The group travelled from London Paddington with Great Western Railway (GWR) our transport partner to experience how easy it is to travel from London to Cheltenham in just 2 hours. GWR offers discounted rail rates for conference delegates travelling at any time to Cheltenham Spa from several main GWR stations and can also assist with group travel tickets.

Only a 5-minute drive from Cheltenham Spa rail station, Queens Hotel Cheltenham was our host hotel for the group’s visit. The hotel is an elegant neoclassical hotel overlooking the Imperial Gardens on the famous Promenade of Cheltenham. Each of the Queen’s Hotel 84 individually styled rooms are contemporary with a vibrant design. The Regency Suite is a grand event space with floor-to ceiling arched windows and golden chandeliers, catering for gala dinners for 100 guests to an intimate boardroom meeting for 40 combined with a central location and car parking facilities this is the perfect location for any type of business event or special occasion. We welcomed the PAs with coffee and croissants before starting our exploration of Cheltenham and its charming venues and event experiences.

Regency Suite Meeting Room at Queens Hotel Cheltenham

Our first visit was to the elegant Malmaison Hotel, just a short stroll away through the town's Regency streets. Here, we were pleasantly surprised with a cocktail making masterclass led by a skilled mixologist. The group learnt the art of crafting the perfect Mojito and Espresso Martini, which proved to be a delightful and engaging start to our trip. There was friendly competition amongst the group which added an extra element of excitement as they mixed and shook their own unique creations.

In addition to the cocktail class, the guests were treated to delicious canapés and a guided tour of the hotel. Each room featured luxurious roll top baths, adding a touch of elegance to the accommodation. The hotel's contemporary courtyard provided a charming setting for private gatherings and drinks receptions.

Images include cocktail masterclass and canape experience at Malmaison Cheltenham

We proceeded on foot from Malmaison to visit its sister hotel Hotel Du Vin, for a delightful private lunch. The team at Hotel du Vin, along with their knowledgeable sommelier, truly elevated the entire experience into a truly unforgettable occasion. Every member of the PA Life Club was also gifted a lavish goody bag, complete with a bottle of their finest house wine.

Almaviva dining room laid for a private lunch

Our next stop on the agenda was a visit to the luxurious Ellenborough Park Hotel & Spa, a prestigious 5-star countryside hotel nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds, just a short taxi ride away from Cheltenham town centre. The hotel is situated in 90 acres of stunning grounds, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and boasts a rich history dating back over 500 years. Before indulging in a delightful champagne afternoon tea, we were treated to a comprehensive tour of the hotel including the luxurious indoor spa and the serene outdoor spa garden retreat. We viewed the Old Chapel, a stunning event space for executive meetings or dining with a capacity of 30 for boardroom meetings or up to 100 for drinks receptions. The space also works perfectly with the Old Chapel Pavilion as an outdoor event space for BBQs and outdoor events.

Afternoon tea experience at Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

We then returned to the Queens Hotel to freshen up and indulged in the hotel's catering during pre-dinner drinks and Canapes. Our evening meal was enjoyed at the elegant BAO & BBQ restaurant on Regent Street. The atmosphere, interior design, and diverse menu cater to a wide range of preferences.

Private dining space at Bao & BBQ

After a peaceful night’s sleep and scrumptious breakfast, we then visited Sudeley Castle for a VIP exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the various unique event spaces including areas for outside drinks receptions and teambuilding. We then ended the experience with a private brunch served in The Library, this gorgeous event space plays host to private dinner parties and is home to one of Sudeley’s greatest treasures, the rare, 16th century Sheldon tapestry.

Sudeley Castle garden tour and visit

The guests then had taxi’s pick them up from Sudeley castle to return to Cheltenham Spa for their return journeys to London Paddington.

Trip testimonial:

Thank you so much for an incredible FAM TRIP of Cheltenham, it was the trip that kept on giving that is for sure!

I just personally wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all the venues for their amazing welcome, hospitality and for looking after the PA’S so well; the feedback we have had has been so positive and I think this will be a trip that will stand out for future opportunities for corporate events.

Lucy Gallivan – PA Life

I would like to extend my gratitude for the exceptional showcase / PA Life Fam Trip experienced! The blend of magnificent venues and unparalleled hospitality surpassed all expectations.  Whilst I acknowledge my bias as a proud Cheltonian, the undeniable truth is that this event was a true spectacle.  Each moment was a testament to the grandeur and warmth that defines this remarkable town and surrounding areas.

PA Attendee – Food Manufacturing & Retail


Queens Hotel Cheltenham - Conferences and Events
Exterior of Queens Hotel, Cheltenham

Boost morale at your next board meeting with the help of our majestic Regency Suite. The grand surroundings of this sophisticated space can be adapted to accommodate up to 100 guests and suit either a multi-day conference, training day, company workshop, or a discreet staff meeting.  Flexible and fully equipped, the Regency Suite offers high-tech facilities, flipcharts and essential stationery to power your team to reach your goals. As these events require a professional touch, our dedicated business team is available to assist for the duration of your booking.

Malmaison Cheltenham - Conferences and Events
Conferences & Weddings
Exterior of Malmaison Cheltenham

The majestic white building of Malmaison’s hotel in Cheltenham looks right at home just around the corner from the serene Montpellier Gardens, with the restaurant boasting a glass conservatory 'Garden Room' and beautiful terrace.

Hotel du Vin Cheltenham - Conferences and Events
Hotel du Vin Cheltenham exterior

Full of character and with decor that is full of rich, warm, non-distracting colours and textures, Hotel du Vin Cheltenham's offers three unique event spaces are all supported with the best audio-visual equipment and with free Wi-Fi throughout. You'll find excellent menus for dining on offer and great spaces for break-out sessions.

Ellenborough Park - Conferences and Events
Country House
Ellenborough Park - Conferences and Events

Steeped in history and boasting 5 stars with a 90-acre estate, Ellenborough Park is nestled between the Cotswolds’ highest point and the gallops of Cheltenham Racecourse.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens - Conferences and Events
Unique Venue
Castle Grounds at Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham

Award winning gardens and medieval ruins surround Sudeley Castle, which sits nestled in the Cotswold Hills on the edge of the historic town of Winchcombe.



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