The Lowdown on Bowcliffe’s Meeting Spaces – Everything You Need to Know

‘The setting, the buildings and the landscaping are only the start of it… all of these are stunning in their own right and there is so much to be proud of. What really made the difference was your team – simply flawless service.’

– Thomas Martin, Joint Managing Director of Arco

Bowcliffe Hall in Yorkshire is a 28-acre Estate offering an abundance of beautiful and highly functional meeting spaces. Having hosted some of the UK’s biggest businesses and brands including Bremont, Bentley, Audi, Haribo, Unilever, Grant Thornton, Barclays, Lloyds and Arco, Bowcliffe has inspiring spaces for anything from two to a hundred delegates. If you’re looking for an inspirational and unique location for your next meeting then look no further.

For more information, or to arrange a viewing of any of our meeting spaces, please call us on 01937 541111 or email events@bowcliffehall.co.uk.

The Blackburn Wing 

‘I wanted to write to thank you both for making our event a spectacular success last night. The venue was always going to be a Wow factor, but the quality of food and service simply added to that. I haven’t seen such a reaction to a venue since I hosted an event at Shangri La at The Shard last year, but I have to say that you beat them on service hands down.’– Katy Lightfoot, Manager, Events & Sponsorship, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

A triumph in architectural design and a stunning tribute to Yorkshire’s aviation history, it is no wonder the Blackburn Wing has won multiple design awards. This towering copper and glass treehouse nestled in Bowcliffe’s ancient woodland is a multi-purpose meeting & event space for both large and more intimate groups and a true jewel in the Bowcliffe crown. Enjoy incredible panoramic views across Yorkshire’s finest landscape and marvel at the 56 magnificent curved ‘ribs’, the bar made from a 747 aircraft engine and the sheer level of attention to detail that elevates this space into a truly exceptional meeting venue.

Capacity: 60 theatre style, 18 boardroom style, 26 cabaret style, 60 for formal dining and up to 100 for a drinks reception.

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The Mercury Room

With a real sense of seclusion and privacy, The Mercury Room is a smaller, more intimate space located within the multi-award-winning Blackburn Wing. Ensconce yourself into the luxurious aviation inspired chairs and look out into the ancient woodland and across the fields through the floor to ceiling windows that surround you.

Capacity: Up to 8 delegates boardroom style

Briefing Room

The Briefing Room

Situated within the sumptuous Bowcliffe Drivers’ Club, The Briefing Room lends itself perfectly for small meetings and is a regular Aladdin’s Cave of delights with decor inspired by the glamorous 1920’s and the Golden Age of Motoring. Original motoring art and artefacts sit alongside especially commissioned, bespoke pieces and motoring memorabilia, painstakingly collected over four years.

Capacity: 14 boardroom style, 18 theatre style, 14 banqueting long and 20 for a drinks reception

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The Ballroom

Originally the Drawing Room of Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall, the extensively refurbished Ballroom is perfect for a larger meeting or conference space. Now regarded as one of the most stunning spaces on the Estate with an implausibly beautiful chandelier, a ceiling gilded with 23.5-carat gold, exclusive hand-blocked wallpaper, art deco bar, and a fully-integrated sound system hidden behind the wallpaper, the Ballroom is the ultimate corporate events venue for the discerning client.

Capacity: 36 boardroom style, 60 cabaret style, 135 theatre style, 80 banqueting long, 80 banqueting round and 100 for a drinks reception

The Bowcliffe Room

The beautiful Bowcliffe Room epitomises true Georgian splendour and elegance. Original period features create an impactful (and inspiring) meeting or conference space. Large sash windows fill the Bowcliffe Room with an abundance of natural light and allow delegates beautiful views across the formal gardens towards the Blackburn Wing. Double doors lead directly out onto the glorious South-facing terrace.

Capacity: 30 boardroom style, 36 cabaret style, 80 theatre style, 30 banqueting long, 60 banqueting round and 80 for a drinks reception

The Morning Room

If you like your meeting rooms flooded with natural daylight, then the high ceilings and sunny vista of The Morning Room are for you. Perfect for a working lunch, small meeting or as a breakout area for the Bowcliffe Room, this space is packed with beautiful period features and large sash windows offering spectacular views across Bowcliffe’s formal gardens towards the Blackburn Wing.

