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Festive Meetings

Festive place setting at Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa

Festive Meetings at Donnington Valley Hotel

The nights are drawing in, and there are only 64 more days until Christmas!

Here at Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, we are committed to helping you enjoy the festivities in style. We are still offering our party packages and festive lunches, and have availability on selected dates both at the Hotel, and at the Golf Club. Our special accommodation rates are not to be missed, and will really help to indulge yourself.

But alas, we can not switch off just yet, there are still many working days to get through before the yuletide. Our winter conference packages will warm you up with some great day and overnight delegate packages, incorporating some gorgeous menus, using local produce and designed to keep you warm in the cold months to come.

In December, why not upgrade your conference packages to include a team Christmas lunch or dinner?

With meeting room, dining and accommodation all in one place, you won’t even need to brave the weather.

Finding the perfect meeting venue

Meetings at Donnington Valley

Meetings at Donnington Valley

Finding the perfect location for a summer meeting can be a minefield, due to extra holiday traffic on the roads, stifling meeting rooms and warm nights in different overnight accommodation.

Here at Donnington valley we are able to elevate the issues faced by conference organisers.

  • We have fully air conditioned bedrooms and meeting spaces for all sizes of groups from 2 to 140.
  • Our 24 hour and day delegate packages are flexible and can include summertime refreshments to ensure your guests are fully revived and ready for the next step after each break.
  • We can also refresh your budgets during the hot weather, with some fantastic reductions on our delegate packages on various dates.

If a whole day of meetings is simply too much, talk to us about afternoon golf, or cocktail making lessons in the afternoon. Al fresco dining on our Winepress Restaurant terrace will let the day’s business dealings melt away.

Please come and visit us to view our facilities, our location is easy to reach from the M4 and A34 and away from town centre traffic.

Our conference team are looking forward to tailoring your summer meeting.

Golf and Your Business

Golf and Business

As any keen golfer or business person knows, deals can be made and lost over 18 holes. Getting outside at the end of your meeting or conference is a great way to relieve any stress and socialise with your clients and colleagues leaving them and yourself with a positive and memorable experience. If your game is a little rusty after the long, cold and wet winter months, fear not as we have some top tips for getting you back into the swing of the game this spring.

  • Practice makes perfect. Head out to the driving range to work on your swing.
  • Get active. Head out on walks as early in the year as possible to get you ready for walking the course. A great way to stay fit whilst enjoying your game.
  • Head for the nearest putting green to work on your short game. Focusing on your core can help to relieve back pain you may experience whilst sat at your desk or boardroom table.

And once you are out on the course:

  • Be sure to pay close attention to the direction of your club head, as it’s the direction of the head that will determine where your ball will go.
  • The shot is not over when you make contact with the ball. Working on your follow through is an important part of your game. Any inconsistency in your stance or grip will show up there. If you have a nicely consistent follow through chances are your back swing and the all-important moment of contact will also be consistent.
  • Work on your grip. Find a grip that works for you and work at perfecting it.

We cant wait to see you out on the course. And this spring, after your meeting at Donnington Valley Hotel, come and play Monday – Thursday afternoons and enjoy a four ball game for the price of three*. Call to book your meeting at Donnington Valley on 01635 551199

Just quote “Spring Golf” when booking your meeting with the events team.

*subject to availability until 30/5/14. Golf tee times can be booked a maximum of 14 days in advance.

Spring Meetings

Spring Meetings at Donnington Valley

Finding the wow factor for your meeting needn’t be a chore. Our team can offer some fantastic suggestions and working with some of our team building events partners can offer you some spectacular activities from an ‘It’s a knockout’ style team building, to themed (even murder mystery) dinners, and a fantastic ‘Italian Job’ style treasure hunt!

If you are looking for a more sedate event perhaps treating your delegates to a wine tasting or cocktail making session before dinner, or simply offer reception drinks and canapés, to initiate communication and begin the team building process.

Our team are experts in catering for your delegates specific needs, and we offer a wide range of catering options, great surroundings and comfortable accommodation to allow you and your team to focus on your goals. Don’t forget that all overnight guests will also be able to enjoy the use of our spa facilities, so you can relax and unwind after a productive day.

For The Early Birds

Booking early not only ensures that you can secure the most convenient dates for your team, but it also gives you the pick of our special offers!

We are offering a special Easter package, which will give you a little something special, particularly for chocoholics to enjoy! We still have some availability and are offering our winter rates on selected dates in April (£40 + VAT Day Delegate rate and £150 + VAT 24 hour delegate rate*)

To see our facilities for yourself why not pop over for a visit. We are just a few minutes from the A34 and M4, with ample parking, and beautifully surrounded by our 18 hole golf course.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Julie Weston
Conference and Events Manager

*Available on Mondays and Fridays only, subject to availability.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Work Hard, Play Hard

Long gone are the times when attending a business conference was all work and no play. Here at Donnington Valley we pride ourselves on being able to offer a little something different.

Many companies now use an external meeting to achieve two goals. Firstly to create a working environment away from the day to day hustle and bustle of the office to allow themselves to gain some perspective on a new project or venture. And secondly to combine that with a team building experience.

Now team building events have moved away from the activities of falling back with colleagues to catch you to gain trust to being much more about sharing an experience together and perhaps learning a new skill.

Being an independently owned hotel with an award winning wine list, naturally our most popular activity is, wine tasting. Our specially trained sommeliers can create an event to suit and include an educational spin or perhaps add a little competitive edge allowing you to test your wine knowledge and palate. The wine tasting events can be tailor made to suit any size of group and are available for almost any budget.

For those looking to add a touch of excitement to a meeting or conference, or for those who have more time we can also help arrange a wide variety of outdoor activities. Now I can’t guarantee that one possible activity, duck herding, will be of essential use back in the office but it will certainly be a talking point. If that doesn’t appeal perhaps motorized sports, a days golfing, chocolate making or clay pigeon shooting might be more the order of the day.

For more information on how we can help to meet your business and conferencing needs please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the events team and we’ll help you to create a truly memorable event.

Nicole Pearce
Events Co-ordinator
01635 551199.

Five tips to pick the perfect venue for your conference

5 Tips on Picking Your Conference Venue

Facilities

Every conference is different, which is why it’s important to find out about a venue’s facilities before selecting a venue for your conference or meeting. As well as adequate meeting spaces, some hotels as such Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, will have the benefit of a spa that can be used by all residents at no extra cost. Having a golf course nearby or grounds to be able to organise team activities can also be a benefit.

Location, Location, Location

One of the main reasons a venue is chosen is its location. That’s why choosing a venue that is accessible by car and public transport is ideal. Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa is located on the A339, close to the M4 (Jct 13) and is a 10 minute taxi journey from Newbury station.

Catering

When attending a conference you expect there to be a good variety of food and for everyone’s needs to be catered for. From breakfast to snacks, lunch and dinner, all of these are important. If you can why not visit the location, see the menus and ask if there is flexibility for dietaries and special requests.

Quality

High standards are so important. Try to speak to friends family that may have visited the location before and ask for their feedback. Review sites such as Tripadvisor can also be a helpful resource.

Dedicated Coordinator

It is much easier to plan an event or conference if you can liaise with one person. Elements of your event will not be missed if you know you will have one point of contact at the venue. Try and meet the organiser in advance to go through the planning if you are able to.

Here at Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa we offer a wide range of high quality conference facilities. 111 bedrooms, private car parking, award winning restaurant, 18 hole golf course and a state of the art Spa & Health Club. We offer dedicated and specialist coordinators onsite who will look after you and your needs. For more information, please see our website: http://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/meetings.asp or contact the hotel directly on 01635 551199.