Category Archives: Meetings

Always mix business with pleasure

If being locked in a hotel conference room in the city for 8 hours isn’t your idea of getting a fresh perspective, we’d be delighted to offer something a little different. We offer plenty of “Only at The Vineyard” activities to inspire and motivate.

The wine discovery experiences are always popular:

  • Aromatic Grapes – enjoy tasting wines made from aromatic grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz
  • The Art of Wine Tasting – learn how to taste wine from the experts
  • Old World vs New World – which will be your favourite style of wine?
  • Discovery – excite your taste buds with rare and intriguing wines
  • Blind Tasting – an equal number of French and American wines to try. Will you guess correctly?

Other activities that are equally fun to try:

If you’d like to discover more about how we can help to make your meeting memorable, call our events team on 01635 528770 or email Poppy –

Choosing a Venue for Your Conference

Below are my top tips to help you choose the correct venue for your conference.

  • Location – good access to main road routes
  • Parking, on site, free & plenty of space
  • Ensure your venue is flexible – it’s your conference so the venue should work with you not for you
  • Does the venue offer anything different?  Take note of their awards and achievements
  • Visit your venue so you are familiar with the facilities
  • Speak to one of the on site event co-coordinators – they may be able to give you fresh ideas!
  • Think about your delegates.    Nobody enjoys meetings but can your venue ‘wow’ them.
  • Many venues have several event co coordinators – your own dedicated contact throughout the planning stages is key – you don’t want to explain your event every time you contact your venue.
  • Consider delegate packages, they are designed so that all your meeting costs are covered.
  • Are there any hidden costs (VAT etc)

Here at The Vineyard at Stockcross we offer a number of conference rooms and facilities. Whether it is an important meeting or an opportunity to impress your clients, our elegant, self-contained meeting rooms offer the perfect setting.

The Pink Pelican Safari

Pink Bus at The VineyardLast Thursday saw the return of the pink bus to The Vineyard, Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa and to Donnington Valley Golf Club. The Pink Pelican Safari is an annual event held by The Vineyard Group and is our opportunity to present the money raised for charity during the past year through the Pink Pelican Scheme.

The Scheme is designed for event organisers to collect points when confirming bookings at the hotels. Points collected through the Pink Pelican Scheme can then be redeemed from the Pink Pelican store which is full of fantastic items. We make a donation of £2 per delegate to the Pink Pelican charities; it is our way of saying thank you for working with us and also a way to support some extremely worthwhile charities at the same time.

The event was attended by 50 event organisers from within the local area who came along to join in the fun. Commencing at The Vineyard we welcomed them to the safari with pink champagne and mouth watering canapés prepared by Daniel Galmiche and his team. The iconic pink double decker bus complete with a disco and dance floor inside provided the perfect form of transport between venues.

It was then onwards to Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa for a delicious main course of rack of lamb prepared by Kelvin Johnson and his team, served in the newly refurbished Cromwell suite. Guests took part in various activities such as catwalk capers, the Haka, Morris dancing, cake decorating and chocolate making keeping everyone entertained and making a memorable night for all.

The final stop on the safari was Donnington Valley Golf Club. A marvellous display of a hand crafted Pink Pelican sculpture made out of sugar, was the centrepiece at Snelsmore house, one of the many skilled sculptures Abraham Padmanaban has produced along with a selection of sweet and irresistible desserts for everyone to enjoy.

Cheque PresentationIn total this year the Pink Pelican Scheme raised a fantastic £17,175 which, during the course of the night, was presented to representatives of the Little Princess Trust, Pink Pelican Foundation and Breast Cancer Care. On receiving her cheque on behalf of the Pelican Cancer Foundation Sarah Crane said “How wonderful thank you! Thank you to everyone for booking an event, please keep it up.”

The Pink Pelican Scheme continues to run for event bookers, with many more events planned for 2011 and beyond.

For further information and how to sign up to the Pink Pelican Campaign visit our website on