Capacity: 12 boardroom style, 12 banqueting long style, 30 theatre style and 30 for a drinks reception

The Potting Shed

Could this be the prettiest meeting space you’ve ever seen? With a light and airy feel, Bowcliffe’s Potting Shed is irresistibly lovely. Anti-glare ceiling blinds deflect sunlight and heat without compromising the light – making the Potting Shed both utterly charming and practical, the ideal venue for refreshing and uplifting meetings, cold buffet lunches or simply as a breakout area for those using the Blackburn Wing.

Capacity: 20 boardroom style, 20 theatre style, 20 banqueting long and 40 for a drinks reception

Free on-site parking, free wifi, full AV facilities, an IT advisory service and delegate stationery are available for all Bowcliffe meeting spaces. The different spaces also have a huge array of extra features which will be discussed with you.

Our Head Chef Andy Lawson is on hand to help with any bespoke catering package you may need.

For more information, or to arrange a viewing of any or all out meeting spaces, please call us on 01937 541111 or email events@bowcliffehall.co.uk.

Michelin-Starred Frances Atkins Brings The Yorke Arms to Bowcliffe Hall for Two Exclusive Dates

Frances Atkins at Bowcliffe Hall

One of Yorkshire’s most renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, The Yorke Arms, closed its doors last Friday to begin an incredible, sensitive refurbishment programme.

In what is a first for the restaurant, Frances Atkins and her team have confirmed that they will be bringing the most exquisite food & drink right here to Bowcliffe for two exclusive dates, each taking place in Bowcliffe’s multi-award winning copper and glass masterpiece, the Blackburn Wing.

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The Blackburn Wing at Bowcliffe

Both evenings will begin at 7pm, when guests will arrive at Bowcliffe Hall’s beautiful Ballroom to enjoy Champagne and canapés inspired by the most popular Yorke Arms dishes. Guests will then move over to the spectacular Blackburn Wing for a menu devised especially for the evening by Frances.

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Menus

Each evening will have a slightly different menu on offer:

Saturday 24th February ***NOW FULLY BOOKED***

Guests will have the opportunity to taste the most popular dishes from The Yorke Arms as Frances and her team create a one-of-a-kind tasting menu.

£85 per person.

Saturday 28th April *** NOW FULLY BOOKED***

On this evening, guests will be the first to have the unique opportunity to taste the new style menus which will be in place when The Yorke Arms reopens in late spring.

£85 per person.

Wine Flights

Alongside Bowcliffe’s wine list, there will be two wine flights available on the evening. Guests can enjoy a half flight with dinner for £120 or a full flight with dinner for £150.

More Information and Booking

Arrival 7pm. Carriages 11pm.

Due to the unique nature of these evenings, we must stress that both dates are likely to be extremely well received and fill up quickly. Booking is strictly on a first come, first served basis. To make a reservation please email theyorkearms@bowcliffehall.co.uk or call 01937 541111.

 

WATCH: Bowcliffe Hall, the venue and rooms

If you’re considering holding a corporate or private event at Bowcliffe, capturing the sheer magic through photos alone is difficult. Whilst every picture gives a glimpse into the diverse and beautiful nature of the Estate, the only real way to understand the delights of Bowcliffe is to either visit in person or watch our latest video, created to showcase the corporate and private event spaces at Bowcliffe as well as the Estate’s unique personality. The video was shot by the very talented Jamie Curtis at Treveleyan Pictures and aims to demonstrate just how different Bowcliffe is from every other country house.

So take just two minutes of your day to soak up Bowcliffe in all its glory; sweep across the marvellous Estate, dance around the newly restored Ballroom and delve into the beautiful rooms and architecturally unbelievable Blackburn Wing…

Want to hold your next event at Bowcliffe Hall? Get in contact with our events team today by emailing events@bowcliffehall.co.uk.

Blackburn Wing Announced as a Finalist in CHS Awards

Blackburn Wing

Bowcliffe Hall Estate has received more than its fair share of awards, accolades and compliments over the years, but we’re delighted to announce that the soaring copper and glass Blackburn Wing has secured us as a finalist in the prestigious CHS awards.

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The Wing has been shortlisted in what we believe is the very best and most apt of categories, the ‘Best Unusual Events Space’. An award open to any venue that breaks the mould and has capitalised on either space within an existing venue, or had recognised its own potential for a stand-alone event venue.

