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Event management ideas for Bristol

We may be an event management company based in Manchester but our clients' projects take us all over the UK and beyond. Recently we have been researching Bristol for accommodation and dining for an event a client has asked us to organise and we thought we'd share some of our recommendations.

Set in the heart of South West England, Bristol is renowned for its great links to Cardiff and London, however, the city also holds many a gem worthy of considering. The city is home to a wealth of culture; world class art, drama and musical flare. Bristol is a diverse city and boasts something for everyone.  Here are our top recommendations for a visit to the city:

Accommodation:

Berwick Lodge
A beautifully renovated manor house, re-opened in 2009. With 10 boutique and bespoke designed bedrooms, this rural retreat is great for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, yet still be close enough to enjoy what the city has to offer. With converted mews now a Conference Centre and an onsite Cookery school, Berwick Lodge is great for corporate meets or incentives.

Number 38 Cliffton
Set in the sleepy village of Cliffton, minutes from the centre, Number 38 has recently been voted “Coolest Place to Stay in the UK” by The Times newspaper. Feeling like a home from home, each of the boutique, townhouse bedrooms are decorated with plush furnishings and comforts. Complete with an outdoor terrace overlooking the rooftops of Cliffton village, Number 38 is a highly recommended choice!

Food & Drink:

The Milk Thistle
Pitching itself as “the big brother” of Bristol’s secret cocktail bar “Hyde & Co”, The Milk Thistle is everything you image a private members club to be; dark mahogany decor, walls adorned with leather books and dim, candle lighting. The venue is open to us general riff raff, however, be sure to adhere to the “House Rules” – all rather tongue in cheek though darling!

Glassboat
Overlooking the iconic harbour, the Glassboat is set in the floating harbour at the heart of the city. (It’s name derives from the fact that the water level remains constant, the harbour is not affected by the tidal changes of the River Avon). As the name suggests, the Glassboat is simply that. Despite its contemporary decor, many of its fittings have a great history, for example the glass and walnut floors came from Courage Brewery on Temple Back. Occupying such a niche setting, Glassboat is an iconic backdrop for any event.

Cox and Baloney Tea Rooms
If you are looking for something a little different to your contemporary wine bars and cosmopolitan cocktail hangouts, why not try afternoon tea at Cox & Baloney Tea Rooms. Serving quintessentially English afternoon tea, complete with vintage china and the sweetest delights; let the team rooms take you back to simpler times! Cox & Baloney is also available for private hire and run various workshops; great for private parties or as a retro luncheon for meetings in the city!

Bristol looks an ideal location if you're looking for some unique event venues and don't be afraid to ask a Manchester event organiser to plan your project there!