Welcome to Donington Hall, an exclusive event venue, set in glorious English countryside.
We specialise in motorsport hospitality, corporate and business events, weddings and special occasions.
DESIGN YOUR PERFECT SPACE
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 sizeable 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 and motorcycle rally’s, music festivals, weddings 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.
The Halls grounds include woodland walks, a fishing lake, 500 year old ancient park land and 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 is protected as an SSS1. The deer are still a wild herd, now some 300 strong. It is also renowned for its ancient Oak trees, some up to 900 years old.
OVER 200 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 Gothic 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.