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As anyone who has visited, worked or held an event at Bowcliffe will ratify, the Estate prides itself on providing only the exceptional, and delivering it in a way no other country house does. Each and every event space within grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall and Estate grounds has been restored, transformed or created to the most exacting standard. It would be impossible not to mention the Blackburn Wing and Ballroom, but there’s also The Drivers’ Club – which transports guests back to the glamourous 1920s and the golden age of motoring, and the less celebrated but equally beautiful Morning Room, with its beautiful period features and large sash windows offering spectacular views across the formal gardens and who could forget The Potting Shed, a simply delightful space unlike any other.

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We’ve hosted corporate events, parties, product launches and any number of other celebrations across the Estate and its incredible events spaces, each and every one delivered with the same impeccable attention to detail by the highly experiencedBowcliffe events team. So keep your fingers crossed for us on 11th May, when at a glittering ceremony held at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, we find out if The Blackburn Wing has beaten off the (extremely stiff) competition to be recognised as one of the most exceptional events spaces in the UK.

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Blackburn Wing Proves Architectural Prowess with Wins at Leeds Architecture Awards

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Bowcliffe Hall’s magnificent Blackburn Wing is no stranger to awards and accolades; in fact, since the soaring copper and glass masterpiece was finished back in November 2014, it has been showered with praise and awards from numerous design and business communities. So before the shortlist for this year’s Leeds Architecture awards was announced, there was a possibility that it might have dropped off in favour of other, newer buildings in the region.

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But as some of the Bowcliffe team settled down for some well-deserved drinks and an insight into Leeds’ finest architectural offerings, it seemed The Wing was to be equally as admired as it was two years ago. Announced as the Winner of the Young People’s Review category and receiving the Highly Commended Winner status in the New Building category – The Blackburn Wing missed out only to the stunning Victoria Gates Arcade – which has just been named as the Best Shopping Centre in the World at MIPIM 2017, so not a bad second place! As the only structure to be announced as a winner and commended winner in two categories, it’s clear that The Blackburn Wing still commands significant architectural prowess.

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The Leeds Architecture Awards are a celebration of excellence in architectural design. The awards aim to promote a sense of pride in the new developments that are reshaping the city of Leeds and making a major contribution to its future development and prosperity. They recognise and reward innovation, sustainability and the teamwork that is at the heart of successful development and regeneration.

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A spectacular venue that can accommodate up to 60 delegates theatre style, 26 delegates boardroom style, 42 delegates cabaret style, 60 for formal dining and up to 120 for a drinks reception, The Blackburn Wing is unique and unforgettable. To enquire about holding your corporate event, party, wedding, meeting or team building event in The Blackburn Wing, get in touch with the events team by emailing events@bowcliffehall.co.uk or telephone 01937 541111.

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Kevin and Phil’s Glorious Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall

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Kevin and Phil chose Bowcliffe Hall as the venue for their incredible wedding ceremony in September, 2016.

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After a romantic proposal in Paris, the twosome went on to hold a ceremony that maximised every inch of Bowcliffe’s beautiful rooms and grounds. Blessed with beautiful weather, guests enjoyed Pimms on the Drivers’  Club terrace and a delectable wedding breakfast with views out from the soaring Blackburn Wing.

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They then revelled in the beautiful Estate gardens, playing giant lawn games and ending the evening with drinking and dancing in the Wing. A day full of emotional tears and laughter, it was surely a near-perfect example of how a wedding day should be. The couple took time out to tell us more about the details of their day…

The beginning

We heard about Bowcliffe Hall through the Papakata website as we originally considered having a teepee for our wedding. When we visited the venue we were so impressed with their event rooms, especially the amazing Blackburn Wing, that we decided to use them instead of having a teepee.

The couple

We met through mutual friends when we both lived in Bristol. We later moved to Harrogate in Yorkshire when Kevin was relocated with his job. Kevin proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Valentine’s weekend. It was very romantic, even if we were surrounded by tourists! Planning the wedding was actually really good fun. We both had a similar idea of what we wanted so there were very few disagreements.

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The venue

We wanted a venue that was both contemporary and modern, with beautiful outside space. Whilst we visited many beautiful wedding venues in Yorkshire, nothing compared to Bowcliffe Hall, it had everything we wanted plus more. The function rooms in the main Hall were traditional, tasteful and had lovely period features – every room had been restored with incredible attention to detail, perfect for our wedding ceremony.

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The art deco Drivers’ Club and terrace were ideal for drinks and the grounds just gorgeous. The real showstopper – no surprise – was The Blackburn Wing for our wedding breakfast and reception, a modern contemporary Wing with stunning views. It was exactly what we were looking for. Our guests absolutely raved about the venue – it was unforgettable.

