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New Year Cocktail: Raspberry Fizz Bang

This is the last in our series of seasonal cocktails, and we wanted to go out with a bang with a New Year Cocktail. Our sparkling Raspberry Fizz Bang is the quintessential recipe for fun and celebration! We recommend practicing before the big evening, or failing that do pop in to our bar and our team would be delighted to make one for you.


Raspberry Fizz Bang


  • Champagne Flute
    Raspberries to garnish
    15ml Jensen’s Old Tom Gin
    35ml Sweet Vermouth
    Prosecco to top

Method of Making

1. Fill your glass with ice to chill and shake the gin and vermouth ice cold.
2. Empty the glass and strain the mixture into it.
3. Top with prosecco and garnish with 2-3 raspberries, frozen if desired.

Splendidly sparkling, and wonderful to ring in the new year.


Festive cocktails

I am sure I say it every year but I can’t believe I am talking about Christmas! When the sun is shining and the barbeque is sizzling, the festive celebrations can be the last thing you want to think about, but if you have a big group or specific date it is worth getting in early. Bookings come in really thick and fast from early September so having a plan in mind is worth it.

This year at Donnington Valley we are offering private and shared party nights from £35 per person throughout December, including a three course dinner from the Christmas party menu, coffee, mince pies, party favours, and dance the night away with our resident DJ until 1am.

Alternatively, why not consider Christmas at the Club at Doninngton Valley Golf Club offering a glass of bubbly on arrival followed by a hot and cold buffet and part favours and dance the night away with our DJ until 1am from £30 per person. Also available is our all inclusive party nights where you can let us organiser it all, including three course Christmas dinner, party favours, disco until 1am and unlimited drinks from £49 per person.

All you need to do is book the event and collect the menu choices, we will organise the place cards, the table plans so on the nights you can  not be the organiser pf the party, but one of the party guests!

Whilst gearing up for Christmas at the hotel, we are also hosting a wedding fair on the 10th August, where we will have a great mixture of local suppliers coming along so if you are planning a wedding it is a great time to come and see the hotel and meet the people that will help create your vision. Both Donnington Valley Hotel and Sonoma Hotels are fantastic venues for winter weddings with open fireplaces and festive menus, so if you fancy bucking the summer trend then consider the options for a cosy winter feeling.

Private appointments with Beth Willis are available when pre-booked before the day on 01635 586106 or email events2@donningtonvalley.co.uk 

Christmas Party Planning

Let Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa Help you with your Christmas Party Planning!

Destination Party Town
Choosing the right venue is the most difficult and crucial part of any Christmas party. It has to be in a good location, accessible to all, and when possible, offer great priced overnight accommodation for those travelling a little further.

All the best Christmas party venues will have their own decorations to celebrate the festive season, but you may wish to add that extra touch and personalise your party tables, with a theme or company colours or logos.

The planning part
Once you have your place to party, the hard work in planning begins… Sending invitations, ensuring everyone is happy with the menu, gathering menu choices, and wine orders is no mean feat! Many guests will need a reminder of their orders on the night of the party too!

Set the mood right
The right atmosphere and surroundings are important at setting the mood of the evening. Whether formal, black tie, or smart casual, the style needs to be right, to make all partygoers feel relaxed enough to have a night to remember.

Let us entertain you
After dinner entertainment is another big decision. If a DJ is chosen, they need to know in advance the background of the group dynamics, to ensure the right music is played to really get the crowd going.

Quizzes, magicians, team games and guests speakers are a great alternative to those who don’t like to dance, or for an afternoon function.

To mix or not to mix
Finalising menu choices and seating plans can be tricky. Making sure you sit like minded people with each other is beneficial to ensuring good conversation, but it is sometimes good for teambuilding to mix people up!

Here at Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, we are still able to offer great Christmas lunches all through December, and Christmas Party Nights
from £39 per person on the following dates:
Friday 13th December
Saturday 14th December
Thursday 19th December
And Saturday 21st December

Call our Christmas Fairy, Beth for further information on 01635 568106 or visit our webite 

Pre Festive Season Fun

Pre-festive season fun at Donnington Valley

We first thought Christmas had come early, but then realised Santa was just having some fun before the Christmas rush begins. Head Chef at Donnington Valley, Kelvin Johnson is thrilled to have the festive menus sorted: “We’ve already started getting enquiries for Christmas parties and the first thing that everyone wants to know is what’s on the menu.”

With dishes such as traditional roast turkey, baked salmon and a wild mushroom and stilton cheesecake on offer we can see why. A three course Christmas party dinner starts from just £39 per person and includes coffee, mince pies, party favours, late night nibbles and dancing with our resident DJ until 1am.

For more information on Christmas Parties, please call the Christmas fairy on 01635 568106 or take a look at our website 

Its Christmas!

It’s Christmas!

Well not just yet. At the time of writing there are 158 days until the big day itself and I’m sure with all the beautiful sunshine we have been experiencing Christmas is the last thing on your mind. Unless you have been charged with organizing this year’s Christmas party.

This year instead of the inevitable dancing on your desks why not try one of our Christmas party nights and leave the hard work to us! If you’ve not thought of having your party at an external venue before let us give you our top 5 reasons to hold your Christmas party at Donnington Valley.

  • Its Hassle Free – from table plans to place cards rest assured that all will be ready on your arrival leaving you free to enjoy your evening to the full
  • Fine food and even finer wines – indulge in a 3 course festive meal to kick start the season of good cheer. Our sommeliers would be delighted to match some wines from our extensive wine list to really add that special touch to the night
  • Dance the night away – hit the dance floor to show off your best (or worst) moves. No need for dancing on office tables or listening to boss’s taste of music all night as our DJ’s are always try to accommodate any requests
  • Room to Stay – No designated drivers and no expensive taxi fees. With 111 bedrooms only seconds away you can stay partying on the dance floor until your feet can’t take any more. Relax the next morning after a full English breakfast and make use of our superb spa facilities to really finish the stay with a smile
  • Midnight Feast – forget the end of the night munchies and challenge of finding the nearest fast food facility. We will provide a midnight feast to satisfy the taste buds

For more information on our festive party dates take a look at our website or call our Christmas fairy Beth on 01635 551199 to book.