All you can ask for, and more

Whatever you are looking for the South West can provide a superb choice of high quality, distinctive and memorable venues and experiences to meet your needs, offering exceptional service and value for money in fantastic settings.
    
Bristol and Bath, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, Somerset and Wiltshire - each part of the region has its own special character, along with breathtaking landscapes to add impact to any event.

Bath
One of England’s Heritage Cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath is also a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that boasts a lively year-round calendar of events for conference organisers and delegates.
    
Close to both the M4 and M5 motorways and served by a mainline railway station, Bath is easy to get to. In addition, Bristol Airport, the fastest growing regional airport in the UK, is only 20 miles away and provides links to 60 national and international destinations.
    
The Royal Crescent is a breathtaking inspirational setting for a conference or business meeting, Bailbrook House, is a purpose built dedicated conference centre in the heart of a beautiful 18th Century country House, or Homewood Park Hotel which is a very gracious country house hotel near Bath and a perfect venue for small conferences and private business meetings for conferences of up to 40 delegates.

Bristol
The commercial hub of the region and a European centre of culture, Bristol is a first class destination with links to the rest of the UK and Europe – close to three motorways, two mainline railway stations and Bristol International Airport.
    
Set in a relaxed rural location, 18th century Cadbury House has been carefully updated to meet the needs of today’s corporate market with a range of suites offering state of the art technology and a variety of media formats. Or for a truly unusual and innovative experience for guests, try At-Bristol, who have a wide variety of unique venue hire spaces and can cater for events ranging from 25-500 people.
    
Whether it be conferencing in the new purpose built education centre, or drinks on top deck with stunning views over Bristol’s harbour, the Brunel’s ss Great Britain is a truly unique venue. There is also the British Commonwealth Museum, where they have a choice of venues ranging from the Passenger Shed, Brunel Boardroom and the Museum Galleries.

Cheltenham Spa
Renowned for its award-winning parks, floral displays and year-round events programme featuring horse racing, music, science and literature festivals, Cheltenham is a destination your guests, delegates and their partners will look forward to visiting.
    
For major event organisers, the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse provides conference seating for 2,000 delegates. Education venues include the famous Cheltenham Ladies’ College, the magnificent Bacon Theatre at Dean Close, Cheltenham College and the University of Gloucestershire.
    
The regency elegance of the Pittville Pump Room hosts meetings for up to 400 guests, while the impressive Cheltenham Town Hall provides a central venue for exhibitions and meetings for up to 1,000 people.

Gloucester
Set on the edge of the Cotswolds beside the River Severn, Gloucester offers many unique venues for all types of conferences and business events.
    
All aboard for a meeting on the King Arthur leisure cruise, step back in time at the medieval Parliament Rooms at Gloucester Cathedral or the 16th-century King’s School, or forward to the University of Gloucestershire’s state of the art Oxstalls Campus.
    
For larger events, GL1’s Glevum Hall can seat up to 1,700 and has 1,150 m2 of exhibition space as well as a number of smaller meeting rooms.
    
Whilst in the city why not visit England’s most inland port Gloucester Docks and take a cruise down the Gloucester Sharpness Canal or the River Severn? The more energetic can race down the dry ski slope, climb to the top of the Cathedral tower, play a round of golf at one of the local courses, or stroll in the Country Park.

Swindon
Swindon offers a brilliant contrast of the modern business world surrounded by the splendour of the Cotswolds countryside and Wiltshire Downs. Here you’ll find a wealth of heritage on your doorstep and first class facilities ranging from the luxury of international hotels, corporate training venues and non-residential conference specialists to the seclusion of country house hotels.
    
Being one of the UK’s most successful towns, business is simply what they do best.  Swindon’s excellent location makes the town a superb conference destination, located on the M4 corridor and easily accessible by road, rail, coach and nearby Heathrow Airport.
    
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. It celebrates the Great Western Railway - a success story of 150 years standing, and daytime conferences can seat up to 100 delegates.

Somerset
The beautiful county of Somerset is easily accessible by road or rail, just a few hours from London or Birmingham.
    
The Conference Centre in Taunton and The Exchange, Bridgwater, both offer state of the art facilities for up to 200 delegates. Or there’s Walton Park Hotel in Clevedon offering superior corporate accommodation, just five minutes from the M5.
    
