An Exclusive Event Venue, set in glorious English countryside.
We specialise in motorsport hospitality, corporate and business events, weddings and special occasions, with space to accomodate 2-700 people.
OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF HISTORY
Steeped in history, Donington Hall offers a wealth of warmth and charm with the benefit of total versatility.
The house was built from c 1790 for Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira, (created Marquess of Hastings in 1816) in a fanciful Gothick manner by the plasterer and draughtsman William Wilkins. From 1902 Donington was the property of the Gillies Shields family.
In 1931, the then owner of the estate, Alderman John Gillies Shields, J.P., agreed to allow Fred Craner use of the extensive roads on the land for motor racing, thus creating the Donington Park circuit. The circuit at Donington Park was closed in 1939 due to World War II.
In 1971, Tom Wheatcroft bought part of the estate, including the famous pre-war racing circuit, from the Shields family for £100,000.
Tom went on to turn the pre-war racing circuit into the modern grand prix and world renowned motor sport facility we know today.
In 1980, British Midland Airways purchased the hall from the Shields family for £185,000 and spent two years renovating and converting the property at a cost of 2 million pounds into their headquarters.
In 2012, British Midland Airways was purchased by British Airways and the business relocated to Heathrow, the hall was subsequently being purchased in 2013 by Stuart Garner the owner of Norton Motorcycles.
Stuart relocated Norton Motorcycles into Hastings House which is located within the grounds of the hall, as they had outgrown the space they occupied at Donington racing circuit.
Stuart lives in the hall and since its purchase has skilfully brought it back to its original elegance and statue.
Donington Hall is now used to host exclusive events and hospitality.
DONINGTON HALL GALLERY
Donington Hall is a simply stunning location which boosts a wealth of charm and character, the versatile and flexible nature of the spaces on offer lend themselves to any type of event, from country house wedding, to a music festival or base for accessing the nearby motorsport at Donington Park.
DESIGN YOUR PERFECT VENUE
Donington Hall is a stunning event venue in the East Midlands, with superb transport links by Road, Rail or Air.
The strength of Donington Hall as a corporate or wedding venue is its flexible and adaptable nature.
The Hall can accommodate 2-700 people with a great variety of rooms and open spaces perfect for a relaxed intimate time or larger events and special occasions.
We work with the best local suppliers and can provide high quality Marquee and Stretch tents, catering and transportation solutions.
You can, if you prefer, just hire the space you need and manage the whole event yourself. We are flexible and accommodating, so whatever you need we are sure to be able to help.
Excellent transport links, overnight accommodation, ample parking and a varied range of spaces tailored to meet almost any requirement, make Donington Hall the perfect location for all types of corporate and business events.
From product launches and AGMs, to Antique and Wedding Shows; versatility, adaptability and a willingness to deliver the perfect event space come as standard to all our clients.
Donington Hall offers the perfect combination of features for a quality Wedding or Special Event venue.
Excellent transportation links by road , rail or air; a stunning rural backdrop with open views to all sides; and an historic building steeped in hundreds of years of history.
If you want a shires venue that offers everything, then Donington Hall is the perfect place for you.
DESIGN YOUR PERFECT SPACE
We specialise in motorsport hospitality, corporate and business events and weddings and special occasions with space to accomodate 2-700 people.
Donington Hall boasts some of the most stunning spaces you will find in a country hall of this type and size throughout the UK.
Retaining many of its original features and charm, the hall is the perfect blank canvas to host a wide range of functions and events.
The Morning Room & Library are sizable spaces that would be perfect for corporate meetings, product launches, wedding and antique fairs or as a central base for sales and annual general meetings.
The external spaces lend themselves again to a wide variety of uses, such as classic car rallies, music festivals, wedding or large scale special occasions.
The overriding proposition of the hall as an event venue is its flexible and adaptable nature, linked with superb transport links by road, rail or air and its proximity to the Donington Park Racing Circuit.
Donington Hall nestles in 26 acres of grounds with rolling lawns, mature woodlands and trout stocked lakes.
Outside Donington Hall
The Donington Hall grounds include woodland walks, a fishing lake, 500 year old ancient park land and deer park.
Donington Deer Park
The Deer Park at Donington dates back to mediaeval times, possibly as early as 1102, when the Earls of Chester held it from the Crown.
In those days Deer Parks were a needy luxury and a proof of power.
The Crown retained the right to grant ownership to those currently in favour, which was often a dangerous privilege. No less than six owners of Donington Hall lost their heads during the middle ages.
The park is now some 160 acres, and it protected as a SSS1. The deer are still a wild herd, now some 300 strong. It is also renowned for its ancient Oak Tress, some up to 900 years old.
ALL THE NEWS FROM DONINGTON HALL
There is always something happening at Donington Hall, so this isthe place to keep an eye on for news on recent and information on whats coming in the near future.
It’s been an incredibly busy couple of weeks here at Donington Hall with the hosting of both the 2015 Download Music Festival and the 2015 Nottingham University Graduation Ball. You can read ore on the Ball in the next article, but we are delighted to report the Download festival was simply suburb and the event was a great success for all involved.
It was a pleasure to be contacted by The Nottingham University Student with their request to hold the 2015 Graduation Ball here at Donington Hall. The Hall events team working with our marquee partner Crocker Bros helped deliver the university team a fantastic event which looked fantastic with the Hall as a stunning backdrop.
Upcoming Motorsport at Donington Park
We are looking forward to some great racing at our neighbours Donington Park in July with the return of the Masters Series and British Truck Championship and support races, find out more about these and other events through the summer by visiting http://www.donington-park.co.uk/.
CONTACT DONINGTON HALL
If you have an event coming up, talk to us, we can design the perfect event for you, set in a stunning location.
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