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Outdoor Wedding Venue

Many have always dreamed of saying their vows in the great outdoors, now at Old Thorns, you can.
Sunlight gleaming on the radiant couple, creating a warm atmosphere, glistening glasses being raised, flowers surrounding the walled garden and the happy newlywed couple walking back down the aisle overlooking the woodland.

5 Ways To Lower Your Score Around Old Thorns

5 Ways To Lower Your Score Around Old Thorns Are you looking for ways to lower your score around Old Thorns? Or maybe you’re playing here for your next corporate or charity event and want some tips? My name is Elodie Yates I am a keen golfer with a handicap of 1. Currently, I work [...]

5 Reasons To Book A Wedding At Old Thorns

5 Reasons To Book A Wedding At Old Thorns Set in the picturesque landscape of the South Downs, Old Thorns is the perfect location to hold your civil ceremony and wedding reception. No matter your vision, we will work together to deliver the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of and the celebration of a lifetime. [...]

Why It Pays To Hold Your Business Meeting This August

August is traditionally the month of the year best known in the UK for enjoying the summer holidays. It’s a time typified by out of office auto-replies, poorly attended meetings, and where making even the slightest progress at work can seem like a Sisyphean task.

Introducing The Conference Centre

We want to introduce to you our Conference Centre and share with what we can offer you and your business if you book with us.People know Old Thorns for the location, just minutes from the A3 in beautiful Hampshire, with our golf course and spa, but many don’t realise the conference and[…]

Corporate Event Space For Your Big Business

We understand that choosing a venue fit for purpose for a big business can be a stressful experience. From gathering speakers to organising attendance, your to-do list seems never-ending. But as the backdrop to the occasion, the venue will play a major role in the success of your event.

A Sneak Peek At The Brasserie Menu

After our interview with the Ginga chef we had to delve a little deeper into the Brasserie menu.Recently, I had a food tasting session with the General Manager and Tristan, our head chef. It’s an exercise we do regularly at Old Thorns to make sure standards remain high at the 4-star hotel.

An Interview With The Ginga Chef at Old Thorns

At Old Thorns, we’re passionate about our food and each dish we create, which is why we are delighted welcome Joe, fondly referred to as the Ginga chef, to our kitchen team. We sat down with our new Brasserie chef over a cup of tea to understand what makes him tick.

6 of our Chris Such Favourites

6 of our Chris Such favourites Chris Such has been capturing photography at Old Thorns for well over a decade now, which means many of the changes you’ve all seen happen here over the years, Chris has been along for the ride. In fact, the photographer even remembers when our Grand Ballroom was a separate [...]

Lucy’s Journey With The Teenage Cancer Trust

On the 5th September 2008, Lucy was diagnosed with having a cancerous brain tumour, just 6 weeks before her 18th birthday. As Lucy was 17 when she was diagnosed, she qualified to be treated in the children’s ward along with other teenagers. However, this would not have been the case if she was 18, as [...]

5 Tips for a Successful Christmas Staff Party

The festive period is almost upon us, which means it’s nearly time to dust off those Christmas jumpers and get your Santa hat on. You may think it’s far too early to be thinking of organising a Christmas staff party, but you’ll thank us by the end of this for getting the (snow)ball rolling on [...]

Old Thorns Joins in the NHS #ScrubHero Project

Burnout is a serious problem within the NHS, where stories and reports on the increasing pressures on nurses, hospital Doctors and GPs in the challenging climate of the NHS is becoming far too frequent. A study in 2015 showed that over 50% of physicians report symptoms of burnout. The numbers are alarming. What is a [...]

National Fitness Day

How many marathons can we complete in a day? That’s the question Elevation Health Club are asking of members and guests on National Fitness Day 2018. National Fitness Day takes place across the UK on Wednesday 26th September 2018. The day encourages the nation to celebrate physical activity, helping raise awareness of its importance in [...]

Give your Dog the Adventure of a Lifetime

If you share your life with a dog, there’s nothing quite like being able to escape for a few days and having the luxury of bringing your tail-wagging friend along for the ride, but it also requires some extra planning. Where to go, where to stay, what are the rules, will it be stressful? These [...]

Old Thorns is going green

The world is getting greener, slowly but surely. People and businesses are recognising environmental issues, from saving energy, to reducing dependence on fossil fuels in order to protect our natural and cultural heritage. Mounting evidence shows that consumers are choosing services and products based on their impact on the natural environment. 70% believe companies should [...]

Elevation is Growing

It’s not everyday we feel the need to shout out about how awesome our onsite gym here at Old Thorns is, mainly because everyone knows it already, but we do want to share some very exciting news with you. Elevation Health Club keeps on growing and now offers a wide range of equipment, from functional [...]