Functions and Parties
The lovely historic facilities, beautiful walled garden and wide range of rooms make The Chantry a perfect venue for many types of private parties and gatherings. The facilities are particularly suitable for the following:
Children's Birthday Parties
Office Social events
Adult 'Milestone' Birthdays and anniversaries
Wakes and celebrations of life
Small Wedding Receptions
Unfortunately, due to our location in a residential area, and the additional staffing required, we are not able to take bookings for teenage and 'coming-of-age' parties at this time.
The Chantry is a historic building, boasting a fabulous Tudor walled garden, a restored panelled room (The Hampden Room), a lovely conservatory as well as a range of charming rooms to suit most needs.
The facilities include modern toilets that include both disabled and baby changing facilities, as well as a private car park. If the car park is too busy, Thornbury boasts 3 additional free car parks. The closest of these is just a 5 minute walk away, on Castle Court.
A kitchen is available for inclusion in a booking. It is well-equipped with a fridge-freezer, oven, dishwasher and a full complement of tableware and tea/coffee making equipment for those who wish to use this. Outside caterers are also welcome and have been used at many functions held at The Chantry.
The Chantry is licensed for the sale and consumption of alcohol on the premises.
We are aware that, for many private events serving alcohol, you will incur costs for a server as well as the mark-up that pubs and bars put on their drinks in order to make them profitable. To significantly reduce the cost of events, we have made the decision to allow hirers to bring their own alcohol and charge a per-head ‘corkage fee’ to cover costs and maintenance of the Chantry and its relevant licences and insurance. This enables guests to bring their own selection of alcoholic beverages, and glasses to suit, without the mark-up costs of a staffed bar.
The bar in the Slymbridge room may be used for serving drinks or a temporary bar can be set up in the walled garden. Glasses must be provided by the hirers.
PLEASE NOTE: The Chantry does not offer a staffed bar service; however, you are welcome to source and employ someone to run your bar if you wish.
Facilities for private functions
This lovely, bright room can host a wide range of events. It has views over the walled garden, and it is equipped with a bar area, perfect for serving drinks or holding a buffet. The room also has the advantage of both kitchen access, via a hatch, and access to our beautiful, historic walled garden.
The bar includes two bar fridges, a sink and plenty of shelving for glass storage. The bar facilities are available on a self-serve basis as detailed above, and we do not provide glassware.
The Slymbridge Room also interconnects, via an internal door, with the newly-restored Hampden Room.
The Hampden Room boasts the original Tudor panelling and fireplace and has yet more views of the garden. It has been painted in a muted shade of green to enhance its connection to the outdoors, and is complementary to the Slymbridge Room, next door.
This itself is a large, enclosed area meaning that supervised children can play safely, while adults can relax in a space that is secluded but still accessible, with a ramp from the car park for those who need it.
The Wild area at the end of the garden is a wonderful space for photographs and the garden as a whole has a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere, making it ideal for almost any function.
Access to the Garden can also be gained via our light and bright Conservatory, which is nestled at the far end of the building, near the Wild Garden area.
It has an impressive oak door at the street end, which is rumoured to have come from Thornbury Castle.
It is a great escape from the British weather for those who want to feel like they're still connected to the outdoor spaces.
Buckingham Room and Coach Hall
On the other side of the Chantry complex, The Buckingham room and Coach Hall are both perfect venues for children's parties. Situated opposite the main building, just across from the Walled Garden, they are accessible directly from the car park.
The Walled Garden can be hired alongside these rooms upon request, subject to availability.
The Buckingham Room is on the ground floor, making it ideal for soft play parties for toddlers and babies. (Please note: none of our rooms are tall enough for a full-sized bouncy castle. One can be erected in the garden, weather permitting.)
It's also a great place for crafty parties, children's entertainers, and as a base for those wishing to use the garden.
The Coach Hall, situated in the same building as the Buckingham Room, is a large, upstairs space.
It has a vaulted ceiling and great acoustics, making it a fantastic spot for kids' disco and dance parties, activity parties and children's entertainers alike.
You can hire both the Coach Hall and Buckingham Room alongside the main building spaces if you're looking for extra room to house entertainments for your event.
As well as the spaces mentioned above, the Chantry also has other rooms that can be added to bookings to make extra space where needed.
Both the Hanover Room and Lancaster Room, located on the ground floor of the main building, can be added to bookings for the Slymbridge Room, Hampden Room and Conservatory to provide extra space for guests to mingle, to set up your buffet if the bar is in use for drinks, or to house games and toys to keep the kids entertained. Recent guests have also used them to display slide shows and photographs and as a breakout space.
If you would like to discuss a potential booking for an event, please visit the Contact Us page to find out how.