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Cowley Manor Recommends ...

We have terrific relationships with companies who specialize in executing fun and inspiring team building activities and exercises.

Below is a list of recommended companies and activities, some of whom provide favourable rates to our guests. We would be happy to arrange any of these activities on your behalf, or if preferred, make an introduction.

Outdoor Activities in the Grounds
Chordiem is one of the most well-known and respected names in the team building industry. We have partnered with them to offer a range of fun activities throughout the gardens and on our cricket pitch. Activities include whacky races, a pop-up fairground experience, bungee runs and gladiator duels.

Prices start from £995 per day depending on the activity.

The Foodworks Cookery School
The beautiful Colesbourne Estate is home to Foodworks, one of the Cotswolds favourite cookery schools. Owner Harriet Elwes recipe for success is straightforward – combine the very best Chefs, produce and industry know-how with a fun, state of the art cooking environment, in a beautiful setting. Testament to the versatility of Foodworks is its variety of courses and bespoke events, from Thai cooking to gourmet pies, al fresco pizza making to private parties and children’s cookery courses.

Evening courses start from £58 per person and day time courses start from £158 per person with a further 10% discount for guests of Cowley Manor.  Numbers are based on a minimum of 12 people and prices will vary depending on number of persons per class.

For more information on Foodworks and a full diary of cookery courses, plus private hire options, please visit

Cheese & Wine Pairing
Juliet Harbutt is Chairwoman of the British Cheese Board and is also co-founder of the Evenlode Cheese Partnership with Blur Bassist Alex James. Juliet will host a unique dinner party to unravel the myths and uncover the secrets of what makes a great cheese great and how to pair it with the correct wine. This culinary journey is enhanced by Juliet’s infectious humour and taste revelations. Held in our Private Dining Room for a minimum of 10 people, it is ideal for corporate entertaining. Cheese can be selected in advance or Juliet will happily select the best cheeses from the most recent awards.

Price on application due to selection of cheese & wine, guide price for a group of 12-16: £1000

Cocktail Masterclasses
We love rolling up our sleeves and getting behind the bar! We will happily organise a class with our friends at Sipsmith with their incredible selection of artisan gins and vodkas, or we can arrange a class with some of the remarkable mixology talent in the Cotswolds – including our own team!

Price on application depending on the provider of the course. Prices from £45 per person.

The Screening Rooms
Whether it’s a corporate presentation, or a private screening of a cult classic, we can organise the private hire of Cheltenham’s premier boutique cinema. Enjoy your film in first class surroundings with large, comfortable seating and at seat waiter service with a selection of wines, champagne, chilled beers and hot beverages plus nibbles and sweet treats. Your hire includes the rental of a film of your choice, from the latest releases to old classics.

Hire prices start from £260 plus VAT. Extended hire is available for launches, and bespoke functions

Shooting at the Colesbourne Estate
From October to January, shooting is available just 10 minutes from Cowley on the privately owned Colesbourne Estate. From here both clay and game shoots can be arranged, dependent on your requirements and gun licences.

Price on application.

Watermark – Fun on the Water
The privately owned Watermark lakes provide one of the top carp and trout fishing facilities in the United Kingdom. For guests of Cowley Manor we have negotiated special ‘mates rates’ for anyone wanting to fish on the lakes.

Prices start from £15 per person.

A full and extensive range of water sports to suit all abilities is also available – from fun ringo rides or one-to-one tuition through the water skiing jump parks.

Prices start from £20 per person.