We’re taking a look at some of Bristol’s charitable venues. Hosting your event at these sites contributes to funding their outstanding work and charitable projects. You will receive top quality service in unique surroundings whilst providing a sustainable source of income for the charity to continue their work. Although as we write this the majority have temporarily closed their doors due to COVID-19 until it is safe to reopen, there are still ways in which you can support their work and business recovery.

Aerospace Bristol

Host your event under the wings of the last Concorde to ever fly at Aerospace Bristol. The Concorde Gallery is a unique venue for corporate and private events, trade shows, conferences and dinners for up to 500 guests. There are also smaller meeting rooms and lecture theatres available. A popular choice for those looking for a unique event experience.

Help Aerospace Bristol, the museum charting the city’s illustrious aeronautical history, return to flight by donating the value of a visit

Gala dinner under Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Image - a gala dinner under Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Arnos Vale Cemetery

An alternative, quirky venue located just a ten minute walk away from Bristol Temple Meads station, Arnos Vale is run as a charity and is one of Britain’s great Victorian garden cemetery’s containing both versatile and unique events spaces. An ideal location for meetings, product launches and team building events. Delve into their history with a private tour, you will not be disappointed. Download the discovery trail map here for a taster.

Get involved in their corporate volunteering programme or make a donation here.  

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the world’s first luxury cruise liner dating back to 1843. As well as being a top visitor attraction and recipient of many accolades such as ‘Europe’s Most Welcoming Museum’ EMYA 2019’ there are many exciting possibilities for your meeting or event. For a fully immersive experience, private hire of the ship is available or alternatively take a look at the fantastic purpose-built conferencing spaces surrounding the ship. From small meeting rooms to the Great Eastern Hall that can seat up to 250 delegates. Arrive in style by boat from Bristol Temple Meads Station or the centre.

An event in the Great Eastern Hall at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Image - An event being held in the Great Eastern Hall at Brunel's SS Great Britain

The SS Great Britain Trust is a charity privileged to look after such an important part of our nation's heritage, but this has a significant and ongoing cost. This year they are celebrating the rescue and return of the SS Great Britain to Bristol 50 years ago. To ensure she spends another 50 years with us, they need your help. As well as booking your conference or event here you can support their long term future by purchasing a ticket to visit in the future, or make your donation here.
 

Bristol Museums

M Shed tells the story of our city, an interactive museum celebrating Bristol’s past and present. Located on Bristol’s picturesque harbourside M Shed offers a flexible, top floor event space with beautiful views and built in state-of-the-art lighting and AV. The event suite can seat up to 220 guests with access to the private terrace and smaller studios are available for more intimate events.  

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is a stunning venue, home to collections of art, nature and history. The museum is available after hours for private hire. An impressive location for evening receptions and dinners. The exhibits can also be privately viewed giving your guests a VIP experience.

a corporate dinner event at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Image - a corporate dinner event at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Both museums are free to visit and rely on donations to continue their work. Show your support by donating to the Bristol Museums Development Trust

Creative Youth Network - The Station

The Creative Youth Network are a charity that focus on helping young people from all backgrounds that are experiencing barriers that are preventing them from succeeding.

With high focus on building trusting relationships and supporting each individual’s needs, they offer a wide range of educational programmes and activities as well as valuable support and advice.

In addition to their work with young people they offer versatile and centrally located events facilities. The Station is a Grade II listed, former fire station and is available for hire for up to 220 delegates, plus a dance studio and a courtyard. This is a great location for festivals, product launches, creative meetings and team building events. All fees support the Creative Youth Networks fantastic work. Click here to see how you can donate and support.

The Penny Brohn Centre

Penny Brohn UK is a National charity, providing free, integrative care to everyone living with cancer, before, during and after treatment. You’ll find the centre just 20 minutes outside of the city, surrounded by four acres of stunning gardens with views across the south bank of the River Avon.

There are a range of conferencing facilities available, seating a maximum of 120 guests, plus 26 en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and fitness suite. The beautiful grounds are ideal for hosting team building activities and outdoor events. By booking a conference or event at Penny Brohn, you will be supporting the fabulous work the charity carries out. All event fees go towards supporting people living with cancer.

To discover volunteering opportunities, how to donate and other ways to give click here.

The YHA

The YHA provide life changing opportunities for young people and families. Their mission is ‘To enrich the lives of all, especially young people, by providing brilliant hostel stays and experiences that improve physical health, mental wellbeing and life skills’. Yha.org.uk

A great choice for those on a budget looking for central accommodation or a small meeting venue. Housed in a former waterfront grain house next to Bristol’s harbourside, there are three meeting rooms available seating from 12-50 delegates.

Find out how you can support the YHA here.

Watershed

As a charity the Watershed focusses on education, skills and the appreciation and understanding of the arts, focussing on technology, media and creative technologies. The Watershed encompasses three cinemas, the Pervasive Media studio and a café and bar. A great central location for creative and digital events for up to 200 delegates. Their experienced team offer in house catering, technical support and top of the range facilities.

You can support this cross-artform venue by buying a gift voucher (valid for 12 months), making a donation or sponsoring a cinema seat and having your name, message or favourite quote become a permanent piece of Watershed. 

We The Curious

An educational charity with a vision is to create a culture of curiosity. We The Curious is Bristol’s interactive science centre, providing a plethora of educational experiences and special events.

Their key function space, the Rosalind Franklin room is located on the top floor of the building and benefits from beautiful views from two long stretching balconies. Catering for up to 400 guests, there are many unique experiences that can be tied into your event to make it extra special. Such as private hire of the planetarium for presentations or exclusive access to the interactive exhibits after hours with a glass of bubbly. Millennium Square located next to the building can also be privately hired for festivals and events. We The Curious have great green credentials and an admirable focus on sustainability.

You can buy a Gift membership for hands-on science centre We The Curious, which starts from the date you redeem the voucher.

Views of Bristol from the roof terrace at We The Curious

Image - Views of central Bristol from the rooftop terrace at We The Curious

The Meet Bristol team work closely with a wide range of Bristol venues and can suggest the perfect options to suit your needs. To discuss venue options and prices for your next event contact Amy, Amelia or Vicki on conference@meetbristol.co.uk or submit your enquiry via our online form.

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