Country house-style venues give your event that extra something special, and there are several to choose from in Somerset, including Dillington House and Barrington Court, near Ilminster, and Lyngford House or Hestercombe House in Taunton. Some other unusual venues include the Fleet Air Arms Museum, Wookey Hole Caves, West Somerset Railway or the Somerset Rural Life Museum.

Wiltshire
Wiltshire is easily accessible from London and from both air and sea ports, and located at the hub of a fast network of motorway and rail links. Here you will find a surprising range of corporate facilities and hospitality to suit all tastes and needs, located in a region of contrast and diversity.
    
Longleat makes an ideal setting for corporate hospitality with the magnificent stately home set within 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland.
    
Combine a conference with skid-control, karting or off-roading at Castle Combe’s Driving Activity Centre, while setting new standards in comfort, elegance and relaxation, Whatley Manor offers a superbly equipped business centre with the very latest audio visual and communication tools, and in-house cinema.

Dorset
Consider the extensive range of venues; the idyllic location on England’s beautiful South Coast; excellent hotels, restaurants, bars and shops and sandy beaches; and the superb connections by road, rail or air - and you’ll be pleased you chose Dorset.
    
Bournemouth enjoys the highest reputation in the conference world, not just amongst its wide client base but also with delegates, exhibitors and visitors alike. The redevelopment of the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) secured its position as one of the UK’s most prestigious venues for conferences, exhibitions and events.
    
Kingston Maurward House and Gardens in Dorchester is a Georgian mansion situated in undulating countryside boasting a lake, sweeping lawns and formal gardens, and an exceptional venue for conferences and seminars.
The elegant Lulworth Castle is set within 12,000 acres of rolling parkland, woods and farmland and provides conference organisers with such a spectacular backdrop that the scope and diversity of events are only limited by their imagination.
    
Meanwhile, the Harbour Heights Hotel in Portland offers contemporary elegance with a classic Rhode Island twist. For those team-building sessions, they even have their very own water sports academy.

Devon
Combining top conference and exhibition venues with a real breath of fresh air, Devon offers unrivalled facilities. Drift up, up and away with Aerosaurus Hot Air Balloons, or get your heart racing with off-road driving at Land Rover Experience near Honiton. All of thi sagainst the backdrop of one of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes with dramatic coastlines, stunning moorland, glorious countryside and a rich history and heritage.
    
The Riviera Centre in Torquay is a superb, purpose built conference and exhibition facility overlooking Torbay, without doubt one of the loveliest natural settings in Europe. Or there’s Plymouth Pavilions that can cater for all types of corporate events - from major conferences to exhibitions and from small functions to major banquets.
    
If you want to add something extra to your event why not choose Paignton Zoo, where delegates can be treated to a trip on the Jungle Express miniature railway, or even have a guided tour around the Zoo.
    
The Two Bridges Hotel is located in the middle of the Dartmoor National Park while
the Macdonald Southgate Hotel in Exeter is an ideal base for exploring the many attractions of the South West. Or new to Exeter is Sandy Park Conference Centre, which comprises two floors of versatile suites, overlooking the Exe Estuary and beyond.

Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly
If you’re looking for a truly inspiring location to get your team away from the confines of the office and the day-to-day grind, then why not try Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
    
With six daily flights from London, Cornwall has a wide choice of venues and hotels for events, conferences and team building exercises. A short helicopter ride from Penzance and you’re in the Isles of Scilly where you can enjoy excellent corporate hospitality on the island of Tresco.  
    
Bedruthan Steps Hotel has been offering memorable holidays for visitors for over 40 years, and very effectively marries both the family aspect and business together. It also includes a purpose-built conference centre with various state-of-the-art technologies.
    
The Porthminster Hotel is ideal for corporate events in an inspirational setting by the beach, offering function rooms of various sizes and a range of exhilarating and challenging activities in the stunning natural surroundings of St Ives.
For team building events or adrenaline activities, why not visit the Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre or the Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay in Newquay. Alternatively, The National Maritime Museum Cornwall offers breathtaking views with one of only three natural underwater viewing locations in the world, and a 100 seat lecture hall, whilst Flambards is the largest single site tourist attraction in Cornwall with seating for 400 or 600 standing and the use of rides and attractions for team building. Or why not climb aboard Bessie Ellen, Britain’s lastwooden coasting ketch still under sail, for team building games, meetings and courses or your own tailor-made ideas – the sky is the limit!

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Visit: www.visitsouthwest.co.uk

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