As the world slowly emerges from lockdown, interest for outdoor venues has never been greater. Create your perfect outdoor event – offering luxury, adventure, wine experiences, local produce and lots of relaxation – with our picks of great outdoor venues from across the UK.
Adventure Parc Snowdonia, North Wales
Embrace the outdoors at its finest at Adventure Parc Snowdonia in Wales. Home to the world’s first inland surf lagoon, this unique adventure centre is set against a backdrop of the forests and mountains of Snowdonia. Offering so much more than surfing, with one of the world’s longest artificial caving courses, zip lines, outdoor adventure climbs and local activities including gorge walking and mountain biking – this is British adventure at its best. Craft your best event with flexible facilities for up to 150 guests (reception). Onsite accommodation includes glamping pods for up to 108 guests, will soon be joined by a Hilton Garden Inn which is under construction for an additional 106 guests. Give your groups the wellbeing escape they deserve, only 90 minutes from Liverpool.
Learn more at the Adventure Parc Snowdonia website.
Deer Park Country House, Devon, England
A real hidden gem in Devon, this stylish and relaxed country house is perfect for exclusive use for small groups. Set in 80 acres / 32 hectares of private, beautiful surroundings including an Italian garden and Georgian Orangery, Deer Park specialises in outdoor dining, sourcing ingredients straight from their garden. Host an outdoor feast or a relaxed pizza evening on their large outdoor table settings. The Country House is adorned with elegant touches and vintage flair – with a beautiful restaurant, light-filled conservatory and Orangery that accommodates over 200 guests. Accommodation onsite includes 31 grand en-suite bedrooms, plus quirky accommodation in a treehouse, and a self-catered playhouse and shed! Surprisingly versatile, but private and secluded, this venue can host up to 300 guests (reception) or hold intimate dinners and meetings for small groups who can relax in the Devon countryside.
Take a tour at the Deer Park website.
Woodland feasts, England
Experience the latest trend in dining with outdoor woodland feasts. Dining with a difference, outdoor feasts celebrate the best of their surroundings, connecting guests with nature and each other, in immersive natural dining experiences.
Nomadic woodland crafts exclusive outdoor feasts on its sprawling estate in Buckinghamshire – only an hour’s drive from central London or 30 minutes from Heathrow Airport. Their leading chefs can tailor a bespoke menu which can include local ingredients that guests have foraged for. This is more than just a dinner - stoke the open fire, dance to live music and drink from a wild cocktail bar in the seclusion of the estate’s private woodland.
Salt Box offers sustainably-minded chefs who create memorable feasts over open fire in their woodland and barn in Surrey – only one hour from central London or 15 minutes from Gatwick International Airport. Using local ingredients, the Salt Box offer group dining in truly unforgettable settings such as their woodland glen, between the vines in a local vineyard or lakeside picnics. Using traditional sourcing and cooking techniques, guests will switch off from the outside world and immerse themselves in a simpler and enriching dining experience.
With over 850 acres of hill, field, stream and green for work and play, nothing says outdoor luxury more than Gleneagles. So much more than a golf course, this is an adventure destination. Tucked away in rural Scotland, but only one hour away from Glasgow or Edinburgh, your guests will quickly be breathing in the fresh Highland air after arrival. Offering a combination of business and fun, this historic hotel resort provides a range of luxury indoor meeting spaces for up to 1,500 (reception). Outdoor venues include the Shooting Lodge, adjacent to its shooting school, offering a barbeque buffet for up to 200 people, year round. Outdoor pursuits abound, from handling beautiful gun dogs, Harrier Hawk flying, driving 4x4s on its countryside, catching your own trout for dinner and one of Scotland’s finest golf resorts. Treat your guests to some of the best dining in Scotland, with the only restaurant to hold two Michelin stars.
Learn more at the Gleneagles website.
Chapel Down Vineyard, Kent, England
Many are surprised to learn that England is home to some of the world’s best sparkling wines and Chapel Down is at the forefront of the country’s burgeoning wine industry. Located in Kent – the garden of England - Chapel Down is only 30 minutes from Ashford International station on the Eurostar line. Outdoor experiences include behind the scenes tours, tutored tastings of award-winning wines and custom-labelled wines featuring your company’s logo. The team can help you craft the perfect group experiences, including fine dining at the two AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants, specialising in modern British cuisine and locally-sourced, seasonable produce. Dining includes a private Chef’s Table or a gourmet experience on the outdoor terrace, where you can take in the fresh Kent air, overlooking the beautiful vineyard.
For inspiration, visit the Chapel Down website.
Aldwick Estate, Bristol, England
Located in the rolling English countryside and surrounded by its Vineyard, Aldwick Estate offers adaptable, modern facilities in the tranquillity of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This family-run Estate is a perfect summer setting, working with their local teambuilding experts, which allows you to craft a meetings and incentives programme to rejuvenate your staff. With extensive grounds you can create wonderful outdoor experiences including vineyard tours and tastings and motorised experiences. Indoor meeting facilities offer space for up to 220 theatre-style in the beautiful rural retreat, less than a 10 minute drive from Bristol Airport, and 25 minutes from central Bristol.
Find out more on the Aldwick Estate website.
RHS Gardens, Wisley, Surrey, England
Famous for its 240 acres / 97 hectares of landscaped gardens, the Royal Horticulture Society’s (RHS) Wisley Gardens has a huge selection of beautiful outdoor settings. Only 35 minutes from London Heathrow Airport, this location is the historic home of the national Royal Horticultural Society with one of the largest plant collections in the world. It offers an array of beautiful outdoor settings for events – such as the Waterlily Pavilion, seated catering for 100, overlooking the iconic Laboratory building and canal, or the Butterfly Lovers Pavilion – sitting on the seven acres of lawn and overlooking lake, in addition to many indoor options at this venues. With an abundance in blooms during Spring and Summer, the garden is a year-round destination with autumn colours and frost-sparkled walks in winter.
Enjoy virtual visits at the RHS Wisley Gardens website.