The West Country
- In the far South West of England lies the West Country, an idyllic region of sun, surf, legend and adventure, with ample places to enjoy cosy cream teas and the finest Atlantic seafood cuisine.
- In Devon, discover the English Riviera, dramatic moors, thatched-roof-cottage hamlets and fly in hot-air balloons from country estates. Or explore ancient Cornwall and relax in the sun in a sandy coved beach, surf on Atlantic waves, take to the sea for a fishing trip, sailing from an ancient fishing village harbour or host Rainforest receptions at the Eden Project. Cornwall and west Devon’s historic mining landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as are Dorset’s vast fossil-laden beaches – the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage site. Somerset’s world-famous Cheddar Gorge, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), regularly hosts unique corporate group experiences of ancient cave exploration and Stonehenge is just a stone’s throw away.
- All easily accessed by road, rail and air from Exeter Airport and Cornwall Airport Newquay.
- In Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle offers luxury accommodation and meetings facilities away from city distractions. The hotel accommodates up to 120 delegates in theatre-style seating, and offers an 18-hole championship golf course, five-star spa, tennis courts and two restaurants.
- Surrounded by stunning sea views and countryside, the towns of Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham, located in a beautiful bay on Devon’s south coast, form the English Riveria, offering fantastic all-year-round activities for corporate groups, with a wide choice of super hotels, restaurants, nightlife and attractions.
Overlooking Torquay’s expansive harbour of yachts and tall sailing ships is the purpose-built conference and events venue, the Riviera International Centre, which accommodates up to 1,500 delegates in theatre-style seating, with banquets for up to 1,000.
Slightly further west, historic Plymouth is where the pilgrim fathers set sail in the Mayflower in 1620, voyaging to America to found the Plymouth colony. To mark the voyage’s 400th anniversary in 2020, communities on both sides of the Atlantic are joining for Mayflower 400, a series of events and celebrations.
Plymouth Pavilions is the city’s leading event space, accommodating up to 2,500 for seated conferences and 800 for dinners.
Large swathes of Devon and Cornwall are open moorlands, with deep river valleys, rare wildlife and rich history. Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park in Devon and Bodmin Moor an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall, are perfect for outward bound adventures, walking, climbing and horse riding.
The Eden Project, in Cornwall – England’s Rainforest – is the world’s largest set of geodesic domes and the largest internal rainforest in the world. With tropical jungles, Mediterranean desserts and English gardens, the Eden Project offers inspiring event space for up to 220 delegates. Events can include dinner in a biome, guided biome tours and England’s longest zip-wire.