Solent Forts named COOLest 'On Water' Venue at the COOL Venue Awards

The Solent Forts, a series of land- and- sea- based forts located in the Solent between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, have been awarded COOLest 'On Water' Venue at the COOL Venue Awards. Now in its 10th year, the COOL Venue Awards is regarded as the biggest awards show in the events industry, recognising the role of venues in the planning process of a corporate event.

The Forts comprise of three venues, each a restored naval fortress with their own distinctive attributes making them inspiring choices for event hosting: Spitbank Fort, No Man’s Fort and Horse Sand Fort. Built by Lord Palmerston to repel a perceived French Invasion, the Forts stand majestically in the Solent boasting spectacular panoramic views across the waters.  

Offering a truly bespoke experience for event planners, Spitbank Fort has eight luxurious, individually decorated bedrooms and a number of experiences which can be tailored to suit any itinerary, including a hot pool overlooking the Solent, gourmet fine-dining in the Officer’s Mess and a historic tour of the Fort showcasing the best of British military architecture and carefully restored original artefacts.  

The largest of the three venues, No Man’s Fort is ideal for hosting a show-stopping banquet or team building event, featuring 23 suites and a variety of function rooms that can accommodate up to 200 guests, a Lazer Battle zone, rooftop hot tubs, spa treatment rooms, sauna and fire pit, Cabaret Club, snooker and pool rooms or the option of an exhilarating RIB ride across the waves.  

The newest addition to the collection, Horse Sand is a living museum designed to preserve the valuable and fascinating history of the Forts. Anyone with an interest in history will marvel at this fascinating slice of British naval history, as the fortress has remained largely untouched since its last occupation during the Second World War, with the site now being cleared and made safe for day visitors to explore as part of a fascinating and educational event.  

The Amazing Venues hotel collection, which The Solent Forts are a member of, includes historic hotels across the UK which have been renovated and brought back to life for future generations to enjoy.

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