EMG is always happy to recommend suitable venues to our clients and one of the most frequent venue requests that we receive is for advice on venues in the South with lots of lovely outside space for team building or client entertainment events. With that in mind we've put together a handy list of some of the most notable venues in the South with outside space, as well as a few of their vital statistics. We hope that you find it useful!

Bedfordshire Venues

Luton Hoo Hotel

Luton Hoo Hotel

A carefully restored 18th century stately home which sits amongst 1064 acres of beautifully maintained parkland. This 5 star venue also boasts a golf course and a 60 acre lake which can be used for water based events such as dragon boating, kayaking and canoeing.

Motorised activities: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: no
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.lutonhoo.co.uk

Woburn Abbey Estates

Woburn Abbey Estates

A stunning and historic house which is home to the Duke of Bedford. The property sits on 3000 acres and comprises the Sculpture Gallery, Safari Lodge, Deer Park, Inn at Woburn/Gold Club and a “Go Ape”. The five different areas make the venue very diverse and suitable for a variety of corporate functions.

Motorised activities: no
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: no
Available for exclusive hire: each of the areas is available on an individual basis
www.woburn.co.uk

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse

Completely redeveloped in 2006 into a modern, state of the art events venue, Ascot Racecourse offers practically unlimited options in terms of event space. With 179 acres of outdoor parkland and lawns which are perfect for numerous corporate entertainment and team building events, this is a superb option for most events.

Motorised activities: yes (availability on case by case basis)
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: there is a covered grandstand area available year roun
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: Ascot is a huge venue so areas are available on an individual basis
www.ascot.co.uk

Clivden House

Clivden House

An incredible converted grand stately home, and the backdrop for the Profumo affair, with views over the River Thames, set in 376 acres of magnificent National Trust Grade 1 listed formal gardens and parkland. Most outdoor team building and corporate entertainment activities can take place onsite on the ‘paddock’ and the hotel also have use of nearby grounds for those wanting to take part in motorised activities or real clay shooting.

Motorised activities: yes (on very nearby land)
Real clay shooting: yes (on very nearby land)
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes (on case by case basis)
www.clivedenhouse.co.uk

Coworth Park Hotel

Coworth Park Hotel

The Dorchester Collection's first UK hotel outside of London, Coworth Park is a 5* hotel sitting in 240 acres of stunning Berkshire Parkland. There are numerous options for outside space for events with plenty of flat lawn for country pursuits and team challenges and places to explore for scavenger hunts.

Motorised activities: no (although segways are fine)
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes (on case by case basis)
www.coworthpark.com/

Buckinghamshire Venues

Chicheley Hall

Chicheley Hall

A Grade I listed Georgian country house which sits on 85 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland. The grounds and hall itself are available for exclusive hire and used regularly for outdoor team building and corporate functions.

Motorised activities: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: no
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.chicheleyhall.co.uk

Stoke Place

Stoke Place

A restored 17th century mansion, conveniently located just a 40 minute drive from the centre of London by road. The 26 acres of grounds boast a picturesque lake and are able to accommodate real clay shooting onsite in addition to other country pursuits activities.

Motorised activities: no
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: no (but helicopters can land onsite)
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.stokeplace.co.uk

Gloucestershire Venues

Ellenborough Park

Ellenborough Park

Set in 100 acres of parkland overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse, Ellenborough Park is a superb example of a beautifully refurbished 16th Grade II listed property. The well kept grounds have a historical feel and as such would lend themselves well to events such as the Da Vinci Code Challenge.

Motorised activities: no (but there is suitable land near by)
Real clay shooting: no (again suitable land near by)
Marquee allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: no (there is a separate wing and gardens for hire)
www.ellenboroughpark.com

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Venues

Audleys Wood

Audleys Wood

Conveniently located in Baisingstoke, with easy access to the M3 for travel from London, Audley's wood is a converted grand mansion originally built in the 18802 for Sir George Bradshaw. The hotel is set in 7 acres, with 2 acres of flat lawn at the back of the hotel which is perfect for outdoor events.

Motorised activities: no
Real clay shooting: no (although hotel is looking into a licence)
Marquees allowed onsite: yes, there is a permanent marquee in place
Helipad: no (although helicopters can land in a nearby field)
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/audleyswood

Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen

A little bit of luxury set in 130 acres on the edge of the New Forest National Park and a few minutes’ walk from the sea. Chewton Glen’s land is perfect for outdoor activities, with flat fields for motorised activities and country sports and sprawling gardens which are perfect for treasure hunts. In addition with its usable land and close proximity to the sea it works well as a base for EMG’s unique Land, Sea & Air Experience.

Motorised activities: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.chewtonglen.com

The Elvetham

The Elvetham

A 19th century Grade 2 listed building which was built on the site of a medieval manor where Queen Elizabeth herself stayed in 1572. The venue boasts a number of intriguing features including a sunken garden and avenue of yew trees made famous by a number of Benny Hill sketches. With its rich history The Elvetham makes a great setting for corporate treasure hunts such as the Da Vinci Code Quest.

Motorised activities: yes (there is also a 4×4 course nearby)
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.elvethamhotel.co.uk

Lainston House Hotel

Lainston House Hotel

Just 2 miles from Winchester city centre, Lainston House is easily accessible from London by train and road (M3). The converted 17th century country house has 63 acres of grounds which are suitable for a myriad of outdoor events. Located in between two rivers, the hotel is a good base for fishing which can be incorporated into a country pursuits day with real clay shooting onsite.

