Destination Bristol's Conference Sales Manager Amy Bramhall shares the highlights of a fun and fact-filled weekend around Bristol...

Friday networking

Agents from some of the UK’s top travel & event management companies recently came to Bristol for an exciting weekend of activities and venue experiences.

The trip was hosted by Destination Bristol in conjunction with Bristol’s venue network to promote the city as a first class business destination. Guests travelling by train via GWR routes were provided with first class tickets courtesy of GWR.

The trip began with a networking evening at the Double Tree by Hilton Bristol City Centre, where over 25 of Bristol’s hotels, unique venues and suppliers gathered together to welcome the agents and promote their services.

A presentation boasting the city’s highlights and accessibility was then given by Destination Bristol’s Head of Tourism, Kathryn Davis. GWR’s Joe Thurgood then followed with a talk promoting rail travel and discounted tickets for delegates, and the introduction of Intercity Express Trains

Saturday started with a private tour of the newly rebranded We The Curious (formerly At Bristol) followed by an educational 3D planetarium show. The group was then treated to an insightful guided boat tour of the harbourside from Bristol Packet Boat Trips, before docking at the historic Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

FAM trip SS Great Britain

Following a fact-filled tour of the ship and its event facilities, the guests were invited to ‘Go Aloft’ and climb to the top of the ship's rigging - those who braved it climbed over 25 meters above ground level and took in panoramic views of Bristol’s picturesque harbourside.

After all that sea air, a hosted lunch was provided by M Shed, a Museum dedicated to Bristol’s history which is home to a multipurpose event space, including a long balcony with stunning views of the harbour and city skyline.

After filling up on lunch the group enjoyed some social time to take in the sights of Bristol before the evening’s first stop at Ashton Gate Stadium, the largest conferencing venue in the South West. Here we were greeted with champagne, canapes and an informative presentation from National Sales Manager, Justine Kebby.

Ashton Gate conference suite

Finally we were whisked off to The Hide restaurant in the heart of Bristol Zoo Gardens, a new addition to the zoo’s private hire offering. Here a delicious feast was provided by their friendly team. 

The ultimate day of the FAM Trip saw the agents getting a sneak preview of Aerospace Bristol, which is due to open on Tuesday 17th October.

The new heritage museum tells the story of the South West’s world-class aerospace industry and is home to the Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly. Our agents had the exciting opportunity to board the Concorde as part of their tour. 

Aerospace Bristol

Just to make sure that everyone was well and truly up to date with what Bristol has to offer, we enjoyed a guided tour of the city from Bristol Insight Bus Tours, hopping off at the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.

To end the trip a champagne afternoon tea was provided in the stunning and intimate setting of Hotel du Vin.  

Some guests even joined us at Ashton Gate Stadium for rugby hospitality. The weekend ended on a high when Bristol won 32-23, claiming the top spot in the Greene King IPA Championship! 

For impartial advice about Bristol venues and events contact our friendly team at Destination Bristol at conference@destinationbristol.co.uk or call us on 0117 9462200. 

Alternatively, for venue details and capacities you can order our conference guide

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