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Bowcliffe Hall, Blackburn Wing and extensive gardens gave a fantastic backdrop to the day, giving us a magnificent setting for the wedding photos, something we were both looking for. This was really important to us as when looking back on our photos in years to come we wanted to be reminded of the beauty of the day. Michael and his team at Bowcliffe really helped us think of everything, ensuring all the tiniest details were considered, which was a massive help and reduced the stress in the organisation.

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The décor/theme

The rooms at Bowcliffe Hall were so beautiful we didn’t need to add much décor. Our friend Val Jackson arranged some beautiful flower table arrangements which was all we needed. As our wedding was in September we went for bright colours, such as orange calla lilies, pincushion protea and cherry brandy roses.

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The bridesmaids/groomsmen

We decided to not have any bridesmaids but we both had our best friends as the best men. They both gave very funny and emotional speeches which raised tears and laughter in equal amounts. We did not pick their outfits as we wanted their personalities to show through their own choice.

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The ceremony

On the day we arrived at the venue early so we could welcome our guests. We had Pimms on the terrace in the glorious sunshine overlooking the magnificent gardens before moving to the Bowcliffe Room for the ceremony. We walked down the aisle to ‘Better’ by Tom Baxter. It’s a beautifully romantic song that means a lot to both of us. We had two readings; ‘The Colour of my Love’ by David Foster and Arthur Janov which was read by Kevin’s sister Jackie and ‘Extract from Plato’s Symposium’ read by our good friend Lucy. They both did a great job and there were quite a few tears shed!

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The entertainment

We booked lawn games including giant Jenga and Connect 4 to entertain our guests during the day and fortunately we were blessed with beautiful weather. In the evening we booked a DJ from The Hi-Life who put on a great disco in the Blackburn Wing. Those that didn’t want to dance enjoyed drinking on the lovely balcony that wraps around the Wing and lounging on the sofas.

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We had great fun dancing to the music and some of our guests got more than they bargained for when a guest wearing a kilt, following the tradition of no underwear, danced with a bit too much gusto!

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The food and drink

We had canapes with champagne following the ceremony, the duck and mango canapes, in particular, were delicious.

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For our wedding breakfast we had Little Money Bag’s seafood starter, roast sirloin forestiere for our main course and then a trio of desserts with coffee to end the meal. Our wedding favours were little personalised boxes filled with chocolates. In the evening we had mini fish and chips and mac and cheese.

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The service was both personal and professional, extremely attentive but not over the top or intrusive. With advice from Michael, we picked wines to complement the meal choice and they were superb.

Many of our guests commented on the high quality of the food, saying it’s what they’d expect from a good quality restaurant – it’s so nice to hear as wedding food can often fall short.

The Photography

Our photographers were Jill and Julia from Todd and Moore Photography who did a fantastic job. We met them several times before the wedding day so we got to know them very well and they understood what type of photos we wanted. We took them to the venue before the wedding so they could understand the layout and identify the best locations for eye-catching photos. Apart from a few formal photos, the majority were casual informal photos which beautifully captured the day. We’d highly recommend their service.

 

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Where did you get that? 

Outfits – Suits were from Doherty Evans and Stott, an independent specialist in gents clothing in Manchester. Our shirts were from Emmett in London and our ties from Paul Smith.

Shoes – Trickers and Loake

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Rings – Christopher Stoner in Harrogate. We chose platinum rings with our names and wedding date engraved inside. The service was excellent.

Florist – Val Jackson from Garden Room Flowers 

Cake – We had a three-tier wedding cake from Blossom Tree Cake Company in Harrogate. Each tier was a different flavour – chocolate orange, zesty lemon and red velvet. They’re lovely guys and gave a great service.

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Band/DJ – The Hi-Life, a great Yorkshire based DJ company.

Transport – Our wedding car was booked through Cupid Carriages. We also booked a coach through A S Coaches to bring our guests from Harrogate who were great.

Other – All our wedding stationery was done by Noble Fine Art. Their service was fantastic and all our stationery, from invites to place cards, was absolutely beautiful.

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Thank you so much to Kevin and Phil for choosing Bowcliffe and sharing the intimate details of their day with us in this blog – we loved having you and all your guests!

If you’re looking for an exclusive wedding venue in Yorkshire and would like a personal show-round the Bowcliffe Hall Estate then please get in touch with our events team by emailing events@bowcliffehall.co.uk or calling 01937 541111. 

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