Multi-million-pound investment favours group facilitiesBath is known globally as a remarkably attractive old Roman city in Somerset, England. However, the world should be equally aware of its setting in beautiful surrounding hilly countryside.
Set on a high point outside the city is Bath Racecourse and this is now very serious about attracting corporate group business. So much so, that it has just completed a multi-million-pound refurbishment, in which great emphasis has been placed on ensuring that organisers of incentives and corporate meetings have everything they need.
On Wednesday 20 July 2016 a bevy of guests, including event organisers, DMCs, the MICE press and local dignitaries were invited to the official opening of the brand new Langridge Grandstand and to enjoy its superb up-to-date facilities.
The Langridge can be hired floor-by-floor or as a whole, for events on non-race days or to coincide with race meetings. On Wednesday ITCM was amongst those who were able to drink champagne on the open-air Roof Garden, sheltered from the sun by the glamorous sail-like giant canopy. This is a space that can cater for up to 300 at a drinks reception, with views across the course and the landscape.
It was a nice touch that one of the other guests at our table was Jonathan Stapleton, the General Manager of the 5-star Royal Crescent Hotel.
The restaurant had, of course, its own betting facility and a generous supply of large screens with close-ups of the racing, but most guests thronged the restaurant’s own balcony which afforded unrivalled views of the horses thundering along the glowing green mile of turf outside.
There is no doubt that an event hosted in this way is one that will create very happy memories for all who attend, even if they don’t back any winners.
Not all the new investment has been spent on building the Langridge. There are numerous buildings on the extensive site so that organisers can choose from an endless combination of spaces, indoors and outdoors, for very small or for large meetings, seminars, picnics, barbecues with or without the option of watching races.