If there is one thing that we’re full of in The Cotswolds, it’s beautiful venues with stunning surroundings to hold all kinds of lavish events. From Broadway to Bath, whether weddings or corporate, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect venue here. In fact, if you’ve ever visited this glorious beauty spot in the UK, it was probably for one of those two reasons.
However, if you would like to boast being able to hold an event that is a little different, now you can.
Nestled quietly between the much-loved towns of Cirencester and Tetbury, you’ll discover Cotswold Airport. If you’re not used to driving these long winding Cotswolds country roads, it can come as a surprise to see enormous aircraft fins suddenly appear above the tree line.
Cotswold Airport offer a vast range of services, which can be found here on their website, including air salvage, storage and maintenance. With their air salvage service in mind, Suzannah Harvey, CEO of Cotswold Airport, has taken the initiative to develop what was an unused Boeing 747, transforming it into an enormous space for holding events to impress.
We attended the Cotswold Airport events plane opening event, which was supported by H.R.Owen Ecurie in Cheltenham and Dick Lovett Mini Swindon. Throughout the afternoon guests were continuously chauffeured from the designated meeting area, Cotswold Airports restaurant AV8, by Alex Cars beautiful vintage bus.
Once arrived in style, in-between exploring the enormous Boeing 747 guests had opportunities to view and test drive the H.R.Owen Ecurie collection of supercars alongside the runway, which not only included fabulous brands such as Aston Martin, Mercedes and Bentley, but excitingly to any car enthusiast, the BAC Mono was on display for all to marvel.
Throughout the afternoon guests wereWhilst guests mingled with one another inside the enormous aircraft, enjoying some tasty delights from Love Bites Bespoke Canape Company with drinks from Origami Events and The Flying Monk Brewery, the band Duke played some of their greatest numbers live on stage.
Jo Welch, PR and Events Manager at Cotswold Airport said:
“This is the only Boeing 747 events plane in Europe. People can hire it for all kinds of events from private wedding receptions, to corporate events, for example Alfa Romeo hired the 747 for the global launch of their new supercar, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which was very exciting.
The aircraft took seven months to transform and have everything risk assessed, being an aircraft the risks to overcome were completely different from any other venue. Because of the vast space on-board, we can set up makeup rooms, dressing rooms, stages, press rooms, all separate from the main event areas. It’s a complete blank canvas that can be tailored to any up-market event.
It hasn’t been an easy task but we’ve done it, it is completely unique and we’re very pleased with having so many people interested in what we’ve created.”
For a truly unique event, a Boeing 747 isn’t going to fail to impress your guests, it’ll certainly inspire conversation about the experience and, more importantly for corporates, will leave a positive lasting impression.