Bristol city centre is full of creative venues that can cater for planners looking for a mix of indoor and outdoor space. We’ve put a list together of the best venues with outdoor space that can be utilised for conferences and events, with social distancing in place.  

Brunel’s SS Great Britain  

An iconic venue located on Bristol’s charming harbouriside, the SS Great Britain offers event space both on and off the ship. If you are looking for truly unique experience the ship can be privately hired after visiting hours; allowing your group to have exclusive access to the museum and top deck where you can take in some of the best views in the city. If your feeling daring, you can even Go Aloft! and climb to the top of the rigging. 

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Credit: Brunel's SS Great Britain

We The Curious 

Bristol’s interactive science centre can add a touch of fun to your corporate meeting. Conferences and events can be held in the Rosalind Franklin room, on the top floor of the building. The room benefits from a sizeable balcony that looks out onto the harbourside and Bristol Cathedral.  

Outdoor events can also be held opposite We The Curious on Anchor Square and Millennium square. Past events have included the Bristol Life Awards, the VR World Congress and Wildscreen Festival.  

The terrace at We The Curious
We The Curious. Credit: Evoke Pictures

Creative Youth Network - The Station  

The Station Bristol is one of the most exciting youth venues in the UK, transforming a Grade II listed Fire Station into a major youth hub. In addition to all of the Creative Youth Network's fantastic work supporting young people to reach their potential, they offer a range of spaces that can be privately hired.  

The Courtyard can hold up to 300 people with prices starting from just £100 per hour. Inside you’ll find a large multi-use performance space and a range of smaller rooms for meetings and events. The Station is ideally located between Bristol Shopping Quarter and the Harbourside and is close to a wide selection of hotels and apartments to suit all budgets.  

By hiring the Station, you are supporting the charity in their goal towards sustainability and supporting young people in Bristol. 

Creative Youth Network - 'The Station'
Credit: Creative Youth Network - The Station

Radnor Rooms  

Located in the heart of Bristol’s old banking quarter, The Radnor Rooms is a ten minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station. Although you are in the heart of town, once inside their first floor rooms the city melts away. With a capacity for 75, they offer a reception room, main room, and beautiful urban terrace.  

A wooden balustrade staircase leads to the urban terrace, a hidden gem of outdoor space. Its special built in seating is nestled in between tall plants, an original stained glass window and working Victorian fireplace. A dramatic bare brick chimney leads the eye to the open sky above. And their living wall bar offers a wide variety of drinks to enjoy as you mingle in the fresh air. 

The Radnor Rooms
Credit: Radnor Rooms

The Urban Terrace at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel 

The Urban Roof Terrace offers an exclusive experience in the heart of the city centre, with urban artwork graffitied across the walls you can spot some of Bristol’s famous landmarks. Based within the Bristol Marriott city centre hotel the urban terrace can be incorporated as a breakout space or booked stand alone for your event.  

The Urban Terrace
Credit: The Urban Terrace at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel

Bambalan 

The terrace at Bambalan has stunning views of the city and features quirky furnishings, a bar, sound system, and games area. An ideal option for networking events, corporate hospitality and creative breakouts. The terrace is only available for daytime hire and as part of a full venue take over and is suitable for up to 150 guests. 

Bambalan Roof Terrace
Credit: Bambalan

M Shed  

M Shed is an innovative museum for Bristol that tells the story of the city. Close to Bristol City Centre, with incredible views over across the harbour, M Shed offers excellent contemporary event spaces for any occasion. The Event Suite is situated on the top floor and can be used as one large space for up to 230 for a meeting or 180 for dinner, or broken down providing 3 rooms, all with access to the roof terrace balcony overlooking the harbour.  

M Shed balcony
Credit: M Shed

For the latest advice on hosting business events in the UK, check the Visit Britain website
Read the other blogs in this series:  
Outdoor Events Space - Clifton
Outdoor Events Space - Outside of Bristol City Centre

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