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Meet Bristol & Bath, the South West’s regional Convention Bureau, is delighted to return to CHS Birmingham 2023.  

We will be showcasing the region’s meeting, incentive, conference and event offering at the annual trade show, which is taking place at ICC Birmingham on Tuesday 31 October. Partnering with the Bureau on the stand are nine exciting venues from the region – Aerospace Bristol, Royal Bath & West Showground, Bath’s Historic Venues, Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Clayton Hotel Bristol City, De Vere Tortworth Court, Thornbury Castle and We The Curious. 

Who are Meet Bristol & Bath?  

The role of Meet Bristol & Bath is to help bring your conference or business event to Bristol, Bath and the West of England. As the region's official Convention Bureau, we provide an impartial, free-to-use venue and accommodation finding service, specialising in providing competitive venue options to match your requirements. We are also able to offer our destination expertise to help plan your event, as well as providing advice about travel and logistics. To find out more about Bristol, Bath, and the surrounding area, come and meet the team on stand C33. Helen Applin and Vicki Webb will be delighted to meet with you. 

Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol offers the exclusive opportunity to stage your event under the last Concorde to fly or in one of the museum's purpose-built meeting rooms. The venue can host a variety of different events, from small meetings, large conferences, drinks receptions and evening banquets. Aerospace Bristol also offers smaller meeting rooms, which are named after key Concorde destinations plus there is also a 146-seat lecture theatre. With the Concorde hangar being over 2,000 sq metres, it is a perfect venue to fit over 500 guests in a banquet layout or over 1,000 guests for an exhibition.  

Need a large space with a unique selling point? The Concorde hangar can be hired exclusively for larger events and exhibitions. Plus, while on-site, all delegates will also have complimentary access to go on board Concorde and visit the rest of the museum, which tells the story of more than a century of Bristol's aerospace history. 

Image: Aerospace Bristol

Bath & West Showground

Nestled in the heart of the West Country, the Bath & West Showground is a unique, versatile venue with a variety of inspiring indoor and outdoor event spaces. Across a spectacular site of 240 acres the Showground features six sizeable indoor venues, numerous meeting, conference & exhibition spaces, a permanent road infrastructure, site-wide catering & bathroom facilities and extensive complimentary car parking.

Whether accommodating 15 people or 150,000 the extremely adaptable environment, with its range of facilities and resources, can be tailored to suit any event. The newly launched Day Delegate Rate gives you the option to elevate the experience with a carefully curated menu that is packed full of health benefits, including mouth-watering fruit platters, immune strengthening superfood salads and mood-boosting energy balls. Furthermore, the Showground events team will be on hand every step of the way and are dedicated to the success of your event, whatever its shape or size.

Image: Bath & West Showground 

Bath’s Historic Venues

An inspiring location really enhances a business event, and these world-renowned spaces in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, certainly fit the bill for atmosphere. In addition, you can reach Bath from London in less than 80 minutes and it's just a 12-minute journey from Bristol, making it both an exceptional and accessible city.

The Roman Baths and Pump Room is the perfect venue for drinks receptions and dinners. By evening, when the tourists are gone and the torches are lit, the venue is magical and much of the complex is still accessible to explore, and private tours can be arranged on request. 

You can be in the fresh air alongside the thermal waters while also being protected from the weather by the Terrace above.  Dinner could be bowl food around the Baths, or dinner and dancing in the elegant Pump Room which also has a stage for live music, and a dance floor.  If you are looking to wow your guests, the combination of a unique ancient monument, a naturally hot spring and incredible food and service, provided by Searcys, will ensure your event is a social highlight. The venue can accommodate from 30 to 320 guests.

If you require space for a conference, meeting or exhibition during the day, the grand Guildhall is located just across the road.  It houses several historic rooms of varying sizes suitable for 10 up to 300 attendees. A bonus to hiring one of these beautiful venues is knowing you are also helping to preserve and maintain these historically important buildings and collections for future generations.

Image: Bath's Historic Venues 

Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Located in the heart of Bristol’s historic corn street, the Bristol Harbour hotel has 42 luxury bedrooms, 3 unique meeting spaces including one of Bristol’s most splendid event spaces the Sansovino Hall, which is inspired by the Sansovino’s 16th Century Library of St Mark in the Piazzatta at Venice, this former banking hall of the Lloyds Bank building, has magnificent skylight and opulently detailed ceiling and is the ideal setting  for up to 400 delegates standing and up to 350 seated. The hotel also has its own subterreanen spa and quirky cocktail bar Gold Bar, ideal for networking or private events.

