The best summer party venues in the UK

Planning a summer party? We've got you covered. There’s a whole host of brilliant venues for a killer summer party all across the UK with options ranging in sizes and styles, there’s bound to be one that you love. After all, when the sun finally comes, you have to seize the opportunity. Whether it's a work do or birthday bash, one of the venues below is sure to fit the bill.

Updated on 22 February 2024

If you're looking for the best summer party venues in the UK, you've come to the right place. Although sunny days in the UK may be rare, they are truly magical when they do come around. Thanks to our short summer season, we think it's important to make the most of it, and what better way to do so than to throw a party? No matter the occasion - an office party, birthday or brand launch - a summer party is a great way to celebrate.

When it comes to the best summer party venues in the UK, there's a lot of choice, from cosy countryside inns in to full-blown castles and everything in between. It can be a little daunting to choose, so we've put together a list to help with the process. We looked high and low to find the best venues for summer parties across the country. In our opinion, the thing that makes an ideal location for a summer party is the outdoor space! Somewhere that allows your guests to enjoy a warm summer's evening, whether that's a sprawling lawn, a lakeside spot or a rooftop balcony. 

If you're not sure where to begin when hunting for a venue, then look no further. All you need to know in advance is your budget and rough numbers and we can help with the rest. The list below shows the capacity of each venue so you can quickly find one that's the right size for your specific event. 

Of course, this list is one of many. We've created tons of themed lists to make choosing a venue as straightforward as possible. If you want to show a film, check out our guide to the best screening rooms and cinemas. For bigger events, our list of large venues with capacities over 1,000 is just the job. 

If it still feels overwhelming, there's always our free concierge service to help you find the perfect place for your event.

Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel

Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel

Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2LT

Lainston House is a real estate dream, with the heritage brick building set within 63 acres of Hampshire countryside, and offers a variety of team building activities from archery to murder mystery days.

Max Meeting 166
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120
South Lodge

South Lodge

Brighton Road, Near Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS

With a Michelin starred restaurant, its very own vineyard, and breathtaking views of landscaped gardens, you’ll be hard pushed to find a summer party venue quite like South Lodge. The swimming pond and wildflower meadows help make this the perfect backdrop for any outdoor event.

Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
Lympstone Manor

Lympstone Manor

Lympstone Manor Hotel, Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 3NZ

This Grade II listed Georgian Manor in the Devonshire Countryside has been perfectly decorated with a combination of period charm and luxury chic. With incredible waterside views, 11-acres of vineyards, and the option of outdoor activities like water sports and clay pigeon shooting, Lympstone Manor has thought of it all.

Max Meeting 46
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150
Leicester Racecourse

Leicester Racecourse

Leicester Road, Leicester , Leicestershire, LE2 4AL

If you’re after beautiful lawns, copious amounts of fizz, and some top notch food, then a summer party at Leicester Racecourse could well be the place for you. Host a party for up to 120 in The Club Suite, which comes with a private sunshine terrace - a delightful spot for your celebration. 

 

Max Standing 350
Wasing Estate

Wasing Estate

Wasing Park, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4NG

Got a pretty extensive guest list and looking for somewhere that can accommodate? Look no further than Wasing Estate, nestled away in the Berkshire countryside with capacity for up to 5,000 guests. Stretch tents are available if you're concerned about British weather with outdoor kitchens to keep everyone fed.

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

Edinburgh Dining, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD

Housed inside the famous department store, Harvey Nichols may not have been your first thought for a summer party venue but the Fourth Floor Brasserie could be exactly what you're searching for. Creative cocktails and seats on the outdoor balcony are sure to sweeten the deal with this one.

Albury Vineyard

Albury Vineyard

Silent Pool, Albury, Surrey, GU5 9BW

For something a bit different why not host a wine tasting this summer? Escape to the Surrey Hills and embrace the idyllic countryside with a standing reception for up to 50 in the Tasting Room and patio. Be sure to pair your wines with a selection of sharing boards packed full of local meats and cheeses.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Maidstone, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

There are few places more grand for a summer party than an actual castle. This unique venue is set on 500 acres of parkland, and comes with a choice of extras such as BBQ packages, bands and DJs.

Max Meeting 200
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 200
Silvermere Inn on the Lake

Silvermere Inn on the Lake

Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1EF

When the sun is shining, there’s nothing quite like looking out onto water, with a drink in hand, of course. Here you can host your summer party lakeside with exclusive hire of The Island, allowing guests to enjoy the scenic surroundings with access to a private bar. Catering comes in the form of canapes, buffets or even a BBQ. 

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse

Prestbury Park Cheltenham , Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH

It’s one of the most iconic racecourses in the country, and it turns out it’s a pretty decent summer party venue too. With rooms of various sizes, you can book anything from a suite for 300 people to areas able to host over 2,000 guests, and there’s also plenty of catering options available.

Max Meeting 656
Max Theatre 2250
Max Standing 3000
Max Banquet 1100
Cowdray House

Cowdray House

Cowdray Estate, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AQ

Located just an hour from London by train, this serves as the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can enjoy activities such as truffle hunting, fly fishing or golf, and the team has even partnered with Firebird events to meet the technological needs of corporate gatherings.

Max Banquet 150
Sopwell House

Sopwell House

Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ

Tucked away in the Hertfordshire countryside, Sopwell House offers everything from bowl food and barbecues, to fine dining with a wine flight, plus you can even take a sneak peak at the team's little black book of favoured suppliers to help with planning.

Max Meeting 380
Max Standing 700
Max Banquet 300
Epsom Racecourse

Epsom Racecourse

Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5LQ

Epsom Racecourse is a pretty historic venue, having hosted the Derby Festival since 1780, and has since been the home of several events, as well as being a popular filming destination. You can choose from a selection of areas for hire, including marquees for when the weather holds out, as well as first class caterers, and a range of drink packages.

Max Theatre 800
Max Banquet 700
The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club

The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club

Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7HR

Set on a 365 acre plot, the Manor House has it all. Boasting its very own championship golf course, team bonding activities such as go karting or fishing, and a Michelin starred restaurant,. This one is a sure way to impress your guests.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 120
Stock Farm Barn

Stock Farm Barn

Ashley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 3QF

Located on the expansive Tatton Estate, Stock Farm Barn is a cosy, converted space surrounded by acres of woodlands and meadows that make it an ideal al fresco party spot. Able to accommodate up to 600, access to the rustic bar which will keep the drinks flowing throughout the evening.

Max Theatre 400
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 30

If you’re not looking to escape to the country for your big party, and instead need a space that offers plenty of transport links, then you’ll want to check out our list of venues to hire in London. With a wide variety of spaces, from an inner city beach at Southbank, to places steeped in history like the Tower of London, there’s something for everyone here.

We’ve narrowed down our top picks of where to celebrate this year, to help make the planning process as easy as possible. So, be sure to head over to our list of the best large summer party venues in London to get the ball rolling.

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