all occasions. Secret Spaces is proud to feature an array of event venues with space suitable for getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the British summer.
One of the big benefits of having great outdoor event space is the potential to host an abundance of exciting food and drinks options. An outdoor barbeque is the obvious choice, but festival-style street food, pizza tents or afternoon tea are also guaranteed to go down well. Canapés and drinks receptions are also perfect served outside; your guests have the opportunity to mingle and take in all that your Cotswold event venue has to offer. You could even create a cocktail or mocktail bar and set up a Prosecco station complete with cordial options and fresh fruit to liven up a glass of fizz!
Outdoor event space is also beneficial for those seeking out a great venue for team-building events. These events are a brilliant way of getting the team out of the office for a day or two to get to know each other in a social setting, whilst also increasing productivity, creativity and improving communication. Many of the Cotswold event venues featured on Secret Spaces have lawn areas that can be used for games of croquet, archery or obstacle courses. Some venues also have space for activities such as clay pigeon shooting, golf or team sports.
Here is a selection of our favourite Cotswold event venues with great outdoor event space:
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe – An amazing choice of venue for outdoor event space, the stunningly beautiful privately-owned Castle boasts ten gardens, medieval backdrops and prestigious surroundings. For an adventurous team-building day, clay pigeon shooting, a Bear Grylls survival experience or re-enactment event will capture the imagination.
Poulton Hill Estate, Cirencester – Floor to ceiling glass doors open out onto a Cloister Garden, complete with a fountain for al fresco drinks receptions in the warmer months. For a unique team building away day, on selected dates you can combine your event with a tour and a spot of wine tasting. The staff will take you for a relaxed tour around the vineyard, where you can learn about the history of the Estate as well as the grape growing process.
Rendcomb College, Rendcomb – If you’re feeling sporty or want to host some energetic team-building activities, Rendcomb College has you covered. Astroturf was added in 2018 to an already impressive feature list, which also includes a sports hall, tennis courts and a gym. The vast outdoor space lends itself to any number of away-day events with activities such as bush-craft or a competitive football or tennis tournament using the 10 acres of sports pitches located on-site.
Cornwell Manor, Chipping Norton – With so many different areas around the manor house to choose from, the options for your outdoor event space are really only confined by your own imagination. A poolside cocktail party; barbecue in the walled garden, croquet and Champagne on the lawn, the list is almost endless. Think creative and dream big.
Glenfall House, Charlton Kings – The venue’s beautifully maintained gardens are the perfect spot for outdoor team building activities including archery, clay pigeon shooting and croquet. They also provide space for relaxing breaks and team walks. Take a stroll through Wisteria Walk at the end of a long working day. You could even host an evening barbecue in the summer!
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt – Westonbirt boasts this elegant Cotswolds hidden gem; a Victorian manor house with 210 acres of parkland, terraced lawns and Italian gardens. A nine-hole golf course and impressive leisure facilities make this a favourite spot for team building events and away days, while the scenic grounds provide an idyllic setting for weddings, or an event where relaxing and unwinding are the only items on the agenda!
Whatever your needs, Secret Spaces can recommend a Cotswold event venue to guarantee your event stands out from the crowd. Take a look at our venue directory or contact us today.