Image: Bristol Harbour Hotel 

Bowood House, Spa & Golf Resort

Situated at the heart of the Bowood Estate, in spectacular Wiltshire countryside, Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort provides an impressive setting for all your corporate events, including day and 24-hour meetings, conferences, product launches, exhibitions, team building, golf days and celebrations, accommodating up to 240 delegates for meetings and 160 guests for private dining. Situated within 2,000 acres of parkland, Bowood also offers the ideal destination for rides & drives, test drives and family fun days.

Just 15 minutes from Junction 17 of the M4, Bowood’s stunning location is complimented by a 43 bedroom ‘Boutique’ hotel and an award-winning luxury spa, including a beautiful infinity pool, jacuzzi, thermal area, relaxation area and treatment rooms.

Grab the opportunity for a spot of golf at Bowood’s PGA Golf Course & Academy; the perfect venue for corporate golf days, a round of golf for some of your staff or even group tuition with their team of in-house PGA professionals. Facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course, 3-hole ‘Academy’ practice course and putting greens, floodlit, covered driving range and The Performance Studio, providing the ultimate golf simulator experience.

Bowood has recently been awarded Silver in the ‘Large Hotel of the Year’ category at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023.

Image: Bowood House, Spa & Golf Resort

Clayton Hotel Bristol City

The Clayton Hotel Bristol City is a 4-star property located in the Old City district, adjacent to the ancient city wall of St Johns. The hotel’s ideal location in the heart of Bristol makes it an ideal location for your meeting or conference.

Enjoy a positive and productive meeting in one of 6 fully equipped, modern, and bright meeting & function rooms. Choose between a variety of function room sizes, layouts, and catering options with our meeting and events coordinator overseeing every detail. Delegates will also have access to our conference lounge and outdoor courtyard on our dedicated conference floor with complimentary WIFI throughout. All meeting rooms feature new CleverTouch 86” interactive whiteboard and presentation screens are available in all 6 of the meeting & events spaces. Explore the capabilities of what first-class screens have to offer with touch annotation and live video conferencing features. Hosting an event has never been so easy, to stay connected with your delegates using hybrid capabilities.

All bedrooms are air-conditioned and boast luxurious King Coil beds, large flat-screen TVs, with free WiFi available throughout the hotel. At the hotel in Bristol city, you’ll find all the amenities you’re looking for!

Image: Clayton Hotel

De Vere Tortworth Court  

Situated on the southernmost edge of the beautiful Cotswolds in the heart of 30 acres of rolling countryside, Tortworth Mansion House is a truly majestic country house hotel. Only two hours from London, 1.5 hours from Birmingham and 15 minutes from Bristol is the South West’s perfect MICE venue – De Vere Tortworth Court.  

With 201 bedrooms, 14 event spaces, restaurants, a spa and gym the hotel offers all the “standard” requirements you would need, however nothing at De Vere Tortworth Court is delivered as “standard." 

97 of the 201 bedrooms are De Vere Reserve deluxe rooms and suites with 55 located in the Mansion House.  De Vere Reserve offers a sense of luxury on arrival perfect for those high-end luxury away days and board meetings.   

The Westminster Suite is the largest and most flexible event space, holding up to 350 delegates, it offers built in AV, the ability to spilt into four additional sections, its own breakout and bar and it connects directly to the Atrium. The Orangery, dating from the 18th century with its glassed domed ceiling is the ideal private dining space for up to 120 guests with its own bar, private kitchen and patio. The Tipi at Tortworth opened in Spring 2023, caters for up to 80 guests and is perfect for summer get togethers or Christmas celebrations.   

Image: De Vere Tortworth Court 

Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle, based near Bristol, is a deluxe 5-star, 500 year old Tudor Castle, with two superb event spaces, ideal for board meetings, incentives and VIP events up to 70 people, looking for privacy, luxury and unique history. There are 27 unique Bedchambers, with a boutique feel, all with stunning garden views.   The Castle  also has acres of garden and grounds, ideal for team building and is easily accessible from Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and Bristol Airport.

Image: Thornbury Castle

We The Curious

Where else can you take a trip around the solar system before dinner? Or sip some fizz over a giant game of chess? Bristol's science centre, We The Curious, offers a unique corporate event space that embodies the city's sense of fun and passion for discovery and innovation. The 3D Planetarium, over 200 hands-on interactives and the intriguing Project What If exhibition provide inspiration and a chance to play and relax. Upstairs, the versatile event spaces are ideal for conferences, meetings, training and networking events, awards ceremonies and dinners. 

Sustainability is also top of the agenda here, with the centre working hard to achieve net zero by 2030.

We The Curious is currently closed for repairs following a fire. The newly refurbished events spaces are open for bookings from May 2024. 

Image: We The Curious 




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