Motorised activities: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.lainstonhouse.com

Rhinefield House Hotel

Rhinefield House Hotel

A four star, New Forest Hotel surrounded by woodland trees, Rhinefield House is a hotel with plenty of character. Set in 40 acres, with 50 bedrooms and easy access to both the New Forest and Solent the hotel is a superb base for mid-sized hospitality and team building events both on land and water.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: no
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/rhinefield-house

Tylney Hall Hotel

Tylney Hall Hotel

A Grade II listed Victorian era mansion surrounded by 66 acres of beautifully well maintained gardens and Hampshire parkland, which include an avenue of mature Redwood trees. The grounds are particularly suited to corporate treasure hunts and country pursuits and the hotel is available for exclusive hire.

Motorised activities onsite: yes (site next door)
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes on a case by case basis
www.tylneyhall.co.uk

Kent Venues

Brands Hatch Place Hotel & Spa

Brands Hatch Place Hotel & Spa

A four star, red brick Georgian Manor built in the early 19th century nestled within 12 acres of towering oaks, lawns and woodland. In addition to the beautiful hotel grounds, Brands Hatch race track is just a couple of minutes away for those interested in motorised activities.

Motorised activities onsite: no (but Brands Hatch race track very near by)
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: no
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/brandshatch-place

Chilston Park

Chilston Park

This characterful four star, Grade 1 listed property is set in 22 acres of rural parkland with plenty of space for outdoor activities. The hotel is able to accommodate real clay shooting onsite, making it a great venue for country pursuits hospitality days.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/chilston-park/

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

A double moated 13th century castle that was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The castle itself and the adjoining Astor Wing are both available for exclusive hire all year round for corporate bookings. Hever Castle sits on over 650 acres of land, and is able to accommodate marquees and a wide variety of outdoor activities onsite including motorised.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: there is a separate wing and gardens for hire
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Oxfordshire Venues

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

This hugely impressive palace, which is a World Heritage Site, set in 2000 acres of parkland features a sweeping drive, orangery terrace, manicured lawns, a number of gardens and even some lakes and a train! The large grounds and atmospheric grounds are perfect for corporate garden parties, and a whole host of team building and country pursuits activities.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.blenheimpalace.com

Heythrop Park

Heythrop Park

A regal and picturesque venue set in 440 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. Much of the stunning outside space is dedicated to an 18 hole championship golf course but there is about 2 acres that is available for outdoor activities, including two bowling lawns for ‘gentle activities’ and an archery lawn for activities that require a little more space such as laser clay shooting.

Motorised activities onsite: no (segways are allowed)
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: no (but there is landing space)
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.heythroppark.co.uk

Surrey Venues

Pennyhill park

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Famous for its award winning spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, Pennyhill Park is stunning five star hotel with bags of character. The ivy clad hotel sits in 124 acres of land in which there are two large event fields with one accommodating motorised activities.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.pennyhillpark.co.uk

Woodlands Park Hotel

Woodlands Park

Located near the beautiful town of Cobham in Surrey, the Woodlands Hotel, sits in 8 acres of Surrey countryside. The hotel was built in 1885 and was one of the first homes in the UK to have electricity. The picturesque ground are often used for weddings and would make a good setting for outdoor hospitality events.

Motorised activities onsite: no
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/woodlands-park/

Sussex Venues

Ashdown Park

Ashdown Park Hotel

A 19 century Victorian mansion set in 186 acres of Sussex countryside encompassing an 18 hole golf course, gardens, lakes and woodland trails through Ashdown Forest. Unfortunately the lakes can not be used for water based activities but there are dedicated event fields for motorised activities, team building and real clay shooting. There is a also a picturesque summer house which is superb for summer BBQs.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: no
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.ashdownpark.com

Buxted park

Buxted Park

Situated within 312 acres of private grounds, the four star Buxted Park is a rural palladian mansion located 45 miles from central London. With a beautiful ornamental pond, three lakes, a deer park and a walled garden, the picturesque grounds lend themselves well to outdoor team building and entertaining.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes (on a case by case basis)
www.handpicked.co.uk/buxtedpark

Goodwood

Goodwood Estate

This list would not be complete without mention of the sprawling Goodwood Estate, comprising a hotel, a farm, two golf courses, a race course, a motor circuit, an airfield, a shooting lodge and various fields, all set in 12,000 acres of Sussex countryside. The Estate provides countless options for outdoor events, with each of the different areas offering something unique.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: each venue within the estate is available for exclusive hire
www.goodwood.co.uk

Wiltshire Venues

Hamptworth Estate

Located conveniently between Southampton and Salisbury, on the northerns edge of the New Forest National Park is Hamptworth Estate. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of forestry and parkland and with its own challenging 4×4 course Hamptworth Manor is a superb venue for outdoor events.

Motorised activities onsite: yes
Real clay shooting: yes
Marqueea allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.hamptworthestate.co.uk

Manor House

Manor House

A 14th Century Manor House Hotel, with a Michelin starred restaurant, sat on 365 acres of Wilshire countryside, just 35 minutes from the centre of Bristol. Most outdoor events take place on the 'Paddock' which is a 40m by 170m event field perfect for team building and country pursuits.

Motorised activities onsite: no (suitable venue 5 minutes away)
Real clay shooting: no
Marquees allowed onsite: yes
Helipad: yes
Available for exclusive hire: yes
www.manorhouse.co.uk