Constructed by England’s most notorious monarch, Henry VIII, Pendennis castle is a 16th Century artillery fort in the tranquil hills of Cornwall. An authentic medieval experience is created in the lower gun room.
Guests enter the castle keep through an arched doorway with a heavy wooden door and portcullis, topped off with Tudor royal coat of arms. The thick granite walls and warm wooden flooring creates an atmospheric venue. The Lower Gun Room can host 100 standing. Weather permitting the grassy-walled ‘chemise’ which encircles the keep provides an additional outdoor area.
Where: Castle Drive, Falmouth, TR11 4LP
Contact: 01326 310100
Dummer Down Farm
Located in the quiet hills of Hampshire, Dummer Down Farm offers two acres of English countryside to look out on. A large indoor bar area inside the farmhouse can host up to 400 guests, while the venue can also be coupled with a 15-acre field, which lies adjacent to the farm, in order to host a larger indoor and outdoor event. It is situated within easy access of the M3 and A303 and is a 12-minute drive from Basingstoke train station.
Where: Dummer Down Farm, Dummer, Basingstoke, Berkshire, RG25 2AR
Contact: 01256 397814
Lord’s cricket ground, home to Marylebone Cricket Club, is located a 10-minute walk from Warwick Avenue and Baker Street tube stations. The ground features a fascinating collection of cricketing art and memorabilia, including the iconic Ashes Urn, and the venue has recently invested £3.8m in creating two new event spaces: The Grand Stand and Father Time Gallery, which can host up to 100 people each.
The Pavilion roof can host hosts 250 people, and it has a terrace running the whole length of the Pavilion, which command views over the whole ground.
Where: Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord’s Ground, London, NW8 8QN
Contact: 0207 616 8501
Kenilworth Castle is located in the Warwickshire countryside. It has a choice of indoor rooms and outdoor space to hire for various occasions and guest numbers. The Dining room and Oak room work well for smaller groups hosting 25 seated and 50 standing. The Tudor Stables is suitable for larger groups with impressive high beamed ceilings, hosting 100 seated and 130 standing, while the Marquee area can accomodate 260 seated or 300 standing guests.
Where: Castle Green, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NE
Contact: 01926 857482
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Positioned on the edge of Greenwich Park, Ranger’s house is a stylish 18th century building which has retained its English charm through the original high sash windows, white pillars and portico. The walled garden creates a great backdrop for a marquee area to hold a canapé and drinks reception for up to 100 guests, while the Stone Hall and Ranger’s room provide an ideal alternative for the unpredictable English weather.
Where: Chesterfield Walk, London, SE10 8QX
Contact: 0208 294 2577
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