5 independent venues with plenty of room to roam

We all need space – sometimes, lots of it. These inviting properties all offer plenty of scope for outdoor events

Take an off-road jeep expedition at Carden Park, Cheshire

Planning an outdoor event this year? With al fresco meetings proving popular with delegates, we have rounded up some of the most spacious venues in Capita Travel and Events’  Collection of independent and unique venues.

1. Carden Park, Cheshire

An ideal team-building venue, Carden Park offers some form of al fresco activity for everyone in its 1,000 acres of stunning countryside. There’s archery, crazy golf, a full-sized FA football pitch, off-road Jeep expeditions, mountain biking, nature trails – and even an aerial ropes course (not for the faint of heart).

2. Armathwaite Hall, Cumbria


Armathwaite Hall: anyone for croquet by the lake?

Armathwaite Hall, on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, traces its origins back to the 11th century. With 400 acres of deer park and woodland, as well as the requisite perfectly manicured lawns, there’s plenty to entertain outdoor events enthusiasts – from fishing, falconry and clay pigeon shooting to (for those of a more sedate disposition) a spot of croquet.

3. Outlands Park Hotel, Surrey

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Extensive, well-maintained grounds at Outlands Park Hotel

Amid beautiful manicured gardens, this 18th-century mansion’s Weybridge location makes it an exceptionally convenient venue for Heathrow, and indeed central London. Delegates can take part in a range of team-building activities and outdoor events. Try a spot of golf or a set or two of tennis – or simply enjoy a stroll around the elegant grounds.

4. The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Cheshire


The Championship golf course is a highlight of The Mere

Close to the pretty town of Knutsford, this historic Victorian country house and state-of-the-art spa overlooks the Mere Lake, with picturesque woodland as its surroundings. Staff can arrange bespoke team-building events – and if you’re a fan of golf, the outdoors doesn’t get much greater than a 6,882-yard, par-71 Championship course designed by James Braid.

5. Celtic Manor, South Wales

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You’ll need a head for heights on Celtic Manor’s treetop adventure course (Steve Pope)

Nestled in 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland in the scenic Usk Valley, this cluster of hotels and lodges makes a perfect base for walking or mountain biking. For more organised fun, tackle the treetop adventure course or the off-road motor circuit – or, from May, the incredible 80-second adrenaline rush of the new Zip World zip wire.



Want to book one of these unique venues – or need help organising an outdoor event to remember? No problem: simply contact the team at Capita Travel and Events

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